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Karla Mura

Funk & Samba Instructor

Karla Mura

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Karla is a professional dancer with 20 years of diverse technical training under her belt. A core instructor at Escola de Samba Sydney and invaluable member of the Escola admin team, Karla is also a principal dancer and Funk choreographer for the renowned Rio Projekt performance company. Karla’s passion and dedication to Brazilian dance since 2017 has seen her become recognised as a leading Funk dancer and instructor internationally.
Karla’s dedication to professional excellence and integrity has led her to Brazil three times to train and immerse herself in the culture. She paraded in Rio Carnaval in 2019 and 2023 and has been as Musa and Passista for Unidos de Bangu and Passista for Academicos do Salgueiro and Alegria Zona Sul. She has trained with many leading instructors in Brazil including Roberto Soli, Aline Maia, Carlinhos Salgueiro, Alex Coutinho, Mayara Lima, Pablo Guerreiro, Bellinha Delfim and more.

Having trained at the nationally renowned, Brent Street Performing Arts, Karla has been exposed to all areas of the Entertainment Industry. She has worked with artists such as Charli XCX, Dannii Minogue and Redfoo, under the direction of numerous choreographers such as The Squared Division, Cameron Mitchell, Matt Lee and Jason Coleman to name a few. She has performed on numerous Film and Television Projects such as X-Factor, NRL Footy Show, AACTA Awards and was a dance extra in the Feature Film ‘Gods of Egypt’. 

Internationally, Karla has travelled the globe dancing professionally including a 9-month cruise contract onboard the Royal Princess. Karla had the incredible opportunity to work with Broadway’s elites. She was selected to be the original cast member of Princess Cruises new musical ‘The Secret Silk’ produced by the iconic Stephen Schwartz, working very closely alongside Director John Tartaglia and Choreographer Shannon Lewis. She brought her Brazilian training with her and was also selected as a soloist in Liz Imperio’s show onboard, ‘Colours of the World’ as the Brazilian Samba Queen. She has also had contracts across Asia as a Cast Dancer/ Associate Choreographer at Studio City’s ‘House of Magic’ in Macau and a Back Up Dancer for Briden-Starr’s China Tour. 
Karla is also a qualified professional make-up artist and runs her own business, Karla Maree Artistry - working across all beauty areas such glamour, editorial and bridal. She also has her own Beauty and Cosmetics line - ‘KMA Cosmetics’.

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