Carlos Leon
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Photography by Celeste Casas
Born in: Mexico City
College Degrees: B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering, ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Edo. de México)
Spoken languages: Spanish, French, English
Competitive Sports:  Competitive Tae Kwon Do  (1984-2000). Tae Kown Do National Champion for several years in a row.
Dance Training: Salsa, Cha cha cha, Mambo, and other Latin Dances
Teacher Certifications: French, English as a second language
Titles: 3rd place at the 2008 World Salsa Open in the Team Division, Puerto Rico
4-time Texas Salsa Open Champion (2005-2006)
2nd Place at the 2005 International Bay Area  Competition
6th Place at the 2005 World Salsa Championships. 
 
Carlos was born in Mexico City where he spent most of his life until he graduated with honors from the ITESM, one of the top universities in the nation. His first dance performance to Rock n’ Roll and Waltz music came at age 13 when his sister recruited him to be one her male dancers for her 15th birthday party.  "I never thought I was ever going to be able to dance.
I considered myself having 2 left feet! As it turned out, this 1st performance was going to have a larger impact in my life than what I would have ever expected!
I considered myself having 2 left feet! As it turned out, this 1st performance was going to have a larger impact in my life than what I would have ever expected!". After that, he got invited as a "chambelan" of many other friends turning 15. Though he says he considered himself  he doesn’t recall being a good dancer, it is obvious now that it was in his genes!
 
At this time Carlos was also a highly skilled Tae Kown Do competitor. He ranked number 1 in the nation several years in a row and he even considered dropping out of college to pursue his dream of competing at the Olympics. However, at age 17, Carlos moved to Paris, France for a year as part of a student exchange between Mexico and France, AFS (American Field Services). He lived with a French family while attending his last year of high school. His French family has remained to this day part of his closest and dearest friends. Coming back from France however, Carlos kept training for Tae Kown Do and later he won first place at the Mexican Nationals, one of the biggest victories in his entire Tao Kown Do career.
 
After graduating with top honors, Carlos was offered a position as a Software Engineer with National Instruments in Austin, TX. Once he moved to Austin in 2000, he quickly found himself taking dance lessons and inspired by Azucena, he decided to learn Salsa so he could dance with her. Months later, he was competing at the Texas Salsa Open 2005 with her where he won first place. In December of the same year, he won 6th place at the World Salsa Championships held in Las Vegas.
 
Since then, Carlos has performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Acapulco (Mexico), San Juan (Puerto Rico), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Memphis, and throughout Texas. He has also appeared in various TV shows such as the Cristina Show, Univision’s Que Pasa, ESPN International, Fox 7 News, TV Azteca, and Escandalo Latino. Carlos has taught workshops internationally and nationally in Salsa events such as the Acapulco Salsa Congress, International Festival of Dance in San Miguel de Allende, and the Houston Salsa Congress to name a few.
 
Currently, Carlos continues to work as a Software Engineer at National Instruments and in his free time, he dances, performs and teaches Salsa with his partner Azucena. He co-directs his own dance company, Jazzy Dance Company and if that was not enough, Carlos maintains the entire Jazzy Dance Company's website which he designed from the ground up.
 
 
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