Home of the world LATIN HUSTLE Champions
Raul Santiago - is the founder of Soho Dance NY, which eventually moved to the West Coast to become Soho Dance LA. Raul is a professional competitor, winning a record 10 championships between 2004 and 2018 with his accomplished dance partners. Born in New York, Raul spent his teen years in D.C. with the wrong crowd, and realized he was going nowhere fast. What saved him was dance. At 19, Raul's talent was discovered in a salsa club, after which he was trained in all the ballroom dances and hired to teach at a professional studio. He quickly realized his talent for helping people learn how to dance, and customizing the instruction for every level of dancer, from teaching a beginner the very basics to achieving impressive results from his competitive students. Also a gifted choreographer, Raul and the Soho Dance Company have performed and taught in over 50 cities and 10 countries worldwide.
Yesenia Serratos - is the Director of the Soho Youth Program and the Soho Angel Dance Company. Fueled by a passion for dance that began in her hometown in Mexico, Yesenia trained as both an interpretive artist and a dedicated choreographer for over a decade. After being drawn to the U.S. to continue her studies in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, she performed with prestigious dance companies such as Joel Hall Dancers and Luna Negra Dance Theater. After three years performing professionally in Chicago, she decided to continue her dance journey in Los Angeles, where she became the top Ballet Instructor and Choreographer at Simi Dance Center. She currently teaches, performs, and competes in Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Hustle, and Ballroom dance competitions with her dance partner, Raul.
Raul & Yesenia have been dance partners since 2008. Since winning their first competition together in 2010 at the New York Salsa Congress, they've continued their winning streak for the last decade, including the 2016 IHSC World Hustle Championship, and the 2018 World Latin Cup. Raul and Yesenia have coached competitive dancers all over the United States as renowned Latin Hustle instructors. Together they bring their years of training, loyal partnership, innovative approach to choreography, and passion for performing arts to each private lesson and group class they teach.
Raul & Yesenia