Latin Reflections


Mike Rodriguez -  

     Mike Rodriguez started taking classes at La Salsa De Hoy Dance Studio in May 2000 with Carlos Vasquez as his instructor. After 7 months Mike continued his salsa instruction with Ray Colon for another  year.

     After this Mike formed his dance team Latin Reflections where he continued learning. In 2003 Mike was asked to teach at La Salsa De Hoy. At LaSalsaDeHoy Mike added to and organized the turn patterns and developed them into a curriculum of turn patterns that now include over 100 turns. Mike also added over 50 shines to La Salsa De Hoy's menu of shines.

     Mike also put together the Bachata curriculum of shines and turns as well as the Cha Cha Cha curriculum of shines and turns at La Salsa De Hoy Dance studio

     Mike keeps La Salsa De Hoy's curriculum of turns and shines fresh, current, and dynamic keeping aware of current trends in the scene via social dancing. 

    In addition to salsa, Mike has also choreographed and performed Cha Cha Cha and Bachata routines with Latin Reflections and teaches Bachata and Cha Cha Cha cycles at La Salsa de hoy where he has developed a curriculum of shines and socially followable and leadable turns.

Samantha Bonilla 

     Samantha Bonilla first found her love for dance at the age of 14. Her preliminary dance education from John Dewey High School Dance Program includes Ballet, Jazz, Modern, African-Carribean and Hip Hop. Samantha grew up loving salsa music and the Latino culture. Naturally, when Samantha discovered the world of social dancing at age 15, she was hooked

     In her college years, Samantha began her training in Ballroom and Latin Dance - certified in over 15 different partner dances at Paul Pellicoro's Dancesport. Some of Samantha's accolades include awards at the New York Dance Festival, International Salsa and Hustle Competition, New York Hustle Congress, and teaching and performing overseas on the Norwegian Jewel.

     Samantha's love for dance is matched by her passion for teaching and mentorship. In 2008 Samantha's first professional experience was for St. Joseph?s College, in Brooklyn, NY as an adjunct professor. She became a full-time dance instructor in 2009 after completing a teacher?s college at Dancesport where she went on to become a Youth Director, Wedding Dance Choreographer and Salsa/Bachata Specialist. 

     Samantha enjoys teaching both group classes and private lessons alike. Her goal as an instructor is to help dancers at all levels find their own style and unique creativity without sacrificing musicality, technique and connection. Samantha believes dance is like a conversation. She strives to teach dancers to speak the same language so dance can be fluid and fun!