Hélio Santos

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Hélio Santos is a dancer, teacher and choreographer, 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) in 2008 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.

As a choreographer, he created Entre...Vistas in 2004, "Agora" in partnership with Debora Rey in 2008, "Living Through", in 2008, "Cântico dos cânticos" in April 2012 and "Canoa" in July 2012 and he created Kizomba DVD – The 7 Pillars of KizombaXtreme, in 2015.

He was also the main actor of the movies "Fertilize", "Life as it Begins" - Belgium, 2007 and "The Black Bird Flying" - Belgium, 2008.

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


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