Waldo y Jacqui Solano
​Salsa Knoxville

Krystal Warden
​Bailemos Bachata Knoxville


The Knoxville
Salsa Bachata Weekender

FRIDAY April 19th
Salsa/Bachata PARTY
@The Dance-N-Space
​9057 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923

SATURDAY April 20th
Salsa/Bachata WORKSHOPS
@Champion Ballroom Center of Knoxville
4028 Papermill Dr NW #16, Knoxville, TN 37909

Locally and Nationally Recognized For Over 20 Years

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), private, nonprofit American corporation whose members are the public television stations of the United States and its unincorporated territories.
Univision 34 TV in Atlanta, Georgia is a Spanish-language television station that provides news, weather, and traffic updates in the Atlanta area. Here is some key information about Univision 34 TV in Atlanta Georgia
WBIR-TV Channel 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a local television station that serves the Knoxville area. Here's what WBIR-TV 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee
WATE-TV Channel 6 in Knoxville, TN, is the local ABC affiliate television station in the Knoxville area.
WVLT-TV (channel 8) is a television station in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, affiliated with CBS and MyNetworkTV.
La Lider 93.5 FM" is a Spanish-language radio station in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. The name translates to "The Leader 93.5 FM" in English. Radio stations often use names like "La Lider" to convey their leadership or prominence in the broadcasting industry. It's a common practice for radio stations to include their frequency (in this case, 93.5 FM) in their name to help listeners easily find and tune in to their station on the radio dial. This station likely airs Spanish-language programming.


Friday Night: SALSA/BACHATA PARTY (8pm-midnight)
@The Dance-N-Space (9057 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923)
*8pm: Beginner Salsa Steps by Gabriela Soto (2x World Salsa Champion)
*8:30pm: Beginner Bachata Steps by Krystal Warden (Bailemos Bachata Knoxville)
*9pm-midnight: SALSA/BACHATA PARTY 

*Saturday Workshops:
​@Champion Ballroom Center (4028 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37909)
*11am: Beginner Salsa Workshop with Gabriela Soto (2x World Salsa Champion)
*11:45am: Beginner Bachata Workshop with Krystal Warden (Bailemos Bachata Knoxville)
*12:30pm: Int/Adv Salsa Workshop with Gabriela Soto (2x World Salsa Champion)
*1:15pm: Int/Adv Bachata Workshop with Krystal Warden (Bailemos Bachata Knoxville)

​Redefining The Dance Experience In Knoxville, TN

Workshops - Parties









So What Exactly Is A Salsa/Bachata Weekender?

A Salsa/Bachata Weekender is an event that typically spans a weekend and is dedicated to celebrating and immersing participants in the vibrant cultures of salsa and bachata dancing. Hosted by Waldo y Jacqui Solano of SalsaKnox Dance Company in Knoxville, Tennessee, this event offers a unique opportunity for dancers of all levels, from beginners to advanced, to enhance their skills and connect with the community. The weekender includes a variety of activities such as:

1. **Workshops and Classes:** Instructors provide lessons in salsa and bachata dance styles, covering techniques, footwork, and styling suitable for different skill levels.
2. **Social Dancing:** Evening parties and social dance sessions offer a chance for attendees to practice their moves, meet fellow dancers, and enjoy dancing in a lively, social atmosphere.
3. **Performances:** The event may feature performances by professional dancers, showcasing their talent and providing inspiration to participants.
4. **Music:** DJ sets and live music create an authentic and energizing ambiance, essential for a true salsa and bachata experience.
5. **Collaborations of Companies.** Companies in the community will often collaborate together on these events to make something special for all students in the area.  It's a great way to build community culture and grow. 

The Knoxville Salsa Bachata Weekender aims to bring the community together through dance, fostering connections and celebrating the joy of Latin dance styles .

Why Should I Attend The Knoxville Salsa Bachata Weekender?

