INSTRUCTORS & PERFORMERS

Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez

Afro-Cuban folkloric dance, Casino and Rueda de casino

Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher with a degree from Escuela de Artes Varietur in Havana, Cuba. While there, he specialized in Afro-Cuban technique, modern dance, and Cuban popular styles and worked with some of the country’s most important names in these fields.

International performances and teaching gigs at dance festivals have taken him to Germany, France, Curacao, Mexico and all over the US. Wilfredo was also selected as a judge in the first annual World Latin Dance Cup with producer Albert Torres. Currently he teaches classes in San Diego and is the artistic director of La Tribu dance group.


Kati Hernandez

Afro-Cuban Rumba, Orisha Therapy

Kati Hernandez brings to the to the United States her humble, yet explosive and uplifting energy. Kati’s knowledge of dance and choreography reveals her intricate and versatile style, making her a highly sought-after performer, nationally and internationally.

A native of Cuba, Kati grew up surrounded by the sounds of the drum and the Afro-Cuban tradition. Her dance studies included folkloric, popular, modern, ballet, choreography, composition and staging. Her earlier performances include the Havana International Jazz Festival with Cuban stars such as Bobby Carcases and Chucho Valdez and the Bienal Internacional de la Habana with Afro-Cuban music and performance icon Mercedita Valdez and visual artist Manuel Mendive.

Kati’s international journey began where she went to Spain to tour with the well-known orchestra Manolito Simonet y Su Trabuco soon after graduating from Art School in Cuban (en la especialidad de Danza). Kati’s fiery, refined style awarded her the invitation to tour Internationally with several Cuban music and dance productions throughout Portugal, the Bahamas and Costa Rica, where she later resided for five years. This gave her the opportunity to refine her talents in teaching and choreographing dance, and to expand her range as an actor and dancer/choreographer for television. Kati also volunteered her time and skills teaching dance to children and young women in impoverished communities throughout Central America, empowering them to use dance as a medium for expressing emotions, experiences, hopes and dreams.

Following her extensive travels, Kati moved to the United States. In California she taken on the responsibility to teach and cultivate Afro-Cuban culture by producing regular events and workshops that create a community that bridges dance and music across cultures. She is the co-founder of KimBamBula Production which produced the annual “Essence of Cuba”, a paramount reunion of Afro-Cuban masters in Los Angeles including members of the renowned group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas with California’s finest Cuban folkloric masters. Kati recently created one of her dream projects, “Isupo Irawo”, an ensemble of Legendary Afro-Cuban masters from around the world. This group features Maestro Lázaro Galarraga, one of founding members of the Conjunto Folklorico de Cuba, who has been a lifelong inspiration to Kati, and recently a mentor to her development. Their most recent performances include the Esalen International Music and Dance Festival and the opening act for the world-renowned Brazilian jazz percussionist Airto Moreira at Avila Beach, CA.

Kati’s other accomplishments in Los Angeles include: The Ford Amphitheater popular Cuban music production of “La Charanga Cubana” , “Tropicana in Hollywood” where she was a choreographer, costume design advisor and production coordinator; the dance installation “Fire”directed by Judith Davis and presented at Pomona College; UCLA’s film project, “Raiz” and choreographed for the Santa Monica College dance company Global Motion In addition, She is praised for her tribute piece to legendary Afro-Cuban master percussionist Francisco Aguabella at Esalen in Big Sur, CA.

Kati guest teaches dance classes and lecture at several colleges and universities and dance studios in the country including the University of California, Irvine, University of Oregon, Eugene. She continues to tour, bringing her flavorful Afro-Cuban dynamite to national Afro-Cuban folkloric and salsa dance conferences. Currently, Kati is the artistic director and choreographer of her own community-based, Afro-Cuban dance and music experimental project, Afro-Cuban/ Casino (cuban salsa) “KimBambula” and “Pa’ La Orilla”. Eager to spread the roots of Cuban Dance, she is now the co-founder of Afro-Timba, a dance fitness program that she is currently touring nationwide along with her own training dance Programs “Oricha Therapy,” “Kati’s Cuban dance Map” & “Afro-Cuban 4 Mambo”. Kati is known for her unique teaching techniques, her vibrant energy and flavor on the dance floor. Her work is a true illustration of her heritage and an endless celebration of Cuban dance and music.

 


Duane Wrenn

Energetic Salsa, SoUlºsa, AFRO-tImBa, SoulChiSa

Duane Wrenn was born to dance. Learning salsa at 26 years young, Duane quickly excelled to be considered one of the top dancers and instructors of Afro-Cuban Salsa in the Midwest. His dance background ranges from Cuban Rumba, Son, Capoeira to break dancing and hip hop.

He is a fitness consultant and instructor of dancing to Cuban rhythms. Duane founded the company Energetic Soul in 2000 and since then has developed three programs that focus on the art of dancing as a conversation. He has also co-developed two other unique programs – AFRO-tImBa with Kati Hernandez and SoulChiSa with Dr. Jeya Aerenson. Each of the five programs are designed to teach general and specialized audiences salsa dancing and how to utilize what they are learning as a vehicle to add spice to their daily life on and off of the dance floor.

Born in New Orleans, Duane currently resides in the Detroit, Michigan, where he hosts workshops and teaches group classes. His hobbies are writing, foot massage and looking for top destinations to listen and dance to Cuban music.

 


Frankie & Edna

Suave Bachata

Frankie is a international professional dancer/choreographer/teacher from Arizona and Edna is one of Utah’s greatest dancer’s/performers been training to be one of the worlds best and is now in a professional partnership with Frankie Suave. Edna is also Suave Dance Company’s newest teacher/director in training. Sky is not the limit if you want to dance on the moon 🙂 With 30+ years of combined classical and professional training, their passion, drive, and chemistry has brought a breath of fresh and positive air to the Utah dance scene and surrounding areas. With gratitude to God for all their current and future success,they are currently the only Professional partnership in Utah teaching and performing outside of the country and continent. Their classes are nothing short of fun, educational, and inspirational. The SuaveMode of dancing; Feel, Dance, Connect


DJ Walt Digz 


Dj Gregory Layne


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