Interview with Nuno and Nagyla – Kizomba Dancers
Nuno and Nágyla (Portugal,Brazil)
Dancers | Instructors | Choreographers
Hello everyone, we are Nuno and Nagyla
I’m gonna start talking a little bit about myself.
I am 27 years old and I dance kizomba
I travel around the world giving classes and doing kizomba shows.
And I’m 26, I’m Brazilian but now I live in Portugal and I also dance Kizomba.
I started 9 years ago with Nagyla, and we’re there dancing.
Yes, we started together in 2010 or so at school. The embrace is very characteristic, is unique
We had regular classes and then dance classes at the end of the afternoon.
And we were from different shifts, we met there and started dancing.
In 2010 we participated in a competition called Africa Dançar
A worldwide Kizomba competition and we won
And after that it was like a door and we started receiving invitations for events.
Giving classes and then started our career from 2010.
And then the Salsa Open competition as well, Salsa competition and also other Kizomba competition.
There we won some prizes for best show in Kizomba Awards.
And we continue, that is, we love kizomba very much because it has something very special that is the embrace.
Its music, its beat, like the heartbeat, is very intense
It’s a very real dance, because you have to embrace your partner.
It can’t be a hug more or less.
Then there’s a lot of truth when you dance Kizomba
So we love very much that, the shape of the embrace and the connection with the music because it is very close, very connected.
The embrace is very characteristic, is unique
Yes, to connect with another person without talking and that’s wonderful.
Yeah, imagine we’ve traveled all over the world and we don’t speak the language.
And we can communicate with our body and dance and enjoy
I mean, Kizomba (the songs) many are in Portuguese so you always feel at home
It’s very nice, because we started with a joke, with fun.
And it changed our lives
Then we are very grateful also because it allows us all the world
Share with us and come to our classes and enjoy our shows.
Then it has been a course, a very nice way and with the desire to continue and learn and enjoy more and more.
About Nuno and Nagyla
Nuno and Nágyla started dancing as a couple in 2009 as part of a school dancing team during their highschool.
After winning the International Championship of Kizomba (África Dançar) in 2010 they joined the Afrolatin Connection Dance Company. It was at Afrolatin Connection that they developed and diversified their artistic knowledge, not only in African rhythms but also in Latin rhythms, ballet and contemporary dance. Thus, based on different artistic expressions their shows stand out for creativity, amazing connection and musicality.
Both in 2013 and 2014 they became national salsa champions, having won the Portugal Salsa Open Championship and representing Portugal at the World Salsa Open in Puerto Rico.
- In 2015 they were World Champions of Kizomba (Kizomba Open 2015).
- In 2016 they won the best choreography at the Dance Awards gala in Lisbon.
- The performers have also taken on the task of being a member of a jury in two different competitions. Africa a Dançar and Championship of Kizomba Italy.
- In 2018 the dance couple were semi-finalists in Spain´s Got Talent in Tele5.
During the year of 2018, they also were Awarded Best Show 2017 and Best Kizomba Dancers 2017 by World Kizomba Awards.
As a professional dance couple, they keep aiming for constant and continuous professional growth. At the moment they remain dedicated to their career as performers and instructors, traveling all around the world to various international congresses and meetings.