Festival Line-up
Here are the instructors for this year's festival:

Ava Apple (SF)

Ava Apple, a San Francisco native, has been dancing professionally since her teens.
She has performed & taught throughout the USA, Hong Kong, Italy, and The Netherlands, and has received awards for her contribution to the world of Salsa & Latin Dance at the 2002 West Coast Salsa Congress, the 2003 SF Salsa Congress, and the 2003 Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 25th Anniversary celebration.
 
Ava has won titles in Hustle, Salsa, and Theater Arts, and together with her partner Rodolfo Guzman, now owns Symbolic Dance & Fitness in San Francisco, Ca., and directs The Latin Symbolics, and Yamulee Project SF dance teams. Many well known dancers got their start in Ava’s classes and on her dance teams, including brother & sister duo Junior & Emily Alabi, Alex Lee & Chi Le, and Jhon Narvaez & Liz Rojas, to name just a few….

DJ Super Chino (SF)

Emelie Andagan (SAC)

Gabi Pineda (Fresno)

The best kept secret in the California valley for many years now is Gabi Pineda on salsa and bachata classes. He has a versatile style of Latin dancing. He has taught in Seattle, Reno, Las Vegas, London, Latvia, Mexico and other dance festivals in the world. New York Style On2 and Bachata is his expertise and had been teaching workshops all over the country. Recently, he has been featured teaching bachata dance on TV.

Jennifer Benavidez (UK)

John & Liz Salsamania (SF)

Luis Aguilar (SF)

Orlando Valle (SF)

Rodolfo Guzman (SF)

Rodolfo Guzman, a native of Mexico City – grew up listening to classic Mambo music that his father loved dancing to.
Rodolfo started taking classes from Ava in 2002, joined The Latin Symbolics in 2004, and became Ava’s dance partner in 2005.
Their first performance together was at “Festival Borincano 2005” in Puerto Rico. Together, they have taught & performed at various venues including the Reno Bachata Festival, SF Bay Area Bachata Festival, West Coast Salsa Congress, Chicago Salsa Congress, and Puerto Rico Hustle & Salsa Festival, to name just a few!
 
Rodolfo has a natural ability to “break it down” and explain things simply & clearly, and is known for his “no nonsense” approach to teaching.
Together with his partner Ava Apple, he is owner of Symbolic Dance & Fitness in San Francisco, Ca., and directs The Latin Symbolics, and Yamulee Project SF dance teams.