Sindy Chown resides in Concord NH with her family of two beautiful girls, Gabriela and Soraya, and her husband, Mark. She grew up in a small town called Pueblo Viejo Magdalena near Barranquilla Atlantico, Colombia and has been in the US since 2004.
She started Barranquilla Flavor five years ago with a passion to represent her heritage, by sharing her Colombian culture. Sindy also is driven to provide opportunities to share, connect, and learn about other cultures through music, dance, food, fashion, and art.
In 2020 Sindy founded a multicultural dance program to represent the new generation with the desire of her culture to be passed onto her daughters for them to continue to share it with the generations to come. Rhythms of Cumbia, Mapale, Garabato, Champeta, and Salsa are routed deeply in Sindy's cultural history of her country and you can feel the positive energy and pride of her dances with every class and performance she gives.
Barranquilla Flavor also participates annually in in the Concord Multicultural Festival to showcasing her traditional Colombian dances as well as being part of the planning committee as the Performance Coordinator.
"I love the mission of the Festival because it aligns with my vision, and I love helping people to feel welcome and included. It has been an honor to be involved with this incredible event, and I am so proud to have been named as a Co-Share of this wonderful event in 2021. My journey has led me down many paths and I am blessed to have met so many wonderful people along the way."
Sindy continues her journey with Barranquilla Flavor currently along side her daughter Soraya.
I have been dancing for 11 wonderful years and I can honestly say dance is my life, my passion! Even though I've taught for over 9 years and owned Legend Latin Dance company for the last 7, I am still a perpetual student. I know how to dance over 30 different styles because of my curiosity and desire to learn. Teaching (and performing) is my way of sharing that knowledge and passion for dance with others... Hopefully inspiring them to find and follow their passions. I have found that dance leads to incredible experiences, friendships, memories and much more.
"Find something that allows you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time, then hold into it with all that you are."
Xavier “Xavi” Heskin (she/her) is an instructor, choreographer, and performer based in Austin, Texas. Her dance journey begun while living in Dublin, Ireland, primarily developed with Austin Inspired Movement, and now brings her around the US to teach and perform at congresses. While Xavi teaches Salsa, Bachata, and Zouk, Zouk is the dance that has claimed her deepest love, and she is incredibly passionate about sharing its beauty with others. Above all else, Xavi emphasizes the feeling of the partnership within dance. As a lead and follow of all three dances she instructs, Xavi is able teach in ways that ensure dancing is connected, playful, and comfortable for everyone involved.
Theo Martinez is a dancer, choreographer and instructor, originally from Nashua NH, who began dancing at the age of seven. His love and passion for dance which originally started with HIp Hop, has grown into other styles such as Contemporary, Modern, and Ballroom Dance. He has choreographed and performed with Boston based dance companies (Urbanity, Tribe/B-Side/TriiipleThreat Entertainment, Ipswitch Moving Company), and has been able to perform at venues such as, Jacobs Pillow, Alvin Ailey, Hynes Convention Center, and opening for recording artists. Theo has also worked in adult and teen community theater- choreographing for productions of 'Swing', and 'Smokey Joes Cafe'. He also competes in professional and pro-am ballroom dance events, as well as perform showcases at venues like the Boston Salsa Festival, and Boston Contemporary Festival.
Theo started his business HTM Dance eight years ago, so he could put focus on family first, but also keep his love of dance alive. He has done so by running afterschool movement programs, as well as a Dance Communication class for couples getting ready for their weddings. His unique approach of storytelling in his choreography has won many awards and loved by audiences who have seen his work.
Sarah Kyker is a professional performing artist, choreographer, and dance teacher based out of New Orleans, La. She is a classically trained ballet dancer and has performed professionally with Chattanooga Ballet and Baton Rouge Ballet Theater. Sarah has toured Italy, Greece, and Turkey with the Armfield Dance Academy Show Troupe and appeared in the Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker. One of twelve accepted, she attended Governor's School for the Arts and was accepted on scholarship to study at an ABT summer intensive.
Sarah’s love of dance goes well beyond ballet. She has also studied and cross-trained in jazz, tap, modern, chorus line, contemporary, improvisation, ballroom, zydeco, cajun waltz, kizomba, zouk, swing, salsa, bachata, belly dance, and Argentine Tango.
Sarah found Argentine Tango in 2011 and it has become her obsession and main focus for the last 11 years. For her, nothing quite compares to the essence and connection of tango. Sarah has studied with master teachers in America, Argentina, and Europe including Hugo Patyn y Celina Rotundo, Mariano “Chicho” Frumboli y Juana Sepulveda, Gustavo Naveira y Giselle Anne, Rodrigo "Joe" Corbata y Lucila Cionci, Javier Rodriguez y Moira Castellano, Miriam Larici y Leonardo Barrionuevo, Adrian Veredice y Alejandra Hobert, Paloma Berrios Rodriquez y Maximiliano Alvarado Olaquibel, Noelia Hurtado y Carlos Espinoza, Facundo Peñalva y Josefina Stellato, Facundo Pinero & Vanesa Villalba, “Los Totis” Christian Marquez y Virginia Gomez , Oscar Casas y Jesica Arfenoni, Nito y Elba Garcia, Alejandra Mantiñan, Horacio Godoy, Sol Gabis Gomez, Leandro Caparelli, Carolina del Rivero, Damian Lobato, Tomas Corbalan, and Graciela Gonzalez.
Sarah began teaching and choreographing dance while she was still in high school and can teach lessons in most of the genres she has studied at varying degrees of expertise, specializing in ballet and tango. For tango, she has studied both roles and can teach the lead and follow. She is a member of Celina Rotundo’s International Tango Femme Team and has taught and performed in New Orleans, Dallas, Tennessee, Montana, and Chicago.
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