Latinesque Dance Instructors
Marlene has taken classes in various styles of dance since 1988 including jazz, hip hop, lyrical and ballet. In 2004, she joined Latinesque and added ballroom and latin dances to her repertoire, entering competitions and performing at events both in group and solo routines. She took the next step in 2010 when she was invited to teach at the studio. This new direction blended her knowledge of dance with her former academic teaching experience enabling her to translate to others the joy that is dance. She is pleased to be continuing the tradition that is Latinesque.
Samantha started latin and ballroom dancing at the age of 15. She started out with group lessons, then became more serious with private lessons and competitions. She was then trained as an instructor by Warren Eaton, the founder of Latinesque, and is excited to continue his legacy. Samantha keeps her classes fun and everyone smiling no matter what the challenge. She teaches the steps with her own flare and throws in technique when the time is right. She plans to continue training, participating in competitions and teaching to see the progression of dance in the Okanagan.
Our main instructor is Warren Eaton. Warren has been a professional instructor, dancer, performer and choreographer for over 19 years.
He is originally from Edmonton, Alberta where he started his career in 1993 teaching "American Style" Ballroom and Latin at Cheek to Cheek dance studios and club. While there he had the pleasure of competing in numerous Pro and Pro-Am competitions across Canada and the U.S. After 6 fantastic years there and eventually becoming the "Dance Director" Warren decided to concentrate on developing his own teaching and dancing to the highest level.
As a result, in 1999 he moved to London, England - the top country in the world for International style dance. There he was able to receive coaching from the best teachers in the world at the famous Semley Dance Studios in south London. After a few years in the competitive scene he realized that his true love is in teaching. So he decided to get his qualifications in "International style" dance from the people who practically wrote the book!! Warren received his certification first as an Associate, then as a Licentiate member of the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).
Then in 2004, while teaching at Semley studios, he was invited to be a guest instructor in various schools across China! He spent 6 weeks touring Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shen Zhen helping to develop their teachers and students dancing level. “It was a wonderful experience that I will never forget.”
Finally in the summer of 2004 Warren returned home to Canada, but this time to Peachland, British Columbia, where his family had moved to, and began teaching his own classes at the Robb Card Dance Studios in Kelowna.
”This is a wonderful place to live and teach! I look forward to passing all of my hard earned knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm for dance on to you!!” - Warren.
Jeni started dancing in 2005. First socially then entering competitions as well. She now teaches part time with Latinesque passing on her knowledge to couples, gentlemen, and group classes. She is also the creative force behind the look and atmosphere of the studio as well as our highly regarded themed dance events.