Sandy Zdunich : Instructor & Competitor
Sandy Zdunich’s earliest dance experiences took place in the sunny living room of the home she grew up in where she and her mother searched for their favorite songs on the radio and boogied away the afternoons. Sandy registered in her first dance class at age eight, and for thirteen years she trained, performed and competed in ballet, lyrical and jazz.
Fast forward a few years later to a classroom in Havana Cuba where Sandy stood at the front of the room and introduced herself. The first question from her class was “teacher can you salsa dance?”. She couldn't’t, but that changed at 10:15am Monday morning on the first break of the first class when her students pushed the desks aside and challenged her to “learn to dance like a Cuban”.
Three years later Sandy nervously walked onto a stage in Calgary for her first salsa dance competition. Her drive and passion landed her on a local dance company, SalsaRica. She has performed with the company at the Canada Salsa Congress in Toronto, Salsapalooza in Edmonton, Calgary Salsa Congress, San Francisco Salsa Congress and Puerto Rico Hustle and Salsa Festival.
In 2009 Sandy moved to Oakland, California to train extensively in On-2 technique with the world famous dance company, Salsamania. Her performances in Nevada and throughout California culminated in a performance with world class dancers from California and Mexico at the Los Angeles Salsa Congress.
Fast forward to December 2009 where Sandy and her dance partner, Ryan Anderson, confidently walked onto the world stage for their first appearance at World Salsa Championships. They placed 15th.
Sandy is extremely knowledgeable about salsa technique and she is passionate about spreading the love of dance to all of her friends and students. She strives to create a fun filled learning environment where salsa enthusiasts come together to dance, and laugh. Her goal is to maximize the amount of fun her students are having while surreptitiously teaching them good technique.