Manuel Dos Santos (Toronto, Canada)

Manuel Dos Santos has been dancing for over 11 years. Although his repertoire includes hip-hop, Capoeira and Latin Ballroom, his passion is definitely Salsa. He has trained under Mas Mambo and Gabriel “Matanza” Mambi, who is his mentor. He has performed on stages worldwide including Barcelona, Amsterdam, Bermuda and in several American and Canadian cities.

Manuel’s vision is to create Salsa awareness. At DSantos Dance School salsa is not just a dance, it is a form of expression, an art, a passion, and a lifestyle.



Johnny & Andres, Salsa y Control (Boston)

Bio coming soon!


Aramis Pazos-Barrera

Aramis is a graduate of the National School of the Arts in Cuba with a degree in both Modern and Afro-Cuban Folklore dance and has been dancing professionally for over 20 years. While in Cuba he apprenticed with both the National Dance Company of Cuba and the National Folkloric Company before touring internationally with Ballet Tropicana. For eight years, he choreographed and produced musicals and cabaret shows in Mexico, and was a soloist and assistant choreographer for Richard Neon’s, the assistant director of Riverdance, internationally touring production, “Jarocho”. While in San Francisco, he performed with Robert Moses Kin among other companies, and taught Afro-Cuban, modern, Folklore and popular dance while directing his company, Latin Cabaret Productions. Aramis acted and danced under the direction of Neri Torres, once choreographer to Gloria Estefan, in her production “Musical de la Rumba” en Miami, Florida. He has been guest artist at SUNY-Brocksport and International University in Vermont. Currently he is teaching classes and workshops, as well as performing in the Washington D.C. area as a dancer and lead singer and Director with the Cuban Timba band,” Ashe”. He is an expert consultant to several groups in Rumba and Afro-Cuban fusion into other latin dance styles such as salsa, casino rueda and mambo.

  Jesse Yip (NJ)

Jesse of Peruvian/Chinese decent was born and raised in Elizabeth New Jersey in January of 1973. He began his dance training in 2001 under the instruction of the Million Moves Man Ismael Otero and The JLo of Salsa Yesenia Peralta. In just a short time, Jesse became one of Ismaels assistants and part of Caribbean Soul 2 (Semi Pro Team). Jesse obtained a distinct style, creating his own turn patterns, and mixing them in ways unthought-of. In recognition of his creativity, Jesse was asked to be a part of Caribbean Soul (The Pro Team) and assisted with some of the routine choreography. During his four years as a Caribbean Soul Dancer, Jesse has performed locally at nightclubs, Latin festivals, and socials throughout the Tri-state area. Jesse has also shared the stage with some of the best dancers in the world at Salsa Congresses in Puerto Rico, Canada, LA, Boston and Miami. In 2005, Jesse sought a different style and went to study under New York's Victor Mayovanex, director of the Karisma Dance Company. While learning the elegant Karisma style, Jesse joined Koncepto Karisma, the Semi-Pro team and has performed at prestigious worldwide venues such as the LA & New York Salsa Congress to name a few. As a Karisma dancer, Jesse continued his growth & inherited a stronger, elegant and more polished dance style.
Jesse brings a solid foundation of the Tumimambo Style to the Salsa Community. He is a performer, choreographer, dance instructor and director of two dance groups (Signatura & Iniciales de Signatura). He teaches Salsa/Mambo classes at 2 New Jersey locations: Beyond Dance in Cranford and Dancer's Pointe in Westfield. As a dancer/performer Jesse delivers his smooth style with a perfect blend of creativity and elegance. As an instructor/choreographer Jesse is constantly expanding his teaching skills, emphasizing mainly on leading techniques and originality. Together Jesse brings 8+ years of dance experience and knowledge to the stage, dance floor, and to his students.

Keith Givens (VA)

Keith Givens, a native of New York City, has been dancing for nineteen years. As a Salsa Instructor, Performer, and Choreographer with his own performance dance company called Latin Motion and his own promotional company called High Energy Productions, Keith has promoted salsa events, taught classes (beginner to advanced) ranging in number from one (1) student to five hundred (500) students, and performed his own choreographies at numerous events, including the first ever Salsa event held at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo, Maryland. As a former member of the DC Salseros/ Latin Vibes Dance Company, he has performed nationally and internationally in such places as: The Kennedy Center and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C., and World Salsa Conventions in Los Angeles, Toronto, London, and Holland. He specializes in teaching Salsa and other "social Latin" dances, including Merengue, Cha-cha, Bachata, and Samba. Often, you'll here him say "Ooh Salsa" as he teaches dancers how to move to that Latin beat. Affectionately dubbed "The DipMaster" among the DC Salseros, Keith is known for his creative partnering moves and high-energy style. He also enjoys all other ballroom dances, Hip-Hop, African dance and freestyle dancing.


Adul Al-Ali (VA)

Abdul began dancing LA Style Salsa on1 in 1998 and then went on to join Salsa Fuego Dance Company in 1999. At the '99 DC Salsa Congress, he discovered the New York style of dancing and began dancing on2 shortly thereafter. He left Salsa Fuego and has been training his students to an advanced level ever since. He has competed in numerous salsa competitions locally and outside the DC-Metro area. He is well known among serious salsa dancers nationwide for his unique dancing style, choreography, and instruction.



Founded in 2009, Paula and Julian share their dance experience to found Salsaoco. Now it is a collaboration of eleven professional and experienced Colombian style dancers from New Jersey. Their style is a high speed, musically precise explosion of energy with incredibly fast foot patterns and jaw-dropping lifts. Apart from performing, the group shares their expertise in their hometown as well as at dance events around the country helping promote this unique style born in Colombia.






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