I owe my first taste of partner dancing, namely Salsa, to a friend who took me dancing in Toronto. We arrived early in the evening so as to attend the dance lesson before the social began. I, being a young African man who could hold his own on the dance floor, I wondered what some guy would be able to teach me. I soon found out that it takes more than just moving my hips to get by on a Salsa dance floor. Loving a challenge, I endeavored to be the best dancer I could be. Along the way, I also found out that dancing communicates in more ways than one could ever imagine. The more I danced, the more I discovered who I was, who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live my life. While dancing, I also discovered that the expressiveness, connection, openness and honesty that two people portray on the dance floor can be addictive, intoxicating, and a beautiful piece of art to watch. I always say to my students, “No matter how good you think you are, there is always someone somewhere who is better than you, who can teach you something about the dance or about yourself.” For me, I am happiest when I am around new and old friends from all walks of life who can teach me something about dance, about life and about myself that I did not already know. I am, and will forever be, a student of dance and of life.
Since I started dancing, I have taken workshops with some of the top dance instructors in the world. I have also explored many other the dance styles including Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, Hip Hop, Rumba, Cha Cha and the Waltz but I now know that my first love is Latin Dance. I believe that the only way to grow as a dancer and as an instructor is to step outside of your comfort zone.
I love dancing and sharing my love for Latin dancing with everyone around me. I first started out as a DJ at a weekly dance social event in Guelph (Latin Fiesta at the Ebar – since 2002). In the fall of 2004, I quit my job to focus on our small growing company, and I have been doing this every since. I believe that music (any music) plays an important role in bringing people together. With that in mind, I also founded the Flying Dance Festival (FDFest), formerly known as Salsa In The Park or Dancing In The Park. Today, the FDFest is a multiple day and multiple city event where dance and music of various styles is played, performed, and danced to by everyone in the community. It is a free event where everyone (whether they can dance or not) is welcome for a day of fun and relaxation.