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.
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
First night Santa Cruz
Dancers at Sea Cruises
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Watsonville High school
Georgiana Bruce Kirby preparatory school