MEET
OUR TEAM

Our instructors have over a half of a century combined, of dance experience.

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BILLY FAJARDO

OWNER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Billy has over 40 years of dance performance experience. Billy began his dance career at the age of 14. With his beginnings as a club dancer, he then immersed himself in ballet studies at ABT and jazz studies with Phil Black and Frank Hatchett. In 1978, Billy’s dance company, the Dance Dimensions were discovered by the late Tito Puente while they perfomed at the Chateau Madrid in New York City. Tito spread the word to Ralph Mercado, who then brought Billy Fajardo and the Dance Dimensions in to perform at Madison Square Garden; a venue they would find themselves in frequently, performing at headliner salsa concerts throughout the late 70’s and 80’s. Billy and the Dance Dimensions also performed weekly on NBC from 1978-1982 as part of the nationally televised “Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert” In 1993, Billy was the the co-director and choreographer for the RMM dancers for the world-renowned "Combinacion Perfecta Salsa Tour", which featured such stars as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, La India, Cheo Feliciano, Tito Nieves and many more. 

Billy has become one of the most highly recognized performers in the salsa dance world, performing on every continent on the planet. At home, he has been featured at such well known venues as Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center. He was also featured on the Main Stage for the Superbowl, and in a tribute to their mentors, the world-renowned Augie and Margo Rodrigues, both on Broadway, and then again, with the Miami City Ballet. Billy has been interviewed for countless documentaries and features regarding partner dancing.

Billy was the head judge for the World Salsa Dance Championships as seen on ESPN since its inception in 2005 and was instrumental in developing the judging system that has been adopted by much of the Hustle and Salsa world for its various competitions around the world. 

Billy has made it his mission to nurture up and coming talent from the various dance communities, including Salsa, Latin Hustle, Theatrical, Ballroom and West Coast Swing.

LEAH DUQUE

TEAM DIRECTOR / INSTRUCTOR

Leah has been dancing for 34 years of dance training. Beginning when she was a child in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. Leah attended one of the most prestigious dance studios in Canada, The Canadian Dance Company, under the direction of Alain and Dawn Lupien.

 

Leah continued her dance education by attending Cawthra Park Secondary School for the Performing Arts as a dance major. At the age of 14, she was invited to train under Stelio Calagias at Metro Movement, a studio geared specifically for adult professional dancers. During a college vacation to Cuba, Leah fell in love with the music and dancing.

 

Leah took a few years away to start a family but returned to dancing in 2015. Under the direction of Vanesa Stay and Latin Energy dance company, she represented Canada at the World Latin Dance Cup, where she brought home gold in Amateur Salsa On2 Couple, Amateur Salsa Team, Amateur Ladies Lyrical Solo and bronze in Amateur Bachata Team.

 

Leah began pursuing her dance career and opened her own performance company in Toronto, Canada. She has performed at congresses, socials, and special events all over Canada and the United States; working alongside some of the greats in the Latin dance community.

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Maria fajardo

STUDIO MANAGER / INSTRUCTOR

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david juarez torres

INSTRUCTOR

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