Claudio Gomes is the pioneer of Zouk in Sydney.
Claudio was born in Rio de Janeiro and learned all Brazilian rhythms social dancing styles in the 1990’s at the prestigious Jaime Aroxa school. He was living in Rio de Janeiro when Lambada was created and later transmuted into Zouk. During those years he took regular weekly classes with the 3 main teachers who structured all the theory of Lambada and Zouk dance styles: Jaime Aroxa, Adilio Porto and Renata Peçanha.
In 2002 he moved to Sydney, Australia and in 2004 introduced the Rio Zouk style at LDA – at the time the largest Latin dance school in Sydney.
Between 2004 and 2014, under the Rio Zouk Sydney, brand he taught weekly classes to over 2,500 students and formed over 20 Zouk teachers.
In 2015, after retiring from teaching weekly classes, Claudio became the recipient of the 2015 Adilio Porto award for outstanding contribution to the Sydney and Australian Brazilian Zouk community. He currently lives in Canberra and teaches Zouk Mastercourses and Workshops as well as Private classes at Kmotion Dance Studio.
His congress classes are full of energy and students often feel inspired by his passion and love for this rhythm. His core values when teaching classes are:
1. Empowering people to become the best dancer only they can be
2. Reconnecting people with the pleasure of dancing
3. Believing dance is a tool for self-development available to everyone, not only dance professionals