Adam Taub is one of the few ones who has seriously studied authentic bachata (the way Dominicans dance). SFIBF is extremely proud to present him with his special music, history and dance workshops at the San Francisco International Bachata Festival - July 21-23, 2017 - www.sfibf.com
Adam Taub is a documentary film director from Colorado whose films include La Quinceañera, Don Angelo, and El Duque de la Bachata. His film La Quinceañera won the 2007 award for Best Documentary at the Angelus Student Film Festival in Hollywood, California and Best Documentary at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. He completed working on a film project entitled El Duque de la Bachata with Joan Soriano, a bachata and merengue musician from the Dominican Republic with 5 years ago.
At present, Adam is finalizing the editing process of his most recent feature documentary about a family living in rural Dominican Republic. Beyond documentary filmmaking, Adam has, for over a decade, had broad experience in the world of Bachata. He has lived in the Dominican Republic and conducted extensive research, in-depth video projects, and recorded interviews with bachata legends such as Luis Segura, Ramón Cordero, Joan Soriano, Leonardo Paniagua, El Chivo Sin Ley, Edilio Paredes, Nano Paredes, Martires de Leon, Rafael Montilla, and many others.
He is currently engaged in a groundbreaking research project exploring bachata dance in the Dominican Republic, New York City, and around the world.
Adam is widely recognized for his innovative presentations and the unique pedagogy he has developed for teaching bachata dance and musicology. Adam has been invited to teach and present his work at dozens of national and international salsa and bachata festivals, libraries, cultural centers, and universities
Nola Komis is the Founder, Director and Principal Instructor of A Touch of Salsa Latin Dance Studios in Sydney, Australia. A Touch of Salsa runs classes in Salsa, Bachata, Zouk and Kizomba. They also offer competition courses, workshops, performance courses and more and will this year will be celebrating 11 years.
Nola Komis and Alberto Torres-Perez have been teaching together for the past five years and they are both passionate and love sharing their passion for dance. Nola and Alberto have both travelled to Athens, Geneva, New Zealand, Hawaii and all over Australia where they have taught workshops at Festivals/Congresses to packed participants and have received many great reviews for their classes. Nola and Alberto are looking forward to being part of the San Francisco Bachata Festival in July 2017.
From San Francisco, Bryon Stroud and Sammantha Arias have been teaching and performing all over the bay area. Known for there very smooth footwork and great musicality.
They have been taking the bachata scene by storm teaching at Reno bachata festival and also SF bachata festival this July.
Mr. Carlos Cinta from Chicago is one of the best international instructor to explain the musicality of the authentic bachata. He knows not only the basic timing and stepping issues, but also highly advanced practices of hearing the music and instruments and how to dance on the music. Musicality is one of the key issues at bachata festivals all over the world. Mr. Cinta’s unique method of teaching is a welcomed addition as the topics of the musicality are extremely complicated.
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.
Jeison Aguilar has been in the Latin dance scene for 20 years. He has been a big name when it comes to bachata music and bachata festivals. DJ El Guapo is one of the best bachata DJ in the world. He has DJ'd at San Francisco Bachata Festival, Reno Bachata Festival, San Francisco SALSA Congress, Los Angeles SALSA Congress, Hawaii Bachata Festival and more. Currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, he DJs at Impala, Bachata Addiction, Bachata con Coco, Bachata Cravings, and pretty much a partner in all or Rodchata Enterprise Events.
Recently voted as the best DJ for 2012, DJ Kenny has been in the dance scene for quite a while. He had done everything; competed, performed and taught. These days he is the Main DJ of several popular club venues in Los Angeles, GRANADA,HACIENDA, just to name a few. DJ Kenny is responsible for bringing Bachata artists to Los Angeles; Kiko Rodriguez, Cojunto Afro Son, just to name a few.
Ron Palma, aka DJ Ron, He has been influenced by the music he's heard as child (Cuco Valoy - El Brujo, Oscar D'León, Lalo Rodriguez, Tommy Olivencia, etc.) and from listening to the radio, the best of the 80’s Hip Hop (Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Gang Starr, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, EPMD). Started DJing after a good friend, saw the passion he had and suggested he try it. It has been a few year now and loves it. Watching people react to the music he plays is what makes him want to continue DJing. Has a strong passion for music and dance. Currently he is a member/performer/resident DJ of Northern California's, Inessence Dance Co. Also is the resident Dj at Hot Bachata Nights (San Francisco) at HUE and Dance Fridays (San Francisco) at Space 550. He has participated in many of the West Coast dance festivals.
