Forty years of achievements are hard to condense into a bio. Unlike many teachers that only danced one type of dance, Enio traversed through the separate worlds of Ballroom, Latin, Swing Salsa racking up impressive achievements in each.
Having started at USC under 7 time US Latin Champion Ron Montez, Enio soon became captain of the US Champion Latin Formation Team and British Open Championships runner up. Within 4 years he had won the US Amateur Latin Championship, the World Cup Amateur Latin and danced in 2 World Championships placing 17th in the world. Now adding legendary coaches Nina Hunt and Walter Laird who rarely took new couples, within 2 years of turning pro he had made the top 24 in both the Rising Star and Open Pro at the British Open. A finalist in US major Latin championships such as the Embassy and Emerald Balls, he also won the Florida, California,Texas Challenge, and US Pro Rising Star Championships. Retiring to raise his boys, he returned after 7 years to win the Cabaret Division at the World Swing Championships and finalist at the US Open Swing Championships with his wife Terryl Jones. Retiring for good they embarked on a 20 year career (first studying with the Cuban and Mambo masters ) then developing and demonstrating their unique style of LA Salsa, teaching at most of the early Salsa congresses around the world. Because of their extensive experience, they were chosen to choreograph some scenes in the movie Dance with Me, and trained most of the stars for 6 months. In the early 1990s, Enio won 3 Feather Awards as the Hottest Mambo Dancer and Most Popular Teacher
Along the way Enio, his brother Robert (7 time US Swing Champion & Hall of Famer) and Terryl ran the biggest dance studio in Los Angeles- Let’s Dance LA. for 20 years. Creating the early prototype for Salsa Congresses, they ran the legendary Swing Jams and Mambo Mania events. With nightly classes often numbering over 125 students, they soon expanded to a 4 story building which Enio renamed “The Granada Nightclub” This fantastic 700 person venue hosted many Grammy Award Winners and was named the “Best Place to Dance, Best Live Music, Best DJ and Best Tapas Club for several consecutive years.
In another sideline, Enio was invited to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to teach at an elite Ice Skating camp even though he did not skate. Over the next 20 years he coached 8 Olympian US couples in Ice Dance and Pairs and choreographed one winning World Pro Championship routine. ABC Commentator and US/World/Olympic Champion Dick Button called Enio (and Twyla Tharp choreographer Keith Young) “The Two Hottest Choreographers in Skating today…” on ABC’s telecast.
Finally Enio is also an actor having recently starred in two United Healthcare/AARP “Go Long “ commercials. He also was choreographer for the MTV award winning music video Broken Wings by Mr. Mister
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Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance
Both Latin & Standard
Specialized training from Cuban Masters in Salsa, Mambo, Pachanga,
Specialized training from original Swing dancers. I have been guest lecturer at the British Dance Congress and German Teachers Congress and the Olympic Training Center as an Ice Skating coach