About Us

Our Mission and Vision:

VISION of SalsaKnox Dance Company: 
(What do we hope to achieve?)
-To inspire all people to find their own happiness through the joy of dance!

MISSION of SalsaKnox Dance Company 
(How we will we achieve this?)
 -To provide a fun and safe dance community where all students feel successful: 
mentally, emotionally, and physically.

SalsaKnox Dance Company
About Us | SalsaKnox Dance Company
SalsaKnox Dance Company is a Latin dance school based in Knoxville, TN. We offer different levels of Salsa classes – Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced. All of our dance instructors are professional and we go deeper into the Salsa music to give you a better understanding of how to feel the rhythm and interpret it into your steps and partner work.

This creates a very different vibe in our group dance classes and lets them stand out from the rest!

The owners of SalsaKnox Dance Company are Waldo & Jacqueline Solano mission is to provide the highest level of artistic education and to inspire dancers & others around the world while keeping a loyal, friendly and encouraging atmosphere.
Jacqueline Solano
About Us | Jacqueline Solano
Jacqueline Solano, wife of Waldo Solano, has been dancing Salsa and Bachata for over 10 years.  She moved to Knoxville TN in 2004 and went on to graduate from University of Tennessee with her Masters Degree in Secondary Teacher Education.  She is currently a middle school 7th grade English teacher as well as co-director of SalsaKnox Dance Company, and her passion for any type and kind of teaching fills any classroom environment. She teaches beginners, intermediates, and advanced groups as well as the SalsaKnox Rumberas Ladies Dance Team here in Knoxville, TN.  She and Waldo travel, perform, and teach all over the United States and continue to share their love of Latin Dance, especially Salsa and Bachata with anyone they meet.  Jacqui and Waldo believe that "dance" is an expression of the soul and a unique communication between people.  It truly transcends across time, culture, class, and belief. So, come and see what all the fuss is about with SalsaKnox! You will not regret coming to dance with us!
Waldo Solano
About Us | Waldo Solano
Because the dancer's life is the best life! And because an atmosphere of kindness, warmth and fun awaits you in each of my dance classes. It's what my clients tell me they notice from the first time they take my dance classes: an energy that is welcoming, 100% non-judgmental, and truly joyful!

In each Waldo Solano dance classes, my passion is to help enrich lives, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, through the positive and transformative power of dance. There are thousands of reasons people start dance classes, from wedding dance instruction, a new hobby, or a way to connect with your partner, improving your social life, physical and emotional health. And once I show you how much fun salsa dancing can be, I know you'll want to go back!

I am an expert in teaching in-person dance classes, online dance classes, and helping people dance salsa and dance bachata.

If you really hope to take in-person dance classes or online dance classes and learn how to dance salsa, dance bachata, have fun, and increase your self-esteem then I can definitely help you.

I am awesome at salsa dance & bachata dance and my accomplishments include:

Been training for the last 15 years with:

Karen y Ricardo 9X World Champions,
Fernando Sosa,
Ataca y La Alemana,
Adrian y Anita,
Daniel y Desiree,
Korke y Judith - Creators of Sensual Bachata,
Alberto Valdes,
Adolfo Indacochea,
Ronald y Alba,
Jessica Patella,
Isabelle et Felicien,
Alex y Desiree,
Charlie y Tania,
Francisco Vazquez - Co-creators of Salsa L.A. Style,
Luis Vazquez - Co-creators of Salsa L.A. Style,
Johnny Vazquez - Co-creators of Salsa L.A. Style,
Alfredo Piceno,
Jen Piceno,
Jimmy Rumba,
Ana Llorente

Work History:
Instructor for 15+ years trained 5,000+ people annually, Have customers in over 50+ countries around the globe

Awards, Titles, and Designations:
Dance Performer & Dance instructor for 3 years at Salsambo Dance Company
Dance instructor for 12 years at SalsaKnox Dance Company

Other Info:
Training to be a dancer, dance performer & instructor at Salsambo Dance Company & World Mastery, Have customers in over 50+ countries around the globe

Proud Son, Brother, Father & Husband

Build a dance company in the economic crash of 2008, keep my dance company in business for 11+ years

When you want to dance the bachata, I'm the one who can help you with salsa dance & bachata dance.

I will definitely help you learn how to dance salsa & dance bachata, have fun, and increase your self-esteem!

Waldo Solano is originally from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, Waldo grew up dancing most Tropical Music, Cumbia, and Salsa in Mexico City.

He moved to Atlanta, GA in 2003 and was introduced to Salsa by Alfredo Piceno (Salsambo Dance Company) in July 2006. Motivated by what he saw, he immediately started training intensely with Alfredo and Jen Piceno.

I Co-create SalsaKnox Dance Company in 2008

I Co-create DancingFlix in 2020
SalsaKnox Rumberas (Knoxville), Bamacitas (Alabama) Led it by Tropical Gem Ladies (Italy)
March 9th 2019
Coming Up Salsa Dance Events - Knoxville, Tennessee
SalsaKnox Performance Schedule 2021
- Channel 6 - September 18th, 2021: National Dance Day
- Friday, September 24th, 2021: International Festival (12:35-12:45pm) at University of TN, Knoxville
​- Sunday, September 26th, 2021: (12:55pm) HOLA FESTIVAL at World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN
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