Originally from El Salvador, Jose Valencia is an International Latin Ballroom dance champion, Salsa champion, actor, choreographer and instructor based in Los Angeles. Influenced by his Latin roots, Jose began his quest in the world of dance at the age of 10. One year later, Jose took his first technical class at MKM Dance Center, where his teacher Shirley Martin took notice of Jose’s talents and decided to take him under her wing. For the following 9 years Jose trained in Ballet and Modern Dance, performing at different venues such as The House of Blues, The Wilshire Ebell Theater, The John Anson Ford
Theater, The Music Center, and The Greek Theater.
At the age of 20, he decided to change direction and focus to become an International Latin Ballroom Champion and Salsa Champion. Five years later, Jose was a five-time U.S. National Champion, had appeared on television shows such as Dance Fever, 30 sec to Fame, KCET Christmas Special, So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent. At the same time Jose had been awarded 1st Place Champion as an International Latin Ballroom Competitor at Nevada Star Ball, California Open, Embassy Ball, WSF and was the Finalist at The Mayan World Salsa Championship Competition.
In 2007 Jose made his debut in the movie “First Date” as the principal dancer and choreographer, and was lead dancer and choreographer in Shakira’s music video. Since then, Jose has been traveling the world and took center stage as a soloist performing live at L.A. Salsa Congress, Sydney Salsa Congress, Dublin Salsa Congress, Galway Salsa Congress, Vancouver Salsa Congress, Sweden Salsa Congress, Gil More Concert, and a Tribute to “El Cantante”.
Jose’s commitment, discipline, dedication and passion for the arts and performances not only have contributed to his own achievements and success, but also have inflenced and inspired many others to go after their own potential and full self-expression.