Raised upon the African rhythms of Kizomba, kuduro and tribal dance, Planting this new creativity and direction into this solid foundation, Java was eager to apply his skills to other forms of dance. He came to Toronto in 1998, looking for a new channel for his compelling love for life and movement. His skills as a dancer has taken him to performances around the world, including China, Africa and the U.S. Currently, he is an instructor, choreographer, and creative director with (RED)MAMBO. Dancing with the discipline of a professional athlete and the fluid sensuousness of his native rhythm, Java also has an acute understanding of dance as creative expression and communication with the music. When teaching dance instruction, Java aims to have each student discover his or her own relationship with the music, applying and reapplying his fundamental rule in dance: "Listen to the music."