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Yucatan Salsa Festival!

From: user 6.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 5:57 PM

Hi Everyone,


I wanted to send this to the group to see if anyone would be interested in taking part in this very fun event.  If you aren’t currently a Salsa dancer this is a great way to start and if you don’t want to dance Salsa, no problems…you can hang out on the beach, relax in a 5 star all –inclusive resort and just treat yourself to a vacation!   This is a fun and different way to dance, meet new people (not just Denverites), get some great instruction and social dancing.   This is way more relaxed than a Salsa congress with lots of time to veg out or go sightseeing, etc.  You can set your own pace!


I’ll be teaching at this festival along with several other renowned instructors from Denver and beyond.  I really hope to see some of you there!  If you are interested, please let me know as I get “credit” for everyone that signs up to go under my name. 


*** Just a note to let you know that if you want to reserve your space on the Yucatan Salsa Festival at the current prices, I’ll need to get you registered this week!  (by Feb 1st).  All you need to do to reserve your spot is put $300 deposit down and fill out a form.   That will save your spot and give you the pricing listed below.


Questions, Comments, Concerns?  Let me know!




Baila Salsa Vacations


Yucatan Salsa Festival!
June 7 - 12, 2010 Bahia Principe, 

located between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum,

is a combination of 3 five star resorts: Tulum, Akumal, and Coba.

This is an all inclusive resort. All meals, snacks, drinks (including alcohol), tranfers (from airport to resort & resort to airport), entertainment, non-motorized water sports, dance workshops and dance events are included!

Bahia Princepe has 7 swimming pools, 3 gyms,17 bars including pool bars and a swing bar on the beach, 14 restaurants, 3 snack bars, 5 tennis courts, water sport center, 3 amphitheaters, 3 spas, disco, daily entertainment, cyber cafe, and many shops.
The resort is so large that shuttles come by every few minutes to take you where you want to go.

Site seeing includes: Mambo Cafe in Playa, Chichen Itza, Cenotes, Xcaret, Xel Ha, Tulum, and lots more!


  Instructors, Workshops and
Dance Parties!

We have world class instructors teaching Salsa, Bachata, Bachata/Tango Fusion, Cha Cha Cha, Technique, Spins, and Styling.  With over 30 hours of workshops to choose from you are sure to improve your dancing. Workshops will be held from 9am-12Noon Tuesday through Friday and for 1 hour before the dance party each night.  You will have the afternoon and evening up to around 8 pm to relax, take private lessons, go site seeing or play in the ocean. After all, this is a dance vacation. Your instructors are listed below with MORE INSTRUCTORS TO COME!

Edie, The Salsa FREAK
Los Angeles, CA of the most sought after instructor / performers in the world. She has traveled to over 50 countries teaching the world to dance, and has been the first American to teach in 18 of those countries. She is currently on world tour, taking the world by storm with her powerful dance style, precision, and amazing speed.

Edie was recently awarded the International Lifetime Achievement Award at the International UK Salsa Congress in England and voted by her peers and students, Best International Instructor at the Los Angeles Congress, British International Salsa Festival (two years running), and Switzerland Congress in Zurich. She was the Guest of Honor at the Curacao Salsa Festival and the First Annual Swiss Congress. She has taken first place in numerous dance competitions, notably the famous Mayan competition out of Los Angeles, California, and the International Salsa and Hustle Pro Salsa Championships in Miami, Florida.

Edie's passion is to share her talents with both students and audiences throughout the world with her teaching talents, stunning performances, instructional DVDs, and down-to-earth Internet advice columns and stories.



Jorge Elizondo
Bachata Tango Fusion, Austin TX.

Jorge Elizondo

Jorge Elizondo was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, where the sounds of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the United States meet. In this unique environment, Jorge trained in music theory and Latin dance and developed "Bachata Fusion," a style of dance that combines turn patterns and body movements from traditional Bachata, Tango, Cha Cha, and Salsa with many original moves. The end result is an expressive, active style of dance that removes all barriers and allows dancers to be more creative.
Formerly a public school teacher, Jorge's passion for teaching equals his passion for dancing. His Bachata BootCamp tour has taken him to 190 cities throughout North America and Europe, where he has taught tens of thousands of students. Throughout all his journeys, he has continued to develop new concepts to share with the world. He has produced 18 instructional DVDs ranging from beginning bachata to salsa, and his work has been sold in over 40 countries. His strong leading abilities and worldwide exposure also earned him a place in the "World's Best Leads" DVD created by the world-renowned
Edie the Salsa Freak.
Jorge's mission is to spread the love of bachata all over the world and encourage people to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.



Joseph Snowhawk
Denver CO.
Joseph Snowhawk has been teaching dance for 27 years.  He began teaching ballroom with Aurthur Murray dance studios. After 8 years of teaching and competing in ballroom, swing and country he found salsa and fell in love!
He opened the first true salsa studio in Denver 15 years ago and has been instrumental in building the Denver salsa scene. He currently has 3 dance venues, The Avalon Ballroom in Boulder, D Note in Arvada, and The Highland House in Denver. Considered one of the top salsa instructors in Colorado, he teaches 100s of students every week.  Joseph has taught on 3 cruises and at several events in Mexico. He loves to teach and brings great energy to his classes.


Scott Koogle
Denver CO.


