Alexis is a dancer, choreographer, instructor and percussionist. He is a multitalented artist with a lot of passion, and he created the concept of «Alexistyle». Alexis started out his dancing carreer in Antigua, Guatemala at the age of 13. In 1999 he travelled to Cuba to learn other styles of latin dances. He received a diploma as a specialist of Afro-Cuban dance at «Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba”. Alexis has also studied African dance, step dance, flamenco, cha-cha-cha, mambo, salsa, jazz, hip-hop, funk and house.
In 2000 he emigrated to Japan and started his own dance school with more than 1000 students throughout the country. He was also the first solo salsa dancer, and is recognised for his original shows ans creative style. In Japan he articipated in numerous TV shows, radio interviews, magazines and newspapers. He has also participated at many international events and salsa congresses with his shows. After more than 10 years of travelling he has finally moved to Oslo, Norway where he works as an instructor in Oslo & Drammen.
Fabian Vallejos was born in Argentina and grew up in Bolivia. On September 2007 he and his dance partner won the Scandinavian classification to the World Salsa Competition in Orlando Florida USA.There they finished in 12th place out of 36th dancers couples. During the years his has been teaching and performing at different congresses all around the world. Fabian is now running his own dance school in Gothenburg, one of the most renown schools in Sweden. Here he is teaching LA style, bachata, cuban style and west coast swing. Fabian is known to create great energy in his classes and he is very socialable person, both inside and outside the classroom. Fabian & Patrik at Scandinavian Salsa Congress
Iris Reder is a professional dancer who graduated from The Norwegian College of Dance in 2014, with a bachelor degree in dance and pedagogy. She majored in jazz dance, but also studied other techniques such as ballet and modern dance. Iris has experience from teaching ballet, musical, show jazz, lyrical jazz, latin jazz, street dance, salsa all levels, lady styling and bachata. She started working, teaching and performing with Jazzy Ruiz in March 2014. She had her international debut show at Hamburg Salsa festival 2014. In her profession as a dancer, Iris values musicality, a strong technical base and an artistic expression that reflects her sharpness, elegance and versatility. Today Iris is working at Salsa Kompaniet in Oslo, teaching lady styling, salsa and bachata.
Jazzy started his dance career at the age of 5 at his parents’ dance school in Antigua, Guatemala. He received a broad dance education in jazz, contemporary dance, ballet, break dance, hip hop, Latin jazz, flamenco and other Latin dances such as salsa, mambo, Afro-Cuban and show dance.
Inspired by his artistic heritage, he began his work as an instructor at the age of 15 at his family’s dance school, and also at cultural centers and events. After leaving Guatemala, Jazzy continued his education at «Den Norske Ballethøyskolen» in Oslo and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Performing Arts and Pedagogy. During his studies he went to Cuba where he studied ballet, contemporary and Afro Cuban dances at “Ballet Nacional de Cuba of Alicia Alonso”.
He started his international career as a professional dancer and instructor in 2001, when he was touring Europe, among other places,as a representative for Norway. He started his own dance school in 2002. Jazzy has participated in various TV shows like «So you think you can dance ?» and as a choreographer in «Skal vi danse?» on TV2.
Maria Torres was born in Habana, Cuba. She started dancing a early age and soon decided to dedicate her life to dance. In 2000 she graduated from the Academy of Dance Tropicana Bailarina of ‘Habana. She studied ballet, modern, contemporary, Cuban folklore, Spanish dance. After graduation as a dancer, she continued her artistic career as a dancer in the corps de ballet of Tropicana Cabaret Show and the Macumba in Havana. Arrived in Italy in 2002 and became part of the dance troupe Show Restaurant «EL NIÑO DE FUEGO» of Numana. She has worked with various schools. Since 2006 she has been invited to the biggest shows and events throughout Europe, involved as teacher and artist. Now she perform and give classes together with Wilmer and the two of them are among the most popular Cubans artists.
Nicolina Donvin is an instructor and choreographer. Nicolina represented Sweden in the European Bachata championship in December 2012 and she finished 6 of 16 couples with her dance partner Fabian. Now she is travelling the world sharing her knowledge and love for dance together with Fabian. They are booked for most weekends of the year and for the biggest dance events in the world. She danced several styles such as belly dance, salsa, bachata, kizomba, reggaeton, WCS and more. She is not only teaching and performing but have also judge many competitions, such as the Scandinavian Bachata Championship, Timbachata Championship Gran Canaria, Bachatart Championship of Sweden and Bachatastars Sweden. Her student group won the Swedish Championship in 2016, doing on of her choreography.
Wilmer Najarro Mora
Wilmer Najarro Mora was born in Habana, the charming capital, where the great historical, artistic and cultural heritage of the Cuban people finds its highest expression. In 2000 Wilmer obtained a Diploma Bailerin Professor at the ENA (Escuela Nacional de Arte de l ‘Habana), specializing in Cuban Folklore. Subjects studied: Rumba and Afro (Guaguancò, Yambu and columbia), Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Spanish Dance. During his studies he joined the Body of Dance DANCE COMPANY OF THE CUBAN TV. He then continued his artistic experience in the corps de ballet of the MACUMBA SHOW DE LA HABANA and body dance Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba. Wilmer has had great success after moving to Europe and together with his dance partner Maria er the «hottest» Cuban couple out there. If you like Cuban style, do not miss their classes.
