Alvaro Gustavo


How did you get into dancing?

I got into dancing when I was a little kid. Coming from a home that lived with music constantly, dancing came quite naturally. From dancing to Michael Jackson on top of my kitchen table to my aunt’s amusement, to dancing lambada with my neighbours upstairs. I moved onto learning cha-cha-cha during high school and endured mockery as I was one of few boys in the lesson. Afterwards, I began clubbing, and then came pop music, metal, rock, house music and EDM.

I enjoy all kinds of music and I’d loose myself into dancing. Kizomba came much later in my life and I’d think to myself now “why the hell didn’t I start dancing this from childhood?” And now this passion has become such a strong part of my life and who I am.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working on creating a community that shares a passion for kizomba in Vienna. I’ve just finished another edition, the 6th edition of my festival Toma-Toma which was probably the most challenging edition to date. Toma-Toma is the oldest kizomba festival in Slovakia.

We try to create a unique atmosphere in a saturated market where everything has been done before and sometimes the “innovations” are just “aberrations” and this makes it a very complex project. I’m also constantly working on improving my DJ-ing, dancing, and teaching skills and my partnership with Mirabella. To always do more, but more importantly to do better!

What’s been the most memorable moment of your journey as a dancer so far?

Hard one! Dancing has given me so many memorable moments!

As a dancer-organizer, it’s every time I think I’ll never organise anything ever again and after reading feedbacks of our event, from our attendees, decide to go again.

As a dancer-teacher, its moments when I see students that I thought would never be able to even step on the beat, now dance elegantly. And also the moment I understood my classes were total bullshit and that I had to urgently improve if I wanted to continue teaching with a clean conscience.

As a dancer-DJ, it was the moment when I started getting called to play internationally. And also the moment I understood that I can never please every single person when I play.

As a dancer, it was the moment when I understood that I was able to use, through my feet and body, the music in my dance. There’s also the moment I was rejected 3 times in a row asking for a dance.

And I can’t move on without saying that some of the most memorable moments are the ones that brought me a new family, love, friendship and people that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

What advice would you give to up & coming dancers looking at you for inspiration?

The best advice I could give is: FIND BETTER INSPIRATIONS!

And also, partner dancing is a threesome between you, your partner and the music. So be equally considerate of each of them. Build your dancing with solid foundations, for your own enjoyment, don’t be a Xerox copy of anyone, put something of yourself in your dancing, but always remember that creativity is both a positive and a negative thing and respecting how you use that creativity is very important.

What can we expect from you for the rest of 2018?

Not even I know but I guess I want more! I want to be better in all the things I do and I want to share the passion more and more! I have some bookings to teach and DJ at some Festivals in Europe. I want to bring more people into the kizomba scene in Vienna and I want to go to kizomba festivals and parties to socialize and also dance.


  1. That is spot on bro. You took most words out of my mouth. My inspiration keeps changing and I don’t know if it’s a good thing or bad but I realise that makes me less comparable to anyone. Im still aspiring to get better than I am now and enjoy more when I dance and most of all put a smile on my partner’s face. I keep wondering why I didn’t discover sooner. As my mama always said to me ” good things come to those who wait”.

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