“PARTNER DANCING BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER. THAT’S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT.”
Charles began dancing 2002 as a student at Brisbane’s Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy under Latin dance veteran, Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco. There, he immersed himself in dance, spending five-plus nights each week at classes, training and performances of Brazilian zouk, samba de gafieira, salsa and forro.
Charles’ performance credentials include various Sydney Salsa Congresses, Melbourne Latin Festivals, Doudoule Latin Dance Camps, and Brisbane Latin and Brazilian Dance Congresses. He has appeared at various high profile film and community event launches including being featured as a dancer with the Rio Rhythmics team in an episode of Channel 10’s Big Brother (2004) and the opening of the Musica Cubana Buena Vista Social Club (2007).
Charles was a member of Rio Rhythmics’ teaching team from 2003 to 2011.
More recently, Charles trained under Kadu Pires and Larissa Thayane in Brazilian zouk and samba de gafieira. He has been part of the K&L Dance instructor team since inception and now teaches Brazilian zouk and samba de gafieira. He is a regular host at K&L Dance social events.
“Partner dancing involves mutual support, consideration, sensitivity and understanding. It’s all about listening, immersing yourself in the music and the dance.”
– Charles Pizzato
Musicality is important. Developing it takes time. Live and breathe Latin music so you can catch those subtle changes.
Samba de gafieira is playful yet precise. Be sure to finish each of your movements. Don’t let them blend together.
Samba de gafieira performance – January, 2013
Samba de gafieira performance – October, 2012
Brazilian zouk performance – October, 2011