Posted September 2, 2011 by Takeshi
The results of the 1st ever Salsa By The Bay poll are in! We asked our readers who their favorite Bay Area salsa instructors were (out of our list of 54 instructors), and over 400 votes later, we have an answer!
As a quick disclaimer, the results of this poll are not scientific in any way. The results do not indicate who the best instructors are, just the ones who were able to get the most people to vote for them. The Bay Area is fortunate to have some of the best salsa instructors in the world, and all of the instructors on our list are fantastic teachers.
With that being said, here are the results of our poll:
1) Ava Apple and 3) Rodolfo Guzman
Surging to the top of the charts was Ava Apple, director of The Latin Symbolics dance company, and Salsa By The Bay’s Top Salsa Instructor. Not far behind was her partner and co-director, Rodolfo Guzman.
2) Wayne Melton
The number two prize goes to Wayne Melton, ex-champion skater and one of the oldest active salsa competitors in the Bay Area, winner of the 2010 US Salsa Open Championships.
4) Pantea Mazjoub
Number 4 on our list is Pantea Mazjoub, longtime salsa instructor at Albertos Night Club and the Cheryl Burke Dance Studio.
5) Gabriel Romero
As one of the most experienced salsa instructors in the world, it’s no surprise to see Gabriel Romero of Mambo Romero make our list of top salsa instructors (pictured here with his partner Victoria Ruskovoloshina).
6) John Narvaez
In the number 6 spot we have John Narvaez, the director of the Salsamania dance company and 2-time Top Instructor at the US Salsa Open Championships, pictured here with his partner and co-director, Liz Rojas.