VAL CLEMENTE – experienced zouk teacher from Rio de Janeiro, the founder of the well known zouk methodology ZOUK NEEDS YOU. Val started his dance career in 2002 in “Centro Cultural Conexao” where he studied social brazilian dances by Jaime Aroxa’s method. For several years he performed in Conexao Arte dance company in Rio and taught at Ritmo and Movimento dance center, after he became the art director and the main teacher of Escola Carioca de Danca in Rio.

In 2015 Val started to train VANESSA BONILHA. Together they built a strong partnership and very soon appeared on international zouk market, teaching and performing on the biggest zouk events of Europe, Russia, Brazil and Asia. Val and Vanessa created their own teaching method named ZOUK NEEDS YOU that happens every January in Rio de Janeiro with one week of intensive classes and practices every day.