Ritmo Urbano Dance is honored to team up with Candy Mena and host workshops for Juan Pachanga Matos all the way from Italy & NYC. Join us as we bring you one of the top international mambo dancer to Tampa.
Juan “Pachanga” Matos born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, came to the United States in April of 1996. This young boy did not know what he was in for. Within three years he has become one of New York’s top male dancers.
Not of legal age yet, Juan started visiting the clubs. He would go to watch his parents whom at the time in Santo Domingo were the top leading hustle dancers. They were his prime example and inspiration of dancing. Dancing slowly became Juan’s dream. He was never quite sure about what dance he wanted to peruse, until he saw mambo. His introduction to mambo was in 1997.
He visited Victor “La Magica” Pacheco’s class. Just after 2 months of going to mambo classes Juan was forced to take a break from class due to a back injury. After being noticed at a club, social dancing, with only street knowledge and little technique, Juan was able to learn and perform a whole mambo routine in less then seven days. A lot of hard work and dedication took Juan to a bigger step towards becoming a part of a group called, “Magic Combination Dancers.” At the beginning of 2000, Juan was invited to join a dance group, directed by Osmar Perrones. A couple of months later, Juan was invited to train with, “Santo Rico Dance Company” (founder Wilton Beltre and directed by Thomas Guerrero). After a year of training with Santo Rico Dance Company, Juan developed what is now call “Pachanga style.” This unique style is what has put him in the eyes of the New York’s mambo scene. Whether it is during a social dance or a dance performance, Juan is considered to be one of the best and hottest dancers of his generation. Natural talent, pure, smooth, classic, and fast feet best describes this talented young man. He has begun to teach internationally. He plans to travel to continue to share his mambo talent with the world.
These classes will take place at Brucie Klay’s Dance Center.
7:30-8:30pm- Footwork, Pachanga and Body Movement
8:45-9:30pm- Partner Work and Styling
Prices in advance:
1 for $15
2 for $25
Price will increase at the door. PRE register now.