Baila con Pasión, established in 2009, is a specialized Latin Dance company offering Salsa, Bachata, Bachatango, Tango, Zouk and other Latin Dance Classes as well as Fitness classes and is now located in Stuart, Florida with previous locations in Charlotte, North Carolina and Bavaro, Dominican Republic! We offer group classes, private lessons and specialized workshops in Salsa, Bachata, Bachatango, and Cha Cha in addition to many opportunities to dance socially and put what you learn in class to use on the dance floor! Whether you are brand new to Salsa, Bachata, Bachatango or are an experienced dancer looking to sharpen your skills and find your own style, we have a class for you.
Our mission is to share the joy and passion that Latin Dance brings to life overall and to create a very unique community of Salseros, Bachateros, Bachatangueros that have a true passion for the art of dance. We want to unite dancers of all levels, expose them to world class training and allow them to experience the camaraderie that comes with being a part of the Baila con Pasión family.
Under the direction of owner and artistic director, Cassandra de Mercedes and her husband Pedro and due to our devoted Salsa and Bachata communities, Baila con Pasión is quickly becoming the premier Latin Dance company on Florida's Treasure Coast and was the premier Latin Dance Company in both Charlotte, NC and Bavaro, Dominican Republic. We provide world class instruction that has a strong focus on technicality, musicality and styling and offer classes that range from very beginning level classes all the way up to our student performing teams, Salsa con Pasión™ and Bachata con Pasión™.
Baila con Pasión is one of less than 15 Black Belt Salsa™ schools in the entire world and is based on the martial arts progressive teaching system. Our curriculum breaks steps down into families of steps making it easier to recognize and execute patterns and moves that can be combined easily based on partner skill level, partner height, and speed of song.
Our curriculum, founded by Edie the Salsa Freak, helps our students to learn and organize moves from basic to advanced in an organized, structured manner that makes it easier to remember in class and on the dance floor and allows them to see the way that the moves connect making it easier to come up with new patterns and allows them the freedom to create their own style in each dance.
Baila con Pasión’s artistic Director, Cassandra de Mercedes is one of the developer's of the soon to be released Black Belt Bachata™ curriculum making Baila con Pasión one of the first and only Black Belt Bachata™ schools in the world. We are also the world's training center for Black Belt Bachata.
We strive to bring the joy and passion of Latin dance to anyone who wants to learn! We invite you to 'Baila con Pasión' with us!!
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Cassandra de Mercedes is the owner and Artistic Director of Baila con Pasión , a Latin dance company, now based in Stuart, FL and is the artistic director of Salsa con Pasión™ and Bachata con Pasión™, her student performing teams. Her husband Pedro handles all management and booking as well as stage set creation and design for their larger productions. They are extremely proud to be one of the few Black Belt Salsa™ schools in the entire world and Cassandra is part of the development team for Black Belt Bachata™!
Cassandra began dancing professionally at the age of 13 and has spent nearly 3 decades in the entertainment industry working as both a professional dancer and a professional singer. She is classically trained in ballet, ballroom and Latin dance but upon discovering her love and passion for Latin dance specifically Salsa, Bachata, Bachatango and Cha-Cha, they became her sole career focus.
Cassandra has taught thousands of students from Minneapolis, MN to Washington DC to Charlotte, NC and everywhere in between and has been a featured instructor at the largest and most prestigious Bachata Congress in the world for several years running and is booked already for next year, The Washington DC Bachata Congress. She is currently booked to teach at Salsa and Bachata Congresses all over the world and she and her partner were one of few select couples from all over South, Central and North Americas that were invited to compete in the Americas Bachata Masters competition for an opportunity to represent the USA at the finals in Spain in February of 2013.
An accomplished dancer, performer and choreographer, Cassandra brings a rare joy and insatiable passion to the dance floor along with her own elegant and graceful style of Salsa and Bachata. As an instructor, Cassandra has a very strong technical emphasis in her teaching, which ensures that her students become extremely well rounded dancers. Her passion for life in general along with her passion for Salsa and Bachata is truly contagious! She continues her own training with regular private instruction from World Champion salsa coaches Abel Pena and Zulmara Torres, Cristian Oviedo, Liz Lira and Edie the Salsa Freak.