joined RicaSalsa in April 2001. I was practicing one
night at the gym preparing for my upcoming competition
when I saw Ricardo lifting weights outside the aerobics
room and asked him to join me with my dance just for
fun.He found out that I teach stretch class at 24 Hr.
Fitness and asked me if we could trade classes.
Hell teach me Salsa and I teach him how to stretch
properly after their dance rehearsals. After two
weeks he asked me to join his group once Im done
with my competition. I wasnt confident enough to
join the group but Ricardo gave me enough confidence that
he thinks I can do it.When I went to one of his dance
rehearsals, I found the members of the group to be
friendly, talented and fun people.Not to mention that I
think Ricardo and Sarah are very creative, talented
dancer, humble and a truly down to earth people.I was
born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines.I have been
living in the Bay Area for 10 years now.I started dancing
salsa a year ago.My girlfriend and I went to a salsa club
to celebrate her birthday and got addicted to it ever
I dont teach Salsa.However, Im a kickboxing instructor at 24 Hr. Fitness. I also teach stretch class incorporating it with some Yoga poses to help people become flexible and the importance of the rhythm of proper breathing.
As much as I love dancing, I also love playing different sports with my only son, Andrew.So if Im not busy dancing or teaching kickboxing I go hiking, swimming, mountain biking, roller blading, (indoor) rock climbing, flying trapeze, sea kayaking and play tennis.And for relaxation, I love to go to the beach to meditate, read a book, watch movies and dining out in San Francisco.
I started dancing since I was 6 years old doing Hula dance, Folk dance and Tahitian in College.I have taken classes in Jazz/Ballet at the International Dance Center in San Francisco to improve my dance technique and posture.I am currently a member of the Stanford Ballroom Dance Team and have competed in various Ballroom dance (Collegiate Division) which categories are: Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Hustle, Jive and Salsa.I was a finalist in Rumba at the SF Open Competition 2001 and won first place in Salsa (all levels) at the Stanford Classic Competition 2001.I have attended Dima and Olgas Workshop (World Finalist in Latin International Style) in Rumba.I have also taken Ballroom Classes taught by Renee Schmitt (currently World Champion in Latin American Standard 2001) at Stanford University.I am also currently a member of the Ariel Dance Company (ADC) doing Latin Jazz, Modern Jazz and a little bit of Hip Hop Dance.ADC has concerts twice a year to allow its dancers to perform at different theatres and dance studios.I have also performed with the RicaSalsa group at the L.A. Salsa Convention 2001, Sizzling Salsa Weekend in Laughlin, Nevada, Roccapulco Club and at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.
About my dance partner: Fernando is nice, thoughtful, patient, neat, funny and a hardworking partner.Best of all, when we make mistakes, he doesnt blame me. We figure out our mistakes and work it out.
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