Diana Rodriguez CONFIRMED
Diana Rodriguez Garcia was born in the city of Santiago de Cuba. At the School of Dance Art’s she studied both modern and contemporary dances and graduated as a teacher and a dancer of Cuban folk dances. She was also a student in the company for modern dances, and a member of Dance Theatre of the Caribbean. In the Folk Ballet Company Diana reached the level of the first soloist. As a member of Casino.com she was a winner of the national competition in casino dancing in Cuba, and Cuban-style salsa in couples, as well as at the festivals of son, and also on other various events that organized a competition in Rueda de Casino and couples.
PEDRO GEA - CONFIRMED
Nikola Medic - CONFIRMED
Nikola won the Rueda World Championships in 2010 and runs the hugely successful dance school ‘Havana Belgrado’ in Serbia and Havana Londres in London where he lives now.
On the dance floor you can’t miss him! – A talented dancer with exceptional musicality, his ruedas are a fusion of everything: Afro, son, rumba, reggaeton, hip hop, crazy footwork, and above all, plenty of comedy!!
With his endless energy and infectious personality, be prepared to laugh, sweat, and take your rueda to a whole new level!
Come and experience the style, attitude, moves, insane energy and humour that Nikola is notorious for!
Havana Belgrado - www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGcQu_TfLtE
Diana Ortiz DC Casineros - CONFIRMED
Diana was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Her passion for dancing started in her childhood and developed quickly. She started dancing in her high school’s dance group of Peruvian folk music. When she was 14 years old, she became a member of a professional folkloric dance group called “Jallmay Alto Folclor.” As a member of this group, she was part of international tours, including US, France, Italy, Spain and Taiwan.
After several years of professional folkloric dancing, she left the group in order to pursue an economics bachelor degree. However, her passion for dancing did not disappear. Right after she graduated, in 2008, she started practicing casino and became part of Peru Latin Dance.
After her arrival to the US, she became a member of the Boston based Metamovements Dance Company. Later in 2013, she moved to Washington DC and became a member of DC Casineros.
Adrian Valdiva DC Casineros - CONFIRMED
Co-founder and co-director of DC Casineros, Adrian has been dancing and performing Son, Casino, and other popular Cuban dances for 10 years. He has also been teaching classes infused with Afro-Cuban dance for the past four years. He won first place in the couple’s competition in Miami Rueda congress of 2009. Adrian has traveled nationally and internationally to participate and to teach in the major Rueda de Casino and Afro-Cuban dance conferences. Along with DC Casineros, he has performed and taught locally, nationally, and internationally at prestigious and popular venues, conferences, and congresses including: the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, DC Salsa Congress, San Francisco, New York, Miami and Atlanta Rueda Congresses, and the Nicaragua Salsa Congress MTV 3 Latino recently featured Adrian and his partner and Director Amanda GillPopular dance in the DC area.
Adrian and DC Casineros also brought the critically acclaimed All Stars Dance Company from Santiago de Cuba, and collaborated on a 1 and a half hour production in DC.
Born in Venezuela, Adrian grew up in a family of dancers and musicians, which heavily influenced his love for the arts. Adrian currently trains under the guidance of Afro-Cuban dance Masters Duane Wrenn, Kati Hernandez, Yudisleidy Valdes, Jorge Luna Roque, Yoel Marrero, Oscar Rousseaux and Aramis Pazos. He teaches Son, Casino and Rueda de Casino, rumba at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. His casino style emphasizes the power and intricacies of Son, Rumba, and at times Orisha dances.
Reynaldo Salazar Guilen
Reynaldo was raised in Santiago de Cuba.
He is graduated as a licensed dancer, teacher and choreographer.
Reynaldo has been working as a director and choreograper to ALL STARS Santiago de Cuba, With them he has won numerous national competitions, each year's first place in the large Evento Bailar Casino in Havana at ALL STARS, where they dance with well-known groups like Los Van Van Live, Maykel Blanco, Charanga Habanera on stage.
Since 2010, Reynaldo lives in Germany and run his school Salsafusion together with his wife.
At 2011 his group won the German Championships in Rueda de Casino.
Reynaldos group in Santiago
Sassan Ito - CONFIRMED
Jaroslav Hluch - CONFIRMED
DJ Soto Mayor - CONFIRMED
Vi är glada att få ha DJ Soto Mayor på Stockholm Ruedafestival. Han är en otroligt skicklig DJ med stor känsla för kubansk musik.
”Man känner att varje låt är noga utvald när han spelar och jag kan inte sluta att dansa”
Dj Soto är mest känd som DJ Soto-Mayor och är uppvuxen på Kuba. Han har sedan han kom till Sverige spelat som dj på olika Salsaklubbar och evenemang både i Sverige och utomlands.
2016 spelade han på San Fransisco Salsa & Ruedafestival” med stor framgång tillsammans med ”Timablive”
Han har varit DJ på konserter med bl a Los Van Van, Charanga Habanera, Maikel Blanco, Havana De Primera, Elio Reve, Calle Real, La Liga Habanera, Mayimbe mm.
Under många år spelade han på ”Klubb El Benny”. En klubb som hade stor acceptans för kubansk musik. Han har spelat på de flesta klubbar i Stockholm och är mycket uppskattad i Stockholms Salsaliv!