about us

Veronika & Emile, as Cartara Productions, have been on the forefront of growing the Kizomba scene in North America for the last 5 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.

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

I’ve been learning Kizomba with Emile and Veronika for the past 5 months now and it’s been awesome. I wasn’t sure about it before I started but after the first lesson I was totally hooked. It’s a great activity to meet some really nice people and learn some cool dance moves.

Josh

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