Channeling a background in dance, event planning, and fitness, Deanna Gonzalez knows how to make a workout feel like a party. She founded Miami Dance House as a way to synthesize the supportive atmosphere of exercise and the creative expression of a dance studio into a single venue. There, students banish calories and inhibitions with a curriculum of classes that caters to nearly any taste. Instructors of each class hope to build their students' rhythm and confidence—regardless of each person's experience level.
Featured on CNN's HLN Morning Express, the energetic troupe of professional dancers at Salsa Mia infuses their students with the instincts to set dance floors ablaze during a schedule of Miami-style salsa classes. The studio’s lively classes encourage participants varying from beginners to advanced dancers to frequently switch partners as they practice salsa’s energetic fusion of rhythm, footwork, and diced tomatoes. Students come to learn solo, with a partner, or with a group of friends. Friday-night instruction transforms into a dance party, where participants can sip Cuban mojitos, mingle with their peers, and dance deep into the night to live music.
Marcos Ayala has toured the world as a professional tango dancer. He's also directed and choreographed countless dance performances, all with the ultimate goal of creating art that spans generational and cultural boundaries. He brings all of this artistic experience to bear as the artistic director of Tango Lovers. Ayala is also the lead dancer, and joins a cast of 10 other performers—each of whom have studied in various classical and folk forms and have toured throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In their performances, they strut through dynamic and sensuous tango steps augmented with colorful costumes and a Broadway-musical-like flair. These dancers also pass on their knowledge to others in group tango lessons.