wanted to convey our appreciation from the entire Board of Directors of Pratham
BC to you for the fabulous entertainment you provided at our Gala Fundraising
Event. You captivated the entire audience, and got them on the Dance floor.
People are still talking about your amazing Dance Routines, and how they had a
great time with you there. Thank you very much for making our Charity Gala a
huge success. We wish you the very best, and hope we can have you come back to
our future events.
Thank you very much!
Kandarp Patel, Spokesperson, Pratham BC.
"Fantastic night with an amazing Latin dance performance from Gustavo!! He really brought us into the Spirit of Fiesta in our last night event. Everyone enjoyed and was very grateful having the opportunity to learn and practice some latin steps from Gustavo, which were very easy to follow. Gustavo is very contagious and full of energy, a great motivational dancer that makes you to feel the music and dance. I really recommend him for any organization or company who is looking into build a positively team work, everyone was very interactive, participative and very delightful. Muchas Gracias Gustavo!!!"
Sochilt Roman, Community Connection Coordinator, North Shore Multi-cultural Society.
"Gustavo, you were the Highlight of the Evening! Thank you so much for the Amazing
performance you put on for over 300 guests at our Pratham BC Fundraiser! We
received an enormous amount of compliments on your performance. Your humor,
along with your energy and charm made our event a huge success. Not only did
you get "Everyone" on their feet dancing ....something that I haven't seen
before...you helped our charity provide literacy to all those children that
wouldn't otherwise have the chance to go to school. That in itself speaks a lot about you as a person! Thank you so much once again".
Niki - Director Pratham BC, Surrey, BC
"Wow, that was some funky Latin fun!! Thank you, Gustavo for the Latin Funk Dance lesson. Talk about talented and personable, you really are amazing! I was worried I wouldn't do very well as I am not very coordinated in dance generally, but you made it fun and inspirational and I was swinging my hips all the way home. There are not too many men around like you and it is a real pleasure to get to know you and to be part of your class! From what I saw you had everyone in the room smiling from ear to ear"
Michelle Panzlaff, Tidy Tiger Solutions, Vancouver, BC
"The Latin dancing was wonderfully fun! Gustavo reminded us about what
is truly important in life: loosening up, enjoying life, creating a positive energy,
connection with others, and flowing with the music (shaking those maracas
and beating the bongo drum with fiery passion").
"One of our best gatherings yet! A great opportunity to have FUN, connect with others, learn and grow.
Our wonderful first "male of the year" guest presenter Gustavo Ferman was terrific.
I was able to learn and 'dance' a few cool moves Gustavo taught, even with my sore hip that needs replacing.
I love his concept of bringing dance into corporations for team building. Connecting from the
heart! I look forward to having Gustavo again"!
"The guest speaker, Gustavo Ferman of Latin Funk Dance, was wonderful! It was
so much fun to get up and move"!
Members of Women of Substance , Vancouver, BC
"Our men’s group booked a two-hour Latin Funk workshop with Gustavo, and invited some friends to join us. Most of us had little or no experience dancing but, within minutes of our arrival, we were all up moving with the music. We worked up a good sweat, grooved to some great Latin sounds, and learned to dance from our hips and our hearts. By the end of the packed two hours, we could feel the beat and remember some great dance sequences we could take with us. We became more cohesive as a group. The guys raved about the workshop and everyone wanted a business card… “Gustavo is Awesome! He moves with the grace of a cat and the power of a lion. His sense of humour and camaraderie made me feel welcome and wanting to dance! ... Gustavo's dance classes are a great way to spend some fun time getting a little exercise and lots of useful pointers on how not to make a fool of yourself when you want to relax doing some Latin dancing. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a good time while learning to feel the dance fever. … Great event! It was a blast! ... Great dancing lesson! I had a lot of fun. It helped me to loosen up a bit and I learned some moves that I will definitely be trying out soon. Thank you!"
Paul Miniato, Professional Man's group, Vancouver, BC
I want to thank you so much for everything you did to make
our Latin Night such a success. Having taken lessons with you in the past, I was
confident that it was going to be a great event but you exceeded all
The way in which you choreographed the whole evening - the
salsa lesson in the beginning to get everyone engaged, the show after dinner
with your talented troupe of dancers to entertain and inspire the crowd, the
interactive dancing with you and your dancers, the DJ and the videos going on in
the background - it all worked perfectly. You didn't skip a beat! Our guests
were engaged throughout the night, and they all had such fun.
