July 26 - July 29, 2018 - La Grande Motte, France

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Olivier Rio & Amandine Afonso

Olivier Rio, founding member of the first danse company Salsabor in Paris (France), started as a Salsa / Mambo dancer and instructor, after being trained by Cliford Jasmin, Eddy Torres, Frankie Martinez, Susan Sparks, ...

In 2004, he received intensive training from Jordan Frisbee et Tatiana Mollmanwhen they came for the first time in France for the Sea Sun & Swing Camp, aiming at developing West Coast Swing in France.

When back in Paris, the first classes open and that’s how it started. It’s also during this convention when Amandine, who had been trained in Modern’Jazz style for more than 10 years, becomes fasinated by the technique and the strength of these two american dancers.

In January 2006, those two frenchies will appear for the first time at the first edition of the West Coast Swing Dance Festival in Paris. Amandine and Olivier kept improving and exploring the West Coast Swing palette, with the instructions from various american pros such as John Lindo, Mary Ann Nunez, Christopher Hussey & Katrina Branson, Parker Dearborn & Jessica Cox and more recently with Michael & Dawne Kiehm, Patty Vo, Luis Crespo, Deborah S Szekely & Robert Cordoba

With class, style, kindness and precise movements, they transport you in their universe with generosity. Cute and lovable, this "parisian street urchin" couple is among the best french dancers recognized and apreciated within the West Coast Swing community. Each year they are presented in many events in France alongside the best american dancers.