Owner of Capital Kizomba and a pioneer in building the kizomba scene in Ottawa, Lynnette has been teaching urban kiz & kizomba dance classes and organizing events since 2012.
In January 2016 Lynnette organized Ottawa’s first 2-day kizomba bootcamp where she taught alongside internationally renowned instructor Ennuel Ivverson from Paris. In July 2016, she further developed her foundation in kizomba, semba & musicality in Lisbon by completing the instructor training offered by Master Petchu (Angola) & Vanessa.
The following year, in April 2017 Lynnette brought Laurent & Adeline from Paris for the first time to Canada for Ottawa’s biggest kizomba musicality bootcamp to date. She then completed the Level 1 Instructor Training for kizomba, tarraxhina & semba by Lucia Nogueira in September 2017. The following summer in August 2018, Lynnette flew to Brussels where she completed Modules 1&2 of the Kizombalove Methodology training by Angolan José N'dongala. She then complete her advanced Module 3 kizomba training the following summer in July 2019.
Having trained extensively in Europe, Lynnette applies her 15 years of classroom teaching experience to her love of kizomba & semba in her dance classes. Lynnette & Mike have developed a variety of urban kiz & kizomba class levels. Capital Kizomba's performance troupe has proudly performed at congresses in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.
Having a full-time occupation that involves training and delivering skill-based instructional courses, Mike takes this passion and applies it on the dance floor. Mike started dancing Kizomba in the spring of 2015 having been introduced to it by Lynnette. From that point on, like so many others do with this beautiful dance, he fell in love with it.
In July 2016, Mike took his instructional background to the next level by pursuing his passion in Lisbon where he completed 2 weeks of instructor training in kizomba, semba and musicality with Mestre Petchu & Vanessa Ginga Pura themselves. Following that, he participated in private classes and workshops in Paris where he further developed his skills and musicality.
In 2017-18 Mike lived in Ukraine where he was asked to participate as a taxi dancer in festivals and events for Ravado Studios in Kiev. Following his year abroad, he completed Modules 1&2 of the Kizombalove Methodology training by Angolan José N'dongala in August 2018.
Mike's dance & instructional level continuously develop as he regularly attends training, congresses & workshops nationally & internationally, as well as taking private lessons with national & international instructors.