Testimonials

For those who are thinking of taking this class. It is worth it! Jessie Keller does such an amazing job at teaching and getting people into the Latin rhythm. She is a very kind and understanding person. If it’s your first time, no need to be shy, she is one of the best instructor that doesn’t make you feel like you can’t do it. She totally backs you up with positive reenforcement . Makes the class’s really fun with her personality! If I was in Colorado, I would totally sign up right away!  1f60a.png 😊
-Gus (2018)

We are taking our 3rd class with Jessie at Yolo Salsa….That’s how much we LOVE her classes!! Jessie is a great instructor and makes learning salsa accessible to EVERYONE and more importantly, a lot of FUN!! I highly recommend her to anyone looking to learn this energetic and soul-moving dance!! She also sponsors a dance party in Lafayette so you can take what you’ve learned and have a fun night out. Yolo Salsa is great!!
-Krista (2016)

About

Established:

YOLOsalsa was established in October 2014 by Jessie Keller.

Purpose:

Salsa dancing has a way of nurture confidence, developing personal identity, and broadening one’s social network while also bringing joy, fun, and playfulness into your daily life.

Why:

So you can bring the energy of joy, fun and playfulness into your daily life and together we can make the world a happy, beautiful, and fun place to be.

Instructors

Jessie Keller MSW,  Instructor and Director

 Jessie has been salsa dancing since August of 2004. She began her dancing career under the instruction of Joseph Snowhawk, Denver, Colorado and Eric Freeman, Boulder, CO. Midway through 2004 she began assisting Joseph with his classes. From 2005 – 2013 she assisted Eric Freeman with his group classes. Around 2007 Jessie was invited to teach the beginner class at Avalon Ballroom in Boulder.

In addition to her teaching career, Jessie is a vibrant dancer. In 2011 she performed with Salsako Dance Company, in 2013 she performed with the acclaimed salsa dancer Diana Sanchez. Jessie is well-versed in a variety of salsa styles including LA style, Cuban style, Timba, Son, Cumbia, and New York style. In terms of Latin dance styles, she dances Cha-cha, Merengue, Bachata and Regeaton. Her preferred dances are LA and Cuban style (which includes Timba, Son Boleros and Regeaton).

Throughout Jessie’s college career, she took many dance classes that influenced her salsa style and teaching. She studied African Dance, Contact Improvisation, Modern Dance, Afro-Cuban with Neri Torres of Cuba, Ballet, Jazz Choreography and Yoga. Out side of college, Jessie studied Belly Dance with Elena Nayiri. Jessie loves learning new dance styles and finding ways to incorporate them into her own dancing.

Jessie is passionate about teaching dance. She believes that movement and music nurture confidence, develops personal identity, and broaden one’s social network.