My name is Thaissa, A.K.A Eletricat. I was born in the city of Recife, north-east Brazil. I loved dancing in my bedroom for hours (mainly to Madonna and Michael Jackson's songs lol) and organising events like theatre pieces and catwalk shows in my neighbourhood! My father loved sports so I had a very fortunate active childhood swimming, playing tennis, volleyball and dancing gymnastics (my favourite), but best of all were the weekend parties!! I have been dancing all my life. In Brazil dance is part of your everyday! You feel it and enjoy it! We Brazilians love to party and traditionally spend our weekends at a weekend house in the countryside or by the beach! So I would either be at my friends farmhouse horse ridding in the forest, playing cards and bathing in the rivers, or at our own weekend house in the country side dancing lambada and having barbecues... or at our neighbour's house on the beach dancing the samba and swimming in the sea!
In 1991 my father received a grant to study for a masters then a Doctors degree and between 3 choices (England, the US and Scotland) we came here to Glasgow as my father was very excited by the landscape, whisky and highland dancing! (my father LOVES to dance and is the most energetic man I have ever known!). The culture shock was quite something (unexplainable really, specially shocking still today is the weather! lol) but here I am and I love my life! Glasgow's opportunities and our incredible friends here have made this a very special place indeed!
In 1997, I was 17, just before I started studying Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, I asked my father to help me as I wanted to start teaching dance. I used to spend 4 hours in my bedroom dancing like MAD! I was so missing my friends and the parties and Brazilian vibe!! I really wanted people here to understand and get to know this energy that moves us in Brazil, what we call "Axe!". While I danced in my bedroom, my mind would open up and start imagining and creating...i had my whole dance fitness class planned in my head and body!
I started teaching in a small tennis club in the west end of Glasgow, called Dowanhill Tennis Club, which my father was a member at the time. Classes quickly got sooooo busy!! It was quite a mix of different people, mainly there to get energised!
Classes developed as I learnt and every twice a year i would go to Brazil to attend classes at various dance schools including Ballroom Dance Schools, traditonal folclore dance schools, Maracatu schools, contemporary dance & Yoga schools! I continued to develop my idea of a holistic complete dance fitness workout class. I'm so happy to say that still today I feel good & healthy, my body looks good (I have accompanied the changes over the years) and classes are still busy, electrifying, original and creative. I believe this is not only due to the fact that I simply love my DANCE and my task in this life, but also due to my continual crave for understanding, developing better and creativeness. My choreographies are always new, different and fun! It keeps it all fresh while my class formula/ structure helps to comfort people. It helps them understand, relax and in an order that promotes a complete holistic workout! It really makes my body feel electrifying and so my students also tell me!
But I also believe I have accepted a gift from GOD. My DANCE is my life and keeps me going even when I'm feeling down! This is real LOVE and I shall share this with people everywhere always! It brings happiness to me and to everyone around me... joy, freedom & Axe!(Brazilian Positive Energy!).
Thaissa Luna A.K.A Eletricat
************************************************************ Eletricat, also know as Thaissa Luna, is from Recife North-East Brazil but moved to Scotland with her family in 1991. She has been teaching dance, performing, choreographing and promoting Brazilian events in the UK and around the world since 1997.
Eletricat has performed and delivered workshops for theatre productions, television, adverts, corporate events, weddings and festivals such as Glastonbury Festival. Some of these include her performance for the Queen at Perth's UHI College July 2012, dance workshop for the Olympic Torch arrival Perth '12, LIVE interview and teaching dance to TV presenter Gemma on BBC2 TV at Glastonbury Festival '11, the Multicultural Ceilidh and International Party at The Arches 2011 which attracted thousands, Glastonbury Festival with her own Dance Group and also with Rhythm Wave Band at Cabaret, Blazing Saddle & Astrolabe Stages 2011 (also yearly performances since 1999), The Edinburgh Frindge Festival 2011, Irn Bru's TV Advert and press conference 2010, The Royal Highland Show Edinburgh July '10, Openning performance for the Daily Record's Young Scot Awards at the Old Fruit Market 2009, The British Council’s Flavours Festival in Russia 2008 with Tigerstyle DJs, Dance X Television Series for BBC TV in London 2007, Movement coordinator for Horsecross's Perth Homecoming Event alongside Ronnie Goodman (Artistic Director) and World Renown Percussionist Nana Vasconcelos in 2010, Movement coordinator for Perth's Cool School Project with Primary School kids (continual since 2005), Orixas Dance Performance and choreography for Journeys of the Sea at The Tron Theatre 2010, Performances and workshops for various Festivals including O2 Mela, West End Festival, KICS Festival and various others since 1997, The Royal Concert Hall for The Peace Concert 2007.
