“Dance speaks all languages.”
World renowned Latin dance professionals Kadu Pires and Larissa Thayane are originally from Brazil, they moved to Australia in 2007. They spend up to half of each year travelling – teaching, performing, choreographing and judging at the world’s most important Latin dance events and competitions.
Since 2007, they have toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Europe, North and South America. They have been instrumental in boosting the popularity of Brazilian zouk and samba de gafieira internationally. Their credits include competition wins and television appearances in Brazil and in Australia, including choreography for So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
During his 20-year dance career, Kadu built a reputation as one of the best young dancers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before being recognised as a samba de gafieira and samba no pe dancer and instructor of reference for Brazil’s new dance generation. He has worked as a dancer, instructor and choreographer for high profile dance companies in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, including the Jimmy de Oliveira Dance Academy and Company and the Alex de Carvalho Dance Academy and Company.
Larissa is trained in all styles of dance. She has worked as a professional ballet and contemporary dancer for the Youth Theatre Company of Rio de Janeiro, travelling and performing throughout Brazil and the United States before studying Latin dance. Her career highlights include performing at The Kennedy Centre in Washington with the American Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, she started her studies in Latin dance and joined Jimmy de Oliveira’s samba de gafieira company and Alex de Carvalho’s Latin dance company specialising in Brazilian zouk.
Kadu and Larissa founded K&L Dance and K&L Dance Events in 2012.
In 2017 K&L moved to Los Angeles, US and appointed Soraya McDonald as director of K&L Dance school in Brisbane.
“With our move to the US and the increase of our trips overseas, the time is right for this appointment. Soraya is an excellent addition to K&L Dance leadership and we are delighted that she is joining us. Soraya’s knowledge in customer relations and business management make her exactly the right person to lead this all-important transition. We look forward to spending more time focusing on choreography, teachers training and updating K&L Dance’s lesson material monthly.” – Kadu and Larissa
“We have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to live our dream. It is our pleasure to take students on the exotic journey that is Latin dance. ”
– Kadu Pires and Larissa Thayane
We’ll show you funky, elegant and cheeky new moves to fuse with traditional kizomba – add a creative edge to your social dancing!
Like every great dance style, samba de gafieira requires lots of practice. Dance as much as you can and… have FUN!
Being a great dancer means going back to beginner classes regularly. Make sure your foundation movements are perfect!
Focus on your technique. Practice, practice, practice to be a light, but clear leader or follower.
Brazilian zouk “Fly On” – March, 2015
Samba de gafieira “Holding On” – July, 2014
Brazilian zouk “GO” – March, 2014
Brazilian zouk “A nossa musica” – July, 2013
Samba de gafieira “This love” – January, 2011