Project Description

Rey Collazo and Keila Soto

Keila Soto began dancing at the age of 7 years at the School of Ballet of San Juan, eventually making the radical change to expand her knowledge in other disciplines of dance. It was here when she discovered what Hip-Hop was about, taking classes with international dancer Frances “Chacha” Nieves. Thanks to that, she won a scholarship to the School of Fine Arts of Carolina where she was educated in the areas of Jazz, Bomba and Plena, Ballet and Salsa. One of her biggest accomplishments was competing at the World Salsa Open with Escenario Latino while placing top three in 2013 and 2014. In 2015 she took another big decision by moving from Puerto Rico to Tampa to challenge her self and explore other opportunities to dance while teaching and performing at various events and festivals.

Rey Collazo’s passion was ignited during his senior year of high school when friends asked him to join the schools first salsa club. After graduation, Rey was shipped off to the United States Marine Corps where he served five years on active duty. During active duty and even on deployments, Rey was always eager to learn more and did so by studying dancers such as Francisco Vazquez, Nery Garcia, Shaka Brown, and others. Eventually, Rey moved to Tampa where he joined Diamond Dancers International and moved up the ranks quickly to include choreographing routines. With the work ethic and determination to grow, he is the director of “Alma Tampa by Alma Latina”, teaching/performing at various events & congresses nationwide, as well as preparing for his first world dance competition.