As a child I was a live wire, always running up and down. In
fact, I count myself lucky to have belongend to that sort of
children who still used to play real games outside instead of
Physical activities have appealed to me ever since. I took part
to athletic activities, I used to play soccer, I used to train
taekwondo till the blue belt, but dancing was not my cup of tea.
I remember that when it happened
that I had to join friends at a birthdayparty or the like I
always felt ashamed of dancing. At the same time I envied my
cousin looking that cool when dancing some break-dance a la
sort of Michael Jackson.
In fact, he attended dance classes. I used to be the one who
just sat in his chair and did not dare to join the dancing guys
at a party.
Some years later I became close
friends with two sibings who used to be disc jockeys. I
immediately liked standing behind the DJ-console and produce
music at parties. In fact, we were quite successful and well
known in our city. People often hired us for making music at
their birthday parties or at other events.
I remember one of this two guys
knew a nice dance step. I once asked him to break it down to me.
I learnt it.
At the next occasion I tried it out. It was again a birthday
party; I remember I couldn't stop dancing, performing the same
step all the time but somehow I was able to add some flavour to
That was the very first time I dared to dance without feeling
any shame at all. One could think, how barefaced I was! :-)
Seriously though, that moment was
As a teenager and later on, I used to go to Discos with friend.
My favourite music genre was trance/psychedaelic, though I also
enjoyed dancing to 70s music. I really enjoyed feeling the music
and letting my body express itself freely.
Apart from that, never had I dreamt of learning a real dance,
you know, something like Salsa, Tango, Bachata, etc.
Well, keeping it short and
simple- fair enough - I discovered Salsa only years later when I
moved to Berlin, Germany.
A friend of mine used to work in a bar where they used to teach
salsa. He persuaded me to take some lessons. I did, but I wasn't
really gagging for it!
Once I went to the Havanna Club in Berlin and saw a guy dancing
Salsa Cross Body Style like a God! I watched him dancing with
mouth agape wondering how the hell could he dance that
Besides, I asked myself how was it possible that the girl who he
was dancing with could understand and interpret his leading that
Inspite of my lay eyes I remember I could nevertheless suss out
that he had an incredible precise leading technique. It just
looked smooth and harmonious.
That was the moment at which I
finally found out that, at heart, what I really wanted was to
dance like that.
From this moment on, I began attending dance classes at different
dance schools in Berlin and in Italy. I took it very seriously.
I really wanted to learn the right and precise technique of the
An hard work though but at the same time very satisfying. I
started training hard, attending also workshops and
Salsa/Bachata festivals across Europe and going social dancing,
of course. A thing I have always been interested in since then
is observing different dancers while dancing and try to catch
something special from them and integrate in my knowledge.
Also, I have taken part to advance training in New York and
Puerto Rico which toughened up my skills and technicality.
Almost at the same time I started
loving Salsa, I also started loving Dominican Bachata because of
its marvellous rhythm and all the sofisticated footwork you can
dance to it.
My zeal, dedication and talent
made me improve fast. Of course, I will keep training for there
is always something to learn and to improve. My core focus has
always been the right and precise technique, because believe it
or not, this is a necessary ingredient one will need if she/he
wants to really become a good dancer.
It sound like no fun but hard work. Well, sure as hell a very
good guitarist, a pianist, a ballet dancer, a salsa dancer, [and the
list could go on for ever..] needs the same effort and
dedication to reach that level which makes him unique.
No pain, no gain. But of course it is not only hard work! When
you are good at something, you definitely have fun and will love
I started teaching Salsa in
Berlin and have been teaching it for the last 6 years since
then, both privately and at dance schools.
I have always liked teaching. It is just my cup of tea. In fact,
a part from being a Dance Instructor, I am a qualified Secondary
I give my best to pass on to my students all my knowledge and
provide them with all they need to become good dancers.