Meet The Team
Back in 2010, Ali Lujah was introduced to Latin music and Dance in Guatemala and Colombia for 2 years where social dancing was prevalent even along the streets. He also witnessed high quality Salsa performances during a trip to Cali and decided to learn Latin dancing. An enthusiastic and passionate individual, In 2017, Ali won a Salsa Competition in Singapore and later a Bachata Competition in Vietnam.
He is the main Artistic Director of Caliente Dance Studio and has been choreographing and training performance teams and competition items since 2016.
Janey's interest in Latin dance developed when she started learning Spanish. Intrigued by the language and culture, she travelled to Spain where she was introduced to Salsa and Bachata social dancing. On returning to Singapore, Janey began to participate in numerous performance and training teams.
In 2016, she won the Singapore Bachata Championship. Later in 2018, she competed in the prestigious Las Vegas Ultimate Latin Dance Championship and emerged 3rd runner up in the Finals. Janey is the Co-Director of Caliente Dance Studio.
Rosanna started street latin dances entirely by chance when she signed up for the first available partner dance class. It was love at first step, and there was no turning back. In her continuous endeavour for improvement and perfection, Rosanna joined performance teams and also competed in multiple competitions in the region and clinched the championship in Bachata (Open) in Vietnam and Salsa (Open) in Singapore.
Shilpi started her dance journey many years ago, doing various classical Indian forms. She began her Latin dance journey at Caliente Dance Studio, and immediately fell in love. Since then, she has been involved in numerous Salsa, Bachata, Lady Styling solo and partner dance performance teams.
In her rare non-dance days, Shilpi is a certified nerd who obsessively does crosswords and puzzles. She also enjoys a relaxing beach day, although she has also emphasized that a tan is neither required nor necessary.
Robin has been exposed to latin dance since an early age back in Mexico where he spent his childhood, being part of a culture where dancing is part of everyday life. When he came to Asia he started looking for the small latino community to feel closer home, and few years back he joined Caliente Dance Studio, since then he has participated in multiple performances and choreographies looking for improvement, and happy to contribute to spread and share about latin culture around Singapore and Asia.
Vaughn has been shaking his booty since he was a baby. Raised in the Netherlands he's spent his life interested in music and percussion. He started his dance journey at Caliente in 2019. He was instantly hooked by the fun and lighthearted nature of Latin social dancing and has come to point where he wants to share this joy with others. Joy being his driving motivation for teaching, when people are having fun, they become passionate, they engage, this is his teaching philosophy. Fun Fact: Vaughn currently owns 12 different floral print shirts.