Committee, Richmond Country Club
"Gustavo was amazing! he got everyone participating individually, groups and entire class. He was cohesive in his approach, made it easy to learn, it was fun, and the energy level from beginning to the end was high. Good synergy throughout. Good job of outlining the goals ie: team building etc...which were outlined at the beginning, very clear and passionate. Good variety of activities. It got people out of their comforts zones without being intimidating. Even my guy friend Raj who was a little sceptical at first enjoyed himself"
Tanya - Health Canada
"I cannot imagine participating in a workshop with a more personable, encouraging or talented instructor! Gustavo, with his warmth and charm, engages everyone to respond to the irresistible rhythms of Latin and African beats. Skill level, age, size, professional differences all become irrelevant once the movements begin. There is no workshop where one can see so many smiles & feel such vibrant energy!"
Marly - Vancouver
"Just wanted to reiterate how much I enjoyed your Corporate Team Building Workshop Gustavo! You have a flair for putting people at ease and for setting the right tone. I think this is a great idea for the work place especially in these times of economic down turn when businesses will be having to let people go. This raises the morale of the folks left behind, a workshop like yours lets everyone have fun and enjoy themselves while working together!"
Sandy - Vancouver
Testimonials from a Team Building Workshop event. Vancouver. BC
"Gustavo brought a great energy to our event, and it was great to see our guests having a great time and letting loose. I know many people were still talking about it as they were heading home. It was a great addition to our program, and I know everyone appreciated the unique touch of learning to salsa!"
Jocelyn BC Cancer Society, Sept 2009
"I would like to sincerely thank you Gustavo, for the joy and laughter you brought to out camp by visiting us to teach dance! I was able to visit each of your sessions and saw what a great afternoon the kids and staff had. But the greatest dance moment of each week this summer was seeing the kids at our Friday Night Dances remembering what they had learned from you! Most importantly, their knowing some steps allowed them to dance with their new friends without fear of 'not knowing how to dance.' Your support of Camp Goodtimes is greatly appreciated as well as your recognition of the importance of supporting 275 childern in BC and the Yukon who are affected with cancer. Thank-you for your generosity, kindness, and making this summer a memorable one for these childern."
Camp Good Times Cancer Society
"Every one of my guests grooved with your moves, and did they ever shake it that night with those latin/hip-hop movements. But most of all it was your personality that stood out with your moves. Everyone was just raving at how much fun and entertaining you are!"
Patty & Wes Fung, UBC Vancouver, BC
"Hi Gustavo, thank you for your wonderful performance on Thursday night! You and your dancers were really great! The performance was a great success! We would love to work with you more in the future. Thanks again for your professionalism and talent!"
Pacific Show Productions, Vancouver Trade Convention Centre
"Gustavo, your Latin Funk Dance® interactive performance was the most amazing thing I've ever seen! It was phenomenal! The way you got the crowd going, got them on the dance floor and dancing, having fun, the sheer energy of it was incredible! So, hats off to you - you and the Corazon Dancers were the highlight of the evening and we really appreciate your support and your participation in the event.”
Stephen of Salsa Vancouver–Richards on Richards-KidSafe Fundraiser
"The First Latin Show performed by the King of Latin Funk (Gustavo Ferman) was the exception that night and made the audience get excited and reenergized to join the dancing floor! The Corazon Dancers added the sexiness to the night and showed their beauty as well as their advanced dancing skills, Let's congratulate Gustavo and the Corazon Dancers for such a great performance."
Mesa Luna Dine & Dance
"Gustavo was simply brilliant, a highlight of our BBQ in the Park for Brain Injury Awareness. He practically radiates enthusiasm and has an infectious passion for his art. His Latin-Funk performance got our diverse audience to their feet and involved instantly. On behalf of Howe Sound Rehabilitation Services Society, we would like to thank him for coming and really kicking our event into high gear. We eagerly look forward to working with him again."
