Adedapo Owolabi affectionately known as “Guapo Dapo” began his Afro Latin dance journey 10 years ago. Dapo has graced multiple teams in Houston and currently is part of Combinado Criollo. Kizomba and Semba has been Dapo’s primary focus. He has frequented countless Kizomba festivals all over the globe and has acquired techniques from the best instructors in the planet such as: Mestre Petchu Kilandu, Eddy Vents, Tboy, Albir Rojas, Laurent Yìshù, Moun Red and more. Being well versed in Bachata, Chachacha, Kizomba, Salsa and Semba he is a very versatile dancer.
Adedapo has taught at several festivals. He is a must have at any dance event his dance technique and great fun personality make it a must have for any event. Guapo Dapo stresses that dance has been a great welcome to him and has brought so much joy in his hectic career as an IT Professional, plus allotted opportunities to see the world.
1. Could you tell us a little about your dance career?
I am more of a serious hobbyist that have made this passion a part of my life for ten yrs and counting. Fell in love with salsa after my first lesson and have grown to enjoy dance ever since.
2. Can you tell us a little about your current goals
My goals in dance are firstly, to always be ready to learn something new and be better than yesterday. Better leading, teaching and overall being a better person. Lastly and currently, My goal is to combat a lot of mis-information that is out there when it comes to Kizomba and UrbanKiz.
3. What’s the best thing that has happened to you thanks to dance
Since stepping into my first class, I have grown tremendously as a person and developed friendships and relationship I never would have imagined to have. I have met people from all walks of life with beliefs much different, often times people that I initially was prejudiced about and grown to be more accepting and open with sharing this space with them. They are my new found eccentric family.
4. What is your biggest accomplishment as a dancer
I don’t believe I have really accomplished anything honestly, I just prefer to continue to share this experience with as many people as I can. However, recently I was recognized as a dance ambassador by the Houston Salsa Dancers association and I was truly honored and grateful to the community that continues to give me so much more than I could in return.
5. What would you tell to newest dancers that admire you and aspire to be like you
Don’t be like me! Be what you enjoy and aspire for things that make you thrive. If it is dancing as a hobby, or taking a more serious approach to dance, find what your path is and enjoy the journey. If it is no longer fun, take a step back and find your sweet spot. Be genuine with who you are and cherish the friendships and relationships you will develop.
That’s it with this awesome interview with one of the most humble and centered dancers I’ve had the pleasure to meet! You also don’t want to miss his amazing Kizomba podcast!
Here is a video of this great instructor: