Welcome to the

Purdue Salsa Club!

We are one of the biggest, most active student organizations at Purdue in West Lafayette.

We teach classes in Salsa, Bachata, and other fun Latin dances. Join us in one of our classes or one of our several parties!

Thank you Juan!

If you appreciated Juan's excellent workshops, please be sure to send him a testimonial on his Facebook!

Please let us know, too, if you'd like to have more workshops like these in the future or if you have any other feedback!

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Juan Calderon

Juan Calderon is a world known dance instructor/choreographer/performer and entrepreneur. What sets him apart from other instructors is his background in both his formal education and dance. Juan studied business management at Seton Hall University which set his foundation to build the Cultural Explosion brand. He treated his dance company and school like a fortune 500 company using the same techniques that work in the world of business but translating them into the world of dance.

When it comes to his dance education, Juan went the unconventional route of learning multiple styles of dance at the same time. While a college student he took a part time job at United Airlines to fly to major cities to train with the top Salsa instructors around the world. This education of multiple styles put Juan at an immediate advantage since he was able to teach, perform and social dance different styles as soon as he entered the convention circuit. Since different cities had different markets of which style is mostly used, Juan put himself in the position of being easily marketable regardless of what style was preferred by the hosting city.

Juan is a master instructor on Salsa On 1, Salsa On 2, Rueda De Casino, LA Style, NY Style, Miami Style and Puerto Rican Style. In addition Juan has also added to his repertoire Bachata, Sensual Bachata, Bachata Fusion, Kizomba, Urban Kiz, Kizomba Fusion, Zouk, Zoukchata, Zouk Fusion. In the biggest Bachata Congress in the United States (the Washington DC Bachata Congress), Juan had the most packed workshop of the weekend in 2015 and his class was so well attended it was chosen by the Washington Post Newspaper to be featured. Photos of his lesson were printed in the newspaper and have helped Bachata spread even further in the United States.

Juan and his dancers gained worldwide recognition very quickly which set the stage for Juan's first DVD. Juan's first instructional DVD became an overnight sensation and climbed to the highest sales on Amazon.com over many well known instructional videos. This allowed Juan Calderon and Cultural Explosion to enter the world of international dance conventions and tours of North America, Latin America & Europe, since his DVD was being sold around the world at Barnes & Nobles, Target, Walmart and through the internet. In a few years Juan earned 4 lifetime achievement awards from some of the world's biggest and most famous Latin Dance Conventions including the East Coast Salsa Congress & West Coast Salsa Congressos (in Los Angeles California by Albert Torres). Which at the time were the 2 biggest Latin Dance events in the USA.

Most recently Juan has added to his thorough teaching style a holistic approach which takes elements from other disciplines. How has this impacted his teaching and his relevance in the world of Latin Dance? Well, in the last 2 years Juan has been to over 30 countries spreading his style of dance, instruction and philosophy. He not only teaches workshops to the public but also has trained instructors in 6 continents.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Salsa?

Salsa is a distillation of several Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. Subtle hip movements and intimate dance positions make Salsa a sexy dance.

Can the club teach my group/party? Who should I contact?

Certainly, just contact us through our site (at the bottom) or at purduesalsa@gmail.com.

Do I need to have dance experience?

Not at all! We teach Salsa classes for all levels.

Do I need to have a partner?

No, we are a social dance club - we dance with many partners. You are welcome, however, to invite your friends!

How do I join the club?

Just come to our callouts or any class and pay your dues. We'll give you your membership card, and you're in!

How much does it cost to join?

Dues are $35 for one semester, or $60 for the full year. Make checks payable to "Purdue Salsa Club"

When and where are classes?

For class times and locations, check our calendar. In case of changes or for reminders, we suggest you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to our mailing list (bottom of the page)

I missed callouts or half the semester - is it too late to join?

Not at all! Just come to one of our classes and talk to our instructors.