We had the great opportunity of meeting Avelino Chantre and Joana Machado at the 7th Finland Bachata Festival, where we were teaching and sharing our love for Bolero. None of us had too much sleep and we had to catch our respective planes back home, so we try to do our best in the interview in the short time we had. Hope you enjoy it! Listen to it all, there are some very interesting information through it all.
Avelino Chantre was born in Cape Verde, where he specialized in Traditional Dances and Cape Verdean Contemporary dances. It’s traditional base is in Funaná, Kola, Coladera, Mazurka, Semba and Kizomba. Beginning in 1994, his professional experience crossed the border of Cape Verd, as one of the most important Contemporary Companies in Portugal (Foundation Gulbekian) chose him at an audition to be part of the company and work in Portugal. After that he earned a scholarship from the World Health Organiztion to work in Brazil with communities, teaching Traditional dances from Africa, including Cape Verd, Contemporary and also learning and teaching BioDanza. He spend sometime going back and forth between Portugal and Brazil. He was then invited to participate in a Contemporary Dance Festival in New York, and then travelled numerous times between the USA and Europe, learning other forms of dance like Jazz, Tap, and more Contemporary. Avelino never stopped learning, which is the base for improving your self in any area of your life.
He has worked (and still does) with choreographers such as Clara Andermatt and Paulo Ribeiro. Avelino is also a musician, actor and creator of several choreographies and shows. His career in Portugal since 1994 includes shows and partnerships with big names of dance and music of the Teatro Nacional, such as Francisco Camacho, Miguel Moreira (Utero), National Theatre D. Mary II, Espasso Latino, Vasco Martins (CV) and many others. Avelino considers Lisbon as his home, because as he explains, it feels closer to his homeland and in Lisbon he can follow his own rhythm.
Joana Machado started as Ballroom and Tango Argentino dancer. In 2007 she was a student of Avelino Chantre and continued as the fully trained instructor couple with Avelino, traveling the world with him, sharing their vision of dance. They believe that the Kizomba and Semba feeling is made of the moment. She focuses on Kizomba and Semba now, although she says Tango is in her heart, and even though some people call Kizomba the African Tango, she says it is not the same.
Ultimate Kizomba is their latest project, with the objective of: “To dance the roots, to stay always close to the traditional way of dancing”
In this interview, Avelino and Joana also explain how in Kizomba the count is a multiple of 4, but you don’t dance in 4 counts, or 8 counts, but instead you make live composition and creation of steps, and eventually you find your way back to the strong beat: you can do a 3+3+3+3 which is 12 or a 5 count step + 7 count step , and it is same 12.
You can find them in facebook: http://www.facebook.com/avelino.chantre & http://www.facebook.com/JoanaMachado.UltimateKizomba or at the FlashDance Academia in Lisbon or in some Festival around the world. Don’t miss the chance to meet them and learn from them, when your path crosses theirs.
Have a great day and learn something new today!