Author Archives: Knut Erik Løvig

Lau Rita – Norway

Laura is Spanish/Norwegian and started dancing classical ballet at the age of five. Ten years old she joined the Norwegian National Ballet School and 16 years old she moved to London to continue her education at Central School of Ballet. Later on she explored hip hop and house before discovering salsa and bachata in Argentina in 2009. In 2012 she performed with the show team Ladyshow in Oslo, and in 2013 she joined the professional dance crew Samba Ladies and started performing salsa in couple, both Cuban and L.A. style. Laura and her dance partner won third place at an international salsa competition in Guatemala in April and qualified at the World Salsa Open competition in Puerto Rico in July. Her versatility and ability to learn fast has given her the chance of assisting during workshops of salsa, bachata and kizomba.

Anne-Guro – Norway

Anne-Guro Solberg started dancing jazz-ballet at the age of 10. Then she moved on to swing and boogie woogie. Around 2002 she started dancing salsa and thougt salsa for some years. Bachata was her greatest passion, until she fell in love with kizomba music and started to learn this dance. She has now been dancing kizomba for more than 3 years and are travelling across Europe to different kizomba festivals. Anne-Guro is one of the driving forces for building up the kizomba scene in Oslo.

Theodore – UK

Theodore Wolashie Awadzi aka Theo is the founder of KizombaTk a branch of Dancation Dance UK. He is both the IDO UK kizomba Champion for 2012 as well as the UKA salsa champion 2012 which was held in Bolton. Born in the West African Country of Ghana, Theo has come from a background of dance and choreography. Theo’s dancing and teaching has earned him fame and recognition across the UK and abroad. His excellent teaching style has resulted in him travelling all around the UK as well as Europe teaching and carrying out workshops. He has an extensive background of teaching semba, kuduru, kizomba, azonto as well as may Latin forms of dance . His unique teaching style is always full of fun and energy. His teaching technique is fun based concentrating on footwork and then steadily progressing into the body motion, partner work and styling for both partners. Dancing is his way of Life and this is evident in his classes as everyone leaves with a feeling of self-accomplishment.

Suleika Pauli – Netherlands

Suleika Pauli started dancing when she was 6 years old. She danced for years in the Urban scene. After finishing high school she started her Bachelor ‘Dance Teachers’ study. During these 4 years she did everyday technique classes such as ballet, jazz dance and modern dance. During her study she discovered kizomba. After meeting Selwin and their daily practice, they started growing. A lot of people asked them for classes when they saw the couple dancing, so they decided to start some classes and that was the beginning of their adventures together.
Meanwhile they have a kizomba show together and they are busy with a second show. They gave several workshops throughout the Netherlands and other places in- and outside of Europe. Next to all this Selwin and Suleika have their own dances chool ‘Mistura Passion‘ Nowadays Suleika next to kizomba teaches: street-dance, hip hop, jazz and dance for little children. She is very passionate in teaching technique with of course a lot of fun!

Selwin Fredriks – Netherlands

Selwin Fredriks was born in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he grow up and did his education, taking a degree in Bachelor of International Marketing. Since his early childhood he was influenced by all sorts of music and cultures because of his parents. Especially Afro-Latin music always attracted his interest.
After visiting a salsa club at the invitation of his brother, he was hooked straight away to salsa, bachata and cha cha. In 2011 he got introduced to his passion kizomba and not much later he met Suleika. They started growing together and eventually decided to start teaching together and share their passion with others. They give classes in The Netherlands, gave workshops and perform together at several international festivals. Currently they are working on their second kizomba show together. Next to that they have a kizomba showteam called ‘Mistura Dois’ which just brought out their first show made by Selwin & Suleika. Besides that Selwin and Suleika are running their own danceschool ‘Mistura Passion’. Selwin believes everything is possible if you just put your mind to it.

Henrik Qvigstad – Norway

Henrik Qvigsatd was born in Bergen but is now living in Oslo. He started dancing salsa eight years ago in his home town. While enjoying multiple styles of dance, including salsa, bachata, and West Coast swing, his strongest passion lies with kizomba. Henrik started learning it four years ago, while living in Geneva. In Oslo he has been teaching at different school and also been an instructor at different  kizomba festival in Norway. Today he is dancing together with Alexandra and the two have performed at Nordic Salsa Experience 2014.

Greg Martin – USA

Greg Martin of Afrolatin Hurricane, started teaching and performing 15 years ago in California. He began his kizomba and semba journey in 2009 learning from the original dance master as Maestre Petchu, Kwneda and Ze, while travelling around Europe. Since then Greg has been ivited to teach in Germany, Philipines, Taiwan, San Francisco, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and at festivals in Sweden. He has his own dance company that was the first kizomba focused school in Scandinavia. He has a unique style of pedagogy and feeling when he teaches and performs. He has a passion of the dance and of helping people become great dancers.

