LINES DANCE STUDIO : (503) 547-4872
Learn how to dance! Beginner to advanced classes

Lines Dance Studio

April 1, 2013

About us

Welcome to Lines Dance Studio, official home of Los Peques de la Salsa – The Little Salsa Dancers.  Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to learn how to dance, regardless of age or dance experience. If you have the desire to learn, we can teach you to dance!

Lines Dance Studio is home to Brandon Ayala and Citlali Alvarez.  With their performances in Salsa events around the country and their 3rd place finish in Salsa’s world championship event (the World Latin Dance Cup in Miami in 2011) these two young Salseros are helping put Portland Salsa on the world map! Brandon Ayala added another 3rd place finish in 2012 at the World Latin Dance Cup!

Lines Dance Studio is also home to Benny Ayala who is also one of the salsa instructors.  in 2012 he got a 6th place finish in the World Latin Dance Cup.

These achievements makes Lines Dance Studio the only dance studio in all the Portland area with a top 10 finish in Salsa’s biggest competition.

Teaching Philosophy

The teaching philosophy at Lines Dance Studio is best expressed in Ana’s own words…

At Lines Dance Studio, it is our goal to teach the correct fundamentals of dance to everyone in our community. We believe if you have a correct foundation then everything else flows perfectly. We don’t teach or expect our students to duplicate our style. Instead, we teach our students that each of them has their own natural essence, which they are encouraged to discover. Most importantly, we encourage our students to enjoy themselves. After all, salsa is about having a good time.

We offer classes for beginners to advanced, from Salsa to Cumbia Sonidera and Zumba.  Why not give Lines Dance Studio a try? Check out our new student discount tab and join us. We’ll be happy to see you!

If you have any questions please call Anita at 503-547-4872.

Warm, friendly, patient and ready to get you dancing! Learn more about your dance instructors.

Anita Villaraldo 

Creative Director/Salsa Instructor/Choreographer/Performer

Ana, who grew up in Puebla, Mexico, started dancing at the age of 12. She studied ballet folkorico for six years, performing in various theaters across the country. During that time, Ana not only learned to dance, she also learned that it takes hard work and discipline to improve one’s art on the dance floor – a lesson she continues to pass along to her own students. At age 13, she learned the Cumbia, and in just a short time was widely regarded as one of the best Cumbia dancers in the state of Puebla.

In 1990, Ana and her parents moved to Wenatchee, Washington. There, she persuaded her local church to form a ballet folklorico dance group. In 1991, she moved to Oregon and began volunteering her time to help teenagers in her community, a passion she still shares to this day.

At the start of 1993, Ana taught choreography her first Quinceñera (the Hispanic version of a young girl’s coming out party). Today, Ana is known throughout her hometown of Hillsboro as a professional party planner, and is the only Quinceñera planner to offer chambelanes for hire.


anitaandmereMere Gonzalez

Assistant Studio Director/Salsa Instructor/Choreographer/Performer

With over 20 years of dance experience Mere’s focus has always been to teach the correct fundamentals of dancing with proper technique, timing and style.

A true student of dancing, even with all his dance experience he continues to study and improve his own dancing.  He is a successful dance choreographer as well.  He is responsible for the choreographies of the successful participations at the World Latin Dance Cup as well as the Champions of the 2013 Rose City Salsa Festival Open.



bennymeBenny Ayala

Salsa Instructor/Choreographer/Performer

Benny is one of 3 salsa instructors at Lines Dance Studio. Benny performs men’s shines together with Brandon Ayala and also partners with Priya Malshe under the name Mambo RE:Born. Being inspired by the Mambo Music of the Palladium Era he started dancing in 2006 and performing in 2011. He has traveled all over the West Coast performing on stages such as The Portland Salsa Congress, The Seattle Salsa Congress, The San Diego Salsa Festival, The Utah Salsa Festival, The San Francisco Salsa Congress, The Las Vegas Salsa Congress, The Rose City Salsa Festival and The LA Salsa Congress. Benny and Brandon have traveled to Miami, Florida competing at The World Latin Dance Cup in 2012 in which they placed 6th place in the world in the Same Gender Division. In 2013 Benny and Priya won 1st place at the Rose City Salsa Open. He has danced and competed with some of the worlds best dancers. He dances representing the US and Mexico.





Virgilio Marin

Zumba Instructor

Virgilio originates from Puebla, Mexico.  His favorite pass time is dance which he currently teaches at PCC Rock creek as well as Lines Dance Studio.  His passion is to help people that want to learn diverse styles of dance.  He loves to teach many different styles including European and Latin dances such as cumbia, merengue, regueton.






Lines Dance Studio Facility

Our facility is 1600 square feet, holds 75 people and it has 2 dance floors! Our dance facility is like the people that use it. It is warm and friendly and welcoming to people of all backgrounds. Join us for a dance class!