Andres Garcia, founder and director of Latin Dance Academy of Bend – previously Bend Bachata & Latin Dance – has been exposed to tropical latin music and dance since age eleven, but his first real spark of love for Latin music and dance was ignited on a trip to New York while experiencing live salsa music and dance.

Since 2010, Andres has received instruction from some of the top Latin dance instructors in the industry and world salsa champions while he has attended various Latin dance festivals and congresses. He is now pleased to share his passion and love for Salsa, Bachata and other Latin dances by teaching and performing at local and regional events.