From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Afonso is a graduate of Dimensione Danza Dance Acadamy where he studied all genres of dance. Afonso took part in a flash mob celebrating the 50 years of Rede Globo (Brazilian TV Channel) and also on NBC CHANNEL (American program). He has furthered his dance studies through many classes at Broadway dance center and Alvin Ailey. Afonso´s performance highlights have included many Brazilian festivals, through Solo and group Awards, and also Rio Olimpic and Paraolimpic Games 2016, as a professional dancer. Afonso is appreciative of the support from his parents and teachers and is thrilled to be training with Lamondance this season.
Born and raised in Nelson BC, Oksana Maslechko began dancing recreationally at a young age; but it wasn't until she met Slava Doval around age 13 that she realized she truly had a passion for it. Oksana continued to dance with Slava for six years, learning different styles such as House, Balkan, Afro, Belly Dancing, Bollywood, and many others. Despite her lack of technical training, Oksana was determined to continue dancing post-graduation, which led her to audition and be accepted into Lamondance Preprofessional Training Company, directed by Davi Rodrigues. Oksana has completed two years at Lamondance and is now in her third year, as part of the new apprenticeship program. She is so excited to continue challenging herself, and can't wait to see what the future has in store.
Caroline began studying dance at the age of three at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, beginning with recreational ballet and modern dance. Later at the age of ten she realized her passion for dance and started to train at Dance Collective, formerly known as Douglas Ballet Academy. From then onwards she trained in several different types of dance including ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz. At the age of twelve Caroline began to take part in competitions for both group and solo pieces, locally and internationally, winning many gold medals, scholarships, trophies and Top Ten awards; competing with ballet and contemporary solos at YAGP in Seattle, 2015-17, was a highlight.
Caroline has found that she is most passionate about contemporary and ballet and wishes to one day pursue a career in a professional contemporary company. She looks forward to her two years of training at Lamondance and the opportunities that it will bring.
Born in Sergipe/Aracaju, Brazil, Lazaro started his career at the age of 21 years old in the “Universidade Federal de Sergipe” looking for an art career he found his place with the dance world. He was invited by the university to dance with the group, which represent the “The dance art” at the university. Because of his love for the art of dance, he got offered a scholarship by one of his teachers from the University to upgrade his dancing.
To keep enhancing his studies, he went to “Seminário Internacional de dança de Brasilia” in 2016, and he got the scholarship to with Lamondance season 8/9.
Lazaro is looking forward to enjoying this fantastic time with Lamondance learning and collaborating with different choreographers and dancer as well experiencing a new culture.