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Iu Axe
Drums and Movement, Samba Reggae style in Bristol

Ilu Axé, pronounced 'Eeloo Ashay' (and meaning drum/rhythm positive energy), is a dynamic and vibrant group of wonderful, beautiful, funky dancing Samba-Reggae drummers, based in Bristol, UK. Samba-Reggae is the powerful, sensual Carnaval music from Brazil's original capital city, the magical and very special Salvador da Bahia, it's a mix of Samba de Roda (the original Samba found around Salvador), Ijexa (Afoxé), Jamaican Reggae and the African rooted religious drumming found in Candomblé.

We're what's known as a Bloco (a group of drummers playing Afro-Brazilian Carnaval rhythms), and we combine traditional and original Samba-Reggae drumming, movement and songs.

We can be large or small, ten players to thirty-five, or if we combine with our sister group Ilu Axé Marseille, well then who knows, as many as fifty.

Ilu Axé is dance music, real, live, pumping Afro-dance music, so if you want funky and heavy drums and moves Afro-Brazilian style, then call us! If you want to join us, then sign up for one of our beginners courses and do what you've always wanted to do.

Confirmed Gigs in 2013

  • Saturday 20 April The Plantation, Bristol
  • Friday 17 May The Plantation, Bristol
  • Monday 27 May Tetbury Woolsack Races, Tetbury
  • Saturday 8 June Easter Compton Fair, Easter Compton
  • Mens Mental Health Week - workshop near the Welshback, early evening
  • Friday 14 June The Plantation, Bristol
  • Saturday 6th July St Pauls Carnival, Bristol
  • Saturday 13th July The Belvoir Street party
  • Thurs 25th to Sun 28th Womad
  • 9th-11th August Boomtown Festival (to be confirmed)
  • Saturday 17th August The Plantation, Bristol
  • Sat 14th September The Canteen, Bristol
  • Sat 28th September (daytime) Memory Walk for Alzheimers, Bristol
  • Sat 28th September (evening) The Plantation, Bristol
  • Sat 19th October The Plantation, Bristol
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POWERPLAY is an international band consisting of four or five members hailing from Romania. The 5pc lineup consists of 1 female vocalist, keyboards/piano/vocals, guitar/bouzouki/vocals, bass and drums/vocals. 4pc lineup is 1 female vocalist, keyboards/piano/vocals, guitar/bouzouki/vocals, and drums/vocals

POWERPLAY is a one of a kind band with pulsating rhythms and stunning vocals. From the very first note to the very last you realize POWERPLAY is fresh, unique and innovative. They have energy, talent, and style that audiences will cherish, enjoy and appreciate during and after each and every performance.

POWERPLAY is the very best, being competitively priced, high quality, and having exceptional versatility. Because of their extensive experience performing on Cruise Ships, television, clubs and functions they appeal to audiences of all nationalities, in all markets.

Band Members

Marian Mihai – Band Leader | Keyboards / Piano / Vocals
Sebastian Constatin Soltan (Seby) | Guitar / Vocals
Constantin Borcea (Costel) | Bass
Norbert Bayer | Drums / Vocals
Silvia Iancu | Female Vocalist

Marian Mihai (Band Leader) Keyboards / Piano / Vocals

Marian comes from a multi talented musical family. At the age of six he started learning piano and by fourteen was working professionally alongside his father and sister. He is an extremely gifted musician with extensive experience on Cruise Ships, Clubs, and Television etc. His ability to play all musical styles makes Marian an invaluable asset to POWERPLAY.

Sebastian Soltan (Seby) Guitar / Vocals

When Sebi takes the stage it really rocks with his outstanding improvisations and solos. His talented musical abilities have lead POWERPLAY from one successful contract to another.

Constantin Borcea (Costel) Bass

Costel is a very well rounded, talented musician with experience in all genres of music. His impressive musicianship has made POWERPLAY one of the best rhythm sections around.

Norbert – Romeo Bayer Drums / Vocals

Norbert has over 25 years professional drumming experience playing on Cruise Ships and in his home country with original and cover bands. His rock solid beat and great vocals are given POWERPLAY that special edge.

Silvia Iancu Female Vocalist

Silvia commands the stage with her professionalism, excellent stage presence, vocals, and attractive appearance. Every performance is winner.
Her extensive repertoire includes songs in English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Russian.

