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!"
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 2014 and 2015 enhancing his skills and building friendships as a member of Salsa Caliente. In 2016, 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 made the local team in 2010, to her great surprise she was soon asked to join the Ladies Team. She has now traveled to both Puerto Rico and New York with Salsa Caliente. While on tour she fell totally in love with the music, the people and the cultures that are intrinsically intertwined with the Salsa World. "These teams and the people that comprise them are a family. They have been there to share the good and the bad. It is a fabulous community in which to learn to express yourself, to be yourself and to dance."
Stanislaw has been playing drums since he was 13. He fell in love with salsa music when he joined a jazz band in 2006 and started playing Afro- Cuban Jazz. His salsa dance journey began by taking lessons in Nanaimo in 2014. Since then, salsa dancing became part of his life. Joining Salsa Caliente in August 2015, he became a member of the Touring Team. "I really enjoy the warm atmosphere of Salsa Caliente's family. Their support allowed me to progress and have an amazing time." In addition to dancing Stanislaw loves boxing and drumming.
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."