Sasha & Mitchell
Sasha is a Brazilian culture lover who, over the last 10 years, has dedicated her life to travelling and studying Brazilian culture and its endless array of dance and music. Sasha first entered a Latin dance class around the age of 12 years old when her mother and aunt attended classes held by Rio Rhythmics in Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast. Very quickly she became swept up in the music, dance and culture and this became a part of her life. Through high school alongside acting, singing, hip hop, ballroom and theatre classes, she continued Latin classes and became a student assistant. After finishing school she completed her teacher training and started working as an Instructor at Rio Rhythmics in Brisbane. She then went on to work for K&L Dance as well as forming SOMBASHA, a performance group that worked with live music and local Brazilian artists to showcase the incredible variety of dance Brazil has to offer and provide audiences a taste into what she experiences whilst living and travelling in Brazil. She now is a director and head dance teacher of Let’s Dance Latin, Academy of Dance on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast in Queensland. As far as study goes, Sasha is a constant student, returning to Brazil almost every year to stay close to the culture and learn more about dance. Sasha has trained in Salsa, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, Lambada, Bolero, Forro, Samba de Gafieira Tradicional and Funkeado, Merengue and Cha Cha. Alongside her love of partner dances, Sasha specialises in Brazilian Folkloric dances such as Samba no Pe, Maracatu, Frevo and Samba de Coco and recently has been crowed first place at the very first International Samba Queen competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sasha enjoys the varying characteristics of each styles and loves seeing the cross over and entanglement that naturally happens in the evolution of dance.
The first time Mitchell started dancing was in 2008 where he learnt Hip-Hop and Break Dance as a teenager. His first time dancing a latin style was in 2012 where he started out with Salsa and then later on Bachata, but found his true calling in 2015 when he found Zouk.
Mitchell has had the opportunity to learn under many renowned Zouk artists, as well as perform in a number of their performance teams.
In 2017 Mitchell competed and placed 1st in the Australian Latin Dance Championship.
Mitchell started his journey as a teacher at Kmotion Dance Studio in Canberra for zouk, until recently when he was recruited to join Let's Dance Latin as their zouk instructor on the Sunshine Coast.