Our Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba dance classes are taught by World Champion Salsa Queen, Ana Karen Lopez. Ana has won multiple Salsa & Bachata Competitions all over the world. From 1st place World Champion Salsa Titles, to being a Director of her own Salsa Academy, and spending the rest of her time with her pup, Grizzly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
ANA KAREN LOPEZ
Pro-am Canadian Champion
Pro-am World Salsa Champion
World Latin Dance Cup 1st Place Champion
IDO World Champion 1st Place Team Canada
Canadian Championships 2nd Place
World Salsa Summit 2nd Place Team Canada
3 -Time Manitoba Dance Festival Ballet Scholarship
Founder of Salsa Explosion Dance Company (SEDC)
Angi Alvarez, has been teaching Latin dance classes (Salsa, Bachata, Merengue) as well as Dance fitness classes for over 15 years. Angi is well-known in the Vancouver dancing scene, as she had taught Ballroom and Latin dances with Dance4u, and had performed with Estilo Cubano for many years. She has also been teaching dance fitness classes for over 11 years, such as : Zumba , Salsaton & Cardio Reggaeton. In the past few years, , she has developed her own dance & fitness classes : Cardio Club - a blend of aerobics and HIIT , with a mix of top 40s; Latin Dance Cardio - an exploration of all Latin rhythms with a boost of cardio ; Timba Suelta - a Cuban salsa infusion footwork . She has started her own monthly Salsa & Bachata nights 3 years ago , called Baila Nights : an epic night of dancing with Cuban Dj Elegua , free lessons and performances . She is also a regular and most popular Latin dance instructor at the Mangos Lounge Vancouver . Angi occasionally is asked to lead Sueltas and Latin lines at Latin parties around town.
Salsa is a Latin dance associated with the music genre of the same name which originated in the 1960s in New York City. Salsa is an amalgamation of Cuban dances that were popular in the ballrooms and nightclubs of Havana by the end of the 1950s (e.g. "casino", mambo and pachanga), as well as American jazz dances. Come and enjoy our “POP UP” Beginners Salsa class all included in your monthly membership. This class is taught by World Champion Salsa Queen, Ana Karen Lopez.
Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. This class is taught by World Champion Salsa Queen, Ana Karen Lopez.
Kizomba is characterised by a slower, romantic, more sensuous rhythm than the traditional Angolan semba dance. This class is taught by World Champion Salsa Queen, Ana Karen Lopez.
Explore timing and rhythm while building smoothness, strength & speed. In this highly energetic class we explore some of the roots and relatives of Salsa in Rumba, Son, Mambo, Cha-cha-chá, Conga, Afro-Cuban folkloric dance and more! Through isolations we gain strength, flexibility and articulate expression throughout the entire body, beginning with the core. We warm up isolated body movements and basic salsa footwork, and move on to explore more complex rhythmic variations, stylistic embellishments and related dance styles building towards completing the class with a dynamic and fun choreography . This class is taught by Angi Alvarez, Director of DAnceOn8 Fitness.
Latin Dance Cardio Party
An energetic dance and fitness class that combines Latin music and moves (Salsa, Reggaeton, Cha-Cha, Merengue, etc).
In one exciting hour of non-stop dancing, you will burn calories, tone your muscles, and energize your body, and mind. This is also a great dance fitness class to work on your styling, for Latin dance, as basic moves as shimmies, hip rolls (meneos and figure 8s), and torso pulses (trembleques) are used extensively.
This class is taught by Angi Alvarez, Director of DAnceOn8 Fitness.