Saranga Kasun Dias

Hailing from a Latin American dance background with several accolades to his name both in Sri Lanka and Asia, Kasun started dancing Salsa for fun.

It wasn’t long before he began attending dance festivals in Asia, where he was inspired by world-class international dancers to add Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba to his teaching schedule in short span of 4 years.

Kasun, founder and principal teacher at Star Latino’s Dance Academy, shares his passion and knowledge with his students through his teaching bringing variety and inspiration to everyone who attends.

 

Dancing Skills


Kizomba Dancing

Sensual Bachata Dancing

LA Salsa Dancing

Competitive & Social Latin Dancing


 

My Achivements

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Alma Latina

1st certified Alma Latina teacher in Asia.

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Sensual Bachata

The beautiful romantic dance of sensual bachata have its roots from the authentic Dominican bachata. Kasun is the only specialized instructor of the style in Sri Lanka. Also invited to teach around Asia as well.

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LA Salsa

More commonly known as Salsa on 1. LA style is the most popular style of salsa in the world. Kasun adds Cuban and afro styling and teach it methodically up to international standards.

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Kizomba

New style of dance taking over the world by storm started in Angola. Its music and calmness keeps dancers hooked to it. Kasun Introduced Kizomba to Sri Lanka in 2013 and known as the specialist of the island.

 

Professional Qualifications & Highlights:

  • Vice-President and founder member National DanceSport Federation, Sri Lanka (2016-ongoing)
  • Ranked 1st in Sri Lanka (as per World Dance Council official web site : October 2015)
  • UK medal exam (Gold) level with high honors 2011
  • UK medal exam (Silver) level with high honors 2010
  • UK medal exam (Bronze) level with high honors 2010
  • Certified Kizomba Teacher (Nelson Campos) : April 2015 1st Sri Lankan certified Kizomba teacher.
  • Certified Salsa Teacher by Alma Latina Dance Company : July 2015
  • Certified Bachata Teacher by Alma Latina Dance Company : July 2015 1st Sri Lankan certified Salsa & Bachata teacher.
  • Certified Zumba instructor : April 2016

 

 

Dance Teachers that I have had the privilege of taking lessons from :

  • Arkady Bakenov, Australia (ranked No.1 in UK)
  • Ataca and Alamana, USA (World Bachata Champions)
  • Barry Winters, England (8-time UK 10-dance Champion)
  • Belman Salihovic, Australia (3-time Australian champion)
  • Hristina Semova, Italy (World Professional quarter finalist)
  • Damiano Ciranna, (Blackpool finalist)/Italian 10 dance champion)
  • Joseph Carta, (2014 Blackpool professional semi finalist)
  • Kevin Nugara, Sri Lanka (10-time National Latin champion)
  • Karel Flores, USA (Renowned female Salsa artist)
  • Luka Fanni, Italy (Ballroom Champion & original member of “Burn The Floor” show group)
  • Liz Lira, USA (9 time world ultimate Salsa & Latin dance champion)
  • Nelson Campos (Renowned Kizomba guru))
  • Philip Nicholas, Australia (Australian National trainer)
  • Rosario Privitera, Italy (World Professional finalist)
  • Uapan Snidvongs, Thailand (National trainer of Thailand)
  • Wendy Yee, Singapore (Zouk)

 

Teaching Experience

  • Modern Dance instructor-Gateway College (2016-ongoing)
  • Visiting Dance Lecturer – University of Colombo (2016)
  • Founder/Trainer/Choreographer – Star Latino’s Dance Academy (2012-on-going)
  • Western Dance Instructor, YN Youth Corp (2012)
    • Awarded for Excellence in Teaching (2012)
  • Dance Instructor, Modern Education Center (2012-2013)
  • Dance Instructor WDCB International School (2011-2012)
  • Head Choreographer – Sway Dancing Group Colombo (2010-2012)
  • Assistant Teacher – El Latinos Dance Club (2009-2010)

 

Shows / Teacher Training  & Workshops Attended

  • Attended Singapore International Latin Festival 2017 (Jan 2017)
  • Attended Kizobasa Afro Latin Festival 2016, Bangkok, Thailand (Sept 2016)
  • Attended ALIA (Afro Latin Invasion Asia) 2016 Langkawi, Malaysia
  • Attended Kizomba Extremo ft. Isabelle Y Felicien Singapore (Aug 2015)
  • Salsa & Bachata Teacher Training by Alma Latina Dance Company : July 2015
  • Kizomba Teacher Training by Nelson Campos : April 2015
  • Attended & performed at Singapore International Latin Festival 2015 (Jan 2015)
  • Attended & performed at Singapore Latin Extravaganza 2014 (September 2014)
  • Attended Thailand International Salsa festival 2013
  • Attended Singapore International dance boot-camp 2009
  • Attended El Latino’s Dancing Academy from 1997-2014

 

Show Dance Experience

  • Performed at Bachata Bootcamp -Vera Rowe and Uriel Garcia, Singapore International Latin Festival 2017 (Jan 2017)
  • Performed with Tropical Gem Bootcamp group at Singapore International Latin Festival January 2015
  • Performed with the Karel Flores’ Ladies Styling & Choreography Bootcamp group at Singapore Latin Extravaganza September 2014
  • Ex-member of Sway show team
  • Ex-member of El Latinos show-team
  • Excess of 300 show performances in Sri Lanka since 2010

 

National & International DanceSport Championships

  • 2015 2ndS. Open Dancesport Championship, Malaysia – Latin Pre Amateur : 2nd
  • 2015 2ndS. Open Dancesport Championship, Malaysia – Latin Amateur Rising Stars : 3rd
  • 2015 1st Dance Maxx International Ballroom Dancing Championships, Malaysia – Latin Pre Amateur : 3rd
  • 2015 1st Dance Maxx International Ballroom Dancing Championships, Malaysia – Latin Amateur Rising Stars : Finalists
  • 2015 Ballare International Championship, Singapore – Latin Amateur Rising Stars : Semi Finalists
  • 2015 Siam Cup, Thailand – Latin Amateur Rising Starts : Quarter Finalists
  • 2014 Galaxy Open, Malaysia – Amateur : Runner-up
  • 2014 Merlion International Open, Singapore – Rising Stars : Finalist
  • 2013 LDC Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Rising Stars : Champion
  • 2013 LDC Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Amateur : 3rd place
  • 2012 El Latinos Dancesport, Sri Lanka – open Amateur : 3rd place
  • 2012 Rhythm World Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Rising Stars : Runner-up
  • 2012 Rhythm World Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Amateur : 4th
  • 2012 LDC Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Amateur : 2nd
  • 2011 Artistic Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Pre Amateur : Champions
  • 2011 Artistic Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Rising Stars: Champions
  • 2011 Rhythm World Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Novice : Champion
  • 2011 Rhythm World Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Pre amateur : Runner-up
  • 2011 Rhythm World Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Rising Stars : 4th
  • 2011 Footworks Dancesport, Sri Lanka –  Rising Stars : 3rd
  • 2010 ADC Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Novice : Champion
  • 2010 ADC Dancesport, Sri Lanka – open dance : 3rd
  • 2010 El Latino’s Dancesport, Sri Lanka – open Amateur : 3rd
  • 2010 Artistic Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Pre amateur : Runner-up
  • 2010 Artistic Dancesport, Sri Lanka – Amateur : 3rd
  • 2010 Singapore International, Singapore – Novice B finalist
  • 2010 Malaysia International, Malaysia – Novice : semi-finalist
  • 2010 Malaysia International, Malaysia – Pre Amateur : semi-finalist

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