Kadu Pires & Larissa Thayane

“Dance speaks all languages.”

About Kadu & Larissa

K&L's dance tips

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 Roberta Lettieri as the manager of K&L Dance school in Brisbane. The school will re-open with the new management in 2019.

“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 

Modern kizomba

We’ll show you funky, elegant and cheeky new moves to fuse with traditional kizomba – add a creative edge to your social dancing!

Samba de gafieira

Like every great dance style, samba de gafieira requires lots of practice. Dance as much as you can and… have FUN!

Brazilian zouk

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.

Performances - a selection

Brazilian zouk “Fly On” – March, 2015

Casa do Zouk

Samba de gafieira “Holding On” – July, 2014

Prague Zouk Congress

Brazilian zouk “GO”  – March, 2014

India International Dance Congress

Brazilian zouk “A nossa musica” – July, 2013

Amsterdam Zouk and Salsa Congress

Samba de gafieira “This love” – January, 2011