DANCE AND MUSIC CLASSES
Along with the dance teachers, we have excellent Musicians who give lessons on Percussions, Gaita, Guitar, Vocals etc. While you visit, give yourself an everlasting souvenir and learn something Colombian! Here are some of our “RiCo” Ritmos de Colombia teachers:
Melissa and Rodrigo
This couple has been teaching tango in their home countries Argentina and Brazil, now you can find them in Medellín Colombia. Learn the real Argentinian style Tango with the professional dancers and teachers, who can teach in Spanish, English or in Portuguese.
“Tango is inclusive, connection between two people who respect and take care of each other and that way will find the rhythm of the orchestra and the song. We teach you to transmit this interpratation with the dance partner.”
“You will recognize Jorge on the dance floor from the biggest smile, curly hair, with eyes closed soflty singing the songs he’s dancing to, and from being the one amazing dancer the whole place is looking at.”
Jorge has advanced leading technique, personal interpratation with influences of the different dances he’s studied, being also a sports instructor and of course, from his big passion to music.
Salsa, leading, Colombian Folklore, Porro, Contemporary
Based in Medellín, Colombia. Speaks Spanish, some English
Instruments: Percussions, Gaita
From a musician family and from pure Caribbean roots, Erick teaches many traditional Colombian rhytms, with percussions or with the amazing Indigenous Gaita flute.
“The gaita, also known as a kuisi, is an indigenous wind instrument from Colombia’s Caribbean coast. It’s thought to have been first played by the Kogi people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The gaita is made from cactus, with a feather in one end and holes for different notes. It has a male, female and short version, with varying numbers of holes, and is used in cumbia, merengue, puya and porro music. The gaita is known as the “Colombian bagpipe” because it sounds like Spanish bagpipes. Its most famous devotees are Latin Grammy winners the Gaiteros of San Jacinto, who also play the drums and maracas when they perform. ”
She is fascinated by latin music and dances so she travelled around the world studying all salsa styles, in Cuba, Colombia, Australia etc, bachata in Dominican Republic and Kizomba in Portugal. She is a DJ and dance teacher at latin parties and dance festivals from Melbourne to Cairo and New York, on five continents. Because of her extensive dance studies she is an expert teacher especially of people who say they have “two left feet”.
Teaches: Salsa all styles: (Cuban, Cross body, Colombian, Cali), Bachata, Kizomba, musicality. Speaks: Spanish, English, French, Finnish, Greek
The show man with thousand feet. Salsa musicality interpretation at its best. He will dance to every instrument on the song and he knows every beat of all the legendary hard core salsa classics. Book him for a private class for an advanced level of salsa footwork, or book him for an amazing salsa show for your event!
Salsa musicality, footwork, show choreography. Speaks: Spanish
The Salsa “Titere” Marionette
You can also book a unique salsa show with salsa dancing Marionettes! A very fun Colombian talent!
In Colombia every one can dance. It doesn’t mean they dance well or that they dance in rhythm – but they dance! They get up from their seats and dance with the whole family. It is not a hobby, it is part of the culture. In a big country like Colombia, you find many differences in the music and dance styles around the country.
At a typical evening, there is a selection of basic genres that all aunties and grandpas teach their offspring and we are happy to teach you these so you can enjoy your night out or a neighbors birthday party, local style. Will you visit the Caribbean coast? We’ll teach you the special genres you’ll hear everywhere: Champeta and Vallenato. Traveling to Cali? You must take advantage and learn Cali Style Salsa steps and Salsa Choque : you won’t find many teachers around the world for these local locuras! Visiting Medellin? We teach you popular local varieties like Porro and Tango, as well as Salsa and Vallenato. Dancing in Bogota? A mixture of all genres in Colombia, we can give you a fun package of everything, basic steps would include: cumbia, salsa, vallenato, merengue, bachata…. The list could go on and on but we will have time to focus on which ever you prefer to take you to another level! Treat yourself with a wonderful souvenir from Colombia, dance skills!