Kaya Barraza - Director



Kaya Barraza, a native of Barranquilla, Colombia, is an Instructor at Towson Dance Studio  in Baltimore, Maryland.  She studied  Dance at Colombian School of Arts and the Rosario University, and began her professional dance career in 1996.  In addition, she trained under the direction of John Patillo from Towson Dance Studio, Josie Neglia (The Princess of Salsa), and took workshops from Shaka Brown (Clavekazi), Cultural Explosion (NY), Son y Pasos (CA) and many others.  Along the way, she created the group "Sugoi Salsa" in Japan and now "SalsaNation" in Baltimore. While most of her time is spent teaching Salsa, Kaya is trained in ballroom Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Slow Dance, Tango and Fox Trot.  Kaya and her husband  Rico Arus, launched KayaDance in the Spring of 2009.

Baltimore Salsa Fest,  began with a one day event March 27, 2010. Performers and instructors came from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. The evening showcase was followed by a hot night of dancing with Edwin Ortiz y La Orquesta La Romana accompanied by DJ Sonero (Miguel Morales). Next year's event is March 25-27, 2011. For the Friday night party at Towson Dance Studio, we are honored to bring back La Romana. DJ Heavy will be spinning between sets. On Saturday, we have well-respected instructors who have taught and performed at Congresses all over the world. We met Manuel Dos Santos at the NJISC 2010 and secured him to teach at BSF 2011 immediately. We also contracted with Jesse Yip with Signatura as he received the highest accolades at BSF 2010. DJ Dany J is traveling 3 hours to spin for us at the Saturday night party held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium. Joe Fallero and the DC All Stars will be playing the best salsa on saturday night. Stay tuned.

KayaDance founded by Kaya and Rico Arus in 2009,  provides the finest Latin Dance Instruction in Baltimore, Maryland. Their dance instruction range from Salsa lessons, Rumba, Cha-cha-cha to Merengue, Bachata and with qualified Instructors trained in everything from Latin, Ballroom, and Classical styles providing a wealth of creativity and artistic flavor to your learning experience. KayaDance offers individual, private, corporate or group dance classes with superior instruction in a classic studio environment as well as in area clubs, events, festivals or corporate locations. Our home studio, Towson Dance Studio in Timonium, is the longest running dance studio in Maryland with an incredible dance floor and vast open space for a refreshing learning experience.

Kaya and Sue bring together their instructor, choreographer, promoter, and event planning skills to create the Second Annual Baltimore Salsa Fest.  We know this will only succeed with the effort of many dedicated people.  We'd like you to join us on this exciting adventure.  We are announcing the Festival at the monthly Salsa Block Parties at Towson Dance Studio, the BSF Facebook Page, KayaDance website and newsletters, Baltimore Salsa Blog website and newsletters, and local publications. Thank you for your support.