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.




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