Salsa Noke was formed by Edgar Ornelas in February of 2010 after a history of endorsing The Jefferson Center; Roanoke's premiere venue for the performing arts and cultural education. Salsa Noke has supported the Jefferson Center's Annual Latin Dance Party with lessons, promotion and performances. Salsa Noke began in order to provide the Roanoke Valley with a regular opportunities to learn and experience Latin dancing. Salsa Noke provides an enjoyable environment where together students and advanced dancers can practice and learn from one another.
Edgar was born in Mexico City and was exposed to old school mambo, danzon, cumbia, salsa and other Latin rhythms at an early age. He started dancing at Quinceaneras birthdays at the age of 7 and was influenced by his family's Latin band "Sabara" and learned to play percussion at the age of 10. Later in life, Edgar started expanding his footwork, style, musicality and multiple turn patterns at salsa clubs and congresses. He teaches private & group lessons at camps and schools, multi-cultural events, the Jefferson Center, the YMCA, the Roanoke Ballet Theater and the Roanoke Parks & Recreation. Edgar founded and organizes Salsa Noke events, festivals and workshops. He is also a member of Guia Star City dance team.
Alex is a Miami-born Cuban America. In Miami, he learned to dance Miami style Rueda at Latin Groove Dance Studios. He danced on stage with Puerto Rican Power at the world-famous Calle Ocho festival in Little Havana. He also danced in the World's Largest Rueda in the Guiniess Book of Records at Miami's Bayfront Park. Alex has been dancing for 10 years and is excited to bring Rueda to Roanoke!