Juan is responsible for the Bachata craze in Australia as 2004 saw him in a new country & culture when he arrived in Sydney, only to find the dance he was most passionate about was a taboo, never played in nightclubs or taught at dance studios. Inspired as no one else can be with Bachata, Juan started running classes & workshops, as well as promoting Bachata music to various influential DJ’s, Nightclubs & Latin Events. It was from there his fame as ‘El Bachatero’ grew quickly making him the best know Bachata Instructor in Australia & New Zealand.
From then on, Juan became one of the most influential Bachateros in the world. He has taught hundreds of workshops throughout the world (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, France, USA and more) and performed at prestigious Latin events around the world. Juan is also one of the organizers of the successful ‘Sydney Bachata Festival’ and he’s the director of Bachateros Online Magazine, one of the first web portals dedicated to Bachata only.
Juan’s is the pioneer of the Bachata Moderna movement and his syllabus and moves are being used around the world (you can read the history of Bachata Moderna here). With the growth and evolution of Bachata music, Juan has ensured that the dancing evolves as well. Bachata Moderna is a more stylized style of Bachata were dancers can add different footwork and transitions and yet remain true to Bachata form, maintaining the feeling & emotional elements that makes Bachata what it is. Juan always focused on showcasing and sharing his love for Bachata, but in 2013/14 he decided to enter various National competitions with his dance partner Shade Zahrai, obtaining some magnificent results:
- 1st Place, NSW Bachata Championships 2013
- 1st Place, AUSTRALIA BACHATA CHAMPION - Australia Latin Open 2014 (Watch the winning freestyle)
In 2015, his Professional Team TS Bachateros took 1st place in the 3 major competitions in Australia, a feat that hasn't been done before.
- 1st Place - Australia Latin Dance Championships
- 1st Place - Australia Bachata Championships
- 1st Place - World Salsa Solo