Ismael Otero

Cesar & Tracie (Canada)

Cesar Salazar & Tracie Yee
Directors of Afrodiziak Dance Company

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Bio

Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cesar Salazar began his career as a dancer in his late teens, driven by a passion for Cuba’s street dances. His ambition and love for dance quickly helped him advance to the top of Santiago’s dance scene, training with Maestro Armiñian.

He then began performing in shows for Cuba’s famous Tropicana Cabaret, as well as high-profile hotels such as Melia Santiago, Hotel San Juan and Sierra Mar. In 2007 Cesar auditioned and successfully won a position to dance with the Viva Cuba Dance Company, but his plans for the future changed when an opportunity to move to Toronto came along a year later.

A talented dancer with experience in salsa, rumba, samba, son, merengue, bachata, kizomba, semba and afro-cuban, Cesar embraced the diverse dance community in Toronto and the opportunity to further perfect and develop his dance style. Since 2008 Cesar’s teaching career in Canada has included faculty positions with Toronto Dance Salsa, AfroLatino Dance Company and Arthur Murray Dance Studio (Toronto); in addition, he has taught workshops at numerous dance events, including the Canada Kizomba Congress (Toronto), the Toronto Bachata Festival (Toronto), and the Unity Congress (Montreal). His performance credits include the 2011 Season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, where he was a Top 40 Finalist. Most recently Cesar moved to Vancouver in 2014 and we are excited to welcome him to the Dancey Studios team of instructors.
 
Tracie Yee is a diverse, passionate, enthusiastic, and dedicated dance artist, instructor and choreographer. With over 30 years of performance experience, Tracie started her dance training at an early age in Traditional Chinese Folkloric Dance in her hometown of Winnipeg. In her teens her training and performance focus shifted to Musical Theatre and the Performing Arts; and it was then that she decided to diversify her dance training by taking up Ballroom dancing. Then, her dance life changed forever – a fellow dancer at the ballroom introduced her to Salsa dancing.

Hooked on the energy of Salsa music and dance, Tracie decided to take Salsa and Bachata dance lessons when she moved to Toronto in 2002.  It wasn’t long before she was assisting in the dance studio, teaching her own classes, and performing.

Since then, Tracie  dedicated a large part of her life to becoming the best dance professional she can be, diversifying her dance training with a variety of genres, including Argentine Tango, Cabaret Jazz, and Brazilian Samba. As a performer she has had the privilege of being a company member in a diverse range of dance companies, such as: The Dance Migration (Brazilian Folkoric, Afro-Brazilian, and Samba), The Orient Dance Company (Chinese Folkloric), and Las Gatas Entertainment (Cabaret Jazz), performing in venues in Toronto and across eastern Canada.

As an instructor, she taught at several dance studios in the Toronto area, including Soles Dance Studio, where she taught On-1 Salsa and Modern Bachata.  Her most recent teaching position was as the Director of Toronto Dance Salsa, Canada’s largest Salsa dance studio, where she taught On-1 Salsa, Modern Bachata, and a variety of specialty classes, as well as directing the Professional, Amateur, and Student Performance teams.

Having recently moved to Vancouver in 2014 with her dance and life partner Cesar Salazar, Tracie is excited to share her knowledge and love of dance (and quirky sense of humour) with students at the Dancey Ballroom.

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