When did you join RicaSalsa?

"July 2000."

Why did you want to join? Tell me the story of how you came on board.

"I had always wanted to be in a salsa troupe, but was already in a hip hop troupe and didn't have the time. I quit the other troupe to join Ricasalsa because I needed more salsa in my life."

Where are you from? How long have you lived in the Bay Area?

"I'm from Southern California but had been living in Santa Cruz 10 years before moving to San José four years ago."

When did you start dancing salsa?

"5 years ago."

What do you like most about dancing in the troupe?

"Getting to hang out with a great group of people, the performances and the awesome and challenging choreography."

Complete this sentence: You know you're a salsaholic when...

"...you stop doing "risky" physical activities like skiing and riding on motorcycles because you could get hurt and might not be able to dance salsa."

Do you teach? If so, please provide information (schedule, location, contact information)

"I teach at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San José, 1700 Alum Rock Ave. (408) 928-5500. Mondays: Beginning - 5:30pm, Intermediate - 6:30pm, Advanced - 7:30pm. I also teach salsa to Middle School students at my school. I also have an all-abilities troupe called Fuego Latino that rehearses on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I also do private lessons (408)806-0787."salsa_queen_25@yahoo.com

What do you do when you're not dancing or working?

"Spend time with my 9-year-old daughter, Angélica, and with my friends; read; travel."

Tell me 3 things you like about your RicaSalsa dance partner.

"He's a great leader, he's a good friend and he's super dependable."

Please describe your dance performance history, including any awards, > competitions, shows, etc.

"I have been a dancer since I was a child. I've been in all types of dance troups, especially hip hop and jazz, but I've also done ballet, folklórico, tap, drill team, and I was a flag girl for a nationally touring drum and bugle corps. I have performed and competed with different salsa partners and have taken 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in various amateur and semi-professional salsa dance contests in the Bay Area, Las Vegas and Miami, Florida. I choreographed the salsa dance numbers for and performed in the play "Vivir Sońando, Morir Bailando" that was a tribute to Tito Puente. I choreograph for and perform with my troup Fuego Latino."

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