This session is an introduction to Latin dance.
Alejandro Rivera is Dance Director and Studio Manager of the Global Education Center. Alejandro joined the Global Education Center staff after a few years as a contracted artist. He is artistic director of Global's Helios World Dance Ensemble. He continues to be a popular choreographer, teacher and performer throughout the Nashville area and has his own dance program specializing in choreography for Quinceañeras. He has a BA in Industrial Management/Human Resources, with a Minor in Education. He is from Hatillo, Puerto Rico, where he trained in Musical Theater, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Latin, Ballroom and Ballet, from four Academies: Compañía Baile Moderno in San Germán, PR by Janice Santana, and Elmer Pérez; Western Ballet Theater in Mayagüez, PR by Nana and Mumy Badrena; Ballet Jazz de Mayagüez in Mayagüez, PR by Doris Ocasio; and School for the Performing Arts in San Juan, PR by Waldo González. Mr. Rivera was the director and founder of the first College Dance Team to receive full university tuition scholarship out of all 11 state universities in Puerto Rico. He was chosen out of 50 teachers at W.A.L.K.S. (private magnet school in Mayagüez, PR) to provide dance workshops in private and public schools as well as organizations and other groups of kids and adults in Danbury, Connecticut. Alejandro opened his own performing arts studio, named Imagination Performing Arts Studio in Mayagüez, PR, where students had the opportunity to create their own musicals and the teachers were their guides to explore their talents throughout the class. Mr. Rivera left his career as a Healthcare Training Manager to join Global Education Center full time so he can continue to make a difference in the lives of every person he encounters through the power of dance.