About Us

John Narvaez and Liz Rojas are world salsa champions and acclaimed dance instructors. They are known for their hypnotic performances that are marked by high levels of grace, speed and technical difficulty. They are equally acknowledged for their ability to provide fresh, accessible and entertaining salsa dance instruction for the social dance environment.

Since 2009, John and Liz have organized the annual San Francisco Salsa Festival. The festival consists of three nights of world-class performances, dancing, and workshops with top salsa instructors in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

John and Liz are also the founders and directors of the San Francisco Bay Area-based Salsamania Dance Company. Formed in 2000, their dance company consists of several performance teams, including Salsamania Pro, Nueva Dimension, Projecto Mania, and Lady Mambo, and training teams.

They have taken themselves along with their dance company to the top of the world's competitive mambo/salsa dance scene by ranking in the top three in the "On 2" couple division at the World Salsa Championships and taking first place in the team division at the World Latin Dance Cup. They have also led their dance teams to numerous victories in the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Troupe Competition over the past seven years.

Whether you are a beginner just looking to learn the basics, or an intermediate to advanced salsa addict, John and Liz can help you build a solid foundation for your total salsa dance enjoyment.

 

Bios

John Narvaez

John Narvaez

Born and raised in Colombia, John is a world-class ground-breaking salsa dance artist. In the last 10 years, his work etiquette, presence, and vision have set him apart from many others in the world of dance. He continues to innovate and inspire via extensive and detailed training combined with a tireless energy to share with his students.

 

"Do or do not; there is no try."
-Master Yoda

 

Latest Achivements

2005 World Salsa Championships On 2 Division - 3rd place

2006 World Salsa Championships On 2 Division - 3rd place

2007 World Salsa Championships On 2 Division - Top 10 finalist

2009 World Salsa Championships On 2 Division - Top 10 finalist

2010 US Top Dance Company

2010 US Salsa Open Top Teacher

2010 US Salsa Open Footwork Solo Division - 1st place

2010 World Latin Dance Cup Same-Gender Division - 1st place

2010 World Latin Dance Cup Pro-Am Division - 2nd place

2010 World Latin Dance Cup Small Non-Acrobatic Salsa Team Division - 2nd place

2011 San Francisco Bay Area Dance Troupe Competition Professional Team Division - 1st place

2011 San Francisco Bay Area Dance Troupe Competition Amateur Team Division - 1st place

2011 US Salsa Open Pro-Am Division - 3rd place

2011 US Salsa Open Same-Gender Division - 1st place

2011 US Salsa Open Top Teacher

2011 US Salsa Open Top Dance Company

2011 World Latin Dance Cup Salsa Team Division - 1st Place

2011 World Latin Dance Cup Male Same-Gender Division - 1st Place

2011 World Latin Dance Cup On 2 Division - 3rd Place

2013 World Latin Dance Cup Male Same -Gender Division - 1st Place

2013 World Latin Dance Cup Salsa Team Division - 1st Place

2014 World Latin Dance Cup Pro Am Salsa On2 Division - 1st Place

2014 World Latin Dance Cup Professional Salsa Team - 3rd Place 

2014 World Latin Dance Cup Amateur Salsa Team - 2nd Place 

2015 World Latin Dance Cup Pro Am Salsa On2 Division - 1st Place

2015 World Latin Dance Cup Professional Couple On2 Division - 3rd Place

2015 World Latin Dance Cup Amateur Salsa Team - 3rd Place

2016 World Latin Dance Cup Amateur Salsa Team - 1st Place

2016 World Latin Dance Cup Pro Am Salsa On2 Division - 2nd Place

2016 World Latin Dance Cup Pro Am Over 75 Division - 2nd Place 

 

 

Liz Rojas

Also born and raised in Colombia, Liz is known for her unique extensive styling repertoire and is one of the top female instructors and artists in the world salsa community. These are her humbling words after more than ten years of dancing:

"Salsa fills your soul with a fire that lets you express yourself on the dance floor with freestyle and vigor. I love to pass along the knowledge and passion that I have for this wonderful art.

My best experiences so far have been associated with my dance group members - to watch them perform and shine on the dance floor and to witness the amazing improvement that they have shown since the time they've joined our salsa family.

Salsa is the best way to bring everyone together without having to compete with each other. It's all about making real friends. Always have fun and shine on the dance floor with your own unique style."

 

Latest Achivements

2005 World Salsa Championships On 2 Division - 3rd place

2006 World Salsa Championships On 2 Division - 3rd place

2007 World Salsa Championships On 2 Division - Top 10 finalist

2009 World Salsa Championships On 2 Division - Top 10 finalist

2010 US Salsa Open Ladies Team Division - 1st place

2010 US Salsa Open Pro-Am Division - 2nd place

2010 US Salsa Open Professional Salsa Team Division - 2nd Place

2010 US Salsa Open Top Dance Company

2010 World Latin Dance Cup Same-Gender Division - Top 6 finalist

2010 World Latin Dance Cup On 2 Division - 4th place

2010 World Latin Dance Cup Small Non-Acrobatic Salsa Team Division - 2nd place

2011 San Francisco Bay Area Dance Troupe Competition Professional Team Division - 1st place

2011 San Francisco Bay Area Dance Troupe Competition Amateur Team Division - 1st place

2011 US Salsa Open Pro-Am Division - 1st place

2011 US Salsa Open Ladies Team Division - 2nd place

2011 US Salsa Open Top Dance Company

2011 World Latin Dance Cup Salsa Team Division - 1st place

2011 World Latin Dance Cup Female Same-Gender Division - 3rd place

2013 World Latin Dance Cup Professional Salsa Team Division - 1st place

2013 World Latin Dance Cup Salsa Amateur Team Division - 2nd place

2014 World Latin Dance Cup Professional Salsa Team - 3rd place 

2014 World Latin Dance Cup Amateur Salsa Team - 2nd place 

2015 World Latin Dance Cup Pro Am Bachata Division - 1st place

2015 World Latin Dance Cup Pro Am Over 75 Division - 2nd place

2015 World Latin Dance Cup Amateur Salsa Team - 3rd place

2016 World Latin Dance Cup Amateur Salsa Team - 1st place

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