Robert Hilario

Robert H.

Portland, OR

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
September 2009

Sharp, creative, versatile, and ardent worker who has spent the last 11 years dancing, performing, and promoting Casino (Cuban) Salsa throughout the west coast, Canada, and Mexico. I have past experience in teaching classes and workshops, and speaking and performing in front of large audiences (300+)

My teaching career started as a TA for about 6 years, and the past 4-1/2 years teaching on my own since moving to Portland from San Francisco.


Apr 2012 - May 2012

Performed complex choreography throughout the Pacific Northwest; hosted regular dance events in Portland, OR, and Corvallis, OR

Performer & Assistant Instructor
Oct 2007 - Mar 2011
Salsa Vale Todo

Performed complex choreography throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico; taught and illustrated proper dance technique to both beginning and advanced students, often substituting for Main Instructor.


Exercise Science
Aug 2000 - Jun 2004
San Francisco State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Three-Couple Rueda Demo at The Conga Club.

Two-Couple Demo at OMSI After Dark.

Performing at the 2010 Salsa Rueda Festival in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Patrick Hickey (
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10 Reviews

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Lorrie Oct 5, 2016
Salsa Dancing · In studio

I've taken both group rueda and partner classes from Rob, and consider him a great teacher. In addition to being prompt, organized and professional, he knows his stuff. He's especially great at breaking down and simplifying the lead and follow to smooth out our dancing. I have no idea how he remembers all the moves he knows, or even more amazing, how he can start mid-move to explain a point of nuance, or answer a question. I recommend his classes to anyone wanting to improve their dancing.

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Lisa Oct 5, 2016
Salsa Dancing · In studio

Rob is an excellent instructor! Very fun class!!

Clair Oct 2, 2016
Salsa Dancing · In studio

Rob's classes are amazing. He is a very patient instructor and is very willing to go over moves as many times as you need to make sure everyone has the moves down. He keeps each class challenging so that you are always learning something new. He is also detail oriented and will go through moves slowly to improve footwork and styling techniques. His style of teaching is very easy to follow, and gives very clear directions when it comes to ways to improve your steps. The atmosphere of the class is very relaxed and fun! I would definitely reccomend his classes!!

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Rihana M. Jul 10, 2015
Salsa Dancing · In studio

Rob is a fantastic salsa instructor. You will end up working really hard - specifically on proper form - but the environment is fun and you come away with a much better dancer because of it. As a follow I appreciate his method of leading, it is gentle and very clear. My shoulder/elbow do not hurt after dancing with his students. What I learned in his casino rueda classes have seriously upped my social dancing game. He is a top referral when anyone asks me about learning to dance!

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R Q. Jan 19, 2015

Rob is a great Salsa instructor. Very detail oriented with a kin eye on form and application of the fundamentals on basic as well as advanced moves. I have been taking his lesson for around 2 years, mostly fun times.

Kristin L. Jan 18, 2015
Salsa Dancing · In studio

Rob is an outstanding salsa instructor. He is fun. He gives feedback that you can understand. He is able to break down the parts of the movement to really help you improve your dancing. He stays focused on the fundamentals of dance which reinforces the basics to make a complicated move comprehensible.

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elizabeth F. Jan 16, 2015
Salsa Dancing · In studio

fantastic teacher!! fun to learn from, gives constructive feedback and specific advice on how to improve movement. wonderful teacher, lead and dancer... and DJ! :) if you're looking for a cuban salsa instructor in portland, he's your man.

E O. Jan 15, 2015
Salsa Dancing · In studio

Terrific salsa teacher. Very helpful, patient, and fun. I've learned a lot from Rob.

Joel S. Jan 15, 2015
Salsa Dancing · In studio

Rob is the best Casino salsa instructor in Portland. I've taken lessons with most of the salsa teachers in Portland, and while they all have their various strengths, Rob is the complete package. His expertise is in teaching, as well as in being a wonderful dancer. His teaching method is based on having the student learn consistent fundamentals of the dance style that are applicable from the most basic moves to the most advanced, and are consistent whether dancing with a partner or in a Rueda. His thorough understanding of the dance allows him to quickly diagnose any problems students are having with basic aspects of their dancing or with specific moves or techniques and then work with the student to correct/improve those elements of their dancing. Plus his classes are always a lot of fun!

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Carisa G. Jan 15, 2015
Salsa Dancing · In studio

Rob is such a fun and energetic teacher! I've learned so much in such a short time. He makes classes enjoyable and gives me the confidence to take what I learn in class and apply it on the dance floor. If you've not tried the casino style or taken classes from Rob, it's time you do! You won't regret it! Some of the best fun out there! Thanks, Rob!!!

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