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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 35years and teaching for over 14 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!

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! 
Nate Cruz
Marketing/ Social Media Manager/ Assistant Instructor | Salsa
DMSA Graduate
One night, Nate Cruz was out with his friends at a local dance club when he noticed two of his buddies were very impressive at Salsa and Bachata. After basically interviewing them, Nate learned they were graduates of DMSA. Nate enrolled in Level 1 Salsa and Beginner Bachata the next day.
 
Advice from a Dancer: Frame is everything.
 
Fun Fact: Nate is the great-great-nephew of General Pedro Santana, the first President of the Dominican Republic!
Katrina Kent
Assistant Instructor | Salsa
DMSA Graduate
 
Katrina has always loved to dance! Having the opportunity to experience other dance styles such as  Hip-Hop, West African, Konpa, and Dancehall; she decided to give salsa a try and that’s when she found DMSA. Katrina instantly fell in love with the school and set out to not only expand her knowledge and skills as a dancer, but to encourage others to step out of their comfort zone and experience something new.
 
Advice from a Dancer: You’ll never know what you’re capable of unless you try, so never stop trying.
Fun Fact: Katrina is a painter!
Zureida Gonzalez Diaz
Assistant Instructor | Salsa
DMSA Graduate
Zureida was born in Puerto Rico where she began dancing jazz and ballet when she was 10 years old. Her passion for dancing took her to participate in a talent show (Srta. Television de Puerto Rico) when she was 13 years old where she finished in 5th place! After that competition she continued dancing and also took up acting. Fast forward a few years, Zureida stopped dancing to be a wife and a mother although she knew she would one day dance again. Thereafter, being married for over 17 years and not dancing at all, she finally come back to the dancing world when she registered to DMSA after searching in Groupon for dance schools with great reviews. 
In September 2018, shortly after starting Classes at DMSA, Zureida was diagnosed with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder. Zureida says that this won't stop her because she dances with her heart.
 
Advice from a Dancer: Develop body awareness and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.
 
Fun Fact: Zureida can laugh like Elmo and dance with a duck face! When she is dancing, She likes to forget people are watching. She says that's the best antidote for her soul and body.
Taylor Foster
Assistant Instructor | Salsa
DMSA Graduate
Taylor began dancing for the first time ever at DMSA in 2018. As a nursing student, Taylor wanted a hobby to enjoy on the weekends. She has always loved the Spanish culture so she started learning Bachata and found her love of Salsa shortly after. With absolutely no dancing experience, Taylor has took all 6 levels, graduated and performed at Graduation!
 
Advice from a Dancer: Be as light as possible on your feet, and act like you don’t know the patterns. It will not only help you but it will help your lead as well!
 
Fun fact: Taylor loves to skydive!

3932 W. Hillsborough Ave. Tampa, FL 33614

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