About Us

Pivot Dance Studio is a community of friendly, supportive and fun people who connect through Latin dancing. We provide Latin dance classes and lessons for those of all levels. Whether you want to learn salsa, bachata, merengue; we want to help you learn how to love Latin dance. 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 dance floor. In some cases, compete or shine on the international world stage. We teach everyone from beginner to performance level in both our Salsa Dance Classes & Bachata Dance Classes. We also have the option of private, 1 on 1 dance classes or events and group lessons.

We are located in Mississauga, Ontario, 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.

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.

Daria Novoselova - Pivot Dance School

Daria Novoselova

Daria Novoselova fell in love with dancing at the age of 3, when she was first taken to a dance studio by her mom. Since then she was trained in various types of dance such as jazz, gymnastics and ballroom until she moved to Canada from Russia at the age of 15. She then spent a few years on finishing high school and then University until she put her dance shoes back on and discovered a new passion for Salsa.

Daria and her partner, Roberto Quaresma, started dancing together in 2014 and only 3 months into their partnership, they entered their first competition at the World Latin Dance Cup in Miami in December 2014 and became 2x Amateur Salsa World Champions. Shortly after, Daria suffered a devastating neck injury during a dance practice and was nearly paralyzed. She had to undergo surgery not knowing if she would ever be able to dance again. After months of recovery and wearing a neck brace, she gradually returned to the dancefloor just in time to go back to Miami to defend the couple’s championship title.

Despite a very challenging year for both dancers, in December 2015 Roberto and Daria became 2x Amateur World Salsa Champions. The comeback story inspired many and was covered by numerous newspapers, such as the Toronto Star, as well as the CBC News TV and radio. Since then the couple has travelled, taught and performed both bachata and salsa in many dance congresses around the world in places like Los Angeles, Dubai, Japan and Australia and appeared on CP24 and Global News morning shows.

Julia Downer profile- Pivot Dance School

Julia Downer

Coming from a very musical family, dancing and singing has always been a very important part of Julia’s life. Through the years she has studied various styles of dance such as Jazz, Hip Hop, and Ballroom but when introduced to Latin dancing, she fell in love immediately!

Julia has been Latin dancing for almost 3 years now and has no intention of stopping anytime soon! Shortly after she discovered her love for Latin dancing she also discovered her passion for teaching. Her outgoing personality and fantastic sense of humor will fully entertain you as you learn and progress through your dancing journey.  

Julia will make sure that every student learns each step comfortably and properly while being cognizant of the importance of musicality. Her enthusiasm for this style of dance is what makes her so inspiring to learn from. In her spare time you may catch Julia burning up the dance floor at a Latin social, or modeling for various events and photo shoots throughout the year.

Karen Rodriquez - Pivot Dance School

Karen Rodriquez

Karen has been actively involved in the dance world since the age of three and is now a sought after Latin dance choreographer and instructor. She began her dance career in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, afro (negroide), Peruvian folk dancing, Mexican folk dancing, gymnastics, musical theatre, improv and voice work. She has been involved in dozens of theatre productions at community and college theatres, television commercials, corporate and private events.

She has traveled to NY, L.A, Miami, Cuba, Mexico and Europe to seek instruction from the best performers, choreographers, and dance companies Karel Flores, Griselle Ponce, Nelson Flores, Eddie Torres, Santo Rico, Yamulee and Alma Latina to name a few. She has performed with On Beat Dance Company, as well as choreographed and performed as artistic director for United Salseros, and Soul2Sole Latin dance company.

Her choreographies have been showcased at Harbourfront Centre, Salsa on St. Clair, Salsa at Blue Mountain, Pride Parade, Carassauga, Salsa on Streetsville, The Canada Salsa and Bachata Congress and many wedding and engagement parties.

Karen’s passion is to develop and inspire her students to be the best Latin dancers they can be whether they are beginners or looking for opportunities to expand into performing on stage. She shares her deep love for Latin rhythms and makes classes nurturing, progressive and full of laughter.

Matti Saidyfye - Pivot Dance School

Matti Saidyfye

Matti Saidyfye has been dancing since the age of 7, with most of her training focused in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop. Matti has been teaching dance for over 6 years and is a certified Tap and Jazz instructor under Dance Masters of America, and a certified Acro instructor under Acrobatic Arts.

Throughout her 16 years of dancing she has been apart of a competitive dance group, a Hip Hop dance Crew, and has had the opportunity to do performances and workshops within the dance community. Over the past year, Matti has continued to explore her passion for dance by moving into the world of Latin dancing. Salsa has quickly become one of her favourite dance styles as it challenges her in different ways than the styles she has previous training in do. Matti has also fallen in love with Latin music and all of the different ways you can express yourself. She cannot wait to see what else the Latin dance world has to offer her!

Shakil Alam - Pivot Dance School

Shakil Alam

Shakil has been dancing for about 4 years. Latin dancing for Shakil started as a bucket list but soon became an integral part of his life after attending his first bachata workshop. Over the years Shakil has performed and competed both nationally and internationally. He has trained with several well known local and international instructors and continues to improve his skills through rigorous training and social dancing. Shakil is skilled in various dance genres including salsa, bachata and kizomba.