DIRECTOR / DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Frank’s first dance steps were taken almost 30 years ago at back yard family parties. As a ten year old, street tango and waltz weren’t exactly popular so it wasn’t long before he found himself breaking and popping during the 80’s dance wave. He has performed professionally for over twenty years both on stage and television.
In 1998, Frank took his first Salsa class. Three months later, not being able to dance salsa (let alone teach) he opened the first Salsa school in Geelong with the help of Aloy Junco, Melbourne’s most influential Salsa instructor.
In the year 2000 Frank co-founded Melbourne Salsa. After many years of promoting Latin dance and music to literally thousands of adults every year, he still thrives on being able to extract the dance out of anyone.
DIRECTOR / EVENTS MANAGER / DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Gabriella was introduced to Latin music at a young age, she fell in love with Salsa in 1997, three years later co-founded Melbourne Salsa. This passion for self-expression through music and dance took Gabby to Cuba and Puerto Rico to further develop her dance & music skills. Inspired by the events she saw in her travels, inspired Gabriella to run similar events here in Melbourne and the rest is history. Melbourne Salsa is much more than a commercial enterprise, it’s her lifestyle and she wants to share her passion with others.
“Latin Dancing is a great way to meet people, it’s one of only a few forms of dance that is supported by a really strong social scene… you’ll find a Salsa bar in every city in the world and immediately make friends”
“When people ask me what do you do? I respond with I MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY FOR A LIVING”
GYSVIER ALDANA NORIEGA
South American born Gysvier has been exposed to Latin music from an early age. Cuban music and dance has always been his favourite. As a member of the famous Venezuelan dance academy “Caribe y Punto”. He is an accomplished Cuban salsa (Casino Rueda) dancer, competing and performing dozens of choreographies including a performance in the opening of the Miss Venezuela 2006.
“The music is inside all of us, we just have to let it flow through our body and we’ll become one with it”
From a young age Danni was competing in dance competitions. She has had various TV productions appearances and academically has pursued a range of dance theories. In her early twenties, Danni joined ‘Satori Dance Company’, training in jazz, funk, ballet, hip hop and partnering.
Danni discovered salsa in London where she took classes in all different styles. Her performing travels include London Scala, Sydney and Montreal Salsa congresses and finally back to Melbourne where she applied her love for dance to teaching salsa since 2008.
Danni Competed as a Professional Soloist in the Brisbane Salsa Solos in November 2012. Won the Victorian State Championships Partnered Teams Division three years in a row (2011-2013). Competed in the Australian Salsa Open in Sydney three years in a row (2011-2013) where her Team came 3rd in 2011, 2nd in 2012 & 2013.
Kiki was born in Miami, the unofficial capital of Latin America, where Salsa Music and Dance is a part of life. “Dance what you feel” is what her mother always said, so with her mothers words and her fathers musical skills Kiki tore up the local Salsa clubs from a young age. It wasn’t until her 20s when one night she was inspired to take dance classes, She went and joined Miami’s world famous Salsa Lovers Dance School.
Kiki teaches Casino (Cuban Style), Bachata amd more recently Salsa Moderna (LA Style).
A dance with Kiki is like dancing with Miami.
SAMBA DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Having danced a range of styles throughout her child hood and teen years, Tsambika found her calling and passion in Brazilian Samba at the age of 19. Raised and trained at Melbourne Salsa for the past 4 years and professionally for 2 years tsambika has performed with a range of professional groups which includes Melbourne Salsa’s “The Latin Dance Company” Gracing the stages of festivals, weddings, and birthdays. Specialising in dancing to live drums Tsambika brings the house down every time. Her favourite thing about teaching at Melbourne Salsa has been the close relationships she holds with her students and being able to teach them self love and to shake what their mumma gave them!
Adam always had a fascination and love for dance but was too afraid to take it up himself. On his regular jogging route, he used to see people going in and out of a dance studio, always with big smiles on their faces. So one day he went to his first beginner’s salsa class instead of his jog. That was over 10 years ago and he has never looked back. Since then he has expanded his love into Mambo, Bachata and Zouk as well as dabbled in Cuban, afro, contemporary, jazz, jive, swing and tango. Adam has performed and competed all over Australia, lastly competing in a team with Danni Cummins which came second in Australia at the Australian Salsa Open.
