Juan was born in Ecuador, but moved to the US in his teenage years. Living in Chicago for 6+ years, he was a street dancer by heart, until he was properly trained at various dance academies near his home. It was here that Juan was introduced to Bachata, learning in a Multicultural city from various dancers such as the Dominicans, Boricuas, Hispanics, Mexicans & many others. This combined fusion of technique & cultural style is what makes him so unique.
Juan is responsible for the Bachata craze in Australia & New Zealand as 2004 saw him in a new country & culture when he arrived in Sydney, only to find the dance he was most passionate about was a taboo, never played in nightclubs or taught at dance studios. Inspired as no one else can be with Bachata, Juan started running classes & workshops, as well as promoting Bachata music to various influential DJâ€™s, Nightclubs & Latin Events. It was from there his fame as â€˜El Bachateroâ€™ grew quickly making him the best know Bachata Instructor in Australia & New Zealand. He has taught hundreds of workshops throughout Australia as well as the USA, and currently runs monthly boot camps/workshops in some of the most prestigious Latin dance schools in Sydney. Juan is also one of the organizers of the successful â€˜Sydney Bachata Festivalâ€™.
Juanâ€™s unique Bachata style is known as Bachata Moderna, which is a mixed flavor of Zouk, Kizomba, Tango, Hip Hop, R&B and many other. He has an incredible talent of fusing the passion these dance styles have & yet remains true to Bachata form, maintaining the feeling & emotional elements that makes Bachata what it is.