Meet our Dance Instructors

ABOUT
Rosalie

- Certified and Professional Dance Instructor.

- Certified by Joy of Dance,  International Style      with Honours

- Canadian Dancesport Federation 2019

- Choreographer for any occasions, small and          large events, dance performances at Pageants      and Fashion Show and competitions

  "Behind every dancer who believes in themselves, is a teacher who believed in them first."

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ROSALIE FRANCISCO

Studio Director, Choreographer,

Certified Ballroom & Latin Dance Teacher

ABOUT
Michelle

Born and raised in California, Michelle taught American & International Ballroom, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Hustle & West Coast Swing for over 19 years.

Previously, she danced for NBA’s Golden State Warriors and a hip hop dancer for a professional football team in London, England.

 

Now, she’s a highly rated group and private lesson instructor, a wedding dance specialist and choreographed 17 formation dance teams. She danced the Tango in the movie "Rent", choreographed & danced on runways for fashion shows and taught Swing at Apple Computer’s headquarters.

Michelle is excited to bring her experience to her new home in Toronto!

MICHELLE REGAL

Certified and Professional

Dance Instructor

ABOUT
Mario

- Competed as an amateur in Pro-Am competitions, placing first in many Ballroom and Latin dances.

- Choreographed routines for competitions, weddings, anniversaries, cotillions, music videos, and theatre.

- Performed with TCDSB Stage Arts, City Dance Corps, Ifreestyle, United Salseros, Steps Dance, Dance to Live, Soul2Sole, Joy of Dance, LGBT Dance, and Rainbow Ballroom.

- Certified by Joy of Dance Centre, American / International Style, with Honours.

- Canadian Dancesport Federation, International Ballroom and Latin, Licentiate Member with High Commendation.

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MARIO PIÑON

Certified Ballroom &

Latin Dance Teacher

ABOUT
Alexandra & Damian

Canadian Latin Champion

ALEXANDRA & DAMIAN

Certified and Professional

Dance Instructor

ABOUT
Ekaterina

Ekaterina has been passionate about dance since early childhood. While being enrolled in the art schools since age 5, dancing remained in the background, yet still was number one in her heart.

 

While Ekaterina has not received any formal education in dance until in her 30s., she was always interested in body culture.  participated in different stage performances of Go Go and Contemporary freestyling, dancing from the heart, trying herself in different disciplines: Powerlifting, Poledance, Circus Aerial Silks and stretching. All this eventually brought her to a decision that its time to fulfill this passion and receive some dance training. 

 

In 2015 she started with exploring Ballet and Ballroom dances, competed in International Ballroom in ProAm category and took a First place awards for Closed Bronze and Silver scholarships. About same time Ekaterina discovered her love for Tango and stays there ever since.

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EKATERINA KONYSHEVA

Argentine Tango Instructor

ABOUT
Emanuel

Emanuel had a passion for dancing since he remembers himself. Never had any formal dance training until later on in life, yet was in constant seek of opportunities to dance at the clubs and different stages. For one year was appearing in a weekly Saturday night TV dance show Electric Circus.

 

Working in a digital world, later in his 30th 

he found his creative outlet and fulfillment in dancing Salsa and other Latin dances that became his world for about 10 years. In 2015, he discovered Argentine Tango, and it took his heart forever.

While teaching a Beginner level Tango, he keeps learning, exploring the border-less world of tango.

He strives to be a dancer of the highest quality and bring their passion for dance to the world.

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EMANUEL RIBEIRO

Argentine Tango Instructor

ABOUT
Nadine

Nadine’s dance background started at a very young age, but her love for ballroom is a recent transition.  Nadine has been dancing at D2R for over 3 years now. 

 

She started as a student but with her easy-going personality and excellent coaching skills, she quickly transitioned to teaching.  


Combined with her education in health promotion and fitness coaching, Nadine is becoming an amazing instructor for students of all ages here at D2R.  

NADINE ASMIS

Salsa Dance  Instructor

ABOUT
Dali

Dali Perez’s career as a dance instructor started when the moved to Thunder Bay in 2016 to finish his Engineering degree at Lakehead University. He helped create a thriving Latin Dance community in Thunder Bay by introducing Cuban salsa, Casino Rueda, Son, Rumba, and other Cuban dance styles. His passion for teaching got reaffirmed during his first trip to Cuba during the summer of 2017 where he got to experience the culture and history behind Latin dance. 

 

Dali Perez teaches Salsa and Bachata workshops focused to improve each student’s technique in areas such as musicality, body awareness, footwork and partnerwork. 

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DALI PEREZ

Salsa & Bachata

Dance Instructor

ABOUT
Allan

Professional ballroom and latin dancer. Specializing in latin such as salsa, bachata, merengue,  and other social dances.

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ALLAN SALIH

Professional Latin

and Ballroom Instructor

ABOUT
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VLADIMIR ARANDA

Salsa Dance Instructor

(Rueda De Casino)