The Performers

NUBIA (DIRECTOR/ CHOREOGRAPHER/ LEAD DANCER)

Nubia Quele Santos is a dancer/ choreographer, actress and philanthropist born in Minas Gerias, Brazil and raised in Sydney, Australia. She has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Technology, Sydney and completed an acting conservatory program in New York.

Nubia has made a name for herself in Australia and the USA. She has choreographed for the successful Off Broadway NYMF Show ‘Rio The Musical’ as well as choreographing for the prestigious Estee Lauder brand ‘Mac Cosmetics’.She has taught and choreographed at Hills Dance Factory, Planet Dance and Decadance. Many of her students have gone on to become teachers and professional dancers who are currently performing in stage and television productions across Australia.

She is also a well rounded performer with over 15 years experience in traditional dance styles and world dance styles including Bollywood, Brazilian Samba and Afro-Brazilian. Her accomplishments include being a member of ‘Le Ballet Rock Tour’ and performing in some of Australia’s main entertainment venues. She was a lead dancer and choreographer for Australian’s premier Brazilian dance group ‘Rhythm Brazil’. She was also Top 40 on So You Think You Can Dance (Australia).

 

IMG_2259CHRISTINA (DANCER) Based in California

Christina was born in Germany and studied dance in the Netherlands, where she graduated with a BFA in dance from the Theater School of Amsterdam.She taught various dance styles and fitness classes in Europe before coming to New York. Here she explored Latin dances including salsa and tango but found her true passion for Brazilian dance and has been immersed in samba ever since.Her passion for Brazilian music, dance, and culture also brought her to Rio de Janeiro where she lived in 2010, studied samba de gafieira, samba no pe ,and forro with Jaime Arôxa and his staff and participated in the famous samba parade.

Christina has been performing throughout the tri state area at private and public events, corporate functions, Brazilian parties, the annual samba parade, and at various nightlife hot spots. “Samba has been a true gift for me. It has brought me great joy and keeps connecting me with amazing people. Through performing I hope to share this gift and infect others with the beats, and ultimately, the soul of Brazil.”

Christina has also pursued a career in health, holds MPH /RD credentials and works as a nutritionist and wellness coach in NYC.

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Born and raised in Queens, NY, with a West Indian background and surrounded by diverse cultures, Monique has always had an affinity for world music and dance.  Her foundation in dance began under liturgical dance director Antoinette Martin at age 10 and then Visions of Movement Dance Company under Sonya Ware.  In 2007, she began to immerse herself in Brazilian culture and has studied with master dancers Quenia Ribeiro and Danielle Lima, learning Brazilian dances such as samba, afoxe, samba de roda, samba reggae and others. She also studied Brazilian drumming under master percussionist Carlos de Oliveira.

Monique has performed in countless venues in the New York area, including the 2010 USA vs. Brazil soccer match at the Meadowlands, the 3rd Anniversary of the Alvin Ailey extension, product launches, parades, corporate events, public and private parties, and she also paraded in the 2012 carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the samba school, Imperio da Tijuca.

 

 

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AMANDA (DANCER)

Amanda Torres is a native New Yorker who began her dance training at the age of three.  Throughout her teen years Amanda attended Ballet Hispanico as a scholarship student and has had extensive training in Modern Dance, Ballet, and Flamenco.  By age sixteen Amanda became a member of the Ballet Hispanico Junior Company as well as The Omega Liturgical Dance Company, which was housed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  It was not until attending Fordham University that Amanda was introduced to the art of Samba under the instruction of Quenia Ribeiro at the Alivin Ailey School of dance.  With a new deep seeded love of Samba, Amanda has been active in the New York City samba scene performing in such venues as Radio City Music Hall, Yale University, and S.O.Bs, as well as performing with such Grupo Ribeiro, and now Casa Brazilia. Amanda is currently a student at Hunter College working to obtain her doctorate in Physical Therapy while continuing to perform and dance.

