Ever wanted to be a hit on the dance floor with your exciting dance moves? Learn how with a little help from Yoshi.
Yowceph Haddad, known as Yoshi, teaches dance at Sandestin Fitness Center every Tuesday night and at The Ocean Club on Wednesdays.
On Tuesdays, it's Salsa with Yoshi. However, in private classes, he also teaches merengue, the cha cha for beginners and higher levels, all Latin dances, and basic and intermediate bachata, which he describes as slower and easier to pick up than salsa.
Yoshi has been teaching dance for three years. He moved to Miramar Beach from New York City in December.
"I needed a break from New York City," he said.
Until college, his love of music was mainly expressed through instruments such as the violin, piano, and guitar.
Yoshi said he developed a passion for dance while attending college at Notre Dame when he joined the University's urban dance crew Project Fresh as a breakdancer in 2007.
After graduating, he moved to New York City where he began to absorb more of the culture of music and dance. He fell in love with New York-style salsa and began to immerse himself in it and became familiar with all its variations.
He has been teaching now for three years and is familiar with both the On1 and On2 styles. He then ventured out to the other popular Latin dance styles of bachata and merengue.
"Music and dance are universal forms of expression," he said.
Classes at Sandestin Fitness Center are every Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at a cost of $15 for a single class or $50 for a four-class package.
Every Wednesday night at The Ocean Club, you can find Yoshi on the dance floor beginning at 6 p.m. until the band begins playing at 7:30 p.m. When the band takes a break, he's back out on the floor in what he calls Latin Intermissions. There is no charge for this basic introduction.
"During their break, I dance," he said.
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