Inspiring artists!

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Sofie Toris & Luciano Gomes

CZECH REPUBLIC / BRAZIL

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.

Igor Fraga

INDEPENDANT ARTIST | USA/BRAZIL

Igor Fraga, originally from Minas Gerais - Brazil, started his Zouk journey in 2012 based in New York. He trained as a Zouk NY instructor and held weekly classes in Manhattan, and for a brief time, in LA. Always looking to do his best, he collects awards from various competitions. Nowadays he has been working as a traveling instructor doing various workshops and teaching at congresses around North America and the world. He is also responsible in leading the Dare 2 Zouk program at NYC Zouk Festival, which offers a full on immersion and training in the fundamentals of the dance.

Kim Rottier

NEW YORK

Kim Rottier is most known for her hand in bringing Brazilian Zouk to North America; founding and directing ZoukNY, co-creating FALL FOR ZOUK, and for providing training and mentoring to the most celebrated and recognized Zouk dancers and instructors of North America with the ZoukNY Instructor Certification Program (ZKNY ICP). Most recently, she has combined her doctoral research and training in Mindfulness with her love of Zouk in creating the signature “Zouk in the Dark” event - a Zouk experience of connection and connectedness - with her event partner DJ Power. Zouk in the Dark is a pop up event in NYC and is currently expanding to Zouk Congresses around North America.

Hisako

INDEPENDANT ARTIST | NEW YORK

Hisako is one of the pioneers of Brazilian Zouk in North America. Also, the only certificated Lambazouk instructor in USA by PatriciaDidiLambada, who is most original Zouk Lambada dancer from Porto Seguro Brazil. In 2000, Hisako started dancing Zouk in Buenos Aires and moved to New York 2001. She has led zouk seance in NY since then.

Hisako is known as her dramatic and emotional dance style, since she majored drama in her college and worked as Script writer/ stage director/ actress in Japan. Hisako taught her regular Zouk Class in New York for many years also sometimes in her hometown Kyoto. She has taught and performed  in many major international congresses like Berg Congress in 2017. She also worked as a judge of the International Zouk- Lambada Competition 2017 in Porto Seguro. Hisako had a U.S. and Asia tour of teaching Zouk workshops in Colorado, Hawaii, Boston, North Carolina, Japan, China and so on.

Chris Van Houten

INDEPENDANT ARTIST | CHICAGO

Chris Van Houten began teaching and competing in West Coast Swing and Hustle in 2005 and discovered zouk in 2012. He is one of the very few zouk teachers who is also a national west coast swing All Star. Chris lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he nurtures a zouk scene through May I Have This Dance, one of the USA’s most respected social dance studios. He has won several titles at swing, hustle, and zouk events across North America. Chris has been an educator and dancer for all of his adult life, bringing social dance into Chicago public schools, emceeing dance events across the Midwest, and training teachers and performing artists at Northwestern University. He received advanced teacher certification through Zouk NY and is immensely grateful for the opportunity to bring his diverse dance background, musicality, engaging teaching methods, and sense of humor with GYZO.

Benga DaBeatz

INDEPENDANT ARTIST | NIGERIA, USA

Benga DaBeatz is a Nigerian born international dancing sensation. He is a graduate from the National Arts Theatre of Nigeria under the Institution of Practical Art, this came after his first center stage appearance at the tender age of 2 in Lagos, Nigeria. After elementary schooling and during high school, Benga DaBeatz choreographed and performed theatrical and cultural dances nationally and in the continental of Africa. He competed in several Western, North Western, Central, South Western, and Eastern African cultural dances. During his time in the Nigeria entertaining industry, he transcended into the musical art and media production. He toured, produced music, and performed across the Mother continent with the son of the Nigerian Music Legend and King of Africa’s Afro Beats, Femi Kuti. During this period he moved to the United States to further pursue his education. In the USA, he expanded his craft with Ballroom and Latin cultural arts and competed in Dancesports competitions for 4.5 years in the State of Ohio and surrounding. Upon his graduation with 7 certificates under the Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree at the University of Akron, he resumed traveling and began teaching the art of dance in Bachata, Kizomba, Konpa, and Afro Zouk. In compliments of these dances, are his teaching and sharing of the sights and sounds of Afro Beatz and Afro Body Movements. Today, He is well-known in the Afro & Latin dance community for his high energy, enthusiastic, and vibrant styles of Afro Fusion & Immersion artistry. He is an Afro-Fusion performing artist, a music producer, an International Afro-Latin DJ, a Master of Ceremony, and one of the international Prince of Afro Beatz. Beatz is also Founder & Owner of Beatz Entertainment & Midwest Kizomba Zouk Chapter in the North America.

