Lucia Nogueira was born and raised in Azores islands, and I fell in love with Kizomba and Semba when she moved to Lisbon to study. First, a few colleagues from Cape Verde had captivated her with their culture and a couple of years after she was warmly welcomed by Angolan friends into their home where she lived for 5 years.
Her first dance partner was Ximy. They won the Lisbon qualifiers which led them to compete in the International Kizomba Competition (Africadançar) in April 2012.
Her second dance partner was Bonifacio, the 2012 Africadançar champion. She started teaching and performing with Bonifacio in Europe. She also had the pleasure to work on several occasions with the talented Dasmara, winner of the 2013 Kizomba International Competition as well as his dance partner, and equally talented Iolanda Rangel.
In July 2013, she moved to the UK and started to teaching solo. My friend, mentor and partner in crime throughout this process was Eddy Vents. She mentored him in Semba, and he enlarged her horizons in both teaching and dancing Kizomba. Together they brought the dance level in the UK to higher ground. Eddy Vents and Lucia have been formal dance partners since the beginning of 2015, yet maintaining their solo projects, in a natural process which includes both their similar views concerning our work, as well as the way they are passionate about dance and culture.
Besides the regular teacher’s training, one of Lucia’s current passions is her Kizomba teachers training for Women. Being one of the very few Women in the world who is able to pursue an International career in the dance scene, both teaching solo as with a dance partner, she understands the struggles and can better prepare Women who want to pursue this road.
Since 2012 she has worked with several partners and different dance styles within the realm of Kizomba/Semba – sometimes on the verge of something more traditional sometimes on the verge of a more modern path but always being faithful to the roots of the dance
Her aim: to teach people how to dance, not just to hand over steps but how to develop your own style and truly enjoy the marvels of this dance.
Her strong point: versatility plus an ability to understand and explain body mechanics
Her greatest satisfaction: to see the happiness on people’s faces when they allow themselves to be free while dancing. Regardless of age, gender, race, religion, cultural background or any other differences, on the dance floor, we are all connected as one. Kizomba is about bringing people together and build up the sense of community!