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Shannon began partner dancing in 2007 and was introduced to Kizomba in early 2012. Since that time, her focus has been perfecting this beautiful dance and she has traveled the world extensively in pursuit of the most esteemed instructors. Her dedication has opened many doors for her in the Kizomba world including work as an instructor, live television appearances, and an opportunity to participate in the 2014 AfricaDancar USA Kizomba Competition in New York. She and Chris Njunge from Los Angeles won 1st place and went on to represent the United States in the World AfricaDancar Championship in Milan, Italy. She has taught throughout the US in places such as Seattle, Washington DC, LA and Miami as well as in Mexico. Shannon is also one of the founders of the Tri-Cities Salsa Congress and offers  Kizomba classes on Thursdays through the West Coast/Kizomba Dance (WCKD) group in Richland, WA. 





Shan Mario 2016MARIO VARGAS – Seattle, WA

Mario was born in Nicaragua and raised in Miami. After moving to Seattle in 2012, Mario began dancing salsa and bachata and performed in various dance teams. After immersing himself in dance, Mario started teaching in 2013 and is currently teaching salsa and kizomba at the Salsa N Seattle studio. He has taught at numerous dance events including Vancouver (Canada), D.F. (Mexico), LA, and Washington DC. In addition to teaching, he hosts a weekly kizomba social on Wednesdays at the SNS studio. Mario will be teaching Kizomba at the Tri-Cities Salsa Congress with Shannon Urza.




IMG_6909EMY LAIJA – Washington, DC

Emy is a dancing veteran of the salsa family here in eastern Washington’s “509”.  We all know it’s a pleasure to share a dance with Emy or even just watch her.  With her tons of hours on the social dancing scene and many travels dancing around the country, she is transitioning from the social dance floor to instructing.  Her love is bachata and you will know this when you talk to her about the music and the moves.  Emy is also one of the founders of the Tri-Cities Salsa Congress. Her teaching style focuses on developing a strong foundation that will allow students to progress successfully in their dancing skills. (Photo by Virak Chhang)