WHO WE ARE?
THE NUVITZO MISSION
1. To offer the opportunity to learn and practice dance in a friendly and professional environment.
2. To develop strong relations with students as well as between students in order to build a salsa community or family within the Hamilton Region
MEET THE NUVITZO TEAM
FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR
Sean Quinlan serves as the Founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning Latin dance school Nuvitzo Dance. He is a Professional Dancer, Dance Instructor in Salsa and Bachata, Choreographer and Professional Dance Competitor.
Committed to being trained by the best Sean has traveled to San Diego & Boston to train with Alma Dance Company and holds his Instructors Certification in both Salsa & Bachata from Alma Latina. From there, he furthered his training in Kizomba with David Espinosa & Tania Wong from Amigos De Semba.
Sean’s passion is living life to its fullest and he practices it every day in the hopes of bettering himself and the dance company. The goal is to grow the community and share the passion that he discovered with as many people as possible – not just the moves but the culture and family that comes along with it.
You can find him in the classroom at Nuvitzo Dance, teaching at McMaster University as well as workshops across Canada & USA.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Ashley Brown takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a strong fabric of coherence, helps others extend their thinking, and drives material business advantage. She is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in financial information that levers the business.
Ashley Brown serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Partner of Nuvitzo Dance when you don’t see her in the classroom as a dance instructor assistant she is busy working behind the scene by leading the organization, direction, and coordination of all administrative & marketing functions.
Ashley an award-winning business strategist holds a Degree in Business Administration. She is the Founder of She Inc a multi-million dollar customer service agency and sits on several Boards of Directors as a Communications & PR Expert. With a strong passion for the Performing Arts, Ashley has a strong desire to communicate through music and motion, where she believes the physical and kinetic potential of the human body is unleashed in dance.
INSTRUCTOR: BACHATA LEVEL 1 & 2
Jennifer is currently an instructor teaching Bachata 101 at Nuvitzo Dance, as well as assistant director of the pre-intermediate salsa performance team, and a member of the bachata performance team.
Jennifer has always loved dancing, since the early days of baby ballet to recent dabblings in belly dancing and line dancing; as long as there is music Jennifer will find a way to move to it.
Jennifer joined the Nuvitzo family in 2015 and has since fallen in love with the musicality of bachata, the challenge of salsa and the rhythmic movement of kizomba. By becoming an instructor Jennifer hopes to share her joy of dance with you.
Rachel D’Agostino & Dan Dubeckyj
INSTRUCTORS: SALSA LEVEL 3
Rachel & Dan currently instruct all Salsa 100 & 200 Series Classes at Nuvitzo Dance.
They have been teaching Salsa for 2 years and have performed with Nuvitzo Dance’s Salsa Team. Rachel & Dan are known for their clear instruction, patience & expert ability to break down steps, figures & patterns. They consistently work with Sean in order to improve their knowledge of Salsa & are currently training in Kizomba.
INSTRUCTOR: BACHATA & SALSA LEVEL 1 & 2
Kathi started dancing in fall 2013 at the University of Muenster, Germany. From 2014 to 2016 she assisted with Kizomba group classes and the occasional salsa workshop. After immigrating to Canada in November 2016 she made the Hamilton salsa scene her new home. Shortly after, she started training with Sean to compete in the Amateur Salsa Showcase division at various Salsa Congresses throughout Ontario and Quebec.
Currently she is working hard to become the latest addition to the Nuvitzo Team and teach salsa and bachata beginner levels. Outside from dance Kathi is trained in German law and now studying philosophy at McMaster University.
INSTRUCTOR: CONDITIONING & STRETCHING FOR DANCERS
Sanya Khan, Dance Instructor, and owner at Lakeside Ballroom has been dancing her whole life! Growing up as a competitive dancer in Toronto she has focused on many different forms of dance. She initially started her training with the Royal Academy of Ballet and then focused on Jazz, Lyrical and Latin dancing. She has competed in numerous competitions and conventions at a national level since the age of 10 and has not stopped dancing since. She’s now thrilled to join Nuvitzo’s team to help others discover their joy of dance!
David grew up in Lima, Peru, whereas a child, he studied Afro-Peruvian dance and learned salsa on the streets of Peru. He moved to Canada in 2007 and continued his dance and musical education by studying West African percussion under the supervision of Guinean Djembefolas and Griots.
In 2011, David started his Kizomba & Semba training with local artists. From there, he further polished his style by traveling to France, Spain, England, the Netherlands and Portugal and trained with world-renowned Angolan, Cabo Verdian and Guinean Bissau dance artists such as Mr. Tecas, Eddy Vents, Fabricio and Mandela, to name just few.
David is the first male Semba teacher in Ontario trained in Europe and is one of the pioneers of the Kizomba scene in Toronto. In 2014, he founded “Amigos do Semba” in Toronto with the unique purpose of training Kizomba and Semba dancers in the developing Kizomba Toronto scene and now we are proud to bring his passion to the Hamilton community.
CHECK OUT THE STUDIO
Nuvitzo is awesome and a great place if you want to learn salsa or bachata! Not only because the teachers are great and the atmosphere is always relaxed and fun, but also because you will rarely be in class without a partner: If there is an imbalance between men and women usually other more advanced students come to fill in the gaps! This is great because you can practice with more experienced dancers who also give you personalized feedback. As a guy, this was also very helpful in the social dancing events (every Friday, free for students and soooo important to practice practice practice!) because if I had not known these ‘pro’ dancers from class I would never have dared to ask them to dance.
All in all, a great place to learn, have fun, and make new friends
I have been taking bachata, salsa and musicality classes at Nuvitzo and I love it. Sean and his assistants’ have been so patient in teaching the classes and pay attention to each individual. I would say that whether you are a beginner or a novice, Sean will be able to be attentive you your needs
Awesome dance studio and exquisite instructors…I am very happy that I joined the studio
This dance studio is so much fun. I’ve just started level 1 salsa, and the moves are broken down so well it’s easy to grasp the footwork. This is an amazingly friendly environment and the team instructors are patient and encouraging. There is definitely a passion for dance found here. This studio is for all ages, no one is too young or too old to learn how to dance. Friday night socials are a great way to practise your steps and maybe try some other styles of dance.
Can’t wait for the next lesson!!
As a person who has always done horribly with choreographed anything, (First one there, last one to get it), approaching the Latin dance scene was wildly intimidating seeing all these elaborate turns and footwork and holds being used with so little effort that it seemed as natural as breathing to them. Certainly not something my brain was possible of accomplishing nor my feet.
But after a couple warm hearted students suggested I try a beginner class, I found an immediate bond to the heart of the music and with the patient adaptive instructors they found a way to bring about something in me that was hungry to learn these steps and were able to guide me on that on journey.
Can’t say enough for what a positive environment this is to learn in made all the better by both great instructors and eager students who frequently offer up their time to help fellow students grow in their practice!
I joined Nuvitzo Dance earlier this year when I was bitten by the salsa bug. I couldn’t be any happier. Sean and all the other instructors are amazing at their craft. They’re able to break down every move and make it easy to understand and follow. I’ve learned so much in the short time that I’ve been with them. I’m literally dancing for joy. Both, staff and students are friendly, welcoming, and supportive. If you’re looking to do something new or expand on your salsa skills, look no further. Nuvitzo Dance is where it’s at. Two giant thumbs up! They are pure awesomeness!
YOU ARE READY … LET’S DANCE!