Paulina was born in Morelia, Mexico. She developed an interest in dance at an early age. At the age of 15, she began ballroom dance classes with the group "Ritmo Latino," director Javier Gutierrez Najera, learning such rhythms as cha cha cha, samba, cumbia, merengue, rock and roll, salsa… to name a few. Enchanted, her passion for dance exploded and she began training in classical ballet, jazz and gymnastics.
At the age of 18, she was invited to be the partner of the very talented, professional dance teacher, Carlos Carmona, director of the "Salsabor" dance company in Mexico City. In the same year she won her first national title as Salsa Champion in the 2005 “Acapulco Salsa Congress 2005”. Boosting her confidence and interest, the win incited Paulina to pursue more training in ballroom, tango, acting, singing, musicals and hip-hop in Mexico, United States, Canada and Italy.
Paulina’s skills became increasingly valuable and so proven when she joined the different companies such as: "Salsa con Clave" directed by Gaby Bernal and Victor Burgos, "Salsamania" directed by Jhon Narvez and Liz Rojas in San Francisco California, also in New York with the dance company "Baila Society" directed by Daniel Ensank and Athoy Bon Pantoja.
Her salsa training continues in multiple International dance congresses with private instruction from renowned salsa coaches such as Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlow, Tito Ortos and Tamara Livosly, Jayson Molina, Fernando Sosa, Eddie Torres, Alien Ramirez, Osmar Perrones, Gerardo Ramirez and many more.
Paulina is part of the project “Dream Team”, a professional salsa team originally composed of World Salsa Champion couples “ON1 division” Rafael Barros and Carine Morais (Brasil), “cabaret division” Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega (Argentina-Chile) and “On2 division” David Zepeda.
“Las Bravas” is the new franchise created in 2016 from Paulina, this online training will help dance teams around the world to increase and develop their dance skill and showmanship.
Presently she is one of the world represent of salsa in the professional level with 14 Mexican national titles, 6 World salsa champions and more than 8 international titles.
Tessa Cunningham and Myles Munroe
Canadian West Coast Swing Champion Myles Munroe is a naturally gifted dancer who has had the advantage of training his talents from a young age. He was classically trained in every stage dance and partner dance, cross-trained in a variety of martial arts, and won 6 UCWDC World Champion titles before the age of 20. He and partner Tessa Cunningham Munroe are currently the highest ranked international dancers on the NASDE circuit, known for their artistic and athletic winning Showcase routines. As a dancer, Myles is known for his ability to maintain his masculinity while being committed to efficient movement and technical aesthetics. As a teacher, he gets results: his critical eye can get to the source of the problem and actually solve it, with a positive, encouraging approach that is universally loved.
Tessa’s Bio: Canadian West Coast Swing Champion Tessa Cunningham is one of the most admired followers on the Westie circuit. She is the highest ranked female international dancer on the NASDE circuit, and the winner of the first ever Jo Szymanski Pro Social Dancer Award. She has university degrees in both Human Kinetics and Education, and over 20 years of teaching/coaching experience, which give her an incomparable insight to dance teaching methodology and movement analysis. She is known for her versatility, body control, and enviable musical expression, and has used her endless feminine creativity to produce the first ever ladies’ styling dvd trilogy. Tessa is the creator of the Swing Literacy Development Method and actively leads teacher training courses globally. Her positive, high-energy, palatable delivery of correct foundational technique inspires and empowers students of all levels, and allows faster progression and access to more fun!
Leonardo Barri & Barbara Wainnright
Leonardo Barri & Barbara Wainnright Bio.
Nowadays they are working in the Dinner-Show of the House of Tango “Esquina Homero Manzi” in Buenos Aires. They were Finalists in the "2nd World Championship of Tango Variation" in Buenos Aires (December 2016). Also they were making performance in different “milongas” (Social Dance) of Buenos Aires as "Lo de Nieto", "Dos Orillas”, “Dni Tango” and “Salon Canin".
Both worked in different Tango Houses of Buenos Aires such as "Gala Tango", “El Querandí”, “Café de los Angelitos” and “El Viejo Almacén“.
As awards Leonardo won the Gold Medal at Stage Tango Couple in the XIV International Dance Competition, "Danzamérica 2008" held in Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba and 1st Place in the "1st National Championship Salsa & Choreography" held at the Resto Pub “Comadreja” in Córdoba (2003). While Barbara won the First Place in: “Milonga and Waltz categories”, and won second prize in “Tango category” at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Tango Dance Championship (2011).
Ashley Berrns has spent a lifetime perfecting her craft, investing years of practice, precision and determination. No audience intimidates her concentration — she’s danced for the Queen of England, in New York City studios, on stages across Canada and in an Olympic torch ceremony. An acclaimed performer, Ashley has earned numerous awards for choreography and competition. She’s also an award-winning business owner.
In 2011, Ashley established Dance INK, a performance centre providing professional instruction in genres such as ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, street jazz, breakdancing, modern, musical theatre and acrobatics. Over the past six years, Dance INK has expanded its studio space — with the third Dance INK location to open this spring. The third studio expansion will allow for the Dance INK team to continue providing exceptional training in a professional setting.
Dance INK provides numerous opportunities for their dancers outside of regular classes. Students often perform at various community events, such as WE Day, Telemiracle, Nuit Blanche and the Harlem Globetrotters Half Time Show. Most recently, they performed to a sold-out audience at Swinging with the Stars, a prestigious and lively fundraiser for the Saskatoon City Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. Ashley has been involved with this event for four consecutive years as an all-star dancer.
