(David Morgan), has been practicing martial arts since the age of six. After training Tai Kwon Do as a child he took up Shotokan as a teenager. In college he began learning Enshin which is a full contact style of karate. As a Black Belt in Enshin he competed in several bare-knuckle, knock down tournaments and placed in all of them. He was first introduced to Capoeira in 1999 and began teaching classes at the NJ Capoeira Arts Center in 2003.
Gaivota graduated to the level of Instructor in 2005 with Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira and was graduated to Professor in 2007 and Contramestre in 2014 by Mestre George Palmares of Capoeira Guerreiros. In 2006 Contramestre Gaivota opened the Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey. During his career in Capoeira, Gaivota has traveled to many countries as well as states sharing his love of the game at Batizados, workshops and events. The Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey is dedicated to promoting and teaching Capoeira as a living example of Brazilian folklore and culture.
Randy Brathwaite started training Capoeira in 2000 in Bloomfield, N.J. with Mestre Glauber of AU Capoeira. In 2006 he instructed for Parks Theatre in Union City, N.J with the supervision of his Mestre. He is currently teaching for The Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey in Montclair & Newark as well as running his own Capoeira studio in Jersey City.
Professor Pele began training Capoeira in 2003 with Contramestre Gaivota. He began teaching for the Afro-Brazilian Cultural Center in Afterschool programs in Newark in 2007. He is currently a full time Capoeira teacher at the Center and responsible for the Capoeira Club at Columbia University.
Professor Carrapeta joined the teaching staff in 2014. He brings with him his love of Capoeira from his native Brazil. Growing up in Amazonas , he has spent his life training Capoeira. He moved to Kingston Jamaica where he grew his Academy until moving to NYC. Currently he teaches classes in NY & NJ for ABCCNJ.
Instrutor Carcaju (Adam Chase) started training in martial arts in 1990 at the age of 7 in Tae Kwon Do. In March of 2003 Carcaju began training Capoeira in RI with Mestrando Tigri of Grupo Ondas. In 2007 he began training with Contramestre Gaivota in Capoeira Guerreiros.
Carcaju graduated to Instrutor in 2014 with Contramestre Gaivota and Mestre George Palmares. He has been teaching at the Afro-Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey under Contramestre Gaivota since 2012.
Vicente Carrion, Instructor Viajante started playing capoeira in 2005 and has never looked back. He joined Capoeira Guerreiros in 2010 and became an instructor June 2015. He learns and teaches at the Afro-Brazilian Cultural Center under the supervision of Contramestre Gaivota.
Deborah Ovalles has set goals to educate, engage, and express creativity and well-being through dance and fitness. She has been a dance educator for over 8 years, group exercise instructor and personal trainer for 4 years. She holds a B.A. in Exercise Science with a specialty in Kinesiology. She has done many performances throughout NJ. She has received multiple recognitions and awards for her dance choreography and student performances. She is available for performances and for choreography for special events. As a mother she understands the value of creativity for children and knows dance is one of the many great outlets a child can encounter. Dance is an undying passion that one can always learn a thing or two. Check out an interview with Deborah
One of the things I love about teaching ZUMBA is that although we all follow a basic formula, we each can show our own style and add our own flavor, therefore ZUMBA is truly for EVERYONE. There is a class for every person, every taste, and every level. I can honestly say that I am doing what I was called to do. Not only am I able to do what I love as my job, but the ZUMBA family is truly the best working colleagues anyone could ask for.
Malaïka W de W is a classically trained Jazz dancer. She started at the age of 4 in France until the age of the 18 when she moved to New Jersey. There she discovered Zumba Fitness in 2008. In 2009 she becomes certified Zumba Fitness instructor in Paris, France and started teaching Zumba Fitness in her hometown in Normandy. In 2010, she moved to Miami, FL where she took Zumba classes with Beto Perez, the creator of Zumba and other recognized instructors. She also models for Zumba Fitness wear. Malaïka is also a professional samba dancer. She began performing in 2011 at many events in South Florida, Las Vegas, New York. She also appears on Television (Univision, Telemundo, AmericaTV). She is currently training as a professional Latin dancer.