Back to All Events

Latin Workshops with Mariano Neris & Bella Malekian


Welcome world-renowned Latin dancers MARIANO & BELLA to City Dance Corps.

Mariano Neris and Bella Malekian, are Latin dance champions, choreographers and artistic directors known for their energetic and captivating stage presence. Their Latin dance accolades include winning salsa championships at numerous dance festivals/congresses, qualifiers for world Latin dance cup, and they are 2018 IHSC world cha-cha champions to mention a few. They have had the privilege to choreograph and perform for Latin legends like Gilberto Santa Rosa, Víctor Manuelle, La India, Elvis Crespo, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Oscar D Leon, Ritchie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Andy Montañez, Tito Nieves, Alexander Abreu, Los Van Van, Tito Allen, Havana D’primera and more.

Mariano and Bella train dancers worldwide to compete at prestigious dance events all year long. Their coaching and choreographies have garnered over 100 championships accumulated over the years. Their students have won in most Latin dance genres: Salsa, bachata, chachacha and team divisions. Mariano and Bella encourage their dancers to be well rounded and educated in more than one dance style. With that vision intact, they advocate to aspiring dancers under their tutelage to learn an array of dance styles, so they too can be versatile.

Mariano and Bella spend a considerable portion of the year on tour; marking their presence at Latin congresses and festivals teaching lessons, showcasing, choreographing routines for groups and couples, and training dancers all over the world, sharing their passion in the Latin dance industry and beyond. 


7:00PM - 8:00PM

Dominican Bachata - Bachata is a genre of Latin American music that originated in the Dominican Republic in the first half of the 20th century with Indigenous, African and European musical elements. Due to Marbella's Dominican background, their bachata classes try to stay as authentic as possible whilst still acknowledging todays growing modern culture’s influence. The class is usually broken down into some shines/footwork and partnerwork, as they are both imperative to the authenticity of bachata’s origin. You’re certainly bound to have a lot of fun in this class!

8:30PM - 9:30PM

Shines On 2 with Afro Cuban - Mambo and afro cuban is one of the most popular combination in today's Latin dance scene. Fusing them correctly is where many struggle. Marbella trained afro cuban intensely in Habana, Cuba for a long period of time to master as much as they could the accuracy. In this class you will sweat, work hard, and move your body in ways you didn't think you could before! Afro cuban and mambo fusion is extremely fun, you’ll never want to stop after this workshop.

9:30PM - 10:30PM

Mambo Patterns (Int/Adv) - Partnerwork is vastly growing with the rise of Latin dance globally. Its important for high level dancers to also have a place where they can grow and see things from a new perspective, especially when salsa partnerwork starts to look the same everywhere you go. This is where Marbella come in - in this class you will see partnerwork differently, you will be learning new ways of turning, spinning, moving, trading places, arm tosses, wraps, transferring weight change and beyond! Your brain will get as much if not more of a workout as your body will, so be ready to learn a lot!


Single Workshop $30 (+hst)

Combo: Shines + Mambo Patterns $45 (+hst)

Later Event: May 26
OPEN HOUSE - FREE Dance Classes