DANCE COACHES

Jorge Melo

Director/Dancer/Coach

 

Jorge , is the founder of the multifaceted Casino Stars dance group from Venezuela.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Jorge Melo is an international instructor of afro latin dances and Venezuelan folklore and a paramedic with a cardiopulmonary specialty.


With over 14 years of dance experience, Jorge created a foundation called the Casino Stars of Venezuela in January 2005 with the intention of constructing a unique and innovative style.

The foundation's activities and objectives include: teaching people of all ages; and making donations and creating scholarships for low income Venezuelans with the talent and capacity to learn the art of dance.

As team Director, Jorge has had great fortune in molding the troop with extensive coaching from world-class instructors. The infusion of Ballroom dance and other dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, Bachata, Latin Hustle, West Coast Swing, Kizomba and Traditional Folkloric dance has created a team of highly experienced and diverse dancers that are sought after globally.

The Casino Stars have performed in over 500 festivals throughout Venezuela and in many other countries/territories including: Norway, Ivory Coast Africa, Angola, Aruba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. They now reside in Houston, Texas.

Jorge Melo and the Casino Stars members, separately and together, have been awarded multiple titles/championships at a national and international level.

Accomplishments/Awards
1st - World Salsa Championships  salsa groups 2011
1st - Best dancer international trajectory in Venezuela 2013
1st -Team at Festival de Salsa Caracas in Venezuela 2012
2nd - Group Category World Salsa Championships 2012
1st - Male solo World Salsa Championships 2012 and manny more

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Theresa Merino

Office Manager - Booking Enquiries and Customer Service

Geishy Castillo

Coach

 

Geishy Castillo born and raised in Venezuela ,with  more  than 19 years of artistic career with training and mastery of different dance styles and Latin rhythms such as salsa (on 1 and on2), Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Afro cuban,Ballet, contemporary dance, jazz and folkloric dance from venezuela,

she represented her country in different places of the world, like: Puerto Rico, curaçao, Italy, Norway, Africa and around the United States, obtaining great prizes nationally and internationally such as:

1st - World Salsa Championships  salsa groups 2011

1st - Best dancer international trajectory in Venezuela 2013

1st -Team at Festival de Salsa Caracas in Venezuela 2012

2nd - Group Category World Salsa Championships 2012…

 

Currently she is part of the professional dance company of Casino Stars as a dancer and instructor of different rhythms and levels of dances.

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Andrew Orjuela

Coach/Dancer

AndreW, born and raised in Colombia. He is known throughout the dance community for his specialty in Latin Dance Rhythms. Andrew's background consists of 10 years of professional dancing and performing. He is an experienced instructor with dancers of all levels from beginners to advanced including competition training and social dancing skills. 

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Zoee Huskey

Coach/Dancer

Zoee is a great professional with extensive dance and fitness experience. She trained as a Ballet dancer for 15 years and then traded in her pointe shoes for Latin heels in 2017 when she began Salsa training with the Casino Stars. 2021 she has won 5th place at the World salsa summit in the small Salsa Team category and was a finalist in the Pro Salsa  Ladies Salsa world finals in Puerto Rico She has combined her passion for dance and wellness to teach Ballet technique with a focus on strengthening the body.