Tim Green - Project/Communications Manager Howe Sound Rehab Services
"Gustavo, we all have great feedback about your stint with us at our Christmas Party. You were absolutely fantastic! I don't think I've seen our Christmas Party that riotous for the last 9 years that I've been with the company. Thank you so much for haring your time with us."
One of your big fans, Cecilia
"Hello Gustavo! Thank you again to you and your dance group for coming to Picnic in the Park! You certainly did an amazing job of attracting people in and gave everyone a fun, charged, and high-energy experience! On behalf of the Roundhouse, thank you for coming and making it possible for us to have you there."
Bryony Hollick Program Assistant - Special Events Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
SCHOOLS & EDUCATIONAL GROUPS
Gustavo Ferman introduced my class of Grade 6 students to Latin Funk Dance this spring. The students responded to his visits with increasing enthusiasm as the sessions progressed. They became earnest, disciplined and focused, determined to perform the choreography to the best of their abilities. Gustavo knows how to engage, encourage and delight the students, and he so naturally
gets them to overcome their inhibitions about moving their hips, as well as dancing in partners. My class could not get down to the gym fast enough to challenge themselves and learn more from him in each class. Their final performance awed the staff, students and parents and got everyone in the
school excited about latin dancing. Gustavo is a gem!
Marly Haller, Teacher at Canyon Heights Elementary School, North Vancouver, June 2012
Just a quick note to say thank you for coming in and teaching the kids some fabulous Latin moves! The kids loved your energy and had a great time :)
Looking forward to your visit again next December!
Warmest regards, Pepi
Modern Languages Department Head Queen Elizabeth Secondary,
Surrey Bc, December 2011
"Gustavo's classes are a lot of fun and are engaging! He has the energy and sense of humour that is needed to motivate a large group of adolescence. I would highly recommend school teachers book Gustavo to teach Latin dance classes!"
Michelle Bouchard- High School Spanish Teacher - May 2010
"Gustavo Thank you so much for being so patient with our group! You delivered! The salsa dance class you instructed at the party was exactly what we wanted. The group had fun and your unique teaching style made salsa dancing easy to learn. Thank you! Thank You! "
Kerrace Alexander. Party Co-ordinator, 50th Birthday Party, Sugar Studios, March 2010
"I have booked classes with Gustavo for three years in a row for my Hispanic outing field trips because he always makes them so fun for the entire group. It is very neat to see teenagers having so much fun with the Latin dance lesson and following the moves!... something you wouldn't normally see during a regular Spanish class. Gustavo has visited our school in Maple Ridge for our diversity week events but he has also arranged the perfect places for lessons when we want to take the students on outings and, this way, we can all enjoy of a delicious Spanish lunch after! Thank you Gustavo, I will keep recommending you to other fellow Spanish teachers in the district for their field trips and school activities."
Nayi Rincon Spanish teacher - School District #42 - March 2010
"We hired Gustavo to start off a Mexican themed party, and it ended up being the highlight of the evening! His amazing energy was so contagious, and he was able to get even the most hesitant people to shake it up on the dance floor. He even gave the guys a little private lesson before the girls came over to make sure they would have the moves down. Everyone had so much fun, and was talking about it for days! I would recommend Gustavo to anyone, and will definitely be using him again in the future!"
Rosie - UBC Jan 2010
"Gustavo worked very successfully with the Grade Seven students at Canyon Heights Elementary School, offering a series of Latin movement classes that the students adored. He skilfully developed a rapport with them that permitted the students to reach far beyond their comfort zone. Following a series of classes the students performed routines that had them beaming with pride and excitement in front of the entire school. It was a major highlight of their year and a very positive experience for all involved."
Marly Haller - Teacher at Canyon Heights Elementary School 2009
"Gustavo has come to my school for many years to teach Latin dance to my grade 9 Spanish classes. He has an excellent rapport with youth, knows how to talk to and motivate them. His talent, style, energy and music are irresistible. Even the 14 year old boys who were reluctant and uncomfortable at the idea of Latin dancing couldn't stop dancing. Dancing is an integral part of Latin culture and Gustavo's class enriched my students' Spanish learning experience. They had fun learning something completely foreign to them. Don't miss out on this!"
Anju Dec 2009
"The students really enjoyed your lively and fun lesson. They weren't intimated at all and it was right up to speed with what the want to learn about Latin dance. They had a great time and keep asking when you are coming back! Thanks again."
