N’dombolo is the name associated with a dance originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The dance is derived from the Congolese rumba and the soukous. It has gained popularity and success in Africa and France, and thanks to Natalina is coming to the islands for us! Inspired by traditional African dances, N’dombolo is based on a back and forth body balance movement. While the undulations of the pelvis are more gentle for women, they are faster and more staccato for men.
Natalina Monteiro Is an international dancer, teacher and choreographer from Paris, France. Born to Cape Verdean mother and a father who was half Cape Verdean and half Brazilian, Natalina was raised by her African step-father. With her multi-national parents she traveled the world, learning many cultures, dances and languages.
“Coming from an Afro-Caribbean Family I grew up dancing every day. Dance is a part of me,” says Natalina.
She was trained in classical and jazz dance in Paris and New York. Subsequently she danceed for several dance companies, absorbing different dance styles, such as French Cabaret, Dance Hall, Brazilian Samba, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata etc.
Natalina taught Afro-Caribbean dance in Paris and Versailles for many years.
In 2013 she decided to move to America to attend a dance training in New York, where she danced for the United Nations, New York Times, New York Fashion Week, NBC, Fox TV and more.
Natalina has recently moved to Hawaii to share her passion and experience in global dance.