SALSA IN THE CITY, Philadelphia

Isabel is a Nuyorican raised in the South Bronx. Being the youngest of six siblings, I always admired and envied my brother and sisters dancing salsa, cha-cha-cha, merengue, etc. Back then, I was too young to be in the nightclub scene in New York City, but when I became legal, no one could stop me. I began going to the Corso, Casablanca, Ipanema, Copacabana, Palladium, Barney Goggles, Roseland, SideStreet and many more. At these nightclubs, everyone danced Mambo on "2" so that's how I learned to dance. I improved quickly, so I was going to these night clubs three to four nights a week to learn new moves, meet and interact with experienced dancers. I danced with Eddie Torres, Mario Diaz, Angel Ortiz, Stacey Lopez, Argelio Diaz, Rodrigo Bellony, David Melendez and many more. Once I had the pleasure of dancing with these dance luminaries, I knew then that I was coming into my own as a dancer. All my dancing experiences have been through club dancing. After relocating to New Jersey in the early 80's, I saw that no one danced on "2". Therefore, I began to teach Mambo on "2" locally. I taught on my own and performed Mambo on "2" throughout New Jersey. I then branched out into Philadelphia and I have done the following.

April 2005 - Present
Peter Watts Fitness Studio
2712 North 5TH & Lehigh St. - 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
Mambo/Salsa & Ladies Styling Dance Lessons

May 2003 - Present
North By North West, Philadelphia, PA
Mambo/Salsa Dance Lessons - Wednesday Nights - 9:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

June 2004
Atrium Dance Studio, Pensauken, N.J.
Monthly Mambo Workshops

Connections Dance Theater
Princeton Humanitarian Church, Princeton, New Jersey
Salsa Instructor

April 2001 - May 2002
101 Dancesport Academy, Philadelphia Pa.
Mambo Instruction
· Mambo Worshops
· Mambo, Salsa & Cha-Cha-Cha Workshop
· Mambo Dance Classes - Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Level
· Private Mambo Dance Class

May 1999- October 2000
Salseros Internacional Dance Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
Mambo on "2" - Beginners & Intermediate Class
· Ladies Styling Classes
· Children Salsa Classes
· Choreographed "Salseros Internacional Dance Company" Adult and Children Dance Troupe
· Beginners Salsa

Salsaerobics in Trenton, New Jersey
· YWCA of Mercer County New Jersey
· Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton, New Jersey
· Elegancia Night Club in Trenton, New Jersey
· Trenton South Ward Recreational Community Center
· La Associacion Puertorriquena de Trenton, New Jersey
· Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School, Trenton, New Jersey
· Los Cialenos Unidos De Mercer County
· Desfile Puertorriqueno De Trenton, New Jersey
· Taller De Danza, Hedgepach-Williams Elementary School, Trenton, N.J.

Mambo on "2" Workshops in New Jersey-PA.
· Rutgers State University, New Brunswick, New Jersey - 1999
· Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey -1999
· The College of New Jersey, Ewing New Jersey -1998
· Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, New Jersey - 1998
· Latina Women's Council of Mercer County, N.J. - 1998
· Penn State University- PA - 1999
· Atrium Dance Studio - 2003

Performances & Competitions
· Crystal Rose, Inc., Lakewood, New Jersey - May 2003
· Maxine's, Trenton, N.J. - April 2003
· Governor James McGreevey's Mansion - September 3, 2002
· State of N.J. Department of Enviromental Protection - 2001
· State of N.J. Department of Employment - 2000
· El Desfile PuertoRiqueno De Mercer County- 1998
· State Of New Jersey Department of Labor - 1999
· Olmney High School, Philadelphia, PA. - 1999
· Tierra Colombiana Restaurant & Night Club, Philadelphia, PA.-1999
· YWCA of Mercer County New Jersey - 1998
· City Hall of Trenton, New Jersey - Puerto Rican Week - 1998

· City College of New York - Majored in Accounting
· Mercer County College of New Jersey- Majored in Business Administration
· Graduate of Barbizon Modeling School
· Coordinated Miss Puerto Rico Pageant in New Jersey - 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005
· Executive Member of Latina Women's Council of Mercer County
· Executive Member of Puerto Rican Parade of Trenton, N.J.
· Member of Latino Chamber of Commerce of Mercer County
· Member of The Puerto Rican Association, Trenton, N.J.

As an experienced Latina Dancer/Instructor, I enjoy helping all cultures learn how to dance this exotic, exciting, passionate dance called MAMBO/SALSA. I tell my students and friends that the music and the dancing have to come from the heart. Remember to have fun, enjoy life to the fullest, and don't forget your roots. Whether you dance on "1" or "2", it's all about the timing… Remember, just because you are a dancer, that does not make you a performer; and just because you are a performer, that does not make you a dancer. You have to be born with both gifts to do both. "Que Viva La Musica Latina"

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