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 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 style, technique, footwork, musicality and multiple turn patterns at salsa congresses and festivals. He has trained under Bachata World Champion Darlin Garcia and taken intensives with other well renown pro-instructors. He teaches privates & group workshops at camps, schools, multi-cultural events, health fairs, employer activities, the Jefferson Center, the YMCA, Just Dance Roanoke, Star City Ballet and the Roanoke Parks & Recreation. Edgar also founded Salsa Under the Stars and organizes Salsa Noke events, dance socials and workshops under Guia Dance Company.
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 15 years and is excited to bring Rueda to Roanoke!