Instructors

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Linda Saenz

Founder and Instructor


She is the director and founder of Classé Dance Company, where they host weekly lessons, dance team rehearsals for both couples and ladies’ teams, and teaches at various popular latin clubs like TSR (The Salsa Room), Café Citron, Lucky Strike, Cancun Cantina and big events or congresses such as Sip & Salsa Festival in Crystal City, Mr. Mambos in MD, DC Salsa and Bachata Festival (DCSB), Resolution Jam in Arlington, DC Bachata congress (DCBX), among many others. She has been nominated for Best Female Instructor in the DC/VA area twice. Important institutions in VA like George Mason University, Alice Deal Middle school, U.S. Army MWR (the school age center) allowed Classé to collaborate with them and teach dance lessons. Linda Saenz has also shared the stage with important figures of the salsa and bachata community like the famous singer Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, El Gran Combo, Luis Vargas (bachata), and many others.

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Aldo Ortega

Instructor


Originally from Bolivia, Aldo Ortega began his training at Latin Dancer Studio in Fall of 2014. Since then, he has gained popularity for his passion in teaching Sensual/Modern Bachata, a style that he discovered half a year into his training. He has taken private lessons with the creators of Sensual Bachata, Korke & Judith and Chaves & Silvia as well as trained in countless workshops all around the US. In the two years since he began teaching, he has landed a regular teaching gig on Wednesdays at The Salsa Room, Sip & Salsa Festival in Crystal City, Mr. Mambos in MD and VA, Lucky Strike DC on Sunday night, SalsaNoke in Roanoke, DC Salsa and Bachata Festival, Resolution Jam in Arlington. He has been nominated for Best Male Instructor in the DC/VA area twice and has weekly lessons on body movement at Classé Dance Studio. Aldo places an emphasis on strong fundamentals and respecting a follower’s body and space. His goofy and creative personality shines through in his social dancing as well as his teaching!

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Eric Santana

Instructor


Eric "El Mayimbe" Jones-Santana was born in Houston, Texas in the "Hood" Acres Homes. When EJ was 11 years old, his interest in dance sparked when he saw people in his neighborhood dancing hip hop. About two years after that, he was battling and beating the same dancers who influenced him. The acrobatics, a movement of hip hop, influences his dance today. EJ discovered mambo in college when he saw his future director Dionicio Martinez social dancing and soon became a member of the team Kañonazo. Throughout the year he spent under Dionicio, he started to fall in love with bachata and started to choreograph routines, performing them all over Texas. In 2011, EJ won the semi-pro jack and Jill competition which solidified he was going to be the next big thing in Texas. He has won tons of competitions such as the 2012 Houston Bachata Champions at Club Escapade. E.J has been a part of the Sweft Feet Dance professional hip hop team, Kañonazo pro Team, and Culture Beat Pro Team performing all over the U.S.A. EJ now owns his dance company "Santana Dance" and runs his studio in Rockville, MD where he teaches his "Santana Style" philosophy.

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Daniella Rodas

Instructor


Daniella Rodas' dancing career began in the summer of 2013 with George Mason University's casino-style salsa club, Azucar. For three years, she found classes on campus and occasional social dancing to be a much-needed release; but never took dancing too seriously. After meeting, Linda and Aldo at a sensual bachata workshop in October of 2016, Daniella knew a fire had been lit inside of her--she was hungry for more, and she was ready to work for it. Daniella has also always enjoyed teaching--putting things into new terms in order to help others understand--so in the process of discovering this new passion, she found she was driven to teach others the new amazing things she had learned.