George Daniels – South Africa

George Daniels was born in South Africa. Here he has been living inside the world of African tribal dances. Later he was introduce to salsa and felt in love with the rhythm. When kizomba came, he discovered his passion. Teaching salsa for 5 years in South Africa he move to Norway where he started teaching kizomba, bachata and salsa in Oslo. George has been an instructor at most of the dance schools in Oslo and has become a recognized instructor both at the national and International scene. In his classes he likes to focus on how to express sensitivity and emotion in dancing. He is a very passionate, energetic and playful dancer.

Ewa Trela – Poland

Ewa Trela is from Poland and she began her adventure with dance as early as childhood. She has an international master dance class “S” in latin and ballroom dances. She was teaching, performing and competing at many international dance events. Her great love and passion are social dances such as salsa (especially New York style), bachata, kizomba, cha cha, cha, etc. She has been dancing and teaching for over 25 years. Many years of working with the students at the different levels allowed her to develop a very effective teaching methodology. Her classes are full of joy, fun and good energy. Ewa felt in love with kizomba in Lisbon, in 2005, because of her friends from Cabo Verde who introduced this dance to her. Since then she is studying kizomba on many workshops and festivals and sharing her knowledge with the students. She was one of the first dance teachers in Poland that began teaching kizomba when the dance was just beginning its international career. Her dance style is elegant and sensual and she puts a large focus on both: a perfect man’s leading and lady’s following in a dancing couple, and on the musicality.

Vanda Gameiro – Portugal

Vanda Gameiro was born Portugal. She started dancing in her childhood and later on, she decided to dedicate her life to dancing. Vanda is most know for her success in salsa, that has brought her three World Chmpionships. However she has also done a lot of classes of jazz, funk, tango, kizomba contemporary and classical dance. This huge experience in various dance types has made her one of the most popular female instructor on congresses. Styling, technique and musical interpretation are some of her area of focus. In Portugal she has her own school together with Nuno, called Jazzy Dance Studios.

Laura Gaviño- Spain

Laura Gaviño is living in Cadiz Spain. She started as a kid, dancing flamenco and other Spanish dances. Later on she moved over to salsa, bachata and the Latin-american dances. Laura has had different dance partner and been among the best bachata dancers in Spain. The last two years she has joined forces with Pablo and together they have had great success. Winning several bachata competitions has giving them the opportunity to travel to festivals around Europe. In classes and outside, Laura is know to spread joy and fun. She always succeeds to transfer her knowledge to her students in an easy and understandable way.

Jazzy CubAngo – France

Jazzy CubAngo comes from Paris, France. He has dance salsa and kizomba for many years and it was a natural step for him to start teaching. Today he has regular classes in Paris and Toulouse. The last couple of years he has been travelling around Europe, teaching at different kizomba festivals. He is himself an organizer of festivals among others he has the Paris Kizomba Congress and Swimming Kizomba Festival. Jazzy is known to have a very smooth style and is extremely good to make people master the intricate technique of kizomba, even the more advanced combinations.

Pablo Perez – Colombia

Pablo Perez was born in Argelia in Colombia. Here he started to dance salsa and bachata at an early age. After moving to Cadiz in Spain, he joined the student group of Korke and here he met with Laura his dance partner. After some time the couple decided to raise the level and started compete in various competition in Spain and around Europe. They won the Spanish championship BachataStars and come 7th in the World Bachatarte Championship. Pablo is mixing both Dominican and sensual style in his classes. On the dance floor is is know to dance with everybody and is very enjoyable at parties.

Giselle Dias – Bosnia

Giselle Dias was born in Bosnia and moved to Sweden 6 years ago. Here she started dancing Cuban salsa and got into the Latino world. A couple a years ago, at a salsa congress, she discovered kizomba and fell in love with the rhythm and the dance. After that she has been one of the driving forces in the developing the kizomba scene in Stockholm and has been teaching together with several instructors like Joao Rocha, Ruddy Cap and Jazzy CubAngo. Giselle is a very pleasant person and always willing to share her knowledge, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Nuno Furtado – Portugal

Nuno Furtado is originally from Portugal, the country that he have been representing at the international salsa congresses and festivals together with his dance partner Vanda. The couple has won several World Champion titles and are know to be among the best show dancers in the salsa scene. As instructors they are very popular due to their fun and enhancing classes, their sensual style, where they incorporating technique and passion, always guarantees a one of a kind learning experience. In Portugal he has own school called Jazzy Dance Studios, one of the biggest in the country.

Kristofer Mencák – Sweden

Kristofer Mencák has been dancing salsa socially for many years. He has trained capoeira in Brazil for long periods of time, travelled to Cuba for salsa, visited Dominican Republic for bachata and during the most recent years he has been to more than 25 kizomba festivals all over Europe to learn kizomba and semba. During spring 2013 he attended a teacher’s course in Portugal and currently he is teaching kizomba and semba at Salsaakademien in Stockholm. In 2013 he won the Scandinavian selection for the international competition Africadançar and ended up on on 7th place worldwide in the finals in Lisbon. He loves the more technically difficult moves in kizomba as well as playing with the music and rhythm.”