Theodore Wolashie Awadzi aka Theo is the founder of KizombaTk a branch of Dancation Dance UK. He is both the IDO UK kizomba Champion for 2012 as well as the UKA salsa champion 2012 which was held in Bolton. Born in the West African Country of Ghana, Theo has come from a background of dance and choreography. Theo’s dancing and teaching has earned him fame and recognition across the UK and abroad. His excellent teaching style has resulted in him travelling all around the UK as well as Europe teaching and carrying out workshops. He has an extensive background of teaching semba, kuduru, kizomba, azonto as well as may Latin forms of dance . His unique teaching style is always full of fun and energy. His teaching technique is fun based concentrating on footwork and then steadily progressing into the body motion, partner work and styling for both partners. Dancing is his way of Life and this is evident in his classes as everyone leaves with a feeling of self-accomplishment.
Arcadia has been dancing since the age of 7. With many years of experience as a dancer, choreographer and teacher Arcadia has developed her own style as well as an ability to give her students the development they need. When Arcadia was 15 years old she started and 3 year dance education where she got the opportunity to learn a broad variation of dance styles. That included jazz, funk, modern, ballet and many other styles. At the same time she was part of many Afro-Caribbean dance groups. Arcadia has been a stage dancer for some of the most renowned Latin American artists such as Grupo Niche, Charanga Habanera, Oscar de Leon, Gondwana, Fulanito, Americo, Dj Mendez, Ikiz and many more. She has appeared on many Swedish television shows and music videos. Arcadia has taught at Salsaakademin, Danscenter, Stockholm Salsa Dance and other dance schools in Sweden. Today she is working together with Konstantin sharing her passion for Latin dance worldwide. Her specialty lies in body movement and mixture of Afro-Caribbean styles with Mambo and Salsa. Arcadia has had the privilege to teach and perform in countries such as USA, Russia, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and share the stage with some of the best international dancers. Her dedication and passion is clearly visible both in classes and on stage.
Konstantin started his dancers life at an early age. At the age of 4 his parents signed him up into a dance academy in Russia were he trained classical and folk-dance for 10 years. There, he got the possibility to grow as a dancer and travel to many parts of Europe with his ensemble. During 2003 Konstantin moved to Sweden and continued his dancing journey in a 3 year dance education in Stockholm. He is trained in jazz, modern and ballet among others. He stared his Latin dance the experience in tango world in 2005 but it was not until several years later that he discovered his passion for salsa and mambo. He has taught and danced together with Stockholm Salsa Dance, the oldest and biggest dance school in Sweden, since 2009. Together with the company he has traveled the world and studied with some of the most renowned dance teachers in the salsa scene. His biggest passion is mambo also called New York style salsa. Konstantin owns an official Nelson Flores certificate for teaching mambo/New York style. Today he is working with his dance partner Arcadia Astorga traveling the world. Konstantin is one of the main representatives of the mambo and salsa community in Scandinavia. He has taught and performed in countries such as USA, Russia, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and many more. At his lessons Konstantin treasures pedagogy and good teaching methods. A lot of focus is aimed towards good leading and following to be able to handle the different situations on the dance floor, as well as developing your own style and improvisation.
Jose “La Salsa” Diaz, began his dancing career in 2006 under the direct supervision of Osmar Perrones, director of Yamulee Dance Company. He trained diligently and in August 2006 he did his first performance with Bajari de Yamulee. A year and a half later Osmar invited Jose to become part of Yamulee’s professional team. Jose debut as a member of the professional team at the 2008 Salsa Congress in Munich, Germany. He has traveled both Nationally and International performing with Yamulee Dance Company and has participated and assisted in teaching workshops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Las Vegas, Montreal, Toronto, Sweden, Holland, London, England, Milano, France, Chile, Peru, Zurich, Venezuela andh Spain just to name a few. When not traveling he served as an instructor at Yamulee Dance Studio as well as dance instructor at a local Elementary school in the Bronx. Jose launched his professional solo dance career in December 2011 and has teamed up with Nerea Perez of Milan Italy to begin the next phase and journey in his salsa endeavors.
Nerea Perez Rincon born in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz, Spain). With only five years, she starts to receive classes of flamenco for seven years. A year later she started in hip hop, first as a student and later as a teacher. In 2006 she began to receive salsa lessons from the hand of Pepe Sierra. In 2007 she is part of a group called Pura Salsa from Cadiz, and a year later started in the group Dancing Dragons that in September 2008 the won the competition Salsa Open Groups. A month later she moved to Valencia to live and begins to dance with Ivan Ortega. In 2009 she meets Papa Rumba and becomes part of his company. They interpreted various styles among which are: Afro, rumba, hip-hop, jazz and salsa. In September 2009 she started dancing with Luis Chavez, in December 2009 they are finalists for the USA World Salsa Championship. After the competition she went to live to Helsinki for five months. She worked together Mikko Kemppe in the HSA Salsa Academy. Now she lives in Milano and works in Latin Gem and she dances in Euphoria Dance Company and dancing couple with Jose Diaz.
The dancer Lisa Ash recently moved from Barcelona to Oslo. In Barcelona she has worked as a dancer and instructor over the past two years. Previously she had a long career in dance in both Europe and Cuba. Lisa has a major in African-Cuban and rumba and has danced in several dance companies, including Salsera in Sweden, Latin Angeles Barcelona, Salsa del Barrio Barcelona and finally she danced Afro-contemporary dances for Rogelio Lorda in Barcelona. Today Lisa is teaching at SalsaNor in Oslo and doing weekend festivals with her Cuban dance partner Danniel Rodriguez.