Bersy Cortez, dancer, model and professional
actress, was born in Caracas, one of the main salsa cities in the world,
where she started
general and salsa dancing studies at the age of ten years old.
With only fourteen years old, she was teacher and choreographer of an
amateur dancing company and at the age of sixteen years old she became
dancer of the most important salsa group of Venezuela, “Imagen Latina”,
with which she went all over the world.
At the age of twenty years old she moved to Spain, the country where
she currently lives. She is manager and choreographer of “Bersy
Style”. She has also danced for the best salsa singers in the world as
Oscar de León, El Gran Combo, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Sonora
Ponceña and many others.
She has taken part in shows of the greatest dancers in the world like
Adolfo Indacochea, Fadi Fusion, till year was 1st dacer of the Master of
masters Eddie Torres and she has starred several TV advertisements
worldwide…She symbolises one of the most important salsa lady style in
the world and she currently dances with one of the most important male
salsa dancer in the world Rodrigo Cortazar.
He is one of the best known dancers of Salsa in the world and
stands out for his energy, talent, technique and charisma, both on stage
and in social dance. Born in Veracruz, Mexico,
Rodrigo Cortazar is a dancer, choreographer, has a talent for singing,
an inexhaustible energy and a broad knowledge of the history of Mambo /
Salsa. He will be for the the first time in Portugal to teach,
perform and share with us this knowledge and experience. This
artist has more than 16 years of professional career, starting in the
world of Salsa in his native Mexico with the pioneers Victor Burgos and
Gabriela Bernal (Salsa con Clave). He then moved to Chicago where he
trained with Sekou McMiller and the prestigious Descarga Caribe Dance
Company. Throughout his career he has danced with ballet dancers such as
Cristina Paredes, Selene Tovar, Carla Voconi and Venezuelan Bersy
Cortez, his current Salsa partner. His training in
the different variants of Salsa (Cuban, On1, On2) allowed him to
develop his own style, which combines the best of two worlds: Cuba and
New York. Besides being one of the favorite
artists in the Salsa world, Rodrigo is an excellent teacher,
captivating, capable of transmitting complex sequences deconstructed to
the smallest detail. His musical training and experience as a singer
allows him to have a rich view on musicality in dance. From Mexico to New York, passing through Cuba, this dancer promises to offer us a rich vision of Salsa as dance and culture.
“The UK’s Best Salsa Performers”
Salsa Consultants, “Matilda” The Musical
Credited Dancers, “Cuban Fury” The Movie
Three Gold Stars Sky One’s “Got To Dance”
“The Home of World Championship Salsa in London”
Together as Pexava Dance Company, which means “Lightning Fast” in Mayan from Gil’s native Mexico, husband and wife Gil and Shelley are an explosive combination on stage and inspire students of every level in their lessons.
Gil is well-known internationally for his creative and unique turn patterns, musicality and shines which he teaches with an absolute emphasis on technique. Shelley is an infectiously enthusiastic and graceful dancer and a highly experienced teacher. Together they are widely acknowledged as among the UK’s most popular teachers and performers, with a deep knowledge and understanding of leading and following technique. Together Gil and Shelley, “The UK’s Best Salsa Performers”, have performed and taught at international professional level in over 20 countries and are the UK’s most in-demand professionals at European congress level. They have made numerous appearances on national TV including BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, are salsa consultants for the West End’s “Matilda” the Musical, they made it through to the Judges’ Shortlist on Sky One’s “Got To Dance”, winning 3 gold stars, plus they featured on the catwalk at Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model and were featured, credited dancers in the movie “Cuban Fury”. Gil and Shelley have both trained extensively in New York, Italy, and Puerto Rico and they bring you authentic technique, plus many years of experience from the studios and social dancefloors across the globe. They have both placed at salsa competitions recognised at World Championship level against competitors from all over the globe, including the likes of Adrian and Anita, Fernando Sosa (Tropical Gem), Junior and Emily and Oliver Pineda. Between them, titles include: twice UK Professional Champion, twice European Bronze and Silver medallists, World Semi-Finalist, World Bronze medallist and World fifth place (World Latin Dance Cup and World Salsa Open respectively).
Gil and Shelley have earned a reputation at world class level as social, competition and performance dancers and are without doubt amongst Europe’s best teachers, so come and learn their secrets!
Moe Flex is one of the most exciting, inspiring and entertaining choreographers on the international Latin dance scene today! With the biggest smile in salsa, his boundless enthusiasm for dance is impossible to ignore and he has gained his reputation through sheer determination and talent. As a leading authority in the field of dance, rhythm and body movement, Moe’s unique style of teaching is now recognised Internationally and he takes his workshops and shows to congresses and events all over the world. By adding his own personal touch to everything he does, Moe makes every dance experience a positive and memorable one and always leaves you wanting more. He really is an inspiring and motivational role model for all performing artists and celebrities and has worked with the likes of Rolldeep, Tim Westwood, 50 cent, Blu Cantrell, Craig David, Guy Ritchie & Madonna.
