Meet Our Teachers

Roberto Perez

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Cardio Salsa & Latin Movement
Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm
Sunday 1-2pm

Learn Salsa steps, syncopations & Latin movement direct from the streets of Havana in an aerobic class format! Zumba certified! NO experience or partner necessary! Drop-ins welcome!

Roberto is the Executive Director, Co-founder, Performer, Instructor, Choreographer, and DJ of Havana Nights Latin Dance. Roberto was born and raised in the heart of one of the most musical city in the world, La Habana de Cuba, where the dances Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Son, Danzon and Guaguanco were first introduced along with “Casino” – the traditional way of dancing to the music known worlwide as “Salsa.” From an early age Roberto was introduced to Cuban rhythms and movement by his mother and step-sister, who was a professional dancer at the Academia de Danza in the famous Tropicana Cabaret in Havana. During the mid-nineties, while living in South America, he stared dancing in shows and cabarets, including one of the most famous Salsa festivals in the world, “Festival de Cali”, Colombia. Upon his arrival Syracuse, he immediately started spreading his love for Salsa, and other Latin American dances and music, throughout Central New York as a member of the Latin Club at Syracuse University and as host of the  Latino radio show “Nosotros”. Roberto now teaches classes which weave Cardio Salsa, SalsAerobics, and traditional Cuban movement into a dynamic and exciting class full of exotic musical flavors. The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body utilizing easy to follow dance steps.

Rachel Currier

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Rachel Currier graduated with her 200-hour teacher training through Boston Yoga School and shortly thereafter completed a 50-hour Yin Yoga training under the guidance of Joshua Summers. Recently she became a certified mindfulness teacher after a year long training with the Mindful Life Program. Rachel previously worked at Mindful Yoga in Fayetteville NY and facilitated an afterschool program offering yoga to the students at Dr. Weeks Elementary. Currently she teaches gentle yoga at SouthSide Fitness.

Rachel is dedicated to sharing the practice of yoga with others by offering accessible movements   in an inclusive space for students to look inward and develop greater self-awareness. Her teaching style can be described as relaxed and encouraging, heavily influenced by mindfulness and meditation

Biboti Ouikahilo

OWNER/EXECUTIVE/ & ARTISTIC DIRECTORS:

Owner of Wacheva Dance & Drum Studio: 2009-Present

Artistic & Executive Directors of Wacheva dance & drum ensemble: 2004-Present

Biboti Ouikahilo was born in the Kouetinfla Progouri Central West region of the Ivory Coast, West Africa. In December of 1980, Biboti began his professional dance, drum and choreography career with the prominent Ivory Coast National Dance & Drum Company. Touring throughout the world provided Biboti with the opportunity to share his talents in a number of countries such as, Morocco, Germany, Belgium, England, France, Yugoslavia, Italy, Kenya, Spain, Benin, and Mexico.

In 1997, after spending 17 years with the National Dance & Drum Company, Biboti came to the United States and paired up with other artists to create Africa Azolou, a celebratory show of Africa, Brazil and the United States. The success of the company brought the show to Ohio, Chicago and New York City.

New York City became the homeland for his West African teaching styles and techniques. Biboti taught for 6 years at the renowned Djoniba Dance and Drum Center, as well as Abizaid Studio and Lehman College. He worked with young children at Ifetayo Cultural Arts, in Brooklyn, NY. Biboti was also chosen as a lead African drummer for the Jimmy Buffett Summer Tour in 2000-2001. The West African dancer, drummer and choreographer continued to express his artistic abilities in 2002, when he traveled to Hawaii to participate in the Hollywood film “Tears of the Sun,” starring Bruce Willis.

In July, 2003, Biboti moved to Syracuse, NY, where he currently shares his artistic talents with the Central New York community through workshops, classes, performances and lecture/demonstrations. In 1994, Biboti founded Wacheva Cultural Arts in Ivory Coast; in 2004, he revived the organization in Syracuse; and in 2008, Wacheva became incorporated and received a not-for-profit status. In September 2009, Wacheva opened Wacheva Dance and Drum Studio where you can see kids, adults, different cultures, religions, and ethnicities under same roof. ”It is the place for dance and drum in Central New York.”

African DANCE EDUCATION:

Ivory Coast National company of dance International Tour                                                                                                             12/80 to 1/97

Trained professionally as a dancer and drummer

Performed, trained dancers and choreographed pieces — toured throughout Ex-Yugoslavia, Mexico, Morocco, Belgium, East & West Germany, France, Kenya, Italy, England, Spain, Benin, Togo, and Martinique etc!

