TRAIN WITH THE BEST IN BACHATA!
Maestro Dominicano Rodolfo Montaño Castro
Maestro Rodolfo Montaño Castro showed great love and interest in his culture, specifically the music and dance, from early childhood. At a very young age he began his journey in studying everything from the Authentic music to the authentic dances of his beautiful Dominican Republic. He learned all of the authentic dances of his country by watching his relatives, neighbors, and friends at fiestas and studied the intricate details of the natural, authentic way of dancing to Dominican music. With a lifetime of studying, observing and training he is not only an excellent dancer but a master of the musical genres of his country as well.
He will be leading us through workshops in the various dances of the Dominican Republic to include:
~ Merengue ~Tipico ~ Bachata ~ Bolero ~ Son
Maestro Rodolfo Montaño Castro has taught at the largest festivals in the Dominican Republic as well as all over Europe and he is an expert in his craft. He has dedicated his life to his art and it shows in his dancing and in his knowledge of these beautiful dances!
We are absolutely thrilled to have him as a part of our BachaTour Team and we so look forward to training with him!
Dancing in the colmado!
Which we are DEFINITELY going to do!
Maestros Dominicanos Carlos Gomez and Susan de Beras
Video Coming Soon!
This dynamic couple has been a very special part of our BachaTour! with Baila con Pasión since the very beginning and they have taken the Bachata world by storm with their pure raw talent and their passion for sharing their love of the dances of the Domincan Republic, with the world. They too, are featured at congresses and festivals around the world and we are thrilled to have them share their time and talents with our dancers! We will be bringing back Susan's body movement workshop that will have our ladies dancing like true Dominicanas and Carlos and Susan both, will be teaching about the history of various dances, musicality and of course teaching you to dance as the Domincans dance!! From Bachata to Bolero to Merengue to Son.....
Their workshops are not to be missed!
Our Very Own Directors!
Cassandra and Pedro Mercedes
Cassandra has dedicated her entire life to her art and began her journey in Ballet at the age of 2 she started dancing professionally at the age of only 13 and began her journey in Latin dance more than 20 years ago. Once she discovered Bachata it became one of her passions. Her instruction style, knowledge and professional reputation most definitely speak for itself.
Cassandra was invited to teach Bachata in the very home of Bachata which was an honor that will never be matched nor forgotten. She has taught at festivals and congresses Internationally and is one of the few instructors that has trained with many different Dominican instructors when living in the Dominican Republic, studied the intricacies of the dance and the music as well as the various styles. She has lived in the Dominican Republic where she and her husband Pedro, who teaches by her side and handles the business side of things, had a school in Bavaro, Dominican Republic. During her time there, she was immersed in training so that she could bring that training back to her students who are now dancing not only the more commercialized style of Bachata known as Modern, Urban and Sensual Bachata, but also Authentic Dominican Bachata.
Pedro, having grown up in dancing family learned the same way that Rodolfo did, by watching and learning with family, friends and neighbors. Their academy is located in Minnesota after having locations in Charlotte NC, Bavaro Dominican Republic and Stuart Fl and are honored to offer this fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the culture of this and other beautiful Dominican dances!
This dynamic couple will also be teaching various workshops during this amazing dance immersion vacation and they can't wait to share their knowledge and passion for these dances with all of you in the home of Bachata, Merengue and Tipico!
maestro carlos leonel paulino
Carlos has also been an instrumental part of our BachaTour! with Baila Con Pasión since the very first event we hosted! Carlos's zest for life, 'pasión' for people and of course for the dances of his country, make him an instructor who's workshops you do NOT want to miss! This includes an impromptu animation right in the middle of the club, that bring people to their feet and to the dance floor! Carlos teaches one of his workshops on the beach of La Isla Saona which gets the whole island dancing! Carlos is also with us for various nights out dancing as well as on our daytrip to La Isla Saona.
More of his bio...coming soon!
Video Coming Soon!
