Touring Salsa Team
Christina Morrison- Director
Christina has been dancing her whole life. With a background in music (she also plays the saxophone) as well as ballet, jazz and competitive ballroom, she has been dancing salsa for over 20 years and is one of the only instructors in Canada certified by the World Salsa University in Puerto Rico to teach LA, New York & Puerto Rican Salsa. For over 16 years Christina has been the director & choreographer of the internationally touring dance company Salsa Caliente and has traveled to perform all over the West Coast as well as in Italy, Puerto Rico, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, the Bahamas and Mexico. She has competed twice for Canada in the World Salsa Open Championships and is now a certified judge. Christina has choreographed for Salsa Team Canada, as well as for numerous music videos and has had the honor of dancing on tour with some of the top bands including Juno nominated band "The Puentes Brothers" and Grammy Award winners "Spanish Harlem Orchestra". "The first time that I ever saw anyone dance Salsa was when I was 4 years old and I was immediately hooked. Let me share my passion with you and introduce you to the world of Salsa!"
Brad has always been a music enthusiast having taught himself how to play a number of instruments including guitar, bass, piano and saxophone. After being introduced to salsa he rapidly became enthralled by it, fascinated by its musical structure and significance. “Salsa has quickly become a passionate hobby of mine. I am very excited to learn more about salsa as a dance and culture.”
Frank's first exposure to Salsa was a beginner class in mid-2013. He quickly developed a passion for it and auditioned for one of Christina's teams. He spent the subsequent years enhancing his skills and building friendships as a member of Salsa Caliente. In 2017, Frank was ecstatic to learn that he once again had the privilege to dance on one of Christina's amazing teams. "I have enjoyed my time with Salsa Caliente; Christina and her extremely supportive dance teams have been able to transform me from fence post to dancer in an outstandingly short amount of time. I look forward to the challenges that the future will present."
Jennifer joined the UVic Ballroom Club in January 2015. She fell in love with salsa and decided to try the Salsa Caliente auditions in January. Jennifer can't wait to share her love of salsa with her teammates and the salsa community around Victoria. "I'm so excited to be a part of something new and different and that I've never done before!"
Jess has had a lifelong passion for dance, sampling many styles over the years. Fortunately she discovered salsa while a part of her university ballroom dance club. She has danced with Salsa Caliente since 2010 and traveled to perform in Puerto Rico, New York, Seattle, Portland, Yakima and Vancouver. She as competed locally multiple times, and carried on to represent Victoria at the Pacific Northwest Regional Championships in Portland twice. She has also had the honor of dancing on stage with live bands. "While on tour I fell in love with the music, the people and the cultures that are intrinsically intertwined in this incredible art"
During his first year of post secondary education studying physics, Travis discovered a huge passion for all things musical. It was not long before he was playing violin, singing, and after trips to South America and Italy, dancing Salsa! "I really enjoy the depth of the underlying structures in salsa and look forward to building up my musicality and skill with such a wonderful and supportive salsa community."
Chris Sundstrom- Understudy
This is Chris' fifth year with the Salsa Caliente's Salsa teams and his sixth year with our Bachata team. He has performed in New York, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Victoria and is excited to be returning for another amazing season. Chris began dancing seven years ago with Cuban Salsa and has expanded his horizons with Salsa Caliente to include NY and Puerto Rican On2, LA On1, Cha Cha Cha, Son, Plena, Bachata, Merengue and several other styles. "Live, love, learn, dance!".
Jenna Lange- Understudy
Jenna took her first baby ballet class when she was three years old and has been dancing various styles since then, including jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary. Jenna has always loved salsa music but only recently started learning this style of dance. She joined Christina's Performance Training class in the fall of 2016 and is so glad she decided to audition for the teams.