He is French, she is
Italian and they are the new dancing couple to hit the International
Salsa scene! Both very versatile dancers and performers, they have
this undeniable passion for dancing which is contagious to whoever
dances or learns with them. Tamba and Emanuela are a combination of
technique, energy, style and knowledge. In 2016, they decided to work
together to bring something fresh to the scene and enthuse dancers,
audiences and students alike. They are specially known for their
fusion style where they marry Salsa or Chachacha with Afro-Cuban
movements and Rumba. They teach, they dance with everyone, they love
what they do and most importantly they love to party!
Arcadia (Chile) & Konstantin (Russia) – a dance couple based in Stockholm, Sweden working together since 2013. Today they are among the main representatives of the Mambo & Salsa community in Sweden. Together they are working to keep the mambo alive in Scandinavia.
Both being experienced dancers with many years of background in different styles, such as jazz, street, modern, reggaeton and even classical, they work together to make great shows with focus on musicality, elegance and expression. Striving to always deliver a great experience for the audience.
Together they have traveled the world and studied and shared the stage with some of the most renowned dance teachers in the Salsa scene. They have performed and taught in countries around the world such as: USA, Russia, Spain, Germany, Holland, Norway, Denmark and many more.
Arcadia & Konstantin offer classes in Salsa on1, on2, mambo, cha-cha-cha, body- movement among others.
Wolashie Awadzi aka Theo is the founder of Dance-Drive. He was the UK
IDO Kizomba Champion 2012 as well as the 2012 UKA salsa champion held
in Bolton. His excellent teaching style has earned
him recognition across the globe. His excellent teaching style and
fun workshops have resulted in extensive travel around the world,
teaching at congresses and festivals. In between travels he is based
in Oslo, Norway where he has established the Kizomba scene over the
past few years.
roots from the West African Country of Ghana, Theo’s dancing and
teaching love is not limited to Kizomba, but extends to Semba,
Afro-house, Kuduro and Tarraxinha! He focuses on connection between
partners, footwork, body motion, Ginga and partner work .
from teaching, Theo is also a sought after Kizomba DJ.
Place British Open Professional Salsa Champion 2012
Place Kizomba champion 2011
3rd Place British Open salsa
Joint 1ST British Open Salsa Showcase Champion
4th Place British Open Salsa Champion 2010
Tomas has been familiar with Latin Social dance world for already 8 years.
During this time he has collected experience in Salsa, Batchata and Kizomba during various international
festivals. Social dance is his favourite part to express himself and enjoy the dance.
He is also an active member of Salsa Kaunas show team, which is a regular guest on the international
Together with various Salsa and Bachata projects this group ir traveling through out the Europe and
beyond enrolling more and more fans.
Tomas is also sharing his knowledge in the local dance school, educating and trying to inspire a new
generation of dancers.
She has joined Salsa Kaunas school 4 years ago. Being a determined and talented she quickly proved
herself to be a true diva on the dance floor.
Sharing the same passion for Latin social dances she has not only been helping Tomas with the classes
but also is a true partner in crime during performances with Salsa Kaunas show team.
Together they share a charismatic energy not only on dance floor but in their classes as well.
DJ Willy is originally from Surinam ( South America) and that’s where he began his career as a DJ spinning disco, house, R&B and Latin music as early as 1980. The club where he worked for almost 8 years became the most popular one in the country and still is.
In 1992 Willy moved to Holland and one year later he was asked to work for the famous then Latin Club Margarita’s in Amsterdam, where he was spinning mainly salsa and R&B. As salsa was getting very popular in the 90s, he was invited to play music at many salsa parties in Amsterdam and other neighbouring cities. At present, DJ Willy is still a favourite DJ at all the major salsa clubs and events all over Holland and Belgium.
Willy has performed as a DJ next to all the great salsa artists who came to Holland like Grupo Niche, Guyacan, Soneros del Barrio, Jimmy Bosch, Issac Delgado, Manolito y su Trabuco, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, José Alberto El Canario and the greatest till now Eddie Palmieri. He has also been spinning at international congresses in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Barcelona, Paris, Brussels, Sofia, Dusseldorf, Bucharest, Paramaribo ( Salsuri ), in salsaclubs in Kopenhagen, Munich and other citys in Europe and outside.
started his DJ carrier over 22 years ago but he is currently best known
as DJ Latin Master on the salsa scene. Over many years of dancing in
different countries, Leo created a unique style which he readily
demonstrates through social dancing. Apart from great dancing skills, he
is recognized as one of the best Salsa DJs in Holland. He has also
performed in many European countries and a number of places around the
globe spinning various styles of music from 60s and 70’s guaguanco to
mambo, Cuban, New York salsa, Bachata and Kizomba.
Picture taken at Ahinama Salsa & Bachata Festival.