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What is Salsa 29 Productions?

Salsa 29 Productions was founded in order to contribute to the betterment of our communities by motivating individual development and promoting relationship building. This mission is fulfilled using a unique method: salsa dancing. Our programs are more than just dance lessons; we use our passion to encourage self-exploration and self-development in people of all ages and abilities. Each of our presentations seeks to help participants gain a better understanding of oneself and of one’s relationship with the larger community.

Who is Julio Barrenzuela?

Julio is a one-man movement to ignite Springfield with a love of dancing. In 2009 he was a top ten nominee for the State Journal-Register’s First Citizen award and formally proclaimed Salsa Ambassador to Springfield, IL by Mayor Tim Davlin. He additionally received the President’s award from National Image Inc. for his dedication to the mission of education, employment and civil rights for Latinos in Central IL. He has been the feature of many articles and news stories dealing with his motivational programs and initiatives. Born in Lima, Peru, Julio moved to Springfield with his mother at the age of nine. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Navy and traveled extensively around the world. He later attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with a specialization in intercultural communication. As a student, he was president of the Latin American Student Association and later founded the SIUC Salsa Club. Upon graduation, Julio returned to Springfield and began his own company- Salsa 29 Productions. His idea was to use the educational, non-threatening, and entertaining value of Salsa music to create customized motivational presentations. He has worked with local communities providing programs for children, adults, older adults, and people with disabilities. This unique and innovative use of Salsa helps people of all abilities and ages to at least try dancing and overcome the limitations they place on themselves. It is his belief, that by overcoming these limitations, people expand their comfort zone and enhance both their professional and social development.

About Our Programs

Innovative

Julio has managed to find an intangible value in Salsa dancing that both Salsa performers and Salsa instructors around the world have overlooked.

Customized

No two programs are alike. Julio specializes in delivering goal- oriented presentations for each specific client.

Engaging

A master of his craft, Julio has the ability to engage people of all ages and abilities by meeting them at their level.

Educational

Julio utilizes a creative combination of original techniques to re-connect participants to the satisfaction of learning.

Inclusive

Julio believes that people participate freely when they are operating from their comfort zone. His goal during each presentation is to help participants find, embrace, and expand their own.

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  • Does your team need re-energizing?

  • Does your organization need to re-ignite its creative powers?

  • Are you looking for a new and unique team-building activity?

 

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then Salsa 29 Productions can help. Our 29 minute-“Take 29” program can help your team unleash its creative powers, improve organizational performance and become more culturally competitive in today’s global economy.

This presentation is unlike any motivational speech – it’s an exciting and interactive activity.

We illustrate how life skills such as leading, timing and teamwork, learned on the dance floor, can be transferred efficiently from a personal application to a professional role. Participants will be engaged, revived and inspired to expand their comfort zones while simultaneously enhancing the quality of their careers. In these difficult economic times, businesses at all levels must be confident, adaptable and cohesive. This presentation sets that mood!

Salsa 29 can cultivate these skills in your workforce.

 

 

Unleash an individual’s creative powers!

The “Take 29” program will ask for awareness with questions that are not often asked: “What is your initial reaction to trying something new?” “Are you even aware of your comfort zone?” Instead of stepping out (unprepared) we’re asking participants to find, embrace, and expand their comfort zones; rather than merely stepping away from them.

Improve organizational performance!

When you’re on the same page -as a team- and moving smoothly together, great things can happen. Employees obviously should know how to do their job — how well, how efficient, how adaptable and how motivated they are to excel at their work are different questions. Some in the workplace are more motivated than others. Closing this motivation achievement gap in the workplace is essential to increasing the quality output of your employees.

Become a more culturally competitive team!

Learning how to be culturally savvy can’t be forced. It does not happen overnight. The ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures is more than just appreciating culture – today it is a business necessity! Help your employees retain their individuality and appreciate that the differences can actually make the Team work better!

Salsa 29 can cultivate these skills in your workforce.
Contact us today at 217-816-2396.

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Connecting the Dots: Health, Education, & Culture

Objective

    To prepare youth for their future lives by instilling in them the value of health, education, and culture


Description

    This engaging program helps students to connect the dots between health, education, and culture in order to be well-rounded productive citizens of the world. We have observed that some students are more motivated than others to be proactive in individual development – what we call the motivation-achievement gap. Throughout this program, we utilize a creative combination of original techniques to create an environment in which students imagine themselves in the future, think about how they will achieve their goals, and begin to understand how their health, education, and cultural awareness affect their lives.


Clients

  • K-12

  • Organizations for Youth with Disabilities

  • Juvenile Centers

  • Not-for-profit Organizations


Testimonials

"Julio has always been one of the main attractions when we have this day. Julio has a unique talent for connecting with the audience. The level of enthusiasm that he generates among the audience is amazing. He uses the time not just to teach salsa dancing, but also to teach about the importance of getting an education, appreciating other cultures, and learning other languages."

- Dr. Thom Thibeault, Foreign Language Day Committee Chairman, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

"Julio incorporates dance, culture, and life skills in his work. He wants his audience to be healthy, to learn about diversity and culture, and to be prepared for what lies ahead in life. Julio has a gift of being able to relate to all generations; he has worked with elementary students as well as geriatric patients with the same fine results."

