The Team

Instructors

Jocelyn Azarcon

CEO, Founder, Certified Zumba Instructor

Jocelyn is the founder of Soul2Sole and co-founder of Discover Dance Canada (www.discoverdancecanada.com). She is a full-time instructor, performer and choreographer who has been involved with the Arts her entire life. With extensive training in Latin International Ballroom, Folklore, Hip Hop and of course Salsa, Jocelyn continues to expose herself to different dance disciplines and the latest dance trends. In her teens she competed in Latin Ballroom and placed 1st and 2nd in the Bronze and Silver division of Star Challenge and the Trillium competitions in Toronto. In 2000 she entered her first salsa competition placing top 3 with partner Hugh Wilson. Jocelyn has a natural passion in sharing her love of dance through teaching and performing. Through her world travels, she has learned from various Salsa and Latin Ballroom Professionals and has explored the most efficient teaching methods. With Jocelyn’s evident passion, expertise, and teaching skills, Soul2Sole students are certain to gain fun and dynamic learning experiences. In addition, Jocelyn loves working with children and successfully runs children’s Latin Dance camps in the summer. Adults, teens and children all love Jocelyn, her sense of humor, her dance classes and most of all, her joie de vivre!

Alvin Lero

Instructor, Performer

Alvin Lero joined Soul2Sole in 2001. His passion for dance began with his ever growing love for music. Alvin grew up performing in front of audiences and continues to perform with Soul2Sole at local events. His dance repertoire not only includes performing but choreography as well. Alvin likes to mix his love of various types of music, such as jive and jazz, into his Salsa routines thus creating new and innovative performances. Always looking for challenges, Alvin continues to take his Salsa experience to a whole new level.

Hugh Wilson

Instructor, Performer

From the very first time Hugh was exposed to Salsa, he was intrigued. He quickly began taking private lessons and has been dancing Salsa since mid year of 2000. Only 6 months into learning Salsa Hugh took the plunge in entering his first Salsa competition with Jocelyn and placed third at the Berlin Competition in 2001. Aside from working a full time career and running his own martial arts school, Hugh continues to train and perform at local events with Soul2Sole.

Kimberly Capisonda

Instructor, Performer

Kimberly’s love of dance began in her early child hood when she joined the Hawaiin Pacific Majic dance troupe in 1984. Since her time with HPM she has performed internationally in Italy, Brazil and Spain to name a few and now is one of their lead instructors who continue to inspire and share her love for Hawaiian dancing. Expanding her dance portfolio she began her Salsa experience with Soul2Sole in 2002. Her passion and experience for dance has enabled her to become a requested performer and a well liked instructor for Soul2Sole. Infected with “dance fever” Kimberly’s love for Salsa dancing and Soul2Sole continues to grow.

Janice Zeppieri

Instructor, Performer

Dancing since she was just 4 years old,  Janice has showcased her Salsa skills at both the 2006 and 2008 Canada Salsa Congress. Passionate about dance, Janice has continued to train, and learn from world-renowned instructors. Combining her expertise, dance zeal and enthusiasm with an Honors Degree in Psychology, Janice is able to offer effective teaching and enjoyable classes for everyone.

Karen Rodriguez

Instructor

 

Gorete Almeida

Instructor

Gorete studied Kinesiology at the University of Guelph and completed a M.Sc. Ergonomics in England. She is an award-winning salsa dancer, international fitness presenter and accomplished instructor with over 25 years of experience. Dance and the performing arts have been part of her life since early childhood. Best known for her salsa, Latin and dance choreography her background includes competitive cheerleading, ice dancing and hip-hop. She is certified holistic lifestyle coach and culinary nutritionist (CNE) with the intention of achieving a life full of abundance, health and balance. She enjoys what she does everyday and is ignited by helping others live healthier lives!

