Lazaro Lopez is an independent professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. He graduated with honours in 1989 from the Cuban National School of Art and Dance (ENA) in Havana and started dancing professionally with the leading folkloric dance company Raices Profundas. With this company Lazaro performed as a soloist dancer and went on tour to Mexico and Japan with the show “Noche Tropical”. In 1994, he joined the folkloric dance company Pinos Nuevos. During his time with this company he won three prices for the best performance and characterisation. In 1997, Lazaro joined the renowned dance company Compañia Folklorica Cubana J.J. where, as the principal dancer, he performed in the most prominent theatres of Cuba, like the Garcia Lorca, Carlos Marx, Teatro America. In 1998, he performed in the musical comedy of “El Burgues Gentil Hombre” which had its debut in the Mella Theatre in Havana and then in the Chaillot Theatre in Paris. Lazaro also regularly taught dance and percussions summer courses in the National School of Art and Dance (ENA), in Havana.
In December 2000, he came to London to perform as a lead dancer in the famous West-End show Lady Salsa. Since then Lazaro has been based in London and has been dancing and teaching with his partner Paola Lopez who began her dance training of Salsa and Cuban traditional dances in 1996. Paola is an excellent dancer who possesses an outstanding and distinctive style, blending elements of Son, Rumba, and Afro-Cuban Orishas into her dancing, with passion, vitality and confidence. She is also an first-rate instructor, who focuses on teaching confidence in all the basic steps, feeling and counting the rhythm, developing a good technique and style, body movement, leading and following skills and musical interpretation. This is combined with a dedicated and patient approach, teaching an elegant and smooth style when dancing Salsa, Rumba and Afro-Cuban.
Lazaro and Paola, who are also the 2004 Tropicana Tropics World Rueda Champions, have established themselves as leading exponents of Cuban music and dance in the UK and Europe. They have taught and performed in various events such as the LatinSplash Festival, Salsa Slam, La Scala, the Salsa UK International Salsa Congress, the Munich Cuban Salsa Congress, London Carnaval de Cuba, the Salsa Republic Weekender, the SalsaNor Rueda Gathering, Los Van Van and Manolito y su Trabuco in concert, Danseglede Oslo Salsa Congress etc… They currently teach classes of Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Cuban Popular Dances, Afro-Cuban and Rumba in and around London, the UK and Europe.
For more information check the website: www.afrocubano.co.uk