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Fernando Montaño’s Foot-Ba

Fernando Montaño, twice LUKAS winner, is an international ballet dancer and the first Colombian ever to perform in a principal role at The Royal Ballet. Fernando will give a special performance of his own invention ‘Foot-Ba’ which is a choreography based on moves of Footballers such as Messi, Ronaldo, Bale, Rodriquez, Rooney and Neymar. Fernando performed Foot-Ba for the very first time at the opening ceremony of the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

Fernando, a footballer before discovering his talent for dance, said "I have been studying movements of some of the most renowned players in the world and I am now looking forward to introducing Foot-Ba to the UK.” This debut will be staged at La Clave.

Fernando, who was a judge on the first ever Colombian series of 'Dancing with the Stars' earlier this year and the focus of a recent BBC TV documentary, 'Dancing for Peace' whilst on a sabbatical in Bogota after a decade with the Royal Ballet.

Montaño was born in Buenaventura , one of the poorest areas of Colombia, but at the age of 14 won a scholarship to the National Ballet School of Cuba, and then joined the Cuban National Ballet. He also trained at La Scala and Teatro Nuovo di Torino, Italy where he was spotted by the Director of the English Ballet School, Jane Hucker and Niurka de Saa and invited to the UK to audition, following which he joined the Royal Ballet in 2006 where he was mentored by Carlos Acosta.His repertory includes Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Jester (Cinderella), Gypsy Girl’s Lover (The Two Pigeons), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Caterpillar (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Benvolio and the balcony pas de deux (Romeo and Juliet), pas de six (Giselle), pas de trois (Swan Lake), pas de trois (Fool’s Paradise) and roles in The Human Seasons, Multiverse, Obsidian Tear, Scènes de ballet, Manon, La Vivandière, Raymonda Act III, Chroma, Woolf Works and Carbon Life. Other appearances include dancing Le Spectre de la rose at the opening of the Teatro Colón, Bogotá.

Samba on the street

Romero de Mangueira London’s internationally renowned Professional Samba Dancer, Teacher, and Choreographer from Rio de Janeiro's famous Mangueira School of Samba, brings his feather-adorned and bikini-clad troupe of fantastic dancers to Crouch End.

Romero de Mangueira, is widely considered as one of the best and most influential Samba teachers in Europe, and has been teaching across the UK and the continent. A special introduction has been given to Romero's influential career in a documentary on the history of Samba Carioca (Samba from Rio de Janeiro) in Brazil, and to this day Mangueira welcomes him as a guest of honour in their annual Carnival parade.

Romero’s London show group "Samba Carioca", follows his energetic and original choreographies that celebrate the vibrant Carnaval Carioca and Brazilian culture. It consists of an increasing number of male and female passistas (samba dancers) all of which are his former and current student dancers in London.

Romero will offer workshops  to Samba beginners inside the Hornsey Town Hall (see workshops)

Tango on the Plaza


Raquel Greenberg one of the UK's leading tango dance teachers and performers (and LUKAS runner up) will perform tango in the square. In the six weeks before Raquel Greenberg, will give tango classes to children, who will also perform on the day. Afterwards, Raquel will give workshops after her performance inside the Hornsey Town Hall.

Raquel is an accomplished Tango performer with an impressive international track record. In the UK her performances have included appearances with Tanghetto at the O2, the Orion Philharmonic orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Argentinean Embassy-hosted events during the 2012 Olympics.

Raquel’s teaching style strikes a seemingly effortless balance between individual technique exercises and work on specific moves in couples. for more information.


Dance Workshops

Ever wanted to learn the Latin Caribbean’s most infectious dances? We’ll be running workshops for all levels, from beginners to advanced, with the UK’s best Latin dance teachers:

Bachata with Alex Rasero y Laura Ann Willams, Pebbles y Daniel Chong, Juan Soto and Levante Feher

Salsa with Andres Morales (Salsa Cali Style), Ramiro Zapata, Alex Magnusson, Martina Angelova, Liz Kin and Vivienne Salsa

Samba with Romero de Mangueira London’s internationally renowned Professional Samba Dancer, Teacher, and Choreographer from Rio de Janeiro's famous Mangueira School of Samba.

Argentine Tango with Raquel Greenberg, one of the UK’s most prolific Tango performers with an impressive international track record. HER very popular Raquel Greenberg Tango Academy runs classes in a variety of central London locations.


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