Tarcisio & Elise
“I would like to permeate Australian culture so completely with the rhythms and energies at the core of Latin dance so they will have a natural ability to express themselves through movement.”
Tarcisio holds the auspicious honour of being the first person to ever offer Brazilian dance lessons in Australia.
Before founding Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy in 1994, Tarcisio had a 20 year career as a dance teacher, performer, choreographer and percussionist in Brazil.
A dance graduate of the University of Physical Education in Goiânia, Brazil, Tarcisio has studied many styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and modern dance.
In Latin styles, Tarcisio’s repertoire extends from Forró to Samba no Pé, Samba de Gafieira, Zouk Lambada, Tango, Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata,. He is also a Master of Capoeira, trained by the revered Mestre Bimba, who was the creator of Capoeira Regional.
Tarcisio worked for many years with Glacy Antunes de Oliveira (President of Associacao Musica and Cena, Brazil) and Delmari Rossi, Director of MVSIKA Centro de Estudos, one of the most important music, dance and theatre school’s in Brazil. MVSIKA became a model school for many others all over the country.
Tarcisio received a grant from the Goias State Government to study dance at Guaira Theater (one of the most renowned ballet companies in Brazil), where he had the great privilege of performing. He was awarded this grant in order to use his study with Guaira Theatre to set up the dance school and company for Goiania Theatre for which he was the founding Director & Principle Instructor where he trained great dancers, some who went on to perform with Maurice Bejart and The Royal London Ballet and others who went on to open their own dance school’s throughout Brazil.
During his dance career in Brazil Tarcisio also performed at the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the famous Teatro Municipal de Manaus under the direction of Gisele Santoro. He perfomed under the direction of Rodrigo Pederneiras, a famous Brazilian Choreographer of Grupo Corpo in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and performed alongside important people within the Brazilian dance scene such as Gisela Vaz, Tassiana Stacciarini and Rosana Tavares Cardoso, all of whom are now directors of well known academies.
With all this under his belt Tarcisio transformed his love of social dance (Danca de Salao) into a career when he came to Australia. In order to research various styles and ways of doing each dance styles he took study trips where he spent countless hours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with renowned instructors such as Jaime Aroxa, instructors from the Escola Jaime Aroxa such as Armando, Cristovao, Fabiano, Paulinha, Adilio Porto, Renata Pecanha, Lidio Freitas, as well as Marquinhos da Copacabana, Jimmy de Oliveira, Carlinhos de Jesus and many more.
He continues to develop and extend his knowledge of dance and returns to his homeland every year running a Brazilian Carnaval tour.
Dance has been part of Elise’s life for over 30 years. Her dance training started with Ballet at age 3, and while growing up she performed with the Australian Ballet, the English National Ballet and in the 2001 Goodwill Games Opening Ceremony. At 18, she moved to Melbourne where she majored in Classical Dance with the National Theatre Ballet School. Here she performed in a number of festivals in Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as in promotional performances and on television.
Elise then went to the U.S.A. to perform with Ajkun Ballet Theatre. Following performances in Albany and New York City, she then travelled throughout Europe and danced in locations including Germany, Copenhagen, Paris and London. It was in London that she discovered Latin Dance, after taking Salsa classes with Julian ‘The Duke’ at the iconic Pineapple Dance Studios.
On her return to Brisbane in 2005, Elise expanded her dance experience through physical training in a number of methods including Capoeira, rock climbing, yoga, Lyra and Pilates. She then commenced her dance journey with Rio Rhythmics in West End, Brisbane where she still teaches and trains.
In December 2014, Elise was invited to perform at the Gold Coast for 6 weeks with the international touring production Brazouka, produced by Pamela Stephenson-Connolly. She was further invited as a guest to the Brazouka Beach Festival in Porto Seguro in December 2015/January 2016.
Elise has performed and taught Zouk Lambada and Samba de Gafieira at Latin dance events including the New Zealand Salsa Congress, Casa do Zouk, Sydney Latin Festival, Byron Latin Fiesta, Doudoule Latin Dance Camp, Melbourne Latin Dance Festival, Brisbane Latin Dance Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. She has also performed at the Prague Zouk Congress, Brazil Central, and Carnivale at Movie World and Sea World.
Outside of Latin dance, Elise is also a member of Brisbane’s contemporary dance collective Zeta Dance Group under the direction of Erin Tunbridge, performing in The Herd at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in 2012 and Intersections in 2014 in Brisbane for the Brisbane Fringe Festival, followed by a tour to Port Macquarie.
I am really excited to be participating, and cannot wait to share the day with the Brisbane Brazilian Zouk Community ✨❤️