anna

Anna is half Italian, half Danish and grew up in Luxembourg, where she trained mainly in Jazz at Jazz-Ex from age 14. She first came to London in 2000 to study at university but after some travels and time spent living in Mexico teaching English, returned to be permanently based in the UK since 2005. Having always had an interest in Martial arts discipline, she trained intensively in Taekwondo from 2006-2009, taking part in many UK competitions and also practiced Aikido, but after a chance visit to a salsa bar in London in 2007, she discovered social dancing and has never looked back.

From 2007-2010 she learned the different latin rhythms of Salsa (N.Y, L.A, Cuban and Colombian), Bachata, Reggaeton, Merengue and Cha Cha with various teachers including Super Mario, Special Tee, Yanet Fuentes, Rafael del Busto and Latin Dance Academy in London.

Interest in latin dance lead her to Pineapple studios where, from 2009 to 2012, Anna trained, performed and taught as part of DanceMyWay Latin Dance Academy, focusing on Samba no Pé and Latin Jazz with basis in latin ballroom technique. In 2011 she qualified as a Zumba Fitness instructor and ran her own class in London until late 2012 when she decided to dedicate more time to working with Brazilian Social Dance. She continues to attend classes in Jazz, Samba no Pé, Dancehall, House, Afro-contemporary and Afro-Brazilian at studios across London.

Since 2010 Anna has focused extensively on Brazilian rhythms, training in Samba no Pé with DanceMyWay, Romero de Mangueira, and Paraiso school of Samba, Samba de Gafieira and Zouk Lambada with Kleber Saúde and various other teachers in London.

Most recently, Anna participated in the Samba de Gafieira section of the London 2012 Olympics flag handover to Rio 2016, Notting Hill Carnival and Thames festival, and also performed in the International Zouk Flashmob 2012 at The Scoop in London (see in the archive of our events). She teaches and choreographs with Kleber and the Brazilian Social Dance team.

Anna is passionate about learning something new every day and the discipline and training that goes into dancing, martial arts and movement in general. She believes that, with the right approach, anyone can learn to dance and that social dance is much more than just exercise, it’s a lifestyle that is about expressing your individuality, finding your confidence, connecting with people, learning new cultures and making people happy.