Renata Peçanha dubbed “the Queen of Zouk Lambada“ is the most well known female Zouk Lambada dancer in the world.
She owns one of the most reputable dance academies in Rio de Janeiro – “Núcleo de Dança Renata Peçanha” that exists since 2003.
Renata started dancing in the Brazil’s premier dance academy – “Centro de Dança Jaime Arôxa”. She was a member of Jaime Aroxa’s Dance Company from 1994 to 2000. Renata has participated in innumerable zouk events and festivals around Brazil, she has also choreographed and danced for many famous TV shows and soap operas. Every year Renata is organizing Zouk events in Rio de Janeiro including the “International Zouk Lambada Congress & Championship in Rio de Janeiro”, “Zouk’n’Rio” and others. During her long zouk career Renata Peçanha has taught a whole generation of well-known zouk artists: Leonardo Neves, Layssa Liebsher, Freddy Marinho, Andressa Castelhano, Clinton Lacerda, Paloma Alves and others. Needless to say that Renata Peçanha and her dance partner Jorge Peres are one of the most demanded instructors throughout the world.
Jorge Peres is a registered professional dancer with the Brazilian Association of Dança de Salão and is a highly versatile instructor and performer as well as Capoeirista. His repertoire includes a lot of dances such as Zouk Lambada, Salsa, Samba de Gafieira, Forró and many others. He is also undertaking training in Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary dance. Jorge is famous for his unlimited fantasy and inimitable interpretation of music while dancing zouk. He has also become a regular DJ at many popular zouk parties throughout Rio de Janeiro.
Jorge Peres and Renata Peçanha became dance partners in 2009. Together they travel around the world giving workshops and performing at Zouk Congresses and Festivals: Europe, Australia, Russia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Asia. Their methodology is used by many young zouk teachers and their improvisations inspire lots of young zouk dancers.