Jose Maldonado

Jose is a Latin dancer, choreographer, instructor, and competitor. He teaches many forms of Latin dance at La Luna Dance Studio in Bristol PA and now Art In Motion Dance Academy in Philadelphia PA. Jose is the director of Rumberitos Dance Company.

Jose is currently training under Billy Fajardo, World Hustle, Swing, Cabaret, Salsa, and Merengue champion. He also trains privately with world renowned instructors, dancers, and choreographers Alex Morel and Desiree Godsell.

 

Jose Maldonado began his dancing career at the age of 4, in Puerto Rico, where he began studying the traditional Latin American folk dance called Bomba y Plena. His talent and early appreciation for dance led to a unique opportunity to study in a selective high school program for Creative and Performing Arts where he began learning Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Folk, Hip-Hop, and theater. At 14, Jose was invited to join the Betty Vega Dancers to perform Salsa at a number of East Coast locales including Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York City; he was soon promoted to lead male dancer and choreographer.

In 2002, Jose founded a teen dance group from Philadelphia named the City Latin Dancers who performed for the 2004 Rock the Vote Campaign, the 2005 Philadelphia Salsa Congress Kick-Off Party, and placed fourth in the 2004 Puerto Rican Festival. Soon, Jose's reputation for leadership and great performance led to an invitation to join Luna Negra Dance Company (La Luna's Professional Salsa Co. at the time).

 

With Luna Negra, Jose began performing in international Salsa Congresses and continued to privately study with featured artists like Jayson Molina, Liz Lira, Salomon Torres, and the Italian sensation Tropical Gem. He then went on to become Captain of Calle Luna Dance Company.

 

Currently, Jose teaches group and private lessons out of La Luna Dance Studio and Art In Motion Dance Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He is also a lead performer with La Luna Entertainment Group. From 2012-2016 he choreographed for Mas Estilo Senior Youth Dance Team. Jose is now directing Rumberitos Dance Company in Philadelphia PA. Check out Jose in upcoming performances with his partner Loretta Chianese.

Jose’s recent accomplishments include:

 

  • 1st place Champion Salsa Showcase Division, 2017 Escape to the Poconos with Loretta Chianese

  • 1st place Champion in the Professional Salsa On1 Division, 2015 Global Salsa Championships with Loretta Chianese

  • 1st place 2015 Disco America Cabaret Division with Loretta Chianese

  • 1st place 2015 World Salsa Summit Qualifier Niagara Falls Professional Bachata Division with Loretta Chianese

  • 1st place in the Professional Salsa On1 Division, 2014 Philadelphia Salsafest Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 1st place in the Professional Cabaret Bachata Division, 2014 Philadelphia Salsafest Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 1st place 2014 Global Salsa Champion Small Teams Division with Calle Luna Dance Company

  • Vice Champions in the Professional Salsa On1 Division, 2017 Global Salsa Championships with Loretta Chianese

  • Vice Champions in the Professional Hustle Division, 2017 Global Salsa Championships with Loretta Chianese

  • Vice Champions in the Professional Hustle Division, 2017 International Hustle and Salsa Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • Vice Champions in the Professional Bachata Division, 2017 International Hustle and Salsa Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • Vice Champions in the Professional Salsa On1 Division, 2016 Global Salsa Championships with Loretta Chianese

  • Vice Champions in the Professional Cabaret Division, 2016 International Hustle and Salsa Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • Vice Champions in the Professional Cabaret Division, 2015 International Hustle and Salsa Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • Vice Champions in the Professional Classic Bachata Division, 2015 Global Salsa Championships with Loretta Chianese

  • Vice Champions in the Professional Salsa On1 Division,  2014 Global Salsa Championships with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Just Bachata Division, 2017 International Hustle and Salsa Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Just Cha Cha Division, 2017 Escape to the Poconos with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Salsa Division 2015 World Salsa Summit Qualifier Niagara Falls with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Just Bachata Division 2015 World Salsa Summit Qualifier Niagara Falls with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Just Salsa Division, 2014 Philadelphia Salsafest Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Just Bachata Division, 2014 Philadelphia Salsafest Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Salsa Division,  2013 Philadelphia Salsafest Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Bachata Division,  2013 Philadelphia Salsafest Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Just Salsa Division, 2013 Philadelphia Salsafest Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Professional Just Bachata Division, 2013 Philadelphia Salsafest Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 2nd place in the Small Teams Division, 2013 Global Salsa Championships with Calle Luna Dance Company

  • 2nd place in the Professional Salsa Division, 2011 Philadelphia Salsafest Competition with Loretta Chianese

  • 3rd place in the Professional Just Bachata Division, 2017 Escape to the Poconos with Loretta Chianese

 

Interested in booking a private lesson with Jose? 


Purchase an hour lesson or full package to get in depth and hands on learning. Jose is most known for helping men with their leads in turn patterns, footwork and also specializes in Bachata and Latin Hustle.




 

 

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