Born in Portugal to parents from Mozambique and Angola, Ivo Vieira has devoted his life to spreading African and Latin-American dance throughout the world. Since 1998, Ivo has trained in Brazil, USA and throughout Europe brining his unique style, singular passion and unparalleled experience to hundreds of dancers. While working as a choreographer and dancer in various performances, festivals and events, Ivo has risen to become one of the world’s premier instructors in the African styles of Kizomba and Semba. With great respect for the traditions and history of these dances, Ivo brings his vast knowledge of the Afro-Latin idiom from around the world to expand and explore what they can become. Ivo Currently lives in the US where he is inspired to innovate and share his love of dance with the world.
Shani Mayer was born in Israel where she trained in dance and gymnastics from a young age. She had trained in Modern dance both in LA and NY and received her minor in dance performance in Los Angeles where she focused on modern, contemporary and jazz and has since been performing with many companies in Los Angeles. In 2006 she discovered Zouk Lambada in its home town of Porto Seguro and since she then decided to bring this dance to Los Angeles . She is the founder of LA Zouk, and a pioneer to bring and spread zouk to the west coast of the United States. She has been invited to teach and perform both nationally and abroad in congresses including, Brasil, Barcelona, and Switzerland and nationally D.C, Atlanta, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles , Seattle, NY and congresses. She currently teaches in Los Angeles and hopes to share her passion for this amazing dance and develop a thriving zouk scene in the West coast.