Instructors


Carmen Gonza:
Carmen Gonza holds a B.Ed specializing in Dance Education. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts (Language & Linguistics).
Carmen has dedicated her life to the preservation of Latin America’s heritage, culture and language through music, dance and the performing arts. Her dance training has taken her around the world. Carmen is the founder and director of the International Saskatchewan Salsa & Bachata congress and is the owner & director of the Danza Morena Latin Dance Academy.


Deidra Toner:
Started dancing at age 4 and fell in love with dancing, especially ballet. She grew up dancing in Estevan until she successfully completed the teaching courses. She moved to Calgary to train and pursue a ballet dancing career. After 18 years, and after getting to experience performing on stage with a professional ballet company, she sustained injury and decided to retire from that career goal. Deidra’s favorite part of dance, is that students can take lessons with them throughout their life. The discipline, goal setting, how they carry themselves, feelings of accomplishment and the confidence that comes with those accomplishes.


Sacha Favel:
Sacha is a current elite dancer of the Danza Canada Team and has represented Saskatoon and Canada in the International Calgary Salsa Congress, Winnipeg Salsa Fest, International Saskatchewan Salsa & Bachata Congress and the Los Angeles Salsa Congress. Sacha has also qualified to compete in the 2017 World Latin Dance Cup in Orlando. Sacha has received professional dance training and attended workshops from Omar & Amelia Munoz from Los Angeles, BNF dance co and Jefferson & Adrianita from Colombia, Paulina Posadas from Mexico, Manuel Dos Santos from Angola, Flavie Merise from Haiti to name a few. Sacha loves social dancing and is very much looking forward to installing her love for dancing and performing to her students.


Solange Rego:
Solange has been dancing for as long as she has been able to walk. Her dance training started in her native Mozambique where she began her training in various dance genres including both traditional as well as contemporary forms, including Afro-Dance, Ballet and Hip-Hop.
Solange has continued her training and advancement in Canada and North America with world- class instructors such as Sarah Lopez, Usukuma, Ivo Vieira, Shani Meyers, Ennuel Iverson and David Campos in New York Solange is thrilled to be part of the DANZA family.


Maria Balmeo:
Maria started dancing at the age of 6. She started dancing traditional Filipino folk dancing through her community just as a hobby. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a passion. It was until she was a lot older that she started playing around with different genres like hip-hop, dancehall, Polynesian dancing, k-pop dancing etc. Maria is musically trained in the Piano, flute and ukulele. Maria is a current elite dancer of the Danza Canada Team and has represented Saskatoon and Canada in the International Calgary Salsa Congress, Winnipeg Salsa Fest, International Saskatchewan Salsa & Bachata Congress and the Los Angeles Salsa Congress. Maria has also qualified to compete 2017 World Latin Dance Cup in Orlando. Maria is looking forward to the 2017/2018 dance season and excited to meet her new students. A message to Maria’s future students …As a wise man once said, “If you can walk, you can dance”.


Tara had the privilege of dancing for many years. She always danced as a kid in traditional ballet. She was introduced to the Latin American rhythms 15 years ago and ever since had many great teachers like Carmen Gonza to guide me through amazing styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Negroide and Cumbia and Soca. Tara is fantastic at choreographing high energy dance routines. She has always been passionate about dancing and she is grateful to pass this gift down to others. She can’t wait to come back to teaching with the Danza Co.

Biography coming up. Argentine Tango Lessons will be facilitated by Elaine Masich, Penny Schafer and Michael Mondor.

Elaine and her husband live on a farm near Davidson, SK.
Elaine is a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (CDTA), Ballroom Division, in both the Standard Ballroom Dances (Licentiate) and the Latin American Dances (Associate), teaching the International Syllabus. She served as CDTA Chair of the Ballroom Division from 1991 to 2001.

Elaine has attended Argentine Tango Workshops since 2009 and along with Penny and Michael has facilitated monthly Tango Reviews of the Workshop material presented by the visiting instructors from Argentina.

We welcome the opportunity to introduce the Argentine Tango to new dancers. Come join us!


Janet Figueroa: Biography coming up. Polynesian/Tahiti dance instructor. Biography coming up.

Biography coming up.