Christina Montoya is an international Brazilian Zouk instructor currently based out of Los Angeles, CA. She was first inspired with the desire to teach dance when she took her first salsa and bachata class at the age of 18 in Los Angeles, CA. She has had a passion for dancing her whole life and first experimented in different styles when she was 12 years old beginning with hip hop, jazz, competitive cheerleading, and Tahitian prior to training in Salsa and Bachata. Her newfound passion lead her to begin training with various dance companies in Los Angeles and local instructors as she was driven by the excitement she had for social dancing and performing. At the time, Christina’s first passion for teaching was sparked as she was a successful instructor in the Bachata community with her former partner in Los Angeles.
Christina found Brazilian Zouk in 2014 where she immediately fell in love with the dance. She furthered her training with Igor Fraga in Los Angeles, California as he partnered her to compete at the 2nd Annual US Zouk Open Competition where they received 1st place in the Semi-Pro division. Since then, she trained with various international artists and received certifications for completed teacher training through Zouk NY and the Dutch Zouk Congress Teacher Certification program. Her passion for the dance lead her to begin teaching Zouk in Los Angeles, California and since has been hired to teach at various events throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Brazil with her partner Igor Fraga. Most recently, they taught and performed at Renata Peçanha’s International Rio Zouk Congress. Christina also competed in the Intermediate Jack & Jill at the International Rio Zouk Congress where she took home 1st place. In 2018, she opened her company Zouk Babes, a performance group which empowers followers through dance and training technique. Christina’s goal is to spread her passion for Zouk to the dancer inside everyone.