Meet the Team
Bruno is a professional choreographer, stage performer and dance instructor, with over 27 years of experience in dance and performing arts.
Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and immersed in the colourful, rhythmic culture, Bruno grew up with a keen interest in dance. At the age of 14 he joined Mimulus Dance School. Having a natural talent for dance, Bruno very quickly fell in love with it and knew that he wanted to pursue it professionally.
Mimulus Dance Company is one of the most renowned Latin Dance companies in Brazil. Within, a year of being a student with Mimulus, Bruno was performing in the Mimulus Dance Company amateur group and by the age of 18 was teaching a wide variety of dance styles. A few years later Bruno received his professional registration and began teaching, performing, choreographing, and directing in a professional capacity.
Over the 20 years dancing for Mimulus Dance Company, Bruno acquired distinguished talent in all popular Brazilian and Latin dance styles including: Samba no pe, Samba de Gafieira, Bolero, Soltinho, Tango, Cuban Salsa, Forro, Brazilian Zouk, Milonga, Lindy Hop, Waltz, Tango Waltz, Bachata and Merengue. He also had the opportunity to travel the world and perform with the company in numerous theatres, festivals, congresses and workshops across South America, The United States, Canada, and Europe. During this time, Bruno was awarded best male dancer of 2004 and 2010 by SESC-SATED/MG (The Syndicate of Artists and Technicians in Minas Gerais), best male dancer of 2004 by USIMINAS- SINPARC/MG (Syndicate of Producers of Performing Arts in Minas Gerais), and Nominated as one of the ‘Top 3 most influential dancers of the decade’ by SESC-SATED/MG in 2007.
During this time, Bruno also completed a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Masters(POS GRADUATION) in Dance Pedagogy. This enabled him to further develop his knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. This in-depth understanding of how the body works differentiates Bruno from other dance teachers who may have only danced socially but may have little understanding of movement. Rather than just teaching a sequence of moves, it allows Bruno to have a deep understanding of co-ordination, transference of weight, and connection with the floor and your partner- all essential for learning correct technique. Most importantly it helps Bruno to teach in the safest way possible, helping his students look after their body’s individual needs and limitations.
In addition, Bruno has complimented his latin dance training and education with extended his classes in circus skills, acting, acrobats, classical ballet, contemporary dance, contact and improvisation. All of which give him a better understanding of balance, co-ordination, flexibility, strength and connection .This extensive and eclectic mix of studies assisted Bruno in forming his own unique funky style.
Teaching dance is Bruno’s greatest passion because he get to see how it transforms lives. Bruno loves to help individuals grow their confidence, push their comfort zone and explore their creative and artistic passion. Bruno is praised by his students for giving them the nurturing environment to feel safe and supported and be able to thrive. In the classroom he make learning fun and exciting. Bruno will have you laughing and wanting to come back for more.
Sarah has lived with dance in her life for the past 20 years. She started with ballet classes when she was just 2 years old at Sayers Dance Centre in Kenmore, Brisbane, studying under the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations program. For 17 years studied and performed ballet, as well as contemporary and Jazz.
For eight years Sarah was an instructor and choreographer for ballet, contemporary, Jazz and stretch & strengthening at Sayers Dance Centre for students as young as 3 to the senior dancers.
With a strong interest in the academic study of health and movement, Sarah completed her Bachelor of Clinic Exercise Physiology at QUT, becoming an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).
During her studies she completed units focusing on areas such as Functional Anatomy, Exercise Psychology, Exercise Physiology, Exercise and Sports Nutrition's, Motor Control, Biomechanics, Resistance Training and Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation.
After 17 years of ballet, Sarah discovered a new love in the world of dance! She was introduced to a starter Latin dance class at Rio Rythmics, in the wonderful West End area of Brisbane. Discovering the range of Latin Dance styles and distinctive music captivated Sarah, who immersed herself in learning a variety of styles including Brazilian Zouk, Salsa, Bachata, Samba de Gafieira, Samba no Pe, Bolero, Tango, Forró and Merengue.
In 2017 Sarah & Bruno founded the latin dance school Bossa Latina,in Brisbane & started their dance partnership together.
Sarah has performed, judged and instructed in festivals including the New Zealand Salsa Congress, Sydney Latin Dance Festival, Casa do Zouk in the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast Latin Festival, Brisbane Zouk Festival, Doudoule Latin Dance Festival, Brisbane Latin Festival, Brazouky, Sydney Spring Zouk Festival, the Australian Dance Cup and regular local Brisbane & interstate functions and events.
She has also completed her Latin Dance Judges Seminar and Certification with Billy Fajardo in 2018 world salsa solo.
Sarah brings her teaching skills to Bossa and, has been enthusing others with the love of Latin Dance.
As a current Australian and World Champion and with 25 years dance experience, Kristi has achieved success winning a variety of awards and being selected for highly competitive and rigorous training programs in most styles of dance.
After completing full-time commercial dance training in 2009, Kristi began her journey in the world of Latin dance and in less than six months, Kristi entrenched herself in the Australian salsa scene.
