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Maria - guajira Online Salsa Dance Instructor

Maria - guajira, Online Dance Teacher Profile
Dance Styles: Salsa
Teaches with: Hector Gutierrez David Troesch
Available Lessons: 81 Dance Lessons
Available Lessons Packs: 18 Dance Lesson Packs
Hailing From Asheville, NC, United States

Maria resides in Atlanta, GA, since moving in January 2011. She founded Salseros 828 Latin Dance School in Asheville, N.C. in 1999, steadily building a Latin dance scene over the course of 11 years. She is a certified Ballroom Instructor, has 14 years experience teaching Salsa, and Afro Cuban, and has taught at universities including UNCA, Blue Ridge Community College, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Emory University, and countless Salsa Congresses and festivals around the country. Maria is the Organizer of the Stiletto Dance Retreat in Asheville focused on Latin Dance training in a Retreat setting. Maria currently teaches regular Salsa and Latin dance classes in Atlanta, directs Stiletto Dance Company - an all women's Latin repertory group, and performs with ABDT, Academy Ballroom Pro team. She is currently undergoing an intensive 600 hour Pilates Certification to enrich her knowledge of the body and further techniques for healthy movement.

Maria has been dancing Salsa since 1996, and grew up taking Ballet classes. She comes from a family of musicians, and her summers were spent as a youth in the Dominican Republic. She started formal studies with her first trip to Cuba in 1999 to study at the The National School of the Arts (ENA) in Havana. There she focused on the history of Salsa, studying the dances which contributed to the development of modern Salsa and the Rueda de Casino. She returns to Cuba frequently to continue her studies in Afro-Cuban folkloric dance and culture. In 1999, Maria started teaching Salsa in Asheville clubs and studios and formed Asheville's first Salsa Dance troupe, "Estilo Cubano". 2009 Maria travelled to Spain and took an intensive Flamenco immersion course. She continues her studies with world-renowned instructors every summer.

Maria was voted Asheville's #1 Dance Teacher in the Mountain Xpress 2007 "Best of" Reader's Poll. She has worked with non-profit organizations such as LEAF in Schools and Streets, Arts to People, and Asheville Parks and Recreation teaching the youth Salsa in Asheville. She has helped to bring Asheville's growing Salsa community into the national spotlight, with write-ups in the New York Times, Southern Living, and Verve magazine. Maria has taught and performed at Congresses and events all over the country, most recently on the Aventura Salsa Cruise, Miss Georgia Latina Pageant, the Philly Salsa Fest and the Hotlanta Salsa Congress. She offers a unique approach to Afro-Cuban and ladies styling and spinning technique, and is known for her creative approaches to choreography and musicality. She is great at breaking down the material and creating community through dance.

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Salsa Spin Technique 1 - Gr...

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Salsa Spin Technique 2 - Tw...

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Salsa Basic Footwork

1027
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Partnering Principles

1029
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Basic Copa

1038
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Salsa Spin Technique 3 - La...

1019
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Isolated Movements For Ladi...

1021
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Right Turns Combo

1030
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Salsa Spin Technique - Chen...

1024
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Hook And Pivot Turn Fundame...

1028
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Beginner Combo 1

1036
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Back Spot Turn

1033
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Freestyle Ladies' Shine - O...

1025
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Left Turns Combo

1031
This lesson teaches a fun and easy co...
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Cross Body Dip

1035
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Back Spot Turn Variations

1034
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Salsa Spin Technique 4 - Ny...

1020
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Ladies' Arm-work For Copas ...

1044
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Cross Body Leads

1032
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Isolated Upper And Lower Bo...

1022
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Ladies' Partnered Right Spo...

1041
This crucial technical lesson teaches...
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Salsa Spin Technique - Chen...

1026
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Butterfly Copa

1039
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Cross Body Lead Turns

1045
This essential lesson fills out your ...
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Ladies Layered Freestyle Basic

1023
This essential styling lesson combine...
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Finding Your Balance On One...

1839
This crucial technical lesson is desi...
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Beginner Combo 2

1037
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Ladies' Partnered Left Spot...

1042
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Ladies' Cross Pop Shine

1040
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Beginner Combo 3

1043
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81 Salsa Dance Lessons
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