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MAKEUP FX:
Head Makeup Artist for Zombie Charge, a 5K obstacle charity race
Airbrush and Makeup FX artist at The Only Scream In Town (2013), Six Flags New England for Fright Fest (2012), Fear Factory CT (2011), Castle of Chaos (2010 & 2011), The Haunted Isle (2010), and Fright Haven (2008)
Consulted on the films Leave Day, Inter Silent, Bring Us Your Dead, Return of the Loving Dead, Day H, and The Medallion in the areas of makeup and special effects
Worked many assorted festivals and conventions applying makeup, airbrush, and prosthetics
Sculpted, cast, and painted numerous custom commissioned prosthetic pieces

OTHER DESIGN
Co-designed and constructed "emergency twelve hour turnaround" pop-out cake for Stacy London, the host of What Not To Wear to jump out of in the 2011 episode: "In Knead of Style"
Designed and created numerous commissioned costumes of the 'Stay Puft' character from Ghostbusters including a 13' for a Shriners group, and a 7' for The Minions of Gozer, a NYC shadowcast group
Designed and created the Audrey II puppets for several productions of Little Shop of Horrors
Created custom mask for Connecticut Style's 2009 Halloween episode (on WTNH News Channel 8)
Designed numerous haunted attractions using SketchUp and AutoCAD including: Decimation Scream Park, Fright Haven, Castle of Chaos, and multiple Relay for Life charity haunts
Worked two years successively as Set Designer, Technical Director, and Head of Build Crew for Comedy l0l on Return to the Forbidden Planet, and Dracula: The Musical?
Graduate level theatrical lighting design classes completed during my time at UMass Amherst
Many individually commissioned creations brought to life for the film, theater, & haunt, industries

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS:
Pro Card Holder: Make-up Artist Magazine
Winner Makeup Wars Professional Haunt Category, National Haunters Convention, May 2012
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro Member, April 2012
Attendee IMATS NYC (International Makeup Artist Trade Show), 2011 & 2012

NOTABLE:
Client: TLC's What Not To Wear
Vendor TransWorld's Halloween & Attractions Show 2013
Attendee IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) 2011-2013
Client: Rubicon Publishing and Scholastic

EDUCATION:
B.A. Degree in Theater Design & Tech, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, May 2008
Wolfe Brothers (now Evil Twin FX) Makeup FX 2009 and Mask Training 2010
Temptu Pro Airbrush Training and Certification, April 2012

PROFICIENCIES & MATERIALS (sort list):
Alginate Lifecasting, Clay Modeling (WED & Oil-Based), Ultracal 30 Casting, Latex (Slush & Foamed), numerous Silicone brands, assorted Gelatin Recipes, Bald Cap Application, Pros-Aide (and Bondo), Airbrushing, Pax Paint, various Fake Blood Formulas, FX Contacts, basic Animatronics Setup, basic Carpentry, basic Tooling/Machining, basic Wiring & some other Electronics, basic Hand & Machine Sewing, basic Scenic Painting, L200 (Minicel Foam), Upholstery Foam (Polyurethane), Pink Foam (Extruded Polystyrene), multiple Expanding Foams, Barge Rubber Cement, Truck Driving (up to 24')
I am available for:: Awards Night, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Casino, Casting Calls, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclubs, Competition, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Events, Cruises, Fairs, Festival, Fundraisers, Grand Openings, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Launch Party, Parades, Private Party, Retreats, Seminars, Sporting Events, Trade Shows, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Receptions, Other

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A professional freelance model hailing from Russia is known for dashing looks and now I am in Singapore.

Published in Models & Actors

Tiffany Valentin has been a dancer since she was a young girl. Inspired by musicals and theater performance, she has majored in fine and performing arts at Queens Borough Community College and also attended LIBS Beauty School to become a hairdresser and make-up artist.

