Meet some of the artists from our past events! Full artist line-up for Latin Sparks 2018 will be announced on July 20.
We’re always looking for new artists to join our community and help promote Latin American culture!
Toronto-based Dancer, Clifton Cadence has performed and MCed at events across the globe. Founder and Director of the Cadence Dance Academy, he specializes in Salsa, Bachata, Dance Hall and Fusion pieces.
Toronto-based Dancer, Matty Jay has performed across Canada, U.S. and Latin America. Founder of D.R.E.A.M. (Dance Rules Everything Around Me), he specializes in Salsa, Bachata, Dance Hall and Hip Hop.
Montreal's own DJ D-Boy has been at the nexus of music, fashion, and nightlife for over half of his living years as the go-to deejay for your favorite Latino, Hip Hop, and Mashup music in the city!
“Purveyor of deep, infectious dance grooves and a feel-good atmosphere.” That’s how Peets describes himself as a DJ. Never afraid to go too deep, his emotive musical selections are his own therapy.
Natalie Gelman is a dancer, educator, choreographer and event organizer who travels internationally to teach and perform (Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, U.S., Canada and more). Owner of NRG Movement and creative director of NRG Dancers, she offers classes and performances in styles such as Afro Beats, Reggaeton, Samba, Bellydance and Yoga. She is an influential artist who loves sharing her passion for dance, music, and culture.
Jorge Cano (Havana, Cuba) is known for his smooth and fluid dance style. He enjoys mixing Cuban Salsa with flavours of Rumba and Reggaeton, and is constantly creating and developing his unique style. Jorge has been teaching and sharing his love of Cuban Salsa for several years and is currently teaching at the Casa del Son in Havana.
Jose is a professional latin dance instructor specialized in Salsa and Bachata, he has been dancing for over 10 years and teaching for over 5 years, working in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan and Singapore. Jose offers one-on-one dance classes.
Jodani Entertainment has had the pleasure of performing in local and international stages delivering energetic performances. Co-owners Joselyn Paz and Daniela Estrada’s lives couldn't resist colliding, from back-up dancing to brand ambassadors, the Jodani team has proven to leave memorable impressions. A few honorable mentions include: opening show for Daddy Yankee, back-up for Rakim Y Ken-Y, freestyle for Fulanito and many more.
Emilie Phaneuf is an experienced street dance performer and choreographer with over 15 years of teaching experience; she has been voted Ottawa’s Favourite Dance Instructor, Faces Awards 2018. Emile will be joined on stage Lydia Spencer and Melanie Couture from BPM Dance Troupe - a high energy dance troupe which has performed in Ottawa-Gatineau for large audiences since 2009.
With over 12 years of dance experience, Martine Charles has built a very international dance profile. She obtained tango training in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also obtained Venezuelan folkloric dance training, salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha, stomp dance, hip hop and breakdance over the years. As a Group Fitness Instructor, Zumba Fitness Instructor and Dance Choreographer, she concentrates on technique and teaching her students to adapt her their own style to the music.
UO Salsa is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting the Salsa culture on campus and beyond. UO Salsa provides dance classes for all levels, organizes social dances, and attends a variety of dance congresses and competitions. Their motto: Salsa isn’t just a dance. It’s a lifestyle!