Our Instructors

We have several past, new and returning instructors and Teaching Assistants (TA’s) available in the St. John’s area, some of whom volunteer within our Salsa in St. John’s community group. All are invited to submit a biography for our page! We’ll also include your class details/location etc, either with Salsa Social sessions or elsewhere. If you’ve just found our group and are interested in joining our instructor’s team or our network, please email judy.salsa”AT”gmail.com we’d love to hear from you!

stacy bio picSalsa Instructor –> Stacy Fowler

Stacy Fowler has been dancing and performing in St John’s for many years, and fell in love with Latin dance in 2009 when she attended a Latin Jazz class. Since then she has been travelling to Cuba annually to train in Salsa, Son, Cha-Cha-Cha, Reggeton, and Rumba. She has also been involved with performance group Salsa Floreo and has had the honor of working with choreographer Corie Harnett on many dance performance projects. Since 2013, Stacy has been training as a dancer and teaching focusing on Salsa On1, Bachata, and Merengue. Stacy has her own dance company called Bailamos St. John’s.

Stacy is currently offering:

Ladies Latin Fitness class as well as a Bi-Weekly Latin Dance Social in partnership with FarOut Fitness. For registration details visit faroutfitness.ca

Latin Dance classes for complete beginners and Level 1 (dancers with some basic Latin dance experience) with Jill Dreaddy Dance Co. Classes will be offered at both the CBS and St. John’s locations. For registration details visit jilldreaddydanceco.com

Stacy is also a regular volunteer instructor for Salsa in St. John’s parties at the RockHouse.

corie pic

photo credit Stephanie Robinson

Salsa Instructor –> Corie Harnett

Corie Harnett first fell in love with Latin street dances over ten years ago in Toronto. Since then she has learned from many renowned instructors such as Stephanie Gurnon and Mark Anthony Sheppard (Mambo Tribe), Teddy Olaso (United Salseros), Magna Gopal, and has taken workshops with Frankie Martinez and Eddie Torres. In the past, she has performed shines choreographies at such events as Canada Salsa Congress, Montreal Salsa Convention, Rochester Salsa Weekend, and the Jimmy Anton Social. Corie has honed her social dancing skills through sharing dances with some of the best social dancers on the international salsa circuit.

Corie has been a volunteer instructor and host for Salsa in St. John’s socials. She also teaches various Latin dance workshops and classes. Info updates are available on the Salsa in St. John’s main page or fb group.

jim russell pic d croppedSalsa Instructor –> Jim Russell

I was once employed by the Federal Government to train reservist soldiers in construction, weapons and explosives, at the same time I enjoyed playing rugby and jumping from airplanes. Upon meeting a young university girl in a downtown bar that could turn very nicely on the dance floor, I was then introduced to the world of Ballroom and Latin Dancing. I then quickly learned the steps involved, and forever after, have regularly compared ballroom dance class to a combination of Tae Kwon Do and Army Drill. Throughout the years, I consistently demonstrated my ability to walk and talk in combination with yelling louder than generally most, and I was continually thrust into the position of instructing physical movement along to music while holding another human, commonly known as Social Ballroom Dancing.

Since 2002, I have taught workshops and classes throughout the St. John’s area.  In addition to teaching at the MUN Ballroom and Latin Dance Club, where I have developed a 3 level curriculum based on ISTD Ballroom and Latin Dance syllabus, I also continuously improve my skills by taking classes each week.

Jim is also an occasional volunteer instructor for our drop in Salsa Party beginner lessons!


Salsa Instructor –> Tamara Segura

Tamara Segura is a Cuban artist recently established in St John’s. She graduated from the High Institute of Arts in Havana, in the specialty of Cinema. However, Tamara’s other true love among arts has always been Dance. She started dancing at the age of 4 and performed in many Cultural events; she’s never been a shy person when it comes to dance In 2002 Tamara’s dance group won the First Prize at the Provincial Festival of “Ruedas de Casino” and since that very moment Tamara decided she would dance as much as she could. Later at the Arts School, Tamara attended many body language workshops and learned some techniques for dance instructors.

