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DANCIN’ MOTION SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PROVIDES THE TAMPA BAY REGION GROUP AND PRIVATE CLASSES IN SALSA, BACHATA, MERENGUE, GUAJIRA, CHA CHA CHA, BELLYDANCE AND KIZOMBA FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN. 

 

Founded in November of 2010 by Maria Espinoza, DMSA is located in the heart of Tampa. We offer our students a non-intimidating, fun, value enriched environment for students to learn and improve their dance skills.

 

Our beautiful Tampa location is a very spacious 2300 square feet studio with wood flooring, fully mirrored walls, A/C, 2 bathrooms, water fountains, and a DJ booth. We are located in the Horizon Park Shopping Center with plenty of outside parking available. Socials are offered at this location every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month.

Maria Espinoza 

Owner 

Lead Instructor & Choreographer 

Maria has been dancing for over 40 years and teaching for over 18 years. Born to a Puerto Rican mother and a Peruvian father in New York, she has always been intrigued with the arts. Dance has always been a part of her life - Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Freestyle, Hip Hop, Reggae, and more. In elementary school, she started taking Ballet and Tap Classes. As she got older, she began to use her talent in creating dance patterns and became captain of her dance team crew, who participated in many local events including the Puerto Rican Day Parade. 

As the years passed by, "life" and it's many responsibilities forced Maria to put her love of dance aside, but she never lost her passion. In 2002, she relocated to Florida and decided to get back to what she loved doing. Maria began training with several local dance schools and later become an instructor. 

After many years of being an instructor, Maria decided it was time to live out her own dream of opening a school of the arts. She opened Dancin' Motion School of the Arts in 2010 where she has taught over  2000 students of different ages, ethnicities, and walks of life!

Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2003, Maria realized that dancing has saved her life! "The feeling inside of you when you are able to free yourself and be you is beyond words. It is a way of healing yourself in which I feel no other medicine can do for you." Maria wants to be able to share this passion with the rest of the world and make others aware of how important and beautiful it is for a person to find whatever it is that frees them! 

dmsa staff & instructors 

Rosario 'Rosie' Feal 

Assistant Instructor | Salsa

DMSA Graduate

Rosie was born and raised in New York in a Hispanic household where every family gathering consisted of music and dancing. She started ballet and tap classes at 6 years old and later expanded her skills to also include hip-hop and freestyle, as well as acting and singing. As she got older, her focus turned more to her family, however once her children were grown she decided to start dancing again and hasn't looked back. Rosie has graduated as both a Salsa Follow and Lead at DMSA. She enjoys sharing her love and passion with both adults and children. 

Advice from a Dancer: Be persistent and practice!

Fun Fact: Rosie loves roller coasters, and she is passionate about Broadway Musicals!

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David Plaza
Assistant Instructor | Salsa
DMSA Graduate
David was born in NY to a Hispanic household which meant Spanish music was to  be played daily. The love of dance became a part of him from an early age. David loved all types of dances as well as performing in summer camps, family gatherings and socially with friends. After briefly teaching basic salsa in 2003 at the local gym and getting introduced to the dance scene, life happened and raising a family took priority.
David started instruction at DMSA in 2018 and graduated as a Lead. He is currently studying as Follower. He ultimately attributes his love of the art of dancing, as well as his passion for teaching to his DMSA family. David says he can’t imagine a life without dancing, He loves seeing others grow as dancers as well and helping them as much as he can along their journey.
Advice from a Dancer: Take all 6 Levels as a Lead and a Follower. What you will learn by doing so is priceless. 
Fun Fact: David loves cars and motorcycles!