SALSA IN THE CITY, Philadelphia


Barbara CapaldiBarbara Capaldi has been a dance instructor and coach since 1987. Barbara has received an Associates degree, as well as Bachelors' degree in Education from Rutgers University. This past July 2004, Barbara achieved her Licentiate Degree from the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for International Style dances. Obtaining this Licentiate Degree has been a goal that was five years in the making. Barbara consistently strives to use her continued education to be the best teacher for her students.

Barbara began teaching weekly salsa lessons at the 8th Floor Night Club in Philadelphia from 1999 until the club closed it's doors in 2003. This venture was highly successful and attracted many dancers from the salsa community in the tri-state area. Barb has taught at the Stardust Ballroom, Zanzibar Blue and 8th street Lounge. Barb currently teaches Salsa lessons throughout the city of Philadelphia and southern New Jersey at very popular establishments such as Samba Night Club, Rock Lobster(summer season).

In 2001 Barb realized her longtime dream of opening a dance studio. The Atrium Dance Studio has become one of the premiere dance establishments in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. Barbara specializes in salsa lessons, in addition to tango, swing, hip-hop and ballroom dance styles including, foxtrot, quick-step and waltz. The Atrium Dance Studio caters to dancers of all types.

In addition to to teaching in the community and at the dance studio, Barbara directs and is coach and choreographer for the Atrium's latin dance team Salseros Unidos. Salseros Unidos and the Ladies of Salseros Unidos have gone on to participate in dance clubs and at special events locally, nationally and internationally. Salseros Unidos has participated in Salsa Congresses in Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Puerto Rico and New York.
Barbara also performs with Salseros Unidos in some of the routines. Barbara considers this group to be one of the rewards of her career in dance and has expressed that she is Salsero Unidos' biggest fan.

Barbara also coaches the University of Pennsylvania's Onda Latina Dance Performance Team, and Ballroom Dance Club.

Barbara takes great pride in coaching the pageant participants for the annual coronation of Miss PuertoRico for the San Juan Bautista Puertorrican Day Parade". Barbara has choreographed the girls routine for the past four years, and has become recognized as a Platinum level scholarship sponsor for her participation in the scholarship program. Proceeds from the Latin Night raffle sales benefit the scholarship fund.

Other accomplishments include Rutgers University Dance Team, University of Delaware Formation Team and Dance Club, Wharton Business School, Discovery Home Show, Gordon's Furniture TV commercial, Channel 6 ABC local televised show of the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade and Green's Ice Cream commercial. Barbara has starred in several Atlantic City Dance Productions, television commercials and has performed in national competitions.

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