and that’s the truth. Ignorance isn’t bliss, knowledge is power and the more you know the more fulfilling your life becomes. Fulfillment isn’t just made up of happiness, but all the colors of the emotional spectrum, and just like joy sadness can too create perspective that can lead one to a fulfilling life. Keep your mind open, and you will continue to grow. I said it with movement, “once you stop moving you start dying,” well the same goes for the mind. Once you stop learning you stop growing. Listen more speak less.
October 29th, 2001 my partner and I became the first (and last) Americans to ever win a Junior Latin World Championship. People ask me all the time why I started and continued dancing and the answer isn’t an easy one, but the drive I had to feel what it would feel like to stand on a first place podium while waving the American flag and hearing the Star Spangled Banner in a world where there was very little to no American representation was my biggest motivation. I wanted to be the first, the first to win it on behalf of the country that took me in. There was no financial incentive as my folks gave up their last penny for me to travel oversees to compete, absolutely no “cool” credit incentive as I had to constantly fight off the “Valentina Ballerina” bullies.. haha that ish was funny tho.. look, at the end of the day I love my country because it gave an opportunity to a little ole immigrant family to work their ass off. That’s it. That’s enough for me to have built an astronomical gratitude that turned into motivation to return on the opportunity given to me that then turned into a work ethic that led me here. Nothing was given, every ounce was earned, and there were no hand outs and that was never what I EVER expected. Leave the handouts for the others, the less fortunate, the less able. My country gave me a shot, and I ran with it. We as a family ran with it. Thank you to the greatest country in the world, and thank you to all the people that continue to make it so. Happy 4th 🇺🇸 whether you’re born here or you were lucky enough to come here, we are all EQUALLY responsible in working our ass off in making this place a beautiful place to live in. To our veterans, to our teachers, and to all our citizens in uniform THANK YOU!
Last night was magic... thank you to everyone that came out and supported our incredible company with the grand opening of our 12th location, the beautiful @dwmbocaraton💃🏻🕺🏻🙌🏼
To anyone that wasn’t able to get in we were way over capacity and we appreciate you so so.. so very much. For every person that celebrated with us, signed up for lessons, and became part of our #DWMFAM welcome to an incredible community that might of started with the founders but now belongs to thousands of members of all colors, shapes, and sizes. We are so proud and so incredibly grateful to be able to be part of the beautiful South Floridian community of Boca Raton. It is our first location in Florida and based on the response so far it most certainly won’t be our last.
Dance With Me isn’t just a place where you can learn how to dance in a beautiful and friendly environment, but it has grown into a place that can help you change your life. Dance is our vehicle our bridge between you and the best version of yourself physically, socially, and so much more. We are on a mission to create an environment that’s inclusive, encouraging and one that can help heal, move, and inspire. Move outside your comfort zone and reignite a fire within to live life with passion and humility. This place brings people together that seek community that seek health, or the simple touch from another human being that is genuinely interested. Love lives here and with you and every person that walked through those doors yesterday love will continue to grow and thrive here at @dancewithmeusa🙏🏻
Thank you to the incredible staff, management, and local officials that made yesterday so absolutely epic. To many more steamy nights, sunny days, and sweaty shirts (mine definitely was) dancing our hearts out!!!