Lazaro Lopez

Lazaro Lopez graduated with honours in 1989 from the Cuban National
School of Art and Dance (ENA) in Havana and started dancing
professionally with the leading folkloric dance company Raices
Profundas.  With this company Lazaro performed as a soloist dancer
and went on tour to Mexico and Japan with the show “Noche Tropical”.  
In 1994, he joined the folkloric dance company Pinos Nuevos. During his
time with this company he won three prices for the best performance
and characterisation.  In 1997, Lazaro joined the renowned dance
company Compañia Folklorica Cubana J.J. where, as the principal
dancer, he performed in the most prominent theatres of Cuba, like the
Garcia Lorca, Carlos Marx, Teatro America.  In December 2000, he came
to London to perform as a lead dancer in the famous West-End show
Lady Salsa.  

Since then Lazaro has been based in London and has been dancing
and teaching with his partner Paola Lopez who began her dance
training of Salsa and Cuban traditional dances in 1996. Paola has an
outstanding and distinctive style, blending elements of Son, Rumba,
and Afro-Cuban Orishas into her dancing, with passion, vitality and

Lazaro and Paola are excellent teachers, who focus on teaching to
develop a good technique and style, body movement, leading and
following skills and musical interpretation.  This is combined with a
dedicated and patient approach, teaching an elegant and smooth style
when dancing Salsa, Rumba and Afro-Cuban.  

Lazaro and Paola, who are also the 2004  Tropicana Tropics World
Rueda Champions, have taught and performed in many congresses and
events, establishing themselves as leading exponents of Cuban music
and dance and they currently teach classes of Salsa, Rueda de Casino,
Cuban Popular Dances, Afro-Cuban and Rumba in and around London,
the UK and Europe.