latinfest teacher feature

Looking ahead to our weekender in September we thought we’d bring you a little profile on all our guest teachers starting with:

Arthur & Aiste

As a husband and wife team,Arthur and Aiste bring a natural chemistry into their classes and share it with their students. Arthur, who has been passionate about Latin rhythms from early age, began to dance in 2005. He was a member of the Bailar Dance School, one of the most importarthur and aisteant dance training organisations in his home town Uberlandia, Brazil. Here he learned Samba de Gfieira, Forro, Zouk, Bolero, Tango, Lindy Hop, Salsa and other Latin dances. In 2008, Arthur moved to Sao Paulo where he continued developing his dancing and teaching skills with internationally known masters.

In 2009, Arthur had a six­ month dance experience in London at the Latin Dance Academy where he had a chance to learn from world ­known teachers, and deepen his knowledge in Salsa, Mambo,Cha-­cha-cha and Bachata. He was asked to join the Latin Ice Dance Company, directed by Aiste Kalabuchova­ Gontijo, and their partnership continues ever since.

Aiste trained as a professional dancer in her home country, Lithuania, from the early age of 5. She completed a Faculty of Arts in Klaipeda (Lithuania) University, gaining a choreographers qualification.
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In 2002 Aiste moved to London searching for new directions in dance. That is where she fell in love with Salsa, and quickly built herself a reputation as an outstanding salsa teacher and performer. Training, traveling and performing around Europe with the all girls group ¨Duende¨ helped Aiste to discover, create and develop her graceful, feminine, and elegant style.

They continue to develop their dance career working mainly with Salsa NY style On2 and Brazilian rhythms, blending their deep knowledge and experience in different dance styles that makes them exceptionally versatile. Based in London, UK they provide regular weekly classes and choreography courses. https://www.facebook.com/aiste.gontijo

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