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Bay Area Salsa Instructors

The Bay Area is lucky to have some of the best salsa instructors in the world. Click on a profile below to find out more information about that instructor.


Andrew Cervantes Location: Sacramento
Company: Salsamania
Bio:

Andrew Cervantes is a salsa instructor and competitor originally from Sacramento. Andrew began dancing salsa as a teen, and is now one of the top salsa dancers in the world and is…

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Arthur Calandrelli Location: San Francisco
Company: Independent
Bio:

Arthur Calandrelli is a dance instructor, choreographer, and performer with over 30 years of dancing experience. He has competed professionally in ballroom in competitions across the US, and holds certifications in…

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Ava Apple Location: San Francisco
Company: The Latin Symbolics
Bio:

Ava Apple is a dance instructor and founder of The Latin Symbolics dance company based in San Francisco. With a background in salsa, hustle, west coast swing, theater arts and American rhythm,…

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Beto Da Silva Location: San Ramon
Company: Salsaxe
Bio:

Beto Da Silva has been teaching club style salsa in the Bay Area for many years. An immigrant from Brazil, Beto grew up with the rhythms of forro, samba, and salsa embedded…

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Big Rob Herrera Location: San Francisco
Company: Salsamania Dance Company
Bio:

Robert Anthony Herrera, aka “Big Rob” has been dancing since he was 18 years old. Originally from Houston, Rob trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop at the Houston Met Dance…

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Carol Davis Location: San Rafael
Company: Carolina's Footloose Salsa
Bio:

Carol Davis (aka Carolina) is a longtime dancer who has experience with many styles of salsa including On1, On2, and Cuban. She specializes in Cuban-style salsa and rueda, and has traveled…

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Chris Dieseldorff Location: Santa Cruz
Company: Salsa Gente
Bio:

Christian Gregor Dieseldorff is the co-founder of “Salsa Rueda Santa Cruz” and “Salsa Gente”, specializing in teaching Cuban-style Salsa in the Santa Cruz area. Chris began teaching in 2004 and teaches now…

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Corey Raynor Location: San Francisco
Company: Bachata Y Mas
Bio:

Corey Raynor is a longtime dancer with years of experience performing with world-class salsa dance companies such as Salsamania and Beyond Dreamz. In addition to his salsa dancing experience, Corey has also…

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Danny Zepeda Location: Santa Clara
Company: Afinkao, Salsa Clara
Bio:

Danny Zepeda was a principal dancer and choreographer for Pretty Boys & Girls, 2005 World Salsa Champions in the teams category. He continued to take a leading role in the team, performing…

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Darci Everitt Location: Santa Cruz
Company: Palomar Ballroom
Bio:

Darci Everitt is a professional dancer with over 10 years of dance experience. Her background includes ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, hip hop, and bellydancing, in addition to salsa, which she specializes in.
Darci…

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Edmundo Martinez Location: Santa Cruz
Company: Agenda Lounge
Bio:

Edmundo Martinez is known for his fun and enthusiastic style of social dancing and teaching. He can be found conducting numerous classes at nightclubs around the Bay.
Edmundo is also a well known DJ…

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Edwin Banegas Location: San Jose
Company: Salsa With Edwin
Bio:

Edwin Banegas is an avid dancer, performer and a well sought after instructor, mostly recognized in the salsa community by his lucid, charismatic, and elegant style in the many forms of Latin…

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Evan Margolin Location: San Francisco
Company: SalsaCrazy
Bio:

Evan Margolin is a longtime salsa instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience. He is the founder of SalsaCrazy, a popular salsa website with information about salsa dancing that sells…

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Gabriel Romero Location: San Francisco
Company: Mambo Romero
Bio:

Gabriel Romero has trained many of the Bay Area’s top dancers and instructors, and is credited with bringing the New York style of On2 dancing to San Francisco. In many ways his…

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Garry Johnson Location: Emeryville
Company: Freestyle Salsa
Bio:

Garry Johnson has been dancing and teaching professionally for over 20 years and has developed a unique style which he calls “freestyle” salsa – the style has a heavy Cuban influence. He…

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Grizzly Hidriago Location: San Jose / Los Angeles
Company: Grizzly Dance Company
Bio:

Grizzly Hidriago is a latin jazz and cabaret specialist. Originally from Caracas, Venezula, Grizzly has been dancing from a young age and is trained in virtually every style of dance from Ballet…

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Hector Reyes Location: Redwood City
Company: Mambonova
Bio:

Hector Reyes has been a regular face in the Bay Area salsa scene for over ten years. He has danced with some of the Bay’s top teams and is well known as…

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Helen Vazquez Location: Fremont
Company: Cachet Dance Academy
Bio:

