Artists Directory

Kiz Artists

Nii - Kiz Artist from NYC
Nii – Kiz Artist from NYC Nii – Kiz Artist from NYC Dance became a core passion of Nii's about 27 years ago when he found himself mesmerized by the dance moves in MJ's Smooth Criminal; he went on to learn and eventually teach salsa, bachata and merengue - his first partner dances. In New York, he teaches a range of kizomba genres, organizes events, and Dj’s under the name DJ Sfumato. Fueled by his background in reiki and yoga, Nii infuses concepts of inner peace, communication, and healing to complement connection and musicality, letting him bring smooth flows and cosmic connections to the floor.
Jovan AKA DJ Casanova - Kiz Tarraxo Artist from Boston

Jovan “Casanova” Toussaint is a proud Boston native of Haitian descent and no stranger to the industry. He has been teaching and deejaying in the Kizomba scene for 11 years, and has worked to cultivate one of the strongest and most recognizable brands nationally.

Casanova’s ability to captivate any audience through infectious charisma, an unyielding confidence in his craft, and an immense amount of knowledge do not go unnoticed. His expertise and spirit of excellence both on and off the dance floor are what make him one of the most dynamically creative artists in the industry.

Fueled by his background in reiki and yoga, Nii infuses concepts of inner peace, communication, and healing to complement connection and musicality, letting him bring smooth flows and cosmic connections to the floor.

Eugene "Tin Man" Cleveland - Urban Kiz Dance Instructor

Eugene “Tin Man” Cleveland (Rochester) has been dancing for 22 years and is the founder of the new clothing line, “Tin Feet Tall Wear” and videography company “Tin Feet Tall Productions”. He is knowledgeable in multiple styles of dance, but most notoriously known for hiphop/breakdancing. His present passion is Urban Kiz of which he has been dancing for 7 years.

Since beginning Urban Kiz, Tin Man has taught and performed all across North America including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico, New York, Indianapolis, Boston and Texas, among many more. Specializing in Urban and Lyrical Kiz, Tin Man offers a unique teaching experience focusing on technique, connection, subtle details and musicality.

Jahaira & Ross - Saltandi Dance - Phoenix Arizona

Jahaira and Ross are Urban Kiz Instructors from Phoenix, Arizona. Drawing from their experience in a multitude of styles as members of Que Candela Dance Company, Jahaira and Ross bring an element of flair and high energy to their performances, dancing and teaching.

Currently, they teach locally in Phoenix with other instructors as a collaborative group called Desert Kiz and have brought their shows and instruction on the road to other festivals and events across the country.

Bachata Artists

Tayler & Jeff - Sensual Movement - NYC

Tayler Stinnett, originally from Kentucky, now has made NYC her home for the past four years. Tayler began dancing at three years old and is well diverse in styles such as ballet/pointe, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, improv, bachata/salsa, & street styles.

Tayler spent a year training in a contemporary company ( Found Movement Group) out of Nashville, TN before she moved to NYC on scholarship to study singing, dancing, & acting through The Institute for American Musical Theatre.

During this time, she had the opportunity to be the assistant choreographer of an immersive show (The Hidden Ones) as well as the dance captain for Broadway Dance Lab.

Tayler continued expanding her career by training in Latin dances such as Salsa (Chiara Tofani’s Ladies Team) and Sensual Bachata.

She has now been a company member/ main instructor for Sensual Bachata over the past two years through Sensual Movement where she is currently teaching Styling.

She has also performed and taught in various Congresses throughout the United States.

Felix Fausto & La Fuerza Kingsmen NY Style Bachata - Artist Group from NYC

The KingsmenThe New York based La Fuerza Dance Company, directed by Choreographer, Instructor and Dancer Fausto Felix, has demonstrated a commitment exceptionally high quality performances since its inception in 2014.

Artistic Director/Choreographer, Fausto Felix brings incredible Dominican folklore, Mambo and Latin technique with strength, raw street styles and sophistication. With his visionary artistic direction, Fausto takes the audience to another place, transfixing them and always leaving them wanting more. From studying at the prestigious Santo Rico Dance Company to touring the world with Maite Perroni, Fausto’s experience as a performer has always been wonderfully diverse. He inspires the company with his vision and work ethic to continue captivating audiences with their energetic performances.

Receiving strong consistent attention since its inception, the Company is noted for its entertaining flair, stylistic diversity, musicality, and innovation. The infectiously appealing dancers are renown for their charisma. Hard to categorize. Easy to enjoy. The Company has steadily performed in a wide variety of venues, such as Madison Square Garden and has participated in dance festivals, Salsa/Bachata Congresses, concerts, award shows, music videos and more.

