EUPHORIA DANCE COMPANY (ITALY)
Milan Italy is home to one of Salsa’s newest up and coming team, Euphoria Dance Company. The Dance Company was formed by Jose “La Salsa” Diaz in 2012 to bring a revived new feel to Mambo On2 in Italy. The company reflects the influence of New York Style On2 dancing with it’s creative interpretation and strong sense of musicality on stage. Their goal is to present a unique and diverse performance style but still maintain the classic roots and essence of Mambo.
Artistic Director Jose “La Salsa” Diaz teaches his unique style of Mambo with an energetic Dominican Street Style of dancing. His incorporation of multiple turns, spins, turn combinations, counter turns, sudden breaks and change of directions will leave his audience elated and wanting to see more. His passion for dance allows him to interpret musical rhythms through soulful body movements and intricate turn patterns.
Dancefloor is a dance company created in March 2009 when BoogTom (South Korea) came to Europe and met Fred (France). At that time, BoogTom was already a hiphop expert travelling around the world to participate and judge battles (Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Moscow).
They are known for their creative shows that mix different dance styles and they are one of the dance companies that right now travel all over the world teaching and performing. Their unique style and their social dance abilities made them famous.
They are coming for the first time to Greece and they are ready to teach, perform but also train all ambitious performers that will decide to attend their amazing Choreography Bootcamp.
MARCIO & KIMI (THE NETHERLANDS)
Marcio & Kimi, this amazing couple from Holland, is coming to Greece to teach for the first time. Marcio born in Angola and Kimi in Curacao they have a lot of experience in the world of dance. They dance Kizomba, Semba, Afrohouse, Kuduruo but also Salsa and Bachata.
Marcio and Kimi's outstanding talent and qualities of leadership, spirit and imagination made a lot of people know and embrace the popular dances of Angola 'Kizomba and Semba'.
As a couple with a lot of experience and knowledge, they teach Semba, Kizomba and Afrohouse worldwide and bring the right information and feeling to the people. They are going to teach, perform and also judge our Africadancar Eliminations Competition on July 5th.
DINO DA CRUZ (ANGOLA/THE NETHERLANDS)
Dino da Cruz is the director of AfricAdancar Benelux . Dino da Cruz was born in Luanda and he is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer specializing in Afrodance, Kizomba, Lockin’, New Jack Swing, and Hip hop.
Dino is an experienced performer with an impressive track record, including performances with Miriam Makeba and Whitney Houston, winning performances at the Official Dutch Hiphop Championships and participation in the Final of 2009 FISAF World Hiphop Championships with his crew Street4onE in Las Vegas .
Dino started learning Kizomba at the age of 6 at home with his mother Esperanca da Cruz, one of the greatest Semba dancers from Bairro Popular in Luanda, Angola. His first professional experiences in the field of Kizomba date back to 1988 with Paulo Flores and 1992 with Eduardo Paim, the first Kizomba musician from Angola.
It is our honour to have this amazing teacher and person who is also gonna be one of our judges for the Africadancar Eliminations Competition on July 5th,
ANTONIS & HARA – INDEPENDANCE STUDIO (VOLOS/LARISA)
One of the most popular Greek couples and one of the first to represent our country abroad. Starting from Salsa when in Greece there was no salsa scene and now also developing african rhythms and kizomba, this couple has achieved a lot.
Antonis and Hara were the first Greek couple that represented our country at the Africadancar International Kizomba Championship and managed to become World Winners in 2015 having also won the 3rd place in the same competition in 2014.
Through their classes, parties and events they managed to develop in central Greece, one of the biggest dance scenes of the country. They are one of the couples that developed the Salsa scene of the country dancing together from the beginning.
Antonis and Hara are known for their energy and communication with people. They are two of the organizers of the Greek Salsa Bootcamp and the Ski & Salsa Weekend and also owners and directors of the Independance Studios in the cities of Volos and Larissa.
MARAKUYA DC (SWITZERLAND)
Marcel & Edith are choreographers, directors and creators of Marakuya Dance Company, based in the eastern part of Switzerland. Passion is the key to their work!
It’s been over 6 years since the multiple Swiss champions dance together. They have performed for many years with several dance companies on national and international stages. With over 11 years of experience in dancing and teaching salsa, they are standing for technical expertise and well known for their authentic and charismatic style.
Marakuya Dance Company is proud to represent Switzerland in Greece.
GEORGE & THALIA - INDEPENDANCE STUDIO (VOLOS/LARISA)
George & Thalia are instructors of the Independance Studios in Volos & Larisa and it is the couple that last year won the Eliminations for the Africadancar and they are going to represent Greece this year at the Africadancar International Kizomba Champioship in Angola. George is a dancer of several styles starting with Greek Traditional dances. Before falling in love with kizomba he started with Latin & Ballroom taking part in national competitions until today and he has also been occupied with Tap Dancing, Modern Jazz and latly with Salsa. Thalia has been a dancer sicne a very young age having experience in Greek Traditional dances, Hip Hop, Modern Jazz, Latin/Ballroom and Salsa and she is currently teaching Tap Dancingm, Kizomba and Latin/Ballroom. Together they are currently teaching in schools and Congresses and they are part of the Professional Kizomba Team of Antonis & Hara.
