HOMETOWN: Lisbon, Portugal
BEST KNOWN FOR: Kizomba, Semba
Joao Rocha is an influential instructor and performer in the kizomba dance scene.
- Has a degree in Business Administration.
- Salsa was first love and began dancing kizomba in 2000. Didn’t like the dance at first.
- First saw kizomba at local clubs and decided to try it since kizomba was the music playing between salsa songs.
- Organizer of the “LIKE” dance Festival in Lisbon, and the “BIKE” dance festival in Belgrade.
- His Kizomba inspiration’s are Master Pechu, Kwenda Lima, and Afro-Latin connection.
- In 2010, performed Semba at the prestigious dance festival Africadancar in Portugal.
- Has taught and performed in over 25 countries including festivals in the USA, Europe and Russia.