Laura Canellias, Guillermo Ceballos & Rene Perez

perform at the By Your Side Dance 10 Yr Anniv Gala - Oct. 2016

Laura Canellias,  LA's Salsa Diva - 
is LA's premiere salsa instructor & has been teaching salsa in Los Angeles for the past 30 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 19 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.  
 

2018 - A Year in Review:
The year was off to a great start teaching my dance classes at By Your Side Dance, Downtown Dance & Movement & Santa Monica College.

As for special events, I was pleased to be invited to teach and/or judge at: 

- The 2nd Annual Womens Dance Fest, Los Angeles, CA

- The 14th Annual High Desert Dance Classic at  

  Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA

- 20th Annual LA Salsa Fest, Los Angeles, CA

- 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 Comic-Con Showcase!

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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.

 

2019 - We're off to a good start:  

the year is off to a great start with the continuation of my involvement in the 3rd Annual LA Women's Dance Fest, The 15th Annual High Desert Dance Classic & the 21st & (sadly) final Los Angeles Salsa Festival!  Yes, 2019 marked the final year of the salsa congress & this year, 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 last & final LA Salsa congress started by my 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 into the Salsa Hall of Fame this year as well as 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,

Laura Canellias

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