Henry Velandia - Ry'el


Artist Bio

Ry’el (Henry Velandia ) Performer, choreographer, instructor, and Creator of ZenZouk , a method of teaching Brazilian Zouk lambada and overall body movement through multiple exercises and philosophies based on the “elements” Including earth water fire, and air- as symbols for analyzing dance and personal movement. 

Ry’el main aim is to educate and cultivate the appreciation and love for our instruments (our bodies) through mindfulness, body awareness, Solo movement, and partner dancing. Building a strong foundation of versatility by embracing the evolution of the classics techniques found in the origins of our dance (Lambada) and sharing his personal movement experiences and explorations in other dance forms.

His rich formal dance training in classical ballet, jazz, World Jazz, modern dance, Ballroom (International Latin), and social dances like Salsa, Bachata, cha-cha, and different Brazilian Zouk styles enables him to understand, share & create flavorful and fluid organic movement in each of his works as well in his teachings. His expressive sensuality and trained eye for technique through his Body and Mind connections philosophies make a unique class experience, online and in person.  

Ryel has traveled internationally and across the US - Teaching Salsa and then Brazilian Zouk and Lambada. He has competed in both styles, performed, and taught in many venues and well-respected events across the globe. He had the pleasure to work with his super talented beautiful sister Clo and currently with the Magical Jessica Lamdon. 

Upcoming Events

Zouk Mountain Retreat 2023 with Ry'...

June 23, 2023 June 25, 2023

Featherville - Idaho - United States - North America
Dallas Zouk & Lambada Festival 2023

July 13, 2023 July 17, 2023

Addison - Texas - United States - North America
NYC Zouk Festival 2023 Beyond Edition

October 05, 2023 October 09, 2023

New York - New York - United States - North America

Past Events

Canada Zouk Congress 2023

May 17, 2023 May 22, 2023

Toronto - Ontario - Canada - North America
Lambada Awakening with Ry’el

May 05, 2023 May 07, 2023

Boston - Massachusetts - United States - North America
Zouk Heat 2023

March 30, 2023 April 03, 2023

Baltimore - Maryland - United States - North America
Salsa In Hawaii Festival 2023

February 23, 2023 February 27, 2023

Honolulu - Hawaii - United States - North America
Interfusion Festival VIII (IF2023)

January 12, 2023 January 16, 2023

Arlington - Virginia - United States - North America
NYC Zouk Festival 2022 - Odyssey Ed...

September 29, 2022 October 03, 2022

New York - New York - United States - North America