  • Skill Improvement: Participating in workshops led by experienced instructors can significantly improve your salsa and bachata techniques, including footwork, styling, and partner work.
  • Social Interaction: The event provides a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with other salsa and bachata dancers from various backgrounds, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie​
  • A Welcoming Community: The Knoxville Salsa Bachata Weekender is more than an event; it's a community, a tribe. Join other salsa and bachata lovers who share your passion for dance. No partner? No problem! We're all about connecting people through dance, and we rotate partners during lessons.
  • Memories: From our stunning venues at The Dance-N-Space and Champion Ballroom Center of Knoxville to the electric energy on the dance floor, each party is designed to be a memorable experience.​

About Gabriela Soto:
Guest Instructor

Gabriela Soto began training in 2003, first in salsa, and later in bachata.She has been trained with professionals from all over the world, including Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina/Chile, and Spain, amongst many instructors in the US. She has performed in 15+ congresses both nationally and internationally. She is a 2x world champion in amateur salsa and bachata at the World Latin Dance Cup. She has taught salsa, bachata, ladies styling, and spins classes of all levels. She have also choreographed multiple routines which were debuted in South Carolina, Connecticut, Miami, and Las Vegas. Salsa dancing is a passion of hers that she enjoys sharing with others. She is excited to teach you and see you soon on the dance floor.

About Krystal Warden:
Bailemos Bachata Knoxville

Krystal is the director of Bailemos Bachata Knoxville, a new dance company here in Knoxville, TN. Her Latin dance journey began in 2018 in the Northern VA/DC area and later blossomed to become an instructor at Baila Marcelo Dance Company. After moving back home to TN, she pursued her own dance company with goals to ignite a passion in the area to learn and enjoy dancing all styles of bachata (Traditional, Modern, and Sensual), to make learning Bachata accessible to any prospective or current student, and to share with Knoxville area residents the joy and friendships fostered from being a member of the dance scene
She has a passion for Bachata, especially how to respectfully incorporate each of the three styles while dancing to a variety of Bachata music. As a former long-time gymnast and gymnastics instructor, she is no stranger to the importance of technique and careful breakdown of skills when teaching students, and she loves sharing her knowledge acquired through her training and experience.

​She is thrilled to spread her love of Bachata here in Knoxville, TN, and Salsa Knoxville is excited to collaborate with her at this next Knoxville Salsa Bachata Weekender. Krystal is a team player by nature, values continuous learning and growth for all levels of dancers and dance instructors, and is excited to share her knowledge, learn, and grow with the Knoxville dance community.

About Waldo y Jacqui:
​Salsa Knoxville Dance Company

Waldo y Jacqui Solano are the owners of Salsa Knoxville Dance Company, a dance studio based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Originally founded in 2009, Salsa Knoxville has pioneered Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, and Ladies Styling in and around Knoxville, TN.  

Waldo Solano, originally from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, grew up dancing to tropical music, cumbia, and salsa in Mexico City. He has been dancing since 6 years old.  He has been part of dance teams, instructor programs, and has traveled around the USA performing and instructing for the past 20 years.  He is passionate about teaching people how to grow and find their purpose inside or outside the dance floor.  He is an established life and business coach with many different programs that help people on different parts of their journey: whether they are learning to dance, starting a business, or trying to scale, Waldo brings his holistic ideas of mindset, business and health together to help anyone grow.  

Jacqui Solano, born in Trenton, NJ, has been dancing, instructing, and performing Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia and Merengue for the past 15 years in and around the USA.  She is deeply passionate about coaching women in the Latin Dance Community, whether it be through her teams, ladies styling classes, partner work classes, global online workshops or events.  She wants to spread her love of health, dance, mindset inspiration to the next generation of women because she believes that "dance is a voice of the soul and an expression of the body and mind connected."

Salsa Knoxville Dance Company offers group and private lessons in salsa, bachata, Merengue, cha-cha, cumbia, and Salsa Rueda for adults. The company has been established since 2008 and is known for its dedication to promoting Latin dance styles in the Knoxville area.


Check Out What Our Students Are Saying About Us...

knoxville tn | dance community | nw ste 16
knoxville tn | dance community | nw ste 16
knoxville tn | dance community | nw ste 16
dance community | nw ste 16 | dance classes
salsa dance | dance company
dance community | nw ste 16 | dance classes
dance community | nw ste 16 | dance classes
dance community
dance community
dance community | salsa dance
dance community | salsa dance
dance community | salsa dance
salsa dance | dance company
salsa dance | dance company
dance community

Contact Us

​Have questions?

Contact us at info@salsaknox.com or call us at (865) 455-3658.

Follow in social media for the latest updates and behind-the-scenes looks at our events.