Giana Montoya is a professional dancer, actress, choreographer, and director of SHIVA LATINA, who inspires her students to reach new levels in both social and professional dancing. She fuses her skills and extensive training in Salsa, Latin, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical theatre, Yoga, Burlesque, Modern, and Flamenco, creating powerful, emotional, and sexy performances and choreography. She is one of the most dynamic performers and choreographers in the dance world. She began dancing in salsa companies across California in 2001, and at 22 years old established her own dance company, SHIVA LATINA, and pioneered a breakthrough technique for creating precise salsa dancers using her extensive University-level dance background and Vinyasa Yoga. Giana has been winning salsa competitions since age 16 and has established herself as the consummate triple threat: Competitor, Performer, and Choreographer. Like Nery, Giana’s signature training program and expertise bring dancers from all over the world to learn the SHIVA LATINA technique, which has become the official training program for Elegant Rumba Dance Company.
Giana Loren Montoya
Why I Dance:
My soul requires it
Life Before Salsa:
Life After Salsa:
Three Words that Describe me:
Passionate, Creative, Activist
Favorite Inspirational words:
“Happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in alignment.”- Ghandi
Favorite shoe style from GFranco Dance Shoes:
Alien Tan in 3 1/4” heel
3 words that describe my teaching style:
Hands on, Intuitive, Technical (and super passionate!)
My Favorite thing about teaching for Elegant Rumba:
Getting to be a part of each students dance journey. For many, it is a life-changing and healing experience that I feel honored to be a part of.
If I'm not at Elegant Rumba you can find me:
Practicing yoga and inspiring others through my teaching, hanging out with my love, conversing with animals, finding awesome vegan food, speaking out against injustice, and choreographing new dances in my head.