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About Us

Roberto Cavallo

Founder and Principal Instructor

Following his passion for Latin dance, Roberto has coached and competed professionally throughout Italy, Europe, and the United States since 1994. Originally from Genova, Italy, Roberto now teaches in Orange County, California and has dedicated himself to training a new generation of competitive dancers.

Roberto's many accomplishments include:

  • Certified in Int'l Latin, Salsa, Mambo & Merengue by A.N.M.B. (National Assoc. of Dance Teachers, Italy)
  • Champion, Open Amateur Int'l Latin Championships (Grand Prix de Bordeaux, France)
  • 2X Finalist,  National Italian Int'l Latin Championship (Italy)
  • Nominee, Representative of Croatia, 2003 World Amateur Int'l Latin Championship
  • Nominee, Representative of Estonia, 2005 World Amateur Int'l Latin Championship
  • 2X Professional Rising Star Int'l Latin 5 Dance Champion (Florida State Championships 2007, Emerald Ball 2009)
  • Founder, DanceSport Alessandria School (Italy)
  • Founder, RM Dance
  • Coach, UC Irvine Collegiate DanceSport Team


Caroline Shen


Caroline began dancing in 2008 at the Cavallo DanceSport Academy.  She now partners with Roberto and competes in the Pro/Am Open Gold Int'l Latin Division. Caroline was a Regents Scholar at the University of California, Irvine, and graduated in 2011 with double majors in Mathematics and Spanish.

For the past five years, Caroline has enjoyed teaching all levels of mathematics, physics, and Spanish to elementary through university level students. Her goal is to build a legacy of enterprises, all of which support the central mission to help children develop academic, athletic, and artistic prowess.

Caroline currently works as a business consultant in Irvine.  She has been awarded a Dean's Fellowship to earn her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at UC Irvine in Fall 2012.

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