Jose is a Latin dancer, choreographer, instructor, and competitor who has taught extensively in the Philadelphia Tri-State Area. At the age of 4, Jose Maldonado began his dancing career in Puerto Rico, where he began studying the traditional Latin American folk dance called Bomba y Plena. His talent combined with an early appreciation for dance led Jose to a unique opportunity to attend a selective high school program for the Creative and Performing Arts. There, he began learning Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Folk, Hip-Hop, and theatrical dance. At 14, Jose was invited to join the Betty Vega Dancers performing Salsa at a number of East Coast locales including Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York City; he was soon promoted to lead male dancer and choreographer.
Jose is currently training under Billy Fajardo, a World Hustle, Swing, Cabaret, Salsa, and Merengue champion himself, as well as training privately with world-renowned instructors, dancers, and choreographers Alex Morel and Desiree Godsell.
In 2002, Jose founded a teen dance group from Philadelphia, the City Latin Dancers, who performed for the 2004 Rock the Vote Campaign, the 2005 Philadelphia Salsa Congress Kick-Off Party, and placed fourth in the 2004 Puerto Rican Festival. Soon, Jose's reputation for leadership and great performance led to an invitation to join Luna Negra Dance Company (La Luna's Professional Salsa Co. at the time). With Luna Negra, Jose performed at international Salsa Congresses and continued honing his craft by studying with featured artists like Jayson Molina, Liz Lira, Salomon Torres, and the Italian sensation Tropical Gem. Later, he went on to become Captain of Calle Luna Dance Company. With his dance partner of 10 years, Loretta Chianese, Jose has won many titles in Salsa, Bachata and Hustle. www.joseandloretta.com