Jeska is a passionate and dedicated Samba dancer and instructor with a powerful and captivating performance style. She is an official Passista of Imperio Serrano and performs at a professional level in Rio Carnaval. Jeska was one of only 24 dancers worldwide selected to be part of the prestigious Brasil Samba Congress World Champions 2019 in Rio. She spent months in Brazil training with the top choreographers, competing and performing with elite level Samba dancers from Brazil. Needless to say Jeska is now one of the world’s most watched Passistas.
A Samba instructor at Escola de Samba Internacional, Jeska has a natural talent for nurturing students and managing teams. Jeska’s passion for Samba has seen her travel to Rio de Janeiro multiple times over the past 4 years to parade in Rio Carnival and train with top Brazilian instructors including Patrick Carvalho, Evelyn Bastos, Carlinhos Salgueiro, Kellyn Rosa, Diego Nasciemento, Egili Oliveira and Sheila Aquino.
Jeska has performed at several major events across Sydney, some of which include the Sydney Latin Festival, The International Bachata Festival, The Darling Harbour Latin Fiesta. Jeska was also part of a Samba team that took out 1st place in NSW for the 2015 Australian Latin Championships, and placed 2nd for Nationals. Jeska has appeared on television show Maximus Academy in 2013 for Fox Sports.
Jeska’s professional life also involves working with disadvantaged youth, supporting individuals and providing emergency relief for those in crisis, and working with children and families to keep children safe. Jeska believes in the benefits that dancing brings to people, including providing an avenue for individuals to express themselves.
Jeskahas a strong commitment and passion in giving back to the community. Her volunteering work includes being a Lifeline crisis telephone counsellor, mentoring and supporting refugee children with St. Vincent de Paul, and working in orphanages in Nepal and India to help underprivileged children.