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Summary

I have been dancing since the age of 12 and have studied all Cuban rhythms as well as Afro-Cuban dance. I began my professional dance career in 2002 in Havana, Cuba. As part of a dance company called The American Theatre, I performed regularly in theatres, nightclubs and on television. In 2006, I traveled to Italy to teach and perform at the Salsa World Festival. Also, I have taught and performed in Ecuador and Nicaragua. In 2008, I began working for a hotel in Cayo Largo Del Sur, Cuba, performing 14 different shows each week and teaching Cuban dance styles daily. In 2012, I moved to Toronto and now teach Afro Cuban rhythms and Cuban Salsa/Casino Rueda, and Bachata at Steps Dance Studio. With the students of Steps Dance Studio, I choreographed a Casino Rueda routine which was performed at the Toronto Salsa Congress in 2015. For the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, I also choreographed and performed Salsa and Afro-Cuban styles. I had the opportunity to be filmed dancing The Waltz, in television series 11.22.63 starring James Franco (2015). Dance is my passion, and I look forward to new experiences.

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Height: 5'9" / Weight: 170 lbs. / Build: Athletic / Hair Colour: Dark Brown / Eye Colour: Light Brown

Skills

  • Cuban Styles (Cuban Salsa/Casino Rueda, Rumba, Afro-Cuban, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Pilon, Mozambique, Congo, Son, Danzon, Danzonette, Franco-haitiano)
  • Contemporary, Ballet, Acrobatics, Jazz, Hip-Hop
  • Latin Styles (Bachata, Merengue, Samba, Tango, Kizomba)

Training

Mar 2002Jan 2008

American Theatre of Ballet, Havana, Cuba
  • Studied and trained various dance styles
  • Performed on behalf of American Theatre of Ballet at different events and locations
Nov 1997Mar 2002

Tony Menendez School of Dance and Acting, Havana, Cuba
  • Studied Afro Cuban, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Latin Styles

Professional Experience

Sep 2013Present

Performer, Instructor, Choreographer

Step's Dance Studio, Toronto

- Teach, perform and choreograph various styles of dance including Casino Rueda, Afro Cuban, Reggaeton and Bachata

2014Present

Performer

Rhythm & Roots, Toronto & Various Locations 

- Professional dancer/performer at various venues and events

Jan 2008May 2012

Performer, Instructor, Choreographer

Playa Blanca, Cayo Largo Del Sur, Cuba

- Teach, perform and choreograph live shows at the resort including over 20 styles of dance

Performances

2016

  • The ACTRA Awards, Toronto - Cuban Salsa
  • Filming of Conviction, Toronto - Rumba (Ballroom)

2015

  • Pan Am Games, Toronto - Cuban Salsa
  • Filiming of 11.22.63 starring James Franco, Hamilton - Actor/Dancer - Waltz
  • Canada Salsa Congress, Toronto - Performer/Choreographer - Casino Rueda
  • Dancing Kizomba music video (Alex Velz ft. Kardinal Offishal), Niagara - Main Dance Couple - Kizomba
  • Chim Pum Callao Salsa Congress, Niagara - Afro-Cuban/Jazz
  • Salsa on St. Clair, Toronto - Dancer/Teacher/Performer - Cuban Movement/Jazz
  • Rhythm & Roots Canada Day Parade, Mississauga - Dancer - Cuban Styles
  • Gala for Dance Kahncepts, Oshawa - Fusion Jazz, Mambo, Salsa

2014

  • Canada Salsa Congress, Toronto - Performer/Choreographer - Afro-Cuban/Jazz
  • Salsa on St. Clair, Toronto - Teacher - Cuban Movement/Reggaeton

Cuba

  • Premios Lucas (Television Show) - Dancer
  • Las Hazañas de Chacha (Comedy Show) - Actor/Dancer
  • The Anniversaries of Pupi y Los Que Son Son, Van Van, Grupo Compay Segundo, Buena Vista Social Club - Dancer
  • Radio Progreso, Palmas y Cañas, Super 12, De La Gran Escena, 23 y M (TV Shows) - Dancer 

Italy

  • Salsa World Festival (2006), Performer/Teacher, Cuban Styles