Fanny Salsa Dance

Fanny has been dancing and teaching salsa since 2008.She frequently attends salsa congresses and festivals where she participates in workshops, classes, performs and shares the dance floor with some of the biggest names in the world of salsa.


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Hispanic Heritage Month: Professional Salsa instructor bringing the rhythm to the Queen City

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A place where a mixture of different rhythms can be felt, is right in the heart of the Queen City.

Salsa is one of the most popular Latin dances practiced worldwide.

When visiting the Agustín “Pucho” Olivencia Community Center, in Buffalo, guests will notice different backgrounds, speaking the same language through dance.

“It’s a big part of our culture. Dancing, for us, means gathering with your loved ones, family, identity and joy,” professional Salsa instructor, Fanny Olaya said. “The roots of Salsa are African and Cuban. They were combined in New York City with other rhythms; Caribbean rhythms, and also jazz and pop.”

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Olaya grew up having a keen ear for music.

“I grew up dancing a little bit of Salsa but listening to the music because I was shy when I was younger. I always knew that I wanted to dance,” she shared with Pheben Kassahun.

Now a professional salsa instructor, she eventually got rid of her nerves when moving to the City of Good Neighbors, about 18 years ago.

At the time, Olaya did not know the full ingredients to the Latin dance but with the help of YouTube and professional training, she was able to master it.

“After that, I was out dancing and people started asking me to teach, but I was not a teacher. I was just an amateur. I was just having fun like everybody else,” she explained.

Thus, her salsa company was born, in 2008, with her then-partner and she began sharing her knowledge to anyone who wanted to learn.

“When I started teaching and hosted social dances, it was very small,” Olaya recalled.

Though, the Western New York community fully embraced her classes. Her salsa performances have spread beyond Buffalo to cities like Rochester, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Canada.

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