Guest Artists

Paulina Posadas

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.

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.

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.

Adriano Ierepoli & Samantha Scali

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Adriano Ieropoli and Samantha Scali are professional dancers based out of Montreal, Canada. In 2009, at age fourteen they began their partnership by teaching locally and performing for various stage productions, concerts, festivals and salsa congresses.
In 2015, they started competing internationally and founded Novaera Productions their very own dance studio in Montreal. That year, Adriano won his first world title in the same gender division and he is now the current world champion in the men solo division. Adriano and Samantha are the first Canadian couple to have won a world title in the Professional Salsa On2 division, having placed first at the 2017.

Tessa Cunningham and Myles Munroe

Myles Bio:
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

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

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.

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:

www.alberttorresevents.com/bailedelosninos/mission.asp

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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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!

Enzo Vagaray



 
Enzo first started dancing salsa in 2009 and quickly made his mark in the Edmonton Latin dance scene, performing and teaching not long after his debut.  

In 2012, he moved to Vancouver to train under world champion instructors Patrick and Scarlet Moriarity. Since then, he has performed and competed in numerous prestigious congresses and world competitions. Most recently, after only two weeks of consistent training, Enzo earned himself a fourth place win in the same gender category at the 2017 World Salsa Summit alongside New Yorks's Andrew Avila. 

Now back in Edmonton, Enzo brings a wealth of knowledge to his city's salsa scene and continuously strives to reach new heights in both the Canadian and world latin dance scene. Enzo is currently the assistant director at SalsaVitus Dance Company where he teaches, choreographs, and performs. He is known for his smooth and clean social dancing and styling as a follow.

Solange Rego

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!

Mario Acosta & Ana Lopez

Mario Acosta-Cevallos - SalsaVitus Dance Company



Mario Acosta-Cevallos is a 7x World Salsa Champion, Canadian Latin-American Ballroom Finalist and acclaimed dance instructor. He is known for his hypnotic performances marked by high levels of grace, speed and technical difficulty. He is equally acknowledged for his ability to provide a fun, fresh, and accessible approach to salsa dancing.

Mario & Ana have been dancing together for almost a year and their recent accomplishment has been placing second at the World Salsa Summit as part of Team Canada in the Open Small Team Division.



SalsaVitus Website: www.salsavitus.com

Maxwell Aguilar.

Maxwell Aguilar.
Maxwell has been exposed to most Latin cultural music and dance since a young age when he lived in El Salvador. These dances included salsa, merengue, cumbia, and bachata. He started representing Edmonton, Alberta professionally in 2001 through performing, and teaching. He has performed, attended and taught at many World Salsa Congresses in places such as, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Puerto Rico, Miami, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, San Francisco, as well as various functions in Edmonton. Maxwell has also participated in many competitions since he started his professional dance career. Maxwell started his teaching career in Edmonton in 2000 at Grant MacEwan College and then transferred to Latin Corner Dance Company to teach from 2002 to the end of 2007. At the start of year 2008 he founded his own school, Unique Dance Company. At Unique Dance Company, he instructs, performs, and is the choreographer for the company’s student dance team. Maxwell has taught in various places throughout Canada, and the USA including Calgary at their 2nd Annual International Salsa Congress. He will be going back home to El Salvador this year in the fall to teach in their second International Congress.

 

Alexis Mora Blanco - Cuban Boys

Alexis Mora Blanco. Bio. coming soon.

 

Scarlet & Patrick Moriarity

Scarlet & Patrick Bio. coming soon.

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