Ava Apple is a dance instructor and founder of The Latin Symbolics dance company based in San Francisco. With a background in salsa, hustle, west coast swing, theater arts and American rhythm, Ava has created a unique salsa style that has earned her numerous titles, as well as performances around the world.
Ava was one of the first salsa dancers to incorporate lifts and aerials into her salsa routines, and her dance company is likewise known for their complex tricks and aerials, and has produced some of the top salsa dancers in the Bay Area. Many well known instructors and performers started out in her classes and/or on her team – including Junior & Emily Alabi, Ciro & Maryann Martinez, Alex Lee & Chi Le, John Narvaez & Liz Rojas, and Tellina Rezzoffi, just to name a few.
Corey Raynor is a longtime dancer with years of experience performing with world-class salsa dance companies such as Salsamania and Beyond Dreamz. In addition to his salsa dancing experience, Corey has also trained and competed in ballroom dancing, with numerous titles under his belt.
Following the first San Francisco International Bachata Festival, Corey started his own dance company called “Bachata Y Mas” along with his longtime partner and co-director, Mireille Ruiz. Together the two teach bachata lessons around the Bay Area, and also instruct a performance bachata team. In addition to bachata, Corey also teaches salsa at locations such as the Matrix and Taste Fridays in San Francisco.
The best kept secret in the California valley for many years now is Gabi Pineda on salsa and bachata classes. He has a versatile style of Latin dancing. He has taught in Seattle, Reno, Las Vegas, London, Latvia, Mexico and other dance festivals in the world. New York Style On2 and Bachata is his expertise and had been teaching workshops all over the country. Recently, he has been featured teaching bachata dance on TV.
Originally from Mexico City, Manny & Mireille have been dancing, teaching, performing, cumbia, mexican style , since they were kids. With a background in different formal dances, like ballet , tap , jazz, gymnastics, folklorico, they have combined their techniques, with the flavor to create fun and interesting classes and performances.
Mireille Ruiz has been dancing since she was 5 years old , with a background in, ballet , tapp , jazz, gymnastics, Folklorico, latin percussions. she has performed, taught and competed in the most important salsa and bachata festivals (SF, RENO, LA) and congresses around USA. since 2006.
Along with her different dance partners she has created her own fun, creative, unique, playful routines and teaching style . she has run several bachata teams in San Francisco like Bachata Y Mas 2010 along with Corey Ryanor, and Bay Area Bachateros 2011along with Bryon Stroud. Mireille Ruiz and Corey Raynor won the USA salsa championships bachata division in 2010.
Rodolfo Guzman is originally from Mexico, where he first learned how to dance in his youth. Rodolfo took his first salsa class with Ava Apple, and later joined her team The Latin Symbolics in 2004.
Rodolfo became Ava’s dance partner in 2005, and the two have since traveled around the world teaching and performing salsa. Rodolfo is now the co-director of The Latin Symbolics, and is known for his ability to break down and explain how to execute complex lifts and tricks.