Sarah is the artistic director, and principal Brazilian zouk teacher, choreographer and performer with Rio Zouk Fusion. She established the company in 2010 because she was inspired by the concept of fusing the dance styles that she loved. She has since been training a collection of talented dancers from different backgrounds to dance and teach Brazilian Zouk and loves the fact that they each bring their own individual character and skills to the company. Sarah has been teaching since 2003 and is a very enthusiastic and committed teacher who places great importance on technique. Her students love the positive atmosphere of her classes and her attention to detail.
"For me dancing is an addiction... a passion and a way of life. I love to dance because I can express what words cannot and I love to teach because it allows others to do the same. Really I can't imagine being happy without dancing and my greatest moments are sharing this love with other people. People are always telling me that they don't know how to dance. Of course you don't! That's why you come to class! Everything takes practice and effort... even reading a book was once impossible! I love the joy on people's faces when they start dancing.. it's amazing and the reason that I love getting up every the morning. Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy dancing and it is never too late to start...."
Davi Lira started his dance career in Recife, Brazil in 1997 when he was 15. He began dancing the popular Brazilian rhythms of frevo, maracatu, danca do coco and siranda.
Chan has been dancing Zouk since July 2009. Prior to that, extensive experience bopping on the dance floor, living room floor, school floor, sometimes garden floor, pretty much without a clue. No dance classes and certainly no partner-dance experience except country-dancing at school, something he still has dim nightmares of. He got into zouk by trying out Sarah's body-styling class on a whim (well ok, after she gave him her card in Bar Salsa and ordered him to turn up!)
Adrian is originally from Spain where he worked for many years as a dancer. He came to London in 2010 to further his dance experience and started training in Brazilian Zouk with Sarah. He is now one of the teachers for RZF and performs regularly with Sarah.
Siu-Wai remembers watching something truly beautiful on TV when she was very small, her mum told her it was called ballet. She started ballet then at the age of five. She had a go at several other styles of dances too including ballroom, flamenco, tango and hip hop. She liked them all but it was salsa and jazz that got her hooked the most.
She had been dancing salsa since 1998, and jazz since 2004, but with gaps in between. A serious accident in 2008 ruptured three of the four ligaments in one of her legs, and fractured her knee bones. For almost two years she was unable to dance. She could barely bend her knee at the beginning, but with dance therapy and time, she slowly regained strength in her leg.
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