Maria Di Lauro - MacNeill Secondary School - April 2008
"The kindergarten through to Grade 7 students from Fromme Elementary had a great time learning latin funk dance moves from Gustavo Ferman. It was thrilling to see the students moving their hips, spinning, sliding, doing the "funky frog" move, learning the mambo and cha cha steps, and having the time of their lives. By the end of the workshop the students were physically exhausted. Thank you Gustavo for energizing our students in such a fun and exhilarating way!"
Elizabeth McFarlane/ Music Teacher
Fromme Elementary, North Vancouver - Feb 2008
"The children and youth from my program really enjoyed the dancing (as did the workers!). For those who were brave enough they joined in and had a great time but even those who watched enjoyed it because of the exuberance of Gustavo and all of the dancers. The energy was great and it was an excellent way to end an awesome celebration. Our Community Living Celebration aims to promote and support community inclusion and celebrate the many contibutions that citizens with developmental disabilities bring to our community. Gustavo and his dancers put on an energetic and fun performance and then afterwards everyone was able to learn the moves themselves. It didn't matter what anyone's age or ability was. Anyone that wanted to join in did so and the energy made the room come alive. It was great fun for everyone."
Joanne Weidinger - Family Respite Program - Nov 2008
CLASS AND GROUP STUDENTS
I have been taking Latin Funk since 2010. I enjoy Latin Funk because not only is it physically and mentally uplifting, but it is a fun high energy cardio dance class where you can release any stress through the movement of your body, by hitting every pose with a different sound of beat. I like how Latin Funk is not focused on only one certain type of dance, It incorporates funk, cumbia, salsa, merengue and hip hop, which causes you to lose yourself in the rhythm. Gustavo is a very fun yet professional instructor. He creates an environment where it is safe to explore your limits without any judgement.
Krista Orellana, Ex-performer, student.
"In December 2008 suffering from cabin fever in the depths of the rare Vancouver snow storms I was desperately looking for an exercise class and I remembered Claudine and the Corazon dancers performing at the Greek Food Festival a few years earlier. Their energy and joy jumped off the stage and made a lasting impression on me. I looked you up online and registered for your Riley Park class and was quickly immersed in the exuberant energy of Latin Funk. I was impressed that within 10 minutes of the first class you had our beginner group dancing up a storm."
Kiki - Student, Latin Funk Dance Instructor.
"Dancing is very important to me. It releases me from reality, relaxes me and keeps me healthy. I love Latin Funk Dance® with Gustavo! It's so much fun! We constantly learn new dance moves and proper technique with new choreography routines each class that are fun and challenging. It's also a great way to release any stress or tension and burn lots of calories! What I like about Gustavo as an instructor is his high energy when he teaches and dances. There is never a dull moment!"
Marketa, Student and Latin Funk Dancer
"I have been attending Latin Funk Level 1 classes weekly for 9 months now and enjoy them tremendously. At 57 and unfit, the class was very challenging for the first few months. I had never danced before and have a terrible sense of rhythm but perservered because Gustavo made it so much fun. I have been overweight most of my life and have recently lost 50 pounds. The dance class helps me keep the weight off and has improved my flexibility and stamina and mood! All the sweat and chagrine is worth it!"
Terry Clark, Vancouver, B.C. Dec 2007
"Hi Gustavo, I am what you might call middle-aged and have worked out all my life, either taking dance classes or aerobic classes. In the last few years I was finding that high impact aerobics was causing back spasms, so I began to work out at the gym with a combo of cardio equipment and weights. After a while, this became boring. About a year ago a friend encouraged me to try your class, This was exactly what I needed: I was working out and having fun, just the way I used to with high impact aerobics, but without the back pain. I look forward to your 2 classes every week and feel that I am more fit than I have been in the last few years. Your exercise program is suitable for anyone at any age. There is an elderly woman in one of your classes, and she may not move as fast or gracefully as she used to, but at least she is still moving and having fun. Staying in shape is a life-long commitment and you just need to find the exercise that's right for you. Thank you so much!"
