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Artists of Criola Beach Festival 2014!

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International Singers

ELJI BEATZKILLACape Verde

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International Instructors and Performers

Albir Rojas & Carola Tauler Angola

Albir Rojas, the worldwide recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer, was born in Panama. His passion for dance began at the age of 14. After graduating from college with an accounting degree and starting working in that field, he finally decided that dance was what he wanted to do full time. At the age of 21 he decided to travel to Madrid, Spain to study filmmaking, and began teaching dance there. After completing a diploma in Film Direction, he continued to dance, teach and perform. He became interested in the world of sound and completed a Sound Technician course, followed by a specialization in the recording studio. Albir has been teaching hip hop, Latin dance and African dance for many years, was the pioneer of introducing kizomba in Spain. During 5 years he has worked with Sara Lopez at numerous events and conferences in all parts of the world including Europe, Russia, America, Australia, Asia, etc.. Since 2013 Albir works with his new dance partner, dancer and actress Carola Tauler. Carola Tauler born in Madrid, she began her studies in classical dance with only 3 years at school "Africa Guzman" with the teacher M ª Europa Guzman, acquired in 96 the title of the Royal Conservatory of Classical Dance (Madrid) and the Royal Academy of Dancing (London). She completed her training with classes in contemporary, modern jazz, hip hop and Latin rhythms in Madrid and Florence (Italy). She has taken part in musicals like "Grease", "Dirty dancing", "Flash dance", "Cassiopeia" Viva la resistencia"and "Los 40 el musical ", during 8 years she belonged to the ballet group of the TV program" Noche Sensacional ". She also participated as a soloist in the opera "La Traviata" with the Symphony Orchestra of Kiev. Currently part of the cast of the television series "Dreamland" and teaches nationally and internationally kizomba with Albir Rojas.

Afrolatin Connection Portugal

Bruno Sousa (the younger brother of Ricardo Sousa) was the 1st winner on the international kizomba competition “Africadançar” together with Mafalda Amado in 2008. Bruno has been dancing together with Patrícia since 2009. Members of Afrolatin Connection Dance Company with a wide experience as dancers and teachers, they have performed and taught at many salsa / kizomba congresses and festivals, public and private events, nationally and internationally: in Portugal, Spain, Poland, UK, France, etc.

Hernury Jamba & Adorée Johnson AngolaCzech Republic

Jamba began his artistic career in Elumbu, a small community theater group from Luanda, where he also worked as a Human Right activist. He moved to Prague, Czech Republic in 2001 to continue his studies in Experimental Media. He started dancing and teaching in 2002 and since then has worked with different dance groups like BaToCu, African Ballet Company and Tradicion Dance Group, where he works at the present moment as a dancer and choreographer. Jamba is the cofounder of Kizomba.CZ Dance Group and one of the main promoters of Kizomba and other Afro Latin dances in Czech Republic and Europe. Lily has always been active and devoted to her passions such as swimming, horse riding, skiing and dancing. She began her teaching career in Salsa Dance School in Prague. In 2007, she became a dancer and teacher of Tradicion Dance Group. She founded the Kizomba.CZ Dance Group with her dance partner, Jamba, in 2010 and started organizing artistic events in the whole Czech Republic and abroad. Kizomba.CZ Team in cooperation with Familia de La Salsa Dance School is one of the first and main promoters of Kizomba in Dubai.

Manuel dos Santos & Flavie Merise AngolaHaiti

Manuel Antonio Eduardo Dos Santos, also known as Dr. Kizomba, was born and raised in Angola and has been dancing Kizomba, among other African rhythms such as Semba, Kuduro, and Rebita (known as the Angolan Rueda), since he can first remember. When he was 13 he began dancing Salsa, as well as hip-hop, Capoeira, and Latin Ballroom. He has even trained in Salsa under his mentor, Gabriel "Matanza" Mambi. His tenacious dedication to the art form has made him an outstanding, world-renowned performer. He has performed on stages worldwide including Tokyo, Japan; Milan, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Hamilton, Bermuda; and in several other American and Canadian cities. In 2010, Manuel realized one of his dreams and established a dance company in Montreal, Canada known as Kizomba Canada, the first dance school offering Kizomba lessons in North America. At Kizomba Canada, dancing is a form of expression, an art, a passion, and a lifestyle. Flavie Merise was born in Haiti and moved to Montreal, Canada when she was 4 years old. Growing up, she played sports, achieved a black belt in karate, and was a competitive cheerleader for two years, winning the Quebec provincial competition with her college team, Vikings de Maisonnueve. In September 2012, Flavie joined Kizomba Canada and began dancing Kizomba with Manuel. She became very passionate about the dance, dedicating all of her free time to practicing, and was able to learn how to lead just as well as she can follow her partner. After she was a student for only a short time, Manuel asked Flavie to be his dance partner, and they have been working together ever since.