Brad Meccia

KNOXVILLE / ASHEVILLE

Brad Meccia is the founder and head instructor at Armada Zouk Dance LLC, Knoxville’s longest running Zouk company.  Armada Zouk currently features 4 hours of weekly classes which includes 4 levels of social dancing classes and weekly socials as well as instructing weekly classes in Asheville, NC.   He has trained throughout the US and Brazil, where his time training with Renata Peçanha helped to develop his Rio Zouk style.  In addition to Rio Style, Brad has completed a NeoZouk techniques instructor certification with Marco “Mafie Zouker” Mendonça.  Outside of dance, Brad received a PhD in biomedical engineering with a focus in biomechanics.  This provides unique insights into movement of the body which allow his instruction to really break down the biomechanics of different motions on a joint-by-joint and muscle-by-muscle basis.

Junyan & Caney

MAZOUKA | TORONTO

Junyan is a full-time Brazilan Zouk teacher based in Toronto. He dedicates most of his time developing his zouk programs that he hopes can serve as a platform for training future generations of new zouk dancers!

Caney was introduced to dance at the early age of 3, and performed her first solo dance routine at the age of 5. Caney has touched on many dance styles, however her main training consists of 2+ decades with a focus on jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and Chinese folk dance. In the more recent years, discovering the dynamic world of partner dance including salsa, bachata, and her most loved Brazilian zouk! As an instructor, she inspires and encourages her students to fully embrace their learning journey. As an artist and performer, she brings her audience in to live the dance. As a dancer, she dances to lose herself and find herself at the same time.

Laura Riva

DZOUK PRODUCTIONS | TORONTO

Laura Riva is the co-director of dZouk Productions and the co-organizer of Canada Zouk Congress. She began her dance journey with Salsa, before falling in love with Brazilian Zouk. She now teaches and performs at events around the world with her partner, Darius.

Natalia Bonafin

NAVY PRODUCTIONS | TORONTO

Natalia’s passion for dance started at the age of 13 with the genres of jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. She then trained in latin dance and tango before falling in love with zouk in 2011. She now teaches and performs zouk both at local and international events, along with her dance partner Davy. She is super excited to be at GYZO for the 4th year in a row!

Sébastien Boisvert

DANÇA MONTREAL

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.

Catherine Simard

DANÇA MONTREAL

Catherine first started social dancing in summer 2012. Her thirst for learning has only increased since then. She starts her dance journey with latin dances. She moved to Sherbrooke in August 2012 for nursing school, where she lacked opportunities to dance salsa and bachata. In search of new challenges and more social dancing, she started to learn swing dances (Rockabilly Jive, West Coast, blues, Lindy hop, Balboa, etc.). She went to many conventions, competed in Jack and Jill competitions, and won Pro-Am (first place) and Am-Am (second place) awards.

When she finished her studies, she moves to Montreal to have more access to dance. She trained intensively in salsa and bachata with Victor Alexis for a year and a half. She participated in many competitions, won several freestyle awards, and won first place in Pro-Am salsa on 2 at the 2015 Canada Salsa Convention in Toronto.

She became interested in Brazilian zouk in November 2015 and asked Jules Bertrand to train her. After many private lessons, congresses, and festivals, and a month of intensive training with well-recognized professional dancers (Paloma Alves, Renata Peçanha, Paulo and Luisa, etc.), she started in January 2018 the new adventure of teaching with Danҫa Montréal, with the aim of growing the B-zouk community in Montreal and sharing this great passion.


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