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About Us

"I had a dream…
Many people don't know, and many will never know...

Fifteen years ago, there was the economic crash of 2008...

At the time, I had a great idea to start a dance school and salsa scene here in Knoxville, TN, a small city where people did not know me, and with no one even knowing what Salsa or Bachata was.

I was broke, had no place to sleep, no car, just like many others during that hard year...

So I had a dream: to build a salsa scene in Knoxville, Tennessee, like the salsa scene in Atlanta, Georgia, where everything started for me...

So, I traveled on a Greyhound bus every Friday to start my first salsa lesson with a party afterward in a club called 'La Rumba.'
Thousands of people helped me build the salsa scene in Knoxville. Many don't live here anymore; some still do...
I never shared my struggles with anyone, not even my own wife knew what it took to build SalsaKnox Dance Company...
Until I started sharing my origin story...

The rest is history. Now, almost 15 years later, I get the opportunity with my beautiful wife to attend a salsa social by Warwick Cruz (Hacha Latin Dance Company), and I realize that my dream has been granted...

Knoxville, Tennessee, has the salsa scene I always dreamed of...

Recently, Jacqui and I went to a coaching training, and one of our coaches taught us that if we have a dream that does NOT scare us, then we dream too small....

So, Jacqui and I made one of the hardest decisions in our professional dance career and stopped doing salsa parties and socials to have the time to build a bigger and scarier dream...

But this time, we are not alone...

So, I want to thank the countless people who directly and indirectly helped us fulfill our dream and ask you again to help us build a bigger one...

Thank you to Jacqueline Solano for all the sacrifices we have made together, all the pain, sweat, blood, and tears we have shed behind closed doors to now build our dream business...

Thank you to my beautiful son Waldo Solano Junior for all the help that he gave us in making our dreams a reality...
Thank you to all the ones who have helped us and no longer live in Knoxville...

Thank you to Warwick Cruz (Hacha Latin Dance Company), Krystal Warden (Bailamos Bachata Knoxville), Kassie Lin (HK Studios), and Gabriel and Heather for carrying the heavy weight of being the only ones trying to build the Knoxville Salsa and bachata dance scene...

And a big thank you to the most important ones: you, the ones reading this heartfelt post, the ones taking the dance lessons, the ones attending the parties and socials, the ones sharing the classes and events with family and friends...

We all do this because we fell in love with a dream, and we are here to serve you. It all started with my dream, but it is no longer just mine; now, it's a collective dream of many people who work hard every day to provide you with the best service...

Can't wait to see what the next 15 years will bring...

Till then...

To be continued..."

​-your forever pioneer of Salsa Knoxville
​Waldo Solano