Raquel Paez Ricciardo + Juan Pablo

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Raquel is the Director/Choreographer/Instructor of Salsabor Dance Studio (www.salsabor.com.au), one of Canberra’s most sought after dance studios. Raquel has been dancing salsa for over a decade, and has found her love in NY style On2 (mambo). Raquel has choreographed/performed for over 15 years, with some of her highlights including the 2010 New York Salsa Congress, and the 2006 Los Angeles West Coast Salsa Congress. In 2007, she taught salsa in London for the Latin Dance Collective Team.

Raquel began her official dance training in Los Angeles in 2003, and has since furthered her training in New York, South America, London and Europe. Raquel now owns one of Canberra’s most successful Latin dance schools, which has a strict curriculum for all salsa levels which has raised the standard of Canberra’s dancers.

Juan Pablo, or JP, is a salsa instructor with Salsabor. JP is known for his great advice to his students including, “Practice. Make sure you go out social dancing, because coming to class and not going social dancing is like going to a cooking class and never cooking what you have learnt.”

JP was born in Spain and has grown up listening to Latin music. During his youth he spent his time playing soccer and learning martial arts. In 2007 he was watching “So You Think You Can Dance” which reminded him of a movie called Salsa the Motion Picture, that inspired him to take up salsa classes.

After dancing for a while, JP realised it was far more interesting than anything else. Even dribbling a soccer ball past an opponent to shoot a goal wasn’t as fun as learning to properly spin a lady multiple times. Before he knew it dancing was taking up his whole week, and everything else didn’t matter.