Born and raised in a Guyanese-Nigerian household in Brooklyn, NY, Ejiro Camile Gbaje was immersed in music and rhythms from before she can remember. From listening to the sounds of musical geniuses such as Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass, Marc Anthony, etc., to exercising her strong musical ear through piano lessons, to singing in church and school choirs, music took a definitive role in her life. Although she did not have formal dance training as a child, from her experience on her church step team, school performances, and boogie-down sessions in her living room, it was evident that Ejiro had a gift for dance.
During her last summer break as a college student at Cornell University, Ejiro’s mother put her in classes in 2015 to help her break out of her timid shell. It sparked quite the interest in her. She spent her senior year attending socials in Ithaca, NY. After graduating, she needed to pick up a hobby to fill her time. In January 2017, she returned to Salsa Salsa. She quickly developed quite a love for the dance, indulging her newly-found addiction by taking three classes and attending several socials each week. She has taken advantage of classes taught by world-renowned salsa instructors and schools including Griselle Ponce, Baudilio Rivera, Melany Crystal Mercedes, and Yamulee Dance Company. She also has been training in Cuban Salsa, Rueda, and Son, taking dance and percussion classes at Sandunga Dance School in Santiago de Cuba under the direction of Rafael Martinez Santisteban. During her time as a graduate student at New York University, she taught several beginner salsa lessons to her fellow classmates and the public.
Since Fall of 2018, Ejiro has been training under the direction of Joseph Medina. She is indebted to the Salsa Salsa community for their unwavering support and is thoroughly excited to be joining the Salsa Salsa Dance Studio Family as a new instructor.