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Joao Assuncao

Joao started dancing at the age of 13 in Lisbon , his hometown. One year later he was already teaching at the dance school. At the age of 15  he decided to go to Switzerland to train and develop more as a dancer, which lead me to booking a couple of small gigs and classes. Eventually Joao ended up living and working in Zürich and flied back and forth between Portugal and Switzerland for almost one year, until Ambra Succi invited him to come to Sweden.He decided to move to Sweden in 2006 and started teaching at Marikas and later on started working with Bounce. Trough his dancing he has been blessed with the possibility of traveling around Europe teaching and performing in various shows and events.

Former Teacher at R-Evolution in Lisbon, Portugal (first hip hop only studio in Portugal). Dancer for brands such as: Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Puma, Nescafe, BMW, Mercedes, Opel. Worked for Bounce Streetdance Company in the shows Gökboet, Insane in the Brain,The Last Bounce”. Regular teacher at “Marikas”, Balletakademien and House of Shapes in Stockholm. Former member and Artistic Director of Ragdollz. Dancer for Jennifer Lopez at the 7 Wonders of the world Festival, Black Eyed Peas – Pepsi Tour. Choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance (Poland). Dancer at the XFactor Sweden 2012. · SIRI (COMPLETE) dansens hus- Sweden tour 2014 · Dancer for Robin Sternberg and Loreen 2013 · Melodifestivalen 2014 with Dinah nah and with Isa Tengblad and COMPLETE Dance Crew 2015 · Eurovision 2016.

1. What is the main focus on your classes?

In my classes I try to pass on to the students what I’m feeling with the music. Every choreography I teach in class is a reflection of the track I pick, and/or a mood that I pick to work on for that class. I try to choreograph something new every class so I can amplify the music hearing/moving ability in the students.

2. Which qualities do you think are important for a dancer?

Dedication, training, the ability to create and to evolve and work for your talent because it doesn’t just fall out of the trees.

3. What makes your style unique?

What makes my style unique is the fact that i took class with so many people and every time i travel I try to look into the dance scene of the place where I go, so I can bring something new back home to class.

4. What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from music (I’m a music junkie) and traveling. Music can make my body twich and move like nothing else. I get inspired with everything around me (a conversation, something I see on the street or on tv…) but i think that all my music and my traveling around helps to inspire all of my movement for class.