Cesar Salinas Dance & Yoga
Cesar Salinas Dance & Yoga

Cesar Salinas Dance & Yoga

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Introduction: WEDDING CHOREOGRAPHY I love choreographing wedding dances for the bride & groom, father & daughter, mother & son, flash mobs and wedding parties. I can offer simple or elaborate wedding choreography! YOGA RYT 200hr certified yoga instructor from CorePower Yoga. My main focus is to guide yogis to finding comfort within in their bodies, whether it be mediation, asanas, or self acceptance practice. I love curating a yoga practice that is uniquely YOU. I teach all-levels vinyasa flow where movement and breath is connected as one. I also teach yoga sculpt for those wanting a little extra strength and toning. 15-30 min stretching is offered after every session to increase flexibility and range of motion. Where you are a beginner yogi, experienced, athlete or just looking to align mind, body and spirit..I can help you! BIOGRAPHY Cesar G. Salinas, originally from Portland, Oregon, was named Giordano Dance Chicago’s Associate Artistic Director at the start of GDC’s 60th Anniversary Season. He began his formal studies in dance with Zohar School of Dance, under the direction of Ehud Krauss in Palo Alto, CA. There he was introduced to the classic jazz styles of Gus Giordano, Luigi, and Matt Mattox. He moved to Oregon where he studied at Willamette Ballet Academy under Deborah Higginbotham. Cesar went on to further his training at the University at Buffalo, where he graduated with a BFA in Dance. He received a scholarship to Giordano Dance School in Chicago, IL, in 2004 and 2005. From 2006 until 2011, Cesar joined Giordano Dance Chicago as a full company member performing throughout the United States and Europe. During his tenure, he was proud to be a part of GDC’s educational outreach program, teaching science and health dance classes to 4th and 5th grade students in under-resourced public schools in Chicago. Cesar was honored to be on the cover of Dance Magazine (August 2007) and to teach at the Jazz Dance World Congress in 2007, 2009, and 2012. In 2013, he was chosen as a soloist for BalaSole Dance Company performing “Hunted” in New York City’s Alvin Ailey Citigroup where he received rave reviews: “richly physical performance that drew the audience’s unfettered enthusiasm” – Philip Gordon. Cesar toured the world with Royal Caribbean cruise lines as a performer in the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever as well as an aerialist. In the January 2018 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine, Cesar demonstrates the Giordano Technique alongside Nan Giordano in honor of the company’s 55th Anniversary Season. Cesar is a certified teacher in the Giordano Technique at the Basic, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional Levels of the Nan Giordano Certification Program® (NGCP®). Most recently Cesar returned to the stage at the Auditorium Theatre to perform Gus Giordano’s 1978 iconic solo Wings in honor of Nan Giordano’s 33 years at the helm and 25th Anniversary as Artistic Director for GDC. Lauren Warnecke of See Chicago Dance wrote, “...you could almost imagine Gus himself up there performing the piece he made 40 years ago.” He currently teaches master classes and workshops, as well as choreographs for universities and studios across the country.

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Michael B.
Aug 31, 2023

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To help learn our first dance, my fiancée and I had some classes at a Chicago ballroom dance studio and found it to be overpriced and slow to make progress. Then we found Cesar and the difference was night and day. He is so talented, a great teacher, and so fun to work with. It wasn’t just dance lessons with him, it was a genuinely fun date for my fiancée and I every week! Cesar is responsive, flexible with scheduling, and even had our wedding song edited to an appropriate length (included in his affordable price). You won’t regret choosing Cesar!

Details: 26-35 • Two people • Ballroom • No experience • Preparing for a wedding • 60 minutes • Once a week • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Reese O.
Aug 21, 2023
Cesar is an amazing dance instructor and human being! I have never been much of a dancer and was worried about my first dance at my wedding. Cesar helped us choreograph an amazing dance, complete with spins, dips, and lifts! We used a very special song and he made it really easy to learn, even for a dance-challenged individual. 10/10 highly recommend!! Our dance @ our wedding turned into one one of my favorite parts of the day!!
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Lizzy M.
Aug 20, 2023
Cesar was absolutely incredible!!! He created a perfect first dance for us that was tailored to our skill set and fun vibe of our song. We had so much fun and were smiling and laughing the entire lesson. We can’t wait to wow our wedding guests and all of the credit goes to Cesar. HIGHLY recommend going to Cesar to make your first dance extra special and fun.
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Jenny B.
Jun 30, 2023
Taking dance lessons with Cesar was one of the highlights of preparing for our wedding! He instilled SO MUCH CONFIDENCE in both me and my husband which we were able to carry into not 1 but TWO dances taught by Cesar on our wedding day. Cesar was so patient and met us where we were skill-wise, but he also challenged us. Looking back on the videos, we are both STUNNED that we learned two dances and crushed them! 10/10, Cesar is the best!
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Erin S.
Jun 30, 2023
Cesar came to our rescue as we only had 2 weeks to learn our first dance for our wedding! We met for one hour on zoom and we were both blown away by his instruction and ability to work with us in a virtual setting. He truly cared to incorporate our preferences and came prepared to our zoom. Couldn’t be happier with our time with him - he’s the absolute best and an amazing person!
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