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A name in the world of Mambo on 2 that has become synonymous with grace, perfection, dynamics, invigoration, poise, and talent. As founder co-owner, and instructor of Salsa Salsa Dance Studio, Marcus Gonzales has certainly earned his reputation as a phenomenal dancer, magnificent mentor, and sensible and successful businessman. Marcus has an impressively artistic resume founded in his birthplace of Brooklyn, N.Y. and dating back to his teenage years when he began taking Jazz and Modern dance classes in a local studio. The streets of Brooklyn certainly expanded his dance skills as it is there he was exposed to House, Hip Hop and Freestyle music and dance. Possessing a profound concept of body movements, an ear for good music and an all around passion for dance Marcus began to gravitate to the sounds of Classic Salsa music, a genre to which he had been exposed as a child but could not truly appreciate until the early 1990’s. Hence was born Marcus’ desire to learn to dance Mambo.<!–
Marcus began his Mambo training in 1998 at La Salsa De Hoy Dance Studio in Brooklyn under the instruction of the studio’s owner, Carlos Vasquez. One year into his training Marcus sought after Raymond Colon for instruction, with whom he continued to train for an additional two years. In 2001, Marcus’ thirst to expand his Mambo dancing expertise lead him to Eddie Torres for additional instruction. Being a natural dancer and constant seeker of self perfection in his art, Marcus continues to take a wide variety of classes to consistently improve upon his seemingly flawless talent.
Throughout the years Marcus has graced many stages, screens, and newspapers in New York and New Jersey. Beginning with him joining Arelis Baeto’s Tropical Image Dance Team in 2000 and partnering with Marisol Ramirez, owner of Latin Fever Dance Studio, he has been a creative force performing at various salsa socials, local Restaurants, & Lounges as well as other private and public venues such as the South Street Seaport, and G&G’s. He has danced for salsa greats like Rey De La Paz and Orquestra Dee Jay. In fact his dance skills have propelled him as far as Cozumel Mexico when he took a well deserved 1st place prize cruise in a Daily News competition in 2008 at McCarren Park in Brooklyn.
Naturally capable of putting any student in their comfort zone, no matter what their history, background or skill-set, Marcus devoted his talents to the founding of Salsa Salsa Dance Studio in 2004. Marcus is known and loved for his ability to maximize the potential of any student who trains under his instruction. His instructors and Salsa Salsa Dance Studio as a whole is a reflection of the amazing efforts he puts forth to share his talents with all who come to Salsa Salsa for Mambo on 2 dance training. To continue spreading his love of dance throughout the Brooklyn and Tri-State Marcus aspires to open another studio in Brooklyn, as well as a Lounge. As perfectly stated in a 2008 interview with BCAT television, “Whether you’re a mambo master or a salsa square, Marcus Gonzales has the right moves to set the inner dancer within you free.”
*Special thanks to God, Family: Lucy Gonzalez and Ivan Gonzalez (Mom & Dad). (For your Love & Support), Friends: Dennis Campanella, Felipe Pedraza, and Wendell Knight. (For All of Your Business Advice & Guidance)
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Jose is one of the hottest and dynamic dance instructors in the world of Salsa. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, his parents stressed the importance of embracing his heritage. As a child, people would come see Jose dance to the sounds of music emanating from his neighborhood. The crowds would gather just to watch him perform and this was before he had any formal training. It soon became clear that this was a path he had to follow.
After several years of self-teaching, he sought instruction from some of the top instructors in the world of Salsa. Jose focused his attention into not only improving his own technique but in learning the secrets of breaking down steps. Years Of dancing have prepared Jose to break out on his own, and share his joy and passion for Salsa/Mambo with others. Jose compliments the technical aspects of dancing on 2, with a smooth and fluid style that’ll make you the center of attention on any dance floor. After learning from Jose, your dance card will definitely be full whenever you go out.
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Brooklyn born and raised, Andy Mata has been a member of Salsa Salsa Dance Studio since 2005. His vibrant personality and non-stop work ethic gained him respect among his peers and the owners of Salsa Salsa Dance Studio. Andy’s talent has catapulted him into being one of Salsa Salsa’s latest instructors.
As an understudy of Jose Rivera, Marcus Gonzalez, and Ray Colon, he quickly picked up material and applied it into his own style. He brings a fiery passion, strong voice, and a unique teaching method to the Salsa Salsa family. With a memory like no other, if you ever forget a salsa step, he is your go-to guy. Currently a member of the dance team “Oroana”, you can catch him performing all over New York City.
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Joseph was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Coming from a family of musicians and singers, he was exposed to the sound of Salsa, Mambo and Rumba from his early childhood years. His father was a percussionist in several Latin bands and his mother was a singer. Seeing his parents perform sparked his interest as a young teenager to follow in their footsteps. During his high school years, Joseph decided to explore the art of music as he was scouted and then drafted into the high school Latin/Jazz band. Soon enough, he was found singing and performing in various talent shows in school and could always be found dancing in the streets battling other dancers. By the age of 21, he took his dancing skills to the most popular clubs in New York City, break dancing and pop locking to the sounds of house music, free style and rap of the 80’s & 90’s. This indeed has given him all the inspiration and fire that is reflected in his dancing today.
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Intrigued by couples dancing salsa at clubs, Elvis decided to make his way into a Dance Studio in July of 2005. He learned the basics and quickly realized that picking up shines and combos was something that came natural to him. Elvis’s dedication and drive to dance led him to learn salsa very quickly and in October 2005 he was asked to join the Pro-Team. He went on to perform at Aventura’s: Gods Project Tour concert at Madison Square Garden in 2006 and continued to dance with the Pro-Team until March 2007.
Soon after, he joined Signatura Dancers of the TumiMambo Family under the instruction of Jesse Yip. Throughout the years, Elvis has graced many stages across the United States and Hawai’i all while teaching Salsa and Bachata at all levels.
Elvis’ is known for his sense of humor and his crazy yet defined dance style. His vibrancy and charismatic personality create the type of fun and inspiring atmosphere in which you would want to learn to dance. Elvis’ teaching method is fun, thorough, and very supportive of your learning style.
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