Meet Our Teachers

Roberto Perez

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.

Dara Harper

Alignment-based Yoga
Monday 6:30-7:45pm

Dara’s specialty is in creating a strong foundation for beginners and designing powerful classes for seasoned practitioners. Her expertise is in teaching “pose precision” and helping students to achieve anatomical alignment.Dara has been teaching yoga for 19 years and specializes in pose precision and body alignment. Dara has studied with many great teachers including John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, Douglas Brooks, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman, Doug Keller, and Tom Myers, a Rolfer and author of the book Anatomy Trains. These will be strong classes for any student: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students will all be cared for and challenged simultaneously with active stretching, weight-bearing poses, such as downward facing dog and plank, and breathwork. Dara is attentive and patient and loves to watch her students blossom!

Chelsey Mollin

Ashtanga Yoga
Wednesday 7-8:15am
Sunday 9-10:15am
Chelsey’s classes begin September 20, 2017

Chelsey grew up in Syracuse, NY. She was first drawn to her yoga mat through an interest in meditation. Over the years, her practice continued to grow until she decided to deepen her experience with yoga by committing to a 200 hour YTT. She received her first training from the Kaivalya Yoga Academy, in Ithaca NY. Here, she learned and practiced the Ashtanga primary series. She quickly fell in love with this style of yoga as she learned how it heals and initiates growth of body, mind and spirit. Being a strong believer in healing and wellness through movement, Chelsey is excited to be a part of Wacheva studio’s yoga community!


Monique Williams

Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm

Monique has been doing african dance for over 20 years. She currently dances with Wacheva Cultural Arts Dance Studio and is an active member of Adanfo African Dance Ensemble. Her passion for dance and wanting to live a healthier lifestyle led her to become Zumba Certified in July 2016. She now assists with Amani Bowale youth african dance troupe, located at Southwest Community Center in Syracuse, NY. She is also a CNA, has an associates in Clinical Medical Assistant, and is an ItWorks Distributor. In her spare time, she continues to promote and support healthy living in the community. She and her husband, Tony, reside locally where they are raising their 4 children. Monique from Syracuse, NY

Sara Marsh

Elemental Hoop Dance Picture
Elemental Hoop Dance
Sunday 2:30-3:30pm
Sarah’s class begins October 1, 2017

Sara is a certified Elemental Hoop Dance teacher. Influenced by the natural world and meditative practice, Elemental Hoop Dance enables people to channel the fertile restorative energy of the five elements. Sarah’s teaching provides a vehicle for her to be in service to others’ vitality, supporting them as they learn the joy of this self-empowering dance process! As a safe practice of communication with an “external other”, dancing with a hoop offers deep personal, as well as relational, therapy. Termed as a “flow art”, hoop dance practice  has the ability to soothe and relax a person’s tense muscles into smooth an natural form, along with a their emotions and boundaries. Occurring simultaneous, through repetitive movement, a restructuring of the neural pathways can occur, supporting mental anatomy towards re-alignment with grace.

In class, we create a depth of rich communal hoop dance language, focusing equally on “vocabulary” and “inflection”. “Vocabulary” is learned through trick technique. “Inflection” is honored through individual, authentic, expression of flow. Inspired by experience with meditation, ritual, yoga and Qi gong, Sarah weaves components of all throughout class. Sarah’s goal as a teacher is to hold supportive and nurturing space for each student so that they may leave class feeling full, empowered and deeper rooted in their unique beauty.

“It is my perspective that I am a healer, and so are you! By this I mean that through focused intention and careful practice, I have the ability to heal myself and so do you. Elemental Hoop Dance can be a great practice of healing. I hope you choose to join me in the Dance!”