Your Fearless Leaders

 
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Jennifer Aucoin
Founder, Executive Director, Instructor

Jennifer is a full-time salsa instructor, choreographer and event organizer. She is co-owner of Steps Dance Studio & co-founder of the Women’s Salsa Retreat.

As a trained adjudicator, Jennifer has judged competitions in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, Detroit, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. She has also represented Canada on the judging panel for the World Salsa Championships televised on ESPN. She is on the judging panel for the prestigious Global Salsa Championships at the World Salsa Summit. 

Jennifer was also the first instructor in Canada to be certified to teach Latin Hustle by the IHDA. 

Jennifer is the founder and organizer of the annual Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress, an international salsa festival that takes place in Toronto every October. This 4-day extravaganza, now in its thirteenth year, is the largest salsa event in Canada and features nightly performances by over 60 dance companies from all over the world and daily salsa workshops given by world-renowned instructors. The Canadian Salsa Championships, part of the Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress weekend, is the largest and most widely recognized Salsa & Bachata competition in Canada. 

Jennifer also manages an organization which teaches Latin Dance to elementary and high school students. This program was born with the mission to build confidence, self-esteem and cultural awareness in children and teens through Latin Dance in the school curriculum. 

Jennifer has been involved in dance and the performing arts her entire life and has extensive training in gymnastics, ballet, flamenco, Argentine tango and, of course, salsa. To keep progressive, she continues to travel extensively to learn from the world’s best dancers and instructors, and has attended close to 100 salsa congresses in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, New York, Colombia, Ecuador, Miami, Zurich, Amsterdam, Washington, Boston, Detroit, Orlando, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal. Jennifer has also taught at salsa workshops in Puerto Rico, Holland, Ecuador, Washington, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Detroit, Montreal and Ottawa. She, along with all of the instructors at Steps Dance Studio, received her Salsa Certification by Mr. Tito Ortos of Puerto Rico. 

Angelo De Torres
Artistic Director, Instructor & Performer

Angelo was introduced to the Latin culture in high school, where he was captivated by the diverse forms of expression inherent in Salsa and Latin music.

Angelo has trained with Clifton Stennett, Jennifer Aucoin and international instructors such as Billy Fajardo, Katie Marlow and Nelson Flores. Elements of each coach are seen through his dancing and teaching style.

As an instructor at Steps, Angelo has co-choreographed various pieces including the Steps Bachata Performance classes and the Steps Latin Hustle Performance classes. He also co-directs Steps Dance Company and choreographs Salsa, Bachata and Hustle for the team. He has performed with the Steps Professional team in various Salsa Congresses and events including Mambo Nights in Bermuda, New York Salsa Congress, Hustle & Salsa Festival in Puerto Rico, The Montreal Salsa Convention, the Canada Salsa Congress and the International Hustle & Salsa Competition in Orlando.

Instructors

Amanda Roberts

Anastasiya Zhuravska

Ashleigh Au

Dailyn Martinez

Heather

Helen Horak

Ivan Wanis Ruiz

Jason Ng

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Jena Alma

Jennifer Foster

Kathy De Torres

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Tyler Foshay

 
 
 

All of our teachers have been certified by Tito Ortos (Puerto Rico)

 
 
 
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Front Desk

Emily Downs

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Kathy De Torres

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Khalvin Herbert

 
 

Interested in joining the team? Our school is always growing!

 

Are you an experienced, professional Salsa and Bachata instructor looking to teach at a fun-loving, action-packed studio? Send your resume to jennifer@stepsdancestudio.com

Are you an organized, meticulous, outgoing person with MindBody experience, interested in joining our awesome front desk team? Send your resume to jennifer@stepsdancestudio.com