Josy Semkiz was born in Angola, but grew up and studied in France. In
2011, she moved from France to England to further her studies. Dance
has always played a huge part in Josy’s life and cultural upbringing.
She was first introduced to Kizomba and Semba teaching through
Petchu, for her Petchu’s name embodies ‘knowledge, understanding,
history of a nation and much much more’. Even today he is still a big
influence upon her. In her earlier dancing days in France, Josy worked
alongside Patrick Toffa, and Cymeone Mopao Kizomba and this has
contributed in shaping her into the beautiful dancer we see today.
In 2012, after moving to the UK, Josy Semkiz met Eddy Vents and
became part of the famous Pitanga Dance Team UK and it was through
Eddy that Josy learned how to teach. Within the Pitanga Dance Team
Josy had the opportunity to meet a variety of dancers. In March 2012,
Rico and Josy Semkiz together won the GB Kizomba Competition and were invited to represent
the UK at ÁfricaDançar but unfortunately this was not to be due to an injury Josy obtained.
After recovering Josy was back on the UK Kizomba circuit and was invited to judge the
Eliminatory Stages of the GB Kizomba Competition in 2013 to select the next couple to send to
ÁfricaDançar to represent the UK. Since then, Josy Semkiz has been traveling in Europe and
America, in order to share her passion and knowledge around the world.