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Total loan: $9,500

Joshua

Milwaukee, WI, United States / Services

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Joshua's story

I was raised in Milwaukee, WI in the "Latin American" south side neighborhood. Anyone living on this side of town heard Latin music everywhere: in the streets, during car rides, at family gatherings etc. This music is all I knew as a kid. Many great memories of childhood link back to having Salsa, Cumbia or Merengue music in the background. I’ve always had a passion for Latin music, but didn’t take the plunge into dancing until 7 years ago. I met my girlfriend and business partner, Amber, in my first Salsa class. The rest is history! Amber and I bonded over a shared vision of becoming well-trained dancers. We were equally frustrated that Milwaukee did not have a program or syllabus developed to help dancers grow and be aware of their current dance level. We had to travel in order to get the technique we were looking for. This pursuit has taken us to five countries, and over 20 cities. We traveled to not only improve our own dancing, but also, to learn how to best share this information with our community. Daync Studio was built in 2016 to be a safe space for our students to learn dance and allows Amber and I to implement the curriculum we created. We want any adult who has an interest in dance to be able to learn, regardless of whether they have previous experience or not. We offer Salsa, Bachata, and Hip Hop classes weekly to the public from beginner to advanced levels. All classes help reduce stress, are fun, and are a great place to meet new people. Our goal is to put Milwaukee on the map for a city in the US that is known for talented dancers because of Daync. At the beginning of 2020, we were exponentially growing in class capacities, began training 9 student teachers, and created two departments for employment in administration and media.