SHANI’S BIRTHDAY SOCIAL
Includes diverse workshop classes with a mission to deliver outstanding training in both fundamental dance techniques and today’s most cutting-edge latin styles: Mambo, Latin Fusion, Cha-Cha, Afro-Cuban, Pachanga, Body Movement, Bachata, Contemporary Latin Fusion, Spinning Technique, Stretching & Conditioning, Heels and Grooves
From Beginners to Advanced level dancers, this intensive is designed to address every dancer’s needs to help develop their unique style through technique, control, flavor and musicality. The intensive will help enrich knowledge and increase dance vocabulary.
Each class will be an uplifting, positive experience in an encouraging atmosphere that expands one’s artistic horizons through exploration and self-expression.
PASSION 2 ACTION strive to create a truly unique and unforgettable experience for all dancers.
When it comes to achieving your goals, Manifesting and making things happen are 2 major components. The PASSION 2 ACTION is to help empower dancers with the skills, resources and education they need to take action for their dance goals for which they are passionate about. With each action you take, your vision will get sharper, your days will be more joyous, and your creations will better showcase the true dancer in you.
Danznik Dance studios
240 West 37th street 2nd Floor, NYC
2 FREE drinks with each ticket
Alex & Desiree
Zafire Dance Company
Cadencia Ladies by Shani Talmor
MC Mario B
Dj John John
Danznik Dance studios
240 West 37th street 2nd Floor, NYC
Amneris Martinez is from Ponce, Puerto Rico. She began her studies in dance very young in the academia de Julie Mayoral studying classical jazz, ballet and contemporary dance as well as salsa, hip hop, lyrical, tap, rumba and many other dance forms. In 2003 she participated in the film Dirty Dancing 2 Havana Night.
She is admired for her explosive Latin energy, flavor and fusion between Puerto Rican style, New York style and Afro-Cuban body movement.
She is one of the best dancers of the last two decades.
Amneris Martinez together with Juan Matos revolutionized the world of salsa with a partnership that lasted 10 years. She also has the experience of dancing with Adolfo Indacochea, bringing something new with an old flavor.
Her ability to teach, keep cheerful and be available for her students, as allow her to be very successful and become one of the most popular dancers in the Latin Dance Community worldwide.
Delia Madera was born and raise in New York City, from Dominican parents.
Madera salsa dancing career started in 2007 as she joined a Company called Yamuleé Dance Company, directed by Osmar Perrones.
In 2009 Madera started traveling the World as a professional dancer with Yamulee.
During her journey she visited Mexico, Singapore, Argentina, Chile, Italy, France, Costa Rica, Peru, Venezuela, Germany, Colombia, Ecuador, Japón, Jamaica Honduras, Puerto Rico etc.
Also during Delia career she has the pleasure to dance on stage with Jose Alberto "El Canario" David Kada, Oscar de Leon, Chiquito Team Band, Jhonny Ventura etc.
Delia Madera has won twelve first place world championships. Seven in the team division and five in female soloist division.
As in the present Delia Madera is the director of a team of ladies called ZUBERI LADIES and a Group team called Rumbayá Dance Project. Madera is also a part of the New York Movement and a soloist salsa dancer.
Desiree Godsell is a choreographer, dancer, movement coach and director. Desiree moved to NYC with a background in Modern and Jazz dance from H.S.P.V.A. in Houston and her B.F.A. degree from UArts in Philadelphia.
She choreographed and toured with recording artist SANTIGOLD, for over 10years performing at major music festivals, tv shows, and arenas.
Desiree started her Latin dance career right at the top with the "Mambo King" himself, Eddie Torres. She produced and curated The Pearl, a multimedia dance concert series produced by the Brooklyn Arts council, her choreography has been in several rounds of E-moves at Harlem Stages, she choreographed for the Off-Broadway production of Carmen: To Havana and Back, and was a featured dancer in the movie In the Heights. Specializing in different Afro-Latin dances, Desiree tours the world judging, teaching, and performing Bachata and Salsa dance.
Known for their charismatic style on stage and skilled pedagogy in the classroom, Desiree and her dance partner Alex Morel have formed the company Academic Network of Dance, bringing their passion for dance to the world!
María is a professional dancer, performer and instructor that was exposed to a variety of disciplines from a very young age. Such as; gymnastics, acting, yoga and dance (jazz, hip-hop, salsa, afro-Cuban, to name a few).
Her exploration has been instrumental to help shape her new ventures where she explores creative expression through a variety of technics that includes stretching, conditioning & body mechanics for dancers.
Creative Director, Choreographer, Coach, and Educator is globally recognized as one of the most versatile creatives in the industry. Dawson is a multidisciplinary artist known for subverting normativity by uniting her own blended heritage and multi-cultural dance background with her identification within commercial and contemporary forms. Bilingual, and acutely aware of cross-cultural issues, she uses her art to help unite people globally. Authenticity, unity, mindful communication and exploring beyond old paradigms within arts education and creation are at the core of her work. Her artistic scope spans over more than 2 decades. Thanks to her extensive experience performing, choreographing, directing, and educating, Ashlé’s garnered a prominent list of credits spanning live stage, film, television, and music video. She is a pioneer of the style, Latin Fusion, and is internationally known for her unique ability to create an uplifting, inspiring, and safe community atmosphere wherever she goes.