Paulo Cruz & Lanna Zamora Angola

Paulo, dancer, choreographer and dance teacher of traditional African and urban Dances, as well as Angolan partner dance, since 2002. Together with Lana makes part of the traditional African dance group Ballet Traditional Kilandukilu, as a dancer, instructor and choreographer. He has participated in numerous congresses, events and shows in several countries, has performed in Morocco, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, Germany, Angola, Hungary, among others. He also participated in various music videos Angolan artists (Bonga, Dog Murras, Yuri da Cunha and Maya Cool) and several TV programs. Lana Zamora, just like Paulo, is Kilandukilu Traditional Ballet dancer and participant of Weza African dance group, along with Paulo has managed to conquer the audience with their energy and style.

Victor Sousa & Coralie Vives PortugalSpain

Teacher, dancer and promoter of Kizomba since 2007 , Portuguese by origin, Victor is internationally recognized for his dedication and quality of his way of teaching, focusing on the searching for harmony between technique as a tool for the expression of feeling, the connection and musical performance.

International DJ's

DJ CARLOS KING Spain

Resident in Madrid, after his early beginnings in dance, and music with piano as main instrument, started as a DJ with the Ballroom Dancing in 1998. Years later he began devoting to Latin rhythms, and in December 2009 made the leap to the world of African music, enhancing and guiding his career to Kizomba, Semba, becoming finally the first Spanish Kizomba Dj, recognized in Spain and abroad, taking part in a short time in many international congresses, such as AfricAdançar 2011-2012 (Lisbon), SensualDance Madrid 2009- 2010- 2011- 2012, LIKE Festival 2011-2012 (Lisbon), Pamplona Afrolatin Dance Congress 2012-2013, Criola Beach Festival 2011-2012-2013 (Alicante, Barcelona), Open Kizomba Spain 2012 (Madrid), Ta Fixe Kizomba Festival 2013 (Oporto), Emoçao Kizomba Festival 2013 (Paris), L.A. Zouk Congress (Los Ángeles, USA), "The Butterfly Tour" Dança MaMi (Los Ángeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston), Helsinki Afrolatin Flow (Finland) and many others.

DJ MARCO ROOKIE Portugal

His love for music started at a young age. In his teen years, Marco Rookie learned to play the guitar, having developed his technique at a music school, and improved his skills in several local bands between continuous jam sessions with his friends. Some years later, his passion for African music arose, and with it also the opportunity to premiere in EDSAE’s World Salsa Congress (Portugal) and other events. Since years he has been working for several event producers/promoters and clubs in Portugal, Spain and France. Furthermore he has played in major African music/dance festivals held in Portugal and Spain, such as Keta, Afrofever, Sensual Dance, Like, Feeling, Open Spain…He is currently Resident DJ at the Barrio Latino Club, performing every Thursday, with his own signature “Hot Kizomba Night “, considered since 2011 one of the top African music nights. His excellent track record as a DJ, is mostly due to his unbreakable urge to evolve himself professionally, through dedication and hard work, and last but not least, due to the unconditional support he receives from his friends and family – “They, as much as my music, will never be forgotten, Love you all!!!! “

DJ RUSSELIUS Portugal

Russelius Ernestius was born in Angola and plays since 2000. He moved to Portugal in 2005 where he continued he’s career as a DJ. The last few years he lives in Poland where already earned the dancers & djs respect with his own style and amazing flow.

DJ SERGIO BANDERAS Spain

Sergio Banderas is one of the most considerate DJs of African rhythms in Lisbon, co-organizer and resident DJ of the famous River Parties, known not only in Lisbon, but also internationally. He has participated in several congresses and African and latin dance events in Portugal and Spain, including SensualDance Madrid, Criola Beach Festival Alicante, LIKE Festival, ÁfricaDançar, etc.