Performers & Instructors
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCER ABAKUA AFRO-LATIN DANCE COMPANY.
Frankie Martinez is one of the most innovative Latin contemporary dancers of his generation. Leader of the Afro-Latin Funk Movement, he founded the ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company in 2002. Frankie and ABAKUÁ have performed and taught in over 20 countries worldwide.
Billy Fajardo, with over 30 years experience, has won multiple world dance titles. He has worked with Gloria Gaynor, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Bob Hope. Film credits include Carlito’s Way, Cross Over Dreams, and the Summer of Sam. Along with Katie Marlow, he runs Dancesation! Studio and Entertainment and Miami’s International Hustle and Salsa Competition.
Ryoko Ohara & Wabisabi
Ryoko Ohara started her salsa training in 1997 in Tokyo, and began her carrier as a professional salsa dancer in 2000 with her former dance partner Ryu, founding the well-known and wildly creative WASABI. As well, she started her own Dance Company ELEGGUA in 2007.
Ngoc Nam & Bich Ngoc
Doan Ngoc Nam is manager & artistic director of Spring Salsa Studio (Vietnam). Together with his partner, Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, they manage Spring Salsa Company. Their style is sexy and passionate, bringing inspiration to a great number of dancers in Hanoi.
Ana & Guga
Ana & Guga, an Afro Latin professional dance couple from Portugal have been dancing together for 10 years. They specialize in Kizomba, Salsa & Bachata, teaching in Europe and have multiple dance contests under their belts.
Coming back by popular demand, “KRB66” which stands for “KANREKI BROTHES” is composed of dancers who are over 60 years old. They are sharing passion for traditional Mambo dancing. Since last year, the team has become Asia’s favorite. They performed in Japan, Thailand and many cities in U.S.A. They always dance with their tux trademark.
Lia is an Afro-Latin Dancer and Coach based in New York. In 2009, she joined the Abakuá Afro Latin Dance Company. Trained in vocal music, Lia developed her skills as a dancer through her experience and training with Frankie Martinez.
Ahtoy Juliana, one of Salsa’s most beautiful dancers, is the Artistic Co-Director of BAILA Society (BASo). She trained with the Houston and San Francisco Ballet Companies and was a top Latin Ballroom competitor. Ahtoy was a principal dancer and instructor of Santo Rico Dance company and has traveled the globe performing, teaching and judging international dance competitions.
Alex Lee & Kim Nodora
Alex Lee is a Firefighter, dancing salsa since 2003. Kim Nodora began dancing salsa professionally with Alex in 2005. They are known for lifts and tricks that focus on speed, elevation, timing, and danger.
Reyno & Suci
Reyno Tommy Mulyono founded Salsa Fresca Indonesia, well known throughout Southeast Asia for its high energy professional dance performances. They are two-time, first-place finishers at the Asia Pacific Open Salsa Championship. Their aim is to increase awareness of Arts Education in Indonesia.
Diogo started dancing in 2003 in Portugal. He began with Ballroom and later moved to Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and Semba. He started the Diogo Silva Dance Academy in 2014, has pioneered the Urban Kizz style in Portugal, and is the organizer of Prestige parties.
Harold & 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 three-time World Bachata Cabaret Champions as of 2017 and currently two-time Canadian Bachata Champions.
Katie Marlow has been performing professionally since 1981 in cabaret, theatre, television and film. She later moved into choreography, and in 1995 she founded Dancesation! Entertainment. Along with her former partner Billy Fajardo, she won titles of 2002 IDO World Champions for both Hustle and Cabaret.
Jonathan & Rhythm
Peru - Japan
Back in 2000, Jonathan became well-known as a pioneer of Japanese NY On 2 Salsa / Mambo and an event promoter. Rhythm, trained in Ballet, Jazz, African Dance, Hip Hop and Disco Dance before coming to Salsa. They perform and teach in many Salsa festivals around the world.
Carlo & Veronica
Carlo Grasso & Veronica Rossi from Italy, started learning Kizomba in 2012 with some of the world’s best Kizomba teachers. Partners since 2017, they have been sharing their creative, lyrical performance style in various Congresses througout Italy and Europe.
Mac & Nia
Mac & Nia, based in Lisbon, have 17 years of combined dancing and teaching experience in Kizomba and Semba. They have danced for big artists such as Calema, Nelson Freitas and Badoxa, among others and their own videos have been awarded Video of the Week on Mais Kizomba.
Henry, known as the # 1 Salsa DJ around the world, is the DJ’s disc jockey, spinning that tension-building beat and filling dancers with “ánimo.” With “la clave” in his heart and the music in his veins, he carries his passion for Latin culture and music in his work.
A musician for 20 years, DJ Macalak plays 7 instruments in addition to DJ gigs in major clubs in Cape Verde, UK, Portugal, Spain and France, spinning the best African sounds. A dancer and event organizer as well, he travels to the world’s best beaches for memorable Kizomba parties.
For over 12 years DJ Montuno has been Canada’s widest travelled and most popular Salsa Festival DJ. Based in Montreal, he has DJed at all the major Canadian salsa events, including the Montreal Salsa Convention.
DJ Hegza, a world music DJ based in Lisbon, has played in several European capitals. He is also an Urban Kizz dancer and part of the AFROSUNSET team, travelling to the world’s best beaches to make people dance Kizomba in the sand.
Francisco Garcia, born in Nicaragua, has been exposed to salsa from a very early age. His deep love of music started around the age of 10 when he began to play the trumpet, leading him to appreciate the many intricacies that compose the musical arrangements of Salsa.
Now – July 31
Have fun with us in November
Fri-Sun Dance Parties
Sat-Sun Dance Workshops
Fri-Sun Dance Parties
Sat-Sun Dance Workshops
Master Boot Camps & WSS Judging Course Tickets
Harold & Regan’s Sensual Bachata
Frankie Martinez’s Rhythm in Salsa Seminar
Master DJ Seminar
World Salsa Summit’s Judge Course By Billy Fajardo