Sal was born December 2, 1957 in McAllen, Texas and lived there until the age of five. His family then moved to California in the central San Joaquin Valley where his father worked as a farm labor contractor and his mother as a fruit packer. Sal attended Reedley schools. He has worked for SaveMart Supermarket for 20 years, and his current position is grocery manager. Sal is married to Diane and they do not have children. Diane works as a produce sales rep and she is also Sal's favorite DJ.
HOW DID THEY GET STARTED DANCING?
Diane had always enjoyed dancing to oldies, pop, rock and Tex-Mex, however she had never been a fan of country western music. Sal, on the other hand, was never really enthused with this type of dancing but he loved country western music. In the fall of 1990 the Reedley Community Center was offering country western dance lessons by instructor, George Fisher. Sal and Diane got together with several friends and signed up for the classes. Immediately, they were hooked.
Sal and Diane were obsessed to learn all they could and as fast as they could. They also benefited from the technique and lead follow instructions from Ike and Nancy Lara from San Luis Obispo and Tyoni Busch from Bakersfield.
Sal and Diane would frequently gather with friends and practice dances they all had learned over the course of many lessons, and before too long, Sal had moved on to instructing line dancing and couples social dancing. As an instructor, Sal's philosophy is, "I teach in a way that I would like to be taught, detailed and thorough... Country Western dancing is good exercise and good mind therapy... Thank Fun!"
Sal has assisted in coordinating country western dance fund raisers for local charities scholarships, and youth activities. Sal enjoys other hobbies; such as wood work, golf, and coaching youth baseball and football. There have been many up and down seasons during Sal's fifteen year coaching career, however, it is a rewseveralarding experience every time the team executes a play to perfection.
Sal and Diane never competed as couples, however Sal has been on several dance teams: Western Stars, Reedley, Tule Kickers, Tulare, and Grapevine Express, Fresno. Sal has enjoyed team competition, entering Jack & Jill contests, and just watching competitors.
Sal has choreographed six dances (couples mixers, and line) to date. He has even entered some of these dances in competition and has taken home a few awards. Donna Wasnick, Ron Holliday, and Lori Wong are the inspirational people who have been key in Sal's motivation and desire to choreograph. Dancing With You and OOO! AAH! have had tremendous exposure due to the help of many great event directors: Charlotte Skeeters, Vern & Lois Black, Pat Nowlan, Diane Montgomery, Pam McCrumb, Betty Campora, and Don and Arleen Grass. There have been many other instructors who have boosted and circulated the two line dances as well--(Evelyn Khinoo and Michael Barr taught the dances in their Bay Area Classes)
Being involved in a supportive, local country western dance community and attending many great dance festivals has enabled Sal to meet many good hearted people and establish new friendships...It's great fun!
Sal has two goals for the future: Take his youth football team to a few more championship games, and to keep people smiling. COOL!
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