Santo Rico Staff Members
Director, Mambo/Salsa Senior Instructor
The director of the legendary Santo Rico dance company in New York, Tomas Guerrero has largely influenced and shaped the style of Salsa and Mambo as we know it today through his work in the past two decades. Coming from a street dancer background, Tomas is a trendsetter in the art of dancing Mambo. In 1998 he developed the “Santo Rico Spin Technique” where he incorporated multiple continuous spins in his choreographies and established a curriculum for said spin technique for women. Under Tomas’ direction, Santo Rico became one of the most influential Salsa/Mambo dance organizations in the world, serving as an inspiration and training platform especially to New York’s most well-known dancers, performers, instructors, directors, and dance companies.
Some of Tomas’ achievements include dancing for some of Salsa’s mega superstars like Tito Puente, Óscar De León, José Alberto “El Canario”, Sonora Ponceña, Marc Anthony and Gilberto Santo Rosa, to name a few. Also traveling and dancing to Salsa Congresses and spanning 6 continents, 47 countries, 40 US cities and being featured in his HBO documentary “El Espíritu de la Salsa”.
Salsa/Mambo Leading/Following Certified Instructor
Javier’s experience in Latin dancing dates back to 1998 when he took his first Salsa class. He also performed with a local group called Hispanic American League of Artists (HALA), where he later became the head instructor/director of the Latin dance division. In 2004, he attended an off-Broadway show called Latin Madness and saw Santo Rico’s famous “Gangsta” routine for the first time. As of that moment, he knew Santo Rico would be his new home for learning Mambo. Thereafter began traveling from Allentown, PA to New York to take weekend classes with Santo Rico. Subsequently, Javier began teaching adult classes in Pennsylvania. An endeavor that would endure for 12 years. In 2005, he created 2 teams composed of students trained by Javier himself. Their achievements included dancing on stage with both Larry Harlow and Tito Puente Jr.
After a long hiatus from dancing due to several knee surgeries, he moved to Tampa in 2016 where he married his lovely wife Sarai Morales. While in Tampa he found out that Tomas Guerrero had moved to the Orlando area. Javier again began traveling long distances, from Tampa to Orlando, to train with Tomas. Subsequently, one of his dreams was realized when Tomas invited him to be part of his performance teams. As a member of Santo Rico, he performed at Orlando Salsa Congress, Tampa Salsa/Bachata Festival, New Orleans Salsa Festival, and Atlanta Salsa Festival. Javier is currently among Santo Rico’s most experienced members and a certified instructor at Santo Rico Dance Florida.
Ladies Styling/Spinning Certified Instructor, Children’s Program Coordinator
Sharonda discovered her gift of dance at a young age. Her background includes training in styles such as Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, and Lyrical. She choreographed for special occasions, created a dance program for kids, teens, and adults, and also choreographed for Christian rapper, Ason. Her greatest achievement was putting together her first full production, “Fearless” which drew in over 300 people.
In 2009 she moved to Orlando Florida where she found the world of Salsa. Within a short time she performed in the Orlando Salsa Congress. Thereafter, she performed with several Orlando area dance teams, such as Salsa Heat, Es el Amor by Amy Dominguez, D3, and choreographed and co-founded “Two Generations” with Veryl E. Jones.
In 2019 she began working with Tomas Guerrero where she became a certified Santo Rico Mambo instructor.
Salsa/Mambo Certified Instructor
Luc is a multi-talented, multilingual dancer, performer and instructor originally from the Congo, Africa. Luc’s love for Latin dance and its music began in 2006 while living and working in Spain. After returning to his home state of Michigan he began ballroom dancing to add to his dance repertoire. He later trained as an instructor for many of the most popular styles, such as American Smooth, Rhythm Dances and Night Club dances. Some of Luc’s achievements include winning heat at the Niagara Salsa Congress. He’s also certified in Mambo and Bachata instruction. In 2011 he moved to Boston where he returned to his love of Latin dance, at which time he trained under Mario Neris and his Mambo Revelation. In 2015 he relocated to Orlando, FL and discovered Santo Rico Dance Florida, where he began training with Tomas Guerrero. Luc is currently a certified Mambo dance instructor at Santo Rico Dance Florida.
Sabrina “Blanquita Con Flow” Samolyuk
Traditional Bachata & Hip Hop Instructor
Sabrina Samolyuk is a talented, passionate, and motivated Performing Artist born and raised in New York City. She discovered her love for music and dance at the age of 4 and began training at VSPAC (Vicky Simegiatos Performing Arts Center) in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Pointe, and Musical Theatre. Throughout her 13 years with VSPAC, she was a part of ‘The Nutcracker’, as well as her High School Musical Theater productions of ‘Kilroy was Here’, ‘Hello Dolly!’, and ‘Hairspray’ (where she played the lead of Penny Pingleton).
In 2013, she was accepted into the University of New Haven where she Auditioned for Monsoon Dance Crew, became President, and discovered her unique Hip-Hip style through choreographing for many showcases, competitions, and private events.
Sabrina wanted to become more in touch with her Hispanic roots and in 2017 Auditioned for ‘Incendio’, University of New Haven’s first Latin Dance Project where she made her first debut as a Latin Dancer. Post-Graduation, she continued to train in Hip-Hop and Latin Dancing throughout many facilities such as Broadway Dance Center, La Salsa de Hoy, and Salsa Salsa Dance Studio.
In 2021, Sabrina and her immediate family moved to Florida and in July of 2021began training with Tomas Guerrero. She is very excited to be given the opportunity to share her passion and admiration of dance with the Santo Rico Family.