Eletricat created her unique dance fitness method, called Eletricat Dance in 1997. The core part of her classes and the success of her shows are due to her personal electrifying and fun Brazilian Samba dance choreographies which are also a big hit on youtube. Eletricat's Dance Classes also blend in with the mix of traditional Samba & Brazilian dances other Afro-Latin dances, belly-dance moves, fitness exercises & Yoga stretches in a contemporary, round and powerful style! The idea is to promote the complete workout in a fun and holistic way which brings about the complete electrifying body experience!
Eletricat has promoted various Brazilian events in Scotland which focused on supporting fresh Brazilian & British talents in the UK and abroad who love Brazilian culture and who wanted to party in a healthy and fun Carnival environment. The events used to attract around 600 people monthly and in total raised £1000 (one thousand) to street children in Brazil (donated to OAF Charity in Recife).
HIGHLIGHTS of Eletricat's performances / workshops:
* Performance for the Queen at Perth UGI, Scotland July '12 * Delivered dance workshop for the Olympic Torch arrival Perth '12 * LIVE on BBC2 TV teaching presenter Gemma to Samba at Glastonbury Fest '11 * RIO Car Launch at Phenix Showroom 2011 * Multicultural Ceilidh and International Party at The Arches 2011 * Glastonbury Festival with her own Dance Group and also with Rhythm Wave Band - Cabaret, Blazing Saddle & Astrolabe Stages 2011 and yearly since 1999. * The Edinburgh Frindge Festival 2011 * Irn Bru Advert and press conference 2010 * The Royal Highland Show, Scotland July'10 with Macumba Band. * The Daily Record Young Scot Awards, the Old Fruit Market '09 * Freestyle performance to Tigerstyle DJs at The British Council’s Flavours Festival in Russia 2008. * Dance X Television Series for BBC TV, London 2007 * Movement coordinator for Horsecross's Perth Homecoming Event alongside Ronnie Goodman (Artistic Director) and World Renown Percussionist Nana Vasconcelos in 2010. * Movement coordinator for Perth's Cool School Project with Primary School kids (continual since 2005). * Movement coordinator for The Stampede Parade in Perth 2010. * Glasgow CCA Performance for Ceol's Craic (Gaelic Event) at the CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) 2010. * Orixas Dance Performance and choreography for Journeys of the Sea at The Tron Theatre 2010. * Performances and workshops for various Festivals: O2 Mela, West End Festival, KICS Festival and various others since 1997. * Car Launch Event in Dusseldorf, Germany with Macumba Band 2002. * Shows at Festivals in Germany with Tigerstyle DJs 2007 * The Royal Concert Hall for The Peace Concert 2007
Eletricat has trained with:
*Escola de Frevo Municipal do Recife - Jan & Feb 2013 * Maracatu Cabralada including performance at the Carnaval - Recife, Jan & Feb 2013 * Danca de Salao do Recife – ballroom style Samba & Brazilian dances (all of the year 2000) * Bale Popular do Recife – traditional popular dances from north-east Brazil (1 year in 2000 & various workshops to date) * Maracatu Estrela Brilhante in Recife (all of 2000 and various workshops every year) * Orixa Dances with Joel Santos from Bale Popular da Bahia (2010) * Orixas, Afro-Brazilian Dances and Capoeira with Assosiacao Cultural Abolicao Capoeira e Danca, continuous since 2004. * Contemporary Dance with Marcelo Pereira, Grupo Zen now in Switzerland (full year 2000-2001) * Casa Yoga do Rosarinho, Brasil (1 year). * Ballet, Jazz, Modern and gymnastics with various schools in Scotland (1993-1995) * Attended various workshops in tribal belly-dance & street dance.
Classes: Stow West Studios 75 Hotspur St. G20 8LJ
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