Artist line-up subject to change and not final. Artist may be added or removed.
Tanja began teaching professionally in 2008 with Jorge "Ataca" Burgos. Initially they were primarily dancing salsa but switched to a bachata emphasis after a friend of Tanja recommended they do a routine together. They have a dance organization called Island Touch Dance Academy that currently has 15 teams scattered across the globe.
Burju was born in Istanbul, raised in New York and currently resides in Massachusetts happily married to dance and business partner Victor Perez. She has been a professional Latin dancer since 2000 having toured over 100 cities worldwide teaching and performing. Her current schedule includes 2-3 weekends a month of travel abroad to International Salsa and Latin Festivals. When she is not traveling she directs and choreographs for HYM Latin Dance Co. and award winning teen group Ritmo En Accion. She teaches and manages other teachers in the Learn Through Dance in-school Latin dance program. Her background includes Hip Hop, Modern, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Latin. Burju is also a main judge for the World Salsa Championships and has her own line of funky dance shoes. An artist and entrepreneur, Burju demonstrates how the arts can lead to self-fulfillment.
Burju has worked very hard to develop her own style of Salsa that incorporates her background in different disciplines. She took her unique and funky style and in 2009 launched her own shoe line call Burju Shoes. Her shoes like her dance style embodies her philosophy about artistic expression which is to be unique and bold. Burju met her husband, and best friend through dance, which is the main reason it remains such a major part of her life. Dance has given them the opportunity to be entrepreneurs together and to travel the world together.
Cadence Dance Academy is known for their creativity, professionalism, unique teaching styles and charisma. Cadence Dance Academy instructs, trains, and performs both locally and internationally in order to sharpen their skills and continue their growth. As trained professionals in Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Cha-Cha, Bachata, Hip Hop, Dancehall, and many other genres of dance, they actively respect and cherish their art, and continue spreading the joy of dance to others as it was done for them. They have managed to create a professional yet comfortable teaching environment that welcomes and challenges all students.
Carlos Cinta "El Unico Bachatero", is a world renowned Caribbean/Dominican Bachata expert and educator. Carlos has taught at many international festivals and events around the world. His first YouTube video attracted over 8 million hits! Because of his carefree, lighthearted and fun attitude towards dancing, people are ultimately drawn to his Bachata style and his teaching methods. Known for his unique teaching ability and "Bachata Musicality" Music Course. Sharing his passion of Dominican Style Bachata to sold-out workshops at festivals all over the world. Carlos Cinta was born in San Francisco. He was raised in Chicago. Although Carlos' first experiences of Bachata were not particularly pleasing, it was only after attending a club in Chicago and seeing Bachata danced with sensuality, passion and sexy moves that he truly fell in love with it. In 2010 Carlos collaborated with Joan Soriano, the world-renowned bachata artist and guitarist from the Dominican Republic, to create the first-ever Bachata musicality and timing CD.
Daniel and Desiree are one of the hottest Bachata couples in Europe and now in the world! In a short partnership, only 3 years, they have achieved multiple titles, and in 2012 they won the World Bachata Masters competition! Together, Daniel and Desiree have more than 15 years of combined dancing experience, they are known for their Bachata, but they also teach all kinds of latin dancing.
Some of their titles include Campeones BachataStars España 2010, Subcampeones BachataStars Europe 2011 and Campeones World Bachata Masters 2012.
In 2007 she started taking salsa classes at Yamulee Dance Company, under the guidance of Osmar Perrones. Within few months Delia was ask to join Yamulee semi pro team called Bajari de Yamulee. After a year of training a doing shows Madera join the pro team Yamulee. In March 2009 Madera did her first international trip with Yamulee to Sweden. Since then to present Delia has travel almost all over the world: Italy, Argentina, France, Germany, Venezuela, Peru, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Mexico, Chile, Croatia etc. Also thought out DeliaMadera journey she had the pleasure to share the stage with Jose Alberto "El Canario", Johnny Ventura, New Swing and Sergio Vargas.
Jonathan & Jennifer Isabel, also known as #JSquared, are international Bachata instructors based in NYC, who most recently have become the 2017 World Just Bachata Champions at the World Salsa Summit. People have fallen with their connection seen on popular videos and on the dance floor. They love to showcase the importance of connection and musicality in Bachata. Now, having debuted their first routine, they strive to travel the world and spread the love for bachata.
The "Lady of Soul" has a style like no other in the business mixing the rhythm of mambo with the rhythm of soul. Her style is best described as Soulful, Elegant and Timeless. Her talent has allowed her to travel to and through Asia, Central America, Europe, the Caribbean and a great deal of U.S. events. She is held the highest regard for many of the top professional and is still gaining ground throughout the world.