Credits include choreographer and activist for Global Citizen Festival & 360 Video Media, In The Heights Film (Jon M. Chu) and (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Wild N’ Out MTV (Prince Royce), Times Square New Year’s Eve (Univision) for artists Don Omar, JenCarlos Canela, Alejandra Guzman & El Dasa. Her work “Our Land” which depicts hot-button topics of immigration & the refugee crisis worldwide was selected to perform at the 38th Battery Dance Festival in NYC. She is proud to have been the first Top 4 on the inaugural season of SYTYCD which lead her to live in Los Angeles, where she worked as a dancer on projects including America’s Got Talent, Latin Grammys, Gloria Estefan (American Idol Gives Back). While working in the Miami industry, she became the winning professional on the Spanish Dancing With The Stars, Mira Quien Baila alongside partner Johnny Lozada (Despierta America), performed on the Latin Billboards, Los Premios Juventud, iHeart Fiesta, and more. She has worked with Steven Spielberg (The Post), Anne Hathaway (SNL), John Leguizamo (Fugly), John Oliver (Last Week Tonight), Martin Short, Mario Cantone, Rachel Dratch, and with artists Wisin y Yandel, Leslie Grace, Fonseca, Romeo Santos, Tito Rojas, Kiko Rivera, Belinda & Tito Puente Jr. to name a few. She was commissioned to create work for the NYC Human Trafficking Task Force event Human Trafficking: It’s Closer Than You Think Brooklyn Borough Hall as well as Dartmputh College in NH. She is an invited choreographer for the Giving Tree Series, NYC. Ashlé has been interviewed and featured in publications including DANCE magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, and The Wall Street Journal. Recognized for her innovative movement, her work has been sought after by AUDI, New Balance, Macy's, Canon, Paul Mitchell, and more.
Ashlé is proud to be an educator whose methodology is based on spiritual modalities. She is a Certified Creative Leadership Coach trained in Somatic Therapy Modalities and Triple Certified in The Art of Mindful Communication. With an unwavering passion to educate and inspire, she coaches artists through an approach of positive psychology. Genuine education of dance history, philosophy, and vernacular are crucial elements in her teaching approach. Dawson’s enthusiasm, energy, and authentic ability to connect to dancers worldwide while bridging the gap between cultures in a desire to unify through the art of dance, has made her an in-demand guest educator and lecturer. Ashlé is the Founder and CEO of Breaking Conformity Productions, Inc. and the Director of Latin Fusion Dance Project. She is the Artistic Director and Producer of “Estado Ingravitto,” and is proud to be faculty at the renowned Broadway Dance Center, NYC and for Celebrity Dance Conventions.
Karel Flores was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico into a family of artists. From very young, Karel was exposed to both acting and dancing, from participating in every dance group in school to taking on main roles in Mexican soap operas.
Throughout the years, she took up acting, jazz, Hawaiian dancing and cheerleading, but these were only extracurricular activities and she never imagined actually making a career out of dance nor acting. It wasn't until high school that she discovered the dance that would change her life, salsa. Being an overachiever, Karel moved cities to be able to train with the best dance company in Mexico “salsa con clave” directed by the world-known Víctor and Gaby. However her hunger to learn didn’t stop there.
After about 6 months, she decided to spend a few months in NYC to try to learn as much as she could. However, those few months turned into 10 years, when during her stay in NYC she was invited to join her dream dance company, Yamuleé.
Training directly under Osmar’s direction she was able to consistently alternate with his permanent dance partner. Not long after an opportunity arose when Osmar’s former partner decided to take a break from dance. With not a moment of hesitation, Karel embraced the opportunity and shortly after, she became Osmar Perrones’ official dancer partner.
Years of training and hard work has allowed Karel to become a world wide known top dancer and instructor. With Yamulee dance co., as the director’s former partner and female lead dancer, and now, both as a solo artist, instructor and choreographer, Karel has traveled and conquered hearts and stages from North to South America, Europe and Asia.
Originally from Venezuela, Jorge is a Professional dancer skilled in a diverse range of genres: traditional (Venezuelan), flamenco, jazz,
casino salsa, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Venezuelan, among others.
More than 15 years of experience in teaching, performing and producing shows at a variety of cultural festivals internationally.
Jorge have taught different genres of dance during workshops in a variety of well-known Venezuelan
dance academies such as: Habana (Caracas), Salsa y Ache, Caribe y Punto, Ritmo y Clase, Sabor y Son,
Kimbara Academy, De Son Rumbero, Afrolatino Swing Academy, O.G Salsa Casino Academy, Rumba
Latina Academy, and Ritmo y Escencia Academy.
Have worked as a dancer and choreographer in different well-known Venezuelan dance academies
such as O.G Salsa Casino Academy (2005), Street Mambo Dancers Company (2006), Imagen Latina
Company (2006-2009), MUSA Arts Academy directed by Rigoberto Hernández, and Flamenco
Company of the Adaggio y Buleria directed by Carlos Mezza.
