Who Is Enio?
Forty years of achievements are hard to condense into a bio.
- Skate Coach
- Business Entrepreneur & Consultant
My first major film was as both performer, and Special Assistant Choreographer on the 1996 feature film Dance With Me. In addition to pre film choreography with Director Randa Haines and training many of the stars including Vanessa Williams, Chayenne, Jane Krakowski, Joan Plowright, Willie Bermudez, Harry Groener, and Nathan Lane. I appear as a featured dancer in many of the scenes. Recently did the choreography for a NY Film School student thesis- I Am Enough. Currently filming an Independent film- God and Salsa, Appearing as a character based on me personally.
I finished my both my Amateur Latin and Professional careers the way I started. With a win. In between the USC Intercollegiate and the US Amateur Championships and Amateur World Cup. I won many championship events including City of LA Trophy, the World Cup plus danced in two World Championships in London’s Albert Hall and the Stuttgardt Arena.
As a pro I won the California Rising Star Latin Championship out of the gate with Jane Murphy, the Texas Challenge and made the quarterfinals of the British Open Latin in my first try with Kate Gilligan. After making several Pro Finals in Championship events such as the California Star, International Grand Ball, Texas Challenge, the Virginia Open and others from Coast to Coast, Kate and I took two years off to have kids making the finals of the Emerald in between. With new partner Karen Lee I returned for 1 year culminating in winning the 1987 Florida State Championships Rising Star Latin and the United States Rising Star Professional Championship when I finally retired.
I entered the World Swing Championships and won the Cabaret Division and made the finals over the next two years in three different divisions at the US Open and Grand National Dance Championships in Atlanta.
In addition to winning the US Pro-Am Latin A with my student and the US Formation Championship as the coach, nothing speaks louder than having the largest regular classes in Los Angeles of over 100 students who keep coming back for years. I have been an invited performer/lecturer for the Dutch Congress in Slaghaaren, twice for the British Dance Congress in Blackpool, the DTV German Congress in Frankfurt, and many Swing or Salsa events throughout the US and World. I have also coached/choreographed for several Country Western, Swing, and Latin World Champions. In 1993 I was awarded the Feather Award as Most Popular Teacher. I won two more Feather Awards as Hottest Mambo Dancer beating out NY’s Eddie Torres in 1994 and tying with Ron Montez in 1995.
I also lived and performed on cruise ships including the Crystal Serenity, the Azure Seasand the Stella Solaris in the Aegean Sea. Credentialed Professional Exams from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, DVIDA, Arthur Murrays, National Dance Teachers of America and USDTA
My first national commercials were for Chevrolet Impala and Toyota and a commercial for Dim Pantyhose was made for European distribution. In 2013 I was the “hero” actor in the UnitedHealthcare/AARP national commercial “Go Long” which ran for two years. 2 years later I came back and filmed a second national United Healthcare Commercial. Additionally I choreographed and danced in the MTV music video Broken Wings by Mr. Mister.
An invitation to perform at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs turned into a 20 year career of coaching elite Ice Dance and Pair skaters. Over those twenty years I coached and choreographed for 4 US Champion couples, 8 Olympians and 1 World Pro Skating Champion. At the 1995 Nationals in San Jose, Ca. US, World & Olympic Champion and ABC commentator Dick Button named me (and Twyla Tharp choreographer Keith Young) “The Two Hottest Choreographers in Skating today…”
I organized the Riviera Championship, the first ballroom dance competition in Mexico in 1983. After running my Let’s Dance L.A. studio for 15 years, we finally outgrew it. I purchased the 3 story 15,500 sq ft building and created the award winning Granada. For almost 10 years I ran a restaurant/club with a 900 capacity featuring many Grammy Award winning artists such as Cachao, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez, Manny Oquendo, Jimmy Bosch, Ray DeLa Paz, Frankie Vazquez, Patato, Alfredo De La Fe, Jimmy Bosch, Artie Webband attendance by celebrities such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Maureen McCormick, Jimmy Smits, Kathy Lee Crosby, Warren G., Omar Vizquel, Viktor Petrenko, Marina Annisina. Currently organizing the Las Vegas Lights Dance Competition
The son of Costa Rican Immigrants Enio was born in Chicago but grew up in South Pasadena, California. Twice married he has 3 sons(Alex, Brian & Evan) , one “adopted” daughter Lauren, and several grandkids. He is married to Terryl Jones and is the brother of US Swing Dance Hall of Fame member Robert Cordoba.
Whether you want Salsa, Swing, Ballroom, or Latin, whether you want to learn for a Wedding or a special occasion, or just have more fun, I will make it easy for you.