****** KAIJA ******
After training in latin dances for many years, Kaija discovered kizomba by chance at a bachata congress in 2013. She was instantly captivated by this African dance for its beautiful footwork and sensual body movement. Kaija has traveled around the U.S. and Europe, learning kizomba, semba, and tarraxinha at specialty workshops and festivals as well as putting in numerous teachers’ training hours with world-renowned instructors like Mastre Petchu & Vanessa and Lucia Nogueira. As the founding member of Kizomba Mpls, Kaija is passionate about building a kizomba community in the Minneapolis area as well as sharing her love for this dance around the Midwest. She definitely enjoys having fun in her classes, so don’t be surprised to find lively, entertaining lessons while learning techniques in leading, following, body movement, and styling.