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.
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.
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. 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, touring Europe at different salsa congresses. In 2002 he started his own dance school Salsa Kompaniet. Jazzy has participated in various TV shows like “So you think you can dance ?” and as a choreographer in “Skal vi danse?” on TV2.
Basia Zielińska began her dancing career when she was five years old with competitive ballroom dance , both standard and Latin . After working as a professional ballroom dancer for 14 years , she continued her dance education with training in jazz, modern , salsa and street dance styles like hip – hop and house. She is certified Modern and Contemporary dance teacher with diploma in composition and choreography . She works as a dancer at the National Opera in Warsaw led by Mariusz Trelinski director and choregrapher . She is also a member of numerous dance crews participating on various television programs in Poland. Semi- finalist in the Polish version of ” Got to Dance ” and finalist of the TV show ” So You Think You Can Dance ” . She is also the owner of one of the best salsa schools in Poland – Latin Groove . Basia has held shows and taught with Jazzy Ruiz in many international salsa congresses and festivals and also kept show as a member of ” Mambo Aces ” Dance Team. She is experienced dance teacher and choreographer in LA style , cha-cha-cha, tango, bolero and lady styling. Her characteristics is an elegant and powerful style, with a good balance between technique , versatility , charisma , musicality and improvisation.
Alexis Ruiz is a dancer, choreographer, instructor and percussionist. He is a multitalented artist with a lot of passion, and he created the concept of “Alexistyle”. Alexis started out his dancing carreer in Antigua, Guatemala at the age of 13. In 1999 he travelled to Cuba to learn other styles of latin dances. He received a diploma as a specialist of Afro-Cuban dance at “Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba”. Alexis has also studied African dance, Step dance, Flamenco, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Salsa, Jazz, Hip-hop, Funk and House. In 2000 he emigrated to Japan and started his own dance school with more than 1000 students throughout the country. He was also the first solo salsa dancer, and is recognised for his original shows and creative style. In Japan he anticipated in numerous TV shows, radio interviews, magazines and newspapers. He has also participated at many international events and salsa congresses with his shows, like West Coast Salsa Congress, the world’s biggest salsa congress. At this congress, in 2005, he was awarded for his skills as a dancer and instructor by Albert Torres Productions. He has also made his own portfolio of DVD instruction videos and has his own latin jazz band called “Floribale” that plays Alexis’ music.
Magdalena Prichodko comes from Warsaw in Poland. She started salsa 5 years ago, but due to her experience in jazz, modern dancing, ballett and hip-hop, she soon became a top salsa dancer. In Warsaw she worked as an instructor and choreographer at Salsa Libre, the biggest salsa school in Poland. Today she lives in Oslo and works at Salsa Kompaniet.