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Cassandra Mercedes

Residence Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

Our mission is to share the joy and passion that Latin Dance brings to life overall and to create a very unique community of Salseros, Bachateros, Bachatangueros that have a true passion for the art of dance. We want to unite dancers of all levels, expose them to world class training and allow them to experience the camaraderie that comes with being a part of the Baila con Pasión family.

Baila con Pasión, established in 2009, is a specialized Latin Dance company based in Charlotte, NC. We offer group classes, private lessons and specialized workshops in Salsa, Bachata, Bachatango, and Cha Cha in addition to many opportunities to dance socially and put what you learn in class to use on the dance floor! Whether you are brand new to Salsa, Bachata, Bachatango or are an experienced dancer looking to sharpen your skills and find your own style, we have a class for you.

Under the direction of owner and artistic director, Cassandra Parrish and due to our devoted Salsa and Bachata community , Baila con Pasión is quickly becoming a premier Latin Dance company in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. We provide world class instruction that has a strong focus on technicality, musicality and styling and offer classes that range from very beginning level classes all the way up to our student performing teams, Salsa con Pasión™ and Bachata con Pasión™.

Baila con Pasión is one of less than 15 Black Belt Salsa™ schools in the entire world and is based on the martial arts progressive teaching system. Our curriculum breaks steps down into families of steps making it easier to recognize and execute patterns and moves that can be combined easily based on partner skill level, partner height, and speed of song. Our curriculum, founded by Edie the Salsa Freak, helps our students to learn and organize moves from basic to advanced in an organized, structured manner that makes it easier to remember in class and on the dance floor and allows them to see the way that the moves connect making it easier to come up with new patterns and allows them the freedom to create their own style in each dance.

Baila con Pasión’s artistic Director, Cassandra Parrish is also on the development team for the upcoming Black Belt Bachata™ curriculum making Baila con Pasión one of the first and only Black Belt Bachata™ schools in the world.