Abraham Ruiz & Cindy Estrada Evolución Latina Dance Company - Chicago

Evolución Latina Dance Company is a world class Chicago-based educational organization committed to nurturing artistic excellence and innovation. ELDC enriches the lives of dancers in the Latino community through a unique structure of training while sharing the joy of dance.

Train, perform, and compete with former professional ballet dancer, multi-time Bachata and Salsa world champion, and executive director Jose Serrano alongside champion directors Jocelyn Meza, Fabia Ribeiro, Abraham Ruiz, Cindy Estrada, Christopher Cabral, Melissa Alvarez, Marcos Raygoza, and Sydney Schiff. In addition to 12 Chicago based teams, you can find satellite academies around the country where you can study with directors trained with the ELDC methodology.

Chris Cabral & Jocelyn Meza Evolución Latina Dance Company - Chicago

Evolución Latina Dance Company is a world class Chicago-based educational organization committed to nurturing artistic excellence and innovation. ELDC enriches the lives of dancers in the Latino community through a unique structure of training while sharing the joy of dance.

Train, perform, and compete with former professional ballet dancer, multi-time Bachata and Salsa world champion, and executive director Jose Serrano alongside champion directors Jocelyn Meza, Fabia Ribeiro, Abraham Ruiz, Cindy Estrada, Christopher Cabral, Melissa Alvarez, Marcos Raygoza, and Sydney Schiff. In addition to 12 Chicago based teams, you can find satellite academies around the country where you can study with directors trained with the ELDC methodology.

Edi & Debora UK Artists currently located in London

Debora & EdiMore Info Coming Soon!

Susan De Baras & Carlos Gomez Raza Dance - Arkansas

More Info Coming Soon!

Douglas & Alejandra FAMA Latin Dance - CO/Miami

Douglas & Alejandra BachataFAMA Latin Dance teaches a variety of Latin dance classes with Bachata, Salsa on2, Cuban Salsa/Rueda, and general Latin dance technique classes and teams in our Studio in Broomfield, CO but we are moving to Miami! We teach weekly group lessons, private lessons, and performance teams. Our dance instructors are experienced and dedicated to make the classes fun and teach you the proper techniques.

Tina Cavicchio Bachata Instructor, Next Level Fusion, Boston

Tina Cavicchio (she/her) is an international dance artist and founder / director of Next Level Fusion Dance Company. Tina has trained in various styles such as Afro-latin, street dance, and codified dance techniques. Tina has choreographed for multiple dance teams, performances, and college showcases. She has also taught at various congresses/weekenders around the world. She is known and sought after for her social dancing as both a lead and follow, and teaches others her methodology.

Tina is known for her creative fusion choreography and inspiring story telling through her dance. As a queer female lead, follow, and solo dancer, Tina has become a major advocate for individual empowerment and expression. Tina’s goals as a teacher is to challenge her students to push past their limitations, helping them to see their potential, and to empower others along the way.

Salsa Artists

Gio Y Gaby Ochoa Salsa Artists from Puebla Mexico & NYC

Gio Y Gaby Ochoa – Salsa Artists from Puebla Mexico & NYCMulti World Champions in Salsa, this dynamite duo are siblings from Puebla Mexico that will blow your mind with their tricks, spins and level of explosive energy when they dance! They travel the northern and southern Americas teaching spin techniques, acrobatics, salsa on 1 and salsa on 2 partnerwork and footwork. They teach and dance bachata as well. F.O.L.D. is so excited to have them present!

Louis & Elvis from Utopia Dance Co. Salsa on2 Cabaret Artists from Lawrence, MA

Louis & Elvis from Utopia Dance Company – Salsa on2 Cabaret Artists from Lawerence, MAUtopia Dance Company is based in Lawrence, Massachusetts and is run under the direction of Louis Casiano & Elvis Lora, two proud LGBTQ+ latino men of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. Louis & Elvis focus on Salsa on2 Cabaret and are experienced dancers in many latino and folkloric dances, including Salsa on1, Bachata, Merengue, and many more.

Nina El-Badry Fluere Dance - Portsmouth NH

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Nina has a background in gymnastics, Latin and swing dancing. Nina has been a part-time dance and fitness instructor for over 12 years teaching group exercise classes such as yoga, pilates, Zumba, Zumba for seniors, Aqua Zumba as well as swing (East Coast, Lindy Hop, and West Coast swing) and Latin dances in the seacoast area.