Linda - Student Dec 2007
"Hi Gustavo, I am in Chile now and having the time of my life and a very well deserved rest. I just wanted to send you a note to really congratulate you on the wonderful job you do with your classes. I say this after taking various Latin classes since I left, I took some in Toronto and here in Chile and really, your´s are the best ! Not that I didn´t know this before but I can now tell everyone how lucky we are to have you as an Instructor in Vancouver! You really are the best Gustavo! Cuidate y nos vemos en Marzo a mi regreso."
Fanny Astete - Student from Richmond Nov 2007
"Latin Funk is a liberating experience. It is a sense of freedom and very stimulating for your mental health. It is so much fun and I have met many new friends through these classes. Gustavo is something else! His creativity and originality in mixing many different dance styles together is fantastic! His professional dance background and amazing teaching skills set him way apart from the rest of the instructors I have seen. His classes are directed to anyone, no matter race or age! He radiates his energy and encourages his students, making them feel like they really can learn to dance.Gustavo is funny and he genuinely cares for his students."
Maria - Richmond/Vancouver Student and Corazon Dancer – 2007
"I discovered Gustavo's classes by accident: I was expecting a couples class, only to find a room mostly of women dancing as if they were born doing so. My wife urged me to give it a try, and although I felt intimidated and skeptical, within minutes I was hooked by Gustavo's contagious enthusiasm. Gustavo is a wonderful instructor; each lesson is an intense combination of new ideas, technique, and practice, but is balanced by his terrific sense of humour and encouragement. I'm a relatively slow learner in dance (like a lot of guys, I played many sports as a kid but never took dance), and it's wonderful to be in a class that feels friendly and positive regardless of your ability; Gustavo always stresses how well you're doing, especially when he pushes your abilities, and never lets you get discouraged. I had tried a few Latin dance lessons before with various instructors, but could never get a feel for the movements; I had felt awkward and uncomfortable. Gustavo's lessons have taught me proper fundamentals for many dance styles, all while having a great time."
Joel - Student - March 2007
"The music, the dance, the steps, the exercise - all of which puts a smile on my face. I appreciate your ability to teach with such flare and enthusiam each week! Thank-you for brightening my world. I just keep trying to be better."
Roma - Student - Jan 2007
"Hi Gustavo, You probably don't remember me, but I took one of your classes a while ago and have actually missed it since I've been too busy. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I hope your knee recovers quickly. It's obvious you love what you are doing, and it's unfortunate you have to be away from it. Not to mention all the joy your classes bring to others. If my enjoyment of the class is any indication, you are being missed by many people. Get well soon."
Sincerely, Endie Tompkins - May 2007
"How can I thank you enough Gustavo for the wonderful experience of dancing in your classes! You are so amazing, so talented! You are a unique dancer, charismatic and inspiring! I feel so lucky I danced in your classes for a year. Each class was fun and challenging. I hope you will continue the wonderful things u are doing. I wish you success and that all your goals and dreams will come true! Hugs!"
Zoe - Student who had to move away - Sept 2006
"Gustavo, your passion shows through in every class! Thank-you so much for making Vancouver your home and giving me and all of your students the opportunity to enjoy your talent and be able to "dance from the heart" with you!"
Julie - Richmond Student - June 2006
"Gustavo! WOW! A whole year of your Latin Funk Classes. It sure has been fun! Thank-you very much. Your classes are always well prepared- your instruction - TOP NOTCH! I am looking forward to next year!"
Mary Jane M. - Student - Vancouver BC
"I have had the privilege of attending Gustavo's Latin Funk classes and they have catalyzed one of the most rewarding growth experiences I can remember. Gustavo's passion for dance easily coaxes me through the most rigorous cardio workout. By interweaving dance technique and fitness with anatomy, breath work, balance, rhythm and music, I am reintroduced to myself. Gustavo IS grace. I can think of few times that I have been moved to write a testimonial."
Zannah S - Student- Vancouver, BC
"Latin Funk Is a natural High! The classes are just so much fun! Gustavo is cheerful in every class while always encouraging his students with his fun, high energy dancing!"
Kita M. - Student and Dancer Vancouver BC
"Latin moves set to the hypnotic Latin beat is the ultimate workout. The Latin music is happy and energizing, and Gustavo teaches us enough of a sampling of different dances that we can immediately transfer to the dance floor at the local Latin clubs. Muy Caliente!"
