RW Latin Dance
Rodrigo & Wendy (RW Latin Dance) are renowned instructors and performers based in Charlotte, NC who have graced numerous stages locally and trained extensively with World Master Instructors (Salsa, Bachata & Argentine Tango). RW has been featured in several public broadcast television shows in the U.S. and Asia. They have conducted workshops and performed Salsa, Bachata, Tango, Flamenco, Kizomba; specializing in “SALSATANGO” & “BACHATANGO” fusions at numerous Salsa Congresses, Festivals, and Galas of major National & International cities.
RW have built themselves a strong resume to include performances at: The Puerto Rico Salsa Congress; New York International Salsa Congress; L.A. Salsa Congress; Orlando Salsa Congress; DC Bachata Congress, Miami Salsa Congress, Houston Salsa Congress; Dallas Bachata Festival; Atlanta Bachata Festival; Aventura Dance Cruise; L.A. Salsa Open 2nd place on Salsa On1 and Bachata, finalists at the World Latin Cup and the list continues.
H have been traveling to teach at congresses, festivals, dance events from the East to the West Coast of the United States, and have also traveled internationally to countries such as: Spain, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and China to teach workshops and perform. They have also danced alongside numerous salsa superstars such as: Willie Colon, La India, Gilberto SantaRosa, Eddie Santiago, Grupo Niche, Guayacan and many others.
RW work extensively for many years teaching educational and cultural programs and performed at numerous Schools and Universities around the country. Rodrigo is an adjunct faculty for the Dance Department of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and they’re both teaching artists for the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and the NC Dance Theatre.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
The first thing is to make sure the students feel welcome and comfortable by creating a friendly environment suited for learning.
Then we start with the basics, we go at the students place, no rushing. We ecnorage each student to continue practicing and become the best version of themselves.
Paying attention to details and being aware of each individual learning abilities helps us to create a better learning experience for our students.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Started training in Latin American Folkloric dances from a young age. Then trained in Flamenco and traditional dances from Spain, touring and performing.
Joined a professional Latin American Folkloric dance team and continue to tour and perform internationally, also teach classes and Workshops. Worked with different dance groups choreographing, teaching and performing.
Trained extensively in Argentine Tango for many years specializing in Tango Nuevo, (Show Tango). Coached and trained also by world champions and reknown Tango instructors and performers.
Over 10 years training in L.A. Style Salsa by some of the most reknown instructors and world champions in the industry. Dance techniques and teaching methodology for students of all levels. Choreography, tricks and lifts, musicality and origins of Afrocuban rhythms and general Salsa music and dance history.
Musing our knowledge in Argentine Tango and Salsa, we started creating a new product “SALSATANGO” Fusion style. Which was very well received among the Latin dance Community at festivals and congresses around the country and around the world. Same we did with Bachata and Tango “BACHATANGO” Fusion style, which became very famous and recognized.
Wendy and I started traveling to different Salsa festivals and congresses around the US, and abroad such as Asia, Europe and South America to main world class events teaching and performing. Continuing our training in Bachata (Traditional) and Bachata Sensual styles at every major event with top of the industry instructors and envasados of each style in the industry.
While in Europe we were introduce to “Kizomba” dance and music, which we were able to train intensively with master instructors in the area and continued our training in back in the US. Starting the first Kizomba classes in our area developing into a much larger community today.
We have been teaching for the Dance department of the University of NC at Charlotte for ten years and at the same time working on our own degree in Dance. Today we continue training and learning more methods and technique that can allow us to become better in our field and help our students to do so as well.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
$12 per person.
$85 for 10 lessons.
$100 unlimited monthly. (Includes monthly social party)
$85 per hour (one person or a couple).
$400 for 5 hours.
$750 for 10 hours.
How did you get started teaching?
While working with some of the folkloric dance companies I was asked to enter a Latin Dance competition with one of the girls from the company and we won first place. (Salsa, Bachata, Merengue & Cumbia). People started to asks me to teach some salsa, so I did every other week classes. I competed in the next event again and won first place for the second time! Club promoters hired me to teach intro lessons at their clubs weekly and I began my weekly classes as well. I had a following. Lol.