Edwin M. Ferreras is a New York based, Dominican-born dancer, instructor, and director of LFX Dancers. Edwin has performed and taught in dance congresses around the world including; Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, and Russia. He has also shared his passion for dance throughout the United States. Edwin teaches connection, musicality, leading and following techniques, as well as elements of Bachata music and dance, including roots and culture. His firm knowledge and understanding of music allows him to interpret and connect to it seamlessly. His focus on the sounds and detail of the instruments help him teach students to listen, feel, and create, as apposed to memorizing numbers, steps, and patterns. Edwin's content and ability to connect to students facilitates their learning and encourages them to express themselves in their own unique way.
In 2015, Edwin met and began dancing with multitalented artist, Dakota Romero. In 2016 she became his dance partner and teaching assistant, traveling together to work in national and international events. Dakota is a professional artist; singer, dancer and actor. Her extensive training in music and dance started when she was a child. She has an impressive resume and her ability to learn quickly and effectively has made her a fitting counterpart to Edwin's work in the Latin dance community. Thus began their partnership, which has been captivating the world of dance.
Dakota Romero is a multicultural, Los Angeles native Singer, Dancer, and Actor. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Dakota studied ballet as a child. She appeared in her first production, Hansel & Gretel (ballet), sparking her love for theater. She later performed in musicals such as Godspell (at the Alex Theater), and The Wiz of Oz (as Dorothy), to name a few. In high school, Dakota studied dance at world renowned dance studios such as The Millenium Complex, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, and EDGE Performing Arts Center. She took classes from Los Angeles' most influential choreographers including Jayson Wright, Marty Kudelka, and Dante. During class, Dakota was scouted and hired by the producers of Sesame Street, casting her in a Cartoon Network hip hop music video. Dakota has always loved exploring and learning new styles of dance. She has dabbled in Belly Dance, Swing, and Flamenco, where she studied under the late legendary Maestro Teo Morca. After completing a 14 city arena concert tour in Europe, and while earning her BFA in Music, Dakota spent the summer in Paris, where she was introduced to, and fell in love with, Bachata. Upon returning to the states newly inspired, Dakota continued to pursue her passion for latin dance, a seed that was planted in her as a young girl, by her grandmother.
Nino Acosta: Studied at the National School for performing Arts in Dominican Republic and Graduated from McGill University with an International Business Degree with a minor in Communications in Montreal Canada.
Nino has been dancing since the age of three. His passion for dance, music, and the arts has taken him around the world for a variety of purposes. He studied formally under the schooling of Cassandra Damiron (Dominican Afro-Icon) and the International Performing Arts School in the Dominican Republic. He also trained in New York in the 90’s with the Mambo King, Eddie Torres. Nino won several Salsa Championships in the 80’s and performed in Dubai, Madrid, Bologna, Frankfurt, France, Los Angeles, and Australia, to name a few. His unique ability to create caught the attention of the entertainment world and he has choreographed for several locals and international films, such as Assassination Tango, Dance With He has trained actors and performers from Cirque de Soleil, Robert Duvall wife among others. He has been featured in more than 50 magazines and newspapers as the founder of “Salsa Soccer” and was the first to introduce Latin dance in North America and Canada as a form of exercise “Ritmos Latinos” in the early 90’s similar to what is today called ZUMBA. His creation Salsa Soccer gave him and his studio worldwide recognition. In 1998 Nino introduces the first instructional Latin VHS and video that showcase Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cumbia in the early 90’s making him the first online Bachata Instructor and the first to introduce Bachata to North America and Canada as a form of dance.
Indhira Castillo, Born in Dominican Republic and First Generation Graduated from The National School for performing Arts in Dominican Republic. She ‘s been dancing for over 22 years, and has belonged to various Contemporary Dance Companies in the Dominican Republic and abroad. She has performed in Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Turks and Caicos Island, Montreal and other locations around the world. Her love for Bachata began with her Choreographed work and Tour with Aventura and Romeo Santos in the early 2000’s. Since then Indhira along with Nino Acosta has been developing their own Bachata style for women, they have founded The “Traditional Bachata Ladies World Dance Team”. They have created several routines and footwork base on traditional dances from all regions of Dominican Republic.
