'The real thing with unique creative twists'
Antonio de Freitas
Founder, Director & Performer
Born, raised & trained in Rio
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antonio de freitas
'Nunca um show só "para gringo ver".
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Antonio started performing at sixteen years of age as a tambourine juggler and percussionist. He performed in top Samba Schools in Rio and he toured internationally for eleven years performing in Spain, Finland, Morocco, Norway, France, Switzerland & Hungary and appearing in numerous television shows. In 2002, he moved to the UK and settled in London where he began working as a salsa instructor and promoter. He was soon held in high regard in the London Cuban Salsa scene and has since won awards as the ‘Tropicana Tropics Rueda Championship’ in 2004 alongside Esther Alvero. Using his experience as a performer, percussionist and promoter he created along with Esther Alvero, the performance company, Oi Brasil.
Whether it's performing, teaching or directing, Antonio is heavily involved in each and every event & project ensuring we provide the most authentic and exciting Latin American experience!
'I've found the job that I love
so I don't have to work ever again!"
Esther's passion for dancing and Latin American Culture has turned her hobbies into her main business.
In 2004 together with her partner Antonio de Freitas they co-founded "Cubaneando" becoming one of London’s leading promoters of authentic Cuban Salsa. In 2006 they founded Oi Brasil! which has become internationally renowned in the entertainment industry for being the only company specialized in authentic Brazilian & Cuban entertainment for corporate events.
Alongside this, Esther has been working with Nilda Guerra, Director & Choreographer "Ballet Rakatan" one of the most prestigious dance companies in Cuba, and is currently creating residential entertainment & bespoke productions with
Esther works as a freelancer for Sadler's Wells Theatre for "Vamos Cuba" and the West End Hit Show "Havana Rakatan"
Esther has a long history of teaching & performing, this together with her event management and production skills and knowledge of both Cuban & Brazilian entertainment and culture, make a powerful combination to providing creative and authentic entertainment, events and cultural projects.
Creative Director & Co-Fonder