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Jerome Ramos - a passion for motion

by Rita Kristjansdottir, staff writer

 

He spends at least two hours every day doing what he loves—moving to the rhythm of music. Jerome Ramos is a 20-year-old dance instructor, choreographer, performer, and a business major at HPU. He is originally from Connecticut but was raised in the Bronx, N.Y. Living in an area such as the Bronx, where all the odds were against him because of poverty and financial instability, didn’t stop Ramos from dreaming of success, it made him aim higher and focus more on improving his talent.

 

Growing up in a tough neighborhood like the Bronx, Ramos found himself interested in something different from what other kids in the neighborhood liked–dance. Ramos’ passion for dance started at the age of 9 when his two brothers brought him to his first dance instructor, Ramone Martinez. Martinez refused to let him dance in a pageant, which made Ramos want to dance even more. He quickly picked up new movements and dance styles. He spent hours learning the steps of jazz, ballet, salsa, mambo hip-hop, just to name a few, and became the “mambo kid” to everyone on his block, the one who knew how to move his body to a variety of rhythms.

At the age of 14, Ramos started his own dance company, Mambo Sensations. He was teaching other kids on the block and was inspired by a boy who was more interested in learning new dance moves than buying new sneakers. Mambo Sensation became a popular way for kids to spend their time after school. The company created a change in the community as students spent more time dancing and doing better in school.

Ramos was a popular instructor and role model for the kids in the city. He is talented not only as a choreographer but also as a performer. Because of his talent, Ramos has had the opportunity to travel around the world. As part of the Bacardi dance team, he has traveled to and performed in both the United States and Europe. “It was a great experience to meet people all around the world, to gather them together for the unity of salsa,” Ramos said.

For Ramos, dance is not only an art but also a business. In 1997, the popularity of Mambo Sensations made Ramos start a school of dance in his old neighborhood called the Dream to Dance. It currently employs six instructors for 600 students. The founding of the school opened up new doors for Ramos, who in 2002 won the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) award. The award made it possible for Ramos to attend college and to advance his knowledge in entrepreneurship. Ramos chose to attend HPU because of its central location globally.

Ramos does not only attend school and dance. He is a practitioner of Wing Chun Kung Fu and teaches a martial arts program of self-defense called Fast Solutions. He is also president of the dance club, Grove Time Jammers, and runs a fitness program based on a dance style Oefense Mambo founded in the 16th century. Its movements exercise the body to the rhythm of drums.

Ramos sees life as a dance. His goal is to open a teaching center in New York that would teach people everything that involves the art of dance. “Dancers are not just performing artists; their bodies are also the instruments through which the art is created,” Ramos said. “Every time you walk, you dance”.

For more information e-mail Jerome Ramos at: mrmambo23@netscape.net


 

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