AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT
My name is Rafael Quintas. I am originally from Brasilia, the capital of Brazil where I was born and raised until moving the U.S. in 2008. I moved to attend school at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, where I later earned degrees in Dance and Mass Communication - Radio/TV.
Ever since I was about 10 years old I had this idea in my mind that I needed to move to America. I wanted to be a movie director. I was obsessed with American movies and television. After graduating high school with that idea still in my head I was unsure of what to do. I wasn't interested in any of the schools in my city and I knew the U.S. is where I needed to go. While in the process of applying to schools here I got involved with a local musical theater company. I always had a passion for dancing, but usually just by myself or copying videos and movies. I had never trained or taken class. The choreographer for the company took a liking to my passion for movement and we started staying after rehearsals for sessions and going out to freestyle and battle. She also introduced me to Waacking which I fell in love with and have been training in ever since.
When I first got to Lindenwood I started as Mass Com. and Musical Theater major. As a requirement for my MT degree I had to take a few dance classes. My very first one was beginning modern, and I fell in love. I got more and more involved with dance and the department which led me to changing my Musical Theater degree to Dance. I performed at every dance concert through four and a half years in school and discovered my passion about choreography and later teaching. It was my thirst for growth, knowledge and opportunity for dance that made me decide to move to Los Angeles.
I arrived in L.A. January of 2013. At first I wanted to perform and be a back up dancer or be in music videos. After many great and not so great experiences I decided to shift my focus to teaching and choreography. After a lot of hard work, teaching free classes and submitting to many different places, I am proud to currently hold a regular class at EDGE PAC (which back in 2013 seemed like a distant dream) and most recently started as a sub teacher at Movement Lifestyle. I have choreographed for multiple dance events in the Los Angeles area and most recently started creating and directing dance films.
Teaching and choreography is truly my passion and gift. I see them as tools that I can use to touch people's lives and make them free their most authentic creative selves. In my classes and movement I strive for the dancers to completely let go while being fully aware. To let the music guide the body while being present and understanding what is happening, from their hair to their toes. To help people discover themselves, to release their fears, to accept their flaws, to explore the uncomfortable, to release through movement to guide people to self love. That is why I do what I do (and off course, because dancing is fun.)
If you have made it through the end of this bio I appreciate your time spending on reading it. I hope you have a beautiful day, and remember:
TO OTHER PEOPLE
TO OTHER BEINGS
TO OUR PLANET
I have been fortunate with the opportunity to showcase my choreography at many different dance events throughout L.A. I've had the chance to work with some incredibly talented individuals on and off stage. Here are a few of my most recent creations. Enjoy!
i WAS a ghost - Choreographer's Carnival 300th show May 2018
Body - Club Jete June 2018
It's All Dust -Choreographer's Carnival Aug. 2017
sirens - choreographer's carnival sep. 2017
chakra solo - club jete nov. 2017
PURE EFFECT - CLUB JETE JULY 2017
PRAY - CHOREOGRAPHER'S CARNIVAL MARCH 2017
Contemporary @edgepac every FRIDAY 5:30 - 7 P.M.
I believe dance is something that is born within every human. Dance is not something that can be “taught”. For example, you have to teach a baby how to walk, talk, and behave. Yet when there is music playing, their body instinctively starts to react to the sounds. Movement is one of the oldest forms of communication in existence. It gives us the power to express what we’re feeling by connecting the brain to the body. As a teacher, there is nothing I love more than watching a student letting their heart guide their bodies through the music. I aim to support every student on their road to self-discovery through movement. During class, I guide the class through a warm up and stretch while working on strength, placement and technique, followed by abs and push-ups. I believe we can better achieve the full potential of our movement when we have awaken every part of our bodies. I then work on getting our mindset ready with a guided meditation, releasing any negative thoughts and feelings and opening space for creative, exciting energy. From there, we will begin to focus on the choreography. The one rule I lead every class with is “There is no wrong”. I always tell the students that every wrong can be a new right. I remind them to learn from the “wrong” instead of letting it scare them. My focus with the choreography is not to have the dancers copy how I move, but rather explore how their bodies adapt to my movement. I encourage them to go deeper by making choices that fall outside of their comfort zones. I will teach the dancers a piece of choreography and challenge them to try it with different songs at the end of class. In hopes that they will learn to study new music and understand different musicality. It has been beautiful to see students relaxing their analytical brains, and letting each song guide their timing, intentions, textures and stories; allowing them to open new doors of creative possibilities. I want every student to feel like they’ve grown as an artist, and to leave a more confident dancer and person.
Same movement structure to two different songs. In this class we played with musicality. Letting each different song guide us with a different vibe. We played with some latin beats and some slower deep techno music. Some of the rules for this structure were holding specific shapes using your core and confident, solid footing while also adapting grooves to personal style. Always a fun challenge!
Music: Love Love Love by Moullinex
Music: Oz Moses by Armand Van Helden
Freestyle Energy Circle
At the of my classes I like to create a free and safe space for everyone to really let go and dance. I start the circle by creating an energy which guides my movement and then we pass it from person to person. At the end I have the class follow me through some exploratory movement to finish the class as a group.
I have always been a lover of movies and television. I enjoy being taken to a different world, be introduced to different characters and see the magic happen on the screen. After getting involved with dance I thought my dreams of directing and producing were in the past. I had been wanting to do a dance video for a while, but didn't want to just create choreography and have it taped it in location. I needed something deeper, to challenge myself. That is when "It's All Dust - the Video" came about, which opened new possibilities for creating and expressing. Here are my two dance films, but don't worry. There's more to come.
Make sure to click on "learn more" to see bonus footage and the backstory on how each video came to life.