Here they are! The ever-talented, ever-generous dancers of Dallas who are so graciously donating their time and sharing their expertise with the citizens of DFW for the “Dine and Dance for Diversity” campaign. The process is simple. Read about the professionals, visit any Mi Cocina for lunch, dinner or even just a drink, then send a copy of your receipt to [email protected] We have 15 hour-long private dance lessons to give away! Learn more about the promotion rules here. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the slideshow featuring the artists in action.
Sandy De Lara of De Lara Dance
Sandy De Lara is a polished masterpiece on stage, as evidenced by her resume. She’s danced at esteemed salsa venues throughout the country including China Club in New York, Rain Club in Las Vegas and House of Blues in Hollywood. You can witness her commanding stage presence en vivo at the 7th annual Texas Salsa Congress presented by Ruby Rivera in Houston, March 11-14, 2011. Sandy and partner Roberto Lay will represent Dallas with their signature style at the biggest salsa event in Texas!
De Lara Dance offers private and group instruction both On1 and On2, in addition to styling, conditioning and choreography courses. They also boast a unique corporate program with the ability to provide cardio salsa classes, entertainment or entertainment and instruction. Click here for more information concerning De Lara Dance’s services.
Sandy is donating one (1) 60-minute private salsa lesson! Read more about her here.
Nickm Charuworn of Salsa Sunrise
Not only is Nickm Charuworn the founder of Salsa Sunrise, a non-profit salsa organization offering dance lessons and performances, but he’s also a fantastic chef! When he’s not busy traipsing all over the globe (he’s danced in 16 different countries), this tri-lingual licensed masseuse spends his time in the kitchen cooking for large groups of people. He started learning at the tender age of six from his aunt, who attended culinary school in Thailand. His favorite foods to prepare include those of the breakfast variety and ice cream.
He holds weekly classes at Move! Studio in Dallas (17062 Preston Road, Dallas TX 75428), where he offers a Level 1 Beginner class and a Level 2 Intermediate/Advanced class. Courses run for six sessions and cost $15 per lesson or $60 for the entire course (it’s like getting two free lessons if you purchase the course, by the way). The next six-week session starts February 27, so you have plenty of time to sign up.
Nickm is offering two (2) 60-minute private salsa lessons!
Luis Herrador of Salsa Con Xabor
Luis Herrador is one of the sweetest, most chivalrous dancers we have in DFW! I call him the “Man of a Million Moves” because his arsenal is more fully stocked than most… and he doesn’t hesitate to bring out the big guns! There is never a dull moment on the floor when he’s dancing.
Luis started dancing and teaching salsa in 2000. He has performed at the West Coast Salsa Congress and numerous events in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and College Station. He currently teaches both salsa and bachata classes atMy Salsa Dance Studio in Hurst (401 W Bedford-Euless Rd., Hurst TX 76054). NOTE: Luis is recovering from knee surgery and will be benched until February. Watch out when he gets back, though. He’s already missing the pista terribly!
Luis is contributing one (1) 60-minute private salsa lesson!
David Herrera of David Herrera Dance
You know him from WFAA Channel 8’s Salsa with the Stars in 2007… he danced with Amy Vanderoef, Good Morning Texas correspondent and former Miss Connecticut. Not only is he a salsa star, though. He’s also a surprisingly talented ballroom dancer. It’s only surprising because he doesn’t salsa like a ballroom dancer. David kills two birds with one stone when he teaches – you get sabor and technique, all at once!
David is currently partnered with Monica Flores, salsa champion of Los Angeles fame, and is very busy teaching, performing, choreographing and competing. You can catch David at Relapse Lounge (8204 Bedford-Euless Road, North Richland Hills TX 76180) in the mid-cities area every Friday night where he teaches a free beginner class at 10:45pm, and stay for pool, drinks and dancing! He also teaches several weekly classes in Dallas and Fort Worth. Visit his fanpage for more information on his weekly classes.
David is offering one (1) 60-minute private salsa lesson! Read more about him here.