Helen Vazquez is a competitive salsa dancer and dance instructor based in the South Bay. Helen began her salsa dancing career at the young age of 14, and within months became a…

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Irene Silva Location: Santa Rosa
Company: Santa Rosa Salsa
Bio:

Irene Silva is a salsa dancer, promoter, and instructor from Santa Rosa. She has been dancing salsa since 2000, and has since become one of the top salsa promoters in the…

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Isabelle Rodrigues Location: Emeryville
Company: Independent
Bio:

Isabelle Rodrigues is one of the most renowned and respected female salsa instructors in the Bay Area, and Isabelle has been teaching salsa professionally for over a decade. Located in the East…

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Isidro Corona Location: San Jose
Company: Montuno Dance Company
Bio:

Isidro Corona is known for his creative and intricate choreography and energetic delivery. He is a US Salsa Open Professional On-1 Champion and a multiple-time World Salsa Championship finalist.
Isidro is the founder…

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Jake Jacobs Location: San Francisco
Company: Salsa By Jake
Bio:

Jake Jacobs is a passionate dancer and instructor who’s popular SalsaByJake brand has served countless dedicated students over the years. He is known for taking great care to educate his students in…

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JC Labio Location: Oakland
Company: Afinkao
Bio:

JC Labio has been lauded for his creative choreography and style which places a heavy emphasis on body isolation and rich lyrical movement with an Afro-Cuban flair. He spent several years studying…

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Jeremy Pilling Location: Santa Cruz
Company: Palomar Ballroom
Bio:

Jeremy Pilling is the owner of Palomar Ballroom located in Santa Cruz. he is a Latin ballroom performer and instructor with over ten years experience, and has won several Rising Star and…

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Jessica Dieseldorff Location: Santa Cruz
Company: Salsa Gente
Bio:

Jessica Dieseldorff is a salsa instructor and the co-founder of Salsa Gente (formerly “Salsa Rueda Santa Cruz”). Jessica has over 25 years of dance experience, including 16 years of ballet, which…

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Jesus Cruz Location: Santa Rosa
Company: Santa Rosa Salsa
Bio:

Jesus Cruz is a salsa dancer, performer, and instructor who has a long background in dance, starting with several traditional folkloric dances which he learned in his home town of Chiapas, Mexico….

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Jimmy “JSmooth” Bui Location: San Jose
Company: JSmooth Salsa
Bio:

Jimmy Bui (aka JSmooth) is a salsa and bachata instructor at the Miraido Studio in downtown San Jose. Jimmy has over 14 years of dancing experience, with a background in salsa, bachata,…

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John Narvaez Location: Alameda
Company: Salsamania
Bio:

John Freddy Narvaez is an internationally recognized award-winning performer and competitor whose passion and drive have seen him place numerous times in the World Salsa Championships, the World Latin Cup, and the…

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Jose A. Santamaria Location: Santa Rosa
Company: JAS Dance Academy
Bio:

José A. Santamaria (aka JAS) is dance instructor, performer, promoter, choreographer and judge who has performed at salsa congresses and events around the world. He began dancing at a young age,…

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Joshua Saenz Location: San Francisco
Company: Señor Saenz
Bio:

Joshua Saenz is an event producer and dance instructor. Currently he hosts weekly events at the Madrone Art Bar, as well as a monthly event at the Eve Lounge.
His teaching schedule includes…

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Juan Carlos Camarena Location: San Jose
Company: Grizzly Dance Company
Bio:

Juan Carlos Camarena (aka JC) is a salsa competitor and instructor from San Jose, California. JC has over 7 years of salsa dancing experience, and he has performed with many local salsa…

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Juan Gil Location: Oakland
Company: Salsa With Juan
Bio:

Juan Gil has been involved in teaching Latin dance for nearly 15 years. Originally from Guatemala, he has studied salsa in LA and has performed with SalsaConfunkshun.
Together with partner Ruth Caspary, Juan…

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Keesha Roberts Location: Campbell
Company: PB&G Dance Productions
Bio:

Keesha Roberts is a classically trained salsa performer and instructor, who has performed at Salsa Congresses around the world as a member of the Pretty Boys & Girls Pro Team. Keesha is…

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Kristen Nowakowski Location: East Bay
Company:
Bio:

Kristen Nowakowski is a salsa competitor and instructor from the Bay Area. Hailing from the Santa Rosa, Kristen is a largely self-taught dancer who has several years of salsa dancing experience. She…

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Lani Da Silva Location: San Ramon
Company: Salsaxe
Bio:

Together with husband Beto, Lani has been teaching club style salsa in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years now. She is a native Californian with a Pacific Islander heritage, meaning…

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Liz Rojas Location: Alameda
Company: Salsamania
Bio:

Together with partner John Narvaez, Liz Rojas is an internationally ranked dancer and performer who has placed in numerous competitions including the World Salsa Championships, World Latin Cup, and US Salsa Open….