Linda Folster Schaffner - Latin Funk Class - West Vancouver, BC
"Latin Funk is fun, energetic and a great workout! I love to dance and thought this would be a great way to get exercise and do something that I loved at the same time. Gustavo has unbelievable energy and has great motivating power. He makes you believe that anyone can be a great dancer!"
Denise – Long time student – Vancouver, BC
"Gustavo's Latin Funk classes help revive my soul, free my spirit, while physically challenging my body." Dance is a sensation of freedom and joy that frees my imagination and restores balance to the body and mind. Thank you for restoring a missing link in my life."
Arlene Decaire B.Sc. R.K., A.C.E. Occupational Health Consultant
Long time student of Latin Funk - Vancouver, BC
"Gustavo found the dancer in me! After years of doing aerobic classes of many types I found Latin Funk, which is a great cardio workout! The class leaves me invigorated and happy. The music is terrific! Gustavo's teaching style is perfect! All served up with a cheeky grin! It is the best! Come and join us!"
Jan Mackey - Latin Funk student - West Vancouver, BC
"Gustavo is a great instructor who teaches everything from proper technique and correct positioning to sexy Latin moves. Great for couples or individuals. It's a fun class and a great workout, which gets you pumped to hit the Latin Clubs! I really enjoyed it and learned a lot of new moves while having fun!"
Anna Maria - Student – Vancouver, BC
"One of the most fast-paced and innovative classes I've ever taken! Not to mention fun! A great way to get in shape AND improve your dance skills! Awesome!"
Wendy – Long time student – Vancouver, BC
"I love your classes! They have helped me to stay in shape and motivated. Also, it’s nice to hear good, high energy Latin music!"
Sandra – Long time student – Vancouver, BC
"I love the energy that this dance represents! Latin Funk is a dance that would not only bring dance knowledge to Canada, but also educate different dancers about the possibility of communicating through dance."
Teresa – Calgary, Alberta
"This is the only class I take to get in shape, as I am tired of aerobics. I have lost almost 20 pounds!"
Catherine – Student - Vancouver, BC
"I am not one for doing aerobics classes, but after I tried Latin Funk it was the best class I ever enjoyed. Gustavo's enthusiasm, dancing abilities, and teaching skills made the class enjoyable, fun and an incredible work out."
Rubina – Vancouver, BC
"These classes are totally awesome, an excellent workout, bundles of fun, great instruction, fun choreography! I can’t say enough! Just from doing these classes, whenever I go dancing, I find myself doing the funky moves we learn in class and I have a blast!"
Felicia –Vancouver, BC
PUBLIC TELEVISION, INSTRUCTIONAL DVD AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCES
"Hi, Gustavo I saw your Kits Showboat performance last night. You were fabulous! The tempo, choreography and dance were just perfect. What a lot of practice you must have done to make it look so natural, yet so professional. Everyone enjoyed it!"
Terry Student July 2009
"Hello Gustavo, with globalization and digital satellite TV we now enjoy watching your training dance programs every weekend in North Russia, Arkhangelsk (near North Pole and White Sea Coast) I am so thankful for being able to see you teach! I practice pilates in sport club twice per week and then do your charming weekend TV program. Best wishes, good luck and big fortune for you and your group!"
Elena Martins - Jan 2009
"Hello Gustavo, This morning I had a pinched nerve and turned on the television, expecting to do some tai chi to help loosen it up. I saw your program instead and I am so thankful! I have been going to Cuba for years and love to do as many dance classes as possible...I've not seen anything like it here, until I saw your show. I did the class and I've ordered your DVD already...didn't even read the description! Are you ever in Toronto? If so, I'd love to come to one of your classes. Thanks again, I'm feeling great!"
Gina Lamarino - Toronto June 2008
"Hello, Gustavo! I took my friends to Roundhouse performance today, and it
was fantastic! All of my friends were so impressed by your demo class &
performance. They decided to take your class: ) I usually take your classes at
Kitsilano Workout, but it was my first time to see your performance. That was
amazing! I wish I could dance like you! Thanks again for the wonderful show! See
you at Kitsilano workout!"
