After 4 years, we found each other again in Birmingham, AL in 2017. We re-met at a Ballroom Studio where Irene was taking Tango Privates and Victor was starting his first day as a Ballroom teacher in Birmingham. We became dance partners, and then life partners.
Enamored by the art of Latin Dance, specifically Zouk, we planned our first guest Professional Teachers class in the Birmingham Area. To bring awareness to the event, we branched off and began teaching Adult dance classes under our own name. We started a dance company in 2018, IV Motion (Irene & Victor Motion). It grew to the point our students pushed us for a Latin Dance Team. And now we teach out of multiple locations locally. Our main focus is Salsa and Bachata, but we teach ballroom, jazz, contemporary and more. Our goal is to share the life changing and inner healing aspect of dance.
Our First Duet- ASBF 2020
It all started at Spain Park High School where Victor decided to jump into partnership dance classes. Being a huge athlete, all he knew was sports. Unfortunately, due to a terrible neck injury, those dreams of becoming a professional athlete didn’t pan out. While attending The University of Alabama, Victor replaced his athletic drive by beginning to dance regularly.
He attended Hip Hop and Contemporary classes, and was a member of the UA’s Ballroom Club. After graduating from UA with a degree in Hospitality and Event planning, he moved to Naples, Florida.
He worked with an event company and then eventually became independent. He trained at the local Fred Astaire, and after a few years of training, he became the male instructor at The Hip Room in Tampa, Florida. There he trained with Kristen Breaux, Johnny, and Lisa. He has now returned to his hometown, Birmingham, Alabama. Here he taught and trained at Champions Latin and Ballroom.
He has participated in various Ballroom, Salsa, Bachata, and Zouk conventions. Victor has trained with Javier & KiKi, Terri Atkinson, Wendy & Rodrigo, Kadu & Larrissa, and Fernando Sosa to name a few.
Irene began her dance journey singing into a fan and trying to dance like Selena & Shakira. So her mom enrolled her at Susu’s Academy of Ballet and Jazz at the age of 3. Being one of the only Hispanic families in Tuscaloosa, you can imagine the racism and bullying... So her mom also enrolled her in Tae Kwon Do. Through dance, karate, soccer and school she learned English. Over the years, she participated and placed in several competitions such as Dance Masters of America, Monsters of Hip Hop and The Pulse to name a few. During high school, she helped found her high school dance team, Titan Pride, and was the captain until graduating. Irene had the honor to travel to Paris and London to dance in their New Year Parades through the Universal Dance Association as a UDA All Star.
Irene continued her dance education at the University of Alabama, where she majored in Dance. There she focused her studies on Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary styles such as Cunningham, Limón, Graham, and Alvin Alley. Throughout college, she was also a member of UA’s Hip Hop crew, RipTide.
Irene is now in Birmingham, AL teaching! She has been featured as a guest teacher at Birmingham Southern Arts, Ignite Dance Studio, Corazon de Alabama Dance Studio and more.
She has taken class from numerous professionals in the industry such as Chris Judd, Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Tyce Diorio, Mandy Moore, Barry Youngblood, Brian Friedman, Bobby Newberry, Wade Robson, Nick Lazzarinni, Twitch, Wendy & Rodrigo Jimenez, Javier & KiKi, and Fernando Sosa!