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OLYAYA & PAPAGAIO - RITMO dENDÊ - & BRAZIL
OLAYA & PAPAGAIO are world-class dancers and experienced dance teachers. Working together since 2005, they have been performing and giving workshops on every prestige's congresses of the Lambada Zouk scene around the world. They have promoted Brazilian Zouk in Spain: As a DJ Papagaio pioneered the promotion of LambaZouk music and classes in Barcelona clubs.
OLAYA DENDE was born in Barcelona, Spain. She has been dancing since the age of 4. Olaya graduated in Barcelona University, combining studies of Business and Pedagogy of Dance (Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz) along with fitness instructor qualification.
In 2000 she discovered the world of Brazilian dance and ever since she has been passionate about this style, performing and teaching with love and dedication. Today Olaya is one of the best Brasilian Zouk teachers; Her passion for dancing and teaching has always inspired her to find unique teaching strategies to improve her students' dance skills. She is known for her various metaphors, images and clear explanations that make even the most difficult moves simpler and easier to acquire!
GABRIEL TORRES, known for his Capoeira name PAPAGAIO, was born in Recife and grew up in Fortaleza, Brazil. Gabriel graduated from school of Physical Education Monitoring and a qualified Physiotherapist. Apart from being well know “Capoeirista”, Gabriel is an experienced dance teacher; he has been teaching Axe (Brazilian Zumba) and LambaZouk. Today Gabriel is dedicated to the LambaZouk scene as a teacher and DJ.
He is such creative dancer, that even Olaya, his dance partner for more than ten years, still gets surprised with his new steps or pieces of music. His unique dancing style exudes a lot of Brazilian energy while taking over the entire dance floor.
SOFIE is a passionate woman who became a pioneer of Brazilian dances in the Czech Republic. She travelled the world to be able to bring the best of latino dances into her native Prague. In 2006 she opened the first dance school in the country to focus on latino dances. Since 2015 she resides in Galicia, Spain and continues her work as a teacher, performer and choreographer.
LUCIANO is a charismatic dancer who is responsible for establishing the zouk scene in the north of Spain. Originally from Brazil, he now resides in Galicia, Spain, where he teaches zouk, bachata and salsa. During the past 16 years he has travelled the whole country spreading the magic of zouk. Besides performing and teaching he is also known as a master of party animation and an excellent DJ who caters to everybody’s liking.
Charles Espinoza was introduced to dance by his cousin in Brazil at the age of 15. Fascinated by the art form, Charles signed up for a Hip-Hop class at a local gym and hasn’t stopped dancing since. With dance coming naturally to him, Charles jumped right into professional training in styles such as poppin’, lockin’, house, waacking, breaking, street jazz, and hip hop. He has had the pleasure to train under such renowned industry names as Alicia Keys choreographer Luam, and other choreographers such as Tanisha Scott, Rhapsody, and Brian Nicholson. He has performed nationally and internationally in some of the most popular live and recorded shows, including “NBA All Star Game” with Arianna Grande, “EPura Commercial” with the latin artist Thalia, “Saturday Night Live” Cuban Christmas episode, and “Latino Night Celebration” at Madison Square Garden. From music videos such as MTV: For Fun to Dance Flick on television, Charles has done just about everything. He is currently teaching and choreographing in the New York area and training at Broadway Dance Center and several other studios. Charles’ Brazilian heritage continues to influence his dancing as his passion drives him to pursue his professional dance career in New York City and Los Angeles.
K-yo Victor is a well renowned Brazilian Zouk instructor and DJ from Brasilia, Brazil. His style of teaching focuses on slower, soulful Zouk movements in concert with musicality and partner connection. He was the first Brazilian Zouk instructor in North America, helping to develop the Zouk scene in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Miami, Knoxville and Washington DC.
Four concepts are the base of the Soulzouk Methodology that he teaches: Conexão + Condução + Conforto = Curtição (connection + leading + comfort = fun).
In his early dance career, K-yo has taught Salsa and Ballroom Dance at the Studio Dance By C.I.A. and at the Institute Juliana Castro in Brasilia. In 2004, K-yo transitioned to specialize in Brazilian Zouk dance. In 2005, he joined the group SOULZOUK for a time and has worked alongside Luciana Guinle and China. He has taught Zouk classes in Brazil, United States, Canada, México, France, Spain, Switzerland, England, Italy and Sweden. He has deejayed at many venues and events.
In recent years, K-yo has taught Brazilian Zouk with Soulzouk methodology at North American Zouk congresses and festivals. From 2013-2017, he has organized the F.I.E.L. Dance Festival in Brasilia, showcasing Brazilian dance culture with some of the best dance instructors in Zouk, Kizomba, Samba, Salsa and Bachata. K-yo is currently in Brasília to focus on Jiujitsu Lifestyle and help develop new teachers in Brasilia.
Mélodie has been immersed in social and musical events her whole life. She developed a taste for world music and dance very early thanks to her parents, who enrolled her in a ballet class offered by a family friend. Since then, she also learned jazz, contemporary, hip hop and Irish dance. From the age of 16, she assisted ballet classes for younger students and, at 19, taught her own classes and choreography, for the same school.
When Éducadanse closed, she began to learn modern and Latin dances. Via Saltimambo, she discovered a passion for salsa. Three years later, through Mercredis Salsa-Zouk events run by Melorize Productions, she met Jules Bertrand, who introduced her to Brazilian zouk in 2010. What a joy to finally find THE dance that would become her specialty, HER dance! In 2011, she joined Interfusion Danse, teaching and performing the first of her many choreographies with Jules. In 2013, they organized their first congress together, which they continued in a different format for the following years (GYZO). During their partnership, she had the chance to work with great artists (K-yo, Carlos Da Silva and Jefferson Dadinho, among others), and to travel all over the place (Prague, Brazil, New York, L.A., and more) to share their passion for zouk.
After 5 years of partnership, Mélodie left Interfusion Danse in order to focus on her own projects. Several months later, she had the opportunity to open a new multidisciplinary dance school, a precious dream of hers, and enthusiastically started Dança Montréal with Sébastien Boisvert.
Never having danced before undertaking Brazilian zouk, Sébastien is living proof that anyone can learn to dance.
Everything started for him in a very unusual way. In 2012, shortly after moving to Montréal, Sébastien was walking down Sainte-Catherine street when music from a nightclub piqued his curiosity. He went in and found a Brazilian zouk class by Interfusion Danse. He was immediately hooked and soon began classes with the school.
Since then, he has never stopped trying to improve by any means possible. In 2015, he joined the Interfusion Danse instructor team and started to teach the dance he liked so much. Two years later, he wanted to further his experience and, with Mélodie's help, decided to found Dança Montréal.
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