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Luis Aguilar Location: San Francisco
Company: Couture Dance Alliance
Bio:

Luis Aguilar is a two time World Champion salsa dancer and has placed 1st in numerous other competitions including the San Francisco International Salsa Congress and the New York Salsa Congress. Together…

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Marianela Calonje Location: San Jose
Company: Montuno Dance Company
Bio:

Marianela Calonje, also lovingly referred to as “Mari” is one of the lead dancers on the professional team of Montuno Dance Company. Her journey to the professional ranks has been a story…

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Max Shpungin Location: Oakland
Company: Couture Dance Alliance
Bio:

Max Shpungin has performed and competed with some of the top salsa dancers in the world. He is a US Salsa Open Champion, San Francisco International Salsa Congress Finalist, and his performance…

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Michelle Castro Location: San Jose
Company: Pretty Boys & Girls
Bio:

Michelle Castro is a celebrated salsa dancer and performer. Together with then partner Ricardo Sanchez she made a name for herself as a talented choreographer, and her unique jazz-influenced style created a…

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Oscar David Location: San Jose
Company: San Jose State University
Bio:

Oscar David is a salsa instructor at San Jose State University, where he instructs the beginning and intermediate Latin Dance classes, which cover salsa, bachata, merrengue, and cha cha. He is…

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Pantea Majzoub Location: Mountain View
Company: Salsa With Pantea
Bio:

Pantea Majzoub  has been involved in the salsa scene since 1999 and has performed with Gabriel Romero’s Mambo Romero Dance Co., as well as Francisco Vasquez’ famed Rumba Rumberos. She holds a…

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Rebecca Chehalis Miller Location: Oakland
Company: Salsa With Rebecca
Bio:

Rebecca Chehalis Miller is salsa instructor and dancer who has been teaching salsa dancing at the Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland for over five years. She has a thorough understanding…

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Ricardo Tellez Location: San Francisco
Company: RicaSalsa
Bio:

Ricardo Tellez made waves in 1998 when he started teaching salsa in his signature On5 style. He later founded San Francisco’s award winning RicaSalsa Dance Company and continues to teach workshops around…

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Rodney “Rodchata” Aquino Location: San Francisco
Company: Rodchata
Bio:

Rodney Aquino has been involved in the Latin dance scene for over 16 years and was one of the first enthusiasts in the Bay Area to establish a web presence with the…

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Rodolfo Guzman Location: San Francisco
Company: The Latin Symbolics
Bio:

Rodolfo Guzman is originally from Mexico, where he first learned how to dance in his youth. Rodolfo took his first salsa class with Ava Apple, and later joined her team The Latin…

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Roger Yamat Location: Mountain View
Company: Zumbafest
Bio:

Roger Yamat has been a dance and fitness instructor for over ten years. He has a background in ballroom and nightclub dances, and has a devoted Zumba following as well. Roger is…

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Ruby Rumbera Location: San Jose
Company: Independent
Bio:

Ruby Rumbera is a salsa instructor and promoter from the South Bay area. Ruby has been dancing salsa since 1999, and has danced with salsa teams such as PB&G, RicaSalsa, Mantanceros,…

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Ruth Caspary Location: Oakland
Company: Salsa With Juan
Bio:

Ruth Caspary has been dancing since she was 5 years old, and has a background in ballet, jazz, and ballroom. She has danced with semi-professional groups such as Let’s Dance L.A. and…

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Sandy Chao Location: Redwood City
Company: Mambo Groovin
Bio:

Sandy Chao has accumulated over 10 years of Salsa and Mambo performance experience. Sandy is thrilled to share her passion and enthusiasm for the love of dance.
A technically minded dancer and instructor,…

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Silke Miller Location: Mountain View
Company: The Latin Bombshells
Bio:

Silke Heleine Miller is a professional dance instructor based in the Bay Area. Silke has wide background in dance, including jazz and salsa, and she was a competitive ballroom dancer until…

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Takeshi Young Location: San Jose
Company: Spartan Mambo
Bio:

Takeshi Young is a salsa dancer and competitor based out of San Jose. He has competed in competitions around the country including the SF International Salsa Congress, Portland Salsa Congress, US…

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Tellina Rezzoffi Location: Oakland
Company: Afinkao
Bio:

Tellina Rezzoffi is a lifelong dancer with training in jazz and hip-hop. She has been involved in the Bay Area salsa scene since 2000 when she began dancing with the Mambo Romero…

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Tianne Frias Location: San Francisco
Company: RicaSalsa
Bio:

Tianne Frias has been dedicated to the art of dance for over 20 years. A trained modern dancer hailing from San José State University’s acclaimed dance program, Tianne has also taught and…

