Originally hailing from New York City, Johnny LaSalle began his dance experience at home with merengue and salsa. It wasn’t until he was studying at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio that he enrolled in actual dance classes. He later received a scholarship to attend Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and studied under the direction of Carlota Carrera and Roberto Lopez in Ballet and Jazz.
After graduating he moved to Chicago where he begin working at Latin Street Dancing. He was asked by Lisa “La Boriqua” to teach a hip-hop class and soon was creating unique dance courses such as Reggaeton, Latin Jazz and Merengue Mix. Later he was asked to direct the Latin Street Kids dance program.
Johnny has joined Inspiracion in 2015 and has been involved in performances and creating choreography, most recently with the theater production of Los Secretos De Santa Monica.
Over the course of his dance career Johnny has performed in various capacities as a dancer, instructor and performer. Some credits include: Dancer El Cascanueces (The Nutcracker) for Ballet Concierto De Puerto Rico, Kids Work Out Series Instructor at Millennium Park, Performer at Chicago Summer Dance, Dance Instructor at United Latino Pride Summer Dance.
Outside of Inspiración Dance Chicago he teaches two courses at DePaul University: Striking a Pose - Critical Dance and Social Transformation under Peace Justice & Conflict Studies and Critical Community Engagement under Community Service Studies. While also continuing to work on co-producing his first documentary entitled You Don’t Live Here Anymore.