Instructors

 

 
 
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Andres 'Andy' Garcia

Founder/Director/Instructor

Since 2010, Andres has received instruction from some of the top Latin dance instructors in the industry and world salsa champions while he has attended various Latin dance festivals and congresses.  He is now pleased to share his passion and love for Latin dance, currently  focused on the styles of salsa and bachata by teaching, choreographing and performing at local and regional events. Please contact him with at info@latindancebend.com

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LeeAnn O'Neill

Salsa Instructor

Has over 14 years of experience dancing and teaching salsa. LeeAnn has trained with the Washington DC-based salsa performance groups Salsa Fuego and Son Mulato as well as internationally renowned salsa dancers in both Washington DC and New York.  LeeAnn teaches both on1 (LA style) and on2 (NY style) salsa, and is versatile as a lead and follow. For information about private lessons and spinning/styling/footwork workshops she offers, please contact her at salsa.instructor@gmail.com

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Elizabeth Weigand

Ladies Dance Team Co-Instructor

A native Central Oregonian, Elizabeth has nurtured her passion for dance since she was very young.  During college Elizabeth continued to take modern, hip hop, and African dance classes and her discovery of partner dancing also commenced with Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing. In 2003 Elizabeth returned to Central Oregon and began Salsa dancing. Over the next 13 years this blossomed into more partner dancing styles including Cumbia, Cha Cha, Merengue, West Coast Swing, Bachata and, most recently, Kizomba.  For ladies private and small group styling and choreography classes, please contact her at eweigand@me.com

 

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Jamie Garcia

Dance Teams Co-Insructor
 

While at Gonzaga University for college, Jamie took a ballroom and Latin dancing class for fun. Best decision of her life! She was hooked and started dancing socially. After moving to Colorado for graduate school, Jamie continued to dance and improve her Latin dancing skills. Since settling down in Bend, Jamie has focused on bachata and salsa dancing. She assists Andres with dance lessons and co-teaches the ladies choreography team. Engineer by day, Latin dancer by night!