Choreographer/Instructor since 1989, born in Dominican Republic, studied at the National School for performing Arts in Dominican Republic and then moved to Canada and Graduated from McGill University with an International Business Degree with a minor in Communications in Montreal Canada.
Nino has been dancing since the age of three. His passion for dance, music, and the arts has taken him around the world since 1996 for a variety of purposes. He studied formally under the schooling of Cassandra Damiron (Dominican Afro-Icon) and the International Performing Arts School in the Dominican Republic. His unique ability to create caught the attention of the entertainment world and he has choreographed for several local and international films. He has trained actors and performers from Cirque de Soleil, Alberta Ballet among others. He has been featured in more than 50 magazines and newspapers as the founder of “Salsa Soccer” and was the first to introduce Salsa and Bachata in 1992 in Canada. His creation the Salsa Soccer gave him and his studio worldwide recognition. In 1998 Nino introduces the first instructional Latin VHS and video that showcase Bachata, Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia “Ritmos Latinos” selling over 15000 copies in the late 90’s making him the first online Bachata Instructor and the first to introduce Bachata to Canada as a form of dance.
Today Nino Acosta continues as a teacher and judge in the Bachata Community worldwide. He also founded the World Bachata Society in 2016 to recognize and promote Dominican Culture around the world. In 2019 Nino will release his first Bachata Documentary “The Bachata Chronicles”.
Nino’s charity work in Calgary includes: Building For the Love of Children Society, the United Way Show and workshop, Children’s Cancer Hospital fundraiser, the Amnesty International Show, the Women’s Shelter’s Dance as Fast as They Can fundraiser, the Red Cross, raising awareness of the Obesity Programs in Calgary, the Calgary Immigrant s Aid Society, the Extravadanza Fashion Show to raise money for Hall “Child and Family Services”, and many others.
Nino Acosta will be assisted by Cristina Aneiros for his workshops at Festival de Ritmo.
From Brisbane, Cristina has been in the Latin dance scene for almost 20 years and teaches Salsa and Bachata.
Cristina’s salsa journey started in 2001 and in that time she has built a wealth of experience in Cuban, Cali, Linear and Mambo styles.
Cristina was first introduced to authentic Dominican Bachata in 2007. She took her first trip to the Dominican Republic in 2008 and travels there regularly to fuel her passion for Dominican rhythms, dances and culture.
She is well known for her flowing body movement and smooth footwork, as well as her ability to articulate and transmit these concepts to her students.