Calgary’s most recognized tango dancer, Leo Sato, spent much of his youth training as a competitive bodybuilder under the tutelage of Ken Suemitsu (1972 Mr. Universe Gold medalist). It was through this partnership that Leo went on till winning a championship. It was also through this partnership that Leo was first introduced to dance. Suemitsu had been a ballroom dance instructor before embarking on his successful bodybuilding career. Suemitsu taught Leo that bodybuilding was not only about body size and shape, but also about balance, composition, coordination and choreography. These insights became the foundation for Leo’s passion as an artist and choreographer. Whether bodybuilding or dancing, Leo believes the spirit of creativity resides within the artist, no matter what the medium is.

After retiring from bodybuilding, Leo first refocused his passion and commitment to ballroom dance. It was a few years later when Leo first encountered Tango in San Francisco under the instruction of Pampa Cortes (as seen Julio Iglesias’ CD, Tango). Having studied dance for many years in the US, Leo decided to conduct a tour from Mexico City to Colombia on to Buenos Aires. He spent a total of 16 months, dancing and studying various Latin American dances across seven countries. Although Tango had not been Leo’s first love, his contact with the hundreds of enthusiastic locals he met on his travels helped to quickly change all that.

Despite his extensive experience with the World of Dance, his true love now lies with Tango. In Buenos Aires, where Tango was born, he studied with various greats such as Angel Coria and Angela Tonanez. After having spent so many years growing and cultivating his love for the dance, Leo is determined to introduce this beautiful art form to all those he meets in North America.

Connie has been performing since her childhood. From musical theatre, to dance, to touring with vocal performance groups such as the Youth Singers of Calgary, she has developed an appreciation for many of the performing art forms. She has traveled abroad with various groups performing in Australia, Germany and across Canada. Connie’s dream in her performance pursuits is to ignite potential and inspire young people and new moms! She left her comfort zone of being a musician/singer 8 years ago to try hip hop dance. Since then, she has started her own hip hop company, Shock Productions, which allowed her to further her dreams of investing in people. Shock Productions is the founder of the boy battle: “Elements”, as well as “Make Your Dreams Happen”, which Connie hopes to make into a non-profit society which can continue to benefit youth in need. A new mom herself to a wonderful baby boy, Connie has created dance and fitness programs for moms wanting to be Empowered on the inside and out!

Description of the class: An energetic dance class for new mom’s with baby! Mom and baby will dance to funky hip hop grooves, have mom and baby bonding time and give mom a boost of energy and a fun time out. Participants need to bring their baby (any age up to crawling), a stroller and a snuggly. Some dance moves will be done with baby in snuggly and some with baby in the stroller. Grab a couple mom-friends and come out for a great time!

Who is Nino Acosta?

Director and Instructor of the Latin Corner Dance Studio,
Native of the Dominican Republic and son of a Cuban professional Dancer,
and a Dominican Singer.

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Ben Vincent

Lilibeth Mendoza

Born in Mexico, Lili started dancing at the age of three. She has a
professional Ballet diploma from the Anna R. Caceres ballet company
in Mexico and then continued to learn to dance in the Latin style.

She also possesses a degree in Communications and Organizational Developement
with which she teaches Spanish Language Lessons.

Barbara Oliveria-Lim

Barbara Oliveira-Lim is a dancer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has
been performing for over 20 years with several of the Samba schools
and in 2000 was the “Queen of the bateria”. Her dance background
includs jazz, african dance, modern and belly dance. She is also the
singer and dance director of the Calgary Escola de Samba. Barbara has
taught and performed in several countries including Germany.

Nino Acosta is the Director and owner of the Latin Corner Dance Studio. Nino has been dancing since age three in his native home of the Dominican Republic and studied Afro-Cuban Folklore there. He is the son of a Cuban professional dancer and a Dominican singer. His love and passion for salsa took him to New York in 1989 where he trained under the tutelage of New York Salsa King, Eddie Torres. A year later he won his first Salsa Championship and furthered his dance training by moving to Cuba to learn Cuban style salsa in the sizzling city of Havana. In 1992 Nino won his second Salsa Championship and moved to Canada to study International Business at McGill University where he founded The McGill’s Salsa Club. After completing his degree, Nino moved to Calgary in 1996 and founded the Latin Corner Dance Studio, introducing L.A. and New York style salsa to the city. He established Calgary s first performing salsa group, which was formed mainly for charitable purposes. He represented Canada in Los Angeles at the Salsa World Congress 2000.
Nino and his team of dancers have trained numerous actors and dancers at his Latin Corner Dance Studio. In 2006 Nino Acosta created a new way of training soccer player with a dance footwork that he created and made the front page of Calgary Herald and the World News with his sensational Salsa Soccer (title of article: “Salsa like Ronaldo”), giving him and his dance studio a worldwide recognition.