Chie - Kitsilano Workout Student -
PRIVATE EVENTS & WEDDINGS
My husband was turning 50 and I had to think of something fun and energetic to celebrate this milestone birthday. Then I remembered my sister often raved about her latin funk dance classes at the Kits Community Centre with Gustavo. Many times she invited me to drop in and join the fun and I did take her up on the offer once...and it became obvious why she loved signing up for Gustavo's classes multiple times. SO...we contacted Gustavo and fortunately for us, he was available on the day we needed him. He arrived 15 minutes ahead of time as promised and brought along his music. When we gave him the signal to start the dance, he took over, put on the latin music and invited everyone (kids and adults) to join in on the dance lesson. He's totally comfortable and humourous, putting the group at ease. He has a great presence, passion and energy. He taught us the correct moves and the "wrong" moves and had us all laughing and giggling. His humour and charm persuaded even the shyest participants to step into the centre of the group to shake their booties and shimmy their shoulders! The party was a total success and our friends STILL tell us they had a blast at our party. Recently, one of our friends from the party contacted Gustavo for his professional and dynamic dance instruction for a company function. If you want guaranteed fun for a group of all ages, I would highly recommend Gustavo!! Cheers Gustavo. We hope you keep up with your passion!
Betty and Gordon, July 2011
"Gustavo is awesome! He was patient and agile. Whenever a move became too difficult to remember, Gustavo was ready to break it down to its components and review step by step. He taught us different moves which gave us the freedom to use them in different parts of the song. Our first dance was a big hit! Our guests were impressed we learned so much within two lessons. Learning how to dance can be very intimidating. However, Gustavo was friendly and always very encouraging. We definitely recommend Gustavo to anyone!!"
Best regards, Bernice + Daniel May 2010
"During my daughter's fiesta-themed 10th birthday party, Gustavo dance instructed a group of 10 highly enthused girls and boys. He adapted his teaching technique for the age group - it was so much fun, easy and creative. They learned a variety of dance moves from salsa, cha cha cha, merengue to cumbia. He even gave them the opportunity to show off their new dance moves at the end of the session! Gustavo is a great, professional and creative teacher for every age! Thank you, Gustavo for making my daughter's party memorable."
Regina N. Burnaby, BC, May 2010
Gustavo, thanks so much for the wonderful party! The
variety was impressive - DJ and live music, latin funk interactive routines and
free style dancing! I was excited (and mildly terrified) to be briefly helping
Gustavo lead the group! Thanks for capturing the energy and smiling faces of the
party in the pictures!"
Joel - Student Kitsilano
"After taking a few of Gustavo's Latin Funk classes out at UBC, my sister
had the brilliant idea to hire him as our "entertainment" for my
stagette. Even the hesitant dancers in the crowd got into it!
They raved about him so much that we decided to bring him back to get the party
started at our wedding reception. Guests had so much fun, and
his mini-class got them warmed up and on the dance floor for the rest of the
evening. Thanks, Gustavo, for adding even more enjoyment to our special
Sarah - August 2009 Vancouver
We requested a duo performance from Gustavo and his dance partner . I was
looking for a sexy, fun and entertaining performance and they delivered all
aspects of this. As soon as the interactive dance lesson came into play everyone
was up out of their seats wanting to shake up the dance floor. Everyone had
smiles and their faces and moved to the beat of the music. I would recommend
this entertainment for any function! Thanks for making my sisters wedding
Renita - August 2009 Vancouver
TJ and I had wanted to perform a salsa and disco dance number during our
wedding day. But we were far from being dancers, much less performers. TJ was
totally apprehensive and against the idea. But as we proceeded with our couple
salsa dancing classes with Gustavo, we were both surprised that we can dance
well as a couple! Gustavo just brought out the dancers in us. Gustavo was very
patient and his teaching style was very easy to learn and follow. We totally
enjoyed learning from him. For anyone needing a choreographer for special
events, or even just to bring out the dancer in you, we highly recommend
Gustavo. He's awesome!!"
Celina Tuano - July
"All of our guests (from age 6 to 95) at our 25th wedding anniversary raved
about your Latin Funk Dancing! Everyone had a great time and they wanted more!
Thank you Gustavo!"
Clinton and Constance Wong - May
Gustavo with Music partner Carlos J Costa and VJ Raul Cruz at a Corporate Conference event, Vancouver, BC.