Festival Line-up
Here are the instructors for this year's festival:
Saturday, 16 June 2018 22:02

Jeannette Rapaido


Born in San Francisco, CA, Jeannette grew up listening to R&B, hip hop and 90's music. She, like everyone else, watched music videos and tried to dance like Michael Jackson, Aaliyah and Janet. It wasn't until college where dance hit her hard. Her brother dragged her along to salsa classes, and in 2003, she attended her very first Salsa Congress in Los Angeles. It was then that she fell in love with the culture, the music and the dance.
At the time, she attended San Diego State University, and found salsa classes at The Arc, Hot Monkey Love and at A Time to Dance. She started dancing 7 nights a week and any chance she could get. It was from social dancing that she learned the most - connection, communication, lead and follow, the music. For formal training, she trained with Angel and Tulane Rivera and danced for the likes of Alma Latina Tijuana, directed by Sergio Jasso and Gaby Equiz and the Salsa Divas, directed by Laura (Mendoza) Loaza. With those dance teams, she performed in New York, in the Bahamas and all over San Diego.
In 2007, she moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with her now husband, Brian, and opened their very first dance studio. There, they taught both hip hop and Latin dances, danced at clubs and performed around the Malecon. Upon returning to the States in 2009, Jeannette joined Ceech Hsu's DS Players, a funk styles dance group that has won 1st place at competitions such as All The Way Live and Bottlerock. As a DS Player, Jeannette has added locking, popping, house, strutting and, her favorite, waacking, to her repertoire.
Now that Jeannette, Brian and Ceech have opened The Get Down, it is only natural that they focus on the dance styles that they love the most - hip hop and Latin dancing.
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