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Buen Aché speaks both Spanish and English. We see bilingualism as a key factor in promoting and honoring Hispanic culture.

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Jose Arismendy Rodríguez

Jose Arismendy Rodriguez (known affectionately as “Ari”) was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and grew up dancing the traditional Dominican dances of Merengue, Bachata, and PericoRipiao. Although Salsa dance and music is not native to Dominican Republic (its roots can be traced most accurately to Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Colombia), Ari has always loved […]

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Julia Rodríguez

Julia Jaskwhich Rodríguez

Julia Rodriguez graduated from the College of Charleston in 2002 where she majored in Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean studies. She later pursued a Master’s degree in Nursing at the Medical University of SC. Julia currently works as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at a private mental health practice in Charleston. Julia founded Buen Aché […]

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Regina Hollingshed

Originally from Charleston, SC but raised in Oah’u, Hawaii, Regina was exposed to Hawaiian Hula, Soma Siva, and Tahitian Hula dances and later choreographed for Wahiawa Intermediate School and Leilehua High School.  Her dance venture continued with pursuit of learning Salsa, Bachata and Merengue while in Pennsylvania and Foxtrot, Rumba, Shag and the Waltz in […]

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