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Miguel Mendez

Miguel Mendez

“Founder of the Dance Academy of Salsa”



Michael Angelo began his journey into salsa dancing at a young age, training under his father and mentor Miguel Mendez, founder of the Dance Academy of Salsa. Since then he has studied West African, ballet and modern dance at Colombia College Chicago, trained with some of the top On 2 Salsa dancers in the world including Eddie Torres and Frankie Martinez in New York City and learned to play Latin percussion. Besides his hometown, Chicago, Michael Angelo has had the opportunity to travel and teach both stateside and internationally including Dallas, Houston, Austin, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, and Africa, to name a few. Michael Angelo has over 17 years of teaching experience.

Michael Angelo


Angel “Compi” (“cōm-pee”) was born and raised in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community.  

Angel has been in the dance realm for over 15 years and is one of the original dance Instructors from the Dance Academy of Salsa. Angel has performed at various venues including the Chicago International Salsa Congress with teams such as Hijos de Borinquen and Los Jovenes del Swing. 

“Dancing is a huge part of my life and I would love to share it with the world.”

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