Teachers

Regular Classes

Our classes during week days for the spring season are taken care of by the following people:


Carlos Camba

Carlos Camba is an Angolan citizen living in Finland. He has been teaching Kizomba and Semba in Finland since 2014. As he’s been teaching he has been furthering his education all over the world. He has taken many courses, particularly in Angola. The focus in his classes is on the basic step of the dance, the body language (movement) during the dance, how to play with your waist during the dance and so on. He likes to have good relationships with his students therefore, communication and good sense of humour are very important to him.

Tatjana & Jury

Tatjana & Jury will lead you into the world of Kizomba Fusion. Tatjana is a passionate dancer and co-founder of Azembora. She started her dance journey in 2003 with contemporary dance and hip-hop. In 2011 continued with Latin dances and many other styles. She also worked as a licensed Zumba instructor. Jury had been dancing Salsa and Bachata since 2011. They both started dancing Kizomba in 2012 and immediately fell in love with this magical dance. This love pushed them to start creating a Kizomba community in Nepal, were they taught Kizomba for 2 years.

Laura Laiapea

Laura started dancing when she was only 7 years old and she has gone through many, many styles. In 2011 she discovered Afrobeats in the club scene which in 2013 led her to help start the first Azonto classes in Finland as well as being part of the first Finnish afrobeats dance crew. In 2014 she traveled to Ghana to find the roots of Afrobeat which together with Afrohouse are her main focus today.

Donna Suomi

Donna has graduated from Haaga-Helia University Sport and Leisure management 2010. She is an ex-track and field athlete, a sport she was active in for 11 years. She has been coaching in track and field since 2006. Donna started instructing dance in 2010. First touch for kuduro and afro house was 2011 in Finland. January 2016 Donna started to teach kuduro and afro house weekly classes and workshops in Helsinki. With long experience of instructing Donna will find a way to teach the steps so that everyone can follow.

Yoanki Terán

Yoanki was born in Havanna, Cuba. Music has always played a very important role in his life. He moved to Finland in 2009 and discovered the Angolan dances of Kizomba and Semba which he has been teaching in Helsinki area for years. His great mood and energy is infectious and is sure to put a smile on your face. Yoanki is also a singer/songwriter and performing artist.

Pekka Tiihonen

Pretty much everyone in the Helsinki Kizomba community knows Pekka. No-one on the local scene dances like Pekka. He is known for his immersive social dance sessions. His patterns and techniques are never boring and keep the ladies he dances with on their toes. An interesting challenge is how it is best described by followers who dance with him. Now is your chance to learn some of skills and techniques he has collected. What you learn from him you will be able to practice at some of our social dance parties where Pekka also DJs.

Kirsi VanSol

Kirsi vanSol has pioneered Angolan kizomba and semba in Finland, having learned with the foremost teachers since 2010. Her teaching combines musicality, technique and leading & following skills to give the students solid foundations for dancing at any level. Kirsi is known for her clear and systematic teaching and her passionate, inspiring attitude that brings together body, mind and spirit. But the most important merit are her students, who are sought-after dance partners at parties due to their grounded dancing, balanced connection and musicality.

Pat Ollo

Pat burst onto the Helsinki Kizomba scene a few years ago, his natural talent, dedication and perseverance allowed him to develop his skills very quickly. Soon enough he started organizing social dance events during the summer followed by his first teaching engagements. Today he travels and teaches at international festivals: Oslo Kizomba festival, Riga On the Wave and Brussels Kizomba Festival to name just a few. At home he is active in weekly free classes and social for TAT - a project whose goal is to promote the employment of people with 18+ year-olds who have a migrant background.