about us

Veronika & Emile, as Cartara Productions, have been on the forefront of growing the Kizomba scene in North America for over 6 years. In addition to hosting the San Francisco Bay Area’s longest running Kizomba Night, they’ve also organized numerous IMMERSION™ workshops and 6 International Got Kizomba festivals. They’ve always got something exciting up their sleeves. Stay tuned!

Veronika

Veronika

Veronika, a dancer from the Ukraine, started her journey with hip-hop. She was then drawn to the sensuous rhythms of Cuban salsa, training with some of the top dancers in Europe before moving to the US. Once here, she was exposed to other styles of salsa. Applying her formidable natural dance talent, she quickly became known as one of the Bay Area’s best social dancers. She is well-known for her ability to move and isolate her body parts in a way few others can, and is recognized as one of the finest Kizomba dancers in North America.

Emile

Emile

Emile is a California native with a lengthy background in music, dance, martial arts, and competitive sports. His dance career started with many years of hip-hop. Then, he was lured into the sexy world of Latin dance, spending extensive time in Europe training with some of the world’s top dancers in salsa. In addition to his love for several salsa styles(cuban, “On-1”, “On-2”), he’s also dabbled a bit in dances such as bachata, cha cha, and carribean zouk.

We conceived and filmed this video in Milan. Shout out to our friend Edo for filming, directing, and co-editing!

A video we danced with Meddy, a singer from Rwanda. So far, the video has over 1.3 million views!

Emile and Veronika are fantastic kizomba teachers. They are very passionate about the dance and have built a wonderful community of kizomba dancers in the bay area. I always enjoy their classes and workshops – they are very methodical, patient,and fun in their approach to teaching the dance. They are constantly striving to keep their material fresh and exciting.

Sharad

Thank you to everyone, especially Emile and Veronika, who made this weekendr as awesome as it was. As with all their events, organization and instruction were top notch. Great venues, music, food, vibe, and dances. What really stood out for me were the classes. Loved the variety of styles and transitions between them, how the teachers adjusted their instruction and answered questions, and how they presented just enough material to help us improve, practice, and absorb without overloading. Learned a ton and had a ton of fun. Huge thank you and can’t wait until the next one.

Boris

I was looking for kizomba classes in the bay area during my exchange semester in Berkeley, and I’m very happy I found Emile and Veronika. I’ve attended their Monday and Thursday classes regularly for 3 months now, and I’ll definitely continue until I have to go back to Germany. I love that they pay attention to the small things, and that you do all the moves correctly. It’s the details that make great dancers and that make kizomba a lot of fun. All the routines I’ve learned I can use at social dancing, and the variety of different styles they teach allows you to really adapt your dancing to the music, and not just dancing the same way to every song. I am also very happy to know all the people in the kizomba community. It makes me feel welcome and at home.

Lukas

Veronika & Emile have built a fun inclusive Kizomba community over their years of teaching. It’s great to see the same faces every week, plus some new ones. There is a range of ages and dance experience among classgoers, so you’re never too old or rhythmically challenged to give their classes a shot!

Natalie

Leaning Kizomba with Nika and Emile has been a truly rewarding experience. Their teaching approach is relayed with respect and patience, yet remains steadfast and tough in bringing out that grace and consciousness a dancer of Kizomba is supposed to have. I came to classes not knowing what to expect. All I knew was that I loved the music very much and had seen videos of people dancing so elegantly that I wanted to be one of them. So I looked up Nika and Emile on the internet and signed up for classes. I began with the Intro bootcamp, then went on regular weekly classes. I’ve been on my learning journey for seven months now, and every minute has been worth it., although nothing quite prepared me for the level of intricacy of the steps and body movements. The dancing community fostered by Nika and Emile here is a supportive and lively one. I hope to remain a part of this community for a very long time!

Ony

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