World renowned Latin dance professionals Kadu Pires and Larissa Thayane, they
started dancing together in 2005 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2007 they moved to
Australia where they worked at Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance School for 5 years, in
2012 they founded their school called K&L Dance.
Kadu was born in Sao Paulo where he started his studies in Latin dance. At 18 years
old he moved to Rio de Janeiro where he started teaching and performing with
Jimmy de Oliveira and Alex de Carvalho dance companies.
Larissa was born in Campo Mourao, Parana. At 14 years old she moved to Curitiba
where she graduated at Escola de Danças Classicas Teatro Guaira in ballet and
contemporary. She also joined the University of Dance (Faculdade de Artes do
Parana). 4 years later Larissa got hired to work at the Youth Company of Rio de
Janeiro Theatre where they performed all over Brazil. One of the highlights of her
career was to perform at the Kennedy Centre with the National Symphonic
Orquestra in Washington DC, USA.
Since 2007, they spend up to 46 weekends in the year travelling to teach, perform,
choreograph and judge at the world’s most important dance events and
competitions. They have been instrumental in boosting the popularity of Brazilian
Zouk and Samba de Gafieira internationally. Their credits include competition wins
and television appearances in Brazil and in Australia where they lived for 10 years,
including choreographing forSo You Think You Can Dance Australia andjudging at
the World Latin Dance Cup.
In 2013 they foundedthe K&L Dance School in Brisbane which taught over 200
students andCasa do Zoukcongress in the Gold Coast, Australia which attracts over
500 participants every year!
In 2014 Larissa founded theBrazilian Zouk Dance Council (BZDC). TheBrazilian Zouk
Dance Council serves, supports, and promotes all aspects of Brazilian Zouk. BZDC
encourages the growth of Zouk throughout the world. The Council is supported by
its board of directors – Gilson Damasco, Renata Peçanha, Alex de Carvalho, Rodrigo
Delano, Kadu Pires, Larissa Thayane, Rafael Oliveira, Jaime Aroxa, Phillip Miha and
Freddy Marinho. In 2014 the first BZDC oficial Brazilian Zouk Jack and Jill took place
atCasa do Zoukin Australia, since then registered competitions are gaining
popularity all over the world.
Today they are based in Los Angeles – USA, where they began theK&L Teachers
Training Certificate (K<T) and are working to improve the growth of Zouk in North
America. They have also been dedicating time studying and competing West Coast
Swing, their new passion. Kadu and Larissa placed on Showcase division at the US
Open Swing in the last 3 years