Brian Nobrega. Ever heard of him? Maybe you have but you know him as `Straighty'. Or maybe you have seen him dance and did not even know it was him. But once you have seen him dance there is no forgetting him.
Nobrega has something going on with those moves, which tie you up in a very sexy way, whether he is pole-fence stepping or de la empalizada during a hot performance of the merengue.
When he is dancing, it is easy to imagine that you are on a street in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the tango originated.
He is in three words: smooth, steamy and sexy. Not to mention a classy professional who takes a sweet passion to every dance he performs. What is even sweeter, is that he is passing this on to anyone who signs up for his classes.
It seems like only yesterday that he first appeared on the local scene with a gorgeous gal at his side, which was over a decade ago. The girl has since changed but his ability to wow us is still there.
Today, his is a household name in many quarters of this vast land of ours because he has single-handedly taken dance, particularly Latin and ballroom dance, to new heights and is highly respected for what he knows about heating up a dance floor.
Again we ask. Brian Nobrega: ever heard of him?
The Scene sat down with this local legend to find out a little more about the man behind the illustrious name and we were pleasantly surprised to learn that Nobrega actually taught himself how to dance. True, not one lesson of how to move, twirl or shake, well at least not with an instructor.
Being the class act that he is, he shared not only his love for dancing with us but all those dreams he has had locked away in that big heart of his for decades now - dreams that he still believes in and hopes to someday see come true.
But first the dancing. He is modest about how good he is and the fact that there has not been anyone like him on the local dance scene since...
Well since we first saw him dance. He is in love with tap dancing, the salsa which he says is "the most provocative dance there is", the tango, jazz dances and the merengue.
Since age nine, he has been dancing. It was watching stars like Fred Astair, Gene Kelly and Gregory Hinds on television that inspired him to start dancing. If anything, they were his instructors but in a more spiritual way.
He believes that in the next five years the local dance industry here will take off. "What Guyana needs to do however", he said, "is to take the art form more seriously and put certain things in place that would see to its rapid development."
Ballroom dancing, which is another form he fancies, is something Nobrega believes will also take off but on the international scene. He believes that one day whether he is around to witness it or not, ballroom dancing will make its way into the Olympics.
From the day he first started dancing for an audience, Nobrega said, he had dreams of appearing on Broadway. Today, he dreams of it more than ever. But what he is working towards in years to come, is a local musical and if it turns out successful, he hopes to take it to the Caribbean.
Next year World Cup cricket comes to Guyana and if Nobrega gets the chance, he would like his present crop of dancers to perform a number. Nothing too hot, he said, just exhilarating enough to leave people begging for more.
His dance classes are held every Tuesday at Celina Atlantic Resort at 6 pm. He is willing to train anyone and is appealing to the older guys and gals to come out and dance a little with him.
If there is one thing worth taking the classes, is rubbing shoulders with Nobrega himself or more like being shoulder to shoulder with him.
But how is it that this man of many moves became `Straighty'? When he was young, he said, he had cross eyes, for which surgery was required. After the surgery, he said, friends began to call him 'Straight Eyes'. Over the years this gradually became 'Straighty'.
Nobrega attended to Fountain AME School in the 1970s, where he sat side by side with several great Guyanese cricketers. He grew up in Alberttown with his four siblings.
At age 42, he has no children, he has never been married but at present he is 'spoken for'. He has no regrets about the past though and believes he has had a fulfilling life so far.