Henry Herrera has been interviewed by many TV Shows such as: Sabado Gigante, a las 7 con Fernando, Bellido de Luna Show at channel 7 and Caliente. We have also been interviewed by some TV Channels such as: Univision, Telemundo and Telearte where we were recognized as the best salsa school in town!

 Henry Herrera and Angely Carucci interview

    Henry Herrera and Yanisbel Sanchez Salsa Web Interview!

    So you won the contest with $2000 dollars…how did that make you feel? We feel very happy because it was an outstanding opportunity to bring all the winners together for a grand finale and in addition to that everyone did a wonderful job.

     What other competitions have you done? We have competed in many different competitions, some of which include Musico Mania, Club Mystique, Club Taj, Club St. Croix, Bermunda Bar, just to name a few in which we have won first place.  We have also competed in television programs such as, Jugando con Fernando, Sabado Gigante, also winning first place.  In last year’s Hustle and Salsa Competition, we were awarded third place.

     What got you interested competing?  Who encouraged you? 
    HH: For me competing is a self-challenge that helps me surpass the goal, which have previously earmarked for myself.  I stated competing in Cuba when I was 10 years old, influenced by my parents and teachers who were competitors and winners in their own right.
    YS: Through competition I can demonstrate my hard work and dedication to the style that I have been perfecting since I was a child.  My parents and sister are extraordinary dancers and have always played a large part in my great interest for dancing.

     Where are you originally from? Both Yanisbel and I were born in Havana, Cuba.

     How long have you lived in Miami? 
    HH: I first arrived from Cuba in 1991; my first two years were spent in New York, the rest have been in Miami.
    YS: I arrived here from Cuba in 1989 and have lived in Miami ever since.

    Do you do anything else besides dance?  (Hobbies, website, etc…)
    HH: I enjoy racing motorcycles thus Salsa Racing, I love to play basketball and baseball and play dominos.  I am also a Salsa Web correspondent, and I am constantly updating the DJ’s and Club listing pages.
    YS: My hobbies include listening to music and singing.  I also love to play volleyball.

     How old were you when you became interested in dance?
    HH: I have been interested in dancing since before I can remember.  However, I began dancing when I was 8 years old in many different school shows.
    YS: I was also 8 years old when I first began to show interest in dancing.

     Who were your mentors / instructor(s) when you first started dancing?
    HH: My first and most impacting mentors when I first began to dance were my parents.  My teacher in school also played a very large part in my admiration for dancing.
    YS:  My parents were both remarkable dancers and were the persons that introduced me to my first steps.

     What other forms of dance or types of dances do you dance? Besides salsa we both dance Rumba, Guaguancó, Cha- Cha- Cha, Mambo (Cuban Style), Danson, Son, and Break Dancing.

     Tell us a little bit about your style. We have a style that is very dynamic and has a lot of synergy.  We enjoy the music and at the same time demonstrate and maintain our Cuban tradition.

     Do you currently perform?  We are always performing!  We have competed in Miami, Florida as well as different states and countries: some of which include Dallas, Texas, North Carolina, New York, and also in Paris, France.  We have also done many demonstrations in some of Florida’s hottest nightclubs, including Bongos, Power Studios, and Mangos.

     What do you find most satisfying about salsa? I believe that salsa has played a very large part in bringing together many different nationalities.  We have met various people from all parts of the world.

     What impresses you about the Salsa scene in Miami? The salsa scene in Miami has expanded beyond my belief.  There are many different schools available to those who are interested in becoming a part of the “Salsa World”. 

     What is your future plans for dancing? We plan to continue performing as much as possible.  April 20, 2001 we have been asked to please return to Paris, France.  July 7-14, 2001 we will also participate in a cruise around the Mediterranean.  In November, we were also invited to Dallas, Texas for a salsa workshop.  We will continue working on the performances that Salsa Racing is looking forward to.  We plan to help those who need assistance is learning to dance for as long as we can.

     Do you think the Los Angeles style of dancing has affected Miami style, and visa versa? I believe that neither of the two styles has affected the other.  I do think that we can combine the two styles as long as we keep our rhythm and flavor.

