Category: Bachata

Performance Videos (salsa & bachata) from Nueva Ola’s First Brooklyn Bash Social (NYC)

Anyone who’s known me for a while knows that I’m not particularly fond of heading out to Brooklyn. Don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the borough itself, or with the masses of hipsters roaming its streets. The simple fact is that even though both are a part of NYC, traveling from ...

Photoshoot with Argentinian Bachata Champions Marcelo and Julieta

I recently had the opportunity to do a photoshoot with the Argentinian bachata champions Marcelo Alcaraz and Julieta Ibañez.  One of the aspects I love about shooting elite level dancers is that they have such an acute awareness of their bodies, and generally have years of experience emoting feelings through facial expressions and subtle gestures.  Qualities ...

Performance Videos and Photos from La Fuerza’s Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

Thx to all who came out to celebrate with the La Fuerza fam! 🙂 Fausto & Isabel La Fuerza Ladies Gifted Souls NYC MDN Dancers Formula F Descarga Latina Santo Rico Tumbao Alma NYC La Fuerza Brava To see all the pictures from the event, check out: facebook.com/mapes24photography

Performing at Island Touch’s 6th Year Anniversary Party (Las Chicas Locas, NYC)

Maybe it’s because I now have a set timeline that’s leading towards the end of my stay in New York, but I find that I’m becoming more reflective regarding all the amazing experiences I’ve had while living in the City.  In as much as I’ll eternally be grateful to those that I’ve shared the stage with over the ...

My Experience Performing with Luis Vargas at Madison Square Garden

It’s been a few months now since the event, and just the memory of it still feels unreal…good thing I like to take pics.  🙂 Given the historic relevance of the Garden, I’m sure you can understand, why this Korean-Canadian-Californian living as a New York transplant was having a hard time registering the fact that he’d be performing ...

La Fuerza’s Performance at Pura Vida’s 3rd Year Anniversary Party (NYC)

It’s been over 3 years now since I started performing for a dance company, and have been blessed to have met some really awesome individuals within the NY dance community.  One of the first group of contemporaries in the bachata world that I had the pleasure of getting to know was Pura Vida Dance Company. F&F and Pura Vida Dance Companies, backstage at the ...

An Introductory Look at What Goes Down at a Latin Dance (Bachata, Salsa) Festival: with La Fuerza Dance Company

Have y’all seen those “What they think I do vs what I actually do” memes?  Well, I thought I’d give my readers, and my friends who aren’t a part of the latin dance scene, a behind the scenes look at a weekend in the life of a traveling dance company.  Here’s a quick look at La Fuerza Dance Company’s recent trip to the 3rd Annual Upstate ...