Juleon has been dancing salsa and bachata for nearly 10 years and many other dances (merengue, semba, kizomba, cumbia, kompa, and freestyle) for much of his life. Taking a unique approach to dance, Juleon focuses more on concepts, not patterns. An IT Consultant and Project Manager by trade, Juleon enjoys and excels at breaking down the fundamentals of timing, body movement, and connection so that students can use those principles to build their own styles! Juleon has taught classes from Colombia to Singapore and is excited to share his love of dance and history with all who come through the studio doors. When he’s not dancing or working, Juleon enjoys pondering the connections between life, relationships, and partner dancing.
Anais started dancing salsa and merengue socially at a young age with family and at karate functions. She learned punto panameño, a Panamanian Folklore dance from the age of 6 in her hometown of Houston, Texas. During this time, she began performing in parades, competitions and in other community events. In high school, she joined her school team, the Marshall Mystics where she learned to dance Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Bachata. She pursued her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at the University of Texas - Arlington. While there, she joined the Latin American Student Organization’s dance team and continued to strengthen her skills. Anais currently performs on Timba Tumbao’s performance dance team under Johan and Alyssa’s instruction. Her favorite dances are Salsa and Bachata.
ABOUT PURA VIDA
Pura Vida Afro-Latin Dance is passionate about the history, culture, language, and the dances of Afro- or Latin countries. Having traveled to over 20 countries in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, PVALD instructors have the goal of bringing the experience, knowledge, and culture of the greater Afro-Latin Diaspora to you! At Pura Vida, we focus on concepts, not patterns and on history and cultural respect, not movement assimilation.
WHAT WE OFFER
At Pura Vida, our goal is to get you dancing and enjoying the music as soon as possible! We service the greater-DFW area, so no matter where you are, we have a group class nearby so you can join the fun! But that’s not all; Pura Vida offers group classes, private instruction, as well as special and corporate events! Contact us to let us know how we can come and enhance your fun, your learning, or your special event!
Our group classes are fun and full of energy! Come join us for any of our classes or parties and see what the buzz is all about! With the group class experience, you’re guaranteed to get the same quality instruction, but with the opportunity to meet new people and practice those hot moves with new friends! Group classes are a great option for those new to the area, a unique date night, or even for those looking for a fun way to exercise and get fit!
Private instruction is a fun way that you can super-charge your dance experience! Private instruction is designed to focus on YOU and YOUR dance needs, and the session moves at YOUR pace! Whether you’re looking to move quicker than the pace of the group classes, looking to catch up to where other students are, or just prefer to learn in a more private setting, these classes focus on giving you the individual attention you want to maximize your growth. If you’re not where you want to be in your dance journey, schedule your private today!
SPECIAL & CORPORATE EVENTS
Whether it’s providing choreography for a quinceanera, performing at a wedding, or bringing some fun movement to your job to shake away the mid-workday blues, Pura Vida has you covered. Our energy and excitement is a perfect way to make sure any event goes from “Awesome” to “Unforgettable!” Have an event coming up that you want us to be a part of? Start the conversation now!
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