Nino developed a fantastic and fun form of exercise called Latin Aerobics, which integrates all types of Latin dance styles into an excellent cardio-workout. He created Children’s Salsa Soccer and runs summer camps for kids. He produced Canada’s first instructional video to include more than one dance style: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bachata. He also wrote and directed Calgary’ s first Latino play, which was performed in 2004. He has appeared in commercials and movies and has performed in Dubai, Madrid, Bologna, Frankfurt and several resort areas in Mexico. In 2006 Nino opened a dance studio in Dubai and imports exotic dancewear and his own brand of professional-style dance shoes from Dubai and Europe.

Nino’s charity work in Calgary includes: the United Way Show and workshop, Children’s Cancer Hospital fundraiser, the Amnesty International Show, the Women’s Shelter’s Dance as Fast as They Can fundraiser, the Red Cross, raising awareness of the Obesity Programs in Calgary, the Calgary Immigrant s Aid Society, and most recently, the Extravadanza Fashion Show to raise money for Hall “Child and Family Services”. Nominated in 2006 in Calgary Inmigrant of the Year and in 2008 30 most influencial Hispanic in Canada at the Toronto Hispanic Nomination.

Latin Corner Dance Studio will teach you how to dance salsa L.A. and N.Y. Style. Learn new dance styles and awaken the dancer within. Let yourself go, and experience the pleasure of your passion for dance.

JUNE 2009 SCHEDULE

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
LATIN AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts June 01 REGGAETON AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts June 02 LATIN AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts June 03 REGGAETON AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts June 04 LATIN AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts June 05 LATIN AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts June 06 LATIN AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts June 07
SPANISH LESSONS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts June 08

HIP-HOP
Level 1
1:00-2:00pm
Starts June 06 BREAK-DANCING
Level 1
1:00-2:00pm
Starts June 07
SALSA-REGGAETON FOR KIDS. Age 6-11 4:30-5:30 pm Starts June 08

SALSA -MERENGUE FOR TEENS BEGINNERS 4:30-5:30pm
Starts June 09

SPANISH LESSON
Level 1
5:30-6:30pm
Starts June 10

SALSA-MERENGUE FOR KIDS. Age 5-10)
Level Intro
4:30-5:30pm
Starts June 11 SALSA-BACHATA BEGINNERS
4:30-5:30pm
Starts June 12
BACHATA BEGINNERS
2:00-3:00pm
Starts June 06

REGGAETON
BEGINNERS
2:00-3:00pm Starts June 07
SALSA, MERENGUE Y BACHATA
Beginners
5:30-6:30pm
Starts June 08 SALSA FOR LADIES. STYLING AND BODY MOVEMENT
5:30-6:30pm
Starts June 09 SALSA- MERENGUE
Beginners
5:30-6:30pm
Starts June 03 LATIN AEROBICS
5:30-6:30pm
Starts June 04 SO DO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TRAINING: SALSA, REGGAETON, AFRO, JAZZ, HOP-HOP, BALLET
BEGINNERS
5:30-7:00pm
Starts June 05 SALSA- MERENGUE
Beginners
3:00-4:00pm
Starts June 06 SALSA-BACHATA-CUMBIA
Level 1
3:00-4:00pm Starts June 07
SALSA – BACHATA
Intermediate
6:30-7:30pm
Starts June 08 BELLY DANCE
Intermediate
6:30-7:30pm
Starts June 09 SALSA
ADVANCED
6:30-7:30pm
Starts June 03 SALSA-MERENGUE
Beginners
6:30-7:30pm
Starts June 11 CUBAN SALSA CASINO
Level 1
4:00-5:00pm
Starts June 06
SALSA CUBANA BY ALEXIS
Intermediate
4:00-5:00pm Starts June 07

