Growing up in Washington Heights, NY, in a Dominican family of music lovers, salsa music always surrounded the young Jariel Garcia. However, the boy was too timid to dance to this familiar music until he was taken to his first salsa class by a girl he had a crush on at the time when he was 17. From the age of 3 he was a devoted basketball player until a bike accident which prevented him from pursuing the sport. Break-dancing was another major component of his teenage years which he started when he was 10, along with capoeira and boxing. Jariel started his salsa training with Salsa Heat Dance Studio and Universal Mambo Dance Academy (both in Orlando, Florida) and performed with UMDA and Island Touch Dance Academy (Tampa, Florida). He was quickly asked to instruct at Salsa Heat and Island Touch, where he taught salsa and bachata for a total of 4 years. In 2011 he returned to NYC, his hometown, to commit to training and sharing his passion for the dance. Now Jariel can be spotted heating up the dance floor with his flavorful and musical social dancing, and in his new salsa classes in NYC where he shares his understanding for the latin movements and musicality in a fun, non-threatening environment. His performance routine is underway to debut early 2012. You do not want to take your eyes off this new multi-dimensional force of a dancer, performer, and instructor!