What a successful Sexy Salsa Ballroom Student Showcase last night! Thank you to all my students, you put a smile on my face each day. I want to thank my wonderful sexy dance partner Brian Fortuna for your encouragement, talent, and inspiration. I want to thank the dancers from the Wheelchair Dancers Organization for driving all the way from San Diego to perform in my show and support starting affiliate programs in LA. Thank you to all my staff, student assistants, video crew Lee & Cody, photo crew Jonathan & Steve, publicist Rita & Jeff, and last but not least everyone who came out and supported our show!! I am blessed beyond words!
Just Assisted Joe Torres of the Wheelchair Dancers Organization at an assistance living facility with a Wheelchair Social Dancing session. I asked this man Daniel for a dance. He said "No... I can't, I only have 4 weeks to live" I said, "Come on, let's dance" So I take him for a stroll, me leading. But then he squeezes my hand and starts leading me! And he leads me into swivels and turns... for 2 whole songs! I let him Take the Lead and he did, and a big SMILE on his face! He was my Dancepiration today!
New Dance Partnership with Adam Nelson. Thank you to Joe Torres of the Wheelchair Dancers Association for setting us up. Excited for this new journey of experimentation and breaking barriers.
Congrats to everyone in the 4-Week Intro Salsa Course on embarking on a new journey of dance! I look forward to seeing you grow and discover the dancer inside of you!
Visiting the Wheelchair Dancers Organization was truly an inspiration. Class progressed from Warm-up, MJ Thriller Choreo, then Cha Cha Cha partnering. Just like any dance class, there was emphasis on technique and form and a sense of discipline, while having fun, feeling the music, and letting go. 50% Rollers, 50% Walkers. I learned how to lead a roller into the Cha Cha Cha Basic, Natural Top, New Yorker, and Spot Turn. It was a blast, and really felt like Leading a dance! I had lived in a wheelchair once, having been paralyzed from the neck down with a rare disease called Spinal Cord Infarction. My memories and emotions of immobility came back as I took part in the class, and can't say it felt good. But, having this opportunity to teach and share my passion for dancing with Wheelchair Dance classes in Orange County and Los Angeles in the near future, will be part of my continuous journey of recovery and healing, and I can't wait! It is a blessing to be sharing the power of dance! Congrats to Joe and Beverly for creating such an amazing organization and community!
Great night performing Ballroom, Tango, and Salsa at Wella Professionals corporate event at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Such amazing wax figures, some of them look so real. Big thank you to my amazing dance partner Brian Fortuna. So blessed to have you in my life. Hmmm... maybe we'll end up as wax figures at Madame Tussauds one day... Looking forward to the next one :)
Super fun Intro Foxtrot/Swing workshop with Brian Fortuna, former Pro with Dancing With the Stars & UK's Strictly Come Dancing. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise... and thank you for making me and my students laugh. Amazing job to all my students, and congrats on embarking on a new journey of learning a new dance. Hope that you learned and discovered something new today. Looking forward to seeing you grow more. So blessed and honored to be continuously working with you Brian. xo
Had an amazing Sexy Salsa Ballroom trade show debut at Bizbash LA.
Had a blast performing at a private Beverly Hills House Party with Brian Fortuna, former Pro Dancer with Dancing With the Stars (USA), Strictly Come Dancing (UK), and Burn the Floor... 3 ballroom shows I absolutely love and day dream about. And yes, he is an absolutely phenomenal performer and entertainer with an explosion of energy. Thank you Brian for making this such a fun experience despite the little time we had for preparation. Thank you for reminding me what dance is all about and giving it a 150%. The show was a super success! Very blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you and having a new friend in life. Looking forward to further collaboration and seeing you continue to prosper as an Actor and Entertainer. Feeling blessed to be able to continue to learn and grow as a professional dancer.
