FREDDY MARINHO AND ANDRESSA CASTELHANO
Freddy Marinho - performer, teacher and choreographer, started dancing very young in Jaime Arôxa's Studio but was due to his experience with the Queen of Zouk Renata Peçanha that he started dancing professionally and teaching in her Studio - Núcleo de Dança Renata Peçanha, and got specialized in Zouk. He has been one of the creators of Renata Peçanha's Dance Company and has been acting as a dancer in it and running classes of Zouk, Salsa and Dança de Salão with Samba de Gafieira in her studio since 2004. His dance partner is Andressa Castelhano.
Andressa started dancing Latin Dances and Ballroom in 2006. She got specialized in zouk due to her years as part of Renata Peçanha's Dance Company in Brazil. She is not only zouk dancer, performer and choreographer but she studied Jazz, Classic, Contemporary and Ballet as well. Freddy has also increased and developed his techniques in Ballet and Contemporary due his cooperation with Márcia Pinheiro (ex-ballet dancer from the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro).
Freddy and Andressa have been part of the Dance Company Prima Facie, where made shows of Jazz and Contemporary Dance, and also, have worked under a contract with Walt Disney World Brazil, making shows in the country as ballet dancers. They were very successful in championships, won first prize in zouk at the Champion of the XV Dance festival in Nova Iguaçu. Freddy and Andressa have developed the Rio Zouk Style in Moscow – Russia for 2 years, 2010 and 2011, where they had their own dance school. Now, they are developing the Rio Zouk Style in Helsinki – Finland, where they opened their new Dance School, 2012. They acted and will act as teachers and performers in Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Holland, Dubai, Switzerland etc. They are successful dancers and highly respected teachers in the whole world.