IOANNA KYE KYE KARAPA (THESSALONIKI)
ioanna is known for her deep knowledge and studies in african and carribean rhythms. She was the first one to develop the Dancehall culture in North Greece and generally throughout the country and also the first one to bring and teach african dances in our country. She is also one of the organizers of the Tun it Up Dancehall festival.
Ioanna is the owner of the "Jafrican Collection", a brand of clothing and accesories made with african cloth and materials having also her own fashion shows.
ALESSANDRO & ILIANA (THESSALONIKI)
Alessandro comes from Milano and Iliana from Thessaloniki. Together they teach in Thessaloniki and North Greece and they are the main teachers of the Step Up Dance Studio.
Alessandro & Iliana are one of the couples that develop the salsa scene of nothern Greece preparing performance teams, teaching and performing,
GIANNIS SIDERAS (THESSALONIKI)
Giannis Sideras comes from Thessaloniki and has been involved with Cuban dances for the last 7 years. He dances, choreographs and teaches, mainly, Casino (parejas and rueda) and Cuban Rumba. He is also a member of Salseros en la Calle and has won numerous awards in various competitions. For the last 2 years he has begun coaching his own team Guerreros de Casino.
He is mostly known for his method of teaching which is highly explanatory but also super fun and also for his high energy in parties. If you try to find him in parties, you won’t have to look for him much. He will be the one dancing his heart out all night long.
ISMINI - INDEPENDANCE STUDIO (LARISA)
Ismini started dancing in the age of 8 making her first steps in classical ballet, modern and Greek Traditional dancing as well as gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics. She has participated in many national and international Dance Congresses as a dancer and performer. The past 4 years she is teaching Dancehall and Aerial Yoga in Independance Studio in Larisa.
IRINI ATHANASIADOU - STEP UP DS (XANTHI)
Ιrini is owner and director of the Step Up Dance Studio in Xanthi. She is a Salsa and Bachata instructor and she started dancing 14 years ago. In professional level she started as a Latin and Argentine Tango instructor till she fell in love with Salsa. She is specialized in Ladies Styling and she has participated in many Dance Festivals and competitions as instructor and performer together also with her teams.
CHRISTINA CHRYSANTHOU (THESSALONIKI)
Christina was born in in Cyprus. She began with the folk and traditional dances of Cyprus and Greece. In 2008 she has obtained the IDTA on Latin Ballroom Dances and has also took professional classes on Tango,Oriental and Hip Hop-Reggaeton. The next year she began incorporating Salsa in her dancing repertoire. Starting from the Cuban and the Afro Style and gradually working on LA and New York style. Making Salsa and Belly Dance two of her main point of interest focusing on them more and more over the years. She has also been involved in numerous salsa and oriental (belly dancing) festivals domestic and international. By both performing at the festivals and teaching in seminars. She has also been a ZIN member of the Zumba community since 2011. In 2011, burlesque was an addition to her dancing horizons by starting appearances and incorporating it in her other repertoires. In 2013 she has obtained intermediate degree of the ISTD modern theater and carried on to obtain the advanced diploma on 2014. Promoting her own dancing Salsa style by infusing burlesque, modern theater and afro elements.She is the owner of Danceway dance studio in Ptolemaida Greece from the start of 2016
STAVROULA KIFONIDOU (THESSALONIKI)
Stavroula is from Thessaloniki (Greece). She has been in latin dancing for the past 9 years and she has also obtained the ISTD advance Modern Theater Qualification . She has also been occupied with Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary and Ballroom Dancing (IDTA Degree) however, her heart belong totally to Salsa in which successfully teaches the last 7 years, participating in numerous of festivals. On 2013, has started developing RAW D.C. includes a salsa ladies and a couples dance teams that participates in various competitions and festivals.
SALSA AUTH (THESSALONIKI)
Salsa AUTH (Salsa of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) was created in 2014 and since then it has an increasing number of students and, consequently, teachers in order to have proper and productive lessons. Our teachers have become four this year Vasilis Giannoglou, Christos Aivazopoulos, Dimitris Tsiaparas, Xaris Sarafoglou), so that the 100+ students of each lesson can be split in groups of advanced, intermediate, beginners and.. more beginners, aspiring to increase those numbers even further! Positive environment, lots of energy and good company are some of the basic ingredients of our team, while since 2016 we began to be active outside the University campus too, by participating in shows and competitions. We feel proud for giving the opportunity to so many people to meet the world of salsa and even more proud that some of our students have evolved so much as to be members of some of the best Rueda de Casino teams of Greece with national and international honors. Moreover, we take pride in our teams that either comprise our students, the Mojitos, or had their core based on salsa AUTH, Malas Lenguas and Chapados de Casino, also with leading roles and international honors.
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