COLADA Latin Dance Congress
6-10 June 2018, Bangkok

Sara López & Nuno Pesqueira

Instructors/Artists

Sara López is an influential instructor and performer in the Kizomba dance scene.

Sara López was born in 1986 and started dancing at the age of five.  She studied ballet for 15 years and obtained an honors certificate from The Royal Ballet of London. While at the Royal Ballet she supplemented her training with flamenco, contemporary dance, and various jazz and funk courses. She joined the Ballet Joven África Guzmán for four years as well. At sixteen, Sara got into Belly dance and Hip Hop, and at age 19 she became involved in salsa and latin dances.  Sara taught online salsa, bachata and bachatango workshops with various dance partners for three years.

At age 22 she traveled to L.A. (California, USA) to step up her dance training and choreography skills. She took more courses on contemporary dance, ground and aerial ecrobatics, etc. She gave hip-hop, latin and kizomba classes, while also working as a dancer for video spots and TV programs. She started Kizomba in late 2009 dancing in a show with Albir Rojas and competing in the qualifying rounds of the Africadançar contest in Madrid.  They were selected to represent Spain in the Africadancar international championship and earned second place in the 2010 event. Following this competition she started giving workshops and performing all over Europe, but her popularity increased through the dissemination of her videos on Youtube and social networks. This gave her the international fame that has allowed her to travel throughout Europe, North America, Central America, Asia and Oceania.

Nuno Pesqueira is a dancer with a long track record in the Latin dance world. Since he considers himself as perfectionist, dreamer, ambitious, sensitive and sociable, he has developed his skills not only as a dancer but also an instructor and choreographer.

From his childhood, he acquired the taste for dance from his family roots. He started attending dance classes from the first year of school in the Ponto e Comír Center, directed by Maria José Guimarães, who encouraged him to participate in all kind of activities which evolves around shows. He continued working for several years and developed a personality that is strongly connected to the spectacle that later evolved through the School Sports Group of the Secondary School of Holy Waters (GDDE) that was initially directed by Professor Esmeralda Moura and later by Professor Alexandre Teixeira.

Due to these experiences, he has become an international dancer who has participated in many different famous congresses and festivals where he obtained several rewards:

  • 1st position in the International Kizomba Championship 2010 (Africa a Dançar)

  • 1st position in the Portugal Salsa Opn 2013
  • 1st position in the Portugal Salsa Opn 2014
  • 1st position in the Portugal Kizomba Opn 2015
  • Dance Awards 2016 – Best Choreograph