“Success means having the courage, determination and the will to become the person we want to be! Being successful is simple, it is about doing the right thing, the right way and at the right time.”
My name is Vítor Tavares Mendes and I was born in a poor ghetto Pedreira Dos Hungaros in Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Verdean parents. When I was 22, I have moved to London, where I lived for 8 years. It was there, where I started using my dancing styles as a motivational tool for a very diverse young audience.
In 2002 in London, I completed a course in contemporary dance and began teaching Capoeira and traditional African dances as follow up on my first dancing steps in Portugal. I gradually enriched and implemented my own style under the influence of other dances and rhythms such as Kizomba, Coupe décalé, Kuduro, contemporary, RnB, hip hop and Ghetto Zouk.
In 2010 I moved to Prague, started a family and continued my dancing journey professionally. Some of my public appearances became an eye-opener to many; it wasn’t just my dancing, also the cultural background of my style. Some examples of this would include performances at ABC and D21 Theatres. Some TV work at “Cesky Lev” film awards, on TV Nova or on Slovak Markíza. Similarly, different press publications have covered my work; like the newspaper “Mlada Fronta Dnes“ and various magazines like “Dieta“, “Lide a Zeme“ and “Tema“.
Whilst doing this I never lost sight of my roots and their influence on my work and as an individual. Because of this, I took the task to promote our Portuguese-Afro-Hispanic culture and organized various cultural events. One of my biggest successes was the multicultural festival “Afro-Bailar“, which was held in Prague and Bratislava for four consecutive years (2010 – 2014).
In 2012 I started teaching Kizomba and since then I have travelled to and taught in more than 60 cities.
In 2013 I became a certified Fitness instructor. I provide a unique approach to fitness for women and men of all ages, abilities, and shapes.
Since 2015 I have dedicated a big part of my professional time to the creation and development of Ghetto Zouk Dance. I can say GZD is nowadays a successful dancing method which tries to satisfy the need for a dance that Ghetto Zouk music has implicitly been encouraging and inspiring for years. GZD has been introduced to many countries during 2016.
In 2018 I got back to my roots and started to write new songs for my new music album which reflects on my life and my previous experiences.
Sports, fitness, and dance represent who I am and have always accompanied me in life. Alongside my professional dancing history in teaching and choreographing I’ve been working as a personal trainer for 6 years. I still learn from my day to day experience with my students and clients and take pride in sharing my knowledge with them. I believe life is an unstoppable learning curve.
- During the past few years I have designed or being involved with dance choreographies for different artists and sports personalities like the singer Piqi Miqi, the bodybuilder Lukáš Osladil, the music band United Flavour, the dance crews CoDance and MuReCaS, ČSTS, and companies VAC company, Reebok, Nestle, L’Oreal, Billa, Avon, amongst others.
- I have also taken part in commercials for brands such as Gerber, Nintendo, Ariel, Verizon, Desperados, Canal+, Becherovka, Margot etc.
- For more than 16 years I professionally and regularly dance – Kizomba, Ghetto Zouk Dance, Afro-Fitness, Capoeira, traditional African dances, Coupé décalé, Kuduro and Abstract dance, and contemporary dances.
- In 2005 I was involved in the debut in Patti Boulaye’s musical Sundance in “Hackney Empire Theatre” in London.
- Between 2008 and 2010 I was CEO of American fashion brand APB Clothing branch in the UK.
- Between 2010 and 2014 I organized the yearly multicultural music and dance festival Afro-Bailar in Prague and Bratislava.
- In 2010 I took part in two dance performances; “Shiva’s wheel of life” in the ABC Theatre and Prague’s adaptation of “La Ronde” by Arthur Schnitzler in the D21 Theatre, both in Prague.
- From 2012 I’ve been very busy with regular, intensive and private dance lessons in the Czech Republic and abroad.
- In 2012 I performed at the Czech Film awards Český lev.
- In 2013 I cooperated with the newspaper Mladá Fronta Dnes on the project “Fitness days with Diet”.
- From 2013 I actively work as a Fitness Trainer.
- In 2015 I created a new dance method; Ghetto Zouk Dance, carefully developed to complement the beats of Ghetto Zouk music.
- 2018 choreography and cooperation on a new video clip of a singer Sista Carmen
- In 2018 I started to intensively work on my new music album
- 1998 to 2000 Sports and environment, high school Linda-a-Velha, Lisbon, Portugal
- 2000 to 2002 Environment and sports animation, school Bartolomeu Dias, Lisbon, Portugal
- 2002 Contemporary dance course, Lisbon, Portugal
- 2013 Retraining course as Fitness trainer, Fit Praha, Czech Republic
- 2016 Acting course run by David Stejskal from Nancy Bishop Casting, Prague, Czech Republic
I was preparing a new posing routine with well known bodybuilder Lukas Osladil from May to August 2016. I prepared not only the whole routine but also music. I am very happy that it was a great success. You can watch it here>>.
„I have never had so many positive replies and such a great applause after posing routine,“ admitted Lukáš Osladil after EVLS Prague Showdown. Lukáš changed his posing routine in this season. What the posing routine will look like he concealed and for the first time he showed it at Mr. Olympia.
„I spent about fifty hours by practicing new posing routine. One dancer helped me with preparation. He made whole choreography and teached me, how do new movements right, especially transitions. Basically I was able to do just bodybuildings´ poses, everything else was new for me and I had a lot to learn. It wasn´t easy for me, but it paid off.“
Lukas Osladil planned 4 competition in 4 weeks for this season. It is no wonder that after EVLS Prague Showdown feelings of joys were mixed with big exhaustion…
„It is very difficult for me. Having 2, maximally 3 events were ok, but 4 are so many. You have to keep in good shape, the weight can´t go up, that´s why you have to reduce carbs. And with these low carbs, or more likely with no carbs, you have to manage three workouts after the contest and go to other event. The tiredness is growing and the energy is running low.“