Douglas & Alejandra FAMA Latin Dance - CO/Miami

FAMA Latin Dance teaches a variety of Latin dance classes with Bachata, Salsa on2, Cuban Salsa/Rueda, and general Latin dance technique classes and teams in our Studio in Broomfield, CO but we are moving to Miami! We teach weekly group lessons, private lessons, and performance teams. Our dance instructors are experienced and dedicated to make the classes fun and teach you the proper techniques.

Bonus Artists

Sindy Chown Barranquilla Flavor - Concord NH

Sindy Chown resides in Concord NH with her family of two beautiful girls, Gabriela and Soraya, and her husband, Mark. She grew up in a small town called Pueblo Viejo Magdalena near Barranquilla Atlantico, Colombia and has been in the US since 2004. 

She started Barranquilla Flavor five years ago with a passion to represent her heritage, by sharing her Colombian culture. Sindy also is driven to provide opportunities to share, connect, and learn about other cultures through music, dance, food, fashion, and art. 

In 2020 Sindy founded a multicultural dance program to represent the new generation with the desire of her culture to be passed onto her daughters for them to continue to share it with the generations to come. Rhythms of Cumbia, Mapale, Garabato, Champeta, and Salsa are routed deeply in Sindy's cultural history of her country and you can feel the positive energy and pride of her dances with every class and performance she gives. 

Barranquilla Flavor also participates annually in in the Concord Multicultural Festival to showcasing her traditional Colombian dances as well as being part of the planning committee as the Performance Coordinator. 

"I love the mission of the Festival because it aligns with my vision, and I love helping people to feel welcome and included. It has been an honor to be involved with this incredible event, and I am so proud to have been named as a Co-Share of this wonderful event in 2021. My journey has led me down many paths and I am blessed to have met so many wonderful people along the way." 

Sindy continues her journey with Barranquilla Flavor currently along side her daughter Soraya.

Theo Martinez HTM Dance - NH

Theo Martinez is a dancer, choreographer and instructor, originally from Nashua NH, who began dancing at the age of seven. His love and passion for dance which originally started with HIp Hop, has grown into other styles such as Contemporary, Modern, and Ballroom Dance. He has choreographed and performed with Boston based dance companies (Urbanity, Tribe/B-Side/TriiipleThreat Entertainment, Ipswitch Moving Company), and has been able to perform at venues such as, Jacobs Pillow, Alvin Ailey, Hynes Convention Center, and opening for recording artists. Theo has also worked in adult and teen community theater- choreographing for productions of 'Swing', and 'Smokey Joes Cafe'. He also competes in professional and pro-am ballroom dance events, as well as perform showcases at venues like the Boston Salsa Festival, and Boston Contemporary Festival.

Theo started his business HTM Dance eight years ago, so he could put focus on family first, but also keep his love of dance alive. He has done so by running afterschool movement programs, as well as a Dance Communication class for couples getting ready for their weddings. His unique approach of storytelling in his choreography has won many awards and loved by audiences who have seen his work.

DJs

Jovan AKA DJ Casanova - Kiz Tarraxo Artist from Boston

DJ CasanovaJovan “Casanova” Toussaint is a proud Boston native of Haitian descent and no stranger to the industry. He has been teaching and deejaying in the Kizomba scene for 11 years, and has worked to cultivate one of the strongest and most recognizable brands nationally.

Casanova’s ability to captivate any audience through infectious charisma, an unyielding confidence in his craft, and an immense amount of knowledge do not go unnoticed. His expertise and spirit of excellence both on and off the dance floor are what make him one of the most dynamically creative artists in the industry.

Fueled by his background in reiki and yoga, Nii infuses concepts of inner peace, communication, and healing to complement connection and musicality, letting him bring smooth flows and cosmic connections to the floor.

DJ Dougy Fresh

More Info Coming Soon!

Jacob. S. Heiss aka DJ Just Jacob Zouk Artist & DJ from Chicago

Just JacobJacob S. Heiss is the founder & CEO of Just Jacob Ventures LLC, launched in 2013 as a business and entertainment solutions company helping private, nonprofit, and corporate clients surmount every obstacle and leverage every opportunity with a specialization in strategic development, enterprise transformation, customer growth, process optimization, and special event production. Corporate clients and production partners include Monster Vision Productions, Island Touch Events, Latin Street Music & Dancing, Kickstand Productions, Dance Center Chicago, The Refuge Foundation for the Arts, The Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, Clary Collection, Dizengoff Audio, West Monroe Partners, Purdue University, The Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement, Latino Del Mundo, The Canadian Salsa Dance Corporation, DC Bachata Congress LLC, and many more.

