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!
~ Fall 2023 Session ~
Classes are held on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
Tuesdays: Salsa I @ 6-730pm and Salsa II @ 730-9pm
Thursdays: Bachata @ 6-730pm and social dancing @ 730-9pm
Semester membership fees will total $40, annual membership (Fall and Spring) for $75, or daily passes available for $10.
Cash and credit payments are acccepted. Note that credit payments will require a processing fee. For credit payments, please click the following link:
Our Previous Workshop Instructors
Christina Piedra is the Artistic Director of NJ's Cultural Explosion Dance Company as well as Director of the NJ Island Touch Team, NJ TOUCH. She has been performing, teaching, choreographing, and directing Salsa and Bachata teams for over 10yrs. Her background is in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Competitive Dance Team. She then trained in Salsa/Mambo & Latin Dance, and after many years of teaching and performing nationally and internationally she is considered a Master instructor in Salsa, Mambo, Cha-Cha, etc., and is a world-renowned Latin dance performer.
Christina has graced countless stages in the US, the Caribbean, and Europe performing with Juan Calderon and the Cultural Explosion Dance Company. She is the Artistic Director and also the Head Choreographer for the company, and her creative choreographies are always memorable for having a perfect balance of technical precision with unique music and themes.
She is a magnetic performer, recognized for her charisma and incredible stage presence, and her amazing ability to freestyle so musically that she makes her freestyles look like choreographies. Christina is known for being an expert follower with the ability to any lead, and she is also known for her feminine and graceful styling and especially for her fluid, elegant arms. Add to that her incredible lines and extension and it's no wonder she has had such success in the Salsa/Bachata scene. She has developed a signature style by incorporating her Classical Dance background into her Latin dancing and the results have been admired and emulated by many.
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.