Sonny Varela

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Sonny Varela

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    Sonny Varela


    My name is Sonny Varela, I was born & grew up in France but originally from Cape Verde (I am Palop) and have been living in London since 2000. Whilst growing up dance was a common theme running throughout my family and culture. Grew up dancing Passada, Funana, Batuku, Coladeira, Zouk, Kuduro, Mazurka, Coupe Decale and Ndombolo. In UK danced Samba with Taste of Brazil, and African traditional and modern dance (Azonto & Afrobeat) with Yemaya Libota.Throughout my years of working in the dance sector, I have accumulated a lot of experience and accomplished a great deal as a dancer,promoter and innovator namely;* More about me below my video



    Jey & Sonny's demo @ Latin Sensual Bachata Festival London

    ▪Teaching Kizomba since 2010 ▪in 2015 coming 1st place as UK Kizomba Champions and in 2015 3rd place as EU championship World Kizomba Champions. ?AfricaADancar ? ▪Teaching / Performing Kizomba around the world and UK with a dance partner then later becoming a solo female teacher. ▪Throughout the year (weekly in London) I have been dancing and teaching Kizomba and added Urban Kiz in the last 3 years (around UK too) ▪2016 Started my own event business company SVPromotions / now Ginga Boo with the aim of using our local talent as well as international teachers & DJs to support the dance growth in UK as well providing fun parties with a festival feeling. www.gingaboo.com ▪I eventually left my main job to focus on my passion to work and bring about change in the dancing sector. ▪ 2016 - Started one of the first weekly Kizomba & Urban Kiz venue in London bringing in weekly EU teachers. ▪️2017 Organised a Kizomba Teachers training w/ Lucia Nogueira ▪2017 Hosted first ever Urban Kiz competition in this country ?Urban Kiz competition collaration w/ Curtis Seldon https://www.facebook.com/events/232566930533600/?ti=icl▪2017 Organised the Urban Kiz Mob and in 2019 the Semba Mob; a first of its kind. ? Semba- Mob London https://www.facebook.com/646477195453641/posts/1811436998957649?sfns=mo▪ 2017/18 commenced intensive teaching and training opportunities for teachers in both Kizomba & Urban Kiz who include Edu Costa, Leny Leo, Lee Archer, Qas Hussain and Joan Chance. ▪2018 - Started Kizomba / Semba classes on a Thursday to meet the public demands for this area. Since then, we have grown and are now running two levels of Semba with top teachers growing Semba awareness. ?Kizomba Thursday https://www.facebook.com/events/732101563855889/▪September 2018 Started the first ever monthly Saturday party event in London / UK hosting 2 rooms (Kizomba - Semba - Afro and Urban Kiz focus only) to accommodate the diverse needs of my customers, offering workshops with international artists and evening parties with UK and international DJ's. Eg : Workshop with particular focus : ❗️Semba (semba dancers)❗️La Femme workshop (for women ) ❗️L’Urban Kiz touch (Urban kiz dancers ) ❗️Battle of the DJs ( Djs focus) and more coming up... ?Criola Monthly Kizomba event 2018 https://www.facebook.com/events/605844969784397/ ?Criola Monthly Kizomba event 2019 https://www.facebook.com/events/538356739918474/ ▪2018 - Created a web page called “Kizomba events in London” supporting the Kizomba community to find out what Kizomba events were happening in London & promoting every promoter. ?Kizomba events in London https://www.gingaboo.com/kizomba-events-in-london/▪2019 - Created a facebook group called “Find a dancer partner UK” group to support dancers to meet other dancers/partners to promote dance growth. ?Find a dance partner - UK group https://www.facebook.com/groups/680615122395599/?ref=share ▪2019 Collaboratng with over 10 UK promoters to offer FREE spaces to practise to help people to find a dance partners, and help people to practise more, to help the dance growth. ?FREE social Practise across the UK in June 2019 https://www.facebook.com/events/812746325768390/▪2019 Hosted my first 'UK Open 2019' dance competition Kizomba & Urban Kiz creating opportunities for new talents wanting to expose their work and wishing to enter the dance scene sector ? UK Open 2019 ?? group https://www.facebook.com/groups/241316519631527/?ref=share▪2019 Created the Ginga Boo's ”UK Kizomba Awards” to give recognition and credit for the hard work and dedication Kizomba artists have given to supporting and building the Kizomba dance community. ?Ginga Boo's "UK Kizomba Awards' web page https://www.gingaboo.com/kizombaawards2019/ ▪2018/ 2019 Hosted my first ever Ginga Boo Kizz Festivals (GBKF) June 2018 as well as subsequent ones, January 2019, bringing to the UK international artists and many UK artists together under the same roof, offering diversity, different dance styles and different ways of learning (innovative style/ways first in UK). Focus on KIZOMBA - SEMBA - URBAN KIZ - AFROHOUSE I am also the only & first UK promoter to offer a called Urban kiz room dedicated to Urban Kiz dancers in a festival up to today. I’m am currently celebrating the running and preparations for my 3rd GBKF UK and 3rd year anniversary of SVPromotions/ Ginga Boo which is in July 2019 and already preparing for GBKF March 2020 & July 2020. ▪️I have brought some of the bigger artists names of the industry in UK ▪️I have build an amazing team that is supporting me and my events?GINGA BOO TEAM ??GBK F UK 15-17th June 2018 https://www.facebook.com/events/531495477200552/?ti=icl?GBKF UK 4-6th January 2019 https://www.facebook.com/events/521865011561797/?GBKF UK 26-28th July 2019 https://www.facebook.com/events/298314360928166/?ti=icl?GBKF UK March 2020 https://m.facebook.com/events/2314004728813810?ti=icl?GBKF UK July 2020 https://www.facebook.com/events/2293638137538142/As well as the above I’m also the creator of the Ginga Boo Chain ? aimed at enhancing your body movement and give you a touch of “Je ne sais quoi “?? www.bijoulili.comWithout going into too much details this is just brief overview of what I do.My vision and ethos remains to be passionate about what I do, to teach, to promote, to be an innovator and to support the growth of Kizomba in the UK.I am passionate about Kizomba, I am passionate about my culture, myself but also have brought many top Kizomba international & UK artists to my events providing quality workshop & music therefore contributing to Kizomba growth in UK, and I still enjoy, appreciate, like, and promote other dances. #FREEDOM #DANCE #ARTIt has not been an easy road, There has been tears, barriers and frustrations along the way. I am the first to admit that I am not perfect however I am 101% committed to fighting for what is right, to learning and to always improve on what I do.