It all began one hot night at El Rancho in Toronto!...
Born in Toronto, Canada, Josie Neglia grew up amongst many Italian friends as a middle child of Sicilian parents. From a very young age, she studied ballet and jazz and later entered University as a dance major where she had four years of extensive daily training in ballet and modern dance.
Josie graduated from York University, Toronto with a Bachelors degree and entered the ballroom/Latin field as a teacher for a private studio where she trained daily and began teaching and competing as a professional in International Latin dance.
Entering a Toronto Latin club, for the first time, Josie fell in love with Salsa. 4 years later, she relocated to Los Angeles and single-handedly became a pioneer of the Salsa video industry.
JOSIE NEGLIA WAS THE FIRST IN LOS ANGELES TO PRODUCE L.A.STYLE SALSA INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS, and marketed them worldwide through her website LatinDance.com.
Due to her strong professional presence on the web and through popular instructional video series, Josie became one of the most sought-after instructors and performers worldwide. Invited to teach and perform in over 100 cities in 19 countries, Josie is known for her easy-to-learn teaching methods and spectacular performance ability.
Being honored with an invitation to teach at the very first World Salsa Congress in Puerto Rico in 1997 (an honor being the only instructor from Los Angeles invited), and the first Salsa Festival in Japan in 1998, Josie quickly made a name for herself and is currently asked to do workshops in various cities across the Globe. Josie Neglia was also a feature dancer in the movie "DANCE WITH ME" with Vanessa Williams & Chayanne.
Josie's dynamic personality and passion for Latin dance has earned her many awards (3 Life-Time Achievement Awards in Puerto Rico, Japan & Los Angeles) and prestigious invitations to judge and teach at various international Latin dance conventions. Miss Neglia's motto is to share the ecstasy of Latin dance, one step at a time!
"DANCE has always been the most exciting and fulfilling aspect of my life, and has allowed me to experience: positive energy, passion, great challenges, competitive experiences, sensuality, self-expression, ecstasy, memorable travels, and a healthy & fit lifestyle.
I would love to share this experience with others and offer others the opportunity to feel and be part of the amazing world of dance."
Some of Josie's accomplishments include: Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Dance Major) at York University, Toronto · Winner of several Canadian Night Club Salsa Dance Competitions · Latin Finalist in many U.S. International Latin competitions · Choreographed several commercials & movies: "Shopper's Drug Mart", "Mars Bar", "Coor's Lite", "Buscando Lola", "A Player, Screenplay" · Fifteen years experience performing on stage for many shows and social functions with Professional Latin dance partners. · Appearance in movies and videos: "Buscando Lola", "Best Buds", "Dance With Me", Juan Gabriel music Video, Goro music video (Japan) · Invited to teach at the first annual World Salsa Congress in Puerto Rico Aug., 1997. · Invited to teach and perform at the first annual Salsa Event in Tokyo, Japan Dec., 1998 · Have taught workshops and performed in over 19 countries around the globe · Invited to conduct Teacher Training Courses in Japan, Canada and USA · Owner of LatinDance.com · Received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Albert Torres' West Coast salsa Congress May 2002 · Received the Andy Vasquez Award for her lifetime contribution to the world of salsa at the Bacardi Salsa Congress in Puerto Rico in August 2002 · Received a special "O" Visa from the US Government as a "Person of Extraordinary Ability" with her contribution, recognition and status within the global salsa community. · 2005-2009 Owned the 5000 square foot Josie Neglia Dance Academy in Los Angeles, CA - Josie's dynamic personality and passion for Latin dance has earned her many awards and prestigious invitations to judge and teach at various international Latin dance conventions.
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