Now Indhira Castillo and Nino Acosta has team up to bring everything traditional that Dominican Republic has to offer as one of the major importer of Latin Music around the world.
You can catch Nino and Indhira at the San Francisco International Bachata Festival in 2017 as they introduce unknown Dominican dances like Taino, Perico Ripiao, Tradional Bachata footwork and Merengue Mambo.
Jessica Trujillo was raised in Long Beach, California and has been featured on Spanish television shows, music videos, and MTV’s “True Life : Bachata Nights.” She has danced for artists such as Gaby boy, Migz, and Johnny Sky and has won multiple dance competition titles and been a member of many award winning dance companies. She teaches, travels and showcases her talents internationally and all over the U.S. Jessica won the championship title at the 2014 World Latin Dance Cup with Omambo Dance Co. and currently travels and performs with limitless Dance co. as well as her very own team, Latina Heat. Jessica’s style is bold, daring, and fierce. She combines athleticism with a sultry smoothness that has taken the LA scene by storm through her passion for dance and competition.
Jo Quinones has Latin Rhythms flowing through her vains. Having a mother from the Dominican Republic and a father from Puerto Rico she was raised being surrounded by different dance forms all of her life beginning with Ballet, Puerto Rican folklore and jazz at the early age of 5.A versatile artist, Jo continued her study of dance by training in ballroom and Latin dance forms before becoming a professional in 1997. Soon after becoming an instructor, she managed the studio for two years. After leaving Arthur Murray Dance Studio she became an independent instructor holding group and private lessons all around the Inland Empire. Her passion for acting also led her to become a member and graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts.She is currently an Assistant Director in the Otero Dance Co. directed by the world renowned Gloria & Claudio Otero. In June of 2002, she formed Afeenix Dance Co., an energetic group successfully dominating the Inland Empire and currently Southern Ca. Her stage and television credits include Salsa congresses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Puerto Rico, and special appearances at the Asian International Telecommunications Expo, China, Telemundo, Univision, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Singapore and CBS. She has been an invited guest performer at Cancun’s Club Med and South Carolina’s Sea Brook Island.Jo is one of the few performers who can thrill an audience and leave them wanting more. Her blend of charisma, sensuality and style entertains and inspires.
Kathy Reyes grew up developing an incredible passion and talent for dancing. She began her dance training at El Camino College in 2007. It was within this program that she discovered the intensity and adrenaline transmitted through her performance. In 2008 she became a member of Tropical Rhythm Dance Company directed by Luis Aguilar. He assisted Kathy in improving her skills and expanding her ability as a performer. During her involvement as a member of Tropical Rhythm, she had the opportunity to tour for various salsa congresses and competitions. The following year, she began to express herself with the passionate and tender feeling that Bachata transmits throughout her soul. Kathy went full force and began to acquire national attention after winning her first Bachata competition in Los Angeles, and obtaining second place in Bachata at the World Latin Dance Cup, 2010. She truly captivates the hearts of many when she sets foot onto the dance floor and is defined as “Short, Smooth and Sexy” [SSS]! No doubt that her talent is a true gift from God and a blessing for others: dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.
Aside from being the first organize to bring Bachata Festival in the USA, Rodney is also the co-organizer of the very first Dominican Republic Bachata Festival in Santo Domingo.
A top organizer of bachata festivals all over and with over 150,000 subscribers in his newsletter and over 30,000 friends combined in myspace, twitter, tribe and facebook, Rodney Rodchata Aquino is a popular Latin Dance instructor, promoter and lecturer in the world. He was the first man in history to ever organize the very 1st international bachata festival in USA (Reno Bachata Convention, SF Bachata Festival), and co-organize Lithuanian Bachata Festival, DC Bachata Congress, and soon in Hawaii, Seattle and Puerto Vallarta. Solely responsible for revolutionizing bachata dance in USA, RODCHATA, as bachateros intimately calls him, has been in the Latin Dance scene for over 15 years and is considered the foremost authority in the bachata dance, both Dominican and Modern styles. He recently launched his much awaited dance DVD line up, Latin Dance Stimulus, a 5-volume of dance instructional DVDs of bachata, salsa and merengue.
A certified instructor, his dance background includes Latin International Ballroom, salsa (on1, on2 mambo, and Cuban son, Casino), cumbia, chachacha, merengue and bachata. His first encounter of the bachata dance was in the New York area in the 90’s. He embarked himself into dancing bachata and studying the culture and since revolutionized bachata dancing in USA and the world.
