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  • 2978 S State Salt Lake City Utah
  • (801) 466-0490
  • (801) 466-0490
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When we started dancing about a decade ago, we didn’t know a simple hobby would change our lives forever. Looking back now, it’s clear that dancing not only helped us stay healthy, young, and energized; but also empowered us in more ways than we could have imagined. Dancing made us shine confidently on stage and in life, and fostered life-long friendships and partnerships that have defined who we are today: A team of professionals who share the passion of enriching people’s lives through dance.

This dream team of instructors is available for group and private dance lessons as well as performances and choreographies.
Schedule your 1st lesson online or call us at 801.466.0490. We can't wait to meet you!

Maria

Salsa, Argentine Tango

Maria started dancing in 2001 and has received most of her training in New York and Los Angeles from some of the world's top salseros. Maria has won numerous awards from "Mambo Queen" in 2005 to "Utah's Best Female Salsa Dancer" in 2011. She started teaching Latin dance in 2005 as faculty of Salt Lake Community College & University of Utah and since then has become one of Utah's most known female salsa instructors.

Maria Salsa, Argentine Tango

Frida

Salsa, Bachata, Hip Hop

Frida has won 3rd place in the 2015 Las Vegas Salsa On2 Amateur couples division Competition, 1st place in the 2016 Utah Bachata competition, 1st place in the 2015 San Diego Salsa On2 couples division Competition, and is Utah Bachata Queen 2016. She's had extensive training in several multi-cultural styles of dance, including Tahitian, samba, and Argentine tango, and is also certified in Zumba.

Frida Salsa, Bachata, Hip Hop

Laura

Ballroom, Latin, Swing

A native of Oklahoma City, artist Laura Payne Juarez is a professional ballroom dancer, choreographer and instructor. Her training began in ballet and modern and expanded to ballroom, training across the US and Europe. After placing second in the Open British World Formation Championships, she earned Licentiate status with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for the Latin American Branch. She graduated from BYU and taught as adjunct faculty at UVU.

Laura Ballroom, Latin, Swing

Chad

West Coast Swing, Ballroom

Chad spent several years dancing with the ballroom dance teams at UVU, and competed with the team at Blackpool in 2008 dancing in both the standard and Latin medleys. Recently, his focus has turned to social dancing, and he has developed a deep love of West Coast Swing, Argentine tango, and Blues.

Chad West Coast Swing, Ballroom

Alfonso

Salsa, Bachata, Ballroom

Alfonso Salsa, Bachata, Ballroom

Elisha

Ballroom, Country, Kids

Elisha was on the BYU Ballroom Tour Team for four years enabling her to travel throughout the United States and many other countries. Among the many awards and titles she has, her top two favorite are the title of National Amateur Theater Arts Champion entitled and receiving her Degree in Dance Education. She has taught classes in all styles of dance including ballroom, latin, dance fitness, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, tumbling and more. Let's dance!

Elisha Ballroom, Country, Kids

Matt

West Coast Swing

Matt West Coast Swing

Yana

Salsa, Bachata, Ballroom

Yana began dancing at an early age with the I.C.A.N.D.O. Ballet West program and quickly became an assistant teacher there. She recently won 3rd place in the Utah 2016 Solo Competition. Yana specializes in Salsa, Bachata, Social Ballroom, and teaching wedding couples.

Yana Salsa, Bachata, Ballroom

Camie

West Coast Swing

Camie West Coast Swing

Heng

Break Dancing

Started Breakin' in late 2011 at Dance Biz Studio. Since then, Heng, has gone off to performing all over Utah including: Urban Arts Festival, Utah Arts Festival, Comic Con and has made appearances on Channel 2 News. In 2016 alone he won 4 out of 6 battles. He believes that a young age brings a fresh and new perspective on breaking while respecting old customs and loves to share it with others!

Heng Break Dancing

Koryl

Ballroom, Country, Kids

Koryl danced competitive Tap, Jazz, and Ballet for thirteen years before enrolling in the BYU dance program. She then traveled to teach, learn, and perform many dance styles throughout the world in countries such as China, Israel, the UK and places such as New York City, Washington DC, and Alaska. Her current favorite styles are African, Salsa, and Country Swing.

Koryl Ballroom, Country, Kids

Julio

Salsa, Bachata, Kids

Julio specializes in Salsa, Bachata and Social Ballroom. He currently competes at the highest level in Salsa and Bachata and is the 2016 king of Bachata in Utah. In 2015 he took first place in the SDSBK (San Diego Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba) international Salsa competition. Julio also has some Ballroom background completing the Bronze Latin Ballroom medals exam and competing in Dance Sport BYU amateur division making it to semi-finals.

Julio Salsa, Bachata, Kids

Atakan

Argentine Tango, Salsa

Atakan is widely recognized as one of the top Argentine Tango dancers in Utah. He had originally started learning Argentine Tango in Turkey and has performed and traveled with his dance group for over 3 years. He is a patient and intuitive instructor. His teaching style focuses on concepts and technique of lead and follow with a particular emphasis on the musicality of Argentine Tango.

Atakan Argentine Tango, Salsa

Simi

Hip Hop

Simi Hip Hop

Lindsay

Salsa, Bachata, Argentine Tango

Lindsay started out dancing Jazz at an early age, but ultimately found her passion in Latin dances. She placed 3rd in 2010 and 1st in 2011 in a statewide Salsa Competition in Utah and 3rd in 2010 in a statewide Bachata Competition. She specializes in Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba and is available for private lessons.

Lindsay Salsa, Bachata, Argentine Tango

Frankie

Salsa, Bachata, Kids

Frankie Suave is an Arizona native with over 20 years of dance & music experience, learning music at age of 3 & dance at age 6. Frankie's fun & inspiring ways to dance has lead him to teach & perform in 4 different continents. With a ballet foundation, his styles include: Salsa, Bachata, Cabaret, Hip Hop, Merengue, Cumbia, Zouk, Kizomba & Ballroom.

Frankie Salsa, Bachata, Kids

Parker

Ballroom, Latin

As an alumnus of the world-renowned BYU Ballroom Dance Company, Parker is highly experienced in competitive and artistic ballroom dancing and has been doing so for over 13 years. He has extensive private and formation team training in both International and American styles of Ballroom Dance, and has competed successfully over the years individually, and with his teams. Parker is a Dual (both Latin-American and Ballroom Styles) Licentiate, full member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.

Parker Ballroom, Latin

Gio

Latin, Ballroom, Kids

Gio became National Pre-championship Latin Champion and the National Amateur Rhythm Champion in 2009. In 2011, she became the Amateur Latin Champion here in Utah. She was also a member of the prestigious BYU formation ballroom dance team. In 2009, she became one of the directors for the successful BYU Youth Ballroom Program.

Gio Latin, Ballroom, Kids

Jared

Latin, Ballroom, Hip Hop

Jared Murillo is a Youth Latin and Swing dance champion. Credits also include High School Musical Trilogy and tours, Glee, Two and Half Men, Dancing with the Stars UK, Gilmore Girls, Wet Hot American Summer, Gangster Squad, Sweet Life of Zack & Cody, Shake It Up, V Factory, Snow Patrol "In the End" and Courtyard "Take a Tour".

Jared Latin, Ballroom, Hip Hop

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