Our Values. Our Family.

Baza dance studios is one of the top dance schools in Vancouver, specializing in Latin / Afro dance styles! We offer partner as well as solo dance lessons for adults in styles such as Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Brazilian Zouk, Reggaeton, ZUMBA, Hip Hop and more! We have classes available for absolute beginner to advanced dancers, so you can join no matter what stage you are in your dance journey! Our goal is to provide a welcoming, fun and inspiring environment where we can all learn, grow and have fun together. We're more than just a dance school....we're a community of people who lift each other up. It's amazing how dance can change your life! Don't take our word for it, come try it for yourself!

G E T   I N S P I R E D

• keep learning and stay inspired
• live to inspire others

F O S T E R   C O M M U N I T Y

• be inclusive
• promote collaboration

B E   I N N O V A T I V E

• take pride in being unique
• be creative and take risks

B E   C A R I N G

• take interest in the well-being of others
• lend a helping hand

E M B R A C E   G R O W T H

• try something new
• never settle for comfort

Wayne Barbaza

With gifts of rhythm and musicality, Wayne has quickly excelled and created a name for himself in the dance scene over the last few years. Having trained in Salsa since 2008 in Toronto and now teaching since 2013 in Vancouver, he has become one of the leading teachers in the city, known for his strong foundational knowledge and his own groovy flavour. His choreographies have garnered international praise and his Baza teaching style always results in students asking for more, both locally and internationally. As he gains more and more exposure, look for Wayne to make more waves in the dance scene!

Kristal Wei

Kristal has been dancing since the age of 4 and has a strong background in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Latin dance, with experience in other styles. She is now one of the leaders in the Vancouver dance scene, having been teaching and performing since 2013 with Wayne. Her attention to detail is admired by students in her classes, and also shows in the quality of her performances. She is passionate about always continuing to learn different things and forever being a student. Kristal currently teaches Salsa, Bachata and ChaChaCha and co-directs the Baza Salsa teams.

Arely Santana
Instructor/Studio Manager

Born and raised in Mexico, Arely started dancing at the young age of 12. At the age of 17, she moved to Vancouver Canada, where she expanded her dancing and learned Salsa On2 at Dance Vancouver and later continued her growth as a dancer with Bachata Vancouver. She partnered with Ronald Martinez where she gained further experience in Bachata, Salsa On2, Zouk and Kizomba and performed and instructed.
Arely has also traveled around Canada to teach and perform at festivals and congresses.Her flow, her technique, her styling, and her movement have no limits!

Abigail Rios Galindo
Community Engagement Manager

If you haven't met Abi, you will when you come in! She's usually greeting you at reception with a friendly smile and uplifting energy. She heads our community engagement initiatives, from planning outings to liaising with community partners. Aside from that, she is a salsa superstar in the making - she trains on our Baza Soul Salsa Team as well!


Born in Dubai, Joe brings an international flavour to his Cuban salsa dancing technique. He has over a decade of dance training and performances in Dubai, Vancouver, Toronto and Cuba, has trained and performed with world renowned instructors & performers such as Bailame Cuba, Estilo Cubano, LFS Dance, Toronto Casino Rueda and SaborDKY. Joe has expanded his repertoire by dancing in many cities as his job as a project manager in healthcare requires him to travel extensively. He established his own Rueda group 3 years ago, Rueda W, which aims to teach/fine-tune the skills and technique of intermediate-advanced Casino La Rueda dancers. His students' first class feedback is usually "that was sooo much fun!" Joe brings humuor & fun to his classes and is an expert in making everyone feel at ease!


John is a humble and talented student turned instructor who's completed the Baza curriculum training program. He's an avid member of the social dance community in Vancouver and he's awesome!

Marilu Retana

With a degree in Contemporary Dance, and over 10 years of experience performing internationally as a solo artist and for Latin American icons, she's got the talent to match her energy. Watch out!

"Beyond body movement, I believe that dancing is the best way to connect with ourselves and other human souls. Dance makes us free and happy. I want my students to believe in dance as a way to share energy and connect."

Yulia Terekh

Yulia is a true passionate dancer, fitness enthusiast, performer of Latin and Afro-Brazilian cultural dances, and a dedicated Capoeira martial artist. Her journey in sports and dance started at the age of 7, with artistic gymnastics. And it’s years later through Capoeira when she fell in love with Brazilian Samba in 2011. Since then, Yulia has performed in various Latin and Afro-Brazilian shows in Canada and internationally, she has taken workshops and classes with world-renowned dancers and professionals from Brazil, performed in various venues and paraded multiple times in Brazilian Carnivals in Vancouver. Yulia continues to expand her knowledge and skills in dance and cultural aspects of samba in order to pass it down to her students. Vancouver Samba School was founded to further promote Brazilian Culture and dance in Vancouver by offering beginner and intermediate Samba classes, as well as grant performance and international travel opportunities to Samba Congresses and Samba Carnivals in Rio de Janeiro for students.

Antonya Raymond

Given the chance to be exposed to Latin and Caribbean styles at a young age, Antonya has been part of many fundraisers, events, music videos and classes. She has worked with the BCCancer Foundation, InspiredHealth, Tapestry Living, and creating a Deaf Zumba® Program, sharing her passion for wellness. Art, movement, and inner beauty are the fundamental concepts of why we do what we do in Zumba®. Get ready to move your hips faster than Beyonce and Shakira combined, get a great workout, meet some awesome new faces, and feel energized!

Lennora Esi

Born in Filderstadt, Germany in 1991. At the age of eleven, she started doing Musicals and fell in love with the performing arts. Throughout her teenage years she took singing and piano lessons, starred in Musicals and Theaterplays and took different dance classes. After graduating from High School she went to Berlin to study acting and graduated from the International School of Acting for Theater and Film in Munich in 2014. She took her first African Dance class in 2012 and fell for it right away. She started dancing with the Dance Company "Umoya" in Munich and performed with dancers and drummers from South Africa and Ghana. In 2015 she joined the African Reggae Band "Kim Azas" and started giving workshops and substituting dance classes. She started teaching regularly at her dance school in Munich in 2017 before moving to Vancouver.

Celina Villarroel Whiting

Celina began her dance journey at the age of 8, starting with Modern dance and then eventually expanding her training to include Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Street dance, Hip Hop, Salsa, Ballroom, West Coast Swing, Afro fusion and Brazilian Samba. She is a professional dancer and teacher with past credits that include music videos, corporate performances, live shows and dance competitions. She is a graduate from SFU with a BSc. Kinesiology and a highly sought out fitness professional. She utilizes her extensive background in the science of movement and the human body when teaching dance and fitness. Her expertise in both dance and kinesiology allows her to help her students master their own unique movement. She strives to live her passions of captivating audiences with her dancing as well as teaching everyone how to move and dance.


Get fit, get funky, and learn some street dance movements with Ty!

He leads a beginner hip-hop fitness dance class consisting of street dance movements fused into a cardio workout! Choreographed songs will consist of 5-8 moves which combine the latest hip hop dance trends with aerobic movements. His students LOVE him!

Reeva Calanza Barbaza

Experienced in teaching, performing, and competing, count on Reeva to bring out your hip-hop flow and groove! Bio coming soon.

Ab & Saya

Learn from the talented duo of Ab & Saya. They're making waves in local and international urban kiz scenes, and we're happy to have them in the baza fam!

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