I DJ Afrodeshiak was born and raised in Nashville Tennesse. After I graduated college I
discovered and fell on love with international dance music such as Salsa, Bachata, Zouk and Kizomba. Over the years I joined a Casino Rueda dance group, started teaching classes in Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba, and DJ'ed at various dance events in Nashville. In 2013 I joined with the ladies of Kizomba All*Stars. Seeing the lack of female DJs in the Kizomba dance world, I decided to step up to the challenge and focus mainly in Kizomba, Semba, and Afro House music. When I'm not playing my music I like to travel the world for dance, ride my bike, and post articles on Facebook.
Born in the southern part of Mexico, Damaris Ortiz grew up dancing Salsa, Bachata and other native dances. My passion has always been in dancing. I began dancing Bachata in the Bay Area in 2012 and as I was looking through videos on the internet of the best Bachata dancers and I found a video of a couple dancing Kizomba. I was hooked and eager to learn the dance. Since I have been living in San Francisco I became part of a group where we had a weekly Kizomba class. After taking workshops and private lessons from a few instructors I started teaching Kizomba in the Bay Area. My goal is to share my knowledge and passion for Kizomba.
Nii Ashitei Tetteh is one of the three partners of Kizomba Hollywood. A native of Ghana, his dance background is steeped in Salsa and Bachata. Nii Ashitei first heard about Kizomba back in 2012 through a friend in France and not long after, began taking Kizomba workshops and attending Kizomba events around California. His untamed passion and growing understanding of the roots and subtlety of Kizomba led to an ever increasing presence on the social scene and led him to partner up with Stacey and Casey Ashmont to create Kizomba Hollywood. Nii’s mission has been and continues to be helping bring better awareness of the amazing, intricate, sensual and respectful experience of KIZOMBA