Edwin is a Zouk instructor, performer, and master-body-roller who has been part of the Moves and Vibes Team since Fall 2010. He adores teaching, especially enabling people to find and express themselves through dance and loves social-dancing with people of all levels. He has brought lots of energy, passion and a unique urban-flair to the dance scene in Boston.
Edwin has a long and varied background in dance and human movement, having taken tap, jazz and ballet at a early age while growing up with Salsa, Merengue and Bolero in his Costa Rican household. Edwin transitioned to Hip Hop dancing and Karate in his teens before moving onto studying modern and West African Dance in College. After graduating from Tufts he joined his cousin Seemore’s company Hips On Fire and performed salsa with them until heading off to the West Coast for Divinity School.
Edwin returned to the Boston area summer 2010 where he dove back into the local Salsa and Hip Hop scenes. It was at this point that he saw a random facebook invite for a zouk workshop hosted by Moves and Vibes. Three late-night-youtube-hours later he knew he had to give it a shot. Shortly after beginning classes in the Fall of 2010 Inna invited him to perform with her and the rest is history. His zouk-philosophy centers on musicality, fun, and taking really good care of your partner. In addition to Zouk, Edwin continues to study, perform and teach salsa, kizomba and other types of dance, even digging into his lyrical background to dance the part of Jesus at Boston College.
Edwin (known as some as Fr. Edwin) is an Episcopal priest during the day currently serving St. Mary’s church in Boston. He also spends a lot of time with his family, including his Wife Susan (also a zouker) and their 6-month old son Francisco. Word had it that Francisco is already rivaling his dad’s body rolls so the dance world better beware! CLICK HERE to see Inna and Edwin dancing Zouk
Glenio de Oliveira has been teaching Brazilian ballroom dancing for 15 years. He has performed on many TV shows, theater productions and fundraising events in Brazil.
Glenio started dancing at the age of 12 with ballet classes in Brazil. Soon after he began performing in front of audiences throughout Brazil. Glenio continues to study dance with many famous Brazilian professional dancers such as Jaime Aroxa, Carlos de Jesus, Carlinhos de Jesus, Juliano Andrade, Vinicios Da Costa, Anderson Mendes and many others.
Now in Boston, Glenio has been teaching for 6 years at many different studios and clubs such as the Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MAPS (Massachusetts Association of Portuguese Speakers, MIT University, and Brookline Community Adult Education Center. Currently Forro takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at Benfica in Cambridge. And starting Saturdays in January at the BCAE in Back Bay.
Glenio specializes in Brazilian ballroom dancing such as samba de gafieira and forro, but he also been teaching samba no pe (carnival samba), bolero, salsa, zouk, merengue, bachata, cha-cha, swing, and tango. Come take a class and see for yourself how fast you will learn! CLICK HERE to see Glenio and Inna dacing bachata
Inna is originally from Moscow, Russia.
Dance has always been her passion and she started with Ballet and ballroom dance classes as a young child in Russia.
After moving to United States for College in 2001, Inna became interested in the Latin dance styles such as salsa, bachata, cha-cha and tango. She joined MIT Tango Group and trained in salsa with Metamovements Dance Co in Boston. Inna met Glenio Oliveira (founder of Moves & Vibes Dance Co) at the Tango Social at MIT University in 2005.
Since then Inna fell in love with Brazilian dance and culture and started training with Glenio professionally for 3 years. Soon, Inna and Glenio’s became dancing partners and began teaching together Samba No Pe, Samba de Gafieira and Forro classes.
In, 2010 after attending Juni Shimuzu Zouk Class in NYC Inna has discovered Brazilian Zouk Lambada. She has since then trained with my international zouk instructors such as Rodrigo Oliveira, Karina Carvalho, Anderson Mendes, Vanessa Jardim, Pablo Schmoller and Mari Hodges., Patrick Carvalho ,Adriana Lima & Sofie Da Silva.
Inna has also traveled to Brazil to get further training in all the different Brazilian Styles. She currently trains samba carnival performance dance team in Boston called “Samba Divas”. Together with Edwin Johnson, who joined the company in 2010 they have choreographed and performed zouk at many social & dance events to create awareness about the dance in the city of Boston. Here is the latest student routine performed in 2013 DC Bachata festival See it here.
Inna currently teaches weekly classes in samba, forro, brazilian zouk, salsa and bachata. Available for private lessons upon request.
CLICK HERE to see Inna and Edwin dancing Zouk
CLICK HERE to see Inna and Glenio dancing Samba de Gafieira
Francois Olivier Noel was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and he moved to Boston area at the age of 8. From the time he was in the middle school Francois discovered passion for music and dancing. He started learning to play instruments and especially dance from studying tutorials online. His first passion was hip-hop and he took online classes on the basics and subgenres of hip hop: Popping, locking, housing, and breaking. Then in high school,he joined the Cambridge Rindge Latin Modern Dance Company. He was first introduced to Salsa through Metamovements Dance Company in 2013 as a summer job through the city of Cambridge. He immediately fell in love and came back to it every consecutive summer until he was accepted into the company full time. Throughout the years his Latin dance repertoire has grown to include Salsa, bachata, merengue, Casino (and Rueda), Son, Rumba and afro-Cuban from attending bootcamps, dance congresses and festivals as well as trips to Cuba and the Dominican Republic where he got to train in person with professional artists in those countries. Francois joined Moves & Vibes in January 2019 and started training in sensual bachata with Moves &Vibes director Inna Grant. Together they completed online sensual Bachata training course with Korke and Judith (creators of sensual bachata in Spain). He also received sensual bachata training from international bachata artists such as Arnold and Wandaisha as well as Sara Panero and Marco Espejo from Spain. Francois attended Brazilian zouk and kizomba workshops and courses at Moves &Vibes with Edwin and Inna as well as other international guest artists. Now Francois teaches regularly sensual bachata and salsa at Moves and Vibes on top of being a salsa professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.