MUSA DO CARNAVAL
INTRODUCING OUR MUSE FOR 2019! MISHEL JEMMA FINLAYSON FROM Sambalicious
A native of Brisbane, Australia, Mishel grew up surrounded by dance, with her parents passing on their love of ballet and ballroom. However it wasn’t until her first trip to Rio de Janeiro in 2003 that she developed her passion for Brazilian dance.
Mishel has spent the past 15 years travelling back and forth to Rio, studying extensively under the guidance of Brazilian Samba Queens, developing exclusive business contacts with the Carnival industry and becoming fluent in Brazilian Portuguese.
In 2014, Mishel represented Australia as its very first Samba Queen of a float in the Rio Carnaval, performing with Caprichosos de Pilares samba school, followed with the role of Principal Destaque of the opening float for Paraíso do Tuiuti in 2016.
In 2017 Mishel performed as the very first Australian Muse in the history of Rio Carnival, performing on the Samba avenue in front of the first float of Rio’s oldest samba school, Estácio de Sá..
The founder and producer of the Australasian Samba Queen Competition (Australia), the World Samba Congress and World Samba Queen Competition (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Mishel has also studied other dance styles as Zouk Lambada, Samba de Gafieira, Flamenco, Salsa, Stiletto dance, Egyptian Belly dance and Hawaiian Hula, all of which have contributed to her very unique style.
She has travelled the world and taught thousands of women to dance whilst inspiring them to be fit, healthy and confident. She is also a qualified Yoga instructor.
Mishel has a Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics, with a major in Japanese and minors in Spanish and French. She is a qualified English language instructor, and credits her university teacher training to helping her become an efficient, inspiring and vibrant dance instructor.