Ioan Florian, aka “Florian”, for easier English pronunciation, was born and raised in Romania. A Kyokushin karate fighter since from 3 years old until 19 years old. He started dancing traditional Romanian dances at age 15 and discovered Salsa & Bachata at 19 years old.
After dancing a lot and teaching himself, Ioan’s passion, lead him to seek instruction from the best performers and instructors in Europe including Marco & Sara Panero, Fernando Sosa from Tropical Gem and Daniel & Desiree, among many others.
He started to teach in Romania at Bailarte Dance School, one of the biggest dance schools in Romania. Soon after, he founded a salsa and bachata school in partnership with Crystal Dance School. (Ballroom + Salsa and Bachata)
As part of his drive to become a better dancer, Florian embarked on the European Congresses route and performed at several congresses including 2018 Vienna Salsa congress, 2019 Top Bachata Barcelona, 2017-2018 World Star Salsa Festival in Varna Bulgaria, among many others.
Florian also competed vigorously and obtained great results, including:
2016: 1st place at National Hungary Salsa & Bachata Freestyle contest.
2017: 1st place Freestyle Vama Veche Salsa Week contest & 1st place Salsa and Bachata at Romanian National Freestyle contest.
2018: 1st place Romanian National Salsa & Bachata Freestyle contest & 1st place at 4 Jack & Jill dance contest – Most important at National Salsa and Bachata congress in Romania with over 30 participant couples.
2019 – 3rd place Bachata in Romanian National contest – profesional – over 50 couples in the same category.
From 2017 – 2019 he also won 9 consecutive Salsa & Bachata Jack & Jill contests.
Since his arrival in Chicago as a professional Software engineer, he has spent his time attending all socials and salsa & Bachata events in Chicago & decided to rekindle his passion for Latin dancing at Latin Street.
He now teaches Salsa, European Style Bachata Sensual, Salsa NY On2 & he is director of the new Latin Street Taxi Dancing team.