Yared is a young postgraduate from Spain who grew up in a family of musicians and dancers. He started as a dancer at the age of nine and fell in love with Salsa. He has gradually adapted and learned other styles of dance and has fused them into his current style of Salsa while using Cuban Salsa as the foundation.
There is a quote by Yared that states his beliefs regarding dancing and music:
“I don’t want to think about dancing when I am listening to music. I want to be able to flow with it when it plays. Music and dance must be body and soul”.
He learned other Salsa styles such linear (Los Angeles and Puerto Rico Styles) and dances such as Funky, basic classical and contemporary. His goal has always been to remain focused on discipline and good technique. Combining all these styles, he has obtained a better understanding of dances and has been able to create his own unique style: “The best Salsa style is just the feeling of being free to use any style. No styles should control us”.
He worked with Tropicana Dancers as a Salsa dancer and complemented his knowledge with Funky and acrobatic dances. Yared also trained under Orlando Pelaez, a prominent international artistic director and choreographer while in Spain.
Yared has participated in several dance performances and contests in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. He obtained first place in a National Cuban Salsa Talent Championship in 1998, when he was only 15 years of age. Following a few years later he obtained the first place in the National Salsa for Couples Championship in 2001 and in the Salsa “Rueda” in 2007. Yared aims to share his dance skills with others so that they too feel and embrace music the way he does.
Anton began dancing at the age of 6 in Taganrog, Russia. Dancing came to him naturally at the age of 6 and it quickly became his way of life. Always true to himself, he based his innovative style on total harmony in the psychical and psychological aspect of dancing. At the age of 14 he moved to Krasnodar and continued his career in ballroom dancing. Inspired by professional ballroom dancers, Anton arrived in Moscow in 2000 and continued dancing.
During that year he made many of his dreams come true. He obtained second place in the International Style contest which was the beginning of his successful dance career. After 3 years of national and international contests, he finally got the first national place in 2003. That year he traveled to Spain ranking number 11 in the world..
Spain was supposed to be his home for a few months before coming to Canada to thrive in the ballroom dance with his new partner in Toronto. Instead of this, Anton fell in love with a new style of dance unknown to him up until that moment. That style was Salsa. Excited by this intricate dance he decided to settle down in Spain and started his dance career from the beginning as a Salsa and Ballroom instructor.
The first location where Anton started to developed his Salsa skills was Alicante (cradle of “On 1″ style in Spain). Anton continued to grow as salsa dancer in Cuban and Los Angeles Styles. After two years and motivated by this dance he decided to move to Barcelona (capital of Salsa “On 2″ style). Anton grew as a Salsa On 2 dancer for 4 more years. During this time he danced with renowned Salsa groups such as Mythical Mambo and he organized a Salsa company called “Saltatio”, performing all over Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia) as well as many other countries in Europe: Portugal, Italy, Poland …
William has been residing in Toronto since birth and has a background in business management and IT. He is the co-founder of Call4PcHelp an IT consulting firm providing services to his GTA clients. His interest in dance spawned in 2006 when he was invited to a Salsa dance party. Not knowing how to even spell “Salsa”, he immediately subscribed for a Salsa crash course 2 weeks prior to the event. Shortly after the event his dancing journey was put on hold.
Months later, being a passionate martial arts practitioner, he wanted to find activities that would complement his progression and passion in his martial arts training. It is then that he gave dancing another try. William then trained with various dance instructors throughout the years and was exposed to both Cuban and LA Salsa styles. He loved LA Salsa for its elegance and ballroom influence and Cuban Salsa for its playfulness visual appeals for both leader and follower.
During 2008 William met his current instructor, Yared Rodriguez. His interest for Salsa spiked again after seeing how his instructor danced Cuban Salsa. This flavor that was danced by Yared, was unique in many ways and was more technical and elegant than the conventional Cuban style that he had learned. He then developed a deeper interest for Cuban Salsa and his future dance goals were established.
He has developed a new point of view in the art of dance over the years. You will often hear William tell his students in classes, “there is nothing really truly advanced after the basics. There are just advanced basics”. He continues to spend his time at the Social Dance Spot teaching the Latin Dance Syllabus, developing and training new dance choreographies.
He now shares his dance passion with his students at Social Dance Spot.
Elena Vasilyeva is from Izevsk, Russia and was raised in a family fueled by a passion for dance. Her parents (Viacheslav and Larisa) are both veteran Ballroom dancers who inspired Elena to start her dance journey during childhood in rhythmic gymnastics. At the age of 11 Elena started her formal Ballroom dance lessons and started teaching Ballroom in 2000 in Russia. In 2003 Elena’s dance journey brought her to Barcelona (Spain) where she developed a new passion for Latin dances such as Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata. Elena continued to build and develop her technique and passion in her new found love for Latin dancing during her stay in Spain. She also started to dance professionally with Anton Sharafetdinov. She has performed and participated in many Salsa congresses in Europe including, Moscow, Huesca, Murcia, Cadiz, Madrid, and Barcelona.
In 2009 Elena moved to Toronto and continued dancing and sharing her passion through teaching and different performances. During the time Elena spent in Russia, Spain, and Canada, she learned and became fluent in all three languages (Russian, Spanish, and English). Students from different cultural backgrounds find her language skills to be extremely helpful as she can instruct and relate to her students overcoming the language barrier. You will often find Elena performing with Social Dance Spot, teaching advanced classes or assisting with technique and ladies’ styling.
Alfonso García Bailo
Alfonso is originally from Spain although he attended University in the United States where he discovered his passion for dancing. In 1998 Alfonso joined the Competitive Ballroom team at his university and attended numerous amateur university competitions along the US East Coast, attaining very positive results. His level of commitment to dance and to the team allowed him to quickly learn a large variety of ballroom dance styles, and in 2000 he became one of two ballroom instructors in his university, as well as captain of the ballroom team, a position from which he inspired his teammates and promoted team spirit. He maintained this position until he graduated from university in 2002 and returned to Spain.
Alfonso stayed in Spain from 2002 to 2010, but was not able to pursue his passion for dancing. However, once he came to Toronto in 2010 and attended a Zouk workshop, he re-discovered that passion that pushed him to want to permanently grow as a dancer. To him, Zouk was a love at first sight deal. Early in 2011, he was given the chance to perform in Toronto and Montreal, and joining that project allowed him to quickly grow as a Zouk dancer. He has been dancing Zouk since he first arrived to Toronto, and continues to learn and grow.
Zouk is not the only thing that Alfonso discovered in Toronto. He also started practicing Mixed Martial Arts as soon as he arrived in the city (muay thai and brazilian jiu jitsu) and has discovered how these two very distant activities can complement each other through body awareness.
Andres Jaramillo & Diana Chara
The Salsa Caleña is a style that is taking over the world of Salsa and Social Dance Spot is proud to announce the new class starting in April. Our new members of the house, Andres Jaramillo, and his dancing partner, Diana Chara, are ready to teach you the Salsa Caleña and Boogaloo (Latin Jive).
Andres Jaramillo was born and raised in Cali Colombia where his artistic career started. His style impacted Central Florida where he won contests and choreographed for television and Salsa parades.
Andres moved to Canada and he started instructing dance in North Bay, ON, with big success and decided to take it to the next level in Toronto.
He moved back to GTA on this year and found Diana Chara, who always dreamed about becoming a professional Salsa Caleña dancer.
She participated in Hip Hop and Step choreographies in early years and her dream became real when both started to work together.
Join us for their classes and extend your Salsa world.
AJ & DC