Madeleine

Founder and Dancer


At the age of four, Madeleine started taking classes in classical ballet, which arouse her interest in dancing. Since then, she has been taking regular classes in jazz, ballet, and flamenco. In 1994, she started dancing with one of the first Peruvian dance projects in Switzerland and then kept participating in different folkloric dance companies. After graduating from High School, Madeleine went to the Zurich Tanz Theaterschule that offers a professional education in contemporary stage dance. Nevertheless, her passion for Latin American folklore took her to Peru, where renowned teachers coached her to deepen various dance techniques. This was followed by her long-lasting collaboration with professional folklore companies. In 2002, Madeleine founded América Baila and in 2012 she took over the overall management. Ever since, she coordinates the dance classes and the choreographies and is further responsible for the direction of the company’s dance theatre projects.

Tamara

Dancer


Tamara was born in Switzerland and is half Peruvian. She made her first experiences on stage at the age of six when she danced with a flamenco company. During her adolescence, she took classes in different dance styles such as jazz, hip-hop and salsa. At the age of 18, however, she started dedicating herself more and more to the dances of her second home country, Peru. Besides, Tamara works as Zumba Instructor at different, popular dance academies and gyms. She’s been dancing with América Baila since 2010 and has started choreographing for the latest productions.

Juan

Dancer


Coming from a Peruvian family with a pronounced dance tradition, Juan’s talent as a dancer developed very early through different dance styles. At the age of 16, he initiated his dance career, dancing at public events and contests. He joined América Baila in 2003 and has gained extensive experience in stage dance. He has therefore profoundly developed his dance repertoire. After a two-year break Juan is now back to amaze the audiences

Benita

Dancer


Benita grew up in Switzerland and is half Peruvian and half Swiss. In her early years, she discovered her passion for dance and became part of a street dance company. In 2013, she started teaching Zumba and Hip Hop for children and adults. Benita is currently attending a high school, specializing in dance, music and stage projects and intends to start professional dance studies after graduation. She joined América Baila in 2013 and has already started to choreograph successfully and therefore contributes to the dissemination of Latin American culture. Born in Peru and raised in Switzerland, William made his first ex

William

Dancer


Born in Peru and raised in Switzerland, William made his first experiences in dancing and performing when he was a schoolboy. His passion for dancing finally developed through his love for dancing salsa. Ever since, William has participated in various salsa projects. In order to discover more about his roots, William joined América Baila in 2009 and has performed in uncountable shows and productions throughout the years. In addition, William is member of the ETH Zurich’s dance association with whom he performs regularly (e.g at Polyball, ETH Alumniball, etc.).

Melanie

Dancer




Luis

Dancer


Luis was born in Peru and started dancing traditional Peruvian dances at kindergarten age. Later, his talent and his interest for folkloric dances took him to perform with different companies with whom he also won several dance contests. Looking for a way to continue living his passion for dancing shortly after having arrived in Switzerland, Luis came across América Baila in 2014 and is now a very engaged member.

Manuela

Dancer


Thanks to her Colombian roots, Manuela came into contact with Latin American music and dance as a child. After curiously trying out different styles such as ballet, jazz and street dance, she became enthusiastic about belly dance and got accepted into Khaled Seif’s International Dance Group. Since 2012, however, she performs primarily as a soloist belly dancer. Manuela was also trained in solo singing and has experience as a singer in different bands. Since 2012, she has been dancing for América Baila and Samba Brasil, two dance companies that have become her new passion.

Enzo

Dancer


Enzo is half Chilean, half Peruvian and was integrated into the world of dance by his family. As a result, Enzo has dedicated his heart to dancing since he was 15, first as a student and then performing for a variety of dance projects throughout Switzerland. Since 2005, Enzo is an integral member of América Baila with whom he has made significant experiences in stage dance. Besides, he has started to take over some important administration tasks for the company.

Ana Marcela

Dancer


Noel

Dancer


Born in Bolivia, Noel developed his passion for dancing very early and started attending several dance events. After arriving in Switzerland, he joined a Bolivian dance company, where he danced for seven years and even became artistic director and choreographer. Besides Bolivian folklore, Noel has also practiced other dance styles such as Salsa. In 2015, he decided to deepen and extend his dancing skills by joining América Baila, where he has also been able to elaborate new choreographies.

Maria Paula

Dancer


Diego

Dancer


Diego was born in Ecuador and he completed a dance education at the Folkloric Ballet CUDIC (Centro Universitario de Difusión Cultural). He therefore had to travel through the county in order to learn the different region’s dances. He also represented Ecuador at many international dance festivals abroad. He’s been living in Europe since 1999 and has been working a as dancer, dance teacher and choreographer, first in Spain and later in England Diego joined América Baila in 2014 and is very engaged as a dancer and as a choreographer too.

Tania

Dancer


 

Elkin

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Ulgleny

Dancer


Iilaryi

Dancer



Ximena

Dancer


Cristina

Dancer



Thalía

Dancer


Paul

Dancer