Scott has been dancing for over 7 years. Although he has loved all forms of dance from a young age, he began his career in Salsa. After winning a State Salsa Championship and taking second place in 4 other championships he continued to expand his love of dance through Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Modern and Ballroom. In 2007, Scott went on a world tour with an organization called Up with People as a Dance Captain.  Scott currently teaches at Colorado Dance Sport.  He teaches Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, and Samba. Scott is an excellent instructor who brings out the best in his students.





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David Stein
Majesty in Motion, San Diego, CA

david & Jenifer SteinDavid has been dancing salsa for over 8 years now, however he has been dancing since he was just a kid. He entered many talent shows and was an avid break-dancer throughout high school. He joined a group called O.T.B, (Out to Break). People called him "Dancing Dave". He is a skateboarder and been featured in skate videos, and skate magazines. Growing up it was all about extreme sports and break-dancing. He has worked for a skate shop for over three years, and wanted a change. One day while looking for a job, he came across an ad in the paper for "Dance Instructors Needed-Will Train". There he was trained in latin ballroom dancing and he did that for 8 months. During that time he developed a great passion for salsa and met Stephen Gallardo and Josie Velsasco. They all teamed up and decided to move on to the next level starting San Diego's first dance company Salsa Y Fuego . While working with them, he gained knowledge on how to run a dance company. A year later he and his prior dance partner, Espie Hernandez decided to start the dance company now known as Rumba Rica . While working together the two performed, taught at salsa workshops, and were a part of major salsa events in Southern California. After working with Espie for over two years, David decided to start Majesty in Motion one of San Diego's newest dance company. Since working with this dance company, David has been given the opportunity to travel to Arizona, New Orleans, Bermuda, New York, Seattle, Boston, Canada, Portland, Japan, San Francisco, Mexico, Vancouver and many cities in Southern California. With his new group of dancers, David has been working on taking his dance company to the next level. He along with Steve Meyer have created the duo " White Boy Wonders " of San Diego Known for their high energy performances. Through his new routines, they incorporate many styles of dance such as, Jazz, Ballroom, and Hip Hop. David is currently developing San Diego's largest dance company performing, and teaching throughout Southern California.


Jennifer Stein
Majesty in Motion, San Diego, CA.

Jennifer has been dancing salsa for about 4 years now, in addition, she has also trained in jazz for 2 years. She met David at Cafe Sevilla November 2002 and the next day she was dancing salsa. She was new to salsa but her jazz background helped her pick it up fast. She joined Majesty in Motion in June 2003. She has performed throughout San Diego and has traveled to many cities such as Boston, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Mexico, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Vancouver. She recently started a ladies team and she plans to continue to grow with Majesty in Motion. David trained her how to be the dancer she is today. They are now partners and also married!



Bridget Ellis
Denver CO.


Bridget Ellis
2006 Carnaval de Rumba Champion
2007 Colorado State Salsa Champion
Salsa Central Denver Dance Director

Bridget has been dancing, teaching and performing for the last 10 years in American Smooth and Latin, social Country Western but has focused specifically on Social Street Salsa and social Latin dancing in the last 5 years. She enjoys using her technique learned in the ballroom dance world to enable her students to keep up with the ever increasing difficulty of Salsa dance while still maintaining the fun, earthy street style seen in the social venues.   She enjoys getting her students ready for anything; social dancing, performance and competition!


Kasia Snowhawk
Denver, CO

Kasia moved to Boulder, CO 11 years ago. She and Joseph met at the Boulder Broker Salsa Night the next day after she arrived. Kasia had never seen or danced salsa before, but could follow everything that Joseph lead.  She was a total natural from the start. Kasia started teaching salsa about a year after that and has been teaching for 9 1/2 years. Her classes are a blast because of her wonderful sense of humor.




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This is a Baila Salsa Vacations event. You must register through Baila Salsa Vacations or West University Travel to participate in this event.

There are many options to choose from depending on your preferences. Coba is the least expensive, Tulum is the next level up and Akumal is the most expensive. Which ever room you stay in, you will still have access to everything in all 3 resorts. To view room/resort details please visit Gran Bahia Principe web site. 
Please keep in mind that festival rates are double occupancy. For single occupancy rates, please call Joseph at[masked]-7355.
You have the option of staying 5 nights/6 days (June 7-12)

or 6 nights/7 days (June 7-13):


Coba Jr. Suite Superior -          5 Nights/6 Days - $636 per person

  6 Nights/7 Days - $705 pp


Tulum Standard -                      5 Nights/6 Days - $682 pp

  6 Nights/7 Days - $748 pp


Tulum Jr. Suite -                       5 Nights/6 Days - $688 pp

                                                  6 Nights/7 Days - $778 pp


Akumal Standard -                    5 Nights/6 Days - $735 pp

                                                  6 Nights/7 Days - $835 pp


Akumal Jr. Suite -                     5 Nights/6 Days - $762 pp

                                                  6 Nights/7 Days - $887 pp



Prices are subject to increase
book now to hold your rate.

This is an All Inclusive resort. All meals, snacks, drinks (including alcohol), transfers between resort and airport, entertainment, non-motorized water sports, dance workshops and dance events are included! Not included: Airfair, travel insurance (which can be arranged through West University Travel) and excursions.

There are extras that you can purchase such as merchandise, spa visits, etc. which are listed on Gran Bahia Principe web site.

To book your salsa vacation log on to
Fill out the registration form for
Yucatan Salsa Festival

If you receive a hard copy of the registration form just mail it to the address on the bottom of the form.

For more info call
Joseph Snowhawk at[masked] or
Ray Schutter at[masked]
We will be happy to answer your questions

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