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Francisco De La CallejaFrancisco De La CallejaFrancisco's biography

  Francisco was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He was only fourteen years old when his family emigrated to Canada, where he took his first dance lessons and was taken under the wing of one of Montreal’s best dance teachers of that time: Antonieta Cortés Bareño.  He was so impressed by the teaching abilities of his instructor and by the impact the benefits of dancing had in his personal life that only a few months later he made the commitment not just to work as an instructor, but to  become the best dance teacher he could be.

 Today Francisco is a dance teacher and instructor trainer of multiple talents, a veritable walking encyclopedia and one of the most experienced Salsa instructors in the Montreal area. His dance experience ranges now from Mexican and international folklore, classical ballet, ballet-jazz, tap, lambada, American and International Style Ballroom, Swing, different styles of Salsa and other Latino dances as well as aerobics, fitness and rhythmic gymnastics.

 In a teaching career spanning thirty-six years, Francisco has worked with more than twenty thousand students and dancers in six different dance schools and nine dance troupes.

He has performed in and choreographed for films, TV shows, music videos and almost a thousand live performances ncluding Salsa Congresses in Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Puerto Rico. He was a member of Salsa Team Canada from 2002 to 2005 at the World Salsa Congress in Puerto Rico and the team’s Quebec choreographer in 2005.

 Francisco was co-founder of the San Tropez Dance School  in the 1990’s. Besides being one of the school’s top teachers, he developped curricula, teaching systems and trained the teaching staff. Forty-two of the most renowned salsa and latino teachers in Quebec got their first training with him, including the current directors  of several dance troupes or schools. 

  Starting in 2015 Francisco began a writing career, documenting the knowledge acquired over so many years of teaching experience. His first book, now available, is Words We Can Dance, a collection of inspirational, motivational proverbs is . Soon to be released, She Dances Salsa... With Him! brings to light the untold facts of learning, teaching and dancing salsa.