Sonny Varela is the current UK Kizomba Champion and 3rd World Kizomba Champions at AfricAdancar International Kizomba competition with her dancer partner.
Sonny French born originally from Cape Verde, grew up dancing Passada, Funana, Kuduro, Mazurka, Coupe Decale and Ndombolo.
She danced Samba with Taste of Brazil, African traditional and modern dance (Azonto and Afrobeat) with Yemaya Libota.
She has been dancing Kizomba for 9 years and teaching for 6 years. Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating in Angola.
Originally in London with no fellow Palops (Portugese African speaking colonials), she shared her love of Kizomba by teaching Passada (steps) from which Kizomba is a derivative of, to friends. Following her love of fashion she set up her fashion brand of Bijoulili (www.bijoulili.com), which retails her designer collection of jewellery and clothing including her renowned “Ginga Boo Chain” that enhance the body movement while dancing for the ladies fusing her love of dance and fashion.
Her reasons for teaching Kizomba include “the passion of the dance, the feeling, the connection, the emotion and how that brings people together in a fun filled environment”.