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Javier, the owner of LGDA, was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he was exposed to salsa and other Latin rhythms at an early age. Javier always enjoyed music and dancing, but it was in 1999, when he moved to New Jersey from Puerto Rico that he got heavily involved in dancing salsa. He has a unique combination of the Puerto Rican flavor and the technique from New York. Javier believes that for anyone to become an expert at something, you have to be a beginner at some point. Therefore, he focuses on the fundamental concepts of the dance to allow students to build a strong foundation and be able to execute more complicated moves applying those same concepts.