Magui Hinojosa – Dance Instructor

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

 I’m from Quito, Ecuador.

WHEN DID YOU START DANCING AND WHY?

I started to dance professionally 20 years ago by the influence of my mother. She introduced me to ballroom dancing after she was taking dance lessons to have fun for herself. Actually, I have danced since I have a memory, because it is part of my Latin culture. When I was a child in my family gatherings, I was the one that made everyone stand up and start dancing. So yes, I have been dancing since forever.

Why? Because it allows me to express myself in a way that no other activity has let me do it.

FAVORITE DANCES:

Well, this is a very difficult question because I really love to DANCE! Could be any music that I can move my body according to the beat, I will do it. If you ask me which is the dance that I like most from the ballroom dance, I would say the Paso Doble, because you use all your inner character on it, you really need to feel the music and have the attitude to interpret the story that you are telling with the music.

I also love Ruma Bolero from the International Latin Dances…uuffff… Is so touchy, so romantic, it allows you to be your real self interpreting what the singer, the melody and the instruments of the song are telling you, through your body and with your dance partner.

If you ask me which is my favorite dance from the social dance, it would be the Kizomba. I love it!. It is a very challenging dance because every time that you dance with a person is improvisation. It is real training for me to be a good follower and be present in the moment to be able to react to what your dance partner is leading you. Be present, be aware and live the moment.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Dance! For real, I am one of a few people in the world that can say I work in what I love to do. So yes, I don’t feel that I work, I feel that I come to have fun and share my passion with the world.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT BALLROOM DANCING?

I think that the bigger misconception about ballroom dancing is that it is difficult. I think that the Trophy system that we manage in our studios and the way in which it was created by Fred Astaire himself, makes the ballroom dance be doable and fun for everyone.