Since then, Tamara has taught Salsa to many people, either for fun, or for money. In Montreal, teaching Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Mambo and Bachata was one of Tamara’s main ways to make a living. She was also involved with the very prestigious Street Dance Center “Urban Element”, created by Angelo Amour. That time her participation was as a filmmaker – she shot a documentary about Angelo that was screened at the LatinaArte Festival in 2011. See it here:  https://vimeo.com/62526112 In 2012 Tamara moved to St. John’s and she currently works part time for the Federal Government at the National Film Board of Canada.

Tamara generously volunteered to share her love of Salsa with Salsa in St. John’s by co-teaching some of our previous Salsa Social Beginner’s Lessons! We’d love to have her come help us out again when she’s not super busy producing movies 😉

–> Salsa Instructor – Sandra Galan

Sandra Galan began dancing at a young age in elementary school, performing folkloric rhythms from her native country, El Salvador.  While living in Canada, Sandra took lessons of Classical Ballet at Bravado Dance studio and flamenco with several flamenco bailaores. Sandra has performed with the Bolero Dance Theatre Company for eleven years.  As a dance member of the chorus of the Bolero Dance Theatre Company, Sandra had the opportunity to perform at different venues and events such as the Centennial Concert Hall with the Winnipeg’s Symphony Orchestra, the Emerson Theatre Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the XIIIth Pan American Games Opening Ceremonies in Winnipeg, and the company’s season annual productions.

Sandra began taking Salsa lessons at the Salsa Explosion Dance Studio based in Winnipeg under the direction of Leonardo Armenteros. Her frequent travels to Cuba where she has taken lessons and danced with the principals Cuban salsa bands have influenced her style, enhancing it with precise patterns and footwork.

Sandra is presently living in Newfoundland, she has been an occasional volunteer Salsa instructor for Salsa in St. John’s, and had the opportunity to teach flamenco for Wild Lily Dance Centre.

 Salsa TA –> Teeba Alsafar

Teeba needed some hand holding the first time she entered the salsa scene but once she tried it, it was love at first move. Although she has only has under one year of Salsa dancing experience, she was quickly able to assist other salsa instructors. In her professional life while living in St. John’s, Teeba helped international students  transition from just going to class to making the most out of the Memorial University experience.

Teeba was a great  instructor’s TA during Salsa Social drop-in lessons…we miss you Teeba!

Salsa Instructor and TA –> Daismilsi Guardado (Dais)

Dais was born in Cuba, the same island where the salsa dance has its origins. When Dais was a young teenager, she was presented to salsa and fell in love. Since then salsa rhythm has been one of Dais’ best friends, in parties with friends, social meetings and so on. One of the Dais’ strong points in salsa is the “rueda de casino,” which is a particular type of round dancing of salsa, developed in Havana in the late 50’s. Dais is also a fairly good dancer of other Latin dances, such as Tango, Bachata and Merengue. In the mid- 2000’s, Dais moved to Spain. There she had the opportunity, not only to share her knowledge about salsa with friends from all over the world, but also to transmit her passion for the Latin rhythms to other people.

Based on her lived experience with Salsa, Dais volunteered to instruct for drop-in Beginners Salsa Socials when we had them at The Annexe; she also assisted other instructors to increase her instructing skills.

—- page last updated Sept 1st, 2016


  1. Jim Russell says:

    Jim Russell
    Check out My Instructors description on the Wild Lily Dance Centre webpage.
    New Couples Ballroom classes starting on Sunday afternoons, Feb 16th.

  2. Rodrigo Soto says:

    Hola salseros
    It’s so exciting to see this new trend of latin music and dancing lovers coming forward to share their skills and abilities with the rest of u.

    • judydsalsa says:

      Yes Rodrigo it’s incredibly exciting! We’ll make sure there’s always enough salsa dancers to fill the dance floor here in St. John’s…a little “home away from home” for all our Latino friends 😉

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