This November we will have very, very, very special guests in Finland: Gilson Damasco and Maria Cristiani! It's a rare chance we get to host the legends of Lambazouk, and safe to say.. we are excited! Known for his clear explanations and warm attitude, Gilson has been one the most sought after zouk teacher ever since Brazilian zouk arrived to Europe. Maria’s stunning technique has won her many prizes in international competitions. They are finally together in Helsinki on November 11-13, sharing all their knowledge - and their big big smiles!
Helsinki Lambazouk Weekend with Gilson & Maria!
November 11-13, 2016
Two days of workshops & party with the best of Lambazouk!
GILSON DAMASCO (BRAZIL / THE NETHERLANDS)
To those who know a bit about Brazilian zouk, Gilson Damasco is no stranger. Traveling around the world all year round, he is one of the most popular and sought after dance teachers in the Zouk scene. Working internationally ever since the Brazilian zouk started to spread from Brazil, Gilson has been instrumental in helping to build Zouk communities around the world and he is 'til today working tirelessly to make the dance known.
Gilson is well known for his utterly warm & welcoming attitude and his big big smile. He shares his positive spirit in his classes, giving clear explanations of dance technique and how to best lead a partner. Undeniably, he is known as one of the best Lambazouk teachers of the world!
A BIT OF HISTORY
Gilson Damasco was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He started dancing Lambada-style 22 years ago, when the dance was at its heights, following the era of Lambada. Since that moment Gilson fell in love with this dance and spent years of love and dedication to Lambazouk.
In 1991 he brought Lambazouk to Argentina and transformed it into one of the dances that was most desired by Argentineans. Along with appearing on TV-programs and performing as a dancer with famous artists, in 1992 he started with his dance partner Fabiola Prestes a successful Brazilian nightclub called Porto Seguro. There they started to teach various Brazilian dance styles like Lambazouk, Forró, Samba de Gafieira and Axé. He also organized Brazilian parties in the famous Buenos Aires club “Maluco Beleza” for 8 years.
In 2004, Gilson was invited to Europe for the first Lambazouk dance congress in Barcelona organized by Daniel and Leticia. There he met a lot of dance teachers from Europe, including Claudia de Vries who in 2006 invited him for her second BrasaZouk Congress. From then on Gilson started to travel around the world to expand the Lambazouk dance. As part of his project to establish Lambazouk to Europe, Gilson has been teaching lambazouk based in The Netherlands.