is directed by John & Liz, world salsa champions and acclaimed dance instructors. They are known for their hypnotic performances marked by high levels of grace, speed, and technical difficulty. They are equally acknowledged for their ability to provide fresh, accessible and entertaining salsa dance instruction for the social dance environment.
Since 2009, they have organized the San Francisco Salsa Festival, a weekend of world-class performances, dancing, and workshops with top salsa instructors, the Bay Area’s best DJs, and top live bands held annual every spring.
They are also the founders and directors of the Salsamania Dance Company. Formed in 2000, their dance company consists of several performance teams, including professional, semi-pro, amateur, ladies footwork, and training levels.
Born and raised in Colombia, John is a world-class ground-breaking salsa dance artist. In the last 17 years, his work etiquette, presence, and vision have set him apart from many others in the world of dance. He continues to innovate and inspire via extensive and detailed training combined with a tireless energy to share with his students.
“Do or do not; there is no try.” – Master Yoda
Also born and raised in Colombia, Liz is known for her unique extensive styling repertoire and is one of the top female instructors and artists in the world salsa community.
“Salsa fills your soul with a fire that lets you express yourself on the dance floor with free style and vigor. I love to pass along the knowledge and passion that I have for this wonderful art.”
John & Liz have taken themselves and their dance company to the top of the world’s competitive mambo/salsa scene by ranking in the top three in the “On 2” couple division at the World Salsa Championships and taking first place in the professional and amateur team divisions at the World Latin Dance Cup. They have also led their teams to numerous victories in the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Troupe Competition.
Whether you are a beginner just looking to learn the basics, or an intermediate to advanced salsa addict, Salsamania can help you build a solid foundation for total salsa enjoyment!