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4th OISZF 26 Feb - 01 March

Jay & Yuliya

Zambia / Russia

Julia is originally from Russia, the city where everyone’s passion is to dance! She started her dancing career at the age of 5, and has not stopped since. She has mastered Ballroom, Latin, and now Kizomba dances! She has been teaching children and adults for over 10 years. Julia has taught and performed in the US and this is where she established herself most winning 1st place in the Empire State Championship in 2002 and 2003 for solo artist. Julia enjoys all types of social dancing including Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, and now Kizomba. Since then she met Jay in 2018, her current dance partner, who together have a dynamic and unique Kizomba style. Yulia’s motto is “Feel. Dance. Kizomba!”

Jay grew up in Zambia and Kenya where he developed his passion and unique style of dancing. His dance career started years ago where he danced Kizomba, Semba, Kudur, and Salsa. He was a member of the best Kizomba group in Zambia and is now considered one of the founders of Kizomba in the Zambia. Jay ’s motto is “Be yourself".

Together, Jay and Julia have travelled around the Middle East, Zanzibar, Europe and Asia teaching Kizomba in various Festivals. Their dynamic energy and passion captures the hearts of all they know and they make a fantastic team.