- Jane F. Chard, Principal, Springfield Public School District 186

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Photos

Photo of Children at the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale
Julio and children stretch before their lesson at the Boys and Girls Club in Carbondale, Illinois

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Videos

Julio engages high school students attending Foreign Language Day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale during "Connecting the Dots: Health, Education, and Culture."


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Take 29

Objective

    To inspire employees to take the extra steps necessary to be successful


Description

    Motivational and educational, this program encourages people to continuously seek opportunities for self- development in order to succeed both personally and professionally. We illustrate how essential life skills can be transferred between personal and professional roles. During the program, we demonstrate how our passion for salsa dancing has led to opportunities for developing critical professional skills, such as leading, timing, and teamwork. This presentation is unlike any motivational speech; participants will be engaged, revived, and prepared to take charge of their careers.


Clients

  • Universities

  • Businesses

  • Not-for-profit Organizations

  • Associations

  • Private Clubs


Testimonials

"Integration of salsa as a metaphor for life was very inspiring and fun. Many of the adults who attended the team building workshop all felt that they could take some of your suggestions back to their work sites and even their homes. It would be to anyone’s advantage to be exposed to one of your workshops… they can be life changing."

- Patricia James Davis, Budget/Finance Chairperson, National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc.

"Your program, Salsa: A Metaphor for Life in the Workplace, was one of my favorite events I have put on at Sangamo Club and the most well-received by the Young Professional members and their guests. It was a great opportunity for members to get to know one another, while providing valuable training and culture awareness."

- Emily Becker, Director of Member Services, Sangamo Club

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Photos

Photo of Employee Training at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Recreation Center
Employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Recreation Center demonstrate just how fun it can be to learn how to dance

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Videos

During employee training at the Recreation Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Julio motivates the staff to add value to themselves through professional development using "Salsa: A Metaphor for Life in the Workplace."


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Salsa With Julio: A Latin Experience

Objective

    To expose people to Latin culture through instruction in Latin dance


Description

    This fun program introduces participants to Latin culture through festive music and instruction in popular dance. Designed primarily to entertain, this program is great for people of all ages. Throughout each presentation, we teach the basic dance steps and techniques of three dances: salsa, bachata, and merengue. This program is perfect for building relationships during fundraisers, staff outings, and cultural celebrations. The shared experience results in a stronger sense of community among participants that is sure to be talked about and remembered for years to come.


Events

  • Fundraisers

  • Classrooms

  • Private Parties

  • Holiday Celebrations


Testimonials

"In a recent presentation from Julio Barrenzuela at the Department of Human Services Hispanic Heritage Celebration, we had the distinctive pleasure of watching him perform as he expressed his aim of servicing our community through dance. I highly recommend Mr. Barrenzuela’s performance as a vehicle to promote peace and cultural understanding among all people. "

- Jay Hidalgo, Supervisor, Illinois Department of Human Services

"It was one of the most attended workshops and received an overall quality rating of 5.0 on a 5.0 scale! Many participants described the workshop as 'very excellent,' 'wonderful and sensitive entertainment,' and 'fantastic and fun.'"

- Brendt Ramsey, Executive Director, Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities

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Photos

Photo of Attendees of Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s Fundraiser
Julio poses with the women of Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation during their Avatar-themed fundraiser
Photo of Rochester High School Students at Salsa Night
Students of Rochester High School watch as Julio and Amy demonstrate a dance move during the students' annual Salsa Night

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Videos

During an avatar-themed fundraiser at the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Julio and guests enjoy learning new moves in "Salsa With Julio: A Latin Experience."


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The Evolution of Salsa: A Musical Journey

Objective

    To encourage people to maintain active bodies and minds through dance


Description

    This unique program is ideal for organizations dedicated to the care of older adults and people with disabilities. Each presentation starts with an orientation that encourages staff members to participate. Then, both residents and staff travel through time on a musical journey that begins in the 1940s and ends in the present-day. We play familiar tunes that bring back memories and demonstrate popular dances that motivate participation. We believe everyone can dance, and this program is specially designed to cater to a range of abilities.


Clients

  • Organizations for Adults with Disabilities

  • Nursing Homes

  • Assisted Living Facilities

  • Retirement Communities

  • Senior Centers

  • Not-for-profit Organizations


Testimonials

"Increased physical ability, improved health, and self-confidence building are just a few of the benefits Julio's work brings to people with disabilities. I'd like to personally recommend Salsa 29 Productions for any activity that includes recreational activities for people with disabilities, seniors, and children."

- Jessica Schuyler, Assistive Technology Specialist and Special Events Coordinator, Illinois Assistive Technology Program

"He begins the performance by welcoming the audience and encouraging each resident to participate at a level with which they are comfortable. Even residents who are wheelchair-bound can still "dance" as Julio is so considerate of the persons needs."

- Cynthia Fischer, Activity Director, Springfield Supportive Living

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Photos

Photo at Carbondale Senior Center

Dancing with friends at Carbondale Senior Center

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Videos

Julio presents "The Evolution of Salsa: A Musical Journey" to nursing home residents throughout Illinois during National Nursing Home Appreciation Week.


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