Interviews

Ladies & Leadership Interview: Lucia Nogueira

Ladies & Leadership Interview: Lucia Nogueira

Lucia Nogueira is an international kizomba teacher with the distinction of being one of the very few women teaching on her own merits. While she has partnered most famously with Eddy Vents, she has a huge number of solo projects, including training programs specifically for female teachers. By the time I met Lucia for the first time, we had already…read more →

Dúnia Pacheco: African Solo Dance Interview

Dúnia Pacheco: African Solo Dance Interview

Dúnia Pacheco is an Angolan dancer of African and Brazilian dances currently teaching in Warsaw, Poland. She was the first to introduce kuduro and mapouka to Poland. Dúnia is know as a choreographer and also as the organizer of the first ever European festival focused on Kuduro and Afro House. When my former partner Florian Tep heard about the new…read more →

Lam LaKiz: African Solo Dance Interview

Lam LaKiz: African Solo Dance Interview

I met Lam at my first festival in Australia: July 2015’s Australian Kizomba Festival in Melbourne. He was hard to miss, what with his brilliant white smile, frequent shouts of “OPA!” and this amazing performance: Note: I couldn’t find a video from that festival but this show is substantially similar. Our friendship grew as I continued to catch Lam at…read more →

Kizomba Community Interview Mike & Melissa of Steel City Kizomba

Kizomba Community Interview Mike & Melissa of Steel City Kizomba

Mike & Melissa are the powerhouse duo known as Steel City Kizomba. They took some time out from a busy schedule of teaching and training at the White House Kizomba & Zouk Summit to record this interview with me. Get to know a little about them here, and be sure to look them up if you’re ever in Pittsburgh!

Kizomba Community Interviews David Campos & Guida Rei (NYC)

Kizomba Community Interviews David Campos & Guida Rei (NYC)

This interview has been a long time in the making! I first started asking David and Guida about doing this video more than two years ago. They were willing but they are quite the power couple, so it wasn’t until this year’s White House Kizomba Summit I managed to get them together in front of the camera – with the…read more →

Kizomba Community Interviews Benga DaBeatz

Kizomba Community Interviews Benga DaBeatz

I first met Benga in San Francisco. At the time of this interview, we were partying at the White House Kizomba Summit 2016. Benga happily took a break with me to answer some questions. Enjoy his inimitable style!

Interview avec Anaïs Millon (Version Francaise)

Interview avec Anaïs Millon (Version Francaise)

Read the article in English here. Quand as-tu commencé à danser? J’ai un parcours un peu particulier. Ma mère était professeur de danse classique et de modern-jazz quand j’étais petite. J’ai fais des cours de danse à 5/6 ans pendant 1 an, mais j’ai détesté! Je voulais faire de la gymnastique, des roulades et des saltos. Du coup ma mère…read more →

Ladies & Leadership Interview: Anaïs Millon

Ladies & Leadership Interview: Anaïs Millon

Introduction Anaïs Millon is one of the top kizomba dancers in the world today. She travels the world constantly, appearing in festivals to teach workshops and perform with Morenasso, in addition to running her own weekly classes in Paris. I had my first classes with Anaïs and Morenasso when I traveled to the Paris Swimming Festival in 2013. Since then,…read more →

Kizomba Community Interviews Brian Lévay of Kizomba Maine

Kizomba Community Interviews Brian Lévay of Kizomba Maine

Last May I had the wonderful pleasure of coming to Portland, Maine to teach. Their scene is so friendly and enthusiastic! I saw Brian again shortly thereafter in Boston, and I managed to persuade him to do this interview. One technical difficulty after another meant the final video is just now being released – but getting to know Brian is…read more →

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Isa Belle

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Isa Belle

I met Isabelle (or Isa Belle as she is sometimes billed) at the Ladies Take the Lead event in Los Angeles this March. I had seen a great ladies’ styling video by her, and I remembered a couple videos with Enah, but I knew they weren’t dancing together anymore. That was about the extent of my familiarity with Isabelle –…read more →

Ladies & Leadership Interview: Frances Tee of Kizomba Seattle

Ladies & Leadership Interview: Frances Tee of Kizomba Seattle

Introduction I was in Seattle a month ago, and had the great pleasure of meeting Frances Tee in person for the first time. We had been in contact on Facebook for well over a year, and I have admired Frances’ organizational skills pretty much since encountering her posts online. Frances is one of the women I had in mind when…read more →

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Kianda T

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Kianda T

I first met Kianda T at one of Oscar’s Friday kizomba socials outside DC. She was rocking multi-colored hair and her movement drew my eye immediately. She was a joy to lead as well. We didn’t speak much on that occasion (the music is really too loud for comfortable conversation), but I got a better chance at her Skyzomba event…read more →

Kizomba Community Interviews King Mandume in Atlanta

Kizomba Community Interviews King Mandume in Atlanta

King Mandume spoke passionately with me about his history, growing up with kizomba and moving around the world. He has a real heart for sharing this dance, and also supporting collaboration to build the community. Get a glimpse here: Related

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Tania Mendonca

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Tania Mendonca

Introduction I’m embarrassed to say I can’t remember exactly when I met Tania. Certainly it would have been in the fall of 2012, when I was living outside London and frantically trying to learn all the kizomba I possibly could. I saw her several times over the course of that year I spent in Europe, and I remember her being…read more →

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Chalianna

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Chalianna

Introduction I first met Chalianna at Oscar’s first Sawa Sawa Kizomba Festival in 2013, now an annual event in DC. She was the only other woman I saw out on the social floor asking ladies to dance. I was thrilled when she agreed to dance with me as well! Chalianna is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches…read more →

Ladies & Leadership Interview: Riquita Alta

Ladies & Leadership Interview: Riquita Alta

Introduction The first time I danced with Riquita Alta was just a few weeks ago. I was visiting friends in London, so of course I wanted to return to one of the longest-running weekly socials: Chocolate Tuesdays at Gem Bar. Looking at that week’s Facebook event, I noticed that Riquita would be teaching a semba class. I had to go….read more →

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Sonja KikiZomba

Ladies & Leadership Interviews: Sonja KikiZomba

Click here for an introduction to the Ladies & Leadership series. I ran into Sonja KikiZomba at LIKE Festival in Portugal this September. She had just finished teaching a workshop on Kizomba Advanced Leading and Following. The whole event was tightly scheduled, but I gave her my card and begged an opportunity to speak with her about being a prominent…read more →

Kizomba Community Interviews: Charles Ogar, Neo Kizomba

Kizomba Community Interviews: Charles Ogar, Neo Kizomba

I got a chance to talk to fellow traveling instructor Charles Ogar while at the Afro-Creole Mayhem Festival in Miami. Based in Houston, Charles travels regularly to cities around the US to keep growing the community. Learn more about his “Neo Kizomba” style and other ideas! Related

Kizomba Community Interviews: Kimberly Nicole, NC

Kizomba Community Interviews: Kimberly Nicole, NC

I was just recently teaching in Durham and had some great conversations with Kimberly Nicole of Kizomba RDU. What a passionate scene-builder! This interview actually happened a couple of weeks before that, at the Afro-Creole Mayhem Festival.