Salsa, Zumba, Bachata classes in Edinburgh and across Scotland
Alex el Gato
About Alex el Gato:
With his massive natural blonde afro hair once seen Alex ‘el gato’ certainly won’t be forgotten. Alex is a highly experienced Dominican Dance Champion in Salsa and Bachata. He is a fully qualified dance instructor with over 20 years of experience as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.
His classes are fun but you will learn how to dance! His style of salsa is a true latino mix just like himself. Alex has a broad dance background but his salsa is truly world class. Learning his craft in the various dance schools of Santo Domingo including the famous, Bellas Artes y Curtos and as part of the National Dance Group of Dominican Republic he went on to dance in the Dominican TV Show, “Sabado de Corporan”. He even appeared in a “Sex in the City” episode where he taught SJP some Salsa moves.
Working for Dance Base in the 1990s he actually taught Prince Charles a move or two. However, it was on the streets of the Dominican capital, that he picked up his best salsa moves, competing in the salsa competitions of the colmados in the barrios of Santo Domingo.
At the age of 8 he could be found cleaning shoes on the streets of the Dominican capital and on one occasion he found himself cleaning the shoes of Puerto Rican star Tito Rojas, one of the world’s most famous salsa singers. Alex never does any job by half (try his food if you don’t believe us) so Rojas came back several times to get “el rubio” to clean his shoes. Only a few years later Alex began to train as a dancer and he has never looked back. Instead of cleaning the shoes of Rojas he ended up as a backing dancer on Dominican TV for stars of his calibre.
One of the highlights of his dancing career was when he danced as a backing dancer for Shakira on “Sabado de Corporan”. Alex (being Alex) then worked up the courage to ask her to dance after the TV show. But did she accept?
Alex and his dance partner of 11 years Laura Tiguerona have appeared in various TV shows/ Commercials/ Music videos in the UK and internationally. Recently the couple appeared on Canal 13 in Dominican Republic teaching the public on Sabor Tropical TV
Alex began dancing Dominican-style salsa which has many similarities with New York style on 2 but he is also is famous for his trademark footwork and shines. Having danced across Latin America, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Europe he has now blended many different styles to give you his own distinctive brand of free-Latin American salsa. This means that if you learn with ifYOUwalkYOUcanDANCE you can dance with anyone, anywhere, any place, any style.