Alyssa Ibanez is featured in this edition of Dance Spotlight! She lives in DFW and was nominated by Jocelyn Espinoza. She said, “She is my Salsa instructor and she has helped me grow so much in one year. She is dedicated to her students and has a passion for Latin dance.” Check out some fun facts about Alyssa including her favorite dance moment!
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Where are you from?
I’m from San Antonio and moved to Dallas when I was 11.
Favorite dancers to watch and/or dance with?
My favorite dancers to watch are Griselle Ponce and Jessica Patella. My favorite people to dance with would be my husband Johan Ibanez Vasquez (of course), Ernesto Bulnes, and anyone else that smiles and laughs while we enjoy yo the music!
Favorite socials/places to dance?
We have a new studio that is very comfortable so first I would say Dallas Dance studio. However, I really love going to any social or dance spot really as long as there is music and good company then its always a blast whenever I can get out.
Dance Pet Peeve: (Hygiene, No connection, People who teach while dancing, etc)
I really don’t like when the lead or follow does not look in the dance partners direction. You can look at the hands or in the same direction at least. You ask them to dance or said yes so make sure you enjoy dancing with them by making eye contact and a smiling! Also, I don’t think anyone should teach on the dance floor!
Favorite dance moment from your career as an instructor/performer?
My favorite dance moment would be the first time Johan and I did our first solo routine together. I was on cloud nine and all the people we know were there cheering us on.
You had a child recently, what’s one piece of advice you’d give them about dancing in the future?
If you’re passionate about dance then put your whole heart into it because its your moment to express yourself.