About Us

Pivot Dance Studio is a community of friendly, supportive and fun people who connect through Latin dancing. We see dancing as a great way to meet people, make new friends and learn a new skill.

Our favourite part of teaching is watching the students develop new skills and becoming confident on the dancefloor. In some cases, compete or shine on the international world stage. We teach everyone from beginner to performance level in Salsa & Bachata and have options of private or group settings.

We are located in Mississauga and Oakville, Canada. Come along to one of our classes and try something new. We look forward to meeting you.


Rebecca Pollard:

Fusing love for all dance styles, Rebecca is known for her body movement and approachable personality. Her classes focus on strength and fluidity, body appreciation and expression. She challenges her students on a weekly basis while incorporating laughter and fun in every class.

Having danced since she was 5 and teaching for over 12 years, Rebecca has been involved in all sorts of genres including Jazz, Contemporary, Bollywood, Hip Hop, Samba, Salsa and Bachata. She has toured around the world performing, competing and teaching Salsa and Bachata in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Croatia, Belgium, Ireland, Holland, Canada and the UK.

In late 2016 Rebecca partnered with Efren to launch Pivot Dance School. The goal: build an inclusive and friendly community for dancers of all levels to connect and encourage each other as they reach their dancing ambitions.

Currently Rebecca teaches Salsa and Bachata group and private classes to students of all levels, from beginners to advanced dancers competing on the World Stage. Additionally, she coaches and creates choreography for the Pivot Advanced Ladies Dance Team, formed in 2016.


Efren Castillo:

Is a passionate Dance Instructor and Entrepreneur based in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. Born in Toronto and raised in Ecuador, his unwavering passion for dancing began when he was just five years old, but it was his love of music that truly started it all. In fact, the Latin rhythm has deeply influenced Efren since listening to his father’s collection of Fania LPs, which further fueled his drive to interpret music through dance.

Throughout his creative career, Efren has trained with some of the most prominent dancers worldwide, including Tito & Tamara, Bill & Katie, and Nelson Flores. He has also performed in a multitude of well-known dance congresses across the globe. The moment he first started being a dance instructor a decade ago, Efren’s primary mission has been to help others utilize dance as a method of music-infused self-expression.

During his free time, Efren enjoys DJing and dog training. He also has an avid interest in technology, photography, and the history of music, but music is and will forever be his number one.

Team Member

Xhina Kotobelli

Xhina has been involved in dance since an early age exploring genres like ballet and hip-hop, but her true love story with dance began when she discovered her passion for Latin music and dancing. She has trained in many genres such as Salsa on 1, Salsa on 2, Bachata, and Cha Cha. Xhina has performed at numerous events in Toronto and takes pride in sharing her enthusiasm for dance through performance.

Team Member

Vicken Serkis

Vicken Serkis is known for his smooth yet defined lead on the dance floor. He’s been dancing since 2005 and attended international congresses around the world expanding on his love of Cuban Salsa and Bachata.


Team member

Sarah Tanner

Sarah has loved singing, acting and dancing all her life. Initially trained in Gymnastics, Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre, Sarah fell in love with Latin dancing in 2014. She is thrilled to be training with incomparable Rebecca pollard and looks forward to future competitions.

Team Member

Izayana Del Churro

Izayana was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She discovered her love of Salsa at age 13 when she joined a kids salsa team and since then has been on multiple teams performing a variety of genres including Salsa, Bachata, and Cha-cha. In January 2016, Izayana was being taught under Rebecca Pollard which brought Izayana’s skill and confidence to the next level. Izayana enjoys learning different genres and appreciates all forms of dance. Izayana’s next step in her dancing journey has brought her to Pivot Dance School.

Team Member

Susan Pham

Susan was born and raised in Toronto. Her love for dance began at a young age, influenced from constant exposure to hip-hop and reggae music in her community. Over the years, Susan found her passion in Latin dancing while training in the styles of Salsa and Bachata. Susan continues to explore dance through performance and future competitions.