Daily workshops at Hotel Belorizonte (Sal Island) with Zé Barbosa & Marta , Sara Lopez , Joana Machado , Master Petchu , Ricardo & Paula , Mamatter & Leisy
Sara López was born in 1986 and started dancing at the age of five. She studied ballet for 15 years and obtained an honors certificate from The Royal Ballet of London. While at the Royal Ballet she supplemented her training with flamenco, contemporary dance, and various jazz and funk courses. She joined the Ballet Joven África Guzmán for four years as well. At sixteen, Sara got into Belly dance and Hip Hop, and at age 19 she became involved in salsa and Latin dances. Sara taught online salsa, bachata and bachatango workshops with various dance partners for three years.
At age 22 she traveled to L.A. (California, USA) to step up her dance training and choreography skills. She took more courses on contemporary dance, ground and aerial acrobatics, etc. She gave hip-hop, latin and kizomba classes, while also working as a dancer for video spots and TV programs. She started Kizomba in late 2009 dancing in a show with Albir Rojas and competing in the qualifying rounds of the Africadançar contest in Madrid. They were selected to represent Spain in the Africadancar international championship and earned second place in the 2010 event. Following this competition she started giving workshops and performing all over Europe, but her popularity increased through the dissemination of her videos on YouTube and social networks. This gave her the international fame that has allowed her to travel throughout Europe, North America, Central America, Asia and Oceania.
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.
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.
Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic and Technical Director. One of the most experienced teachers of traditional dances in Portugal and a pride for the schools with whom he works.
In 2009 he celebrated 30 years of artistic career. He is the Founding member of the Traditional Ballet Kilandukilu, one of the main dance companies in Angola, with more than 100 elements, from several African countries, with a branch also in Portugal and celebrating 25 years of work last year. Individually or in representation of "Kilandukilu" has been obligatory presence in numerous television programs in Portugal and Angola.
He was the 1st Teacher to introduce the African Traditional dances in the official schools in Portugal and one of the pioneers in the animation of African dances in our country and across borders.
He developed a scheme and a personal teaching technique, forming dancers of all ages and levels. It is also responsible for the basic methodology of teaching Semba and Kizomba as a school dance, applied by teachers around the world - Called by many as "Theory and practice of Mestre Petchu.".
ALC Dance Company founded in September 2005. Paula Loureiro and Ricardo Sousa, its artistic directors, choreographers and dancers, have danced together since 2000. The dance company is currently made up of 6 dancers. Due to wide knowledge and diverse training they acquired along the years, in 2007 and 2008, they won the title of the best Portuguese teachers.
In 2009, they won in the category of best Portuguese Show at the Top Dance Awards 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 invited regularly to judge several 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, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweeden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.
In 2015 they created the international project “ALC HugDance Project”, creating a world network of performances teams in combination with some of the most recognized choreographers in the scene.
Cape Verdean dancer and choreographer of traditional dances, funaná, coladeira, mazurka, cola sanjon, morna and batuko for 15 years and 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.
Mamatter participated in many festivals and events, as well as in many Kizomba Workshops in Praia city. He also organized Santiago Island kizomba contest, and was the teacher of the couple who won the national final held by “Sabor a Cabo Verde” in Sal Island.
During the last 3 years, he has been dancing with his partner Leisy, a Cape Verde traditional dances artist, performing several shows and workshops together.
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...)