Yoshi is the founder of the biggest latin dance community in Texas called “Salsa con Son”, he has traveled to multiple national and international events to train and learn from the best in the world including Eddie Torres, Francisco Vazquez, Leon Rose, Terry Tauliaut, Yamulee and many more, he is constantly invited to cover the biggest events in Mexico and Texas and is an organizer of multiple events trough his local community.
He has participated as a guest instructor at the International Monterrey Salsa & Bachata Congress, BKS Texas, RGV Latin Dance Festival, etc. Yoshi continues to be a guest instructor in other events around Texas and Mexico. He is also the Artistic Director of the Salsa con Son dance team.
1. Could you tell us a little about your dance career?
I originally wanted to learn cumbia but I could not find any cumbia dance lessons from my 5 minute google search, so I started taking salsa because it’s the first thing that popped up in my search. One day I went to a class and there was this couple social dancing, I thought they were amazing and I wanted to dance like that, after that I was hooked.
Soon after I started taking classes for a couple of months in a local studio in Mcallen called Rhythm Room, after that I started traveling to Harlingen to take lessons from a dancer called Greg, then I just started going to events, taking workshops, private lessons and growing on my own.
2. Can you tell us a little about your experience with Salsa con Son
It has been great, with ups and downs, organizing events, performing and teaching is very stressful and It’s also very discouraging when you hear bad things being said about you or things don’t go as planned, but for every bad thing that has happened many more good things have more than made up for it, I love when I go to a new place and people recognize me because they have seen my videos, gone to my events or taken workshops with me, and hearing people tell me that they have gotten inspired to be a better dancer thanks to me makes it all worth it.
3. What’s the best thing that has happened to you thanks to dance
I’ve had the opportunity to travel to a lot of places in Mexico, the US and Canada. I’ve also met amazing people that inspire me to become a better person!! It has also helped me to become more outgoing, social, professional and overall a better person
4. What is your biggest accomplishment as a dancer
Getting invited to teach at major congresses in Mexico and Texas, the RGV Latin Dance Festival and of course Salsa con Son, I am specially proud of my Youtube channel, even though we don’t have as many subscribers or views as I would like, I really like my videos and it’s a good library for when I want to remember something. (I remember every single video I have taken)
5. What would you tell to newest dancers that admire you and aspire to be like you
Take workshops, join a team, always keep learning! But the two most important things are: Always Social Dance! Think, keep evolving, don’t miss a chance to social dance! And the most important one is always have fun! If you are not having fun, then why are you doing it.
Here is a video of Yoshi: