||Chih Ling Han joined Ricasalsa in
December of 2000. He met Ricardo and Sarah through one of
their salsa group lessons in Alberto club and then took
private lessons from them.
really enjoy Ricardo and Sarah dance style.
But most important of all, I like their fun and caring
personality. I love the idea of constant and never ending
improvement. I believe Ricasalsa offers me the
opportunity to learn more about salsa music and to
myself to become a more confident and better
Chih Ling started social ballroom dancing at University
of Wisconsin back in 1997 and remained as an active
member of the university club "Badger Ballroom Dance
Team" from November 1998 to May 1999. During that
time, he has participated and competed in several college
ballroom dance events including Star Of The North Dance
Competition in Minnesota and Dancing Allini Invitational
from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Upon graduation from University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Chih Ling moved to the
bay area in July of 1999 and began to work as a software
engineer. He got married with his college sweetheart
Mayumi in January of 2001 and both currently live in San
"Sometimes it is hard to joggle your work, family
and your personal hobbies at the same time - You really
have to learn to manage your time wisely. I consider
myself a very lucky person. My wife has been very
supportive about my dance schedule and my Ricasalsa
teammates are just wonderful people. We all have similar
goals and interests and it feels really good to have so
many friends to share and learn one from another. We all
have a good time together!"
According to Chih Ling, it is pretty easy to tell if
someone is salsaholic..."I like it so much that I
accidentally showed out one day completely dressed up for
a homemade salsa festival...!"
Since he joined Ricasalsa, Chih Ling has performed with
the team in their latest routine, La Clave, in several
nightclubs in the bay area including the 3rd annual Salsa
Congress in LA. He has also participated in several local
Ballroom dance events and competitions including San Jose
Ballroom Dance Classic, UC Berkeley Ballroom Class, San
Francisco Open and Stanford
Cardinal Classic. His current interest is to compete at
International Latin category in ballroom dance and also
improve his techniques in competitive salsa dancing.
Besides dancing, Chih Ling also enjoys reading, listening
to jazz, biking,windsurfing, snowboarding, cooking and
being in the company of good friends.