In 2014 she ranked in the top 10 in the world as a female soloist in Puerto Rico against the best Latin dancers from around the globe, and has since achieved 2nd place for samba in 2015 at the World Latin Dance Cup, 2nd place in the professional Cha Cha couples divisions in 2017 at the World Salsa Summit in Miami and 1st place for Bachata at the 2018 World Latin Dance Cup.
She has trained, taught and performed throughout Australia, across Europe and in America, at events including the Hawaii Salsa & Bachata Festival, the Frankfurt Summer Festival, Hungary's BachaKizz All Stars Festival and more.
Matt started dancing over 11 years ago when he came across a social dance club at his university. The club exposed him to various latin and swing styles of dance. Through this club Matt discovered West Coast Swing which quickly
became his passion and favourite dance style.
Over the past 10 years Matt has had the opportunity to travel around Australia and overseas to learn from the best in West Coast Swing, as well as to teach, compete, DJ, and of course social dance. With a strong passion for music, Matt has developed himself as a DJ in the styles of West Coast Swing, Blues, and most recently, Zouk.
Matt has had the opportunity to teach, DJ, and dance at almost every West Coast Swing school that Brisbane and Gold Coast have hosted. Matt is a current zouk student at Bossa Latina, and is excited to now be present to share his passion of West Coast Swing as a member of the Bossa Latina teaching team.
Mayflor has loved music and movement from an early age, with her mother teaching her traditional Filipino folk dances as part of a cultural troupe performing at festivals in her hometown from the age of ten. The joy of dancing and performing developed with her involvement in drama, dance and the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge throughout high school but it wasn’t until she discovered latin dancing in 2009 that she truly became immersed in the wonderful world of dance.
Falling in love with Salsa, Bachata and Brazilian Zouk, Mayflor began dancing up to fifteen hours per week and was soon involved in performance courses and assisting in classes at her first latin dance school, Smooth Latin Groove. She then became heavily involved in learning and performing Samba no Pe with Sambaliscious Dance and travelled to numerous locations to train and perform, including Woodford Folk Festival on the Sunshine Coast, the Solomon Islands, and the beautiful Rio de Janeiro to parade with Samba schools in Carnaval two years in a row. As part of the Sambaliscious troupe, Mayflor also trained in and performed Hula, Bellydance and Bollywood styles, which helped to expand and increase her dance experience and technique.
Mayflor’s true latin dance love is Brazilian Zouk, however, and she was a keen student and member of K&L Dance’s Zouk performance team for two years. She has performed at various latin dance festivals throughout Australia, including Sydney Salsa Congress, Brazil Central Zouk Congress, Doudoule Latin Dance Festival, Melbourne Latin Festival, Brisbane Latin Dance Festival and the World Salsa Solo. Mayflor is an enthusiastic advocate of continuous learning and being open to experiencing other styles and attends Hip Hop and Reggaeton classes just for fun. She believes that dance is a joyful expression of the body’s strength, creativity and physical capabilities and loves exploring this connection with others on the dance floor. Mayflor is excited to be part of the Bossa Latina team and is looking forward to helping students cultivate their passion for dance and grow the latin dance community.
Althea Schutte has immersed herself in the latin dance scene for the past 3 years. She has trained in several styles including Salsa, Bachata and Zouk.
Initially drawn to dancing as a fun way to maintain a more active lifestyle, she could have never imagined herself sharing such a forefulling passion with so many people from all walks of life.
As much as she loves all Latin dance styles, Zouk has become her main obsession. The fluidity and creativity of the style is what she loves most and as a follower, every dance in itself is unique.
Ever since he could remember, Yang has always been fascinated by the arts; be that painting, music, literature and dance. Having explored the fields of painting, music and literature in high school, dancing would only seem fitting as the next progeession. After years of watching and admiring artists such as Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Lyle Beniga, Hong 10, Keone and Mari he decided to explore different styles of dance such as hip-hop, breakdancing and contemporary for a brief period. Years later after having stopped dancing he accidentally stumbled across a post for trial classes involving Salsa and Zouk and the rest is history. Having danced Zouk since 2016, and the opportunity to attend Zouk Congresses in Australia and abroad, Yang is passionate towards sharing his newfound knowledge with the community.
Ever since my first disco I’ve loved getting up on the dance floor. Although it took me a while to get the courage to stand up and dance, once I started I didn’t stop. About ten years ago tried out Hip Hop dancing and realised I was really bad at it, but I continued at absolute beginner for a couple of years as it was good for fitness. It wasn’t until I tried Latin dance that my passion gained momentum. I was able to pick up the moves better than Hip Hop as there seemed to be a more natural progression that suited me, and I also discovered there was this amazing social dance community. Although it took some time before I was confident enough to get out on the social dance floor, once I did get up and dance more I started supporting beginner classes and enjoying dance festivals. Then I started to do performances and was hooked once again.
I have made many friends over the years in the Latin dance community, and have learned to dance over eight styles, although Zouk is my favourite at the moment.I look forward to meeting you on the dance floor and maybe passing on some of what I’ve learned over the years.Welcome to the Latin dance community!