Dance Ink site: www.danceink.ca
Albert Torres is the world’s premier producer of live Salsa Music and Dance events. His passion for Salsa has been an inspiration to a countless number of people from all walks of life and his continuous efforts to globalize Salsa have made a major impact on the preservation and accessibility of both Salsa Music and Salsa Dance around the world.
Founded in 1992, Albert Torres Productions Inc. (ATP), this year celebrating its 22nd anniversary has created and co-produced over eight hundred and fifty spectacular Salsa Dance Events known as SALSA CONGRESSES in such exotic places as, Dubai, The United Arab Emirates, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Holland, Hamburg, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Ecuador, New Zealand, Australia, Puerto Rico, and in numerous city across America. Albert Torres also co-produced The World Salsa Championships that were seen worldwide on ESPN, and is now the sole producer of the The World Latin Dance Cup, the most prestigious dance competition for Salsa, Bachata & Cha Cha dancers in over 50 countries.
In 1998 Albert Torres Productions (ATP) created and produced the world’s largest Salsa Music event, The Los Angeles Salsa Congress which is still held annually in Southern California. This May 21-26, 2014 the LA Salsa Congress will be celebrating its 16th anniversary. ATP transforms the Westin Bonaventure Hotel into an exciting music and dance venue that attracts over 20,000 Latin Music enthusiasts from all over the world.
He has also been a featured dancer and choreographer on various film and television projects such as MAMBO KINGS with ANTONIO BANDERAS and DANCE WITH ME with VANESSA WILLIAMS. In 1993, he was selected by DEBBIE ALLEN to be a featured dancer at the Academy Awards, and he also made a guest starring appearance on the KEENAN WAYANS SHOW where he performed with JENNIFER LOPEZ. He was also Elected Grand Marshall at the National New York Puerto Rican Day Parade in front of 2 million spectators lined up on 5th Ave this past June 12, 2011.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Albert’s adoration for Latin music stems from his deep roots on the tropical island of Puerto Rico. Growing up on the streets on New York, however, gave him the street-wise experience most of us only read about.
Through thick and thin, Albert Torres Productions Inc. (ATP) continues to deliver top-notch quality events with world class performers. His bands are legendary and his events feature some of the finest musicians and dancers the world has ever known. He is also very honored and excited to bring you his latest project, THE WORLD LATIN DANCE CUP which will feature spectacular dancers from over forty-one different countries. In 2011 Albert Torres was honored to be accepted as a Member of the Council for Dance of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Never taking time to rest, he continues to co-produce over 40 events a year during his 48 weeks on the road. His life story is being written and a documentary has been started on not only his life story but his contribution to the movement of Salsa worldwide.
To learn more about Albert Torres and his events, please visit:
www.worldlatindancecup.com and www.mysalsacongress.com
To read more about Albert Torres’ work with Baile de Los Niños, providing cultural outreach programs to at-risk youth and low-income families, visit:
Harold and Regan
Harold Rancano and Regan Hirose, are a Latin dance couple best known for their energetic, and acrobatic flair on stage. Based out of Winnipeg, Canada, the flavorful couple has achieved plenty of success on both a national and international level, most notably being two-time World Bachata Cabaret Champions as of 2017 and currently two-time Canadian Bachata Champions.
Aside from competition, the duo also directs RHR Latin Dance Company and Cubanisimo Dance Productions in their hometown, where they train and coach their teams and students, 3 of which are World Champions. They also coach and mentor various teams outside of their city by both teaching and creating choreography.
With all their success through competition, performing and teaching, the duo is currently living their dream as professional dancers travelling the world to share their vast knowledge of styles and various latin rhythms such as; Salsa on 1, Salsa on 2, Bachata, Pachanga, Cuban Salsa, Cha cha cha and Lifts & Tricks. Whether it’s privates, group classes or to coach teams, the couple has the experience to adapt to any teaching environment.
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Solange Rego. Mozambique/Canada . Kizomba Instructor at Danza Morena Latin Dance Academy
Solange has been dancing for as long as she has been able to walk. Her dance training started in her native Mozambique where she began her training in various dance genres including both traditional as well as contemporary forms, including Afro-Dance, Ballet and Hip-Hop.
Solange has continued her training and advancement in Canada and North America with world- class instructors such as Sarah Lopez, Usukuma, Ivo Vieira, Shani Meyers, Ennuel Iverson and David Campos in New York.
Solange is thrilled to be part of the Sask Salsa Congress for 2017.
Leo Gonzales & Raydel Martinez- Cuban Movements
Leo Gonzales - Cuban Movements.
Cuban Movements is an Edmonton based company that is known for its unique choreographies that combine elements of body and dance movement from a wide variety of dance styles such as Rumba, Afro-Cuban, Son, Ballet and Contemporary. Leo Gonzalez, owner and director of Cuban Movements, began his dance career at a young age and after arriving in Canada, Leo decided he wanted to share his passion for dance with as many people as he could, and therefore Cuban Movements was created in 2013, and it has continued to grow in success ever since. You may have watched them in action in various festivals or congresses around Canada such as the Calgary Salsa Congress, Saskatoon Salsa Congress, Heritage Festival, Latin Festival, Expo Latino, and the Winnipeg Salsa Fest.
They are always very excited to share their passion of dance, and are even more excited to be back at the 2016 Saskatoon Salsa Congress!