1.When did you join RicaSalsa?
"I joined Ricasalsa in June 2001."

2. Why did you want to join? Tell me the story of how you came on board.
"I love exherting my creative sensual energy through dancing salsa. After five years of salsa social dancing, I realized that frequenting salsa clubs was no longer enough. I wanted to hone my salsa skills and entertain and compete with a performing company. On a Friday in June, 2001, I read about Ricasalsa on the salsacrazy website. I liked Ricasalsa's performance venues as well as the co-directors' sweet love story. So I e-mailed Ricardo and was thrilled when he responded the same day with the news that Ricasalsa was looking for more women dancers. I answered a few questions about my dance history and, within a matter of a few hours, I was auditioning at Alberto's in Mountain View!"

3. Where are you from?
"I was born and raised in San Jose. My father is first generation Mexican American, born and raised in Los Banos, CA. My mother was born in Puebla, Mexico and immigrated to San Jose in the 60s."

4.How long have you lived in the Bay Area?
"Except for two years of study in Arizona, I have lived in the Bay Area all of my life."

5. When did you start dancing salsa?
"I began dancing salsa socially and collecting salsa music in 1995. My first salsa club addiction was Club Miami in downtown San Jose."

6. What do you like most about dancing in the troupe?
"I just joined but I can say that I am looking forward to being a part of a group of passionate salseras/os serious about honing their skills and entertaining others."

7. Complete this sentence: You know you're a salsaholic when you fulfill course requirements with research on "salsera sexuality" and make or break dates according to the prospective candidate's feelings towards salsa.

8. Do you teach?
"I do not teach, but it is something I am interested in once I have more experience."

9. What do you do when you're not dancing or working?
"I am a full-time graduate student at UC Berkeley where I also TA in Ethnic Studies. I volunteer for a non-profit environmental organization in Berkeley. I enjoy running & working-out at the gym, chillin' with family and friends, and hanging out at coffee shops. Last but not least, I like doing my nails, straightening my hair, and shopping on Bancroft and Telegraph."

10. Tell me 3 things you like about your RicaSalsa dance partner.
"I just started but I can only imagine that I'm going to love having a committed partner with serious passion for salsa."

11. Please describe your dance performance history, including any awards, competitions, shows, etc.
"My dancing life and performing experience began when I was five. I started with six years of ballet lessons. In middle school and high school, I took up songleading where I competed at regional and national levels. At age 17 I began taking Mexican folklorico lessons. Within three years I was admitted into the performing company, Los Lupenos de San Jose. From 1994 to 2000 I performed in many different types of venues including schools, festivals, and large theaters. My most memorable shows include performances at the annual Mariachi Festivals and at the Mexican Heritage Plaza for Dia de los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo. I left Los Lupenos in 2000. Since then I have been working on my salsa skills and preparing for an opportunity to audition. While I have taken a few private ballroom dance lessons, most of what I know I learned by following good salsa dance partners. I also like making up my own moves for which hip-work is very important!"

My Birthdate is August 19
My Nicknames: Pita, Pearls, and "P"
Siblings: Patrick, Davythe, & Amadita Dicochea
Parents: Amada & George Dicochea

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