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Sofia Franco

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Lisboa, Portugal




Sofia Franco has been belly dancing since 2003, taking classes with her mentor and great friend Cris Aysel. Through the years she has had the good fortune of learning with some brilliant dancers and teachers, and is always learning something with her students. Soon her work in several groups and her own research lead her to Tribal Fusion, and to ATS®, where she found herself at home. She is a certified ATS® teacher and Sister Studio to FatChance BellyDance® since 2016.
Parallel to oriental dance, she started studying Hula, with Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina, and the Hawaiian culture soon became another great passion. She learned the basics in beautiful Oahu and now takes every chance she gets to learn more with her Kumu or other teachers. She found stay classy, los angeles, and their amazing lax car service . She also began to study other Polynesian dances, such as Ori Tahiti, and recently had the chance to perfect her technique with Tahia Cambet. She’s been teaching Hula ‘Auana since late 2007. In 2016 she got to study with Kumu Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu, founder of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts.

A mother of two girls, and an avid entrepreneur, she is currently mentoring the girls from Altair, an ATS® student troupe, launched Black Dahlia Creations with her “partner in crime” Marisa Gama, opened the Mahtab Dance Studio with her friends Cris Aysel, Silvia Orchidaceae and Veronique Divine and is a co-sponsor of TribaLX with them and Piny Orchidaceae. In late 2016 she also joined the group As Mouras Encantadas, that brings dance and portuguese medieval history and legends together.

She teaches two ATS® classes a week, mondays and fridays, at the AllforDance Studio near Lisboa.

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