WORKSHOPS / PERFORMANCES

2004 to present in Central New York Colleges

Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Canisius College, Hamilton College, Cazenovia College, SUNY Cortland State College, SUNY Oswego State, Onondaga Community College, Finger lakes Community College, North Country Community College, Saranac Lake Community College, Elmira College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Jefferson Community College, Lehman College, Wells College, LeMoyne College, Utica College, Hudson Valley Community College. Keuka College, Wells College and more..

Elementary – High School

Onondaga Hill Middle School, Stonehedge Elementary School, Gillette Road Middle School, Danforth Middle School, Deryder Elementary School, Fitzugh Elementary School, Kingsford Park School, Union Springs Middle School, Diven Elementary School, Millard Hawk Primary School, West Genesee High School, New Haven Elementary School, Granby Elementary School, Lanigan Elementary School, Onondaga Road Elementary School, Madison Central School, Utica Central Schools, Syracuse Montessori School, Clinton Central Schools and more…

Utica Dance Studio ex-Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY

African dance 2004-Present

Dancenter of Utica, Utica, NY

African dance 2009-Present

Rae’s Institute of Dance, Syracuse, NY

African dance 2007-Present

Dance Works Studio Utica, NY

African 2009-Present

Community Venues

Oswego Harborfest, NYS Fair, Ithaca Festival, Westcott Cultural Fair, Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival, Open Hand Theatre, Onondaga Dance Institute, Mayfest, Juneteenth, Everson Museum of Art, Utica Dance Academy, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Rae’s Institute of Dance & Movement, Island Health & Fitness, Sacketts Harbor, Dance Arts Center, Utica Dance Works Studio, Stone Quarry Art Park

PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

Wacheva Dance, & DrumEnsemble Syracuse, NY

2004 to present

Director, producer, choreographer, dancer, Mask dancer and drummer

Kotchegna Dance Company  New York, NY

2000 to 2003: African dancer, drummer and Mask dancer

Tears of the Sun  Honolulu, HI                                                                                                                                   4/02 to 07/02

Acted in a Hollywood film starring Bruce Willis

 Jimmy Buffet Tour  United States                                                                                                                               6/00 to 09/01

Toured as leader of African Drummers for Jimmy Buffet’s Summer Tour

CHOREOGRAPHING EXPERIENCE

Wacheva Dance, & Drum Ensemble Syracuse, NY

2004 to present

Africa Azolou  Indianapolis, Indiana                                                                                                          08/97 to 11/97

Ivory Coast National Dance Company  West Africa                                                                                              01/95 to 01/97

Wacheva Dance Company  West Africa                                                                                                                   07/94 to 12/95

Ivory Coast National Ballet  International Tour                                                                                                         2/80 to 09/97

Syracuse University: Music Beyond Borders (annual show who bring together all the SU students artists from everywhere in the World. 2011-Present

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Syracuse City Schools Syracuse, NY

After-school program: West African Dance Teacher

Danforth Middle School, Ed Smith Elementary, Fowler High School, Blodgett Elementary School, Levy Middle School, Grant Middle School, Dr. Martin Luther King School, Bellevue Elementary School and Kuumba Program at Community Folk Art Center

Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

Director of West African Drumming Ensemble

9/06 to present

Community Folk Art Center Syracuse, NY

African Dance Teacher 02/06 to 8/09

Onondaga Dance Institute Syracuse, NY: African Dance Teacher 09/05 to 5/07

City Health Club Ithaca, NY: African Dance Teacher 01/06 to 12/06

Westcott Community Center Syracuse, NY: African Dance Teacher 08/03 to 02/06

New York City New York, NY African Dance Teacher 05/98 to 06/01

Djoniba Dance and Drum Center, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Facility and Lehman College

LECTURES / DEMONSTRATIONS EXPERIENCE

Syracuse University  Syracuse, NY

2005 to present

Dr. Carol Barbiracky class, 2005-present

Dr. Eleene ———-, class 2006-2008

Dr. Bile Cole class 2007-2011

Dr. Sydney Jane Hutchinson class: 2012-present

Dr. Danielle Brown class 2012-2013

Oswego State University  Oswego, NY

2007

Fingerlakes Community College

2009-2011

Wells College: 2009-2010

Keuka College: 2012-2013

Onondaga Community College: 2008-2010

August 2008, Biboti’s has led a 4000 square foot building stood derelict for more than 15 years to renovate and made it into the dance studio as community home today.

2012 I become US Citizens and I was the keno speaker for the ceremony

 SKILLS

Patient, Excellent teaching ability through my culture from kids, k-12 colleges, universities, adults, communities.