Instructor, Performer, Servicemember, Introvert
Dance has always been in my heart. It has been my background and my foreground at different times but has always been an unwavering presence. I started dancing at the age of 7 when there weren't many dance schools in my hometown. My dance teacher was Janet Jackson...via video cassette tape. I would watch the music videos from her Rhythm Nation album and memorize the choreography. I'm still contemplating whether to attempt the chair sequence from "Miss You Much."
At 18, I began to train in various dances at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. I trained in jazz, Senegalese Sabar, Haitian folkloric, modern, Afro-Jazz, amongst other styles. That place was my second home. Once I graduated and entered the unforgiving world of the jobless college grad, dancing took a backseat. It wasn't until the beginning of 2013 that my love for dancing was reawakened.
One cold night while working in New York City, I decided to take a dance class. I was stuck between Chicago Stepping and "Cuban salsa." Since the salsa class was closer to my office, I decided to sign up. I was so captured by this dance, better known as rueda de casino, that I was determined to become a teacher someday. But later in 2013, I swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies. Enter the United States Air Force.
From 2013 until about 2015, dancing was on the backburner. It wasn't until the middle of 2015 that it came back with a vengeance! In the midst of turmoil in my personal life, I sought out rueda classes once more. That year, I met two of my now-mentors, Barbara and Scott, who took me under their wing and trained me to become an instructor. I taught at the Mambo Room in Norfolk, VA and at Two Left Feet Studio in Newport News, VA. I also taught classes at Fort Eustis and Langley Air Force Base.
From there, I started traveling domestically and internationally to deepen my repertoire in not just rueda, but other Cuban dances including rumba and son. In 2017, as part of an all-female dance troupe Las Guerreras, I performed at the Stockholm Rueda Festival in Sweden. Later in 2017, I traveled to Cuba to train in Cuban modern technique, Cuban mambo, Orisha dancing, and cha-cha-cha. At the start of 2018, I was a guest instructor at Graceway Sports Centre in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.
Upon relocating (PCSing) to Maryland, I became part of the Dance In Time (www.danceintimesalsa.com) teaching staff. Now, I teach classes in and around PG, Anne Arundel & Howard Counties. In all of my efforts, I strive to bring joy through dance into my local community, wherever that may be at any given time.