Please contact individual instructors
regarding their classes. 
For any other questions or info,
call 661-303-6787
Our Instructors
Edgar Rivera

Edgar is the lead Salsa dance instructor and performance group 
Director for Studio 9.  He has been giving Salsa lessons for the past 10 years here in Bakersfield, California.  Edgar's dance style is influenced by LA Club Style Salsa and his background as a Salsa band musician and conga player. Private and Group lessons are available. Call Edgar at 661-301-2941 for more information.
Cianne McGinnis


Cianne is an independent contractor who has been teaching social dance in Bakersfield, since 1981, and at Studio 9 since 2011.  She teaches a variety of styles of dances such as Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing (East Coast, West Coast, Charleston, and Retro Jitterbug), Cha-Cha, Tango, Samba, Rumba, Salsa, Merengue, Polka, Country 2-Step, and Country Waltz. Cianne also choreographs wedding dances and father & daughter dances, and is available for both group and private lessons.
Call 661-303-6787 or visit her website at
Billy Chenoweth
Billy Chenoweth has been teaching Salsa and Casino Rueda for 15 years, and has been teaching at Studio 9 for 10 years.  (More info to come).  Private and Group lessons available.

For more information, call Billy at 661-619-7012
Josh Harless
Alex Leyva
Alex is the founder and director of Prism Dance Project. She has been teaching for over 5 years, and while she had been invited to teach Salsa and Cumbia in various cities, her passion and focus lie with Traditional and Modern Bachata. She frequently travels, abroad and domestically, to attend dance festivals and learn from the best dancers in the world. Her aim is to build strong foundations and technique that will allow students to develop their own natural style. She believes that dance should be fun, accessible to all, and that a true dancer never stops learning
Karina Villareal
Karina Villareal
Director of Apasionados Dance Co., former dancer of Paso de Oro Dance Co., former Bachata instructor at RhythmAddict Dance Studio.

Let this beautiful lady help you take your Bachata to the next level.  Learn sexy, smooth new moves and also how to really feel the music, ensuring your partner will have a blast and forget there's anyone else in the room! Group and private lessons are available. 

Call Karina for more information 661-444-7956
Juan Zamora
Juan is our sexy urban style Bachata specialist. Juan does not have regulary scheduled classes with us, but watch for fliers in the studio and notices on our website and don't miss an opportunity to take a class from this very talented Bachata Instructor and Competitor
Brandee Culpepper

Hey Bake-town! My name is Brandee Culpepper. I am a professionally trained dance-fitness instructor and am certified in Piyo LIVE!  I am from Saint Louis, MO and moved to Bakersfield just 1 year ago. I have worked with several elite studios back home, (Fitchix Studios, The Dollhouse Studios), along with a few well-known artists, such as but not limited to professional athlete, Jackie Joyner Kersee, dancer and actress, Andrea Kelly, American Idol contestant, Nikko Smith, and former STL Rams football cheerleaders. I teach hip hop, pole performance, piyo, and floor technique classes. All classes are fitness based while having tons of fun. I have already started sharing my passion within the Bakersfield area teaching at ‘Warrior 1 Yoga’ and performing at a few art festivals and colleges. I am looking forward to sharing more of my love for fitness through dance with you all here at Studio 9!