Press 2015


Performing Arts

Spotlight: Baila SalsaBaila-Salsa_0

by Vanessa Oswald Feb. 3, 2015

Olaya, who is from Peru, grew up listening to Latin music. At 11-years-old she was exposed to salsa dancing and became eager to learn the moves.

“We loved music in my house,” Olaya said. “My dad is a collector, so I was always exposed to good music. My friends started dancing and I was like ‘I don’t know how to dance that,’ so I started learning the basic steps.”

Rice, who is a native of Buffalo and has a bachelor’s degree in music performance and education from Ithaca College, has played in salsa and merengue bands over the years. As far as dancing goes, he has always done it for fun.

“I was out every weekend playing at La Luna,” Rice said. “You got to watch everybody dancing and I found it exciting and fun. That’s kind of what inspired me to start learning seriously how to do it. I didn’t want to be on the dance floor looking silly.”

Soon after they met, Olaya and Rice began taking salsa classes together and after awhile attended annual salsa congresses where they began educating themselves about the dance style. A salsa congress is usually a four-day event where dancers take workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, followed by watching performances from the professionals, and ending with social dancing at night where they can meet the instructors.

“We’ve been fortunate to meet some of the people we look up to from around the world and take lessons with them,” Rice said.

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Buffalo Rising

By Julie Kirsch January 22nd, 2015

If you are apprehensive about learning salsa, or fear that you have no natural rhythm, rest assured that Fanny and Calvin will make you feel comfortable and at ease. While classes are always professional and well organized, they are also taught in a fun and relaxed way. As teachers, Fanny and Calvin work beyond the classroom walls to help their students become better and more confident dancers. They go out of their way to make their students and guests feel welcome at the various social events that they host. It is not uncommon for Fanny or Calvin to spot a new face in the crowd and ask him or her to dance.

Fanny and Calvin also do an excellent job of creating a community—really a family—of dancers. During the holiday season, for example, they hosted a salsa Christmas potluck at their Wednesday night event. Everyone who attended had a wonderful time mingling, dancing salsa, and enjoying dishes from around the world. They organize various other special events and parties throughout the year. If you haven’t thought about dancing salsa, perhaps you should. Baila Salsa will help you get started!

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