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Tiffany Wu Location: Oakland
Company: Salsa With Tiffany
Bio:

Tiffany Wu (aka Jun Wu) is a salsa instructor in the Bay Area, and one of the few female instructors who knows how to Lead and Follow in salsa and Ballroom Latin…

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Tomaj Trenda Location: East Bay
Company: Salsa With Tomaj
Bio:

Tomaj Trenda is an experienced teacher with a Master’s Degree in Dance Education. He has served as a dance faculty member at several renowned institutions including the University of Washington and the…

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Valerie Demattei Location: San Francisco
Company: Gambe Lunghe Dance
Bio:

Valerie Demattei has been dancing Salsa and Bachata since 2007. She began teaching Salsa in 2010 at Equinox Gym with Antonio Miguel in San Mateo. Shortly after, she joined Pretty Boys and…

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Vera Quijano Location: Redwood City
Company: Revolutionize
Bio:

Vera Quijano has been a dancer since the age of nine, and takes a holistic approach to salsa. She advocates for the ability of salsa dancing to bring people together, as well…

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Victoria Ruskovoloshina Location: San Francisco
Company: Mambo Romero
Bio:

Victoria Ruskovoloshina has been a force in the Bay Area salsa community for many years and is an acclaimed dancer, teacher and performer. She is known for her intricate styling, fierce presence…

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Viola Gonzales Location: Emeryville
Company: Freestyle Salsa
Bio:

Viola Gonzales is an experienced dance instructor with a diverse background including competitive skating, cheerleading, ballroom dancing, and salsa, in which she has over 10 years of teaching experience.
Viola currently performs traditional…

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Wayne Melton Location: San Jose
Company: Independent
Bio:

Wayne Melton is a competitive salsa dancer and dance instructor from the South Bay Area. Wayne has a background in competitive roller skating, in which he holds numerous national titles. He has…

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Inactive Instructors

The following are instructors who have retired from teaching or are currently not actively teaching salsa:

Ariel Lehaitre Location: San Jose
Company: Pilates Sante
Bio:

Ariel Lehaitre is a life-long classically trained ballet dancer and performer who has made a successful transition to salsa. She is known for her beautiful lines and crisp technique.
Ariel has since performed…

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Cristina Martinez Location: Campbell
Company: PB&G Dance Productions
Bio:

Cristina Martinez is a longtime dancer and instructor for Pretty Boys & Girls Dance Company. She has performed with PB&G Rising Stars and High Maintenance, and currently performs on the PB&G Pro…

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Ernesto Javier Location: Redwood City
Company: Independent
Bio:

Ernesto Javier has been a regular face in the Bay Area’s competitive salsa dance scene for some time, and has danced as a member of such teams as Salsamania and Couture Dance…

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Giju John Location: San Francisco
Company: Beyond Dreamz
Bio:

Giju John is a pop music vocalist, producer, and world-ranked salsa dancer. Giju was formerly a principal member of Salsamania Dance Company, and has performed and competed all across the US,…

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Margo Gaitan Arroyo Location: San Jose
Company: Independant
Bio:

Margo is an instructor, choreographer, coach, performer and emcee and has been dancing salsa for over 10 years. She danced and performed with many teams, most notably Pretty Boys and Girls Dance…

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Friends of the Bay Area

The following are instructors who used to reside in the Bay Area or visit the Bay Area on a regular basis:

Anya Katsevman Location: New York
Company: Independent
Bio:

Anya Katsevman is an acclaimed award-winning dancer and performer with over 20 titles in the International Latin circuit. Her many international performance credits include tours with well known shows such as Burn…

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Jack Lin Location: Atlanta
Company: Independent
Bio:

Jack Lin is a salsa dancer instructor who has been dancing salsa since 2005, with over 5 years of teaching experience. He studied salsa from Tianne Frias, Evan Margolin, and Alison…

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Mikko Kemppe Location: Helsinki, Finland
Company: Helsinki Salsa Academy
Bio:

Mikko Kemppe is the founder of Helsinki Salsa Academy. Mikko was a well-liked salsa dancer in the Bay Area social scene and he credits a lot of his early training and development…

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Ricardo Sanchez Location: Campbell
Company: Pretty Boys & Girls
Bio:

Ricardo Sanchez is the founder and director of World Salsa Championship team Pretty Boys & Girls, and has performed in virtually every major salsa festival around the world.
A native of Colombia, Ricardo…

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Ricki Anaya Location: Portland
Company: Salsa Dance Now
Bio:

Ricki Anaya is a long time nightclub style salsa and bachata teacher. Among her many classes, Ricky runs a popular “Salsa Bootcamp” and also hosts Fiesta Tuesdays at Mexico Lindo in San…

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