About impulso salsa dance academy Austin
About Impulso Salsa Dance Academy:
Our overall MISSION:
Enrich the dance community by giving everybody the chance to experience that unique and amazing feeling that is created through salsa dancing – regardless of talent or background.
Our overall STRATEGY is to ensure that our students:
1) Learn as effective as possible.
2) Can feel confident that they received the best possible preparation for dancing anywhere in the world – not just in dance class.
3) Are having the time of their life while learning together with us and taking part in our community.
4) Receive the best training possible regardless of goal: becoming great social dancers, becoming great dance performers, becoming great competitive dancers, or becoming great dance instructors.
Impulso Dance Academy was formed by Erik Roland (Norway) and Consuelo Jeronimo Vasquez (Austin, TX).
After 14 years on the international arena as dance studio owners, instructors, competitors, choreographers and professional dancers, the studio in Austin was opened in Sep 2016.
Erik and Consuelo represented Norway and Mexico at numerous international dance congresses and festivals throughout Europe, Asia and North America. They were the first dancers from Norway to be invited to perform at the biggest salsa show in the world (Los Angeles Salsa Congress, 2003) and the first to represent Norway in the world championships of salsa dancing. The two lived two years in China working as professional dancers.
Salsa dancing is an amazing way to enjoy life, to be in the moment, surrounded by happy loving people. It is our passion to give people the ability to dance salsa – everybody deserves to know how to salsa!
”Our system for teaching was designed to lower the barrier to learning salsa for people with two left feet, no sense of rhythm, worried about feeling silly. It turned out to be a method that makes everybody learn much faster.”
Click to read more about why and how we teach salsa dancing.
Erik and Consuelo have participated several times in the World Salsa Championships. They placed among the top ten couples at the World Open Salsa Championship in Puerto Rico. In 2006 they won the Gemini US open Salsa competition. They have taught salsa to the Royal crown prince family of Norway, been on Russian national TV, worked as professional dancers in China for two years, were educating and certifying salsa instructors in the Norwegian Dance Federation 2006-2012, etc. Their student dance teams have performed at international congresses such as Berlin Salsa Congress and China Salsa Festival. E and C have created thousands of skilled social dancers including many great teachers and dance champions.
Erik and Consuelo have been teaching, performing and competing at many international dance events such as in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, China, Taiwan, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Germany, Spain, Philadelphia, etc. They have performed at several events in New York City, such as famous Club Cache on Times Square.
The duo also spent two years in China teaching for the biggest dance school and performing for clients such as Sony Corporation, Mercedes Benz, Life Magazine and Creative Kingdom. The duo also worked as choreographers, dance teachers and appeared in music video for Michael Jackson’s producer, Mr Bobby Taylor. They both play Latin Percussion (drums) and were members of Norwegian salsa orchestra Canelazo for 2 years.
Erik and Consuelo are trained and certified dance teacher listed as instructors on SalsaNewYork.com. Their dance training include multiple disciplines such as Salsa/Mambo, Argentine Tango, cabaret/acrobatics, standard and Latin ballroom dances, swing, African dance, Dunham technique, Flamenco, jazz, ballet, street Jazz and hip hop.
Besides teaching dance classes Erik and Consuelo are also known for their “Movement Mechanics”- classes that include Pilates, yoga, ballet and African dance.
“Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from two of the Worlds top instructors!” -[phoenix-dance.com]
Our salsa teachers
Erik and Consuelo are passionate teachers, but they are also serious and humble students of dance themselves. They have received training from some of the finest dancers and teachers of salsa/mambo in the world:
Edgar Osorio (NJ), Frankie Martinez (NY), Eddie Torres (NY), Thomas Guerrero, Santo Rico (NY), Juan Carlos Ortega (Cuba), Alex Da Silva & Monica Flores (LA), Leon Rose (UK), Luis & Joby Vasquez (LA), Angel Ortiz (NY), Liz Lira (LA), Fransisco Vasquez (LA), Edie ‘the salsa freak’ (LA), Super Mario (UK), Joe Burgos, Piel Canela dance company (NY), Lisa Linhardt (NY), Mambo Jack (NY/China), Victor and Gaby (Mexico), Jason Molina (Puerto Rico), Oliver Pineda (Australia), Ismael Otero, (NJ), Salvaje Dancers (Arizona).
Our teachers in other Styles:
Ned Williams (NY) – Dunham Technique, Pasi and Maria (Finland) – Argentine Tango, Ambrosia (Russia) – Cabaret and acrobatics, Beijing Dance Academy – Ballet and Latin Ballroom.
Erik, (now living in Oslo, Norway), joined his first salsa class at 29 and placed 8th in the World Championship five years later. He was a economics professor for 10 years before he jumped off his academic career to pursue his passion. Besides teaching dance, he also has a great interest and background in fitness. He is a certified personal trainer, instructor of yoga, Pilates, kettle bells, Corebar, Zumba etc. Before moving to Austin he was teaching about 1200 fitness classes a year with clients such as Norways best MMA fighter and the national alpine ski team. He was also a trainer at the Norwegian Parliament.
Erik is known as an exceptional pedagogue and funny teacher.
Consuelo J Vasquez
Consuelo started pursuing dance at a very young age, first Mexican folklore and later any and all dance programs she came over through high-school and college. Besides ballroom- and social dancing, she has studied contemporary, ballet and jazz at the Norwegian College of Dance and Broadway Dance Center, New York. She is also a highly experienced Pilates- and yoga instructor. As a trainer she has the ability to first create a safe atmosphere and next make participants put their soul into the work.Facebook
Erik & Consuelo
The founders of Impulso have been teaching and performing worldwide since 2003. They were the first duo to represent Norway in the World Championships of Salsa. The Duo lived two years in china working as professional dancers. They have worked as choreographers for Michael Jackson’s producer, Mr Bobby Taylor, and they have taught salsa to the Royal crown prince family of Norway.
Erik & Consuelo have been educating and certifying dance instructors for over a decade. Their students have won national championships of salsa and their dance teams have performed at large international dance events such as China Salsa Congress and Berlin salsa congress.
How we teach salsa at Impulso: