Liza is a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology department. She caught the dancing bug an at early age, which led to studying ballet for 11 years. She also has 18 years of classical music training, which has been invaluable for understanding the complexities of salsa music.
Liza has taught workshops in places as diverse as South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil. She has studied salsa/mambo extensively with Frankie Martinez, Johnny Matos, Eddie Torres, Shaka Brown, and PsyonMauricio Scott, and has been trained in the NY-, LA-, and cuban-styles of dancing. Liza has performed with Frankie Martinez's Ache performance project in NY, and with Clavekazi Sixth Sense and the Mezzlocutis Dance Company in Washington, DC. She has also studied Brazilian dances including samba de gafieira, zouk with Renata Peçanha and samba with Carlinhos de Jesus in Rio de Janeiro.
She founded the Princeton Salsa Club in 2006 and has been teaching the classes since then.
Teaching the weekly classes is the highlight of her week.
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Sergio Sotovando was born and raised in Guatemala. He grew up listening to
salsa music, which is how he became interested in salsa dancing, and has now
been dancing for more than 10 years. He has trained with some of the top
salsa instructors in NYC and performed in the central Jersey area. Recently, he
has been training students for salsa congresses and festivals. He is very active
on the social dancing scene in NY where he goes several times a week.
As a child, he was very active in sports, trained in boxing and Karate, and has
emphasized the importance of staying active and healthy throughout his life.
Salsa has been one of the ways he keeps up with his exercise regime.
Sergio says: "I am very excited to be teaching at Princeton University and I
can't wait to meet my new students."