Helio Santos

Helio Santos is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. One of the pioneers of Kizomba. Born in Cabo Verde, and living in Lisbon. He concluded his studies at P.A.R.T.S. (The Performing Arts Research and training Studios) and got scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian.

In his early childhood he started dancing the traditional dances from Cabo Verde. He has been teaching Kizomba for more than ten years and he is the founder of the project KizombaXtreme. Kizomba, or “Passada” in Cabo Verde, was something he had always by his side. In Cabo Verde, it is not taught because is part of culture and daily life of the country. As a consequence, Hélio developed his personal style in Kizomba. His teaching methodology was personally developed as the result of his life path.

He created Kizomba DVD – The 7 Pillars of KizombaXtreme, in 2015.

He wrote one of the first such articles, together with Guilherme, about Kizomba dance, entitled: ELEMENTS OF CABO VERDE DANCES IN KIZOMBA.

2018 Classes
11:45 – 12:45 Kizomba Intermediate: Fundamentals & Tarraxinha
14:15 – 15:15 Kizomba Advanced: Connection & Combinations
16:45 – 17:45 Semba

14:15 – 16:30 (2hour class)The SIBITCHI DANCE
16:45 – 17:45 Kizomba – Musicality, Technique & Combinations.Leading,Posture,Combinations. & Musicality

The ‘sibitch’ are a Cape Verdean set of pebbles used in the country as a symbol of the transformation of suffering in creative energy.

Having as a starting point the rituals of slaves in Cape Verde,
The SIBITCHI DANCE seeks to push participants to share personal anxieties in the form dance and singing.
It is an emotional, intense and deeply personal experience.


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