Ra Ruiz

Ra R.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

If you are looking to learn Salsa, Merengue, or Bachata--You have come to the right place!

As you work with me you will become more and more comfortable dancing so that you are ready for the fiesta!

I began my dance studies in Puerto Rico with traditional Bomba Y Plena. Currently, I teach latin dance with several NYC based companies.
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Ra teaches



Ra delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:


My name is Ra. I am a dancer, poet, and educator. I specialize in teaching conversational Spanish, Latin Dance, and Spoken Word Poetry. I am a native Spanish speaker. Originally from Puerto Rico, I grew up between PR and New York City. I graduated from The New School University and lived abroad several years teaching language in Bilingual Schools. I began my dance studies back home in Puerto Rico with traditional Boricua roots music like Bomba y Plena. I now work for several dance companies/organizations, perform spoken word poetry, and teach dance/poetry/spanish to children and adults. As a Teaching Artist I aim to help my students become more comfortable whether it's with learning Spanish or learning to dance Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, or Flamenco.

I believe learning new things opens up a whole new world to us. My goal is for you to learn and feel comfortable!

*If you are booking me for Spanish Lessons please note that I focus mostly on conversational Spanish*

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Sep 2007 - Present


Oct 2015 - Present
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
The New School University
Creative Writing & Spoken Word
Jun 2008 - Oct 2010
Urban Word NYC
Latin Dance- salsa, merengue, bachata
Aug 2002 - May 2009
Salsa Salsa
Puertorican Folkloric Dance
Sep 1997 - Jun 2001
Escuela de Bomba Mayaguez


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Dance- Cross Training
Jul 2018
Noche Flamenca

Photos & Videos

Some of my language students and I

Latin Dance

Spoken Word
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7 Reviews

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Luke Jan 4, 2019
Dance · In home

Ra is great!

Jessica Dec 6, 2018
Spanish · In studio

Ra is patient, friendly, and approachable. I definitely recommend her if you want to practice your Spanish speaking skills!

sheena Nov 26, 2018
Spanish · In home

ra is a great instructor—very down to earth, funny and approachable. i really appreciated her ability to understand my learning style and goals, and tailor her offerings to meet them. if you are looking to gain more confidence in speaking spanish, i suggest you take classes with ra. many teachers out there may try to help you learn to speak perfectly, but ra focuses on helping you learn to be understood, and i find this much more useful. i’ll be taking more classes with ra, for sure. thank you!

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Hector Aug 14, 2018
Dance · In home

Ra was very professional, welcoming and well knowledgeable to say the least. For a beginner such as myself with no prior experience, not once did I feel left out or that I couldn't catch up to her and it was all due to Ra being willing to not only revisit the steps but to do it all over again if necessary. Ra does not only engage and interacts with you very well, but she makes certain that you are also having fun all while learning. In conclusion, I highly recommend Ra if you are looking to get your Latin groove on!

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Damaris Jul 9, 2018
Spanish · In home

Ra is such an amazing teacher . She was very patient and kind with me making me feel at ease right away . Ra was understanding about me speaking some Spanish but being hesitant of having a Spanish conversation due to me not being fluent . She was great at taking the pressure off and actually getting you to enjoy the language and speaking it .very uplifting and I never felt discouraged if I messed up . I definitely recommend her

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Dante Jun 15, 2018
Dance · In home

I had the most amazing experience with Ra!! She was very friendly and extremely motivational, especially for a novice such as my self. I felt really comfortable while learning, and had allot of un along the way! Ra is very knowledgeable and I'm excited for my next lesson.

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Maria G Jun 15, 2018
Dance · In studio

Ra, is not only very patient with her students, but is also interested in making sure your goals are being met. Before we got together for rehearsal she asked me what I wanted to accomplish so we could structure the class around that. She has a great sense of humor so she will make you feel comfortable when taking her class!

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