“To dance is to create, no to reproduce.”
Riikka started dancing Brazilian Zouk in 2011 and has been a member of the Rio Zouk Style dance school of Freddy Marinho & Andressa Castelhano since it was opened in Helsinki in 2012. The versatile and sensual movement of the dance felt natural to her since the beginning. Soon she was dedicating all her time to her dance studies. She also started to travel regularly to Zouk events around the world to deepen her knowledge, draw inspiration and – most importantly – to dance her heart out.
Riikka is one of the founder members of the Rio Zouk Style Team and she has been performing with the team since 2013. She has also taught several workshops and classes in Helsinki as well as abroad, including Japan, Norway, Holland, Poland and Australia. Riikka has participated and placed in top three in Helsinki Zouk Competition (2nd), Brisbane Zouk Competition (1st) and West Zouk Time competition (2nd).
Riikka is known for her 100-per cent attitude and consisted way of improving her dancing skills and knowledge. What fascinates Riikka the most in Zouk is the deep way of connecting to her partner through movement and music, and creating something unique from that conversation. A constant search for moments of connection has made Riikka a true social dancer – she will be the one arriving first and staying until the end of any dancing party.
Prior to Zouk, Riikka has studied both competition and traditional Finnish ballroom dancing. In addition to dancing, she has strong background in different kind of sports such as weight training and fitness boxing.
In 2013 she started studying West Coast Swing in Raw Connection dance school in Brisbane, Australia and placed soon after 1st in newcomer division in Australian Jack and Jill competitions (WSDC registry event). She continued her studies in Comets dance school in Helsinki and has later on placed well in smaller scale competitions in Finland and Europe.
Riikka has studied Tango Argentino since 2013 in different tango schools in Helsinki, including Tangokoulu and Pasional Dance Company. In 2016 she joined Pasional Choreography Team and started partnering her tango maestro Hernan Ohaco. Nowadays she teaches regular Tango classes with Hernan in Helsinki.
Riikka has drawn inspiration to her movement from variety of street dance styles, such as voguing, popping and toprock, as well as other partner dances, including Samba de Gafieira and Kizomba. Jazz dance has been an important part of her regular solo dance training since 2015. Also yoga, partner acrobatics and functional training are present in her weekly trainings.
Riikka is a proud co-creator of Dancefulness concept, promoting connection, comfort and presence on the social dance floor.