He is the founder of the Salsagang.com (MySalsaNetwork), a dance website that revolutionized salsa dancing in the Bay Area. He also founded iBachata.net, and Rodchata.com that produces successful events such as Annual Reno Intl Bachata Convention, Annual San Francisco Bachata International Festival, Club Bachata and Havanisimo events. He had the opportunity to teach the Latin Dance at major events all over Europe, Asia, Australia, USA and beyond. Aside from teaching all over the world, he also teaches regular bachata and salsa classes all over the Bay Area.
Rodchata has MA in Counseling Psychology and is presently a PhD student. He is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in the Martial Arts. His experience in the Martial Arts for 20 years and his background in Fitness Training plays a vital role on his effectiveness as a dance teacher.
Ryan “The Rockstar” has dedicated his heart and soul to Bachata, Salsa, Zouk, and Kizomba and went from simply doing moves, to deeply feeling the rhythm and music. 8 years ago, he stepped into his first Bachata lesson, and his life changed forever. He was teaching a year later, and has since become famous for his Bachata Romantica workshop series world wide. Blending sensuality, connectivity, and love, with a variety of different dances styles, these workshops help dancers tap into their inner romantic, unlocking a dancer's personal presence and style. True to his moniker, Ryan can always be found on the social dance floor til it closes down, and has been lauded for being one of the most approachable and dedicated social dancers. Ask for a dance and you will get 110%! Two years ago, he met Evie Alva, and the instant chemistry they have has fueled an amazing partnership. She started her dance career in multiple forms of technique- martial arts, gymnastics, and eventually ballet. She has over 8 years of Latin and ballroom teaching experience: from salsa, to bachata, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, Bollywood, zouk, kizomba, forro, samba, belly dance, flamenco, and more! She has trained and taught in India, Brazil, and USA. Together the two are bringing connection, affection, emotion, and fun back to Bachata. Get ready to open your mind and your heart!
If anyone remembers "Dominican Barbershop" on youtube, you just can't forget Troy & Jorjet in the dance industry.
Troy Anthony - is a premier Dancer, Teacher, Performer, Promoter, and Emcee for 11 years. He is easily one of the most recognizable faces in the dance world through the millions of views on youtube.com. Troy has an uncanny knack of entertaining the crowd as an emcee or in his social rally. He is a dance computer with an extensive knowledge of history alongside his solid dance skills. Dancing On1/On2, Bachata, Chacha, West Coast Swing, whatever makes him a crowd favorite.
He has been featured globally in: Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Curacao, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Venezuela and all over the United States.
Zeke Ruvalcaba is a Mexican/Chicago native who has maintained the spirit of Bachata alive in Chicago for the past 5 years. Thanks to Latin Rhythms Dance Studio where Zeke is a full-time instructor/studio manager, he has been able to create an extensive Bachata curriculum that has taken Bachata to a whole other level. 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. Zeke has been the artistic director of his pride and joy, Estilo Dance Company and his high school group A.B.C of Lane Tech H.S. for the past five years. In addition, Zeke currently founded the Bachata All-Stars, the first Bachata dance team in the Mid-West. 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. Soon, Zeke hopes to launch his Phy-Zeke collection.
The Bachata All-Stars originated out of the student-base at Latin Rhythms. The first Bachata team of Chicago is led by their Artistic Director, Zeke Ruvalcaba. Zeke has been very instrumental in creating and pioneering the second largest and most popular dance curriculum at Latin Rhythms, as well as sparking the huge Bachata movement throughout Chicago.
Forming in the spring of 2009, the Chicago Bachata All-Stars of Latin Rhythms have wasted no time making a name for themselves locally and internationally. Since their recent conception, Bachata All-Stars of Latin Rhythms has already represented Chicago in the San Francisco Bachata Festival, DC Bachata Congress, Reno Bachata Festival, Chicago Salsa Congress and are set to be at the New York Salsa Congress, San Diego Salsa/Bachata Congress, Hawaii Bachata Festival, Sexy and Sensual Festival in London and Acapulco Salsa/Bachata Congress.
Zeke has set the goal to take the Bachata All-Stars of Latin Rhythms and Bachata to a different level and demonstrate that like Salsa, Bachata has no limits. To date, Zeke has created numerous choreography’s that have shocked audiences for its originality, while still preserving and appreciating the true essence of Bachata.