Julio la salsa
Another force to be reckoned with on the dance floor is Julio La Salsa! Julio is also one of the most famous Dancers in the Dominican Republic. He is one of the top Bachata Instructors and performers in the Dominican Republic and is also a comedian who has been featured on various Dominican Television shows. He is a entertainer at heart and his passion lies on the dance floor! We are thrilled to have Julio joining our team of World Class Artists!
Marcela Cadenas and Luimy Bonitillo la Salsa
Los Bonitillos! At this year's BachaTour! With Baila con Pasión, we are SUPER EXCITED to bring you this insanely talented and dynamic duo!
The BEAUTIFUL & TALENTED Marce la Bachatera and El Bonitillo Luimy have joined forces to create this highly energetic, elegant and powerhouse duo, Los Bonitillos! With a background in both Latin dance and dance company management, owning her own dance company in Sweden, Marcela is a force to reckon with on the dance floor! Luimy, having grown up in the culture of Bachata, also has a background in Latin dance as well as performing and teaching.
This beautiful duo is a wonderful new addition to our BachaTour! with Baila con Pasión and we are SO EXCITED to have them a part of our event!
Sterling CabralI comes to us from the heart of Santo Domingo and he shares a bit about his journey in dance here..... "As a dancer, the truth is that I never thought to go on stage, much less teach, all of this came to me suddenly, before entering a dance academy to learn to dance salsa. I was always motivated by the salsa or pop dancers that I saw in different spaces such as on television and ironically I rejected things more culturally specific such as bachata and other cultural aspects around me, because I thought they were the cause of the social inequality in which I lived. When I was 20 and had my own income, I paid for my first salsa classes but only for social purposes but I got deeper and deeper until I wanted to dance professionally.
In that 8-year journey, while intermittently learning salsa, I learned English, worked in different areas of call centers, became certified as an air traffic controller, and made some personal investments of time and money to know what the future holds.
In 2018 I went to Boston for an irony of life and an opportunity provided by friends of friends of mine who finally made a before and after in my life as a dancer, on that trip to Boston of more or less 3 months. I had the opportunity to dance for the first time at a conference, to teach regularly in a studio to dozens of people (in English) and to meet and dance with my dance idols.
This experience was motivating for me, which made me open my mind and I began to see dance more as a profession that I had to develop and polish.
In 2019 I went for 6 months to train in NYC, Cuba and Colombia, I took classes of Afro-Cubans and contemporary, salsa and bachata, I danced in dance groups and gave some private classes, I also started for the first time, a project as a couple with a plan to do presentations and workshops of salsa, bachata and other Afro-Caribbean rhythms. In addition, in the last 3 years I have collaborated with teacher and dance friends as well as I have investigated and disseminated knowledge about it in different groups of people interested especially in Antillean culture and dances.
In 2020 apart from the pandemic, my plan is to continue developing and sharing my culture."
We are excited to have him join our amasing team of Artists!
Ana Saldaña (fefita)
Ana Saldaña was dancing back in 2000 in a televised Salsa Rumba contest and took lessons for many years at the "Soneros" academy and at "On2 Dance" that is run by Directors Fellito and Mariel. She has participated in several Salsa and Bachata contests since then and has worked hard to train and make a career for herself as a professional dancer. She has now been teaching Bacahata professionally for over 5 years.
We are thrilled to have Ana as a part of our BachaTour with Baila con Pasión 2020 / 2021 and beyond!
Stay tuned for new Artist announcements!
vincente vilchez "Tilo"
Director of Transportation
Tilo hails from the Dominican Republic and is not only Pedro's cousin, he is our
Transportation Director Extraordinaire! Tilo is a professional Chaufuer and can handle our bus, like a BOSS! He will be at the wheel, wherever we go and will also be one of our
security team, making sure all is well no matter where we are or what we are doing.
Tilo is a HUGE part of the success of our BachaTour! with Baila con Pasión and we are thrilled
to have him a part of the Bachatour family!