Vitor Mendes (2)

Dancing has been my passion for many years. Dancing is a therapy of expression. The movement and the interpretative side of the dance can definitely complement and benefit the motor as well as the emotional body functions. Dancing can also allow you to reach a point of harmony and discovery of any hidden identities. Besides this, it has an incredible ability to release stress, vent emotions and moreover make one enjoy a nice dose of endorphins.Through dance, I see limitless possibilities of music interpretation, self-expression and connection with a dance partner. Ghetto Zouk Dance and Kizomba are couple dances, therefore, communication is pivotal, connection and assurance, not only in yourself but also in your dance partner. We read our dance partner’s intentions through their choices of movement. It is what many see as the perfect phenomenal form of nonverbal communication, regardless of what language we speak. Everyone can dance, one simply has to let go and choose to embrace the joy of movement.

So, what is so unique and perhaps impossible to better about dancing? Personally, when I see people of different nationalities, cultural backgrounds, different shapes and dancing abilities and different ages… all coming to my lessons to gather in common ground to share a common passion, a love for dancing.

EXPERIENCE
  • During the past few years I have designed or being involved with dance choreographies for different artists and sports personalities like the singer Piqi Miqi, the bodybuilder Lukáš Osladil, the music band United Flavour, the dance crews CoDance and MuReCaSČSTS, and companies VAC company, Reebok, Nestle, L’Oreal, Billa, Avon, amongst others.
  • I have also taken part in commercials for brands such as Gerber, Nintendo, Ariel, Verizon, Desperados, Canal+, Becherovka, Margot etc.
  • In 2005 I was involved in the debut in Patti Boulaye’s musical Sundance in “Hackney Empire Theatre” in London.
  • Between 2008 and 2010 I was CEO of American fashion brand APB Clothing branch in UK.
  • Between 2010 and 2014 I organized the yearly multicultural music and dance festival Afro-Bailar in Prague and Bratislava.
  • In 2010 I took part in two dance performances; “Shiva’s wheel of life” in the ABC Theatre and Prague’s adaptation of “La Ronde” Arthura Schnitzler in the D21 Theatre, both in Prague.
  • From 2012 I’ve been very busy with regular, intensive and private dance lessons in the Czech Republic and abroad.
  • In 2012 I performed at the Czech Film awards Český lev.
  • In 2013 I cooperated with the newspaper Mladá Fronta Dnes on the project “Fitness days with Diet”.
  • From 2013 I actively work as Fitness trainer.
  • In 2015 I created a new dance method; Ghetto Zouk Dance, carefully developed to complement the beats of Ghetto Zouk music.
  • For more than 14 years I professionally and regularly dance – KizombaGhetto Zouk Dance, Afro-Fitness, Capoeira, traditional African dances, Coupé décalé, Kuduro and Abstract dance, and contemporary dances.