Dancer, teacher and choreographer
Pedrinho comes from Brazil and started to dance when he was only 11 years old! In 2005 he was handpicked for a scholarship at the Jaime Aroxa Dance School in Rio de Janeiro and completed a five year course for professional dancers encompassing all the Brazilian Ballroom dances (Bolero, Samba, Tango, Forro, Brazilian Zouk, Rock Soltinho, Samba de Gafieira). He also studied Samba Funkeado under Jimmy de Oliveira.
At just 15 years old he entered his first dance competition in Rio and took second place dancing Brazilian Zouk. This cemented his love of Zouk and he began to specialise and develop his own style playing with R’n’B and contra-tempo rhythms.
Pedrinho moved to São Paulo to work for Renato Veronezi dance company as a teacher, choreographer and performer before eventually touring European Zouk and Samba Congresses.
Whilst travelling in the UK, he met Linda Urgosova in 2014 and found the perfect counterpart to his signature urban swag musicality and style.
Dancer, teacher and choreographer.
Linda comes from Slovakia and has a Gymnastics, Ballroom and Latin dance background. Linda studied Gymnastics for 9 years and at 14 years of age started to learn Ballroom and Latin dance styles.
After moving to London in 2005 Linda found Lambada and quickly became a teacher and performer with various UK based artists in Lambada, LambaZouk and eventually Brazilian Zouk.
Linda continued her dance training with Contemporary courses at THE PLACE, the biggest contemporary dance school in London, to hone her core techniques and develop a uniquely elegant style.
Linda met Pedrinho Mattos in 2014 when she was asked to fill in as a demonstrator for Pedrinho’s class without ever dancing together. There was a magic fusion in that moment and they have worked together in all the Brazilian ballroom styles, teaching and performing around the world ever since.
Together they have built the biggest dance school in the UK where they are growing the Zouk community, in number, quality and technique on a daily basis through a highly progressive system, designed by Pedrinho and Linda, coaching dancers through ten levels of learning to create the future of Zouk in London and abroad.
Today, in its third year, there are over 150 students at UKDC.