IMG_2570Performer, teacher and coreographer, started dancing Latin Dances and Ballroom in 2006. She got especialized in zouk due to her years as part of Renata Peçanha’s Dance Company in Brazil. Jazz, Classic and Contemporary Ballet, are other dance styles that she studied for long years improving her technique. She has been also envolved in a Dance Company – Prima Facie, where made shows of Jazz and Contemporary Dance.

Andressa taught Zouk and Dança de Salão, including Samba de Gafieira, in different studios in Rio de Janeiro, and also, has worked for Walt Disney World Brazil as a ballet dancer in Disney Parades in different states within Brazil in 2009.

Due to her time working with Márcia Pinheiro (ex-ballet dancer from the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro), she increased and developed her techniques and knowledge in the study of the mechanical principles of living organisms, particularly the movements and structures, such as the application of biomechanics in dance.  Also improving in Ballet and Contemporary Ballet.

She has become a highly respected teacher and performer in the Zouk scenery and left Brazil in 2010 spreading the Brazilian dances around the world.  Along the years living and teaching abroad, together with Freddy Marinho they created and developed the Fundamentals Course, a teaching methodology with an application more appropriated for beginner dancers that grew without the cultural immersion of the dance and rhythm like the Brazilians do.  This methodology has been so successful that they even passed its format forward to other world known professionals that got inspired by it.  Freddy & Andressa have also introduced and developed the Rio Style Zouk in Moscow – Russia, for 2 years, 2010 and 2011, where they lived and had their own dance school.  In 2012, they introduced and have been developing up to now, the Rio Style Zouk in Helsinki – Finland, where they currently live and opened their new Dance School, the Rio Zouk Style Dance Academy.

Acted and will act as teacher and performer in the following events:

  • 1st Canada Zouk Congress in Toronto 2015 – Canada
  • 2nd Canada Zouk Congress in Toronto 2016 – Canada
  • I’m Zouk Congress in Miami 2015 – USA
  • I’m Zouk Congress in Miami 2016 – USA
  • Summer Sensual Days in Rovinj 2014 – Croatia
  • Summer Sensual Days in Rovinj 2015 – Croatia
  • Summer Sensual Days in Rovinj 2016 – Croatia
  • 2nd Dutch Zouk Congress in Breda 2014 – Holland
  • 4th Dutch Zouk Congress in Breda 2016 – Holland
  • 2nd Int. Rio Zouk Congress – Rio de Janeiro in 2010 – Brazil
  • 3rd Int. Rio Zouk Congress – Rio de Janeiro in 2012 – Brazil
  • 5th Int. Rio Zouk Congress – Rio de Janeiro in 2016 – Brazil
  • 1st Helsinki Zouk Festival 2012 – Finland
  • 2nd Helsinki Zouk Festival 2013 – Finland
  • 3rd Helsinki Zouk Festival 2014 – Finland
  • 4th Helsinki Zouk Festival 2015 – Finland
  • 5th Helsinki Zouk Festival 2016 – Finland
  • Amsterdam International Zouk Congress 2012 – The Netherlands
  • Amsterdam International Zouk Congress 2013 – The Netherlands
  • Amsterdam International Zouk Congress 2014 – The Netherlands
  • Amsterdam International Zouk Congress 2015 – The Netherlands
  • Fall For Zouk Congress in New York 2015 – USA
  • Zouk Workshop in Atlanta 2015 – USA
  • Casa do Zouk Congress in Gold Coast 2015 – Australia
  • Zouk Workshop in Perth 2015 – Australia
  • Zouk Festival in Christchurch 2015 – New Zealand
  • Zouk Workshop 2015 – Singapore
  • Zouk Festival in Ekaterinburg 2015 – Russia
  • AfroLatin Flow Festival in Helsinki 2013 – Finland
  • AfroLatin Flow Festival in Helsinki 2015 – Finland
  • II  Zouk Libre Festival in Warsaw 2014 – Poland
  • III Zouk Libre Festival in Warsaw 2015 – Poland
  • Kizomba & Zouk Fire Festival in Minsk 2014 – Belarus
  • Oman Salsa & Zouk Festival 2014 – Oman
  • 1st Mega Zouk & Samba Congress in Vienna 2014 – Austria
  • Zouk workshop in Riga 2014 – Latvia
  • 6th Amsterdam Salsa & Zouk Festival in 2013 – Netherlands
  • Bachaturo – Zouk, Kizomba, Bachata and Salsa Congress in Warsaw, 2013 – Poland
  • Zouk Libre Festival in Warsaw, 2013 – Poland
  • Zouk do Brasil Workshop in Paris, 2013 – France
  • 1st West Zouk Time Festival – Zouk & West Coast Swing in Brno 2013 –  Czech Republic
  • 2nd International Prague Zouk Congress in Prague 2011 – Czech Republic
  • 4th International Zouk & Lambada Congress in Prague 2013 – Czech Republic
  • 5th International Prague Zouk Congress in Prague 2014 – Czech Republic
  • Workshop Zouk Explosion in Rio de Janeiro, 2012 – Brazil
  • 1st International Zouk – Samba and Kizomba Meeting in Paris 2012 – France
  • 1st Swiss Zouk Festival in Zurich 2012 – Switzerland
  • 1st International Zouk Congress in Berlin, 2010 – Germany
  • 2nd International Zouk Congress in Berlin, 2011 – Germany
  • 3rd International Zouk Congress in Berlin, 2012 – Germany
  • 5th Intl. Zouk Festival in Salou 2010 – Spain
  • 6th Intl. Zouk Festival in Loret Del Mar 2011 – Spain
  • 7th Intl. Zouk Festival in Loret Del Mar 2012 – Spain
  • Zouk Workshop in Vienna, 2011 and 2012 – Austria
  • 1st Brazilian Zouk Festival in Helsinki 2011 – Finland
  • 2nd Brazilian Zouk Festival in Helsinki 2011 – Finland
  • 3rd Brazilian Zouk Festival in Helsinki 2011 – Finland
  • 1st Brazilian Carioca Zouk & Samba Congress in Saint Petersburg 2011 – Russia
  • 2nd Brazilian Carioca Zouk & Samba Congress in Saint Petersburg 2012 – Russia
  • 2nd Zouk & Samba Congress in Prague 2011 – Czech Republic
  • 2nd ZoukTime Congress in Brno 2011 – Czech Republic
  • 4th ZoukTime Congress in Brno 2013 – Czech Republic
  • Zouk & Latin Fiesta Festival 2011 – Dubai UEA
  • Salsa & Zouk Beach Festival in Scheveningen 2011 – Holland
  • Zouk Workshop in Amsterdan, 2011 – Holland
  • Zouk Workshop in Cologne, 2011 – Germany
  • Workshop Zouk Master in Copenhagen, 2011 – Denmark
  • Zouk Workshop in Saint Petersburg, 2010 – Russia
  • Zouk’ n Rio Workshop in 2008 – Brazil
  • Zouk’ n Rio Workshop in 2009 – Brazil

Judged the following Championships:

  • 5th Int. Rio Zouk Congress – Championship and Jack & Jill in 2016 – Brazil
  • Casa Do Zouk Congress – Jack & Jill in 2015 – Australia 
  • 2nd Brazilian Carioca Zouk & Samba Congress – Zouk Competition in Saint Petersburg 2012 – Russia
  • Helsinki Fresca Latin Dance Festival – Finland 2012
  • Zouk & Latin Fiesta Festival – Zouk Competition in 2011 – Dubai UEA

Competed in the following Championships:

XV Dance festival in Nova Iguaçu – Rio De Janeiro (Brazil) in 2008

  • Champion 1st place –  Zouk Performance
  • Champion 2nd place –  Samba de Gafieira Performance
  • Winner of the special prize as Best One of the category “Popular Dance Group”

IX Dance Festival in Rio das Ostras – Rio De Janeiro (Brazil) in 2008

  • Champion 2nd place – Tango Performance