Leo & Bri:
Leo & Bri are Sensual Bachata artists based out of New York, New York. They are Certified Bachata Sensual Instructors to teach the methodology made by the creators of the style, Korke y Judith from Spain. Together, they teach at congresses/festivals and travel throughout the United States and internationally teaching workshops. As dancers, they are known for their exceptional musicality and soft leading/following technique. As instructors, they are known for their attention to detail, clear teaching and creating a fun and comical learning atmosphere.
Bri has been taking dance lessons since she was 16 months old. Apart from Latin dance, she has a background in ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, acrobatics and gymnastics. Bri took her first salsa class when she was 12 years old. Her love of bachata began after a friend took her social dancing a few years later. She also enjoys dancing kizomba, which she learned in Seattle and Paris.
Bri has been teaching dance since 2012. Originally from Seattle, she began teaching at Belltown Dance Studio. Her other Latin dance training includes dance instructor certification from Juan Calderon, assisting Alex Morel, dancing on Zafire Dance Company in NYC, and additional private training from world-class instructors. Bri has traveled both nationally and internationally performing and teaching.
Before dancing, Leo was a major league baseball recruit, has been a personal trainer for five years and is a NPC national level men's physique competitor.
Leo began his dance training in Philadelphia, PA with Art in Motion, which is run by Darlin Garcia. In Philadelphia he performed and taught salsa with Essencia Latina Dance Team. Leo then moved to NYC to focus on bachata. Leo has trained with La Fuerza Dance Company and has learned techniques from world class instructors such as Maxi & Nahir, Sergio & Yocelin, Luis & Andrea, Korke & Judith and Andrea & Silvia. Leo is also dance instructor certified by Juan Calderon.
Leo began teaching bachata in NYC with Bri. As a dancer Leo is known for his clear, gentle leading and exceptional musicality.