Brigitte Aucoin, owner of Free to Move Dance School and Happy Soul Dance Studios has a love and passion for freestyle social dance. She is known for her contagious smile, her natural body movement and smooth, sassy dance style. Brigitte started dancing as an adult while studying in France 10 years ago. What started as a hobby and a way to unwind, slowly became a passion that has brought her to a new career in dance and to study many styles of dance, especially Cuban Salsa and Kizomba, but also different styles of Salsa, Rueda de Casino, and, Son, Merengue, Bachata, Cha-Cha-Cha, Argentine Tango, Reggaeton, Dancehall, Zouk, Semba, tarraxhina and Rumba.
Brigitte loves teaching, she is a master at breaking down moves, and explaining dance so it makes sense to even the most clueless. She believes that everyone can learn how to dance and that all people need is the desire to do so, the hours of practice and a good teacher.
On top of teaching Salsa and Latin Dance as well as Kizomba in Halifax for the last 4 years, Brigitte is also involved in the Halifax dance community, having worked for Live Art Dance, Dance Nova Scotia and teaching Latin/Acadian dance in schools through the Perform! program as well as opening a community dance studio. Brigitte keeps learning, perfecting her style and becoming a better dancer every day, not only learning new moves but working on musicality, body movement, footwork and following/leading technique. Most recently she has studied with Tito Cardenas Rodriguez, former dancer and director of the Havana’s University Folkloric Ballet, Manuel Dos Santos, Charles Ogar, Enah & Carolina, Mestre Petchu, Helio Santos, Berto & Laho, Kianda T, and Andres Dauyon.
Julio Fernandez, dance partner for performances. Hailing from Holgin Cuba, Julio I was professional dancer at “Renovacion de la Flor” Company for 5 years in. He has participated in national and international Dance Festival in Cuba and other important national cultural events. He has degrees in Afro-Cuban dance and Cuban Folkloric dance. He teacher Orishas, Rumba Guaguanco and other Afro-Cuban dances