It was at this time where she stepped into the legendary Sound Factory to audition as a dancer in 2002, and where Rafi Mercado discovered her talents as a performer. Since then Tiffany has traveled with HOME all over the states ( House Of Mercado Entertainment) and performed in many productions. She has performed in the amazing production of WICKEDVILLE at Studio54 in Las Vegas, playing one of the leading roles as Dorothy. She has also performed for many music festivals such as The Winter Music Conference in Miami ( for the past 4 years), Matinee NY, The Ultra Music Festival in Miami and NY, The Low Lands Festival in Holland, Electcric Daisy Carnival NYC and the Virgin Music Festival in Columbia, Maryland in which has currently been apart of the Bindlestiff Family traveling Cirqus and Rock L Productions.

Tiffany is now a performer and Creative Director for Pacha NYC. She is also a fire performer, and snake charmer...owning her own albino burmese python named Luna. Tiffany is currently a special education teacher for Kindergarten (Paraprofessional) working for the Board of Ed, and teaches a dance program once a week, to help organize school shows and inspire the art of dance. She hopes to one day travel around the world as a performing artist and teach dance education to children.

Published in Dancers

Jennifer Kovacs is a NYC based contemporary dancer and aerialist. She has traveled both nationally and internationally to perform and teach. Her career has lead her to work with a variety of talented choreographers and producers including; Jordann Baker, Lynn Barr, Jana Hicks, Andrew Katz, David Lay, Marc Van Loon, Jenny Rocha, and Nejla Yatkin. It has also taken her to countries such as; Amsterdam, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Iceland, Mexico, Spain, and UAE.

During her career, Jen has performed as an in-house aerialist at The Box NYC and frequently on stage at The Slipper Room. She is currently the lead aerialist for Ultra Music Festival in Miami and March 2019 marked her seventh year with the UMF team. During the summer of 2018 and 2019 she toured Iceland with Reykjavik Kabarett and Búklú. In July 2019 she did a short residency contract at Supperclub Amsterdam. From 2011 until their closing in 2014 she was a resident aerialist at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO. Other credits include performing silks and lyra at a small family gathering for Ariana Grande (Grandpa Grande's 90th birthday party), atmospheric lyra at Usher's surprise 36th birthday bash, organizing and performing in a group silks show at the 2014 Dubai Food Festival, background lyra in a 2015 NFL Superbowl promo commercial for Fox, performing aerial chains on NBC daytime television, aerial hoop in the opening credits of Saturday Night Live, and a featured solo lyra act in the 2018 CFDA/Vouge Fashion Fund Show (wearing Jonathan Cohen).

In 2016 Jen officially founded Inverted Aerial. Using her years of experience, Inverted Aerial specializes in luxury aerial entertainment and organizes aerial retreats around the globe.

When not performing Jen teaches weekly classes in NYC. In 2015 she co-founded and was aerial director of Brooklyn AirSpace. Currently, you can find her on staff as an aerial instructor at Aerial Arts NYC and her own Inverted Aerial. Studios where she has taught workshops include Aerials Amsterdam (Amsterdam, NL), Circus Warehouse (NYC), Eríal Pole (Reykjavik, ISL), The Skybox (NYC), Sky Candy (Austin, TX), Vertical Fitness Dallas (Dallas, TX), and Studio Cirqus (CA), among others.

 

Published in Performers

Show Duet FREE LIFE was found in 2010. It has successfully demonstrated its level at different stages of Ukraine. Before the duet creation each of the participants of this team has danced solo as well as in different dancing groups. has taken part in international contests in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Luxemburg, Championships of Ukraine, Europe, The World Championships, was a participant of international festivals as in Balchik (Bulgaria), was a finalist of such Ukrainian contest as Krock do Zirok (Step to Stars).

Education:

2004- 2010- Poltava Agrarian Academy

(specialty “management of organization")

Working Experience:

  1. Date:  2008-2011 Dance teacher in Studio “Gyero”
  2. Date: 2010- 2011 – dance teacher the private school, dance club. Studios «Gyero»;  dance duet «Free-Life»
  3. 2012 Sevastopol Academic Dance Theatre under supervision of the People's Artist of Ukraine Vadim Yelizarov, ballet dancer of the first category
  4. 2012 Tour in Turkey
  5. 2012-2013 Big Tour in China
  6. 2013 march – April 2013 Show in France
  7. 2013 summer work in Turkey
  8. 2013 – 2014 big tour in China, recording on CCTV china channel
  9. 2014 march – October 2014 Assisted, and create choreography for different show in Turkey

