Serge KoffiIvory Coast
Serge was born in Toumodi, Ivory Coast. His work lead him to The Netherlands - Utrecht, where now he is based at. He is passionate about dance from his early childhood. After his dance education, Serge has gained a lot of experience in working with different kind of people around the world.
He is specialized in Afro dance, traditional African dance and Afro-Contemporary styles. Characteristic of his work is power, creativity, energy, humor and flow.'
“I dance to share positive energy and to awaken the unconscious in us”
His energy is exactly what 2018 BEMBE edition needs! With Serge every workshop is a party!
Sophie Fox United Kingdom
Sophie was born and raised in England and began dancing hip hop at the age of 11 but quickly explored other genres and by the age of 13 she had discovered a love for Latin dance and began dancing ballroom.
Her talent was evident to the Latin scene in England and by the age of 16 she became involved with a Salsa school in her home city, 'Steel City Salsa' and soon she was established as one of the school’s teachers. At this time Sophie also began to study contemporary & the theory of dance in her college.
As Kizomba began to gain prominence in the UK, in 2008 Sophie discovered her real passion and attended her first Kizomba festival in Lisbon.
Since then, Sophie's unique British style has come to the attention of many in the Kizomba scene – Partnering with Tony Pirata has opened many doors and the dance and culture of Kizomba has become part of Sophie's life and as a dancer Sophie strives to explore every aspect of the dance.
After the edition 2017 where she showed us such an amazing energy and talent, it would have been a shame to not having her with us for this coming edition 2018 in Marrakech.
Jamba alias "Babalu Jr." comes from Angola, where he had been since his childhood involved in acting and many projects related to culture. He moved to Prague - Czech Republic and began working as a choreographer with the group called Ango-B. He became a member of the BA-TO-CU group and later he established a dance group Puro Sabor with Ruben Peguera and Danays Drake.
Jamba integrated the latin-American dance group “Tradicion grupo de Baile”, and performed in many TV shows like X Factor, Czech Miss Czech-Slovak Voice etc…
His main domains above all are Kizomba, Semba, Kuduro and Afro. In 2010 they founded the first dance school in Czech Republic dedicated to teaching those dances. He cooperates with many dance schools abroad and travel every weekend to perform and share his experience worldwide.
Main asset of the exceptional ambiance on the previous edition, Jamba is fully part of the BEMBE family, and it wouldn’t be unthinkable to see a new edition without him.
Aga & MaciekPoland
Agnieszka Algemissel & Maciek Zahorodny are teachers, trainers, dancers and choreographers with many years of experience in dance and teaching. They share their passion for dance and love for Kizomba and Semba. Classes with them are full of fun and learning. Winners of many national competitions, they can communicate in a simple manner, sharing their knowledge about the techniques of body movement, leading & following. At the same time they can “sell” many interesting curiosity related to kizomba and semba, while maintaining the discipline and methodology of teaching.
Maciek graduated in instructor studies of dancing in Warsaw. After finishing competing in 2009, became teacher of dozens of couples every class. Passion for dancing pulled him to study latin dances, Salsa and Bachata, and after Kizomba & Semba which became his biggest passion.
Agnieszka completed a series of training sessions organized by one of the most recognizable couples in the kizomba world, AfrolatinConnection, and performed with them several times in their choreographies.
With her former partner, Agnieszka lead her own dance formation “Hot Steps” which was performing during the biggest festivals and dance events in Poland, and also lead the bachata formation ”Ladies Project”. Now certified trainer in World Hug Dance Project, she is an official choreography trainer of: AfrolatinConnection.
Having such an amazing couple full of talent, and with a great pedagogy is a great opportunity for all Kizomba, Semba and Bachata lovers.
Jeydikson & JalehPortugal/Lebanon
2015 UK Champion and 3rd place at the World Championship Africadançar 2015, Jeydikson Lima represent the next generation of dancer that brings a fresh and new vision of the dance. Motivated by sharing his passion, with strong emotions and connections, he enjoys each moment by teaching, performing, and educating. Already famous in UK, his popularity grows really fast and is spreading in all around Europe.
On the previous BEMBE edition, he was part of the most enthusiastic artists of the line-up and amazed everybody by his passion and great energy, which we count on this next edition to bring happiness to everyone.
Abdel Zouk, started his intensive formation in Capoeira in 2000, and started later on to dance Salsa & Bachata. Few months later he already integrated a Salsa Show group, and participated in many festivals and congresses around Europe. It’s when attending one of those events that his life changes radically discovering Brazilian Zouk for the first time. He attended to an intensive program and finally became instructor in one of the biggest Dance school in Cologne/Germany. Since 2010, Abdel Zouk is teaching & performing as an International artist all around world.
Abdel is teaching with passion, and is particularly gifted in making people fall in Love with the amazingly sensual Brazilian Zouk.