I took my first Salsa lesson in August of 2000 at Spokane's original Salsa club "Avalon" under the tutelage of Glenn Braunstein. In March of 2002 I had the opportunity to attend a Caribbean cruise under a number of instructors including Enio Cordoba, Terryl Jones, Carlos Tellez, and Felipe Polanco. I was introduced to live Salsa music in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami during the Calle Ocho festival. This single week long event planted "the Salsa bug" and was just the beginning of my Salsa journey. Not able to adequately feed this passion in Spokane, I've since traveled all over the country and abroad studying and dancing Salsa. I have been fortunate to take lessons in and/or with instructors from places such as Spokane, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami, New York, Vancouver BC, England, Germany, Japan, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, etc. I focus primarily on LA style Salsa on 1 and Casino Rueda from Miami. I teach locally in Spokane at various locations, night clubs, colleges, and events, including shows with Spokane's very own local Salsa orchestra: Son Dulce. I've been working with my current partner, Katie Clemons, since 2008 and pursuing instruction from Jhon Narvaez and Liz Rojas of Salsamania since 2012. I travel regularly to train, dance, and study Salsa and Kizomba. My instruction encompasses several levels with a strong emphasis on good dance technique, etiquette, and musicality.
- Jim Renn
I began teaching dance fifteen years ago after completing a teacher training course in ballroom and latin dancing with Arthur Murray Dance Centers. I taught Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, V. Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Night-Club Two-Step, and East Coast Swing for seven years before discovering a love and passion for salsa after going to the Seattle Salsa Congress in 2008. Since then I have been partnered with Jim Renn and traveling to dance and continue my salsa training individually and with Jim. In addition to the workshops at many salsa congresses over the years I've taken private lessons from many of the best salsa and rumba instructors in the world including Enio Cordoba, Terryl Jones, Liz Lira, Christian Oviedo, Gaby Equiz, Jhon Narvaez, Ricardo Tellez, Kati Hernandez, and Alien Ramirez. In addition to my passion for Salsa, I have also studied West Coast Swing extensively. I have traveled and danced all over the US and in the UK, Spain, and Australia, giving me an even greater appreciation for dance as well as unique experience and perspective to improve the quality of dance instruction I provide.
- Katie Clemons