     If you had to choose anywhere in the United States you’d like to live other than Miami, where would that be, and why? We have travel to many different places and met many different people that have supported us 100%, but in Miami we have our family and friends, which we choose to never abandon.  

    Thanx guys and Best of Luck, from the team!




    Henry Herrera and Yanisbel Sanchez
    Salsa Power Interview!

    SP: We're here today with Henry Herrera & Yanisbel Sanchez of Salsa Racing Dance Studios. Henry & Yani, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to do an interview with us.

    HH/YS: Our pleasure!

    SP: We first met back in April of 1999 as competitors in the International Hustle & Salsa Competition (held at the Miami Airport Hilton Ballroom). We were the only Casineros in the ‘Professional Just Salsa’ division remember ?

    HH: Yes, I remember. We placed third in that competition. 

    SP: We felt that the organizers of that event did not adequately enforce their own rules, and several couples clearly deviated from them by doing things such as entrances, exits, lifts, drops, etc., which left other competitors at a disadvantage. Never the less, you both were able to persevere and placed third. Congratulations! Your repertoire includes many intricate turn sequences and you always dance like you truly enjoy the music.

    HH: Thanks. Our style is influenced by the ‘typical’ Cuban style with a lot of complicated moves and a lot of rhythm. We feel the music and we express what we feel while dancing.

    SP: It’s great to watch you two dance together. We're always amazed to watch you go into those very intricate entrapments and escapes. If we had to give you a nickname it would probably be "The Great Houdini," because you are able to get tangled up and somehow escape with ease! When and where did you first learn how to dance Casino?

    HH: I learned how to dance salsa-casino in Cuba at the age of 8 or 10 years old. Even as a little kid, I was calling ‘Rueda’ (turns) and teaching people from other countries (Germany, Italy, Spain etc.) and I appeared on several TV programs in Cuba, such as the ‘Para Bailar’ show and the ‘Que Siempre Brilla el Sol’ show.

    SP: Wow! You were a salsa dancing prodigy! Yani where did you learn?

    YS: I learned how to dance salsa-casino when I was a little girl. I learned from my parents by just watching them dance. They were excellent dancers and some of the most prominent dancers in Havana, Cuba at the time. My dad started teaching me little by little and that's how I learned. But I also believe that to be a good dancer you have to feel the music and that's not something you can learn. You really have to feel it …you know?

    SP: Absolutely. You can teach someone the steps but they have to possess an innate sense of rhythm to really feel the music inside and transform that passion into dance. Henry, what’s been going on lately with your school?

    HH: Well, we have a lot of things going on right now. One of the things that's been keeping our school full of people is that right now we're doing shows, competitions at clubs and traveling a lot. We recently did a performance in Paris, France, and are planning on doing a show this Saturday at Bayside (at Bayfront park in downtown Miami for the AIDS WALKATHON). We will also be doing an exhibition on Saturday, April 7th and conducting a workshop on Sunday, April 8th at the International Hustle & Salsa competition (to be held at the Radisson Hotel in Miami Beach). In May, we are going to Dallas, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Atlanta, Paris (again) and also will be on a Mediterranean cruise. In June, we will be going to Santo Domingo (for Salsamanía). We are going to be really busy!

    SP: We have visited your website ( www.salsaracing.com ) and noticed several pictures of performances you have done. One such picture was of a performance that you did at Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s new club, ‘Bongos’, at the American Airlines arena in downtown Miami.  You were wearing elaborate costumes and looked like you were having a great time. You seem to have a great group of people associated with your school. When was it established and what makes it special?

    HH: Our school was founded on April 04, 2000. What makes our school special is the system that we teach, including a lot of complicated moves and steps... Keeping the Cuban tradition alive. We are also planning on opening another location on Sundays and on doing more shows, both in the state of Florida and abroad. We also are planning on producing a salsa dance contest at Club Alcazaba in Coral Gables.

    We have so many things coming up. Check us out at www.salsaracing.com for all of the latest information.

    SP: Henry and Yani, we want to once again thank you for the interview and wish you both continued success!

    HH/YS: Thank you!

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