Sören regards the Helsinki Zouk Festival 2013 as a starting point for his commitment to Brazilian Zouk.

Sören had his first introduction to Zouk already in 2010, but the final engagement happened in 2013 as he attended an MZouk course with Ossi Kimmelma, and participated in the Helsinki Zouk Festival. After the festival he started the regular classes of Brazilian Zouk with Freddy and Andressa. Since then he has attended practically all courses and workshops available by them and visiting teachers. Sören joined the Rio Zouk Style Team in 2015 – training, performing and assisting at the Rio Zouk Style Dance Academy classes.

During his trips to Brazil in 2014 and 2015 he also visited the school of Renata Peçanha in Rio de Janeiro and studied Lambazouk with Ricardo Ferrari in São Paulo.

ADDITINAL EXPERIENCE:

Sören started dancing Cuban Salsa with regular classes at Bailabaila dance school in 2008. After a year, he continued with cross-body Salsa and Bachata. During these years he was also part of a few Bachata student group shows. In 2011 he studied at Helsinki Salsa Academy with Mikko Kemppe and Johanna Sallinen, taking regular classes and show trainings cross-body Salsa On1 and On2. He performed at Helsinki Arctic Salsa Festival 2012 and other events. At the end of 2012, Mikko Kemppe awarded Sören with a unique “Mr. Show Time Award” and the quite descriptive title has sticked with him ever since. As part of his Salsa studies, he took regular and private classes from the 9 times Salsa World Champion Liz Lira during the spring of 2015.