RJ and Ali

RJ & Ali, have a combined 35 years experience in dancing, and a combined 24 years experience in a large number of social dance styles. At the heart of their dance philosophy, is the joy, fun and benefits that dancing can bring to our lives. Both have learned from their own personal experience the benefits that social and partner dancing can bring to your life.

Both have had a passion for partner dance styles since 2006, with experience and training in Salsa, Bachata, Tango and other partnered styles. In addition, they’ve trained extensively in both Standard and Latin ballroom styles such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha and Jive. In 2009, they chose to expand their focus, and delve into the Brazilian social dance styles of Samba de Gafieira and Zouk-Lambada. Drawing from their experience in both ballroom and the traditional styles of partnered Latin dance, they developed and specialized in these Brazilian dances. In 2014 and 2017, they travelled to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to seek extensive training and knowledge from the originators and masters of these dances.

Ali has been teaching partner dance styles since 2007, and RJ since 2010. Together, they have spread their love of dance all over Australia through workshops and performances at various schools and Latin dance events in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide. Constantly, they strive to increase their knowledge in their core dance styles, whilst also seeking out and developing new social partner dances including Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Forro, Bolero and Australian New Vogue.

At the heart of it though, their absolute joy is teaching and passing on not only the knowledge of dance, but the joy, love and fun that dancing can bring to life.