Ry’el, performer, choreographer, instructor, dance coach. 2014-16 Bras Do Santos Brazouka’s dance captain / company member, 2013 International Zouk Flashmob choreography winner with his sister Clo Ferreria, 2013 World salsa Summit champion. Cast for TV show Mira Quien Baila 1st season (Look who is dancing, Univision) 2010, Performed as part of Cecilia Marta’s dance Company in NYC Summer stage at central park and DRA Gala (dancer responding to aids).
He is the creator of ZenZouk , a method of teaching Brazilian Zouk Lambada and over all body movement through multiple exercises and philosophies based on the “elements” Including earth, water, fire and air - as symbols for analyzing dance and personal movement.
Ry’el’s main aim is to educate and cultivate the appreciation for each one of these different styles of Brazilian Zouk-Lambada , building a strong foundation of versatility by embracing evolution thru the classics techniques found in the origins of our dance (Lambada).
His rich formal dance training in classical ballet, jazz, World Jazz, modern dance, international Latin, and social dances like Salsa, Bachata, cha-cha and different Brazilian Zouk styles enables him to understand, share & create flavorful and fluid organic movement in each of his works as well in his teachings. His expressive sensuality and trained eye for technique through his Body and mind connections philosophies makes a unique class experience. Ry has been inspired by many dancer and a had the opportunity to work and trainn with some of the pioneeer lambaderos including Braz do Santos, Gilson, Bebe, Josey, Leo, Rominita , Natasha to mention some.
He is as passionate about teaching as he is about performing. His works and teaching have been seen at multiple venues and Salsa and Zouk Congresses around the world and the United States including, New Jersey, NYC, Miami, Utah, L.A , Boston, DC, Seattle, Hawaii, North Carolina and countries like Spain, Canada, Brazil, England, Croatia, Argentina, Czech republic, South Africa and Australia.
He joined strengths with SYTYCD 1st season runner up Ashle Dawson creating a whole series of How to… Dance videos at HOWCAST.com
Ry’el and his partner Jessica (the Unicorn) are currently working on sharing more of the ZenZouk philosophy to the zoukers around the world from their home base NYC.
Jessica Lamdon, also known as "Unicorn", (the nickname she was crowned by her mentor and partner Ry'el) instructor, performer, actor, loves to MC, professional hugger, has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She began with competitive international 10-dance ballroom dancing and was fortunate enough to compete and place in international competitions such as Black Pool and represent the US in the Worlds Competition in 2007.
Jessica flirted with other Latin dances and styles. She then totally emerged into acting for stage and film throughout high school and college, while earning her BA in Psychology.
Along the way, the Unicorn got bit by the Brazilian Zouk bug in 2012 and never recovered.
She has had the honor of training with her mentor, partner, and founder of ZenZouk Ry'el Velandia and getting certified by Kim Rottier. She has had the pleasure of traveling to teach and perform in congresses throughout the states and Europe. Jessica also had the privilege of partaking in a workshop and performance of hit show Braz Dos Santos's Brazouka.
Jessica is so proud to be representing ZenZouk and grateful to have zouk be in her life and the lives of others. She is so humbled and excited to share her beliefs in connection and movement.