Festival Line-up
Here are the instructors for this year's festival:

Ava Apple (SF)

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.

DJ Super Chino (SF)

Emelie Andagan (SAC)

Gabi Pineda (Fresno)

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.

Jennifer Benavidez (UK)

John & Liz Salsamania (SF)

Luis Aguilar (SF)

Orlando Valle (SF)

Rodolfo Guzman (SF)

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.