Growing up in Brazil, Allan was exposed to latin music and dancing at a very young age. Allan only started taking dance classes in 1999 and hasn't left latin dancing since then. Before moving to Australia in 2007, Allan promoted latin dance events and was a key contributor in bringing together the latin dance professionals and students in the northeastern region of Brazil.
Upon his arrival in Sydney he joined Latin Dance Australia, where his dancing career took a major leap. In just over a year, he was already performing and teaching internationally and also representing Australia in what is now the World Latin Dance Championships in the USA, making it to the finals both times. Years and years of training with world renowned Jaime Jesus and Nestor Manuelian and partnering with Katrina Quintal and Amy Mills have taken his dance skills to where it is today and since moving to Canberra in 2016, he can't wait to share his knowlege with the Canberra dance scene. His passion for entertaining people around him have also led his career to great heights in the audiovisual industry. Having worked at major concerts and festivals such as Soundwave, Big Day Out, Stereosonic, Spilt Milk, Coldplay, Radiohead, Beyonce, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Beach Boys, among many others, gave him the knowlege to run look after the whole equipment production for the biggest dance events in Australia such as Canberra Latin Dance Festival, Sydney Latin Festival, Sydney International Bachata Festival, Australian Latin Dance Cup and Inner West Fiesta, to name a few.
Hamed is one of the most dedicated and in demand instructors in Canberra. He became involved with Latin Dance scene to meet new people, gain new skills and challenge himself. Hamed is one of the passionate Bachata and Salsa instructors. He loves performing and competing in his loved styles. In the last few years, he was involved with multiple competitions and performances in Salsa and Bachata.
Hamed enjoys the diverse and friendly group of people he has met during his dance journey. He believes that dance can bring people from all different cultures and backgrounds together for one common purpose, which is to have fun, express themselves through body movement and smile.
Amy has always had a passion for dancing even from a young age she was involved in Jazz, tap dancing and ballet. Six years ago, Amy decided to try Salsa and there has been no turning back. She loves all things Salsa and Bachata and you will find her dancing most nights of the week. Amy enjoys performing and has participated in numerous competitions including the Australian Latin Dance Championships. More recently Amy has been teaching with the Latin Dance Canberra crew, where she admits is the highlight of her week. Amy loves the joy that dancing brings to people and is truly addicted.
Lana Dolcezza is a very versatile dancer with experience in Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Samba and Australian titles in Samba and Zouk under her belt.
Lana has been dancing for what seems like her entire life, starting with Jazz when she was 6 years old. She enjoys performing and sharing the joy of music and storytelling through the moment.
She has been learning and performing a variety of Latin styles for over 7 years including Samba, Salsa, Bachata and Zouk.
She has competed three times in the national ALDC (Australian Latin Dance Championships), winning two first-place national titles in 2015 for Samba and Zouk, and placing third in the Bachata titles in 2016.
Lana has learned from many national and world-class dance teachers, including studying in Brazil and dancing in the Rio Carnival. She has been part of many professional Latin dance performance groups and also enjoys the fun and freedom of social dancing. Lana believes dance is the best way to exercise your mind and your body.
“Dance is so many things to me. It’s an art, a challenge, a creative outlet and a release from the stress in our busy lives. It’s an absolute privilege to share that with others”
Amy has been dancing in the Latin scene for 7 years now - teaching, performing, choreographing, competing in various styles including her main passion Salsa and Bachata. Amy started dancing with individual styles such as Belly Dancing and Reggaeton before moving into Salsa, Bachata and Cha-Cha.
Amy has competed and performed in Salsa and Bachata in various events and competitions around Australia, however, her main passion remains social dancing. Amy believes every dance you share with someone is different and exciting as you never know what you might be led into and you never have the same dance twice.
Amy is a teacher by trade and she loves passing knowledge on to others and helping them achieve their goals. She finds teaching dance perfect for her because it allows her to do both the things she loves in one place.
Anushka Kumar has been dancing and performing since the young age of 3. She has performed Internationally in countries including Germany, Czech Republic, Zimbabwe, India, Australia and most recently in Greece and Papua New Guinea. She has been teaching Bollywood dancing for the past 8 years to all ages at “Canberra School of Bollywood” including tiny tots, junior kids, beginners, intermediate and advance! She has had intense training by the Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts.
Anushka has performed for charity functions, news channels, short Bollywood films, festivals and various local events. As well as with famous Bollywood stars and singers including John Abraham, Mika Singh, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Himesh Reshammiya, etc. In the past several years she has won several competitions interstate in Bollywood dancing. Her experience in Bollywood also helped to pickup basic foundation Latin steps quickly as it had similar rhythm and styling! So if that’s something you wish to work on then join in!
Kaini has been graduated from National Taiwan College of Performing Arts major in Chinese dance and Acrobatics. She has performed in number of places namely: 2018 Taiwan Youth Ambassador Cultural Exchange, 2019 Taiwan Yoga Centre, 2020 California Disney Lunar New Year. She is an experienced teacher in Chinese dance, child ballet, Yogalates and Ballroom dance.