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Vera Rowe, co-owner of UVLDA, is seven time World Salsa, Bachata and Hustle Champion. Vera has traveled all over the U.S. as well as internationally to teach, perform, and compete in places such as Canada, Spain, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong and Asia. Vera Rowe was born in New York City and graduated from LaGuardia High School of The Performing Arts as a dance major. Aside from being a dancer she was also a USA gymnast for 20 years and competed for Penn State University as a NCAA Division I athlete. She holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Boston University. Vera's most recent accomplishments include becoming The 2015 World Cabaret Salsa Summit Champion, The 2015 World Cabaret Bachata Summit Champion, The 2015 World Hustle Champion and The 2014 World Bachata Masters Champion. She has also been a finalists at The 2012 World Latin Dance Cup, The 2013 Puerto Rico World Salsa Open and The 2013 Hong Kong World Salsa Championships. Vera currently resides in North Miami, Florida, USA where she is co-owner of UV Latin Dance Academy.

Uriel Garcia, co-owner of UVLDA, is seven time World Salsa, Bachata and Hustle Champion. He has been dancing Salsa and Bachata since 2004 and has traveled all over the U.S. as well as internationally to teach, perform, and compete in places such as Canada, Spain, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong and China. Uriel Garcia was born in The Dominican Republic and came to the USA when he was six years old. He was a competitive athlete in football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and track and field. Uriel grew up dancing various forms of Latin dance however, he started dancing salsa at the age of 20 and was trained by his older brother, Darlin Garcia. His most recent accomplishments include becoming The 2015 World Cabaret Salsa Summit Champion, The 2015 World Cabaret Bachata Summit Champion, The 2015 World Hustle Champion and The 2014 World Bachata Masters Champion. He has also been a finalists at The 2012 World Latin Dance Cup, The 2013 Puerto Rico World Salsa Open and The 2013 Hong Kong World Salsa Championships. Uriel currently resides in North Miami, Florida, USA where he is co-owner of UV Latin Dance Academy.

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Hazael (Eduardo) Rojas was born in New York City and raised in Camden New Jersey. He started secretly dancing socially at age 12 at functions and parties which led him to instruct at age 21. With parents hailing from the Dominican Republic and a father who pastored a religious church, dancing was seen to be wrong yet his desire grew to learn over seventeen partner dances in Ballroom, Latin, and cultural dances from Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. His passion for Salsa dance strengthened  when joining a performance group "Art In Motion" of Philadelphia, later "Carribean Soul" with director Ismael Otero (NJ) and "Proyecto Descarga" with director Sekou McMiller (NYC.)  He learned Ballroom at Arthur Murray and Dance with Me Studios then working at several Latin dance based studios in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Portland Oregon, New York City and Connecticut. At Latin Moves dance studio, he started his own latin choreography groups Zael and Haza of which he was profoundly proud to show his talent. His style of movement would incorporate any style he fell in love with from Latin Jazz to Hip Hop or Ballroom. His journey has led him to North Miami Beach and is very happy to work with his new family at UV Latin Dance Academy.  Throughout his career he noticed what dance can do to a person and he often says “I’m not only in the business to teach people how to dance but more the business of changing peoples lives." 

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