Alma Latina Dance Company was founded in Tijuana in 2005 by Gabriela Equiz and Sergio Jasso and quickly received awards and recognition for its unique style and the quick and significant improvement that all its students showed.

The dance company has been expanding consistently over the years as students from all over Southern California and Northern Baja California have contacted Alma Latina to request training opportunities.


Gabriela Equiz-Jasso began training as a dancer when she was 4 years old. She studied Ballet and flamenco in the best schools in Mexico City, Tijuana and Los Angeles. As an adult, she made a career in Electronic Systems Engineering in the city of Tijuana and later she enrolled into a masters program in Robotics. While she lived in LA, attended an audition that led to a recording contract to sing in an international quintet "i5" and go on tour opening concerts by artists such as Britney Spears and 'N Sync, among others. At the same time, also in Los Angeles met the world of salsa and it was then that she fell in love with this kind of dancing.

In 2004, Gaby returned to Tijuana and opened an academy of performing arts, like the one she attended when she was a little girl (Milton Gio Academy) in which she could lead children wishing to develop their artistic abilities.

Currently, Gaby is one of the most recognized female dancers in South California and Mexico. Currently is 1st place in Latin Dance championships , Univision 2009.


Sergio Jasso was born in Mexico City, where he grew up listening to salsa and cumbia. Since little he distinguished in having abilities in music and dance. In 2000 he moved to San Diego, CA where he developed his salsa technique. In 2005, he formed his own company, calling it "onfire". 

In 2006, Sergio and Gaby joined to form the dance company "Alma Latina" and immediately had great successes in their first year, gaining a reputation nationally and internationally with their unique style of dance and the superior quality with which they train their students and dancers.

Sergio and Gaby are currently ranked among the top 10 best dancers in the world according to ESPN world salsa championships and the World Latin Dance Cup.


All our instructors are avid dancers with diverse backgrounds.  All classes and teams are instructed primarily by Sergio and Gaby and they are assisted by members of the Professional and Semi-Pro Teams.

Our instructors include:

Carlos Jaimes Noriega

Diana Gil

Ivette Bogarin

Jonathan Ibarra

Annette Mendivil

Lizette Ortiz

Diana Ramirez

Lalo Rojas


Alma Latina continues to win competitions.

Our Pro Team holds the current Mayan Team World Championship title and our directors, Sergio & Gaby are currently ranked 5th in the World in the On 1 division of the ESPN World Salsa Championships.

One of the salsa teams that Gaby and Sergio have put together, " Alma Latina California", featuring dancers from LA and SD, won 1st Place at Steven's Steak House Team Salsa Competition 2010.  Alma Latina San Diego won 1st place in the Amateur Salsa Division at the WLDC 2012 and 1st place in the Amateur Bachata Division at the WLDC 2013.

Check Out the Salsahook.com article about it below!