From 2013 onwards, Jacob used the platform afforded by his company to support his artistic interests under the moniker, Just Jacob. As such, he is a highly sought after musical artist, producer, DJ, and dance instructor with residencies at such Chicago establishments as Sound-Bar, Subterranean, Primary, Beauty Bar, Y Bar, The Loft, Bassline, Reverie, Rio, and more plus featured performances across the nation and world at Solas (NYC), Space 550 (San Francisco), Lawrence Memorial Chapel (Appleton), Lique (Miami), Aeon Studios (LA), High Noon Saloon (Madison), Tsar (Orlando), House of Loom (Omaha), Werehouse (Milwaukee), Hard Rock Cafe (Chicago), and more. Festival performances include Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival, Elevation Zouk Festival Denver, Dallas Bachata Fusion Festival, Toronto Zouk Marathon, Chicago SummerDance, Orlando International Kizomba Festival, NYC Zouk Marathon, The Israeli International Salsa Congress, Los Angeles Dance Fusion Festival, New York International Salsa Congress, The Montreal Salsa Convention, DCBX, and more.

From 2015 onwards, Jacob developed the subsidiary Future Zouk to accomplish his community development goals within the global Afro Latin social dancing context. In 2018, this led to the creation of Future Zouk Chicago Congress, the first and largest annual festival of Brazilian zouk music, dancing, and culture in the Midwest providing a platform for hundreds of artists to share their passion and craftsmanship with thousands of attenders from all over the world. Jacob has served as a staff instructor for such styles as Bachata, Brazilian zouk, Kizomba, and more at some of the largest social dance studios in Chicago, such as Dance Center Chicago and Latin Street Music & Dancing. To date, he has produced over 30 weekenders and festivals across the country in such markets as Chicago, Seattle, Cleveland, Nashville, Milwaukee, Iowa City, Minneapolis, and more while serving as a director of production for some of the biggest and best Afro Latin dance festivals in the world, such as Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival by Island Touch Events, Dallas Bachata Fusion Festival by Monster Vision Productions, and more.

Jovan AKA DJ Casanova - Kiz Tarraxo Artist from Boston

DJ CasanovaJovan “Casanova” Toussaint is a proud Boston native of Haitian descent and no stranger to the industry. He has been teaching and deejaying in the Kizomba scene for 11 years, and has worked to cultivate one of the strongest and most recognizable brands nationally.

Casanova’s ability to captivate any audience through infectious charisma, an unyielding confidence in his craft, and an immense amount of knowledge do not go unnoticed. His expertise and spirit of excellence both on and off the dance floor are what make him one of the most dynamically creative artists in the industry.

Fueled by his background in reiki and yoga, Nii infuses concepts of inner peace, communication, and healing to complement connection and musicality, letting him bring smooth flows and cosmic connections to the floor.

Pinaki Ghosh AKA DJ Dr. Oleo Zouk Artist & DJ from Savannah GA

Pinaki Ghosh aka DJ Dr. Oleo is a mad scientist by day and dancer and DJ by night. Based out of Savannah GA currently and started his dancing journey in Austin Texas with Bachata and Kizomba about 8 years ago. Fell in love with the dance connection and music styles and discovered Zouk soon after and immediately fell in love.

Started training in 2015 with most of the world-renowned instructors and started the scene in Austin Texas that has developed into a biggest Zouk community in Texas. He is known as one of the most active members in the scene as a community leader and supporter and event organizer. His passion for Zouk is aspired by the connection and hugs and musicality on the dance floor and this inspired him to become a DJ to create such a beautiful moment for all the dancers to take them on a musical journey.

Started DJing since 2018 as a resident DJ for Austin Inspired Movement and after his move to Savannah have invested in learning and understanding music more and did a DJ certification course with Kakah. During the pandemic times he joined the biggest global “Iheart Zouk Radio (IHZR)” project and became a primary core team member providing music to the global community and helping the dancers through times.

Dr. Oleo has been part of several global online congresses in the past couple of years and earned recognition as a national and international DJwho creates unique playful and interesting vibes on the dance floor and is looking forward to fire up the dance floor at your favorite festivals. Recently was part of the talented DJ line up popular USA events like Miami Dance Fusion Festival, BKS Texas Festival, Tampa Sunset Zouk Marathon and international events like Toronto Zouk Marathon, ZoukTown festival in France and Ibiza Zouk Festival etc.

DJ Dougy Fresh

More Info Coming Soon!

