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Marisa H.



Sherman Oaks, CA
Hometown: Sherman Oaks

Organizer since:

March 26, 2013


What made you want to start salsa dancing? Or join Los Angeles Salsa Nights?

Actually, I started salsa dancing in Tokyo :) I grew up in OC, but spent[masked] in Japan, and have been a dancer for my whole life. During college, I was struck with a rare neurological disease named Spinal Cord Infarction, which initially laid me paralyzed from the neck-down, and as a result I took 3.5 years off from dancing, to recover from it all. Towards the end of my recovery, I happened to attend a corporate New Year's Party that had a salsa performance. After the show, the male-dancer started showing the Basic Step. All 150-people-crowd started to follow him, including myself. I looked around, and not only were people "getting it", they were having a blast!! Seeing so many people get so excited from just a simple move inspired me to start dancing again, and a few days later, I took a COURAGEOUS step and dropped into a salsa group class. Salsa led me to Ballroom, I became a certified ballroom instructor, and soon an avid salsera :)

What level dancer are you? (Beg, Intermediate, Adv, Pro)

Advanced & Professional.


Avid salsera, professional dancer, and instructor

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