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Had an amazing time judging for Dancing Classrooms Los Angeles Semi-Finals, an amazing organization which goes around teaching 5th Graders Ballroom through a 10-Week Program, created by Pierre Dulane, and the base organization for the movie Take the Lead" starring Antonio Banderas, and documentary films "Mad Hot Ballroom" and Dancing In Jaffa. It's my third time judging and it gets better and better each time. Congratulations to LA chapter President Sophia and her team for implementing the program across the LA Unified School District to 5500 Fifth Graders in just 3 years! A new generation of dance is on its way!
What a wonderful Tango Show on the beautiful Catalina Island! This trip was beyond my expectations Thank you to my amazing crew: Tinto Tango Trio - Mariano Dugatkin, Dino Durand, Pablo Medina, and my partner Dennis Cante. Your passionate souls and talent are priceless. Thank you to the Catalina Island Museum for the invitation to your gala, celebrating Charlie Chaplin's 125th Birthday. This island has such a healing friendly vibe, I felt like I was in another county, not just 40 miles away from the California coast. Spending the rest of today exploring the island. Thinking of making this island my second California home. Feeling so Blessed for this opportunity and being a Dancer Happy Weekend Everyone!!!
Got to see Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" as part of the Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit at the beautiful Avalon Casino Theatre, accompanied by a 39-piece orchestra conducted by the famed conductor Richard Kaufman - watching a movie with a full live orchestra, omg this was truly a treat! I was blown away by Chaplin's entertaining genius, from his acting, mime, facial expressions, comedic timing... even his body movement was comparable to that of Baryshnikov's character acts. And can't believe he even composed his own music and got behind the camera too. There is so much to learn and appreciate from this incredible historical film icon. Feeling even more honored that I got to perform to one of his songs as part of the benefit. Happy 125th Birthday, Chaplin! You will continue to inspire billions for generations to come. The "Chaplin & Goddard: A Secret Love Affair" exhibit runs through Sept 28 at the Catalina Island Museum.
Good times reuniting with my old dance partner and friend, and brilliant salsa mind Esteban Conde. Thank you Esteban for coming up to LA, to teach a groundbreaking workshop to my students! There is always so much to learn, grow, and share. So blessed to reconnect and catch up, feeling we both have developed so much over the two years we haven't seen each other. Amazing job to all my students! Nice to see everyone be so open to receive and absorb. And be excited for the new routine Esteban choreographed for me after the workshop. He applied everything we worked on during the workshop and took it above and beyond. I can't wait to get rehearsals started!! Luv you all!!
Wicked 3-Hour Beginner Salsa Bootcamp with amazing people. We got through the entire Beginner Syllabus, woohoo! Congratulations to all who came, and especially to the many whose first time it was taking a salsa class. I look forward to helping you navigate your dance journey. More good stuff coming! Blessings!!!
What a wonderful evening of Dance! Congratulations to all my students! You did an amazing job! My thoughts of commendation, appreciation, blessings, and love for each and every one of you are beyond words, and I look forward to continuing the dance and life journey with you. A big thank you to my Japanese friend and lead, Steve Oishi for your dedication, commitment, and grace. A special thank you to my pro partner and guest dancer & instructor Julz. You are truly an amazing talent and personality, and I look forward to working and growing together with you further. Thank you to my staff for being so flexible the entire evening. Thank you to Rain NightClub, and thank you to every single person who came out and supported us for the show! I am blessed to have such a wonderful dance family! Thank you to God & the Universe for guiding me through my life journey of success, growth, fellowship, giving, and grace. www.SexySalsaBallroom.com
Had a fun time dancing and sharing Argentine Tango to the kids at Carlthorp School. What a wonderful school!!
