Adriano Oliveira
– Afro Fusion & Dynamic Gym classes in London

Afro Fusion class with Adriano Oliveira at Danceworks in Central London


Afro Fusion


  • Minimum age: 16
  • Level: General
  • Time: 8pm-9:30pm
  • Price: £10, £8 for students (proof of ID), 10 lessons £80 used within 3 months (12 classes), Students £70
  • Studio 5

Dynamic Gym


  • Minimum age: 16
  • Level: General
  • Time: 7pm-8pm
  • Price: £10
  • Studio 6


Born in Porto Seguro, Bahia in 1978, Adriano Oliveira has since travelled far from where Brazil was first discovered. He began his dance training at Antonio Carlos Kaito’s dance school where he learnt the foundations of both traditional African and afro-Brazilian dance. Upon completing his training in 1996 he entered the dance company “Axè Odara” known across all of Brazil especially for its experimental research in afro-Brazilian culture. In this same period of dance performances and tours, Adriano sought to broaden his training further and attended courses in Capoeira at the Capoeira Sul Da Bahia Academy and ballet at the Donel Alencar Academy of Dance through which he participated in several festivals as well as beginning to teach afro at the Hero Academy under the initial supervision of Antonio Carlos Kaito.

He also dedicated his time to leading community projects in areas of Salvador for children, adults and senior citizens in dance and capoeira. In 2001 Adriano came to Europe and his first stop was Paris for the presentation of a photographic book “Raizes” by Arlinda Mestre in which artistic photos of him were featured. On that occasion he performed for a French audience and from then on continued working as a dancer in the city, collaborating with numerous companies and performing in several renowned Parisian venues. Moving on from Paris, in the summer of 2001 Adriano took his performances to the touristic hotspots of Ibiza and Sardinia before spending time in Berlin where he turned to studying modern dance with Wibke Janssen and Sabina Ferenc and also performing with Joao Carlos Ramos’s samba jazz company “Brazilian Follies Show”.

Towards the end of 2002, Adriano’s journey took him to Italy where, although he continued his performance and choreographic work for shows and television networks such as Mediaset and Telelombardia, he decided to concentrate more time on teaching, initially collaborating with well- established afro teachers such as Jean Claude Hertin. In 2003 he began work with several cultural associations with whom he travelled to Burkina Faso in Africa to deepen his knowledge and training in traditional west-African rhythms and percussion. That experience began a long-standing connection and relationship with Burkina Faso which sees Adriano regularly return to the country not only to refresh his training but also to share his dance training with local artists.

Adriano remained in Milan until October 2016 where he ran several dance courses in all of the main dance schools of the city such as Afro Fusion, Afro Contemporary, Afro House, Afro Fit, Forrò, Samba and Cross Gym.

In 2013 he founded his own Afro dance group “Gruppo Afro Corpo e Mente in Movimento” together with two of his long time and dedicated students, Marianne Burgum and Silvia Capizzo with whom he organised regular weekend intensive workshops including visiting artists specialised in other styles of African dance and also performances in regional festivals and fundraising events.

Adriano is now based in London where he intends to share his wealth of experience and his unique and special style of dance with all who would like to join him on his journey.

Class Description

Afro Fusion

The mystery of an enduring culture, pulsating beneath the surface, the African soul which every slave kept with them and which lives on through dance. The Brazilian descendants of Africa have forgotten their original language but their bodies still pass down through the generations the universal language of rhythm. Africa relived and recalled at a distance as an ancestral base in every melody and in every graceful movement. Forget positions of the body which encourage conventional posture and let yourselves go to the rhythm of the drums which move the soul and can’t help but vibrate your body. Think powerful flexing and pulsing of the torso, pelvic thrusts and shoulder rolls juxtaposed with undulations of the vertebrae and sensual body isolation.

A class which takes you back through time treasuring every experience and every journey which has contributed to the unique style and training of Adriano. This rich portfolio of diverse training and experience is evident in the course that he now offers – Afro Fusion. He mixes different genres and styles of dance such as contemporary, modern and traditional afro but his roots are always in afro-Brazilian. The aim of his lessons is to share with his students through dance, everything he has learnt throughout the years helping each student to express themselves and open themselves in a context of cultural exchange, fun and positivity.

Each lesson is divided into four sections: warm up, diagonals/development of movements, choreography/creative workshop and stretching. Each year Adriano creates a new programme of ten movements which form the foundations of African dance and which he uses with all of his students. This programme is designed to be suitable for both beginners and advanced dancers and it helps to “polish” the basics and works stamina!

Dynamic Gym

Dynamic Gym is a fitness training programme designed by Adriano Oliveira which mixes the principles of tabata training with elements of dance and capoeira. This course is for who wants to build strength, improve stamina, sculpt, tone, become more flexible and burn fat.


“Dynamic gym is definitely the class to be in!

If you need the motivation to push yourself but preferably outside the gym, this class will do it for you. Adriano teachers you circuit training of high intensity movements with a combination of upbeat music to help you power through. You will definitely feel it in your body the next day but it is also a rewarding feeling. I would recommend this class to anyone!” – S