Maria Ivanova aka Kizomba Chick™ is a Kizomba instructor, promoter and performer who has been sharing her love and passion in the US and overseas. Maria is the first official face of Kizomba in Florida spreading her vision for this breathtaking sensual dance tempestuously. Having learned Kizomba with some of the greatest masters in Kizomba like Kwenda Lima, Petchu, Ricardo Sousa and Paula Loureiro, Albir & Sarah, Joao & Mafalda and many more, she continues to travel abroad to satisfy the thirst of learning and dancing, bring back to her students latest techniques and newest patterns.
Lyrik Cruz, of Puerto Rican descent, from Chicago has many talents. Choreographer, master instructor, actor and creative director. Lyrik started his professional career at the age of 16. Since then Lyrik has been part of major dance productions at prestigious theatres nationwide including The Auditorium Theatre (Chicago), The Apollo Theatre (NYC) and The Jackie Gleason Theatre (Miami) and has performed in over 140 cities nationwide and over 27 countries worldwide.
Lyrik is living now in the City of Dreams, Los Angeles and has been creating a lot of noise in the Hollywood scene. From choreographing pieces for the legendary choreographer and TV director Debbie Allen, to showcasing pieces at the Wallis Annenberg Theatre for Nigel Lithgoe, to making appearances on the CW's hit sitcom "Jane The Virgin" as a featured dancer and most recently choreographing for the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics at the Los Angeles Coliseum and choreographing for international recording artists, J Balvin (Capitol Latino), Becky G (RCA) and PJ (Atlantic Records).
Representing the Midwest out of Chicago and Milwaukee, Marcos and Tabitha bring their own "Sabor a Mambo". Focusing on both Salsa and Bachata, #TMT, teaches and performs through out the United States with their next goal in mind of going International.
Party Rock formed in 2013 when the group realized there was a void in the Midwest dance market for a unique New Years Eve event. They created the first overnight Latin Dance Party in Chicago. Selling out the first year of the New Years Eve Extravaganza event in just three weeks, they continued to grow their event organically welcoming dancers from all of the country. Now, in their 3rd year, they have welcomed guests from all over the world. Events made for dancers, by dancers, their focus is on maximizing quality and social dancing while providing fun elements that provide a splash of something unique. They are famous for their New Years Eve Pajama After Party, an experience like no other festival or congress!
Party Rock collaborates with local teams, businesses, and charities and well as other organizers from around the world. They have created events, participated in organizing, and/or helped promote various dance events such as: Island Touch - Chicago Touch Bachatea 2015, Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival 2016; Aventura Dance Cruise - Official hosts of the ADC pre-party at Señor Frogs in Miami 2015; USA Bachata Kizomba Inc Events - Marketing collaboration for the New Jersey BKS Festival & Miami Bachata Festival 2015/2016; Dancing for Humanity - This charitable event was created by Party Rock to share the passion and love for Latin dancing with the real estate community where funds are raised to directly benefit Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity.
El Tiguere's father being a self taught musician imparted a feel and love for music that would permeate all that El Tiguere does. Some of El Tiguere's earliest memories are of going to the NY night spots with his mother to dance the night away. El Tiguere has been dancing formally (studio taught) for three years and got his name for his swaggy, sexy and sometimes unconventional style of dancing. A true believer in dance what you feel, El Tiguere loves and embraces all styles of dancing, however, his true loves are Bachata and Mambo. A passionate teacher, El Tiguere has been teaching students what he knows about dance since his third month dancing!
Urban Vibe (UV) is a performing arts and instructional dance company founded in 2002 by Jorge Alvarez and Pablo Rivera Jr. While the genres of dance taught and performed by UV varies, the company focuses primarily on Latin Dance (Salsa/Mambo). Since its inception, UV has not only grown in numbers, but also in prestige and quality. The company continues to grow and is known throughout the United States and parts of the world for uniquely blending professionalism with a very down to earth, sociable, and truly "fun" approach to dance performance and instruction.
Carlos Hernandez and Arlette Guerra founded Zafire Dance Project a few years ago after performing in several top NYC pro teams such as Karisma and Yamulee. The are well-known for their intense and energetic dancing style and have quite quickly become known in the NYC mambo community and also at national and international salsa congresses and festivals.
Zeke Ruvalcaba is a Mexican/Chicago native who has maintained the spirit of Bachata alive in Chicago for the past years. His creative approach in teaching has much to do with his degree in Dance and Secondary Education. Zeke has trained in Ballet, Modern and Jazz and specializes in choreography/instruction, in addition to spinning, styling and body movement. One of his strongest assets apart from his energetic and humorous personality is his ability to follow as well as he leads. On the dance floor, Zeke captivates people with his unique flamboyant style no matter what the role hes takes on the floor. If teaching and directing all three groups isn't enough, Zeke's is also an aspiring Costume and Evening Wear designer having created many costumes for local and national dance teams and couples.