Ilan – Gold Medal Dance Team Coach & Salsa Instructor

IlanIlan started his dancing at Arthur Murray in West Haven CT and became an instructor after two years. Three years into his dancing career he was introduced to Salsa at one of the local Salsa clubs, and decided to learn more about this dance. Since that moment he switched his career from Ballroom dancing to strictly Salsa.

Ilan has taken part in many competitions and Salsa Congresses around the world.

In 2001 he (along with partner) started a group called Salsa Kids.

Under Ilan’s instruction, this group became the World Salsa Champions in 2004 at the prestigious Salsa congress in Puerto Rico competing against the best

teams from all over the world. Since then the group continues participating at the Congress and was selected the best group year after year. Ilan’s dance studio named

“Salsa My Way” was operating for the last 5 years in Hartford CT where he has given lessons to many children and adults.

Ilan’s dance partner, Yessenia Benavides, recently played in the movie “Dirty dancing 2 – Havana Nights” and currently owns her own studio in Puerto Rico

called “Lets Dance Studio P.R.” ( and his partner have been dancing for the past 2 years and are currently

practicing for the world championship competition.