Daily workshops at Hotel Belorizonte with Avelino Chantre , Tony Pirata , Zé Rui , Mandela Mandela , DJ Emanuelson and parties with Kiki & Federica
Zé Rui is, together with his dance partner Daniela, a Kizomba addict, performer, instructor, promoter and the first official face of Kizomba in Denmark and Scandinavia, since 2008.
He was born in Cabo Verde, and even though he grew up in Portugal with the influences of Kizomba and Cape Verdean music, it was only in 2007 that he really got interested in dancing and became a big enthusiast of this unique dance style, and the very special way of expressing oneself through Kizomba.
Learning to dance Kizomba came easy to him, especially with the help of some of the great masters like Kwenda Lima, Afrolatin Connection, Petchu, Zé Barbosa and Avelino Chantre. But of course learning and mastering a dance is quite different, which takes years of practice. He and his partner, as Kizomba DK, have been doing so for several years, while divulging the dance in Scandinavia, mainly in Denmark where they currently reside.
Kizomba DK has successfully introduced Kizomba in Denmark, sharing their passion with the Danish Dancing Society, and they have performed and taught Kizomba in many other countries such as Portugal, Sweden, Norway, England, Finland, Poland, France, Belarus, Lithuania, Netherlands, Italy and Russia.
Avelino Chantre is a remarkable name in the dancing world, particularly in Europe, Brazil and the USA. He was born in S. Vicente Island, Cabo Verde, where he specialised in traditional dances as well as contemporanean dances. His traditional basic training was in Funaná, Kolá, Coladera, Mazurca, Semba and Kizomba.
He started in 1988 in Cabo Verde, and quickly his professional experience went abroad (Portugal, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, Germany, Brazil, USA, and Canada) with shows from choreographs as Clara Andermatt and Paulo Ribeiro.
Avelino is also a musician, actor and co-creator of several choreographies and shows. Since 1994, he has been actively involved in shows and partnerships throughout Portugal with some great names of dance, music and the National Teather.
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.
Tony Pirata is currently the face of Kizomba in France. He was only 16 years old when he started dancing Semba and Kuduro with the same passion of Kizomba, although it was through Semba and Kizomba that he became more widely known.
Fascinated with these experiences, Tony became France's first Kizomba and Semba teacher. Creator of his own style, he designed news technics and added news individual steps to Kizomba. His vast number of trips around the world and dance experiences further enriched his style. His dance is diverse, intense and innovative. His exceptional style and character inspire him to keep improving his Kizomba skills.
Mandela Nelson was born in Angola, in the suburbs of Luanda that due to the environment in which they lived, was one of the largest schools of kuduro, kizomba, semba, a.s.o. So, at the age of 10, he already made part of a dance group.
In 1992 he immigrated to Portugal where he currently lives, more precisely in Porto. During 8 years he dedicated to Gospel music in a 4 elements group named, “Black Matondos”.
In 2000 he got contact again with dance. He teaches African rhythms in different cities in the north of Portugal: Porto, Maia, Famalicão, Braga, Viana do Castelo, Povoa do Varzim e Vila do Conde. He also participated in various cultural events as a Dancer, Choreographer, Judge, Animator a.s.o. He was also present in several tv programs in TRP, SIC and PORTO CANAL.
In 2010/11, the duo Mandela & Lisa started an international career as Dancers, Choreographers, Entertainers and Teachers of African dances in several countries in Europe and Brazil, being their love by the culture and dance, some of the secrets of their success.
Kiki was born in Santiago Island in 14 September 1981, and it was with only 9 years, that he started dancing. He became a member of “NovosUnidosOrgoes” group, where he got specialized in Zouk, Coladeira, Passada, Colasandjon, Batida Cabo-verdiana and Funaná.
Between 2004 and 2008 was animato rand dancer at several resorts, and in 2019 he moved to Italy, and opens his own school “Kizomba Style Academy” in 6 different cities, together with the dancer Federica.
He trained teachers, gave private lessons and was present in several national and international Kizomba congresses. Besides that, he made part of the artistic management and participated as a jury of in festivals and events.
Kiki is unique on his “Kizomba” and “kizomba Fusin” style, and beloved because of his great energy and own style.
Emanuel Teixeira was born in Lisbon, on December 24th, 1988 and his parents are from Cabo Verde. The passion for music was in his blood, since a child, what made him listening great singers as Gil Semedo, Tabanka, Djaz, Cesaria Evora, Beto Dias, Splash, Livity and Jorge Neto, among others.
In 2003 he started listen and learning alone with Portugal best DJ’s, and step by step he began making some works for his close friends, who helped him a lot. He got influences from great artists, as his uncle Beto Duarte and his cousin Tony Pirata.
He likes all kind of music, as Kizomba / Semba / Funana / Afro-House / Kudoro, a.s.o., his base for the success is to keep on working with humbleness, dedication, love, tenderness and talent.
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...)