Charles Ogar

Bio

Charles got his first taste of dance at the age of 8 in elementary through a program called “Believe In Me”. In elementary and middle school he also played the flute, piano, and alto saxophone which gave him a keen sense of rhythm and musicality. He first learned the basic steps for salsa in his first of year of college. Charles soon found himself taking weekly classes and going out social dancing religiously. He quickly gained a strong foot in the basics and began adding his own energetic, style and flavor. From here, Charles expanded his dancing to bachata, punta, samba, cha cha, salsa on2, a bit of cuban salsa, and now Kizomba. Charles loves how Kizomba/Urban Kiz uniquely embodies connection between the ground, your partner, and the music.

Charles Ogar is well known, throughout the US and internationally, for his detailed, yet fun and quirky instruction and his super smooth, creative and musical style on the dance floor. He is the most influential pioneer of urban kiz in North America.

Charles Ogar is the organizer of the current largest urban kiz festival in North American, the Neo Kizomba Festival that takes place in Austin, which is now heading towards its 6th year in 2020 and the 1st Neokiz Cruise also happening in 2020!

He also hosts a platform for online kizomba lessons at www.learntokiz.com!

In addition to dancing and teaching, Charles is also the host a dance podcast dedicated to dancers worldwide, the Dance Your Heart On Fire Podcast. He has interviewed dancers and icons such as Kaysha, Johnny Ramos, Sophie Fox, Albir Rojas, Laurent Yishu, Sara Panero, and more!

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