Luiz & Ignacia
Founders of DSC Studio & Dance Instructors
Luis & Ignacia were born in Mexico and have danced Latin music their entire life. They have great musicality and are natural dancers that enjoy diversity in music. They dance and teach Latin and African rhythms, including salsa, bachata, chacha, cumbia, merengue, tarraxinha, semba, kizomba, and urban kiz. They fell in love with Kizomba and immersed themselves in it. They are members of Inland Empire (IE) Kizomba Nation, which was formed in 2012 to bring Kizomba into the Riverside and San Bernardino counties. But they have also been teaching and spreading Kizomba all over California, and have been spreading to Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. They focus their classes on musicality and partner connection. They are also welcoming and some of the friendliest social dancers. They created Dance Soul Connection (DSC) Studio to bring more dance and happiness to the Inland Empire.
Cristian was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and danced Latin music his entire life. Then in 2011, he came to the United States and met Luiz and a friend who invited him to watch a bachata class at Steven's Steakhouse. After that he fell in love with bachata and learned the basics on the first night by observing. He started going to bachata events everyday to dance.
In 2012, Luiz and Ignacia taught him about kizomba. A few years later he attended the Afro-Latin Las Vegas Festival (includes bachata & kizomba) where he met and took classes with Nino Acosta, Pipo Alcala, Samy El Magico, Carlos Cinta, and Edwin Ferreras. They made him fall in love with the music and style of traditional bachata. He also took classes with Juan Mejia, Adam Taub, Isolde, Carlos Gomez, and Susan De Beras. This inspired him to focus on sharing the style, culture, and feeling of traditional bachata with others.
To share the full experience, Cristian went to the Dominican Republic to immerse himself in the culture of traditional bachata. He also spent time in the Dominican Republic developing his own natural style of dance while staying true to the roots of traditional bachata.
His classes focus on the basics of traditional bachata, the feeling of the music, patterns, footwork, and partner work, all while building a community feeling.
The original West Coast Fusion Bellydancer/Popper, Edenia is known far and wide for her completely unique style. Though Popping was Edenia’s first love, which she began mastering in Junior High, in 2006 she was entranced by her first Rachel Brice video and immediately became addicted to Fusion Bellydance as well. She promptly began studying Tribal Fusion Bellydance with Zahreen, to whom she is eternally grateful. Edenia is nothing less than a creature of hard work and dedication and continues to learn and evolve in Bellydance as well as in Popping. She continues to study with many teachers, near and far, and prides herself in pushing to new physical limits daily.Traveling all over the world, she teaches workshops and performs and can be seen on music videos as well as recent Television. Edenia has even toured with the popular Belly Dance Super Stars (BDSS) to Japan in 2011. Likewise, you can often find her as a highlighted performer and instructor at the most popular Events. Edenia insists, however, that she loves all styles of dance and says that every dancer out there is an inspiration to her. And it is through her passion that she attributes her growth in life.
He’s “Straight out of Compton." His family moved to Rancho Cucamonga when he was in the 6th grade and he’s been dancing for as long as he can remember. Back in the day, he was into the latest R&B trends, Pop lock, Hip Hop, Breaking and then everything Michael Jackson was doing on the Thriller album. He went to Puerto Rico on his honeymoon with his non-dancing Puerto Rican wife and that's when he got his first taste of Salsa. After years of a non-dancing marriage, he was given back his freedom to dance. And he ran straight to the Salsa scene: Center Stage Salsa Night in 2009. Live Salsa band, plenty of people to dance with, but one thing was still missing, he didn't know how to dance Salsa yet. He started going to Evie Dance Studio, because DSC didn't exist yet. People were assuming he had years of experience, after about 6 months. He would dance Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat. He then attended Salomon Rivera workshops (LatinHips.com) and took a lot of private lessons from his partner Elena "La Candela." (Salsaconcandela.com) It's not how many years one has danced but how frequent one practices in that time. He was on a mission to put a smile on the face of every partner he danced with. 10 years later, he’s still on the same mission. And now it’s time to share lead and follow tips that will help others do the same. That's his goal. As far as Bachata goes, he loves the traditional/original music. It gives him Happy Feet. Around 2014, he was asked to join Virex Bachata Project's first season. They focused on traditional style, musicality, timing, complex footwork and that unique Dominican hip motion (booty circles). 3 hours of practice every Sunday for 6 months, times 4 seasons, practice, practice and more practice has taught him a lot about traditional Bachata fundamentals. That and about 8 years of social dancing 3 nights a week average, makes him feel like he has something to share. Although more urban Bachata is played at the social clubs, the transition from traditional to urban is fairly easy with practice. "When the music makes you feel good, your dance will show how good you feel."
Jessica Kahey has practiced yoga for 10 years. She has focused on the following styles: Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Kundalini and Bikram (hot) yoga. She is very active and practices yoga 4-5 times a week. She is certified with Yoga Alliance, and also has a separate certification for Yin. As a dancer, she loves yoga because it improves every day life. However, she believes yoga is for everyone, not just athletes and dancers and anyone can benefit from it.
Ramon & Melina
Salsa & Cumbia Instructors
Ramon started dancing at age 8 with his mom: cumbia, double step, chachachá, and danzón. He still dances til today. He started taking salsa lessons in 2009, and started teaching cumbia in 2015, and was also an assistant salsa instructor at Evie Dance Studio. He was an active member of Bachata performance team (Virex) in 2015-16. He was also an active member of Salsa performance team (salsa by nature) in 2016. He became a salsa coach/ Bachata performance team assistant and active member of the same teams In 2017. He was an active member of Bachata performance team, Urbanflow, in 2018. He has also taught salsa and Bachata in Route 66 Dance Studio. Dancing is his passion and he wants to share it with people.
Melina started dancing at age 8 with her mom. She danced as a lady and as a leader in her teenage years (more as a leader). In 2017, she met happy feet (Ramon Lopez). She has been his partner and assistant since then. She loves being an assistant and even more sharing her experiences as a dancer to the students.
Note: All the instructors are independent contractors and Dance Soul Connection Studio is not responsible for the content of their classes or their behavior.
We are Luiz and Ignacia and we love to dance. We know it's important to keep doing what you love and not let life events stop you from your dreams. Having kids has changed the way we live but we realized since the beginning of our relationship that we don't want to stop dancing because we are building a family.
So our goal is to build a dance studio where everybody is welcome: single, married, and people with children. We made the studio kid-friendly so that other parents who have stopped dancing because they are building a family can continue and come back to dancing. We believe dance is a healthy and safe environment for families. Come and join us, have fun and get some exercise at the same time.
Dance has been part of our Latin culture growing up. So we started dancing salsa and bachata in the Inland Empire and LA areas to have fun, and meet people to socialize. We would attend festivals and dance for days at a time. We then saw the emergence of kizomba (African dance) and the rest of the dances under that umbrella. Our friends and people always asked us to teach and create dance teams because they liked how we danced, so we started teaching and found we actually liked it. A group of us created Inland Empire (IE) Kizomba Nation to spread kizomba, and now we are expanding to provide more dance classes and events and help other local talent do the same, including social Latin dances.
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