Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Teacher's Day (Cuba) - Yismari Ramos Tellez

As a dance enthusiast, I am grateful that I have amazing instructors enhancing my love of this art form. On top of this list is my Salsa teacher, Yismari Ramos Tellez. Yismari studied at the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba with emphasis on modern and Afro-Cuban folkloric dance. Her career includes dancing with the Tony Menedez Dance Company, the Ballet de la Television, and with Lady Salsa, an internationally renowned group, performing Cuban Son, Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Salsa.

Yismari has toured internationally in countries such as: Italy, Russia, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ecuador, Canada and Panama. Now, aside from teaching at OCD and Dance Mission in San Francisco, The Beat in Berkeley, Gold's Gym and Club One in Oakland, and other venues, you can also catch her sing and dance in the Bay Area as member of the band Saoco. Lastly, she's currently the Artistic Director and Soloist with Las Que Son Son.

So, on Cuba's National Teacher's Day, I want to extend my appreciation for Yismari's amazing dancing skills and dedication to her students. Below is a pix of her teaching salsa class on this special day. She had just finished working our butts off on a completely challenging routine, thus the sweaty bunch. Yimari is in the middle with the yellow tank and big smile.

More pix some dancers in our class


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