Since February 15, 2015
Founders Brian and Claudia Pawl created this Dance Company / Organization with a mission of bringing people together through dance. Mezcla reflects how a dance community can break down even the most challenging barriers simply by showing up! Salsa Nights at Jimmy's American Restaurant in Aspen, CO were a bright and vibrant introduction to the Salsa world in the Roaring Fork Valley. After Jimmy's was unable to consistently host these salsa nights, Brian and Claudia decided it was time to create something new for the community and to keep the dance spark alive. The driving force ? Love for dancing!
MSD became the hub for weekly classes, practices and Socials. By offering a safe and fun environment for dancers of all levels and even becoming a launching pad for aspiring instructors and performers, Mezcla and its events became a sensation. All bodies are welcomed here; to learn, enjoy and grow together! When we dance, we eliminate barriers ~ such as language, ease of access, affordability, dance experience and other preconceptions and biases.
Over the years, this organization has collaborated and hosted volunteer Instructors to share their talents at both amateur and professional levels. These classes and workshops included a variety of genres like salsa, bachata, west coast swing, two step, merengue, Cumbia, and others.
Eternal gratitude goes out to those who volunteered, aligned with our values and showed their support.
Rhett Cardenas, Oscar Sepulveda, Diego Gonzalez, Kira Withrow, Ashley Hall, Flor Paz, Jesus Esquivel, Aurita Maldonado aka “Hurricane Rita”, Hector Arias, Antonio Arias, Alejandra Muñoz, Jesus Muñoz, Erik & Claudia Peña.
The support to local Artists in their professional journey will continue, as well as events with Artists from all over the nation. This will bring consistent options in variety of dance styles, levels, and experiences. These classes, trainings and Socials create a growth cycle with opportunities for dancers to acquire new skills, practice them, and apply them on the dance floor.
Mezcla continues to imagine spaces for the community to come together through dance despite these challenging pandemic times. In person and Online classes will continue; observing all safety guidelines of course, until we can all meet again.
Join the Mezcla movement and fall in love with this dynamic, versatile, and energetic community in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.
See you on the dance floor!