Daily workshops at Hotel Belorizonte (Sal Island) with Zé Barbosa & Marta , Ricardo & Paula (Afrolatin) ,
Joana Machado , Tony Pirata , Kiki & Federica and Mamatter & Soraya Lima
Zé Barbosa is an actor, plastic artist and teacher of Cabo Verde traditional dances. He has been teaching Kizomba na Passada all over Portugal since 1999. With influences from Coladeira and Zouk, Zé developed his own style throughout the years.
A founding member of the dancing group at Cabo Verde Association in Seixal, he was invited to dance with Recife Popular Ballet, on the Millennium Gala, at the Lisbon Atlantic Pavillion. He later founded Nos Manera with other Cape Verdean dancing teachers.
Together with Sabor Latino group, he has also done workshops in Oporto, Aveiro, Leiria and Coimbra. In 2006, he went on cruise with Tito Paris, to teach kizomba and traditional dances.
Marta Miranda has been his partner for 10 years, and together they created Kizomba NaPassada style. Marta was a classic ballet dancer for 22 years, also performing in contemporary dances, Cape Verde traditional dances, jazz and latin styles.
ALC Dance Company was founded in September 2005. Paula Loureiro and Ricardo Sousa, its artistic directors, choreographers and dancers, have danced together since 2000. Their dance act currently comprises 6 dancers. Thanks to the wide knowledge and training they acquired along the years, in 2007 and 2008 they have won the title of the best Portuguese teachers.
In 2009, they won the category of best Portuguese Show, and were nominated for best choreographers at the Portugal Dance Awards in the "world dances" category. They were also official judges of the international kizomba competition “Africadançar” and are regularly invited to judge various dance competitions.
They have performed and taught at many salsa/kizomba congresses and festivals, public and private events, in countries like Angola, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweeden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.
In 2015 they created the project “ALC HugDance Project”, a world network of performers working together with some of the most aclaimed choreographers in the scene.
Born in Portugal, Joana is one of the best known national and international references of the Kizomba scene. After training Argentine tango and ballroom dances, she started her professional career as a dancer and Kizomba teacher, invited by Avelino Chantre, with whom she formed the world first 100% Kizomba project, known as Ultimate Kizomba. Their partnership lasted for 8 years.
She has taught and performed all over Europe, and was featured in many Portuguese TV shows, such as the three seasons of “Dancing with the stars” and “Let's Dance Portugal”, where she was the resident Kizomba choreographer. She has danced with famous artists like C4 Pedro, Nelson Freitas, Anselmo Ralph, Denis Graça, Elji, Badoxa, Kaysha, G-Amado, Irmãos Verdades, Jay C, among others.
Joana is one of the most charismatic and well known Kizomba teachers, with many fans in Portugal and abroad.
Despite his Cape-Verdean background Tony Pirata was born and grew up in Lisbon, until his family moved to France. There he became a Kizomba champion and achieved 3rd place on the European 2010 Championship, thus becoming the face of Kizomba in France. He was only 16 when he started dancing Semba and Kuduro with the same passion, although it was through Semba and Kizomba that he became more widely known, and later became their first teacher in France.
A Creator of his own style, he designed news techniques and added new steps to Kizomba. His vast dance experience and trips around the world further enriched his style. His dance is diverse, intense and innovative. His exceptional style and character inspire him to keep improving his Kizomba skills.
Kiki was born in Santiago Island, Cape Verde, in 14 September 1981, and started dancing while 9 years old. He became a member of “Novos Unidos Orgoes” group, where he specialised in Zouk, Coladeira, Passada, Colasandjon, Batida Cabo-verdiana and Funaná.
Between 2004 and 2008 he worked at several vacation resorts, and in 2009 moved to Italy, where he opened his school “Kizomba Style Academy” in 6 different cities, together with Federica.
They have trained teachers, gave private lessons and were present in several national and international Kizomba competitions. Kiki also managed and performed as a jury at various festivals and events.
Kiki has an unique “Kizomba Fusin” style, and his fans love his amazing energy.
Mamatter is a Cape Verdean dancer and choreographer of traditional dances like funaná, coladeira, mazurka, cola sanjon, morna and batuko for 15 years, and a Kizomba instructor for 5 years, living in Santiago Island. He is also the leader of the KORPIMENTI dance group, which has been performing on various islands' stages for the last 6 years.
He has performed at many festivals and events, as well as in many Kizomba workshops in Praia city, besides organising the Santiago Island Kizomba Contest. He was the teacher of the couple who won the national final, held by “Sabor a Cabo Verde”, in Sal Island.
Soraya Lima has been dancing for 13 years in different styles as Cape-Verdean traditional dances, contemporary dance, belly dance, hip hop, afro house, kuduro and kizomba. She performed at RCVPA's radio event, as well as in several high-schools such as Domingos Ramos, Miraflores, Amílcar Cabral, at Ponta d'Água and Assomada sports pavilions, National Auditorium, 5th July Park and at the White Evening 2017 event, organized by Praia City Hall.
I was invited to meet Ilha do Sal, its people, its smells and traditions and natural beauty. There the clock slows down and you take it easy. You can fish and dance anywhere. You respect nature's rythm.
Esta experiencia ha sido única y de la mejor que he vivido hasta ahora. No por la isla que por supuesto es un paraíso sin duda..sí no por la gente, me han enseñado.
I am really happy that I went on this kizomba adventure A BIG thanks/obrigado to all you great people I met. I miss you all and kizomba the most so go on with your NO STRESS life and we meet again somewhere.
Vasco, THANK you for a wonderful festival/holiday and for you being who you are. Thanks for taking care of us... I had a great warm holiday. Miss it already. Here back to reality... and it is cold... -1 degree...
I um muito obg pa ces grandes professores de dança i au senho Vasco Dias k ta proporciona nos este evento SABOR A CABO VERDE onde k no ta pote mostra k nos capacidade no ta pote bai mais além i és vitoria li ta bai especialmente pa bo Tony Pirata.
Tilbage i DK. efter en helt fantastisk uge på Sal Cap Verde. Er fyldt op med ny energi, masser af indtryk, frække dansemoves, og mødt en masse spændende mennesker. Tusinde tak til alle jer som deltog og har gjort denne tur helt uforglemmelig. NO STRESS KIZOMBA 4 EVER.
Thank you for the wonderful time in Sal! I wish my time in Cabo Verde could have continued in Mindelo like it started there! I was missing Cabo Verde already in Lisbon! Such great memories!
Sabor a Cabo Verde!! Extraordinários momentos vividos!! Los guardo en mi corazon!!
It was a great experience! First time for us in Africa and we were happy to participate, dance and pass time with so many lovely people. Cape Verde is a heaven on Earth
Me encanta...me kiero meter en la foto...me la prestas??
I miss you so much guys!!! (it's good you don't see me crying...)