Artists

We are thrilled to bring to Charlotte top USA Kizomba Artists

David Campos & Guida Rei, NYC | Kizomba

Marc Brewer, MI | Kizomba

Internationally renowned artist Marc Brewer, based in MI, is one of North America’s most sought after Afro-Latin Dance instructors, performers, and choreographers. Certified in 9 American competitive ballroom dances and proficient in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Hip-hop, dances in the Afro-Latin genre are his specialty and main focus with extensive training and experience in Kizomba, Salsa, Bachata, Theater Arts (Lifts, Dips, and Tricks), and Brazilian-Zouk.

He is rapidly leaving his mark on the competitive Afro-Latin dance world with recent finalist placements at the American Kizomba Open Championship (1st) and International Kizomba Open (3rd) in 2013 and the 2014 Toronto Bachata Congress Kings of Bachata Competition (2nd). Marc also had the pleasure of starring alongside Sara Lopez in Daniel Santa Cruz’s critically acclaimed Kizomba music video “Lento”.

With performances and workshops taught this past year in Paris, Mexico, Madrid, Luanda, Bucharest, Los Angeles, Prague, Toronto, New York, Montreal, Miami, Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Washington D.C, and more….2015 is looking to be an even bigger breakout year for this rising star!

 

Rodrigo & Wendy, Charlotte NC | Bachata

Rodrigo & Wendy Jimenez, are renowned instructors and performers who have graced numerous stages locally and abroad. Trained extensively with World Master Instructors and ESPN World Salsa & Argentine Tango champions they also have been featured in several public broadcast television shows as well as the International Latin Dance Film “La Epoca” they have conducted workshops and performed “SALSA TANGO” and “BACHATANGO” fusions  in addition to teaching and performing Argentine Tango, Salsa, Bachata, Flamenco and Kizomba, at numerous Salsa Congresses, Festivals, and Galas of major National & International cities.

They have performed live with Salsa Star Eddie Santiago, Queen of Salsa “La India” and Salsa bands Guayacan and DLG. RW Latin Dance continues teaching and performing locally and abroad. Their mission is to bring our communities together dance, music and culture!

Some call him the waterman, others call him waterhips, few call him the man that makes everything alive. I call him the boneless man! Coming to QCKF for the first time, ladies and gents, I present to you the one and only Brayo Judah:

Kenneth Kimani, known professionally as Brayo Judah, is one of the most widely sought after dancers in the Modern African dance industry. Dancing for almost 30 years, Brayo began training in dance schools in his hometown, Nairobi, Kenya, with his training covering styles such as soukous, hip-hop, salsa, gumboot, and kwaito. Inspired by this diverse training, Brayo began choreographing his own routines. Soon he was competing in—and winning—local competitions, which caught the eye of major Kenyan and East African recording artists like Peter Odera who sought the energy, creativity and fresh approach that Brayo brought to the stage.

In the late 1990s, Brayo began touring and working with international artist Eric Wanaina, as the lead choreographer for his music videos and album launch. Wanaina went on to credit Brayo’s distinctive and innovate work with much of the success of his bestselling Sawa Sawa album.

In the early 2000s, Brayo traveled the globe, performing in dozens of countries alongside major recording artist, Nameless, as dancer and lead choreographer for his videos and international tour. Brayo’s work on Nameless’ video, “Juju”, received great acclaim and was nominated for a coveted MTV Europe Music Award.

Since his success with Nameless, Brayo has gone on to perform with or open for international artists such as Sean Paul, Shaggy, Koffi Olomide, Fally Ipupa, Jabali Afrika and Awilo Longomba.

Currently, Brayo teaches innovative and energetic soukous and coupé decalé classes at workshops, festivals, master classes, and studios across the globe, focusing on waist-winding, African dance theory, history and technique.

Introducing Tboy Peleve for the first time in the QUEEN CITY @ QCKF2016.

  1. Kizomba/Semba teacher in Paris, France. TBoy met kizomba in 2009-2010 in Paris. he developed his skills and competencies  on Kizomba & Semba in the best school in Paris, “Centre Momboye and Pénatchon”. TBoy started to teach in 2013 andv performed in different countries such as several times in United Kingdom, Jersey island and France. He also performed at the international MSC Cruise on the atlantic ocean in 2014.
    Today he teaches Kizomba/Semba weekly at Salsabor, famous school in Paris, France. He also partner up with Victor de Sousa named Victor Kizomba.fr who is one of the first kizomba teacher in France since 2009.. Additionally, T boy is the leader of “Semba na Rua” in Paris. Semba na rua is a project of dancing in the different open places in Paris in order to dance freely and show to the public these dances coming from africa. As well as Pé Leve’s, a dance project based in Paris founded with the purpose of keeping the tradition of Kizomba alive in France.

Through his way in the kizomba, he had the pleasure of performing and teaching with Ms. Nogueira. Inspired and passionate , he is willing to share now his passion, dance skills and knowledge with us.

DJ Skip Lopez

DJ Skip Lopez | Charlotte, NC

DJ Skip Lopes is recognized as one of the leading and most respected salsa DJs on the East Coast. During his 20+ year career as a DJ he has developed a distinct and smooth style that varies from New York Mambo, Bachata to Kizomba, and he is equally comfortable playing many other genres in between.

DJ Skip Lopes’ bewitching blends of salsa, bachata, and kizomba enthralls all those who hear his beats and keeps them dancing until the early hours of the morning. Most importantly, DJ Skip gives salseros the music that has what they want: classic salsa sounds, strong dancer’s rhythm and a nice melody line. As a Cape Verdean born DJ, by way of New Bedford, Ma, his musical inspiration streams from his Portuguese and African background, and his many years of traveling the country have contributed to developing his distinct, smooth and intoxicating flavor and sound.

DJ Skip has appeared and headlined in some of the most popular Salsa and Bachata clubs, socials Congresses and Festivals in Boston, New York, Virginia, Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and everywhere in between. His signature DJ mixes evoke the salsa classics of Monga Santamaria, Sonora Poncena and Fania All Stars, the powerful arrangements of salsa dura, and the jazzy melodies of mambo, as well as, a variety of cha cha, merengue, bachata, and the extreme sensuality of kizomba and cabo love. (His first love as a DJ is for Old School Hip Hop and Dancehall!) DJ Skip Lopes has brought the popularity of salsa, bachata and kizomba from the world to Charlotte. He keeps hundreds of dancers and salseros on their toes with the sounds that flow from his turntable, and will continue to do so for many years to come. His aim is to continue increasing the salsero and bachatero community in North Carolina and to take Kizomba to the mainstream dance scene throughout the region.

DJ Skip Lopez website

 

CONFIRMED ARTISTS/INSTRUCTORS

Miguel & Susana (Portugal)
Chamalo & Chanti (Amsterdam) – Kizomba World Champ (2016)
Eddy Vents & Lúcia (All times Favorite ) UK
Audi MPK TN
Oscar B. A, Washington, DC
Kimberly Nicole, Raleigh
… Many more.

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