“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” -Henry Brooks Adams. Luis Salgado’s desire to make a positive difference, and leave his footprint on the world, began when he opened his own studio in Puerto Rico 13 years ago. Beginning with only 7 students, his school quickly expanded as his commitment to inspiring and empowering his dancers became more and more evident. In just 5 short years, he produced six shows and 7 students became 250! Today, Luis’s infectious spirit and his wealth of knowledge about the musical theater, film, and television industries, has led him to teach all over the country. Luis is a Guest Teacher at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and a few years participated teaching workshops and master classes for The Pulse joining the faculty of renowned choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Wade Robson, and others. Has also teach for Broadway Classroom, Tezoro Productions, Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, DanceFest 2010, 2011, 2014 and Dance Attack. Internationally, Luis has taught in Mexico, Japan, D1 Dance in Peru and musical theatre workshops in Cali, Colombia. He has coached choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, Will Wingfield (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Corbin Bleu (“High School Musical”), and the entire Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Touring companies of In the Heights. In the hopes of influencing and empowering others (affecting eternity), Luis also teaches in communities in need throughout the 5 boroughs of NY through R.Evolución Latina’s educational programs.
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A 40 minute warm up gets the body and mind ready for the task at hand. Students will work on developing their performance skills while engaging their mind in thought, understanding their feelings through movement, and how to bring what’s inside them to the character. Inspired by Meisner and Suzuki ideas, Luis has shaped his class to balance a very rigid approach with the freedom we all seek to achieve.
The class includes isolation, coordination, strength, interpretation, focus, balance and lots of flexibility exercises. Luis teaches in a very optimistic and passionate way while challenging students to be at their best as he combines different choreography styles.
Next students we will work with basic latin rhythms, in a fun and connected way. We will work on a dynamic choreography that will include Latin footwork in fusion with either Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary or Theatre opening the student’s perspective of latin rhythms as well as their spirit and the root of dancing -THE HEART- while developing performance skills. Luis is dedicated to the individual success of his students instilling the ideas of Daring To Go Beyond and Making Art With a Purpose and of course, always adding the latin flavor and passion that lives within him.