I'm an Afro Cuban Salsa instructor who teaches beginners to intermediates. I teach 3 classes a week for over 6 hours a week in Nyack, NY. Those classes are at the Gagliardi Studio & Gallery - Salsa Sundays at 4pm - non formal class for kids ages 5 and up party w/ their parents and Mondays at 7pm - formal beginner Salsa class for teens and adults) and Casa Del Sol - Wednesdays at 8pm (must be over 21). I also offer private teaching which includes a breathing through body movement technique to relax and stimulate full body range of motion. The privates are held both in Nyack, NY and Rivervale, NJ; and my private students age range is from 5 and up.
I am an accomplished professional and created Fun Fab Fit to encourage my clients to have fun while getting fit. I have combined calisthenic training with my love of Afro Cuban Salsa. I will not sacrifice integrity for growth and will continue to manage and retain my business by establishing strong, proactive, collaborative relationships with my clients, treating them as true partners. Education attained at Embry Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Katherine Gibbs, W.I.T.S, Zumba and Afro Cuban Salsa.
Afro Cuban Music stemmed from Black slaves who were brought to Cuba from such tribes as Nigeria, Congo, Liberia and Senegal. From peasant music of the 1800 to the form of music we listen to today was an evolution that started in the 30’s and New York Puerto Ricans changed it into Salsa (the Sauce) which is derived from Afro Cuban music. The sauce that remains today from the 1800 is the clave (a sound that blends all the instruments together through a beat, created by either the bass or the conga). In Puerto Rico, they had a dance called the seis (six steps) which is danced to a European musical 8 beat scale. The Salsa dance today is a combination of African, Cuban and Puerto Rican influences of pure joy. The lyrics that many of the songs are influenced by are the celebration of life, love and the request for equality between all classes of people.
My team changes depending on the day/time: They assist me at performances
Anyone who wants to become a dancer period, but of course my passion is Salsa. The dancer who walks in the first day, till they see the light bulb go on to the ones that go on to shine. As for real acts that have inspired me, there are just too many to name here. But if you want something from TV that would be Salsa dancing routines from the show So You Think You Can Dance.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 2 - 240 minutes
Where there is a party and you need people to get up and dance, I can get the party going. I'm fun, cheerful, excited and enjoy challenges. I able to instruct and teach Salsa dance for as long as 4 hours. I will show up promptly and will be ready to go on time. I won't leave until the party has ended. I'm helpful and will work with you to make sure your function, party or event is a success. There isn't any job too small that I won't enjoy.
cd player or ipod set up for music
wood, pergo or linoleum floors
I'm so not a diva and don't expect much, however I just need a little lighting that's just enough so I can see where I'm going and those I'm teaching. There must be a contract so that all parties are clear on what is to be expected from each involved.
My set list will depend on the venue and their needs.
Past Booked Dates:
06-20-2012 — Casa Del Sol (weekly gig at 8pm)
06-18-2012 — Gagliardi Studio (weekly gig at 7pm)
06-17-2012 — Gagliardi Studio (weekly gig at 4pm)
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bachelorette Party, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclub, Corporate Event, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Graduation, Holiday Party, Launch Party, Private Party, Quinceañera, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Sweet 16 Party, Trade Show, Wedding Reception
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