Our Guest Instructors
Daniela Ramirez has been dancing for twenty years training in jazz, hip hop, and bachata. She began her bachata training ten years ago and started teaching in 2015. Her bachata training was under Ava Apple and Rodolfo Guzman, owners of Symbolic Dance and Fitness and under Inessence Dance Company. In 2015 she founded Supernova, a hip hop bachata fusion duo which later became a team under her dance company, La Tormenta Dance Co founded in 2017, a bachata dance company based in Berkeley. La Tormenta focuses on urban and modern bachata fusing different styles of dance into their choreography. Her classes apply these same styles while focusing on connection, body movement, turn patterns, musicality, and timing.
Laurie Fleurentin was born in Haiti and began dancing at the age of five at Academy of Ballet and Arts under the direction of Miss Heileing Herzog. She studied traditional Haitian dance with Armande J. Piard and Vivianne Gauthier and received a Diploma in Dance at L’ ENARTS (Ecole Nationale des Arts) school of Arts in Haiti. She is also a trained vocalist in Haitian Folkloric Traditional chants. Laurie became a professional dancer for Vivianne Gauthier Dance Company where she met Florencia Pierre and started dancing for Afoutayi Jaka. She has also performed at San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with Eloi Movement and the Haitian Festival at San Francisco with Afoutayi. She is a versatile Haitian dancer of our times and has dedicated herself to the research, development and promotion of traditional Haitian dances, songs and storytelling.
Nives Wetzel de Cediel
Nives, aka Professora Sambambaia, will instruct you in the art and technique of samba de roda, bloco, afoxé, axé, and puxada de rede. She emphasizes the importance of body alignment, balance, theatricality and musicality to the execution of sublime movement and the enjoyment of deep dance practice. Her class is challenging, rewarding and suitable for all levels of skill and experience.