Renato De Fazio is the director of Salsa Esperienza. Having trained with some of the foremost Salsa teachers from around the world while Salsa was still in it’s infancy in the UK, and having qualified as a teacher in 1999, Renato has been successfully running classes and events ever since; always in his own inimitable style. Renato is passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge and love of this wonderful dance.
Renato also works as an actor with numerous appearances in film, television, commercials and pop promos. (www.renatodefazio.com) As a result he tries to bring a touch of drama and humour to every class! Renato is of Italian and English parentage, hence the name Esperienza as opposed to Esperiencia, and it was in Italy that he was first introduced to the delights of Salsa:
“One night back in 1995 I saw a very cool guy dressed in a John Travolta-esque white suit, together with a beautiful girl, dancing what my cousin told me was ‘Salsa’. I had never seen it before. The turn patterns were intricate and fast, their movement seemed so stylish yet effortless, and they looked like they were having a lot of fun. I was totally captivated by this uplifting music and I thought, ‘Whatever this Salsa thing is, I’m going to learn how to do it!’… That was my original Salsa esperienza, and I’ve never forgotten it.”