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JANE NUNES

Director / Samba Instructor

A professional Brazilian dancer, performer and instructor specialising in Samba no pé, Jane is the co-director of Escola de Samba Adelaide.

Jane’s journey in dance started in 2011 when she signed up for her first class, purely for fitness, quickly becoming addicted to the music, movements and energy of Samba, Jane immersed herself in her training and by 2015 was regularly performing professionally around Adelaide and at interstate congresses and competitions. Sharing the stage with Rob Mills for Autism SA (2015), Todd McKenny for the Royal Flying Doctors Service Wings For Life fundraiser (2016), performing at the televised Rio Olympic Australian swimming team qualifiers (2016), placing 1st In the Open Samba Shines Team category at the Brisbane World Salsa Solo in 2019 and placing 1st in the professional category at Tropicana (2020) with a Brazilian Funk routine choreographed by Felipe Rodrigues, are some of Jane’s most memorable highlights as a professional dancer for the Danca Brazil Entertainment team.

Jane took her love of samba one step further in 2017 when she began teaching, with a goal of sharing with students one of the biggest gifts Samba gave her, confidence, as well as being passionate about teaching Samba respectfully and with integrity, educating students about, not only the moves but the history and culture that is Samba no pe.  Jane has a natural talent for teaching and sees her inception into dance as an adult as an advantage as she can use her experience learning to break down moves in a way that ‘makes sense’.

Jane’s dedication to continue learning and deepening her understanding of Samba saw her travel to Brazil in 2020 with Samba International, training intensively for 5 weeks, participating in Ensaios (rehearsals) and parading in Rio Carnaval as an international passista with Porto De Pedras community and has continued her training with Escola de Samba Sydney.

 Jane is 1st generation Australian-born Portuguese which helps her in interpreting the music for her students and is an administrator by day. Jane is dedicated to the integrity and authenticity of Brazilian dance and loves to share that passion with others. She is proud to represent the Adelaide branch of Australia’s leading Brazilian dance school Escola de Samba Sydney.
 

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TERI ASKER

Samba & Baile Funk Instructor

Teri is a professional dance performer and instructor. Being first exposed to dance as a young child, Teri’s dance journey really began in late 2013, when she began performing a variety of dance styles at Latin Vibrations, Townsville.

Teri's passion for Samba no Pe was ignited in 2014, after seeing her peers perform “that style with incredible energy”. In 2015, she become a dance instructor, teaching open-level fusion routines, Samba no Pe and later becoming a Zumba Fitness Instructor and trained in styles such as Cuban Salsa, Jazz and Urban dance. 

Teri made her first trip to Brasil in 2016, on a 5-week Samba tour led by Gianne Abbott, where she was introduced to the roots of Samba no Pe, Samba Reggae and Afro-Brazilian dance in Salvador, Bahia. She participated in Carnaval in Florianopolis and attended the winner’s parade at Rio Carnaval. Full of new inspiration and a burning passion for Samba, she became one of the founding members of Townsville’s Professional Samba Performance Team, the Tropicalistas. This team exposed her to competitions, leading her to later place runner-up in the Semi-Pro Samba Soloist Category at the World Salsa Solo Competition in 2018. She also paraded in Asakusa Samba Carnaval in Japan in 2018.

Upon return to her home city, Adelaide, Teri joined TDP Productions’ professional performance team, performing in sold-out shows at the Adelaide Fringe Festival as well as teaching beginners Samba no Pé. 

Teri holds a Cert III in Fitness and is currently studying a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction. She is passionate about health, fitness, and dance, and holds a special place in her heart for Brazilian dance and culture. Teri continually furthers her knowledge and refines her technique by training as an online member of our mother school, Escola de Samba Sydney.

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JOSH SMITH

Strength and Fitness Instructor

Focused on the positive physical and psychological development of active women and female athletes, Joshua has worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, gym owner and performance coach since 2007. Having worked extensively with dancers, Australian rules football and soccer players through his companies Mitise Health & Fitness and more recently -  Mitise Performance Group - his knowledge and methodology around performance training simplifies to ensuring stability in the pelvis and core translates to power and strength in the extremities.

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ERIN LUDBEY

Samba Instructor

Erin is a professional dancer, trained in various styles and specialises in Samba no pé. Erin’s performer life began at the age of 6 in competitive gymnastics and 8 years old her love for dance began with Ballet as well as Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop, which saw her completing exams and competing into her early 20s. 

After taking a break to study to be a Registered Nurse, Erin was missing the creative expression that dance brought to her life and reconnected with her love for dance when she was introduced to Samba in 2012. Her passion for Samba saw her training and studying the art, performing regularly in Adelaide, as well as travelling and performing interstate showcasing Brazilian Dance with The Dança Brazil Entertainment Team. Some of her Samba highlights include dancing alongside Todd McKenny for the Royal Flying Doctors Service Wings For Life fundraiser (2016); performing at the televised Rio Olympic Australian swimming team qualifiers (2016); placing 1st in the Open Samba Shines Team category at the Brisbane World Salsa Solo in 2019 and placing 1st in the professional category at Tropicana (2020) with a Brazilian Funk routine choreographed by Felipe Rodrigues. 

Erin’s passion took her travelling to Brazil in 2020 with Samba International to parade in Rio Carnaval.  Erin was honoured to be selected to be a part of the official Ala de Passistas for the Samba School Unidos de Bangu, something she considers to be a highlight of her professional dance career. Erin trained extensively for 6 weeks in Rio, performed in ensaios (rehearsals) and paraded for 2 Samba schools in Rio Carnaval - Unidos de Bangu and Porto De Pedra as an International Passista. She has since continued her training with Escola de Samba Sydney on-line. 

Erin is dedicated to continuous study and to ensure that the music, moves and history of Samba no pé is showcased correctly, respectfully and with integrity. She looks forward to bringing her technical dance background paired with her love for Samba no peé and Brazilian culture to the students of Escola de Samba Adelaide.

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ANNA CARMARGO

FitDance Instructor

Fresh from São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Anna’s tattoo artistry lead her to Adelaide and she brought her passion for FitDance, one of the most recent crazes coming from Brazil, along with her! 


Fit Dance’s purpose is to “unite people around the world through dance, bring happiness, positive mental health and social transformation.” Anna started FitDance in 2020 and became an official instructor in 2022, she was drawn to it as she says it focuses on bringing joy through dance. The class is a great way to get your body moving, dancing and relaxing.