BRAZILIAN ZOUK PROGRAM
Christina Montoya is an international Brazilian Zouk instructor based out of Los Angeles, CA. Dancing has always been a part of her life but she did not begin any training until she was 12 years old. Her passion for dance at a young age led her to experiment in different styles beginning with Hip-hop, Jazz, Competitive Cheerleading, and Tahitian prior to training in Latin styles like Salsa and Bachata. She has trained and performed in partner dancing since the age of 18 with various companies in Los Angeles.
Once Christina found Brazilian Zouk she dedicated her life to this dance. She began her training with Igor Fraga who partnered her to compete at the US Zouk Open in 2015 where they received 1st place in the Semi-Pro division. Since then, she has trained with many international artists and sought to deepen her knowledge by taking several Brazilian Zouk Teachers Courses throughout the world. She holds 1st place in various BZDC Intermediate Jack & Jill competitions including Prague Zouk Congress 2016, Rio Zouk Congress 2018, and LA Zouk Festival 2018 and is the first person in North America to enter the Advanced division. She also holds the 1st place title with her partner Alisson Sandi for the "Mixed Latin Cabaret Couples Division" from the World Salsa Solo in 2018 where they also received the highest scores for the overall competition.
Christina is known for her franchise teams, "Zouk Babes" established in 2017, which emphasize the importance of follower's technique. Since then Zouk Babes has teams and performers throughout the US and internationally with 50 current members. Zouk Babes was created with the intention to unite and empower followers through dance performances and training technique. Christina's goal is to spread her passion for Zouk to the dancer inside everyone.