Leo & Becky
Leonardo Neves began dancing at 8 years old as a part of an after school program in Brazil. He then spent 6 years attending various dance schools where he studied Bolero, Soltinho, Samba and Forro. When he was 14 years old he went to Renata and Adilio’s dance school. Here he studied Zouk and other Brazilian styles of dance for 7 Years. Over this time he performed with the company at different events including congresses and at theatres. He competed with various dance partners and won the 1st Place in the “Onda Zouk“ competition. After some time he became the dance partner of Renata Pecanha and he traveled, taught and performed with her nationally. From 2009 to 2012 he traveled both nationally and internationally teaching and performing from small events to some of the largest congresses in the world. He is now a well known and internationally recognized dance teacher. In early 2013 Leonardo started his new career with Becky Crystal. They have travel to many congresses internationally, to share the love of dancing around the world.
Becky began dancing in high school where she studied dance academically. She learnt to choreograph, document and videograph different styles of dance. She then went into Latin American dancing at Colleen Murray Dance Studio and during this time she studied Samba, Jive, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba in the Latin American genre. She competed in local dance sport competitions and placed in every competition. Within 10 months of training she competed in one of the biggest dance competitions in New Zealand in 30 years, the ISDF. The same day she was selected to go to Australia to dance on a television program called ‘Strictly Dancing’. After a few more competitions and a few more years she started dancing more of the Street Latin styles with Latin Fire. With them she studied Salsa, Street Cha, Merengue and Bachata. She performed and competed with them for some years. In this time she entered the South Islands (Teachers Level), the Nationals (Professional Level) and even started a Bachata Team which she trained and took to the New Zealand Pacific Salsa Congress. Her team was selected to perform in Australia at the Sydney Salsa Congress. Becky then became interested in Zouk and Samba and traveled to Brazil to expand her knowledge in these styles of dance. She taught on a Cruise Ship event organized by ‘World Salsa Tours’. Today she co-owns and operates Brazilian Beatz, a dance studio in Christchurch, with Leonardo Neves.