Central Coast residents have a unique opportunity to learn Latin dances from a pair of professional dancers who regularly perform on national television. Jonathan Platero and his wife, Oksana Dmytrenko-Platero, will offer a master class in Latin Fusion at Allan Hancock College on Saturday, February 25, from 1-2:30 p.m. in room D-118. The class is open to the public. Participants must pay $5 at the door. The money will go to the college’s dance program.
“If you’re enthusiastic about watching or learning how to dance, you don’t want to miss this class,” said Dianne McMahon, fine arts department chair.
Platero is a former World Salsa champion, who also competed on the popular television show “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Glee.” He appeared in the movie “High School Musical” and music videos for Jennifer Lopez, John Mayer and Cody Simpson.
Dmytrenko-Platero has been a professional dancer on “Dancing with the Stars” for the last several years. She was a national champion in the Professional Rising Star Latin category for the United States Dance Championships.
“There is no one in Northern Santa Barbara County with their experience or knowledge. They are a must see,” said McMahon. “They truly are experts in the field of salsa and ballroom dancing, and they are great at passing on their knowledge.”
The pair is also choreographing a number for the college’s spring performance, Dance Spectrum, for the second straight year. The pair will rehearse that number with cast members later that evening.
Featuring nearly 60 cast members, the 48th annual Dance Spectrum will run from Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19 inside the Marian Theatre on the Santa Maria Campus. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets will be available at the college’s Performance Arts Center Box Office from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, or by calling (805) 922-8313.
For more information, contact the dance program at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3411.