How did you get into dancing?
Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, I learnt to appreciate different genres of music. From an early age, I listened to benga, soukous, bongo, zouk, salsa, rock and roll, hip hop, reggae, soul and various types of folk music from all over Kenya.
I later focused my energies on various social dances which encompassed African and Latin Dance styles in all their wonderful variations. This also gave me the opportunity to represent Kenya in various International Dance Competitions and Congresses.
Since 2009, I have been dedicated to help pioneer Kizomba, Semba and Kuduro in East Africa. I currently teach several levels, ranging from beginners to advanced, and promote weekly classes and socials in Nairobi.
What projects are you currently working on?
I run the Nairobi Dance Project which is an initiative committed to cultivating and nurturing a community of professional dance instructors, performers, competitors and students by providing opportunities for training, performance and collaboration. We strive to expose our dancers to the highest level of instruction in Kizomba, Semba and Kuduro.
We also had a successful first edition of the Nairobi Kizomba Sensação which was in April 13-15th 2018. This will now be an annual event; the 2nd edition will be held on April 12-14th 2019. This will be a 3-day music and dance event that offers a spectacular series of workshops, parties and performances. The event will provide a unique opportunity for participants to come and immerse themselves in the Kizomba, Semba, Afrohouse & Kuduro music and dance genres.
What’s been the most memorable moment of your journey as a dancer so far?
I have had two significant milestones: First, representing Kenya at the 2009 IDO World Salsa Championships and being crowned the Rueda De Casino World Champions and being a finalist in two other disciplines. Second and most recently, putting together the first edition of The Nairobi Kizomba Sensação. I am extremely grateful for the wonderful team that helped me make this dream a reality.
What advice would you give to up & coming dancers looking at you for inspiration?
Keep Working. Keep Learning. Be Focused. Be Consistent. It’s not an easy journey, it’s hard, expensive, time consuming, exhausting but ultimately rewarding if you put your heart, body and soul to it. For me dancing is a gift, it helps me focus, it helps me find my center and myself. But most of all, dance makes me remember what life is all about: Living with passion.
What can we expect from you for the rest of 2018?
I recently did a dance video with world class dancers from Belgium; Frans and Sarah (Kizombalove).
You can expect more content from myself and collaborations with both local and international artists.