Sonny Varela UK Kizomba Champion 2015/2016 and 3rd World Kizomba Champions at AfricAdancar International Kizomba competition with her dancer partner.
Sonny French born originally from Cape Verde, grew up dancing Passada, Funana, Kuduro, Mazurka, Coupe Decale and Ndombolo.
She danced Samba with Taste of Brazil, African traditional and modern dance (Azonto and Afrobeat) with Yemaya Libota.
She has been dancing Kizomba for 9 years and teaching for 6 years. Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating in Angola.
Originally in London with no fellow Palops (Portugese African speaking colonials), she shared her love of Kizomba by teaching Passada (steps) from which Kizomba is a derivative of, to friends. Following her love of fashion she set up her fashion brand of Bijoulili (www.bijoulili.com), which retails her designer collection of jewellery and clothing including her renowned “Ginga Boo Chain” that enhance the body movement while dancing for the ladies fusing her love of dance and fashion.
Her reasons for teaching Kizomba include “the passion of the dance, the feeling, the connection, the emotion and how that brings people together in a fun filled environment”.
Her philosophy about Kizomba :
“Kizomba is like having a conversation with two connected bodies, ‘he’ communicates the movements, ‘she’ listens and replies”.
She has recently set up SVPromotions event with workshop, classes, mini weekender, festival to the bring dance community together, by focusing Kizomba, Urban Kiz Semba Afrohouse and more…
Dance is about expressing yourself through body movement to music. The music is part of the inspiration, we all have songs that make us want to move, but is having the confidence to express yourself fully sometimes missing? But why? There is no right or wrong way as its your own personal style. How can you develop your own style? Simply experiment playfully, dance is not a test!!
Just like a child discovering new food flavours, you simply expand your experiences by trying new food flavours building up your preferences as you go and even inspiring new recipes however bizarre. The same can be done with dance. The more styles of dance you play with the deeper your understanding of your body movement will become, you will discover more about yourself; are you a disco diva or a funky hunk!! And you will be inspired to creatively dance your dance.