ABOUT US

Dancer University is an online dance platform that is here to be your resource for lessons, dance world tips, product reviews, a full festival calendar and a hub for discovering where to dance in many major cities we've traveled to and danced in around the world. Founded by renowned dancer/instructor Nicole Gil and Director/Cinematographer Jean Luis Contreras with the vision of creating effective dance programs that can be done from anywhere in the world.  Our programs are designed to give you all the tools necessary to properly learn any dance style from Salsa and Bachata to Tango and Hip Hop. Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced dancer you will find something that will suit your needs and build your confidence on the dance floor.

NICOLE GIL

Co-Founder / Salsa & Bachata Instructor 

Nicole Gil is a lifelong dancer with a special place in her heart for Salsa and Bachata.  Nicole's family came to the United States from Colombia, and her Dad was her very first dance partner.  Latin dance and the community around it has brought her great joy and confidence that she enjoys sharing with anyone starting on their Latin dance journey. 

 

Nicole is currently the lead female instructor at Senator Jones, one of LA's best dance spots! She has taught at LA Live's Conga Room in Downtown LA, Moonsoon Cafe - Santa Monica's longest running salsa club - Blue J and Wokcano. Nicole regularly provides dance lessons for private events with Lululemon Athletica, UCLA Health, Gypset Magazine, Ivy Connect Events & Google HQ in Venice Beach.  Nicole has performed in nearly every salsa club in LA along with shows in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Seattle & San Francisco.

 

JEAN LUIS CONTRERAS

Co-Founder / Creative Director

Jean Luis Contreras is an Emmy-award winning Director/Cinematographer with two decades of experience directing, producing, and shooting commercials, documentaries, music videos, and sports. Jean Luis has worked with MTV, Univision, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), Los Angeles Rams, American Heart Association, and Uber, among others. In 2018, Jean Luis discovered his newfound passion for salsa dancing.  After taking lessons with Nicole, the idea of Dancer University was born.