Our Team

Meet the individuals sharing their passion and talents with you at Mixed Motion Art Dance Academy.

 

Instructors and DJ’s

Laura Flores

Laura Flores

Founder, Co-owner, all around diva.

Laura was born to dance and perform. She has been doing her whole life and has a gift for sharing her vast knowledge enthusiastically. Laura selflessly shares her vast knowledge with humor, sass and detail and is one of Chicago’s elite female Salsa dancers. Be sure to check out any class she’s teaching and expect to be satisfied when you leave. Also, make sure you watch her perform, she’s amazing!
Del Dominguez

Del Dominguez

Creative guru, Co-owner, technician.

Del is passionate about figuring things out and refining them to the best of his ability. This goes with his dancing, his art and his teaching. Known as a refined dancer and meticulous instructor, Del’s mission is to make MMA the go-to destination for higher learning in social Latin dance. He prides himself in getting his students to break through barriers and acheive their true potential.
Denisse Aldana

Denisse Aldana

Assistant Instructor

The lovely and talented Denisse Aldana is a homegrown MMA dancer. With her hard work and dedication, she has risen through the ranks from dancing on the Mixed Motion Art Semi-Pro Dance company to now being a principal member of our professional team. Denisse has developed a strong understanding of the MMA technique and is a valuable asset to our team.
Michelle Zamora

Michelle Zamora

The stylist.

Michelle has a diverse dance background and brings her sass and skill to MMA. She’s a principal member of the MMA Pro Company and is currently running our long-running Ladies Performance Class at MMA. She’s a valuable member of our staff and is a great resource for the ladies out there who need guidance on how to make their movements fun, flirty and fabulous!
Freddy "Fresh" Ovalle

Freddy "Fresh" Ovalle

The music man

Freddy “Fresh” has done it all, teacher, performer, social dancer and now…one of the most sought after DJ’s in Chicago for Salsa music! In no time flat, Freddy has become a featured DJ at the annual (and awesome) Salsa/Bachata festival as well as blessing dance floors throughout Chicago with his awesome music sets. Don’t miss a chance to hear him play!
Macho!

Macho!

Happiness Consultant

Who’s chocolate and black and loves playing catch? It’s Macho! He’s been at MMA since he was four months old and he loves nothing more than meeting new friends and greeting old buddies. If you meet him, be sure to extend your hand to let him sniff you and verify your payment. 😉 He’e the official happiness consultant at MMA!

Mixed Motion Art Dance Company

Del Dominguez

Del Dominguez

Artistic Director, Co-Founder

Denisse Aldana

Denisse Aldana

MMA Pro Dance Company Member

David Sleeter

David Sleeter

MMA Pro Dance Company Member

Michelle Zamora

Michelle Zamora

MMA Pro Dance Company Member

Ethan Lassiter

Ethan Lassiter

MMA Pro Dance Company Member

Jasmin Sturzebecher

Jasmin Sturzebecher

MMA Pro Dance Company Member

Michael Huang

Michael Huang

MMA Pro Dance Company Member / 2

Erin Staab

Erin Staab

MMA Pro Dance Company Member / 2

Jose Celis

Jose Celis

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

Layla Bastar

Layla Bastar

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

Tony Avila

Tony Avila

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

Grace Berry

Grace Berry

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

Sam Mourad

Sam Mourad

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

Amy Soto

Amy Soto

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

Thurston Gayle

Thurston Gayle

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

Andrew Hillard

Andrew Hillard

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

Sweeta Desai

Sweeta Desai

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

Gaby Godinez

MMA Semi Pro Dance Company

The right tools

We’ve developed the tools and methods to get you from beginner to advanced dancer…or somewhere in between that is just right for you.

Innovative Ideas

Feel like you’re hit a plateau with your dancing? MMA is the go to place to get better and learn not only WHAT, but HOW.

Value everywhere!

Look to MMA to provide you with articles, blogs, videos and more to help you learn in the method that is most effective for you!

Your own pace

Work as fast or as slow as you desire. If you really can show us you’ve got it, we’ll keep offering more and more ways to challenge you on your way to becoming a better dancer.

Flip-Reverse

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