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Born in 1976 in Camaguey, Cuba, Yani Borrell has a unique voice and form of expression. He began his professional career at the age of 17 when he became the main singer of Orquesta Ideal, a well-known orchestra from his native town. After a few years he traveled with different show bands in Cuba performing in the most important venues in the country, which helped him to develop an authentic singing style. Since arriving in Toronto in 2004, Borrell has dominated the Latin music scene in Canada and has shared the stage with salsa legends such as Andy Montanez, Candido Fabre, Pupy y los que Son Son and Los Van Van among others.
Miko Sobreira is a highly after sought salsa teacher who has been working with youth and children for many years. Over the past 16 years, Miko has taught for dance companies, studios, universities, colleges and high schools, and participated in events and fundraisers across Canada. Growing up in the little towns of Venezuela, Mexico and Spain, Miko was exposed to and deeply affected by Afro-Venezuelan, Latin-Caribbean and Spanish popular culture. His theatrical career began at the age of seven, while always being involved in the cultural dances of the regions where he happened to be living. Art has been essential to his reality—especially the performing arts. The streets of his hometowns were the perfect school for his salsa dance training, where dancing is more than social entertainment. There, dancing is a way for individuals and society to cope with hardship and express their everyday reality. In dance, struggle, hope and dreams are channeled together to perfectly reflect identity.
Baile de Barrio invites you to dance beside the water to the hot rhythms of Cuban Salsa with one of Toronto's best-loved salsa singers, Yani, and dance teachers Miko Sobreira and friends. Sobriera teaches salsa dura, a form of street style salsa.