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Fairmont Students and Staff Compete for the World Latin Dance Cup

Two Fairmont students and a staff member will put their dance moves to the test next weekend for the World Latin Dance Cup as part of Anaheim’s Passion y Tumbao dance company.

Founder of the dance company and Fairmont North Tustin Campus student services lead Marco Rosas joins his daughter, Saira (a preschooler at the Historic Anaheim Campus), and one of his dance students, Deanna G. (a senior at Fairmont Preparatory Academy), in the competition.

Marco and Saira have qualified for the semifinals in the family members division, and Marco will also dance with Deanna in the Salsa On1 ProAm Division.

Deanna has also qualified to dance a second time in the Salsa On1 ProAm Division with another instructor and will compete with her Passion y Tumbao family in the Salsa Junior Team Division and the Salsa Junior & Children Team Division.

Rosas and Deanna at the Latin Mirage Dance Competition
 

“[Deanna competed in the World Latin Dance Cup] last year, and she got all the way to the semifinals,” Rosas shared. “So, this year she really wants to pass through that and place. She’s my oldest student. She’s been with me for nine years almost.”

While his students on the Children Team from Passion y Tumbao Dance Company have been practicing for the competition for about six months, Rosas estimates Deanna’s been practicing for years. Her dedication and Rosas’ will hopefully pay off at the weekend’s competition.

Father and Daughter

Rosas began dancing at nine years old, but he didn’t begin salsa dancing or competing professionally until later in life.

“It’s a way to express myself and a way to help everybody else that I teach,” Rosas explained of his passion for the art and teaching. “[My students] find a different way to express themselves through something that they love.”

Rosas is now able to share this love not only with his students, but also with his daughter.

“This is probably the best experience ever,” Rosas shared about being able to compete with Saira. “Not a lot of people get to dance with their daughters on that level.”

“She doesn’t really dance,” Rosas explained. “She doesn’t really like to practice; she just likes to be on stage.”

Saira shows off her “merengue hips.”

Though averse to practicing, Saira does have a favorite dance move. She shared that she loves “moving [her] merengue hips” and “dancing to the song ‘Moviendo Las Caderas.'”

Though already succeeding in the dancing world by entering the semifinals of the Latin World Cup, Saira might have other professional plans when she grows up.

“[I want to be] an animal doctor like Doc McStuffins,” Saira said.

Rosas isn’t concerned if Saira’s passions lead her away from the dance floor.

“We’re just kind of going with the flow,” he said. “If she likes it in the future, it’s fine, and if she doesn’t, then it’s okay. Dancing is always there.”

Rosas certainly has enough talent for the whole family should Saira decide dancing isn’t quite her thing. He is a World Salsa Champion after winning with a team in the 2015 World Latin Dance Cup. Last year, his company won three silver and one bronze award.

“My goal this year is [to win] first place in all categories,” Rosas said hopefully.

Fairmont wishes the best of luck to the Rosas family and Deanna as they compete next weekend!

 

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