 

 

 

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Catia was born in Puerto Rico and grow up in Florida. She has been dancing since the age of five. Her first form of dance was Bomba y Plena – the cultural dance of Puerto Rico. Catia went on to become a professional Middle Eastern dancer travelling most of the Middle East on several dance tours. Catia was one of the Principal Middle Eastern dancers at Universal Studios, Arabian Nights and Disney’s Morocco.

Catia moved to New York City in 2009 and fell in love with Samba. Since then she has performed at many of the Brazilian events in New York City including the Samba parade, Brazilian independence parade & festival and USA vs Brazil Soccer game during the world cup matches. In 2011-2012 she had the honor of dancing with two of Rio’s famous Samba schools Vila Isabel and Periodo de Tijuca.  Catia lives by the philosophy that Life is a Dance and we should enjoy every part of it!

 

 

 

 

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Myriam was born in Switzerland and also raised in Togo and London. Her work to date includes the UK’s “Move It” Festival 2011, The Magic of Salsa Kingdom (Director/Choreographer Maria Torres), The King and I, “The BRIT Awards” (Tom Jones and Blue) and many corporate events. Since moving to New York, Myriam has performed on the “Today Show Summer Concert Series” with Pitbull, the “Ugly Betty” season launch party and the Windows Phone 7.5 launch.

She has also appeared at the APAP City Center and made numerous appearances infusing Latin and African dance styles with several dance companies. She also made her U.S musical debut in “The Wiz” at Arkansas Theatre Rep and performed in Miami for Don Omar in the Latin Billboard Awards in 2012/13.  Her determination and passion to keep growing and become as versatile as she can, makes her the masterful talent she is today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cookie is a Professional Latin Dancer born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Between 2004-2006 Cookie spent time living in the northeast of Brazil. During her time in Salvador, Bahia, she learned various Brazilian dance styles such as samba, forro, axe, pagode, and baile funk. Upon returning to the US, she studied History of Brazil and Portuguese at the University of California at Berkeley. She has been performing Samba since 2008, first in Los Angeles, and now in New York. While in Los Angeles she performed with renowned salsa company, Los Rumberos before starting her competitive career with her partner. She and her partner were finalists on the Latin Dance Championships on Univision. She left her a career as a salsa instructor and choreographer at the Salsa Box Studios in Los Angeles to pursue a dance career in New York City. You can catch her sharing her joy of dancing in her energetic Zumba and Axe classes which she teaches all over New York City.

 

 

 

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Or started to dance at the age of 4 years old and has never stopped.  After years of training as a contemporary and Ballet dancer ,she went to a salsa club and fell in love. She started to teach salsa and latin dance when she was 18 years old and preformed in the Israeli salsa congress every year since 2005 as a part of ‘Latino del mundo’ dance company in israel. As part of it, she preformed in a several of TV shows such as Dancing with the stars and talk shows, in the NY salsa congress and more.
After a few years, she started to preform and choreograph for “Havana music club in Tel Aviv” – the biggest latin dance school in Israel , then she started to learn samba. Or is currently a student at Broadway Dance Centre in the international student training program.

 

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Loreto Astroza Beltran is a Dancer/Teacher/Choreorapher born and raised in Santiago, Chile. She has a Degree in Dance with a minor in pedagogy from the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Chile, and a Certification of excellence on Hip Hop specialization in the International Student Visa Program in the prestigious dance studio Broadway Dance Center, New York City.

Loreto has performed with Internationals Artists as Cosculluela and Grupo Manía, she also has danced in two Chilean films, “Rojo la Pelicula” and “El primer vuelo del manutara”. She was in the “Calle 7” TV Show in Televisión Nacional de Chile Channel as permanent dancer in 2010. In 2013 was invited to perform in the most important South America Hip Hop Festival, Argentina. She participated in two features Awards: “Ventoleras” important Award “Excellence Fondart” (Patricio Bunster Choreographer) and Erotísimo, Award “Excellence Fondart” (Mario Lorenzo, Choreographer).