As the Founder & Co-owner of Dancing Through Life, Natalia Casanovas, has proven just how one woman can go about creating the life you want with intelligence, courage, and tenacity. After joining two successful start-ups while in college, she continued her education at Nova Southeastern University, where she received her PhD in International Finance. Recognized for her hard work, Natalia quickly distinguished herself as a high energy, fiscally conscious, and goal-driven executive, where at the ripe age of 23, she became the Chief Financial Officer for a company with $15 million dollars in annual revenues. Natalia’s love for Latin dance started in 2005, where after one salsa class, she was hooked! Her enthusiasm for music and dance was contagious, and at that moment, she knew she wanted to open up a dance studio. Being able to share the passion, satisfaction, and fulfillment that dance brings into this life with others, became her mission. With an eye for trendsetting concepts, combined with her entrepreneurial background, intrinsic flair for innovation and creativity, Dancing Through Life was established.
Ricardo Rufio Nater
Ricardo Rufio Nater also known as “Ricky”, is Co-owner and dance/fitness instructor at Dancing Through Life and has had a life dedicated to his passion of dance and people. His dance journey began with exploring different styles of Latin dance at the age of 12, and that quickly transitioned into a love for Hip Hop and break dancing as well. He created his own style by combining all of the different styles of dance he loved into one. In 2010, his future shifted from a dedication to dance to a dedication to his country, as he was deployed to Iraq. Even then, he continued to dance by showing his fellow soldiers how to break it down on their down time. Upon his return from deployment, he established a new life in South Florida and reignited his passion for dance. Since then, he has continued to find new ways of innovating himself as a dancer and sharing that with others. He has taught in various locations across South Florida as well as performed in congresses and local venues with his dance partner. He has now become a top salsa instructor and dancer in the South Florida region and has become known for his smooth styling as well as his fun comedic teaching methods.
Justin Trujillo has been performing since the age of 10, with lead roles in many musical theatre productions. His early beginnings in the theatre led him to television where he landed commercials for Ovaltine, K-Mart, Radio Shack, and Raid, among many others. Justin has trained and worked with some of the top choreographers from around the world including Chris Jones, Shane Sparks, Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Chris Judd, and Darren Henson. His love for performing has allowed him the opportunity to perform on the Today show, BET, Telemundo, Miami Dolphin Games, Heat Games, and the Superbowl. Justin
believes in challenging his students to become the best dancers they can possibly be.
Meet Dorothy Sanchez! She first started as a student at Dancing Through Life, where the world of salsa, spins, and styling captivated her soul. Not only does she love being on the dance floor and letting her creativity shine, she truly excels behind the desk where she can provide the best service possible to our students. Our students are her passion, and when you arrive at the studio she will be the smiling face that’s thrilled to meet you, and guide you through your Dancing Through Life journey.
Becky Sagarnaga bio coming soon…
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jorge Cruz has been dancing Salsa since 2002. From 2004 to 2010, he founded and operated Salsafix Dance Studios out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, later opening a second branch in San Antonio, Texas. Some of his mentors include Super Mario, Josie Neglia, Leon Rose and Edie “The Salsa Freak!”. It was with Edie whom he started her successful line of instructional DVD’s “The World’s Best Leads”.
Jorge is knowledgeable in various styles of Salsa dancing, making LA and NY Styles his focus. His ability to break down both leading and following techniques, experience and his vibrant sense of humor make him a valuable addition to the DTL family.
Jorge’s other passions include Real Estate investing, Health, Nutrition & Fitness, and Obstacle Racing (Spartan Races).