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!

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.

Karen Rodriguez

Instructor

Katherine Azarcon

Operations Manager

Janice Zeppieri

Instructor

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.

Velina Sotirova-Sabat

Instructor

Paula Videla-Rodriguez

Instructor

Paula Videla-Rodriguez has over 30 years experience in the performing arts. Her extensive dance background includes gymnastics, ballet, Latin American folklore, Musical Theatre, Flamenco, and International Latin Ballroom. In 1996, alongside her now husband Jose Rodriguez, Paula started and owned one of Torontos Salsa Dance companies, “Dance to Live Studio”. This Latin American husband and wife team both choreograph and dance professionally. To maintain and enrich their high caliber of instruction, they have attended, instructed, and performed at various International Salsa Congresses, including the L.A., Puerto Rico, New York, Montreal and Canada Salsa Congress. In early 2014, shortly after the birth of her 2nd son and death of her father, Paula took a professional hiatus to focus and recharge her energies. Later that same year she was invited to collaborate with one of Toronto’s largest and most successful Latin Dance Schools, Soul2Sole. Paula is honored and happy to bring her love of dance, caliber of instruction and wealth of knowledge to Soul2Sole and is excited to continue to do what she loves….inspire students to reach beyond their potential and express themselves through the beauty of dance!!

Young Kim

Instructor

Banker by day, salsero by night, Young has become one of the most talented dancers in Toronto. As a former principal dancer of Mambo Tribe Salsa Dance Company, he has performed and taught in Paris, Cannes, Nice, Hamburg, Bermuda, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Rochester, Detroit, Boston, and Montreal. Young is known for his charismatic presence on the stage, and for his effortless lead and innovative turn patterns on the dance floor.

Bong Gonzales

Instructor

Bong launched his dance career in 1989 when he began dancing and performing Filipino Folkloric dancing with the Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe. Bong performed with this troupe for almost 10 years until he discovered Latin Ballroom Dancing in 1998. As part of his ballroom training, Bong entered the salsa scene. In the years that followed, Bong immersed himself in learning the different forms of salsa, merengue, bachata and cha cha. Bong has traveled worldwide to such destinations as Europe, the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Canada competing, performing and teaching. Soul2Sole Studios is Bong’s destination where he shares his passion of dancing with his students!

Giovanni Torres

Instructor

Dj Gio (Giovanni Torres) was born and raised in one of the worlds havens for Salsa dancers and musicians, Medellin, Colombia! The art of Salsa music and dance is his lifestyle. Since childhood, Salsa music, teaching and dancing has been instrumental in his life and grew to become his ultimate passion.
His career first began in 1988 as a dancer then evolved to becoming a dance instructor, cardio salsa specialist, Latin DJ and hes one of Toronto’s Salsa Dance Pioneers! DJ Gio has had the pleasure of sharing his love for Salsa music around the world for more than 10 years. He has been a requested dj, instructor and performer for many accredited events, salsa congresses, festivals, concerts and Dj’s at the top salsa nightclubs in the city. You can catch him shining at Soul2Sole Studios weekly sharing his love for SALSA!

Nadia Vargola

Instructor

Mariisa Mitchell

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!

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.

Oriana Chacon Galue

Instructor, Performer

Joey Leonardis

Instructor, 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

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

Instructor

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.

Roland Semprie

Instructor

Andrei Kiss

Instructor, Performer

Pablo Capati

Instructor, Performer

“I’ve always admired those people who could dance well. Before Soul2sole I had no previous dance experience and Latin dancing, more specifically salsa, was something that I’ve always wanted to learn. Dance has been my outlet to de-stress, burn some calories, connect with people, and provide new challenges. My motivations have not changed much over the years. I’m always working to be a better dancer but now I also work towards becoming a better teacher and mentor as well. My advice. Don’t get frustrated with not getting something right away. Try to learn and internalize it. Practice it. Apply it.”

Natalia Pankova

Instructor, Performer

Since childhood Natalia has always been intrigue by the elegance and beauty of dance. In 2006, she participated in a fitness program where Latin music was introduced to her. It was love at sight. The next step was to try latin dancing. Natalia found Soul2sole through a meet-up group in 2014 and since then has never missed a class or a session. Being a member of Soul2Sole’s Student Assistant Program and the Choreography team in Mississauga, Natalia dedicates much of her time dancing and giving back to others. Her message to the students she mentors is to practice with purpose, never beat up on yourself and regardless of how you may be feeling, always smile.

Breanne McGrath

Instructor, Performer

“As a way to try and meet new people, I tried salsa classes several years ago and was hooked from the start. For me dance has allowed me to break out of my shell and push myself to try something I never thought I could do! With no background in dance whatsoever, salsa and bachata have quickly become my passion. I hope to be able to show other students you don’t need to have experience dancing – you just need to try and if you love it, keep going…enjoy the feeling of happiness and freedom you get from dancing!!”

Kayla Le

Instructor, Performer

Kayla started dancing since a young age. She participated in a Youth Dancing Program back in Jakarta where she learned varieties of Ballroom dancing and performed in Weddings, Churches, and Galas. She discovered Soul2Sole in 2013 where she fell in love with Salsa and Latin Ballroom. Dancing makes her happy, keeps her healthy, and boosts a lot of confidence in herself. Even with her busy work schedule as a Real Estate agent, She always spares her time for dancing. It is Her passion and dedication for dancing that made her participated in Assistant Program with Soul2Sole. When she started her classes with Soul2Sole, she felt genuinely welcomed, she learned from the best instructors who cares deeply about their students, shared their passion, and they made her feel like a part of their family. As a Student assistant, She wants every new student that joins Soul2Sole to feel the same way she did. Sharing her passion for dancing, helping Students improve their skills and watching them grow as dancers is a rewarding feeling.

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.

Anna Peric

Office A Team

Nedale Daniel

Office A Team

“Having grown up around Arabic music, I wanted to experience something new. I thought of salsa and the different dimensions and expressions that it presented. Although common in the joy that both styles bring, Salsa motivates me in both the artistic and technical realms. It is inspiring to see others around me grow and equally inspiring to see myself develop and move forward. Soul2Sole presents a fun, supportive and dynamic environment. It’s a great place to make lasting friendships, stay on top of the salsa scene, and feel safe enough to take a chance on yourself. Stepping outside of my comfort zone is something that I am proud of every day.”

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