At the 2014 World Latin Dance Cup competition held just a few weeks ago in Miami, Toronto’s Latin Energy Dancers won First Place, Salsa Am On1; First Place, Salsa Am On2; and Second Place, Bachata Amateur Team Division against over 1100 contenders from around the world.
The young couple that won FIRST PLACE in SALSA ON2 Am Division is only in their early teen years! Jenalyn (14) and her brother Raymond (16) Pacheco started training with Latin Energy in 2005 and are now 2 times World Salsa Champions! Jenalyn was only 5 years old when she took her first salsa class and her first question to the teacher was “when can I dance on stage?”.
The couple that won FIRST PLACE IN SALSA ON1 Am Division is Roberto Quaresmawho started with Latin Energy in 2009 and Daria Novoselova who started with Latin Energy in 2012. Like “Rob” said, anything is possible and dreams do come true! Rob works 2 jobs (Air Canda & Canada Post), he’s married and still manages to find time to live his dream!
Photo from left to right: Albert Torres (host of the WLDC), Roberto Quaresma, Daria Novoselova (champions), Vanesa Stay (choreographer & founder of Latin Energy), Jenalyn & Raymond Pacheco (champions).
Clearly Salsa/Latin dance is alive and well in Toronto!