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 meet people from all over the world, but to also make a positive difference in people’s lives. This passion for teaching is what has united them with Yes You Can Dance Salsa since 2014, regularly appearing at our monthly events. They support the goal of strengthening the dance community with a fun and safe environment, where all levels of dancers can enjoy salsa dancing in a positive, healthy, and very family-friendly, atmosphere. They eagerly support and encourage each and every student, as is clearly evident in the enthusiasm they display when they teach. Hector and Daniela provide private lessons in salsa, bachata, cumbia, cha cha, and rumba, as well as choreography for weddings and Quinceañeras. You can contact them through the Santa Barbara Dance Center, at (805) 899 – 2901 (santabarbaradancecenter.com), as well as attend their regular Friday night classes.