THE 2019-20 COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE:
I have been dancing socially for a very long time, I was lucky enough to have a great community in high school, where we would have frequent house parties and just dance to the music, leading and following. At some point I decided that I need to improve my game and started taking classes, initially with a goal to be able to dance with any follower, to any music. Then, I discovered lindy hop and shortly after, when I arrived in Oxford, salsa and bachata.
It was salsa and bachata in Oxford that made me start dancing more consistently, on a week to week basis, never stop, check out international congresses and parties, follow the best artists in the world and learn from them. I am so happy that this amazing, loving community exists here, and I am proud to be a small part of it.
José Manuel Ordóñez-Mena
I’m from Seville (Spain) and I had my first salsa class probably when I was 16 or 17 in high school, but I didn’t take an interest in learning more at that age. Five years later I discovered that I liked salsa music a lot while listening to Marc Anthony. I then decided to start learning to dance properly on my own, as none of my friends were interested. Shortly after I went on Erasmus to Budapest and abandoned salsa dancing, as I was really busy traveling, partying, drinking, and yes, also finishing my studies.
Five years later, while doing my PhD in Germany, I started learning again, but this time I connected with the right people, and then I really discovered my passion. Since then, I have been taking classes and dancing regularly at socials, which is what I enjoy the most. I have met all kinds of people from everywhere and danced in many different parts of the world. Dancing has really helped me to integrate in Oxford, as we are so lucky to have an excellent community here.
I wish I had known earlier; how easy it is to make new friends while learning to do something crazy and fun! No need to bring friends, just go on your own! Learning to dance salsa is something that I can recommend highly, especially in Oxford!
Bachata Team Captain
Filip Ferdinand Falk Hartelius
Salsa Team Captain
Luana De Borst
I started dancing Cuban Salsa Rueda at Cranfield University. After that I enrolled in a Cyber-Security programme at Oxford Brookes University. In Oxford I found a thriving Oxford University Salsa Society that organises various events and classes.
I have always loved dancing since I was small, and I’ve now been dancing salsa for over 10 years! During this time I have been in various salsa performance teams and have performed at exciting UK salsa congresses and parties. I am now part of Alma de Pexava, a semi-professional team in London. I have also taught salsa (and a little bachata), mostly when I was at university in Scotland, where I set up a salsa society. I love dancing, the energy, music and social aspects are unbeatable! You are likely to spot me on the dance floor of the awesome parties held in and around Oxford.
Gwyneth started dancing in 2008 and became doubly hooked when moving to London and discovering its huge and vibrant dance scene, quickly developing a reputation for always knowing where to go for the next best party. She has had a passion for latin music since she started dancing and listens to it constantly off the dance floor too. Hailing from the London salsa scene, she plays a blend of the best classic and contemporary salsa and is always on the lookout for new hit songs. When teaching salsa, Gwyneth focuses on building an excellent lead and follow technique to get you ready for the dance floor, and for every move your partner throws your way!