Laura Canellias, LA's Salsa Diva -
is LA's premiere salsa instructor & has been teaching salsa in Los Angeles for the past 32 years. Laura has performed & choreographed for TV, film
and stage & continues to teach, perform & judge at local & international events. Her skills have taken her throughout the United States, Canada &
Puerto Rico as well as Europe, Japan & Asia. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College for 20 years & has also taught at CSULA & Loyola Marymount University. She currently teaches classes at By Your Side Dance Studio in Culver City & Downtown Dance & Movement in Los Angeles.
As for special events, I was pleased to be invited to teach and/or judge once again at:
- The 3rd Annual Womens Dance Fest, Los Angeles, CA
- The 15th Annual High Desert Dance Classic at
Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA
- 21st Annual LA Salsa Fest, Los Angeles, CA where I was the first woman to be inducted into the Salsa Hall Of Fame!
- The Granada presents: LA's Top Social Dancer competition
- I choreographed a salsa piece for both the spring & fall semesters Global Motion Dance concerts for Santa Monica College.
- I also had the pleasure of performing with my students at the By Your Side Dance Rock & Roll Showcase!
Of course, in between all of these special events,
I'm still teaching my Cardio Salsatm classes twice a week at By Your Side Dance Studio, along with my regular salsa & bachata classes at By Your Side Dance & Downtown Dance studios, as well as teaching at Santa Monica College (see class schedule.)
I love going out to social dance at some of my favorite salsa clubs: The Warehouse (Marina del Rey), Senator Jones & The Gramercy (Santa Monica), The Granada (Alhambra), El Floridita's (Hollywood), Steven's Steakhouse (City of Commerce) & La Clave aka Oil Can Harry's (Studio City) to name a few.
21st Annual Los Angeles Salsa Festival
Yes, in 2019 I was the first woman to be inducted into the Salsa Hall Of Fame!
It was a great honor, although bittersweet due to the fact that this was the Salsa Festival started by my dear friend & partner, Albert Torres, back in 1998. We unfortunately lost him in 2017 due to ongoing health issues but somehow, I knew he was there in spirit. He, along with master musician & friend, Johnny Polanco, were both inducted posthumously this year. Also inducted into the Salsa Hall of Fame this year was Eddie Torres from NY & Rogelio Moreno from LA.
In closing, I'd like to thank all of you for your continued support. I love teaching! I feel that it's my life's purpose as well as performing, judging & promoting a healthy life style through dance.
Wishing you all the best year ever wih a life of perfect health, wealth, love, success & of course....
lots of dance!
Peace & Blessings,