Kebrina De Jesus of Casa de Baile Traveling Studio
Kebrina De Jesus oozes with a fun-loving charisma that follows her wherever she may go. Her interpretation of salsa music never fails to draw a crowd on the dance floor!
Since moving to Dallas in 2008 Kebrina has launched Casa de Baile Traveling Studio. Casa de Baile’s services include dance instruction, dance performance and event planning. Themed socials such as Latin Wonderland (December 2009) and the second annual Halloween Costume Contest (October 2010) have proven to be among Dallas’ finest salsa socials. She also performs with Samba Dallas and Salsa Sunrise (see above) and is a certified Zumba instructor with several weekly classes.
Kebrina De Jesus is donating one (1) 60-minute private lesson! Read more about her here.
John Chaparro of Hustle Dallas
John Chaparro is a salsero-turned-hustler. Well, at least he dances, performs and teaches the hustle; I am unable to testify to his solicitation skills… I met this kind soul while working on an article on Mambo Dallas. He was a dancer with their performance group and helped out with their weekly classes. And while he is an excellent salsa dancer, his ability to actually understand hustle music perpetuated his interest in and pursuit of the dance (as most salsa music is in Spanish).
Mr. Chaparro was introduced to the dance three years ago when he set out to learn all the ballroom social dances. He has studied under Ramiro Gonzalez and now works with Tybalt and Hazel Ulrich, 2-time World Hustle Champions. He offers both private and group instruction in Dallas. Contact him here for more information.
John is providing two (2) 60-minute private hustle lessons!
Haider Khan of Westie Dallas
Haider Khan explains West Coast Swing as “unique as it allows incorporation of many prominent dance forms and can be danced to many different genres of music. From the down home southern blues for those who crave a close, connected and sultry dance to the Top 40 charts of today with a more happy, energetic and hot appeal.”
Haider has such an enthusiasm for West Coast Swing and has taken it upon himself to share his passion with others through WestieDallas.com. Founded by Mr. Khan in the summer of 2009, Westie Dallas symbolizes a commitment to increase awareness in Dallas… awareness of how super hot this dance is! You can check it out any week at their Wednesday Dance Party at Sandunga (2155 Marsh Lane, Carrollton TX 75006), where they hold a dance social immediately following the lessons taught by the Texas Classic Push Club (from 9:30pm – 12:30am). He will also begin a new series of group classes after the holidays. For more details on classes and events please visit the website.
Haider is donating two (2) 60-minute private West Coast Swing lessons!
Aly Yorek of Westie Dallas
When she’s not busy teaching 10th grade English at Uplift Education, Aly Yorek is a West Coast Swing dancer, instructor, competitor and a former gymnast. She was competing and winning meets at level 9 before she reached 10. At only nine years of age Aly was selected as one of Karolyi’s Olympic Hopefuls.
After moving to Dallas in the fall of 2009, Ms. Yorek began attending as many WCS events as possible and working with the Westie Dallas crew. She is now their Marketing Director and Workshop Instructor Coordinator.
Aly is contributing two (2) 60-minute private West Coast Swing lessons!
Ashley Burk Balcazar, Dallas Salsa Examiner
Yes, c’est moi… But you don’t see me teaching anymore unless it’s for a really good cause. I started studying ballroom at Dancemakers of Texas in Fort Worth (new address) in February of 2002. The following January I began teaching at Champagne Ballroom, also in Fort Worth (although no longer in operation). In 2005 I brought home 1st and 2nd place awards at Austin’s Hill Country Dance Classic in the Scholarship Division, and have performed at Jazz by the Boulevard, Latin Jazz Festival, MusicArte and miscellaneous venues in Fort Worth and Dallas.
I believe that dance should be accessible to anyone. It’s a cathartic, life-affirming gift with the power to truly transform lives, and that’s why I strive to spark people’s interest and let it spread like wildfire. If I have a good day, I dance it out. If I have a bad day, I dance it out. “There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.” George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
I’m offering one (1) 60-minute private salsa lesson and two (2) 60-minute private ballroom lessons!