BRAZILIAN ZOUK PROGRAM
Ebonie Lee (fka Firefly) is an Atlanta-based Brazilian Zouk instructor based in NYC. Ebonie has trained extensively in a variety of dance modalities. Ebonie pursued Japanese Classical, African, Latin, contemporary Indian and Modern dance at Williams College and abroad. She interned at Washington, DC arts organizations such as Dance Exchange and the DC Dance Collective, adding Contemporary, Jazz and Blues dance to her repertoire. She studied Salsa, Mambo and Afro-Latin dance under Tanya Kianda Fiske and Psyon D. Scott.
Ebonie was introduced to Brazilian Zouk by Atoro Lopez in 2010, and started training in DC. In 2012 Ebonie returned to NYC and became teaching assistant to Kim Rottier (ZoukNY), Ry'el & Jessica Lamdon (ZenZouk). Ebonie studied Contact Improvisation with Jesse Johnson (Dancing with Gravity). She moved to Atlanta and taught with a variety of instructors, including Atoro, Eddie Bonnell of Zouk Atlanta, Jerry Lai and Jeremy Hale. She returned again to NYC in 2020.
Ebonie has completed teacher training and professional development courses by Jaime Aroxa & Kiri Chapman, Kim Rottier, Alex & Mathilde, and Brenda & Anderson.
Ebonie is always interested in the dances of the African Diaspora and conscious movement techniques, incorporating a variety of dance styles into her movement. She believes in the power of dance to connect and communicate, and the nourishment that creativity brings to life.