Invited to teach in ALMA LaChina Dance Company in Shenzhen in 2013, in collaboration with the
organizer of China Salsa Festival. During this period, was also invited to Shanghai SalsaMemucho, BJ
China Salsa Congress, and Singapore International Salsa Festival.
Company member of well-known New York dance companies such as Framboyan Dance Company
(2016-2017), Codari Dance Company (2018), Rumbaya Dance Company (2018).
Today, a regular teacher of salsa, bachata and Afro-fusion classes in New York City and the Greater
New York area as well as a performer and teacher in various events and congresses. Established
Esencia Dance Team in 2018, consisting of both professional and semi-professional companies, which
has rapidly gained recognition and been invited to teach and perform at events in and around New
In 2020, Jorge was part of the immersive theatre production "Carmen" in NYC as one of the principals dancers, in the roll of "Don Jose".
And recently appeared in the Warner Bother Movie "In The Heights" by Lin Manuel Miranda
Antonio Doza - Dancer, Actor & Model based in New York City.
Known for his captivating performance presence and clear precise technique, Antonio brings so much heat to the stage that he guarantees all eyes are on him.
As an educator, he brings an intriguing style with his amazing Spinning, Isolation, Body Movement, Styling, Lead & Following skills, and Exquisite Technique to his workshops and classes.
He Co-Stars in the hit movie, “SHINE” and is featured in numerous music videos by many top name commercial artists. Antonio has traveled throughout the world teaching, performing and showing off his talents.
Antonio Doza is the principal founder of Doza Dance Co. bringing his knowledge of the business and professional dance experience to students around the globe. “Doza Dance” features over 80 dancers worldwide, including but not limited to an All Women Team ( Lindas De Doza) , All Men Team (Team HÈLLO) and CoEd Teams (DDC). His teams are based on presence, elegance, technical development and self-growth. Doza, provides an all-around lifestyle for his teams.
Dalphe Morantus is an professional dancer and art creator born and raised in
Brooklyn, NY, who spent the last 11 years in L.A. where he lived and worked as an
artist, choreographer and member of several dance communities.
His families grassroots hails from Haiti where they migrated from to the States landing in
Brooklyn, the melting pot in which molded Dalphe’s artistic beginnings and appreciate of both cultures.
That appreciation grew into expression as he fell in love with
blending dance styles from several cultures that he was exposed to, growing up
vibing to dancehall, afro-fusion, hip-hop, salsa and house dance.
Fusions like these are heavy characteristics of his work that led to his trademark style and alias, International Dalphe, with over 14 years of experience working with notable names
in the industry, Ricky Martin, Don Omar, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, just
to name a few. Nowadays his work is focused on teaching people how to move their
body with using groove isolations as a stepping stool to embrace their true self.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Erika Lopez always had a love for dance from a young age. She started out on her High Schools’ dance team and began taking hip hop classes at Broadway Dance Center. It wasn’t until October 2007 that she began taking salsa classes and joined a student dance team, where she realized how much she loved performing.
Since then she has had the privilege of dancing on both a semi-pro and Pro Team, and performing in different parts of the world including Peru, Texas, Puerto Rico and DR to name a few. Throughout the years she’s learned other various styles of dance, while also becoming an instructor for both children and adult classes. She’s had the privilege of directing dance teams and teaches various workshops including Latin Fusion, cha cha, salsa partner work, Heels, ladies’ styling, etc. She’s performed at venues including Madison Square garden and Citi Field, and has performed alongside various artists such as Loisaides, Winstar, and various world-known Salsa bands.
Erika has been fortunate enough to obtain opportunities to perform in music videos with Winstar, Anthony Ramos, TPLSZiggy, movies and on live television such as Fox 5, Pix11 and NY1. She is currently part of a NYC based ladies’ company named Querencia who just won the 2nd place Ladies Shine Division 2022. Erika continues to flourish and grow, hoping to inspire others with the same love she shares for dance and is blessed to be a part of an amazing journey. She is currently teaching Latin Fusion, Heels and Salsa classes in the NYC city, as well as private dance classes and packages.
Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Raúl Contreras is currently at Moulin Rouge The Musical! on broadway, he previously danced for Ballet Metropolitano de Monterrey, Metamorphosis Dance Collective and Ballet Hispánico.
He has served as a teacher, choreographer, and artistic director for Universidad de Monterrey’s Dance Group, winning several dance competitions in Mexico and the United States.
He has danced pieces from renowned choreographers such as Anabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Iratxe Ansa, Edgar Zendejas, and Tania Perez Salas, among others. In spring 2019 he performed at the Joyce Theater as a soloist in Bennyroyce Royon’s world premiere Homebound/Alaala, as well as New York City Center’s Fall For Dance Festival and Apollo Theater as part of Ballet Hispánico’s tour of the United States and Europe. A graduate of the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey with a BFA in Contemporary Dance, he has trained with Comunidad de Danza Urbana, Martha Graham School, and Generation IV Dance.