Born in Guatemala City and immigrated to the United States at the early age of 10.
For more than 14 years he has trained with the most respected salsa dance teams in L.A. He has also danced and taught overseas as a partner to some of the most well known female salsa world champions.
Erick has performed in front of thousands and on TV.
A few of Erick’s accomplishments:
Assistant Salsa Choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, Choreographer/dancer Descontrol Telemundo, Make it Or Break It, Wendy's, 2nd place Conga Room World Dance Competition by Univision, Macy's passport tour, 1st place L.A Professional Male Salsa Dancer.
Ingrid is a member of the NDCA of Professional Dancers and Competitors.
Born in Costa Rica she started dancing when she was eighteen years of age performing at the Allegro Resorts in Costa Rica and in Mexico. Within four years she began dancing for RIU Resorts as well as for the Cuban Ballet Company in Cancun Mexico; performing in many of the largest and most exclusive hotels and resorts Ingrid danced International style Latin dance as well as performing in many popular musicals. Ingrid is Salsa Champion four consecutive years from 2001 to 2004 with her partner Willy. Arriving in California in November 2004, Ingrid began working as a Pro- Dance Instructor as well as competing, and performing for special events where she continues her talents, and abilities in all forms of Ballroom dance and choreography. Ingrid has received several invitations to perform as a Pro- Dancer on the International Television Program, Sabado Gigante and Univision Network. She has also performed for the USA Television Network in 2008 as a Dance Instructor for a Reality Program Presentation.
Ingrid’s special appearance in 2011, Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA, along with her most recent award placing her, and her partner Willy, 2nd in the Theater Arts Pro Championships in Chicago Crystal Ball and Nevada Star Ball. In addition Ingrid was also hostess of the Health & Beauty TV segment on Desde Aqui TV Los Angeles.
Jade started taking ballroom classes intermittently with her brother when she was 7 with D’Wilfri DanceArt & Entertainment. She has been involved in dancing in and around Santa Clarita for events and organizations for the past 7 years. Jade also mentors for the IWC Youth Ballroom Foundation. She currently is training for her certification for ballroom dance. When she is not doing that she is a student at COC pursuing English and Business majors. She currently is working at Paracytik Entertainment as a writer and marketing consultant. She also is a certified Notary Public.
Natalie Casanola was born in Orange County, and grew up between Miami and LA. She started making silly videos at the age of seven, shocking the world with her personality at such a young age. She was a natural born performer. Growing up, she trained as a gymnast, and cheerleader. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, Natalie became a professional dancer, working with some of the industry’s best. Her most recent work was touring with R&B singer, Ginuwine. Her goal is to spread love and positive energy through the art of dance.
Liz Watts is Head Dance Instructor and Choreographer at VIBE Performing Arts
Liz has graced many stages across the world from Dubai, London, New York, to Lebanon, Dubai, Miami, Puerto Rico and Canada captivating audiences with her grace and style, dynamic presence and contagious smile. Versatility is key and Liz has trained and performed professionally for over 15 years in a variety of styles to include Ballet, Jazz, Latin, Belly, Hula, Swing, Great-Gatsby, Can-Can and Samba. Her commercial and television credits include national commercials for IHOP, T-Mobile, and Chevy commercials; Cristella, American Idol, Latin Grammy's, CSI Las Vegas, Sabado Gigante and Jane The Virgin to name a few. Liz has choreographed for MTV's America's Best Dance Crew, Showtime, and for International artists to include Ebi, Anasol, Armenchick, Joseph, and Pyruz. While on set, she has coached actors Mena Suvari, Matthew Modine, Alex Raymundo, Eric LaSalle and Rob Schneider.
