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Arelis Beato

Arelis Beato

Founder and Artisitic Dir.

Arelis “Magic Feet” Beato…Arelis was born in Dominican Republic and raised in Park slope, she has been part of the Sunset Park Community for over 15 years.  She started her Dance training in Ballet, Modern & Flamenco in Jr. High School, and has been the President/Founder of Latin Dance Teams in Jr. High School, High School and College.  She was introduced to Salsa on 2 in 1999 and trained with the best in NYC’s Mambo Scene.  She has choreographed, taught and performed with some of the best and alongside the top in the world. She has also produced Latin Showcases and Collaborations that have earned many of today’s dancers recognition and served as their stepping stones to where they are today in the Mambo scene.

She teaches Salsa on 2, On 1, Cha Cha, Bachata, Merengue and substitutes on all other genres taught at the studio.

Jonathan Pitre

Jonathan E. Pitre

Development and Educational Dir.

Jon is a South Jersey native, raised in Camden, NJ, on the sounds of Motown and freestyle music. He was introduced to Salsa dancing during his undergrad years at Saint Peter’s University where he received B.A degrees in Political Science, Sociology, and Marketing Risk Management.  He continued his Salsa dancing under the guidance & Mentorship of Ms. Arelis “Magic Feet” Beato and has since then travelled and performed as one of the company’s main dancers and Ms. Arelis’ Dance Partner.

In 2016 Jon completed Two MBA Degrees in Business Management and Finance from St. Peter’s University Jon is currently the Development & Educational Director of Tropical Image Inc.’s “Get Kids off the Street Program” and leads all academic tutoring, college readiness, and character development workshops as well as the Cultural and Professional education sessions in the program.

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Destiny Pino

Classical Dance Instructor

Destiny is from Brooklyn, NY and is a Dance major at Lehman College, She started dancing Classical at the age of 7 and was introduced to Salsa Dance at Tropical Image at the age of 11, Since then, she has gained experience in choreography, teaching and performance with Vicky Simegiatos Performing Arts Center, Mark Morris, and Tropical Image.  She is excited to be teaching in the styles of Ballet, contemporary, Modern and Jazz at Tropical Image and looks forward to making a difference in our young people and their dance education.

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­ENRIQUE GONZALEZ

Hip-Hop Instructor

Enrique was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. At Brooklyn College for English Education, he aspires to then go on and obtain his masters in Dance Education. First starting to dance at the age of 11, Enrique was introduced to various styles of dance, which would later help grow his passion for dance. Enrique was formally introduced to Salsa Dance in May of 2017 through Tropical Image, and has been doing it ever since.

Enrique has gained the experience of learning choreography, teaching and performing through his involvement in the "Life Lines" after school program, as well as assisting with an imporv theater program at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). By teaching Hip-Hop at the studio, Enrique hopes to help youth really embrace their individuality, and use it for the betterment of their peers and their own dancing.

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Ashlin Edwards

Teaching Assistant

Ashlin Edwards is 17 years old. She attends Repertory Company HS in which she is a dance major.Ashlin began dancing at the age of four. From there she has continued dancing all different styles of dance. Her favorite is contemporary. In the summer of 2016 she joined Tropical Image Dance Studio through the Summer Youth Employment Program. After that she earned a scholarship to continue dancing at the studio. A few months after she became part of the tropical image dancers team and she has been preforming and sharing her talent with many in her path. She is also a teaching assistant at Tropical Image, she assists in ballet , modern , contemporary and hip hop. Ashlin had grown a great deal since joining Tropical Image and here she hopes to continue to prosper.