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Born and raised in El Salvador, Ronald Martinez started dancing at the very young age of 6. Taught by his grandmother, afternoons were spent learning the steps of El Salvador's traditional dance, Cumbia. These steps were soon followed by the Waltz, Merengue, Bolero and Cha Cha Cha.
Forced out of his native homeland due to civil unrest, Ronald and his family moved to Los Angeles, California. It was there that Ronald was first introduced to the jazzy rhythms of Salsa. "I fell in love with how you can express yourself through the rhythm of the music, and how you can make your partner feel that they are the only person on that dance floor."
Ronald opened his first studio in Victoria, British Columbia where he began developing the distinctive Martinez style of Bachata for which he is renowned. He now has his studio in Vancouver. For the last 12 years, Ronald has travelled to Cuba, Colombia, and various parts of Mexico, the western United States, and BC to teach, perform, and train. He has trained at numerous congresses, conventions, and festivals, and with companies such as Somos El Son Dance Co (Seattle), Instituto Superior de Arte (Havana), and Salsa Con Clave International Dance School (Mexico City).
Our aim is to create quality dancers, impeccable in technique yet outrageously fun to dance with! We promise that your dancing will be "all about the connection and less about the direction".
We teach a wide variety of Latin dances which include Salsa, Bachata (the main style), Cha-cha-cha, Merengue, and Kizomba.
It's Ronald's own style of dance - a mixture of technique which he teaches everyone, connection and his charismatic personality which everyone loves.
We have taught at various workshops and had loads of fun meeting people. See why many enjoy learning from Bachata Canada and how much fun it is to party with us.
Dance with all of the intention in your heart and soul. Learn to listen to the music and let that tell you how to dance - that's so important. In the end, it's the journey that makes all the difference, not the destination.