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Brian Bromka
Master Instructor
Brian Bromka is founder, artistic director, master instructor, and choreographer of "La Familia de la Salsa", one of the largest Latin dance organizations in New York State.  His career in the performing arts has spanned four decades and includes radio, television, stage and film as well as multitude of performances in dance, voice and percussion.  He has shared the stage with such luminaries as German-born ballerina and movie star, Vera Zorina (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Zorina); living Salsa legend Larry Harlow, "El Judio Maravilloso" (www.larryharlow.com), Tito Puente, Jr. and his orchestra (http://www.titopuentejr.net) and international icon, "Charo" (www.charo.com).   Currently, Bromka plays with five-time platinum recording artist, Jim Donovan, founder of "Rusted Root" (www.jimdonovanmusic.com) and is a featured percussionist on Donovan's newly released CD, "Drum the Exstatic Internatonal - Live" (http://jimdonovanmusic.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=2835249)

Bromka's dance career began at age ten under the tutelage of Walt Medices.  In 1990 Bromka partnered with Donna O'Neil and toured Upstate NY performing routines in Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Samba, Waltz, Foxtrot and Swing.  From 1996 to 2000 he trained with world champion dancers in the original Savoy Ballroom style of Swing known as "Lindy Hop" and went on to teach, choreograph and perform in this genre.

In 2004, Bromka became enamored with the clave, the simple percussion instrument whose syncopated and rhythmic beat is the rudiment of all Afro-Cuban music.  Possessed by an intense curiosity about the African influence in Latin music and dance, he traveled to Ghana, West Africa with master percussionist and dancer, Etse Nyadedzor, where he embraced the African culture and its music.  Later that year, under an OFAC research license, Bromka traveled to Havana, Cuba and studied at the famed "Esquela Nacional de Musica", training with Isaias Rojas, director of the internationally esteemed Afro-Cuban dance ensemble, Ban Rarra (http://cdbaby.com/cd/banrarra).  He also embarked upon a comprehensive study of congas and Afro-Cuban percussion with maestro, Jose Eladio and Jesus Alfanso Mira, director of the Grammy award winning, "Los Munequitos de Matanzas".

From 2004 forward, Bromka has founded and directed:
* La Familia de la Salsa School of Latin Dance
* Havana Nights Latin Dance Party
* La Familia de la Salsa Latin Dance Ensemble 
* "Espiritu de la Salsa" Rueda de Casino Dance Ensemble
* La Familia's "Latin All-Stars" Dance Ensemble 
* "La Rumba Cubana" - Afro-Cuban band 
* "Salsa-Son-Timba" - 12 piece Latin Orchestra 

Bromka and his ensembles have performed in and throughout New York State at major cultural festivals, universities, corporate events and fund-raisers and at venues such as the New York State Fair, CNY Jazz Fest, Syracuse Latin Festival, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse International Film Festival, and Six Flags at Darien Lake.  Most recently he opened for Charo at the Turning Stone Casino Resort and for international Salsa mega-star, Tito Nieves, at the Rochester Puerto Rican Festival. 

Bromka has taught in both Manhattan and Boston, Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, St Francis University, Lockheed Martin Corp, AXA Corp, CXtec Corp, and many others.  His dance, choreography and teaching are infused with passion, improvisation, creativity and a healthy dose of humor, all of which express his fervor for Latin music and dance and for its people and culture.  He travels regularly to Cuba for research, returning to Syracuse to share new insights about the universal language of music and dance by way of instructing 100-150 students weekly, hosting "Havana Nights Dance Party" (the largest weekly Latin dance in the history of Upstate NY), and performing Afro-Cuban music and dance with his 12 piece Orchestra, Salsa-Son-Timba (www.youtube.com/watch?v=fATtexxtwlg) at locales throughout New York State.  He is currently writing a book titled, "Unlocking the Secrets of Afro-Cuban Percussion - a Beginners Guide" and spearheads fundraisers for disadvantaged youths of the Spanish Action League's "La Joven Guardia Teatro y la Danza Latina" and for orphans at the Baobab Children's Foundation in Ghana, West Africa (www.baobab-children-foundation.de/index_en.html)

 

 
 
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Roberto Perez
Instructor

Executive Director, Co-founder, Performer, Instructor, Choreographer, and DJ of Havana Nights Latin Dance (see "Where to Dance" & "DJ Services", at left).

Roberto was born and raised in the heart of one of the most musical city in the world, La Habana de Cuba, where the dances Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Son, Danzon and Guaguanco were first introduced along with "Casino" - the traditional way of dancing to the music known worlwide as "Salsa."

From an early age Roberto was introduced to Cuban rhythms and movement by his mother and step-sister, who was a professional dancer at the Academia de Danza in the famous Tropicana Cabaret in Havana.

During the mid-nineties, while living in South America, he stared dancing in shows and cabarets, including one of the most famous Salsa festivals in the world, "Festival de Cali", Colombia.

Upon his arrival Syracuse, he immediately started spreading his love for Salsa, and other Latin American dances and music, throughout Central New York as a member of the Latin Club at Syracuse University and as host of the  Latino radio show "Nosotros".

Roberto now teaches classes which weave Cardio Salsa, SalsAerobics, and traditional Cuban movement into a dynamic and exciting class full of exotic musical flavors. The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body utilizing easy to follow dance steps (see "Dance Classes" at left).

 
 
Anastasia Sedykh
Anastasia Sedykh
Instructor

 

Anastasia was born in Ukraine and raised on love for music, rhythm and dance. Since age of seven, her grandmother brought her to watch ballet at one of the most well known theaters in Ukraine developing an eye for beauty of dance. Anastasia was also taking classes at a professional music school, learning piano and domra (Ukrainian folk string instrument), and playing in school orchestra. Her parents, both having ballroom dance knowledge, gave her some of the first dance lessons.

In United States she found an opportunity to give way to her passion for dance. She joined Cazenovia College Dance Club, where she was studying. For three years she was a dedicated dancer and an officer of the club, performing at the end-of-the year shows featuring hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, and ballroom styles of dancing. At the same time she danced in a dance group for the college theater, performing in plays such as Edward Scissorhands and Rocky Horror Picture Show.  

After graduation Anastasia moved to Syracuse. She learned about La Familia de la Salsa and joined the classes and attended dance events. Bringing together love for music and dance, she fell in love with Latin dance and heart-taking melodies of Salsa, Chachacha, Bachata and Merengue. She strengthened her passion with training from Brian Bromka and Roberto Perez, as well as from Ana Llorente, world champion in mambo, and Victoria Hadar, world renowned instructor of Cuban style salsa.

Now Anastasia is committed to sharing her love for Latin music and dance instructing classes at universities, such as Syracuse University and SUNY Cortland, and teaching lessons and performing with La Familia de la Salsa.