Liz Watts is the Owner, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Liz Watts And Company (LW&C) one of L.A.'s top picks in providing dance and entertainment services for high end corporate events and private parties with over 150 bookings yearly. She enjoys creating memorable events, providing her fellow dancers with opportunities to perform and making a living doing what she loves. Giving back is always key. Liz's second love is teaching and inspiring the youth through the arts, and in addition donating time to various organizations to include the Foster Youth, L.A. Cancer Society, Friends Outside and various church communities. http://www.lizwattsandcompany.com or http://vpasonline.com
Kailei West was born with a passion for dancing. As a young child she was heavily involved with her local dance studios; as well as competition cheer, Jr. Jazzercize and mixed martial arts. After moving to Santa Clarita in 2008 Kailei began intensive competition training with New Orleans Saints Cheerleader Melissa White. Throughout her years of national competitions, Kailei won numerous Gold and Platinum solo and team awards for her Tap, Hip Hop and Lyrical performances. In 2014 she decided to share her love for dance and extensive training with the next generation. At age 16, Kailei began her career as a teacher and choreographer. For the past 4 years she has taught Tap, Hip Hop and private lessons at Spotlight Arts Center and workshops in collaboration with Spotlight's sister studio in Burbank, Generation DCD. She has choreographed for numerous musicals, flash mobs, show choirs and dance performance teams. Kailei's dance career is driven by her passion for teaching and dedication to her students success.
27 years of teaching dance and seeing my students achieve their artistic/athletic aspirations while seeing many go on to have professional performance careers has been incredible. A 15 years with a professional dance career has allowed me to perform with 3 cruise lines, at European theme parks, and in numerous musicals/concerts with Tom Jones, Tim Conway, Jay Leno, Kenny Rogers, Matt Ashford, Stephanie Block, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Professional choreography credits over the last 24 years include work with Joss Whedon/Angel, Commercials (WB, Friends, and FF Bridal), 15 theme parks all over the US and Europe, Carnival Cruise Lines, and my favorite, musicals. A few of my favorite musicals choreographed include Westside Story, Bye-Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Newsies. Honored to be nominated by NYCDA for 3 national choreography awards and won two NYCDA national awards for concept. Creator & producer of the KidamaJIGs pilot TV show and Mom of four kids; Helen Keller said it best "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing…" I choose adventure!
Robert Chino Lopez
Robert “Chino” Lopez got his start in dance as a b-boy, back in Arizona. He eventually transitioned to other forms of dance like hip hop choreo, popping, ballroom, contemporary , jazz, samba, and and all latin styles including salsa. What Chino loves most about his work with dance has been his opportunities to work with charities, giving back to those less fortunate. He passionately shares his knowledge with anyone willing to learn. Chino has worked with artists such as Eminem, J-Lo, Ingrid Michaelson, Jody Watley, Sergio Mendes just to name a few. He has been featured on America’s best Dance Crew, Dexter, How I Met Your Mother, Indiana Jones, Transformers 3, Honey 2 and many commercials from Nike, Verizon, Guess, Boost and many others.
Willy is a Member of the NDCA of Professional Dancers, and Competitors.
Born in Costa Rica, he started dancing when he was thirteen years of age; within three years he began dancing professionally in a National Costar Rican Television Program. From 1997 to 2000 Willy was dancing professionally as well as designing all sets for the Fiesta Resort & Casino, one of the largest and most exclusive Resorts in Costa Rica, now Hilton Doubletree Resort. Willy then moved to Cancun, Mexico where for the next four years he danced for a Cuban Ballet Company performing at the Cancun and Riviera Maya Resorts dancing International style Latin Dance as well as performing in musicals such as the Lyon King, Grease, and many others. Willy & Ingrid won International Salsa Championships four consecutives years (2001 through 2004) in Cancun, Mexico. Arriving in California in November of 2004, Willy began working as a Pro- Dance Instructor and Choreographer as well as competing, and performing for special events where he continues his talents and abilities in all forms of dance. Also Willy & Ingrid have made several appearances as Pro- Dancers for the International Television Program, Sabado Gigante, Univision Network, including a very special appearance on The 2011 Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA
Though Winter only graduated high school this May, he has been actively dancing for several organizations in and around Santa Clarita for the past 7 years. He had his first ballroom lesson at the age of 5 and continued with intermittent lessons alongside his sister for most of his life. A majority of it has been with D’Wilfri DanceArt & Entertainment. He mentors with IWC Youth Ballroom Foundation. Winter is currently training for certification for ballroom dance which will be completed in the fall. Winter also has plans to attend COC and pursue a Culinary Arts degree.