Rodney Aquino

Rodney "Rodchata" Aquino (San Francisco)

Rodney Aquino
Competition judge, instructor, promoter
Affectionately known to bachateros as Rodchata
Co-producer of the Reno Dance Expo



Listed as one of the few Teachers teaching Authentic Bachata @ Google Tradicional Bachata Site.
Ranked #2 The Most Influential Bachatero in the World by Dance Planet Daily.
Awarded and recognized as the pioneer of the 1st bachata festivals in the USA by the International Bachata Society.
Awarded and recognized for teaching and promoting bachata around the world by Dominican Ambassador Edwin Ferreras.
World Latin Dance Cup Judge for 2 years (USA).
World Bachata Champion of Champions Judge for 3 Years (UK).
World Salsa Championship Judge (SF).
Asia Latin Championship Judge (Singapore).
1st Person to organize a Bachata Festival in the USA.
1st Person to co-organize Dominican Bachata Festival in Santo Domingo.
Hosted by the Angolan Embassy in Korea to teach the first Kizomba workshops in South Korea.


Rodney Aquino (AKA Rodchata, as bachateros affectionately call him), an international instructor, has 20 yrs of dance and teaching experience, including as a world competition judge, coach, and promoter. He has taught Bachata dancing in 46 countries totalling 305 cities in the world, including the Dominican Republic. He is ranked the 2nd most influential bachatero in the world by Dance Planet Daily,and is one of the few teachers that teaches authentic traditional bachata in the USA.
Founder of Rodchata LLC, a leading Latin dance event planning company, Rodchata is a top organizer of dance festivals all over the world. He is constantly sought by promoters, not only to teach, but hosting their events as well as judge dance competitions. Teachers that trained and taught Rodchata include: Gil and Naomi Flores, Alex Da Silva, Coco, Ava Apple, Frankie Martinez, Severino Reyes, Tamara Culpepper, David & Valentina Weise, Mandela, Kwenda Lima. Rodchata was the first to organize a bachata festival in the USA (the Reno Bachata Festival and the SF Bachata Festival) and co-organized the very 1st Dominican Republic Bachata Festival in the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo)
A top influence for revolutionizing bachata dance in USA, Rodchata has been in the Latin Dance scene for over 20 years and is considered a foremost authority in the bachata dance, both Dominican and Modern styles. He has judged bachata competitions all over the world including USA Salsa Open, Canada Open, WLDC (World Latin Dance Cup 2 years in a row) and others. He has sold his DVD line up, a 5-volume of dance instructional DVDs of bachata, salsa and merengue, to over 60 countries and just produced new DVDs: The Secrets of Dominican Bachata - How Bachata is Danced.
Rodchata has an MA in Counseling Psychology. He is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Dancing and holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in the Martial Arts. His experience in the Martial Arts for 20 years and his background in Fitness Training plays a vital role on his effectiveness as a dance teacher. When he is not doing a dance tour, he teaches locally in the Bay Area and coaches new promoters and teachers.

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