      Ballroom Choreography for show    "Dance of the world"
      Modern, Jazz for    "Broadway Show"

    And Assisted Italian Choreographer, Max from Milano, for show "Dirty Dance"

Position: dancer performer, ballet dancer of the first category

Dance Achievements:

2000 – 2006 Took part in Ukrainian competitions in Latin American and European programs

2002 – Took part in Festival “Slavyanskiu Bazarchik” Odessa

2003 – The biggest Show in International Center “Artek ” Crimea

2008 – Beginning of a teaching career at the PDC "Festival"

2009 – Coach of the dance category "Juveniles" (PDC "Festival")

2008 – Dance Coach in Studio “Gyero”

2008-2009 Formation Teams Competition Germany, Austria etc.

2010 Dance Duet “Free Life” work with children. Show case.

2012 Dance theatre of Vadim Yelizarov

Dancer  in performances:  "Notre Dame de Paris", "Pygmalion", "Carmen", and "Argentine Tango", “Dance on the World”, “Broadway”,   

Directed numbers: "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Essa", "Argentine Tango”,  “Spain”, Matrix (based on Matrix film). Wedding Fuss. Dandies. African Samba. Autumn Love (Love story from the 18th century, rumba). Lyric Rumba. Cuban Cha-Cha-Cha. Samba. Slow Waltz Michael Jackson Little Suzie. Vienna Waltz, Dance " The Mask" From Movie                               

Key Skills and Qualities:

  • Experience of dancing at different stages all around the world
  • Theater and acting skills
  • Professional ballroom dancer (Lat, St)
  • Degree in choreography (choreographer.Teacher. Coach)
  • High-skill instructor with proven teaching methods
  • Responsibility
  • Purposefulness
  • Learning on the fly
  • Strive for self-development
  • Sociability
  • Outgoingness

"After 14 years of dancing I became a professional dancer, performer and experienced dance teacher. The base of my profession is a broad knowledge received from the leading instructors of Ukraine, CIS and far-abroad countries. Today I am self-confident and ready to put all the knowledge and experience in the area of choreography into practice."

Respectfully Yours,
Apyshkina Oksana


Education:

In 2010 has graduated from Poltava national pedagogical

University named after V.G. Korolenka and has obtained

Full Higher Education according to major ‘Pedagogy and

Methodology of secondary education. Choreography

And English Language and Literature’. Qualification

obtained is a Teacher of Choreography, Ethics and

Aesthetics and English Language and Foreign Literature.

Working Experience:

  1. Date:  2007-2011 Dance teacher in Studio “Festival”
  2. Date: 2009 Egypt, dancers hotel Sharm el Sheikh.
  3. Date: 2009-2010work in the ship. Louis Cruise Lines. Dancer.
  4. Date: 2010- 2011 – dance teacher the private school, dance club. Studios «Gyero»;  dance duet «Free-Life»
  5. 2012 Sevastopol Academic Dance Theatre under supervision of the People's Artist of Ukraine Vadim Yelizarov.
  6. 2012 Tour in Turkie
  7. 2012-2013 Big Tour in China
  8. 2013 march – april 2013 Show in France
  9. 2013 summer work in Turkie with Dance theatre of Vadim Yelizarov
  10. 2013-2014 Show tour in China. Big Stages
  11. Position: dancer performer, ballet dancer of the first category
  12. 2014 march – October 2014 Assisted, and create choreography for different show in Turkey

      Ballroom Choreography for show    "Dance of the world"
      Modern, Jazz for    "Broadway Show"

    And Assisted Italian Choreographer, Max from Milano, for show "Dirty Dance"

Dance Achievements:

2000 – 2003 Took part in Ukrainian competitions in Latin American and European programs

2002 – Took part in Festival “Slavyanskiu Bazarchik” Odessa

2003 – The biggest Show in International Center “Artek ” Crimea

2004 – World Competition in Austria

2005 –  Took part International competition with formation teams

2006 – Beginning of a teaching career at the PDC "Festival"

2007 – Coach of the dance category "Juveniles" (PDC "Festival") Work In School dance and language teacher.

2008-2009 Formation Teams Competition Germany, Austria etc.

