Artists of the festival
Jazzy & Iris (Norway, Oslo)
Jazzy and Iris are both professional dancers, that graduated from the Norwegian College of Dance with a bachelor degree in Performing Arts and Pedagogy.
Jazzy has his background from jazz, modern, ballet, break dance, hip-hop, Latin jazz, flamenco and other Latin dances such as salsa, cha-cha-cha, mambo, Afro-Cuban and show dance. In 2002 he started Norway’s biggest salsa and Latin dance school LATIN DANCE ART - Salsakompaniet». Jazzy has traveled to many different events and has 16 years experiece as a international Latindance instructor.
Iris Reder graduated in 2014. She majored in jazz dance, but also studied other techniques such as ballet and modern dance. Iris has experience from teaching and performing various styles such as ballet, musical, show jazz, lyrical jazz, latin jazz, street dance, salsa all levels, lady styling and bachata. She is now a popular dance instructor and performer in Norway and travels together with her partner Jazzy Ruiz to many of the most prestigious festival worldwide. In her experience as a dancer, Iris values musicality, a strong technical base and an artistic expression that reflects her sharpness, elegance and versatility. Look out for their shows full of energy, great technique and unique music interpretation, as well as they amazing pedagogy and and didactic at theirs workshops! In this great festival Jazzy & Iris are looking forward to dance with you!
Osmani Segura (Cuba)
Osmani was born in ‘Habana Vieja', a very special place in Havana, Cuba. His dancing journey began at a very young age in Cuba. Since then, the street became his main school and the stage his second home. He was a member of several dance companies in Cuba, allowing him to improve dances like, Rumba, Afro-Cuban, Mambo, traditional cuban dances, Casino ( Salsa Cubana ) and urban dances. His career as a teacher started back in Cuba in 2002. Later on in Germany in 2006, he became a member of the hip-hop crew 'Just blaze' leaded by Camillo Lauricella and received the first place at the german Hip-Hop Championship. Since 2010 he has been providing his knowledge to his students, all the way from beginners to stage performer level. As an artist he has taught and performed at several salsa congresses and festivals all over Europe, as well as on several national television shows.
Angelo Gioffre & company (Italy, Milano)
Angelo was born in Milan in 1990 and began dancing at the age of eight. He participated in national competitions and at the age of ten he started training in Caribbean dance. At the age of seventeen he enrolled in the M.A.S. (Music, Art, and Show) Academy in Milan and gained a degree in Dance and Television. Since then has been working in one of the most acclaimed groups in the world of salsa with the internationally renowned choreographer Maykel Fonts and his Fonts Company. He has toured extensively in Italy and abroad and also has done advertising campaigns and events for various international brands.currently dancing for the production Riverdream in the musical "heartbeat of home" and has already toured Dublin, Beijing, Shanghai, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Boston
Vie & SirJ (France, Paris)
Vie has a background as a latin dancer and teacher (Salsa, Bachata, …) for more than 15 years now. She has developed a very unique and feminine dance style, which she generously shares during her regular classes, but also during the special ladies’styling classes. Since a couple of years she also teaches kizomba, together with her partner SirJ.
SirJ is native to the West Indies, and has bathed since his early age in those afro-Caribbean sounds, going from zouk, to compa and mazurka, and also reggae and dancehall. Those musical influences allowed him to quickly understand the rhythms of Kizomba and all its origins, and add his own style to his dancing.
Together, they aim to share their passion, and love of partner dancing, and especially Kizomba. They focus on connection, understanding the music and the ability to lead and follow any dancer… from beginner to advanced. During their classes or workshops, they always keep in mind their philosophy they limitless share with their students: SHARING – LISTENING – ENJOYING
Dóra Egressy (Hungary, Budapest)
I was born in Budapest in 1987, but due to my father’s work I grew up in the Czech Republic. When I was little I have always wanted to be a figure skater. With my Mum we could sit and watch the championships for whole nights. She used to tell me that figure skaters train a lot and they have to learn ballett and dance too to have beautiful moves and strength. I was 7 when I went to my first dance class – and after two years of figure skating and dancing paralelly I realized that dance has become even more important for me. So I switched from ice to the ballet carpet. I have done several styles before I found salsa in 2010 – hiphop, musical, contemporary / jazz, but salsa gave me something new, something great that I couldn’t resist. In 2013 we won the StarGate of El Sol Warsaw Salsa Festival with my former dance partner, Bea performing a fusion choreo of contemporary and Cuban salsa. It made all of our dreams come true and launched an „international carreer”. Since that we have performed and tought at several countries at festivals. Recently I have been running my own dance school in Budapest with a great team focusing on quality, modern Cuban salsa, continue attending modern / contemporary classes and On2 workshops.
Tomáš & Anet (Czech republic, Prague)
Tomáš & Anet – two young dancers who decided to combine their wide ranged experience in dance. Anet returns back to her roots and again dives into cuban rhythms after a long period of practicing and performing american west coast swing and brazilian zouk. Tomáš contributes with experience in cuban classical dances such as rumba, afro and timba. He has built his style in a successful man duo Dos Timberos. Tomáš & Anet have rich experience in salsa and other dance styles. They are full of energy, passion and good mood and they enjoy sharing their vibes with others.
Renato Veronezi (Brazil)
Renato will teach brazilian zouk and will focus on modern urban style with lot of RnB and HipHop moves
Luděk & Pavla & Monika (Czech republic, Brno)
Luděk was born in Czech Republic and now lives in Brno.
Monika has her teaching and performing background from ballet, jazz and mainly street dance including all styles as hip-hop, house dance or funky for more than 10years. She met ZOUK scene in 2013 and became highly addicted to social dancing. Since then she started to learn from Luděk and Pavla and travel to various festivals. In 2014 she became a part of teachers team in Stolárna – dancing school of Luděk and Pavla and after that started to teach with Luděk also at international congresses. She is trying to focuse on a proper technique and connection while dancing to make the dance as fluent,comfortable and nice for both parners as possible. On the other hand she is really passionated about musicality and modern styles.
Ayo & Naty (Slovak republic)
Ayo & Naty – our bachata artists