Santos Lee was born and raised in Honduras, where he developed a love for Latin music and dance. Santos started to train officially in Salsa when he moved to Vancouver in 1994, and has continued studying a wide range of other dances including Ballroom, Bachata, Merengue, Afro-Cuban Rumba and Cuban Son. He now calls Toronto home, and has been a regular in the dance scene here since 2005.
Santos loves to teach. His classes focus on timing and musicality, footwork, body movement, leading/following techniques, clean execution of movement and tons of laughs. Santos has taught hundreds of students and has over 10 years of teaching experience. Before he segued into the dance world, Santos was a martial arts instructor; he found dance to be a natural progression (both art forms focus on movement, connection and timing).
Santos’ interest in teaching is surpassed only by his passion for lifelong learning as he continues to train with many great instructors in North America and Cuba. He has studied under many people but credits the following for having the most influence on his own dancing and teaching:
• Vladimir Aranda, Rhythm & Roots Entertainment, Toronto
• Israel Valdez, Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, Havana
• Roberto Borrell, Havana and San Francisco
• Jose Carret, Havana and Toronto
• Ilona Kamecki, Toronto
• Duane Wrenn, Energetic Soul, Detroit
• Jennifer Aucoin, Steps Dance Studio, Toronto
In addition to teaching, Santos is also an avid choreographer. He has created many pieces for the C. U. Dance Team, including Rueda de Casino performances that received critical acclaim at the San Francisco Rueda Festival and at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Although Casino is his favourite, Santos likes all Salsa styles and enjoys fusing them to create new moves.
Santos is a co-founder of C. U. Dance. Along with his partners, he has been promoting the Cuban music genre and dance style in Toronto through parties, clubs, concerts and dance classes. Santos believes he has found his true calling as an instructor, and hopes he can share this passion with you!