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Brian & Jeanette Rapaido (San Jose)

Brian & Jeanette Rapaido
Get funky. Get loose. Get down!
Owners/Directors of The Get Down Dance Studios

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Bio

Brian Rapaido was born in San Diego, California, and moved to the Bay Area at the age of 6. He began dancing in garages with other neighborhood kids in the early 1990’s. His first performance on stage was at a talent show in 1990 where he and his friends danced a hip hop routine; from that experience, Brian realized he had a strong passion for dance
 
After graduating Milpitas High School in 2000, Brian joined the U.S. Army and was stationed on the east coast. There, he was introduced to other dance styles, such as "Stepping" and many Latin dance styles. In 2006, Brian moved back to San Diego and started teaching for a studio directed by the world renowned salsa dancers, Angel and Tulane Rivera. With their expertise in Latin and Afro-Cuban movement, Brian saw the heavy influence of Latin and Afro-Cuban movements in the more modern hip hop dances.

Born in San Francisco, CA, Jeannette Rapaido grew up listening to R&B, hip hop, and 90's music. She, like everyone else, watched music videos and tried to dance like Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, and Janet. It wasn't until college that dance hit her hard. Her brother dragged her along to salsa classes and in 2003 she attended her very first Salsa Congress in Los Angeles. It was then that she fell in love with the culture, the music, and the dance.
 
At the time, she attended San Diego State University and found salsa classes at The Arc, Hot Monkey Love, and at A Time to Dance. She started dancing 7 nights a week and any chance she could get. It was from social dancing that she learned the most - connection, communication, lead and follow, the music. For formal training, she trained with Angel and Tulane Rivera and danced for the likes of Alma Latina Tijuana, directed by Sergio Jasso and Gaby Equiz and the Salsa Divas, directed by Laura (Mendoza) Loaza. With those dance teams, she performed in New York, in the Bahamas, and all over San Diego.
 
In 2007, she moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with her now husband, Brian, and opened their very first dance studio. There, they taught both hip hop and Latin dances, danced at clubs, and performed around the Malecon. Upon returning to the States in 2009, Jeannette joined Ceech Hsu's DS Players, a funk styles dance group that has won 1st place at competitions such as All The Way Live and Bottlerock. As a DS Player, Jeannette has added locking, popping, house, strutting, and her favorite, waacking, to her repertoire.

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