Amazing guest instructor rehearsal with Dancing With the Stars Choreogapher & Pro Troupe member Julian Tocker. Thank you @julztocker for bringing a fresh perspective and vibrant energy and passion into my group. Truly an expert, mastermind, and inspiration,you are Awesome Julz! Witnessed the transformation in my students as the rehearsal progressed, making me super excited. Good job guys! I was so proud of all of you for being so open-minded and just going for it :) Looking forward to hearing your discoveries from last night, and your much continued progress. I probably learned as much as my students, and was reminded once again that there is no end for how much you can learn and grow. I will be performing with Julz at my student show coming up this Sunday in Studio City. 4 more days til showtime, woohoo! Blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. Luv you all, xoxo. Show info: www.SexySalsaBallroom.com
The critically acclaimed Japanese film "Sharu wi Dansu?" directed by Masayuki Suo, is about a Japanese business man who finds the missing passion in his life when he secretly takes ballroom dance lessons. In Japan, you are expected to keep your emotions and opinions to yourself to maintain wa (peace)... In a society in which shaking hands and hugging in public is still regarded as taboo, for a long time Ballroom dance schools in Japan were regulated under the same laws as bars, hostess clubs, and prostitution houses. Thankfully not anymore... When I practice with my Japanese friend Steve, I am reminded of this beautiful film... though we have our own Shall-We-Dance stories. Steve is a native from Japan who immigrated to the states in his twenties, discovered Ballroom in America 15 years ago. I grew up in the states but discovered Ballroom in Japan after completing my Undergrad & Graduate studies in Tokyo. And though we are over 2 decades apart, we both share the same passion and discipline for dance, and come together in frame weekly. This is one of the beauties of dancing and ballroom! Thank you Steve for being such an awesome friend and Standard practice partner. Steve & I will be performing a traditional Standard Tango at my student show coming up this Sunday.www.SexySalsaBallroom.com
Practice, Practice, Practice!! One week til showtime. Reach for the stars! Thank you for being such an awesome group! All of you have come such a long way! Can't wait til showtime :)
My Ladies are looking hot! They are going to be amazing when they perform on Sunday, April 27, along with the partnering groups. Can't believe some of them stepped into a dance class for the first time only 4 months ago. Luv u all! Info on student showcase: www.SexySalsaBallroom.com
Beautiful Indian Wedding at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Good times performing Tango & Salsa/Samba to eclectic Indian music. Thank you to my partner AJ and John for the invite. AJ, thank you for keeping the energy high and fun. Nice meeting & working with you Sasha & Forrest. Love those long lines. Thankful to be a dancer yesterday, today, and tomorrow :) Happy Easter Everyone!
Intro Salsa Week 1/4. Congratulations to everyone in class. You have officially embarked on your dance journey, and I promise it will be a rewarding one with much transformation and discovery. It will take a bit of discipline, patience, and consistency to build a good foundation, but we will have a lot of fun along the way. So blessed to have such a wonderful group. Love getting people started on their dance journey, and being part of it along the way :)
My Ladies are looking hot! They are going to be amazing when they perform on Sunday, April 27, along with the partnering groups. Can't believe some of them stepped into a dance class for the first time only 4 months ago. Luv u all! Info on student showcase, click HERE
Great Intro Ballroom Class (Foxtrot & Cha Cha Cha) Week 1/4. Congrats to the many who stepped into a dance class for the first time. Takes a lot of courage to do that. More fun coming in the next weeks :)
So proud of my student Louis who came in with not 2 but 4 Left Feet four months ago, and was thinking about quitting after his first dance class. Consistently taking lessons weekly, look at him now Not once did I have to back-lead during this routine :)
Performed Salsa & Tango with Julz Tocker at Juan's super chill wedding. Congratulations Juan for the marriage! It was an honor performing at your wedding, and such great energy your friends have :)
Show #2 this day! Thanks Julz for performing with me! You are the best!
Had the honor to provide atmosphere dance entertainment for a glitzy 1920's themed charity gala for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the St. Regis Hotel on Monarch Beach. Atmosphere dance entertainment, in a few words, is professional social dancing to fill the dance floor and help build excitement in the event space. The short video on the left is my dance partner Julz and me freestlying some Quickstep to the big band music. Thank you to Alysha Wheeler for the invitation.
Just completed an awesome tv shoot! Can't disclose any details whatsoever... but stay tuned. Wanted to thank my awesome dance partner Julz Tocker, who is flying through LA as a superman dancer & choreographer, and my amazing students who filled in as extras: Rob, Mark, Antonio, & Matt. Good job!!
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