2010 Dance Duet “Free Life” work with children. Show case.

2012 Dance theatre of Vadim Yelizarov

Dancer  in performances:  "Notre Dame de Paris", "Pygmalion", "Carmen", and "Argentine Tango", “Dance on the World”, “Broadway”,   

Directed numbers: "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Essa", "Argentine Tango”,  “Spain”, Matrix (based on Matrix film). Wedding Fuss. Dandies. African Samba. Autumn Love (Love story from the 18th century, rumba). Lyric Rumba. Cuban Cha-Cha-Cha. Samba. Slow Waltz Michael Jackson Little Suzie. Vienna Waltz.

Tours:

2002 – Festival in Ukraine. Odessa

2003 – Festival in Bulgaria

2004  - Austria World competitions

2007 – Luxembourg

2010 – Everywhere in Ukraine make show

2012 – Work in Turkey,

2012- 2013 january China Tour

2013 – Big tour to France

Key Skills and Qualities:

  • Experience of dancing at different stages all around the world
  • Theater and acting skills
  • Professional ballroom dancer (Lat, St)
  • Degree in choreography (choreographer.Teacher. Coach)
  • High-skill instructor with proven teaching methods
  • Responsibility
  • Purposefulness
  • Learning on the fly
  • Strive for self-development
  • Sociability
  • Outgoingness

"After 15 years of dancing I became a professional dancer, performer and experienced dance teacher. The base of my profession is a broad knowledge received from the leading instructors of Ukraine, CIS and far-abroad countries. Today I am self-confident and ready to put all the knowledge and experience in the area of choreography into practice."

Respectfully Yours,
Apyshkin Maksym

Published in Dancers

Serafina is a dancer, model, singer and actress who specializes in belly dance and fire dance. She has been dancing since she was six. She started with jazz, Tap, Latin, Pop, Reggae, Hip-hop and Ballet. She discovered belly dance in her early teens and fell in love. She has trained with top dance instructors. Her charisma, talent and sense of humor have made her a highly requested performer. She dances from her heart and radiates the Goddess within. Some props include : Fire, wings, sword, snake, veils, candles, candelabra, zills, etc.

Professional Experience:

*Dance Teacher: Taught classes Amara AlAmir’s studio, Temple of Jehan, Shaharazad’s studio and several private lessons.
* Guest Dancer and Choreographer: Salsa, Fire and belly dance fusion
Appeared as student and guest dancer for top dancers such as: Dalia Ciarella, Amara al Amir, Shaharazad,Shirel,Jehan Kamal and belly queen.
* Tantric Dance Performances with specialization in Middle-Eastern, Spiritual, Pop, and Latin American dances for spiritual events.
* Celebrations & festive occasions like corporate events, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, sweet sixteen, bar mitzvah’s, bachelorette ceremonies(Saks Fifth Ave, Horus Café, Webster Hall, NYU for the Arabic Club, Faluka, La Vie, Village Café, Le Souk, Tagine, Diva Lounge, Athena Restaurant, Lafayette Grill, Green House, and The Westbury Music Fair.)
* Costume Designer: Experienced in unique costume wear and design.
* Promotional Model/Model: Worked as a model for various companies and venues promoting products, clothing and events such as: Belly dance America,Jessica Mc Clinton, Mary Kay, Topkapi Designs, Amara’s Emporium, Art Institute Show, Tantra lounge, Events Models, Liquor Promotions and others.

Film, Stage and Impersonator: 

* River of Copsa Mica, 2007: Independent film where performed as a Fire Goddess Belly Dancer.
* Amara al Amir Tapestry Show cases: Group performances and soloist.
* Brooklyn Independent Film Festival : Fire performance/dance and drama.
* Music video for international singer Eha: Danced/acted with a fusion of pop and belly dance.
*Tyra Banks Show: Acted as a guest.
* Interviewed for documentary on Equal rights.
* Hola Juventud: Choreographed and danced for Costa Rican youth show.
*Imigrantula: Acted as a priestess.
*Midget Mac Means Business: Reality TV show pilot. Participated as a contestant apprentice.
*The Calling: Drama, Fire/belly dance with Flambeaux’s fire dance troupe.
*12 Corazones: Acted as contestant for matchmaking show.
*Stand in for “The Father Albert Show”.

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