Monica Dabos Phd
Yes Dance Founder

Monica Dabos Phd

Dr. Monica Dabos, an educator by trade and a dancer by heart, is the founder of Yes Dance!, a non-profit organization now located at 705 Paseo Nuevo, on State Street in Santa Barbara. A turbulent upbringing in Argentina and unconventional life choices have instilled in her a deep desire for fostering social inclusion at all levels. Bringing the community together whether teaching statistics or salsa is a passion for Monica and Yes Dance! is a manifestation of that passion.  Located among Santa Barbara’s most infinite bar scene, Monica is introducing a new concept to the Santa Barbara community: fun downtown without alcohol....

Victor Contreas

Victor Contreras is an AMAZING teacher who has never failed to teach the salsa classes. Since the first day, Victor has given the tools and encouragement and dedication to all salsa learners that has no parallel. He does this without getting paid a penny. He volunteers all his time and dedication. He should get the Volunteer of the Year award in Santa Barbara. Victor’s dedication to salsa and the local community finds expression every Tuesday night when he assumes his alter-ego as an unpaid volunteer dance instructor. Victor has been sharing his love of salsa (for free!) for over four years, and...

Hector Sanchez

Hector Sanchez has been dancing for 18 years. He grew up listening to salsa music and, in high school, was invited to start the first salsa club at Dos Pueblos High. Daniela Merlino has been dancing for seven years. She was first introduced to Latin dancing through friends who were taking salsa lessons. She found this to be a great way to relax after a hard day at work. Together, this magnificent duo created JustBaila Salsa, and they feel extremely blessed to have a job that they enjoy so much. Through teaching dance, they have the opportunity to not only...