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Welcome to Salsa 29 Productions! Julio Barrenzuela, Motivational Speaker and Salsa Ambassador, founded this company to promote health, education, and culture in our communities. We customize motivational presentations that inspire people of all ages to embrace the value of health, education, and culture. We fulfil this goal using a unique method: salsa dancing. Our presentations are more than just dance lessons. Our entertaining, engaging method facilitates learning, relationship building, and self-development.
Our work illustrates how salsa dancing and the message that it embodies can bring people of all ages and abilities together. Each of our presentations creates a link between generations and cultures, encouraging dialogue and the sharing of ideas. The result is a better understanding of oneself and of one's relationship with the larger
Our programs are more than just dance lessons; they embody an innovative style of motivational speaking and entertainment. Our unique method utilizes audience participation and creates a fun environment that allows the participants to absorb and remember the program’s message. Our message focuses on three pillars of community building: health, education, and culture. We encourage people to exercise their bodies, stimulate their minds, and appreciate the many cultures of the world. Our work brings together people of all ages, resulting in a better understanding of oneself and of one's relationship with the larger community.
Everyone can dance! That is our motto. We aim to reach as many individuals as possible, and we do not limit our scope to any one particular group. Participation eligibility is never based on age or ability. Instead, we believe everyone can dance, and our program is for everyone. We seek to work with those who want to listen and with those who are typically underrepresented in the larger community, including children, older adults, and people with disabilities. This distinctive approach allows us to empower people of all ages and abilities overcome the limitations often placed on them. It is our belief that by overcoming these limitations individuals are able to enhance their personal, social, and professional development.
Our mission is to inspire people to contribute to the betterment of our communities by motivating individual development and promoting relationship-building.
"Last year’s presentation was very educational for the individuals supported by the Springfield Arc Developmental Training Center. It was also a great deal of fun for them. The individuals supported do not get many opportunities to explore different cultures."
"Your enthusiasm was infectious!"
"In a recent presentation from Julio Barrenzuela at the Department of Human Services Hispanic Heritage Celebration, we had the distinctive pleasure of watching him perform as he expressed his aim of servicing our community through dance. I highly recommend Mr. Barrenzuela’s performance as a vehicle to promote peace and cultural understanding among all people."
"FUN! Who knew that this would be so fun and appealing!"
"Julio has taught me more than to salsa dance. Through his class, I’ve become more open to new things, and I have gained a new life experience. Thanks a lot Julio for this life changing experience!"
"Lanphier [High School] has not been the only community in Springfield to benefit from the multiple talents of this very dynamic and gifted young man. Julio reaches out to the elderly, the young, the professionals, fitness groups, our armed forces (he is a Navy veteran), and the less fortunate. He has a long tenure using salsa dancing as a tool to bring about a sense of fitness, fun, social interaction, and a better understanding of the Latin culture."
"Increased physical ability, improved health, and self-confidence building are just a few of the benefits Julio's work brings to people with disabilities. I'd like to personally recommend Salsa 29 Productions for any activity that includes recreational activities for people with disabilities, seniors, and children."
"His enthusiasm and energy were so infectious that several of our elderly residents and Alzheimer’s patients visibly wanted to get up and dance along. His presentation (including narration, music selections, and physical demonstration) was well-organized and thoroughly prepared—obviously customized for his audience, showing an innate desire to adapt to his surroundings and his circumstances."
"Your program, Salsa: A Metaphor for Life in the Workplace, was one of my favourite events I have put on at Sangamo Club and the most well-received by the Young Professional members and their guests. It was a great opportunity for members to get to know one another, while providing valuable training and culture awareness."
"Julio taught Salsa dancing during the minor’s physical education period, and the results were amazing. Julio’s enthusiasm and encouragement were contagious. He had everyone, including some "hard-core" adolescent males who often demonstrate a tough, intimidating demeanour, not only dancing, but dancing with each other!"
"Julio has a terrific program to present to students. Our students learned about salsa dancing, working hard, counting in at least three languages and overall fitness. The program was fast-paced and extremely interesting for our students. He has an amazing way of sharing all the information in a fun and exciting manner."
"The dancing was very fun. No offense, but I expected it to be extremely lame, but it ended up being very fun. I think that we should do this again. And if it was possible, I would like to have this class once every week."
"It was one of the most attended workshops and received an overall quality rating of 5.0 on a 5.0 scale! Many participants described the workshop as 'very excellent,' 'wonderful and sensitive entertainment,' and 'fantastic and fun."
"Julio incorporates dance, culture, and life skills in his work. He wants his audience to be healthy, to learn about diversity and culture, and to be prepared for what lies ahead in life. Julio has a gift of being able to relate to all generations; he has worked with elementary students as well as geriatric patients with the same fine results."
"Julio has always been one of the main attractions when we have this day. Julio has a unique talent for connecting with the audience. The level of enthusiasm that he generates among the audience is amazing. He uses the time not just to teach salsa dancing, but also to teach about the importance of getting an education, appreciating other cultures, and learning other languages."
"Integration of salsa as a metaphor for life was very inspiring and fun. Many of the adults who attended the team building workshop all felt that they could take some of your suggestions back to their work sites and even their homes. It would be to anyone’s advantage to be exposed to one of your workshops… they can be life changing."
"He involved everyone present in his program, including the visitors! The smiles on the faces of our residents were priceless!"
"He begins the performance by welcoming the audience and encouraging each resident to participate at a level with which they are comfortable. Even residents who are wheelchair-bound can still "dance" as Julio is so considerate of the persons needs."
"His dancing and associated lessons were amazing and the kids were so engaged—even the camp counsellors had an amazing time. He made it easier for the kids to understand the importance salsa dancing could bring into their lives in the future—and have fun doing it!"
"Great job presenting to the staff at SIU Recreation Center. Motivating, professional, powerful message... not to mention FUN!"
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