MARI MARTINEZ / Florida

Marielena Martinez, known as Mari, is the president and founder of The Hotspot Dance and Production Company, as well as Hotspot Entertainment. Mari was born and raised in Miami, and discovered her passion for dance at a young age.

She was accepted into the Florida International University’s dance program, where she acquired an AA and BA in education. After training in ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary for 6 years, she received training in ballroom and salsa where she found her greatest passion. Finding salsa led her to become the woman she is today.

She has also choreographed for major dance teams such as the Miami Heat Dance Team, Marlins Energy Team, and UM Sensations Dances. She currently teaches salsa workshops throughout the world with her dance partner Carlos Ramirez, which whom she has developed a unique dance syllabus and structure which they follow. She plays a pivotal role in the Miami nightlife community as a promoter and businesswoman. She is also the artistic director of both the Miami Salsa congress and the Bachateando Dance Festival.

Today, she continues to inspire others with her drive for success. She has used her passion for dance as a tool to help others enjoy their hobby, as well as to help dancers achieve new levels in dance. Overall, she believes she is meant to motivate and guide dancers, as well as other teachers and directors.