SAMBA DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Rebecca started dancing from the young age of four, learning classical Indian dancing for six years. It is here that she developed her love for performing and being on stage. As a teen, she was naturally drawn to the modern style of Bollywood dancing and also loved Belly Dancing. She went on to teach and professionally perform in both these genres. In her early 20’s she fell in love with Samba.
Rebecca’s passion is teaching other women the love of dance and loving yourself while having fun and getting fit! She performs samba at a professional level to live drums, for events and functions all over Melbourne. Her dream to be in the official Rio Carnival will come to life in 2018. Her passion for dance and training is always evolving and growing and she wants to share that with you.
“Give me a dance style with rich culture and a drum beat and I’ll be sure to be up and dancing”
From a young age, Carlos was a shy and introverted who loved studying maths and physics but found it difficult interacting with others. After moving from Spain to Morocco with his family, he decided to change that and he saw that dancing was the best way to improve his Social skills. Since then, Carlos has learnt how to dance Hip-Hop, Weaving, New Style, Salsa, Bachata, Cha cha and Kizomba. With a strong focus on social dancing, Carlos style is all about musicality and mixing styles.
Carlos has danced all over the world and has taught in Europe and brings this experience to Melbourne Salsa. What he has learned and how it has changed his life is what Carlos is passionate about and encourages others to do the same.
“Being able to dance has allowed me to meet people and make friends in 7 countries I have lived so far. I encourage everyone to learn dancing, no matter what your level of confidence is”.
Born in Colombia and being exposed to Latin music from an early age, Silvana first fell in love with Colombian Salsa and Bachata at family gatherings. She always wanted to learn more so she joined RUCAFE artistic company first as a student then as a Rueda de Casino and Cuban Salsa instructor and performer. She is an avid traveller and she has managed to combine this passion with learning new dance styles. Silvana moved to London where she mastered LA Salsa and Modern Bachata and also joined the Cali Swing Salsa company and the London Touch Bachata company performing at several events and congresses. Returning to Colombia she joined Aces del Ritmo from the worldwide famous Swing Latino dance academy as instructor and performer.
Now in Melbourne Silvana is looking forward to sharing with you her experience and passion for dancing through her teaching.
Abdo fell in love with Latin dance from the first step back in 2003 where he joined intensive Latin courses in the Russian Cultural Institute in Damascus. In 2005, he competed professionally for the first time and won the Syrian professional Latin and Ballroom Championship. Then, he won the International Dance Organization Salsa competition in Lebanon and became a certified judge in IDO since 2008 and head of the open division of the artistic department in the Lebanese Dance Federation until 2018. Internationally, Abdo represented his country in many competitions in Kuala Lumpur, Macau, and finally in Vietnam when he was a semi-finalist in The Third Asian Indoor Games.
His passion for dance pushed Abdo to attend several workshops with international artists working on his Latin technique, body discipline and musicality, footwork, partnering, lifts and tricks and he mastered dancing Salsa on 1, Salsa on 2, Casino Rueda, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Jive, Samba and Rumba in addition to Ballroom dances.
In 2013, his love for performing led him to become a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars ME winning the first season and reaching the finals in 3 other seasons. He also performed and choreographed dozens of dance shows for corporate and social events, music videos and weddings, with unique performances that include all kinds of Latin, Ballroom, Charleston and Bollywood dances.
Today Abdo is fascinated by the dance scene in Australia where he’s applying his love for dance to performing and teaching at Melbourne Salsa.
“If you can walk, you can dance” and Abdo can prove it!
Nivine started her dancing journey as a Flamenco dancer in 2010. She was instantly swept away by the enchanting Flamenco rhythm and joined “Flamenco in Beirut” association where she performed and attended several workshops in Lebanon and Spain with acclaimed flamenco dancers like Carlos Rodriguez and Josele Miranda.
In 2013, Nivine met her dance and life partner, Abdo Dalloul, who introduced her to the Latin dance. Since then, she attended and taught in several workshops and Latin congresses in the Middle East and performed with Salsa World Champions Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega.
For the past 5 years, Nivine has performed with a range of professional groups in music videos, festivals, weddings, TV shows, and special events. In 2017, she started teaching Salsa and lady styling in Tribe Dance Mission school in Lebanon.
Today, Nivine can’t wait to share her passion through teaching at Melbourne Salsa.
“Dancing fills you with the same overwhelming passion and emotion you feel when you’re in love”.