When I was 18, I met Gustavo. I was a freshman in college going through a hard transition from high school and had picked up ballroom dancing my senior year of high school. Back then, he barely spoke English and I would fumble through my private lessons, sweating because native Spanish speakers intimidated me. He soon left to pursue other things, but he always was one of my favorite instructors and I thought of him with nostalgia. Little did I know that seven years later, he’d have his own dance studio and I’d be photographing his Baila 2018 event.
See last year’s event!