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ballroom dance Events

Meet Mario


Originally from San Francisco, Mario's career began with the formation of the youth group “Boogie Down Productions” performing Hip Hop, Break Dancing, and Pop Locking in front of Ghiradelli Square and Pier 39. From there, he expanded his dance repertoire with the study of jazz, ballet and Flamenco before discovering Ballroom. He has since taken his street jazz styles and Ballroom dance to many studios, corporate/private events and cruise ships as choreographer, performer and instructor. He has also served as guest performer and choreographer at many of Santa Cruz's charitable events. Look for him as a principal dancer in the feature film, "Swing."  

Mario’s love for teaching has developed into after school dance programs that instill an enthusiasm for movement, culture and music appreciation in younger generations.


Mario's ballroom pedagogy occurs under the direction of the Palomar Ballroom coaches.  He has an undying love for Swing music and dancing, yet he also specializes in Rhythm Latin dances such as Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha and Bolero as well as American Smooth Ballroom. e.g.: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quick Step and Viennese waltz. Club Dances e.g.: Hustle, Argentine Tango, Night Club 2 step.

Dance Studios

Palomar Ballroom 1996- Present

Starlite Dance Club 2005-2006

International Academy of Dance 2003-2004

Dance Synergy 2003-2004

Studio X 2000-2002

Motion Pacific 1996-1998

Capitola Dance Center 1994-1996

Sherry Lynn’s Dance studio 1993-1995


Guest Instructed / Performed

Sundance Cruises

Seascape Resort

First night Santa Cruz

Chaminade Resort


Cabrillo College

Dancers at Sea Cruises

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Watsonville High school

Cocoanut Grove

Georgiana Bruce Kirby preparatory school    

Villa Montalvo

Mario Avila

(831) 295-9555