Jacob. S. Heiss aka DJ Just Jacob Zouk Artist & DJ from Chicago

Just JacobJacob S. Heiss is the founder & CEO of Just Jacob Ventures LLC, launched in 2013 as a business and entertainment solutions company helping private, nonprofit, and corporate clients surmount every obstacle and leverage every opportunity with a specialization in strategic development, enterprise transformation, customer growth, process optimization, and special event production. Corporate clients and production partners include Monster Vision Productions, Island Touch Events, Latin Street Music & Dancing, Kickstand Productions, Dance Center Chicago, The Refuge Foundation for the Arts, The Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, Clary Collection, Dizengoff Audio, West Monroe Partners, Purdue University, The Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement, Latino Del Mundo, The Canadian Salsa Dance Corporation, DC Bachata Congress LLC, and many more.

From 2013 onwards, Jacob used the platform afforded by his company to support his artistic interests under the moniker, Just Jacob. As such, he is a highly sought after musical artist, producer, DJ, and dance instructor with residencies at such Chicago establishments as Sound-Bar, Subterranean, Primary, Beauty Bar, Y Bar, The Loft, Bassline, Reverie, Rio, and more plus featured performances across the nation and world at Solas (NYC), Space 550 (San Francisco), Lawrence Memorial Chapel (Appleton), Lique (Miami), Aeon Studios (LA), High Noon Saloon (Madison), Tsar (Orlando), House of Loom (Omaha), Werehouse (Milwaukee), Hard Rock Cafe (Chicago), and more. Festival performances include Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival, Elevation Zouk Festival Denver, Dallas Bachata Fusion Festival, Toronto Zouk Marathon, Chicago SummerDance, Orlando International Kizomba Festival, NYC Zouk Marathon, The Israeli International Salsa Congress, Los Angeles Dance Fusion Festival, New York International Salsa Congress, The Montreal Salsa Convention, DCBX, and more.

From 2015 onwards, Jacob developed the subsidiary Future Zouk to accomplish his community development goals within the global Afro Latin social dancing context. In 2018, this led to the creation of Future Zouk Chicago Congress, the first and largest annual festival of Brazilian zouk music, dancing, and culture in the Midwest providing a platform for hundreds of artists to share their passion and craftsmanship with thousands of attenders from all over the world. Jacob has served as a staff instructor for such styles as Bachata, Brazilian zouk, Kizomba, and more at some of the largest social dance studios in Chicago, such as Dance Center Chicago and Latin Street Music & Dancing. To date, he has produced over 30 weekenders and festivals across the country in such markets as Chicago, Seattle, Cleveland, Nashville, Milwaukee, Iowa City, Minneapolis, and more while serving as a director of production for some of the biggest and best Afro Latin dance festivals in the world, such as Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival by Island Touch Events, Dallas Bachata Fusion Festival by Monster Vision Productions, and more.

Masters Classes

Tayler & Jeff from Sensual Movement in New York City

This Masters Class will have you elevating your Sensual Bachata partner work to the next level! You'll be working with quickly rising to fame and super talented Sensual Bachata couple, Tayler & Jeff from none other than Sensual Movement in New York City! This couple has been surprising us with exciting new moves and super clear forms of technique. Level is intermediate and up.

A one hour workshop each of three days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (time TBD). The skills taught will build upon each class previously. Thus it is imperative you attend and participate in all three workshops. Spaces are limited, sign up today. Don't get shut out!

Please note: Lead or Follow - not gender specific but you must stay in the role of the pass purchased. Thank you.

Masters Class - Sensual Bachata Fusion Partner Work with Tayler & Jeff LEAD PASS - $65 Masters Class - Sensual Bachata Fusion Partner Work with Tayler & Jeff FOLLOW PASS - $65
La Fuerza Kingsmen New York Style Bachata

Kingsmen Fausto, Chris & NickThis Masters Class will have you so pumped up you could kiss the sky on the adrenaline high! Level is intermediate and up. A one hour workshop each day, Saturday and Sunday (time TBD).

Experience some of the most fun and charismatic dancers from none other than New York City, La Fuerza Kingsmen!

The workshops will cover Bachata Shines & Footwork with a fusion of Traditional & Sensual Bachata. Spaces are limited, sign up today. Don't get shut out.

Masters Class with La Fuerza Kingsmen - NY Style Bachata Shines Pass $55
Ceijay & Bruna Boston

Join Ceijay & Bruna as they dive in deep into connection, intention and musicality for Urban Kiz. You will elevate your level of Urban Kiz moves with these 2 part Master’s class workshops will be on Ladies Styling, Men’s Styling and styling together while feeding off of the energy and connections with your partner in this Urban Kiz World Emerson. This Master’s class will be held part 1 on Saturday and part 2 on Sunday (class schedule to be determined). This is going to be fire and kizzers at heart are not going to want to miss this personalized instruction from the King & Queen of Urban Kiz in the Boston Scene.

