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Meet Our Instructors
Imelda "Melly" Rivera's dance background began with high school activities such as cheerleading, majorette, color guard, pom and modern dance. Melly later began dancing flamenco and Mexican folkloric with instructors from Oklahoma, Mexico and Spain. Salsa became her passion.
Melly was a long-standing member and assistant director/choreographer of Las Americas a.k.a. SalsAmerica. She is now the director of Salsula and OKC Salseros. Melly is responsible for bringing recognition to Oklahoma salseros by being the first group to be invited to perform out of state in a salsa convention and the first group to be invited to a salsa congress dancing along beside international salsa dancers.
Melly is skilled in teaching partner work for men and women, shines, styling and choreographs all her performances. She accredits her knowledge and skills to her world renowned salsa instructors from Mexico City, New York City/NJ, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Boston, Colombia, Los Angeles and the Texas Salseros.
Adding Hula to her dance credits she studied Traditional and Tahitian Hula with master instructors from Guam. Melly is most recognized for her diversity, love for music and dance. To her, dancing is poetry in motion and is evident in her unique style and energy.
Marty Barona Rickman was born in Palmira, Colombia. She was a member of a group called "Luisas de Marilla" del colegio liceo sagrada familia. Here she learned Folk Dance, Salsa, Cumbia Joropo and Bambuco.
She left her home town in 1985 to come to Oklahoma City,Oklahoma. In 1994 she became a member of American Business Women Association (ABWA) and continued to be a performer. Her dedication and hardwork got her nominated as the associate of the year. Getting involved with the community and volunteering for habitat for humanity was one of her top most priorities. Marty was a member of the International Dance Studio for 6 years, and has been taking flamenco classes from Raquel Fabui. Some of her other instructors were Shannon Calderon, Anton Coleman and Jose Junco.
In 2007 she was one of the directors of Miss Hispanic UCO pageant and currently is a proud owner of the newest Hair and Dance Studio, "Clips 'N'Hips" where she teaches Salsa and Zumba. Marty got her Zumba Certificate under the Founder of Zumba, Roberto "Beto" Perez, in the 2007. Lately she is one of founders and directors of the newly established OKC salseros who have been recognized and performed in different places such as the Dallas salsa convention, Senorita Independencia Guatelmala Pageant, Miss Hispanic UCO Pageant, Tierra del Corazon, festival, De Las Americas, Dances of Passion, Guatemalan festival, Blue Dome In Tulsa, Ok and the Oklahoma State Capitol.
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