About Us

As dance partners, Emily and Stefan have created Hawaii Salsa 101 and Linda Melodía Dance Company, bringing salsa on2 to Hawaii straight from New York City. They believe in fusing different dance genres with an athletic and action packed style of performance salsa. Their philosophy is that they can give any student the tools needed to become amazing social dancers and powerful performers if they so desire. Hawaii Salsa 101 has created a program that merges the most advanced dance techniques in salsa to guarantee that any student can excel at salsa and have fun on the dance floor!

Emiliy Hodges

Emiliy Hodges

Director

Emily Hodges fell into dance at a young age when she was introduced to ballet by her mother. While in college pursuing a degree in music performance at New York University she discovered salsa. She ultimately became incredibly serious and passionate about dance and began to focus and explore salsa, taking a number of classes in New York City at renowned schools such as Santo Rico Dance School and Baila Society, directed by Ahtoy WonPat-Borja and Daniel Enskat. Emily went on to train and perform with Freddy Ruiz and On2 Fusion, a dance company that combined salsa with tango, flamenco, jazz, and afro-Cuban. She moved on to Santo Rico, rising up in the ranks, teaching and becoming one of the main performers for Santo Rico’s semi-professional team. Emily transitioned to training and performing with both Baila Society’s semi-professional and professional teams. Emily has performed at numerous events including the New York Salsa Congress and Club Cache, as well as internationally and on T.V. She has also danced on stage with Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz.

Stefan Kant

Stefan Kant

Director

Stefan Kant discovered salsa in college and his passion for the music drove him to dance, determined to understand this beautiful, vibrant genre in greater depth. In addition to building an incredible collection of salsa music he also trained and performed with Freddy Ruiz and On2 Fusion, which combined tango, flamenco, jazz, and afro-Cuban with salsa. Stefan went on to become the captain of Santo Rico’s semi-professional team, and one of the most valued teachers, known for his fun, precise and highly analytical teaching style. After numerous performances locally for events such as The New York Salsa Congress and Club Cache, internationally in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and on stage with live salsa bands, Stefan moved on to train both semi-professionally and professionally with Baila Society.

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