Don’t delay, spaces are very limited!! Sign up today either as a lead or a follow, roles ARE NOT GENDER SPECIFIC, but you must stay in the role you sign up for.

Our Team

Jessica C. - Founder

A fierce entrepreneur founding, owning and managing F.O.L.D., Kiz NH, Delphina Rose Photography, Sapphire Rain Management, PandoraZ Box RecordZ, and Divas Head to Toe. She is a single mother of two amazing young daughters, she teaches dance weekly, travels to dance events locally and nationwide frequently, and she really positively impacts all those who come in contact with her. Her joy of sharing her affection for the art of dance and music along with working with people is infectious. She loves to share all her knowledge to help those around her to be empowered, to be lifted as she climbs and be “in the fold”.

Diamond Rivera - Head of Media Production

Diamond Rivera - Head of Media ProductionDiamond Rivera who is originally from New York City, started his dance journey in 1996 at the age of 5 with the late David Melendez, founder of Starlite Dance Studio of the Bronx.

During his tenure at the dance school he learned Mambo, Jazz, Cha Cha & etc. After his time there, he was part of an all male group called East Side Edition, that performed in over 150 showcases throughout the U.S.

Since then, he has had the honor of performing  with teams such as Gifted Souls NYC, Santo Rico, Framboyan, Pura Vida and CODARI Dance Company.

Throughout his time in the latin dance scene, he has had a passion for filmmaking and wanted to combine his love for dance and filmmaking into one. In 2016, he created his own media company called DiamondRiveraFilmz. His intention was to have a company that focused on filming dance, live performances, showcases, interviews and more within the dance scene. He felt it was important that a fellow dancer could capture moments in time and display works of art.

Since 2016, DIAMONDRIVERAFILMZ has created visuals for various organizations including Yamulee Dance Company, Salsa Salsa Dance Studio, Alma Latina, Pura Vida Dance Company, Dallas Bachata Festival, Tri-State Dance Fest and etc. The present and future goal for himself is to continue to expose how beautiful the Latin dance scene is and to create pieces of beautiful art that will be around for years to come.

The media team has been blessed to have expanded into other states such as Dallas, Virginia, and Boston. The overall mission of Diamond is to help and empower other content creators and give them the platforms that enable them to succeed.

Jacob. S. Heiss - Production Manager

Jacob S. Heiss is the founder & CEO of Just Jacob Ventures LLC, launched in 2013 as a business and entertainment solutions company helping private, nonprofit, and corporate clients surmount every obstacle and leverage every opportunity with a specialization in strategic development, enterprise transformation, customer growth, process optimization, and special event production. Corporate clients and production partners include Monster Vision Productions, Island Touch Events, Latin Street Music & Dancing, Kickstand Productions, Dance Center Chicago, The Refuge Foundation for the Arts, The Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, Clary Collection, Dizengoff Audio, West Monroe Partners, Purdue University, The Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement, Latino Del Mundo, The Canadian Salsa Dance Corporation, DC Bachata Congress LLC, and many more.

From 2013 onwards, Jacob used the platform afforded by his company to support his artistic interests under the moniker, Just Jacob. As such, he is a highly sought after musical artist, producer, DJ, and dance instructor with residencies at such Chicago establishments as Sound-Bar, Subterranean, Primary, Beauty Bar, Y Bar, The Loft, Bassline, Reverie, Rio, and more plus featured performances across the nation and world at Solas (NYC), Space 550 (San Francisco), Lawrence Memorial Chapel (Appleton), Lique (Miami), Aeon Studios (LA), High Noon Saloon (Madison), Tsar (Orlando), House of Loom (Omaha), Werehouse (Milwaukee), Hard Rock Cafe (Chicago), and more. Festival performances include Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival, Elevation Zouk Festival Denver, Dallas Bachata Fusion Festival, Toronto Zouk Marathon, Chicago SummerDance, Orlando International Kizomba Festival, NYC Zouk Marathon, The Israeli International Salsa Congress, Los Angeles Dance Fusion Festival, New York International Salsa Congress, The Montreal Salsa Convention, DCBX, and more.

From 2015 onwards, Jacob developed the subsidiary Future Zouk to accomplish his community development goals within the global Afro Latin social dancing context. In 2018, this led to the creation of Future Zouk Chicago Congress, the first and largest annual festival of Brazilian zouk music, dancing, and culture in the Midwest providing a platform for hundreds of artists to share their passion and craftsmanship with thousands of attenders from all over the world. Jacob has served as a staff instructor for such styles as Bachata, Brazilian zouk, Kizomba, and more at some of the largest social dance studios in Chicago, such as Dance Center Chicago and Latin Street Music & Dancing. To date, he has produced over 30 weekenders and festivals across the country in such markets as Chicago, Seattle, Cleveland, Nashville, Milwaukee, Iowa City, Minneapolis, and more while serving as a director of production for some of the biggest and best Afro Latin dance festivals in the world, such as Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival by Island Touch Events, Dallas Bachata Fusion Festival by Monster Vision Productions, and more.

