Jordão & Laury Esmeralda (Angola / France)
Mario Jordao and Laury Esmeralda have won various kizomba/semba
competitions. Mario was the 2015 National Champion of Kizomba &
Semba dances in Angola. Laury Esmeralda won 3rd place at the
Africadançar 2013 competition and was winner of the 2013 Semba Show
Competition in France. They started working together at the end of
2015, the public start to love them with their videos on social
medias and they started to get invitations to teach all over the
world. In 2018, they decides to represent Kizomba and Semba, in the
France National Competition recognized by France Dance Federation,
and they became France Kizomba Champions in May 2018. They, more
recently, received the price of "BEST SEMBA DANCERS", in the new
event named "World Kizomba Award" based in Lyon, France.
Laury is the founder of the Esmeralda Company Kizomba School in
Paris, France. Working alongside Mario, the two have traveled across
the world sharing their passion for kizomba, Semba and dancing in
general with all the dancers who wants to learn those dances from
their Angolan origin. They are organising trip to go to Angola since
2016, to make people understand better why Kizomba is part of a
culture and not just a dance, and also discover the country and
understand a little more about it.
& Iolanda (Angola)
Dasmara Dos Santos & Iolanda Rangel, two Angolan dancers living
in Lisbon, began their partnership in 2013 and immediately attained
their first international recognition by winning the international
competition “Africa a Dançar”. Holding the title for World champion
Kizomba and Semba competition they have since, been teaching and
performing all several countries in Europe. Passionate about
teaching, spreading the joy that dance brings to life and spreading
the Angolan culture, Dasmara & Iolanda have become the favourite
among dance events and festivals both in Portugal and the rest of
Europe as they bring both knowledge and joy to all their
performances and classes.
& Karolina (Vamula - Poland)
Karolina &Łukaszknown as VAMULA, have been dancing together
since 2008. Before they met the dance styles, that they currently
teach, Łukasz has trained a ballroom dance and Karolina -samba.
Their kizomba adventure has begun in 2009 in first school of this
dance style in Warsaw – Montuno Aye, they were participating in
classes of world class professors. The biggest influence on their
dance development had: Paulo Cruz &Lanna Zamora, Bonifacio Mario
Aurio, Gregorio Pires and DúniaPacheco.What is more they attended
numerous workshops and festivals learning other dances like semba,
Eventually, in years 2014 and 2015 they visited Cabo Verde and
Angola to deepen their knowledge and understand the culture of
people that created those dances.
In 2014 they got to the finals of ÁfricAdançar - 7th Edition of
Kizomba International Championship in Milan – the first time
in history of „polish kizomba”. They achieved 8th place in it.
Nowadays, they give regular classes in Warsaw what is more they
teach and give shows during the weekends’ workshops and festivals,
e.g.GingaKizomba Festival in Hamburg, Oslo Kizomba Festival,
Vilnius Kizomba Festival, Angolan Festival in Cracow, Roma Kizomba
Festival, Warsaw Kizomba Festival, Vamóla Dance Festival in Malmö.
In 2015 to Vamula team joined Doti aka DJ Dotizinha as a official
DJ. Doti leads classes in Vamula team as well. Having been in love
with the PALOP music since 2008, she’s giving almost all her time
and attention to kizomba, semba, funana and kuduro. She never stops
developing in those areas, taking part and playing on various
festivals. When in Warsaw, she can mostly be heard playing in the
warsaw clubs on PALOP themed parties.
Vamula is focused on insistent improvement of its dance skills
through continuous training, participation in workshops and
festivals, and exploring cultures of the countries from which these
Vamula is a project created with a passion for dance by people who
understand it and love it.
Doti & Andrius
(Poland / Lithuania)
Małgorzata Skrzyniarz (Polska)