Daniela Horta – Portugal

Daniela was born in Mozambique, but moved to Portugal in her childhood. When she finished her studies she went to Denmark where she met Jose. When starting with kizomba she understood that this was part of her roots and it soon became her passion. Daniela is the key factor behind the introduction of kizomba in Denmark and she is now travelling around Europe spreading the kizomba message. She is a popular instructor both due to her smooth style and pleasant personality.

José Custodio – Cape Verde

José Rui Custodio is original from Cape Verde, but grew up in Portugal. He later move to Denmark where he met his dance partner Daniela on the dance floor, dancing kizomba. José knew straight away that he had found his passion when he tried kizomba. Learning from some of the kizomba masters, he started teaching this dance to the Danish people. Here his developed to a popular instructor, both locally and at international dance festivals.

Alexandra Dar – Lithuania

Aleksandra Dar, 25 year’s old,originally from Lithuania (people say tahat Lithuanians have temperament like Latino’s). When she was 6 years old she was practicing gymnastic and at 8 she joined the “cha cha” dancing group of her school. In 2009 she started dancing Cuban salsa, mambo and bachata but in 2010 she felt in love of kizomba. She started learning kizomba, dancing it, traveling around the world to attend the biggest festivals and following kizomba everywhere. In 2013 she moved to Oslo, prepared a show with her dancing partner and started to to give private lessons. Times on time she plays as a bachata and kizomba DJ in Oslo.

Ingvild Tørring – Norway

Ingvild Tørring was born in Norway and started dancing salsa seven years ago. She is also practices other couple dances, such as bachata, cha-cha-cha and merengue and she has some training in ballet. Ingvild has recently developed a passion for Brazilian zouk. When she tried dancing zouk for the first time, it took her five seconds to fall in love with this beautiful dance. She was introduced to the dance by Adilio Porto. Shortly after she started teaching and spreading her passion for zouk in Oslo, and since March she has been Adilio’s dancepartner in Oslo. She has also travelled abroad and learned from others of the world’s foremost zouk instuctors. Ingvild has an infectious spirit and wants everyone to experience the joy of dancing.

Livan Rondon – Cuba

Livan Rondon was born in Cuba. Since he was 14 he has been dancing on Cuban stages in his province Camagüey. Livan is licensed in Cuban folkloric dances, graduated at the Universidad de Arte de la Habana, the most important school in Cuba. He worked as a dancer in the first dancing group which had the national circus of Cuba and was part of the prestigious international Tropicana dance group. Due to his skill he has been frequently used on Cuban TV, dancing in the most famous TV programs in Cuba. The last couple og years at Cuba, before moving to Europe he start focusing more on coreography. Livan is now living in Oslo where he is teaching and travelling to congresses around Europe.

Jazzy Ruiz – Guatemala

Jazzy Ruiz started his dance career at the age of 5 at his parents’ dance school in Antigua, Guatemala. He received a broad dance education in jazz, contemporary dance, ballet, break dance, hip hop, Latin jazz, flamenco and other Latin dances such as salsa, mambo, Afro-Cuban and show dance. Inspired by his artistic heritage, he began his work as an instructor at the age of 15 at his family’s dance school, and also at cultural centers and events. After leaving Guatemala, Jazzy continued his education at “Den Norske Ballethøyskolen” in Oslo and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Performing Arts and Pedagogy. During his studies he went to Cuba where he studied ballet, contemporary and Afro Cuban dances at “Ballet Nacional de Cuba of Alicia Alonso”. He started his international career as a professional dancer and instructor in 2001, when he was touring Europe, among other places,as a representative for Norway. He started his own dance school in 2002. Jazzy has participated in various TV shows like “So you think you can dance ?” and “Norway Got Talent” .

DJ Kasra – Norway

DJ Kasra is the DJ whose music you’ve enjoyed during most of the major Latin events in Oslo in 2013. Kasra stepped into the world of salsa in 2009 and felt captivated by the Latin beat ever since. It was his love for the music that led him to step behind the DJ booth. He debuted as DJ on the Oslo Bachata Festival this year and is now playing every week on several regular parties. His DJ spectrum is wide, covering all styles of salsa and bachata, and as of recently kizomba. He says salsa is his first love, bachata his greatest, and kizomba his newest. He will also the DJ coordinator for Knut Erik Production’s events and festivals.

Gordon Kizz – France

Gordon Kizz was born in Vinne, France and moved later to Marseille where he works in the opera. At young age Gordon started with martial arts that he did for 10 years, but after an injury he started dancing salsa dancing. After so years of salsa he discovered kizomba and falled in love with the dance. Dancing some years of dancing he decided to dive more into the soul of kizomba. Travelling to countries like Portugal, England and Spain, he did classes with the best instructors. Now Gordon is himself seen as on of the best kizomba instructors and is frequently booked to festivals around Europe. The feedback he got last time he was in Oslo was excellent, so it is a pleasure to have him back.