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Mario Justo Gonzalez A.K.A Mario B Founder & Director Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy

Professional Dancer, Instructor, Choreographer, Actor, MC, DJ Date of Birth: April 23, 1976 Birthplace: Hoboken, NJ Ethnic Background: Puerto Rican/Cuban mariobsfon2@gmail.com Mario has had an interesting start to what is now a SALSA / MAMBO lifestyle! Mario was very athletic throughout his grammar and high school years. In 1999, a really good friend and high school teammate, Danny Useche, introduced Mario B. to the “Salsa Scene”. This, in turn, inspired Mario to sign up for his first dance class. It did not quite work out as well as he expected, as the class was slightly more advanced than he predicted. This left Mario even more determined to prove his point; size, shape, and color was irrelevant when it comes to MAMBO! Mario was down, but definitely not out.Mario then came across one of the smoothest and most humble instructors in the Mambo scene, Greg Taylor, a prodigy of Delille Thomas an original Eddie Torres dancer. After a few days with Greg Taylor, Mario was in Mambo Heaven. He took classes with Greg for approximately 6 months and was eternally grateful to Greg for his time, patience and expertise. Mario knew it was time to move forward and take on more of a challenge; he began taking more advanced classes with other established instructors. Mario was immediately sought out and asked to become “The Papa” to Abbey Plotkins’ “The Mambo Mamas & The Papa”. Mario was now the Mambo Papa! By joining The Mambo Mamas & The Papa, Mario was given the opportunity to perform for what would become an instant hit, LATIN MADNESS, an off-Broadway Dancical/Musical depicting the evolution of latin dance from past to present. The director and producer agreed that Mario would be a great addition to their all-star cast. Mario was now dancing alongside the BEST Mambo Dancers in the world! Latin Madness gave Mario the opportunity to dance, work and share the stage with the most sought out professionals in the world. With stage experience and help from an acting coach, Mario earned the respect to appear in the movies “Empire” and “Kal-ho-naho”. Mario acted for the NY International Independent Film & Video Festival at Madison Square Garden, which then opened the doors for Mario to perform in two latin concerts at MSG… the largest stage in the world! In a short amount of time, Mario has come a long way to become a Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor, and Actor. What’s most amazing is that he achieved all of these goals with NO background in dance! It’s true what they say, “Hard work does pay off!” Who would have thought that Mario would transition from a full-time athlete to becoming a future Mambo Legend? In addition, his love for music and dance was Mario’s motivation to name his youngest daughter Jazzlyn. Mario is one of the most humble, loved and well respected dancers in the Mambo scene today!

Theater, Television, and Film

  • Kal-Ho-Naho, Foreign Film, 2003 – 2004
  • Latin Madness, Hecksher Theater, New York 2001 – 2002 – 2003
  • “Empire” The Movie, 2002
  • Hofstra University Latin Festival, Long Island, 2004
  • International Independent Film & Video Festival, New York, 2004
  • Onda Latina, Univision (ch. 41), 2001
  • Mi Vida, Mi Musica, Mi Tierra, Telemundo (ch. 47), 2001
  • The Diamante Show, Cable Network, 2001

Dancegrophy

  • Host to “Salsa Fever On2” Socials, 2001 – Present
  • The Santo Rico Dance Company, 2003 – 2004
  • Latin Madness, 2001 – 2002 – 2003 – 2004
  • Mario B & Brenda, 2002 – 2003
  • Con Sazon, 2003
  • Latin Jazz Ensemble, 2002
  • Mambo Mamas, 2002
  • Caribbean Soul, 2000

International Tours

  • 3rd Annual Korean Salsa Congress, 2005
  • Brussels International Salsa Congress, 2004 – 2005,2008
  • Toronto, 2004
  • London Salsa Festival, 2004
  • Puerto Rico Salsa Congress, 2001, 2003-2004
  • Hong Kong, 2004
  • Italy, 2004
  • London New Years Eve Weekender, 2004
  • 2nd International Salsa Festival, Switzerland, 2004
  • Latin Madness International Tour, London, 2003
  • Salsa Inferno, Manchester England, 2003
  • International Salsa Festival, Manchester England, 2002 – 2003
  • Congresso Mundial De Bacardi, Puerto Rico, 2002 – 2003 – 2004
  • Salsa Congress, Dominican Republic, 2002
  • United Kingdom Congress, 2002
  • Congresso de Montreal, Canada, 2001