Category Archives: Bachata

Yulio and Rachel – Spring in DC

For this couple I scheduled two shoots, one on a rooftop in downtown DC and the second at sunset in West Potomac Park with a few of the emerging cherry blossoms. We had a late spring in DC this year as it was still very cold the first week in April. I scheduled one spring cherry blossom shoot and they hadn’t bloomed yet. For the second shoot with this wonderful couple I shot them at sunset with a few cherry blossoms that had just peaked. I loved both shoots with this very accommodating couple but I must admit the sunset images on the Potomac River are my favorite!

Yulio Jeisson Gamonal Gutierrez, Business Manager – Latin Dance instructor/Choreographer/Promoter native of Ica-Peru, currently living in Washington, District of Columbia. He has studied and teaches Latin dance such as Tango, Salsa ON1, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Cumbia and Merengue, but he is locally well recognized in the DMV area for his effort and success to promote Bachata into the dance community. He learned some valuable techniques from some of the best DMV tango teachers such as Pablo Fontana and Carina Losano from BA, Argentina. Trained by Gabryel and Begonia from Spain, he has attended numerous workshops with masters from Island Touch dance Academy “George and Tanja from Miami” and taught students from all over the DMV area for over 5 years.

As a patient instructor, Yulio teaches the styles of Dominican Bachata, Urban-Bachata, and BachaTango which is very elegant and dynamic, while at the same time relaxed, comfortable, enjoyable, and accessible to everyone. His natural ability and his training with some of the greatest instructors from the DMV area give him a unique capacity to instill his students with a deep feeling for the subtle nuances of Latin dances. He emphasizes contact and communication between dancers (becoming a great leader and follower) so that they move together in rhythm and harmony. Under his guidance, students realize a new feeling for music and movement, and they come to enjoy the sensations, which have made Bachata now one of the most popular dances and art for future generations.
Rachel Lynn Moore, Economist – Dance performer, and Choreographer assistant she is a native of Maryland-USA.  Active performer with DMV Sensation student group and member of Island Touch Team Lady Styling.
Our mission is to build a great group of people who love dancing and would like to share their passion with the world by promoting dancing as an awesome entertainment, physical activity, and healthy life style.
Our vision is to see a future diverse and thriving Latin dance community dancing free from discrimination, expand the social dance culture and network with more dancers around the world.
MARACUYA DANCE COMPANY = Passion Fruit Dance Company
Passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible.

Maracuyá = Passion Fruit
*Passion – is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement
*Fruit – The sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food.

We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoying sharing them with you and we hope you consider supporting this project to bring the beauty of dance to a wider audience by purchasing one of our limited edition prints at our website:

“The aesthetic pleasure of dance

is a secondary reflection of the

primary, vital joy of courtship.”

– Havelock Ellis

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April 16, 2013 · 3:34 pm