Head Instructor and Artistic Director Cornell Mannings
Cornell has been teaching Latin Dance since 2000. He currently teaches at City Dance Corps in Toronto, and we are now blessed to have him here in Hamilton. He has represented Canada at the Miami and Puerto Rico Salsa Congresses, and the Montreal Salsa Convention. His students have won a combined total of over 40 gold medals at DanceSport Canada (held annually in Montreal) and they have made several top ten finishes in various pro-am Salsa competitions. He has created over 100 competition choreographies (which like his classes) are built to suit the strengths and talents of the students involved.
Most importantly, people love Cornell’s classes because they are fun. From time to time he will have you dancing with a broomstick. This is not just hilarious (it is) but you will leave with a new understanding of how to move your body. Learning dance is a journey. In the beginning, of course we must know timing and rhythm, as it relates to our steps. But this does not simply mean understanding the count. Cornell teaches students how to enjoy themselves, and how to move to the music.
Salsa Instructors Rachel and Dan Dubeckyj
This dynamic duo originally learned to dance at the former Nuvitzo Hamilton. Rachel started in 2013, and Dan in 2014, and they taught the Nuvitzo level one and two classes until the school closed and relocated in 2020. We are so pleased to have them with us at Studio-G. They work together as a team, which allows them to focus on the elements of lead and follow, both separately to learn the steps, and together to understand lead/follow techniques as they apply to partner dancing. Rachel and Dan teach beginner salsa levels one and two on Sunday evenings. Classes will be taught in 8 week sessions.
Bachata Instructor Jennifer Johnson-Morgan
Jennifer is often hard at work as a Law Clerk, but she loves to dance. She knows that there is nothing better for clearing the mind, filling the heart, and exercising the body. Since discovering Latin dance in 2015, Jennifer taught level 1 and 2 bachata with former Nuvitzo Dance Studio. She also co-directed their performance teams. Jennifer has also taught and assisted with bachata workshops throughout our local community, including Miss Bachata in Mississauga. At Studio-G, Jennifer teaches bachata on Sunday afternoons. Classes will be taught in 8 week sessions.