Rodney Aquino

rodney aquinoRodney “Rodchata” Aquino is a Latin Dance instructor, writer and lecturer in the United States. Solely responsible for popularizing bachata dance in San Francisco Bay Area, RODCHATA, as bachateros intimately calls him, has been in the Latin Dance scene for over 15 years and is considered one of the foremost authority in salsa and bachata dance. A certified instructor, his dance background includes Latin International Ballroom, salsa (on1, on2 mambo, and Cuban son, Casino), chachacha, merengue and bachata. His 1st encounter of the bachata dance was in the East Coast in the 90’s. He embarked himself into dancing, teaching bachata and concentrated in studying the culture ever since.

He is the founder of numerous popular dance websites;,,,, and CEO of Rodchata, LLC.

Since creating Salsagang, he had the opportunity to teach the Latin Dance at big events all over the world such as San Francisco International Salsa Congress, Reno Dance Sensation, Sonoma County Salsa Festival, Salsa Extravaganza (Palm Springs), Summer Splash (Palm Springs), North West Salsa Congress (Seattle), Chico Dance Sensation, Sacramento Salsa Festival, Hawaii Dance Sensation, Sydney Bachata Festival (Australia), Sweden Bachata Festival (Gothenburg) and Dallas International Salsa Congress. He also teaches regular bachata and salsa classes all over the Bay Area and is constantly sought for teaching Latin Dance workshops all over the world.

He has written numerous dance articles such as Bachata Innovation, Bachata Is Not Grinding, Pseudo Instructors and others. You can search his articles with the exact titles or search under “Rodchata Articles.”

Aside from being a gifted teacher, Rodchata has MA in Counseling Psychology and pursuing PhD in Cognition, Brain and Behavior. He is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and holds 4th Degree Black Belt in the Martial Arts. His experience in the Martial Arts for 20 years and his background in fitness training plays a vital role on his effectiveness as a dance teacher.

You can obtain more information regarding his dance classes, workshops and events at, or email him –