Nina - MC

More Info Coming Soon!

Savannah - Head Photographer

More Info Coming Soon!

Pre-Party Passes $20
Early Bird Full Event Passes $125

Exciting Announcement!

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, each social will have a theme. Details on the theme will released in June 2023. 

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE BEST THEME REPRESENTATION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

  1. Couple (not gender specific just two people attending the event dressed to coordinate together)
  2. Ladies
  3. Mens
  4. Freestyle (not defined by gender)

Judges will be anonymous and the judging will be silent. Winners will be announced each night at 3am in the Bachata Room. Winners must be present to claim their prizes! Prize details coming soon!

Want to join in the fun but hate dressing up? Sign up to be one of our anonymous judges. Send an email with your name to  foldcongress@gmail.com with the subject “FOLD Theme Judge.” 

Please note spaces are limited.

Highlights!

Zouk Artists

Pinaki Ghosh - Zouk Artist - Savannah GA

Pinaki Ghosh aka DJ Dr. Oleo is a mad scientist by day and dancer and DJ by night. Based out of Savannah GA currently and started his dancing journey in Austin Texas with Bachata and Kizomba about 8 years ago. Fell in love with the dance connection and music styles and discovered Zouk soon after and immediately fell in love.

Started training in 2015 with most of the world-renowned instructors and started the scene in Austin Texas that has developed into a biggest Zouk community in Texas. He is known as one of the most active members in the scene as a community leader and supporter and event organizer. His passion for Zouk is aspired by the connection and hugs and musicality on the dance floor and this inspired him to become a DJ to create such a beautiful moment for all the dancers to take them on a musical journey.

Started DJing since 2018 as a resident DJ for Austin Inspired Movement and after his move to Savannah have invested in learning and understanding music more and did a DJ certification course with Kakah. During the pandemic times he joined the biggest global “Iheart Zouk Radio (IHZR)” project and became a primary core team member providing music to the global community and helping the dancers through times.

Dr. Oleo has been part of several global online congresses in the past couple of years and earned recognition as a national and international DJwho creates unique playful and interesting vibes on the dance floor and is looking forward to fire up the dance floor at your favorite festivals. Recently was part of the talented DJ line up popular USA events like Miami Dance Fusion Festival, BKS Texas Festival, Tampa Sunset Zouk Marathon and international events like Toronto Zouk Marathon, ZoukTown festival in France and Ibiza Zouk Festival etc.

Inna & Lucky - Kizouk Artists - Moves n Vibes - Cambridge, MA

Inna & Lucky - Kizouk Artists from Moves n Vibes CambridgeInna who owns Moves n’ Vibes in Cambridge Mass, met Luckyat the end of 2021 and decided to partner to create performance choreo together. Lucky began to learn some Zouk from Inna and started fusing the two together. Kizouk Fusion, along with lots of tricks, have led the two to a unique lane of dancing that they are sharing with the Boston community.

Lucky and Inna since have performed together at few festivals including Orlando Bachata Festival, Boston Zouk Festival, Boston Bliss festival and currently have Kizouk fusion student dance team.

They have recently filmed kizomba music video “promesa” with famous singer Vinny Riveira.

Jacob. S. Heiss - Zouk Artist - Chicago
Jacob S. Heiss is the founder & CEO of Just Jacob Ventures LLC, launched in 2013 as a business and entertainment solutions company helping private, nonprofit, and corporate clients surmount every obstacle and leverage every opportunity with a specialization in strategic development, enterprise transformation, customer growth, process optimization, and special event production.
 

Corporate clients and production partners include Monster Vision Productions, Island Touch Events, Latin Street Music & Dancing, Kickstand Productions, Dance Center Chicago, The Refuge Foundation for the Arts, The Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, Clary Collection, Dizengoff Audio, West Monroe Partners, Purdue University, The Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement, Latino Del Mundo, The Canadian Salsa Dance Corporation, DC Bachata Congress LLC, and many more.

