Heriberto Perez (Eddie for short) is currently a principal instructor and Co-Owner of Viva Dance Studio in Cleveland. He specializes in competitive and social dancing with a focus on lead, follow & technique teaching dances like Argentine Tango, Salsa, Mambo On2, Cha-Cha Boogaloo, Latin Body Movement, Blues & more.
Heriberto was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico before moving to Philadelphia. In 2004, Heriberto began working at Viva! Dance Studio. In 2011 Heriberto decided to open a studio of his own and became owner of Latin Soul Ballroom. Three years later he again joined forces with Rebecca Sweet and Parker Amsel to create the new Viva Dance Studio in 2014.
Heriberto loves to travel. His unique style makes him a favorite lead and guest instructor wherever he goes. Since taking up dance as a second career in 2001, Heriberto has performed with different professionals in United States, Canada and Europe.
Eager to be a part of the growing dance community, he strives to share his love for many different styles of dance with his students and peers. Heriberto believes it is important as an instructor to continue his dance education as well. He is constantly fine-tuning his technique and discovering new ways to help his students learn.
Heriberto has participated and taught in the following events:
DC Bachata Congress (Washington, DC 2010), Cincinnati Sala Congress (Cincinnati, OH 2011), Fusion Exchange (Boston, MA ’11, San Francisco, CA 2012 & Las Vegas, NV 2013), Blues Recess (Portland, Oregon 2011), Morning After Workshops (Denver, CO 2011 & 2012), Michigan Fusion Event (Ann Arbor, MI 2012), Atomic Blues (Albuquerque, New Mexico 2012), Seattle Fusion Exchange (Seattle, WA 2012)
Cuba Hoy (Toulouse, France – Salsa, Samba, Kizomba & Argentine Tango Event 2013), Salsa and Bachata workshops (Denver, CO 2014), Toronto Blues Fusion and Tango (Toronto 2013 & 2014), Montana Latin Medley (Bozeman, MT 2012 & 2013), Toronto Blues Battle (Toronto, Canada 2014), Waterloo, ON, Canada 2014, Pittsburgh, PA 2014, Capital Congress (Washington, DC 2015)
Pittsburgh Summer Tango Immersion (Pittsburgh, PA 2017)
Tango Meets Blues (Michigan, 2015-2017)
Columbus Salsa Weekend (Columbus, OH 2016 & 2017)
The easiest way to think about dance: from a Bruce Lee quote.
“Be water my friend… Be Formless, Be shapeless, when you put water in a cup it becomes the cup, you put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot, you put it in a bottle it becomes the bottle…”
Heriberto believes we need to become the water in our dancing and let music and character of dance to become our bottle that shapes us as we dance.