An internationally-recognised Brazilian Zouk partnership, Leo & Becky travel the world sharing their love of dance at events ranging from small groups through to the largest dance congresses in the world.
Leonardo Neves was 8 years old when he discovered his passion for dancing at an after-school program.
Over the next 6 years he attended various dance schools where he studied Bolero, Soltinho, Samba and Forro.
At only 14 years of age he was accepted into Renata and Adilio’s dance school, where he spent 7 years studying Zouk and other Brazilian styles of dance under these recognised pioneers of modern Brazilian Zouk.
Over this time he performed with the school at numerous events, congresses and theatres. One of his early career highlights was winning 1st place with Vanessa Ferreira at the 'Onda Zouk' competition.
From 2009 - 2012 he toured throughout Brazil and internationally with Layssa Liebscher where they taught, performed and competed in many events.
It was at the beginning of 2013 that Leo and Becky began their dance partnership, quickly being recognised as some of the most exciting, talented and professional Zouk instructors in the world.
Becky began her love affair with dance in high school, focusing on dance as a core subject. It was here she began to learn the art of choreography and how to document and record many styles of dance.
Her natural curiosity and passion for dance drew her into Latin American dancing at the Colleen Murray Dance Studio, where she gained a broad understanding of many styles including Samba, Jive, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba.
This led naturally into competing in many Dancesport competitions, where her talents saw her placing at every event. Within 10 months she was competing at the highest competitive levels in New Zealand.
A day after competing at the ISDF (New Zealand's biggest dance competition in 30 years) she was selected to travel to Australia to compete in Strictly Dancing - a hugely popular national TV show.
Fast-forward a few years and Becky began dancing more street latin styles with Latin Fire, where she studied Salsa, Street Cha, Merengue and Bachata. Over this time she was involved in numerous performances and competitions, including the South Islands (Teachers Level), the Nationals (Professional level) and even found time to train a Bachata team to take to the New Zealand Pacific Salsa congress, who were selected to perform in Australia and the Sydney Salsa Congress.
It was around this time Becky discovered Zouk and Samba, and was so taken by these dance styles that she was compelled to travel to Brazil to expand and deepen her knowledge of Brazilian dance.
It was here that her dance partnership with Leonardo was formed, and since then they have gone on to be recognised as one of the top Brazilian Zouk partnerships.