OUR LATINO INSTRUCTORS
Salsa (Claudia) Mendoza De Rodriguez
Born from a Famous Flamenco Dancer and Uruguayan father, from the age of 5 she started salsa dancing to movies. She got her nickname Salsa Baby from being the youngest in her area to be involved in the community. The name Salsa has stuck with her for over 18 years. Getting her professional start with Picante Latin Dance one of the biggest event organizers on the latin scene and most recently teaching for Latin Dance Australia and expanding into her own dance school. She started assistant teaching in 2004 at Newcastle University. From 2005 she was apart of Candombe Groups in Sydney YAUGURU and URUMBE, in 2007 she created her own performance group Naturally Salsa. She loves to bring people together with smiles and joy as thats what dancing is all about and her aim when teaching her students.
Ysrael Joel Rodriguez
Moving to Australia in 2005 from Lima, Peru to be with his father and brothers in a better country with more opportunities. He realised there is a gap in the market in Campbelltown and wanted to introduce this area to the amazing latino culture he grew up with. His aim is to increase awareness of latin culture, food, and all types of latino dances from Salsa to Merengue and all in between. He loves his Cuban Salsa either listening or dancing. Don't know a name of a song? This guy is the one to get it for you! Social dancing is one of his favorite ways to dance!
2008 - Claudia Teaching with Picante Latin Dance
2009 - Claudia Performed at International Bachata Festival Zouk Bachata
2010 - Claudia Performed and Taught at Darling Harbour Fiesta
2010 - Both Performed at International Bachata Festival
2012 - Both Created Forbidden Dance Company
2012 - Performed at Pachanga & Silisila Night Club
2018 - Teaching for Latin Dance House & Latin Dance Australia
2018 - Teaching Cuban Workshop for Ritmo Festival
2019 - Created Dance Latino
2019 - Teaching Cuban Workshop for International Bachata Festival
2019 - Taught Basic Rueda on Carnival Cruise Lines
2019 - Performing at Sydney Salsa Mambo Convention, Wollondilly Illuminarte, Multicultural Day, FEAST Campbelltown and many more.