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Magno and Kayleigh

Magno Matias entered the World of Dance at the age of 12 in the year 2001. His mother, observing her sons innate gift for that art, encouraged him and endeavored so that Magno could reach his goal. Of course, Magno Matias identified with the SAMBA and, thus, his first steps in a TRADITIONAL SAMBA were transmitted to him by Professor SÉRGIO FELICIANO. In 2007, always looking to learn and improve, he began his studies in SAMBA FUNKEADO, when he enrolled in the JIMMY DE OLIVEIRA Dance Academy. A few months after his admission, the Master perceiving his aptitude and performance, invited him to participate in the Dance Company Jimmy de Oliveira, an initial step in his career as a teacher and dancer. Since then, Magno Matias has participated in several events, either by teaching samba classes, or by making presentations, such as: ZOUK MOSCOW RUSSIA 2019, FORROFIERA BARCELONA 2019, BRISBANE ZOUK FESTIVAL 2018 AUSTRALIA, RIO DANCE CONGRESS 2018 – DOUDOULE LATIN DANCE FESTIVAL 2017 Australia – FEST SALÓN 2014, 2015 and 2017 Belém / PR – MARCO DANZA 2017 Macapá / AP – SAMBA OFFICE OF THE JIMMY DE OLIVEIRA ACADEMY, 2010 to 2019 in Rio de Janeiro / RJ; – OFFICE OF SAMBA DE SÃO PAULO, 2011 TO 2015; – SWING BLACK, 2011 – Rio de Janeiro / RJ; – CONAD (State Dance Congress) in São José do Rio Preto / SP, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 – RIO DE JANEIRO STATE CONGRESS, 2014; – STATE FIELD CONGRESS OF THE GOYTACAZES / RJ, 2014; – SAMBASIM CONGRESS, 2014 – Fortaleza / CE; – CONGRESS DANCE A DOS, 2013 and 2014, Recife / PE; – CONGRESS APDANS, 2016 / PA – CONGRESS HERE HAS SAMBA 2015 / RJ -OFFICIAL OF SAMBA MASTER 2015 (CURITIBA) / PR -OFFICIAL OF SAMBA GLOBAL EDITION 2015 (MARINGA) / PR -OFFICIAL OF SAMBA JUDGES OF OUTSIDE 2016 / MG – CONGRESS CABLE SAMBA 2015 / RJ – INTERNATIONAL ZOUK FLASH MOB 2017 Australia. Student and incessant researcher, Magno Matias also ministers private classes, even to elderly people.He idealized one of the biggest ballroom dance events of the of the “Baixada Fluminense”, entitled “Baixada in Dança” that is already in its fifth edition. In 2018 he started the ABSOLUTE LATINA DANCE project in Australia.

Kayleigh McMullen has been dancing since she was 3 years old, focusing on ballet, jazz, contemporary. She has completed classical exams of the Royal Academy of Dance receiving distinctions, as well as the theatrical and modern jazz exams through the C.S.T.D syllabus that have received honors. Kayleigh discovered the world of circus and performed aerial acrobatics and flying trapezes professionally in several Australian corporate and circus companies. Now she has a successful studio on the Sunshine Coast in Australia called ABSOLUTE AERIALS. It is at the beginning of its fifth year of operation, and now with the addition of the ABSOLUTE LATINA DANCE classes, brings great joy to the circus and Latin dance community. Kayleigh started Latin dance one and a half years ago and met Magno, who is now her life partner as well as dance partner. He actually taught her first class and has been the main influence on Kayleigh’s progress in dance. Kayleigh finds that dancing is opening many doors and complements her aerial circus training very well. It has given her more flexibility in movement, as well as inspired creativity and taught her a lot about connection, freedom and timing. Now she can’t imagine her life without dancing! Kayleigh has taught at the following congress’s; RIO DANCE CONGRESS RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 2018-2019; OFICINA DO SAMBA RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 2019; WORKSHOP SAMBA DE JANEIRO SALVADOR, BRAZIL 2019; WINNING 2ND PLACE for her Zouk solo in the Mixed Latin Division at BRISBANE LATIN DANCE FESTIVAL 2017; as well as teaching students in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast on a regular basis.
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