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.
2005 - Present
Peter Watts Fitness Studio
2712 North 5TH & Lehigh St. - 2nd Floor
Mambo/Salsa & Ladies Styling Dance Lessons
2003 - Present
North By North West, Philadelphia, PA
Mambo/Salsa Dance Lessons - Wednesday Nights - 9:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
Atrium Dance Studio, Pensauken, N.J.
Monthly Mambo Workshops
Connections Dance Theater
Princeton Humanitarian Church, Princeton, New Jersey
2001 - May 2002
101 Dancesport Academy, Philadelphia Pa.
· Mambo Worshops
· Mambo, Salsa & Cha-Cha-Cha Workshop
· Mambo Dance Classes - Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced
· Private Mambo Dance Class
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,
"2" Workshops in New Jersey-PA.
· Rutgers State University, New Brunswick, New Jersey -
· Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey -1999
· The College of New Jersey, Ewing New Jersey -1998
· Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, New Jersey
· Latina Women's Council of Mercer County, N.J. - 1998
· Penn State University- PA - 1999
· Atrium Dance Studio - 2003
· 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 -
· 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,
· YWCA of Mercer County New Jersey - 1998
· City Hall of Trenton, New Jersey - Puerto Rican Week
· City College of New York - Majored in Accounting
· Mercer County College of New Jersey- Majored in Business
· 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
· 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"