Reinier (Rey) Valdes is the founder of La Clave Cubana and along with Daniela Gallardo, are the Co-Directors of their studio located in Seattle. Rey was born in Habana, Cuba and Daniela, from Mexico. Both have discovered a passion for dancing at an early age. Rey started dancing at the young age of 13 and was immediately recruited and showcase throughout Cuba. At 18, he graduated from the Cuban School of Dance as a dance instructor specializing in popular dances like Salsa, Son, Cha Cha, Mambo and Rumba. His dancing talents led him to Brazil where he started his own performance group called “Influencia Latina.”
Daniela Gallardo’s love for music and dance also started at an early age. She created her first choreography at age 15 and has been dancing Salsa for over 10 years. The mission of La Clave Cubana is to share the transforming energy of dance through the real essence of Cuban Salsa. “We believe dance should be for everyone who is looking to improve their mental, physical or even social lives and that is why we devote ourselves to pass along the joy of Salsa to anyone, no matter what age you are or what experience you may have.” Agua!