Chris Py is well established in the world of Kizomba and African dance. Originally from France, with his roots from Cape Verde he has been exposed to the culture of dance and music since he was born.
As a World Champion of the prestigious competition Africadançar in 2014, Chris Py has become a reference in Kizomba for his sensual and technical dance, mixing traditions and new styles. He is extremely well known for choreographing shows of high creativity and artistic quality, in both duo or performance teams.
After 8 years in the south of France, working daily to develop Kizomba and Semba with his successful dance school – Kizomba Riviera , today, the dancer has set his bags in Brisbane, Australia. His motivation is to develop his creativity, his dance, his choreography in a new community to allow access & exposure to the industry experience he holds.
Dancer, teacher, choreographer, known for his pedagogy, his technique and his creativity, Chris Py aims to share his passion and teach his students the roots of Kizomba, the Musicality and most of all the true feelings.…
He invites you to discover his sphere during festivals and workshops worldwide, or Masterclasses in “choreography.”
Chris Py has recently collaborated with Sara Nicole to create a second dance school ‘Kizomba Riveira Australia’ in Brisbane, Australia.
Sara Nicole brings a fresh and enthusiastic attitude to Brisbane Kizomba. She is extremely passionate about all styles under the Kizomba umbrella incl. Kizomba, Semba, Urban and Fusion and has been avidly sharing this love around the local and national community for the past 6 years. Sara is continuously developing and refining curriculum, teaching, choreographing and training performance teams, alongside facilitating regular socials and practicas for the wider dance community.
Sara initially started dancing at the age of 5 with jazz ballet classes, however broadened her depth of dance education during high school, receiving exceptional grades in performance, choreography and written appreciation analysis. She was a member of her competitive high school cheerleading squad and has artistic roller skated at state and national levels.
Sara discovered her passion for Latin dancing during a volunteer trip to Costa Rica in 2010 and the Latin scene has been a huge part of her life ever since – offsetting her “day job” as a financial accountant. Starting her dance journey training under the instruction of Kadu Pires, Larissa Thayane & Tarciso Tiatini-Climaco at Rio Rhythmics and later joining the teaching team at K&L Dance.
Sara has been touching the hearts of students, international artists and organisers alike, at a number of well-established festivals around Australia and Australasian countries, such as the Byron Latin Fiesta, Whitsunday Latin Festival, Australian Kizomba Festival, AWAKE and I’m Your DJ, Kuala Lumpur, with admirable feedback in relation to her workshops and performances alongside her former dance partner Luke Jorgensen.
Sara has also assisted Albir Rojas, Kristofer Mencack, Vasco Moestus, Lucia Nogueira, Azzedine and Audi MPK at various events and has successfully facilitated World Team Projects for Sara Lopez and Carolina Kizomba. Sara now choreographs and manages her own ladies team for Urban Kiz. She is also trained in Brazilian Zouk, Samba de Gafieira & is working towards two more professional competition pieces in Argentinean Tango, after placing 1st at the World Salsa Solo in 2015.
Sara is now a key member in a community brand ‘BrisKiz’ with plans to expand Kizomba & Urban Kiz focusing on collaboration and harmony within the local scene. BrisKiz is the platform to collaborate with quality venues, employ professionally trained DJ’s and facilitate fantastic teachers to share their knowledge building the reputation of quality dancers with respect. Sara has also recently joined the Paradizo School of Latin Dance teaching team alongside Manuel Cassotti and has recently founded Kizomba Riviera Australia alongside Chris Py.