Maia Alvina

Instructor, Performer

Starting at a very young age, Maia waited just 4 years before she started dancing. She began performing in front of a wide audience (of 3) till her parents realized that if they didn’t sign her up for classes, she’d run away by the age of 7. After dodging her life as a runaway, she went on to study and perform various styles of dance from tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop. It was in 2004 that Maia fell in love with Salsa and Ballroom and has been dancing with multiple partners ever since. Her love of motivating others and being the center of attention led her to begin her career as a dance teacher in 2009. Since then, she has been giving her heart and soul to teaching and showing every person there’s a hidden dancer in each of them. Maia joined Soul2Soul in 2013 and sums up her experiences as: Adorable at times yet still sexy with a great sense of humour. She also specializes in wedding dances, special events, MC’ing, eating and losing things.

Michel Cayanan

Instructor

Michel’s love for dance started at the age of 13 when she attended a performing arts high school where she studied Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary dance. She took her first salsa class in 2008, and has been dancing salsa and other partner dances — bachata, chacha, kizomba, zouk, hustle, and west coast swing– non-stop ever since. She’s performed and taught workshops with professional salsa teams in Salsa Congresses in Canada, USA, Bermuda, Israel, Peru, and China. When she is not in the office crunching numbers, or dancing in the studio, she’s most likely planning her next epic travel adventure!
She joined the Soul2Sole fam in 2016, and she is excited to share her love for salsa with her students.

Philline Gutierrez

S2S Office Administrator, Certified Zumba & Zumba Gold
Instructor

Philline has always had a passion for dance, health and fitness. With 6 years of experience working with persons with disabilities for the Toronto District School Board and the provincial government, Philline has positively impacted others by helping them to build confidence and focus on their abilities and strengths. Combining her work experiences with her passion for dance, health, and fitness, Philline decided to become a Zumba instructor. Her ability to appropriately modify exercise routines to each individual makes Phillines classes fulfilling for all students including beginners, older adults, and persons with disabilities.

Stephanie Weston

Assistant, Performer

Stephanie is classically and professionally trained in ballet/pointe, modern, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, Latin ballroom and Latin social. She has performed and continues to perform at charity events, corporate and social functions, weddings, and more. Her credentials are BATD ‘Stage’ (jazz and tap) certified teacher, and currently working toward her ADAPT certification. A university student working concurrently toward BA Specialized Honours in Linguistics and Language Studies & B Ed French, Stephanie joined Soul2Sole in July 2011. Stephanie’s guilty pleasures are: ice cream, sudoku, red licorice, diet coke, PASTA!!! And of course she absolutely loves performing with Soul2Sole choreo group as well as teaching and sharing her passion for dance with others!

Joey Leonardis

Assistant, Performer

Joey began with Soul2Sole in 2009 when salsa dancing  was on his “bucket list” of things to accomplish.  He soon caught ‘salsa fever’ and now enjoys helping others have as much fun as possible. An avid outdoors-man and sports nut, Joey brings his high energy and fun-loving attitude into the studio and onto the dance floor.

Bianca Scotland

Assistant, Performer

Ever since Bianca first tried Latin dancing in high school, she was absolutely hooked! Continuously learning and evolving her style, Bianca has taken lessons not only in salsa but in ballroom, African dancing and hiphop as well. As if dancing was not enough to keep Bianca active, she indulges in rock climbing, kayaking, and road races. Bianca has even brought her high energy and passion for Latin dancing to non-profit community fundraisers and events. As an instructor, Bianca finds reward in seeing students evolve into dancers: “I love seeing beginners turn into confident and spicy salseros and salseras on the dance floor!”

Tamian Scotland

Assistant, Performer

Dance has always been the love of Tamian’s life. With over 10 years of experience, Tamian has embraced jazz, modern, African, contemporary, ballroom, dance hall, salsa, and his favorite… hip hop. He has a talent not just for expressing himself creatively through dance, but also through drawing. One of Tamian’s dreams is to be in the entertainment industry in radio and television. A sports enthusiast, he especially loves soccer and volley ball. With a multifaceted passion for dance, entertainment, and sport, Tamian brings an eclectic energy to Soul2Sole.

Andrei

Assistant, Performer

Paula

Assistant, Performer

Pablo

Assistant, Performer

Michelle

Assistant, Performer

Kayla

Assistant, Performer

Katherine

Assistant, Performer

Darlene

Assistant, Performer