SALSA – MERENGUE Beginners
7:30-8:30pm
Starts June 08

LATIN AEROBICS
7:30-8:30pm
Starts June 02 SALSA CASINO
Beginner and Intermediate
7:30-8:30pm
Starts June 03
BELLY DANCE BEGINNERS
7:30-8:30pm
Starts June 04

BOOK YOUR STAGETTE OR YOUR PRIVATE FUNCTION SALSA-CUMBIA-BACHATA
BEGINNERS
5:00-6:00pm
Starts June 07
BRAZILIAN SAMBA
Beginners
8:30-9:30pm
Starts June 08
ARGENTINIAN TANGO TECHNIQUE Beginners
8:30-9:30pm
Starts June 09

HIP-HOP
Level 1
8:30-9:30pm
Starts June 04
SOCIAL FRIDAYS
JUNE 5th & 19th
9:00-12:00am
$5 MEMBERS $7 NON-MEMBERS

JULY 2009 SCHEDULE

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
LATIN AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts July 06
REGGAETON-AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm Starts July 07

LATIN AEROBICS
12:00-1:00pm
Starts July 08
REGGAETON-AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm Starts July 02

LATIN AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm Starts July 03 LATIN AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts July 04 LATIN AEROBICS
12:05-1:00pm
Starts July 05
SPANISH LESSON
Level 2
12:05-1:00pm
Starts July 06

HIP-HOP
Level 2
1:00-2:00pm
Starts July 11 BREAK-DANCING
Level 2
1:00-2:00pm
Starts July 12
SALSA-REGGAETON FOR KIDS. Age 6-11 4:30-5:30pm
Starts July 06

SALSA-MERENGUE FOR TEENS Beginners
4:30-5:30pm Starts July 07 SPANISH LESSON
Level 1
5:30-6:30pm
Starts July 08 SALSA-MERENGUE FOR KIDS. Age 5-10.
Level Intro
4:30-5:30pm
Starts July 02 SALSA-BACHATA
Level 1
4:30-5:30pm Starts July 10 BACHATA Level 2
2:00-3:00pm
Starts July 11
REGGAETON
Level 1
2:00-3:00pm Starts July 12

SALSA, MERENGUE & CUMBIA
Beginners
5:30-6:30pm
Starts July 06
SALSA FOR LADIES STYLING & BODY MOVEMENT Level 1
5:30-6:30pm Starts July 07

SALSA & MERENGUE
BEGINNER
5:30-6:30pm
Starts July 08 LATIN AEROBICS
5:30-6:30pm
Starts July 02 SO DO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TRAINING: SALSA, REGGAETON, AFRO, JAZZ, HOP-HOP, BALLET
Level 1
5:30-7:00pm Starts July 10 SALSA-MERENGUE
Level 1
3:00-4:00pm
Starts July 11 SALSA-BACHATA-CUMBIA
Level 2
3:00-4:00pm
Starts July 12
SALSA-BACHATA Intermediate
6:30-7:30pm
Starts July 06
BELLY DANCE
Intermediate 6:30-7:30pm Starts July 07

SALSA Advance
6:30-7:30pm
Starts July 08 SALSA-MERENGUE
BEGINNERS
6:30-7:30pm
Starts July 09

CUBAN SALSA CASINO
Level 2
4:00-5:00pm
Starts July 11 SALSA CUBANA BY ALEXIS Intermediate
4:00-5:00pm
Starts July 12
SALSA-MERENGUE
Level 1
7:30-8:30pm
Starts July 06 LATIN AEROBICS
7:30-8:30pm Starts July 07 SALSA CASINO
Level 1
7:30-8:30pm
Starts July 08 BELLY DANCE
Beginners
7:30-8:30pm
Starts July 09 BOOK YOUR STAGETTE OR YOUR PRIVATE FUNCTION SALSA-CUMBIA-BACHATA Level 1
5:00-6:00pm
Starts July 12
BRAZILIAN SAMBA
Beginners
8:30-9:30pm Starts July 06
ARGENTINIAN TANGO TECHNIQUE
Beginners 8:30-9:30pm Starts July 07

HIP-HOP Level 2
8:30-9:30pm
Starts July 09

SOCIAL FRIDAYS
JULY 3rd, 17th & 31st
9:00-12:00am
Included dance lesson and practice time

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