From 2013 onwards, Jacob used the platform afforded by his company to support his artistic interests under the moniker, Just Jacob. As such, he is a highly sought after musical artist, producer, DJ, and dance instructor with residencies at such Chicago establishments as Sound-Bar, Subterranean, Primary, Beauty Bar, Y Bar, The Loft, Bassline, Reverie, Rio, and more plus featured performances across the nation and world at Solas (NYC), Space 550 (San Francisco), Lawrence Memorial Chapel (Appleton), Lique (Miami), Aeon Studios (LA), High Noon Saloon (Madison), Tsar (Orlando), House of Loom (Omaha), Werehouse (Milwaukee), Hard Rock Cafe (Chicago), and more. Festival performances include Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival, Elevation Zouk Festival Denver, Dallas Bachata Fusion Festival, Toronto Zouk Marathon, Chicago SummerDance, Orlando International Kizomba Festival, NYC Zouk Marathon, The Israeli International Salsa Congress, Los Angeles Dance Fusion Festival, New York International Salsa Congress, The Montreal Salsa Convention, DCBX, and more.

From 2015 onwards, Jacob developed the subsidiary Future Zouk to accomplish his community development goals within the global Afro Latin social dancing context. In 2018, this led to the creation of Future Zouk Chicago Congress, the first and largest annual festival of Brazilian zouk music, dancing, and culture in the Midwest providing a platform for hundreds of artists to share their passion and craftsmanship with thousands of attenders from all over the world. Jacob has served as a staff instructor for such styles as Bachata, Brazilian zouk, Kizomba, and more at some of the largest social dance studios in Chicago, such as Dance Center Chicago and Latin Street Music & Dancing. To date, he has produced over 30 weekenders andfestivals across the country in such markets as Chicago, Seattle, Cleveland, Nashville, Milwaukee, Iowa City, Minneapolis, and more while serving as a director of production for some of the biggest and best Afro Latin dance festivals in the world, such as Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival by Island Touch Events, Dallas Bachata Fusion Festival by Monster Vision Productions, and more.

Evelyn & Derrick - Brazilian ‘Neo’ Zouk

About Evelyn:
Evelyn is one of the most sought-after Brazilian Zouk artist, dance instructor, and choreographer in the world.
Evelyn is born in Transylvania (Romania) and grew up in the Netherlands.

In 2006 she was confronted with her destiny "Brazilian Zouk", where she fell in love with the dance which has been her passion ever since. Over the years, while studying and working abroad within her professional dance career, Evelyn has performed and taught in more than 30 countries all over the world. Evelyn partnered with many prolific Zouk leaders like Pasty, AdilioPorto, Mafie Zouker, Xandy Liberato and many more at international congresses.

According to Evelyn, dancing Zouk is, "Surrendering in the moment with a balanced mental and physical state, combining creativity through inner-beauty, while existing in harmony with the music.”

Evelyn embodies a unique approach to dance - an art of moving, expressing and interpreting the music internally, and from your heart. Her talents inspire dancers around the world to express their dance from their souls.

Evelyn & Derrick Videos:

Evelyn & Derrick - Dansar MegaZouk Weekender

Evelyn and Derrick - Ultimate Zouk Retreat 2019

Evelyn Magyari Lopez & DERRICK LOPEZ - Brazilian Zouk

About Derrick:
Derrick is born in Hawaii. Early 90’s, Derrick moved to California where he first got into break dancing.

He learned about power moves, which is a form of West Coast B-Boy gymnastics - break dancing. This way of dancing focused on spinning (windmills, air-flairs, halos), punch lining positions and so on.

From this childhood experience, Derrick increased his body mechanics, strength, flexibility and awareness, which led to competitions, showcases, cyphers, and dance battles.

Ballistik Crew, Waikiki B-Boys, 808 Breakers and SoulShiftersCrew is Derrick’s dance lineage. His favorite part of B-Boying was training with the Boys, having fun, building each other up, becoming confident and supporting one another.

Doing this for decades, making him an OG of hip hop in the Pacific.

Derrick has taught Break Dancing professionally in both California and Hawaii.

Adding “House” dancing in the repertoire, Derrick crewed up with SoulShifters Crew, a Hip-Hop urban crew that specializes in improv, creativity, and art such as: making music, dancing (house), b-boying and graffiti.

Spending years working on body awareness through dance, Derrick naturally fell in love with Calisthenics and Yoga as well.

Coincidentally, beginning of 2016 Derrick’s first Zouk experience was an Island Zouk photoshoot with Kamacho. Shortly after that, he met Evelyn Magyari on a beach in Hawaii and “BOOM” (chick chick) the rest is history… Derrick’s wife Evelyn taught him the world of Zouk. Similarities of different dance forms have refreshed their dance experience, creativity and passion for movement. Derrick and Evelyn love to train, learn from others, build, create and link traditional movement with the new.