Brisbane : James Street

Mishel Jemma Finlayson

A local to Brisbane, Mishel grew up surrounded by dance, with her parents passing on their love of ballet and ballroom. From the age of four she studied jazz, ballet and tap, but it wasn’t until her first trip to Rio de Janeiro at 21 that she developed her passion for Brazilian dance.

Mishel spent two years in Rio studying extensively under the guidance of Brazilian Zouk masters such as Adilio Porto and Renata Pecanha, and Samba queens such as Sheila Aquino and Luanda Lins. She also paraded in the Carnival for Grande Rio and Tijuca Samba schools.

Mishel now returns to Rio annually to take her Sambaliscious “Rio Carnival dance tour”, and to continue her professional development as an international Brazilian dance instructor, promoter and performer.

Mishel has also studied other dance styles as Egyptian Belly dance, South Pacific Island Hula, Flamenco, Salsa, Cha Cha, Bachata and Afro-Cuban dance, all of which have contributed to her very unique style. She is also a qualified Yoga, Pilates and Zumba instructor and soon to be personal trainer.

Mishel has a Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics, with a major in Japanese and minors in Spanish and French, and is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese. She is a qualified English language instructor, and credits her university teacher training to helping her become an efficient, inspiring and vibrant dance instructor.

Mishel is the director/owner of the latin dance company, Sambaliscious and currently teaches at a number of venues around Brisbane.