Amaya Dance

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Houston’s Top Rated Local® Dance Studio

“Imagine a salsa dance studio – just different.” 

AMAYA Dance, founded by one of Houston’s longest standing dance instructors, Salomon Amaya, not only prides ourselves in creating the best experience for our students but has a goal and a vision of building a lasting dance community. AMAYA Dance provides not only fun group classes, but also first rate dance instruction, an incredible social community, and a friendly environment to help you develop your dance skills. Do you have a desire for fun, good health, personal achievement and social fulfillment? AMAYA Dance is for you! salsaintermediate

So, what do we offer?

Every student has a unique way of learning and for that reason we offer a variety of different ways to learn!

Group classes: For the individual who is looking for a fun way to not only learn and refine their dance skills, but also meet people from all different ages and backgrounds while sharing the excitement of learning to dance. In group classes you receive an invaluable amount of experience perfecting your lead/follow by dancing with different partners in a comfortable social setting.

Private lessons: For the student who prefers or needs that one on one attention we also offer private lessons (scheduled at your convenience). Private lessons are absolutely the key to putting your dancing skills on the fast track. Interested in a private custom class? Gather your friends and create a fun, personalized experience!

Salsa socials & parties: AMAYA Dance also offers social parties/events and first rate entertainment for our students and community. Have you ever heard the phrase “If you don’t use it you lose it”? Whatever your motivation is behind learning to dance, always remember –  practice makes perfect! Put your dance skills to use at one of Houston’s favorite salsa social parties, AMAYA Dance “Salsa Sunday Funday”! Get excited!

Dance teams: Join our dance team! For those looking to take their dancing to the next level we offer students the chance to perform on stage, train under Houston’s elite dance instructors and travel to different cities and events dedicated to representing Houston at the top of the salsa scene. Become a valuable part of the extended AMAYA Dance family no matter what age or what level of dancing you are at. We guarantee to have a spot for you amongst one of our many teams.

While AMAYA Dance primarily specializes and focuses on salsa dancing, we do like to mix things up and keep it interesting for our students! Don’t feel limited to learn only salsa – expand your dance knowledge through our many dance boot camps with bachata, cha-cha-cha, mambo and many more!

Our STAFF

Salomon Amaya

Salomon Amaya is a twelve year veteran in the Houston salsa and dance community teaching students of all backgrounds everything from the basics to mastery choreographies. Salomon has traveled the world teaching his love for salsa and dance to eager students. He has become a YouTube salsa sensation with millions of people around the world tuning in to watch and learn from his creative style of dance. Salomon’s passion for dancing and choreography has led him to form his dance company called Xango. Salomon and his team have performed in various events across the country. Xango has quickly become one of the top salsa companies in Texas. Salomon opens up his dance team to the public once a year for aspiring new dancers in the community to train and perform side by side with him and his team. Salomon’s work has been featured across the country. When resting between teaching, competing, training, and choreographing new routines for his dance team, he can be found mashing away opponents on his favorite video game, Street Fighter. Salomon takes pride in watching his students grow. His recent success is due to his passion for the dance, his students, and his work. You will not find a more passionate dancer and instructor in all of Houston.

Kanosky “K” Muñoz Alvarez

Kanosky “K” Muñoz Alvarez was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She began her training at the tender age of five in classical ballet, Folklor venezolano, jazz and flamenco. After moving to the U.S. in 1998, she began her training in figure ice skating and excelled on to win two gold medals in the amateur division in Sugarland, Texas but her newfound glory was short-lived, when she dislocated two toes. After months of therapy, she decided that it was time to return to her true passion - dance, and in 2002 she joined as a member of various dance groups and companies, working with distinguished individuals in the dance community in the Houston Metropolitan area. In 2008, she had the great opportunity to be part of Latin music’s most renowned award show, The Latin Grammy Awards, where she was a dancer for Victor Manuelle. This performance ultimately led her to share the stage with DJ Flex at the George R. Brown Convention Center. She has since showcased her talents in various other venues including choreography for the 2nd Annual Michael Jackson Tribute. In October 2010, she co-founded JAKS Dance Company with her business partner and friend Jessika Rodriguez; together they choreographed numbers for Salsa Y Salud, the 43rd Houston International Festival and the Ms. Texas Deaf Pageant 2011. That same year, alongside Cecille Araujo, she had the opportunity to direct and choreographed her first major theatrical production for “Noche de Caribe” at Teatro Bilingue de Houston. In 2012, at the Houston Salsa Congress, she received the “Outstanding Dancer of the Year” Award for her contribution in the Houston Salsa Community. Currently, after teaching in Houston’s legendary Melody Club from 2004 to 2013, Salomon Amaya has given her the opportunity to work together once again. This July 2016 will mark 2 years of fun memories, dance team collaborations, challenges and growth for her in the Amaya Dance family.

Daisy Aguilar

Teacher. Choreographer. Performer. Artist. Born and Raised Houstonian, Daisy Aguilar started her artistic journey at the age of 14. She studied ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, flamenco, and contemporary dance at George Washington High School, and continued her passion for dance at Texas Woman’s University earning her B.A. in Dance Studies with a minor in Spanish. Her love for cultural dance motivated Daisy to join the Texas Woman’s University and CholoRock Dance Theatre while receiving her degree. Both companies gave Daisy the opportunity to train and perform world dances in the U.S. and Mexico. She continued her education at TWU receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching with a Dance Emphasis. Daisy is currently implementing her studies and passion at Amaya Dance. She has become a full blown “salsa addict” and is currently training and teaching salsa and bachata. Daisy is a member of the Amaya Dance Semi Pro-Team where she continues to perfect her craft. This newly found love has given her the opportunity to continue to teach and embrace her love for culture. Daisy teaches and works with the Rice Salseros, a university-based organization at Rice Universtiy to promote salsa in the community. She also has co-created Team Double D’s and the DD Team Project with Daniel Hernandez where they emphasis on the fusion of contemporary dance and bachata. Daisy is a life-long learner and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with others.

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