HOMETOWN: India

BEST KNOWN FOR: Salsa

Mario “Super Mario” Hazarika is an influential salsa instructor and performer in the latin dance scene.  “Super” Mario is  known for being an amazing lead and has also been dubbed as “The Man with a million moves” for his unlimited repertoire of turn patterns.  He is extremely popular across the world, but in particular the UK as he is based there. He has also proclaimed himself as “The Mambo” Panda.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Born in India but moved to the UK as a teenager.
  • Has a degree in mathematics and was a professional accountant.
  • Exposed to salsa in 1999 when he was taken to a club by his friend, and was instantly hooked.
  • Big break came when he was asked to give workshops at the Toronto Salsa Congress.
  • Is a big believer that all moves/turn patterns can be done whether dancing “On1” or “On2”.
  • Voted “Best UK teacher” for several years.
  • Was given awards for his contributions to salsa at the British Salsa Congress 2003, the Israel Salsa Congress 2004, and LA Salsa Congress in 2004.

Primary source: Salsavancouver.net

 

 

 

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