Julissa Cruz has been training, teaching coaching and performing dance for over 20 years. As a child, she would spend hours dancing to videos in front of the tv until her Mother enrolled her in dance classes at the age of 9. She would go on to train in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and the Latin dance arts.
At the age of 15, she began to combine her passion for dance with a new found love of teaching at Leggz Dance Academy, first as an assistant teacher and later developing her own youth Hip Hop Program there. In addition, Julissa also served as director of the Salsa Heat Professional dance company, teaching with them for 4 years before venturing out on her own as a solo artist. Since then, she has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and beyond on her own, while collaborating with other world-renowned performers such as Andy Cruz, Gordon Neil, Ana Masacote, Benjamin Cartagena and Liz Becerra.
In 2009, Julissa Married and relocated to Richmond, VA where she founded Latin Vintage, as well as became the proud mother of three. In 2017, Julissa relocated to the DMV area where she started teaching and performing before moving Latin Vintage completely over to the area in 2019. She is passionate about the creation and development of dancers, as well as creating enthusiasts of the art and culture. Julissa continues to be inspired by the integrity of movement, and hopes to share this with others for years to come.