Edwin O. Roa is a professional dancer who has devoted his career to the study of partner dance. He currently resides in Charlottesville, VA, where he works as an independent dance instructor. Edwin is a native of Bogota, Colombia who moved to the US in 1995. He has trained in multiple dance disciplines including Ballet and Modern. His interest in music, cultures and the perspectives of partner dance have encouraged him to experiment and eventually develop a method of teaching social partner dance that he now calls Zabor. Edwin is deeply interested in the connectivity and the improvisational aspect of partner dance, and therefore has invested a great part of his career in the study of a variety of styles.
Edwin has danced with the Latin Ballet of Virginia, co-founded the Charlottesville Salsa Club and the Richmond Social Dance Club. He has traveled to Cuba with the University of Richmond music department to study the music and dance culture there, and to Argentina in three separate years to do an independent study of the Argentinian music and culture also. He has participated in multiple competetitions and created his own choreographies for couples and groups of all levels of experience. Edwin is currently a faculty member at JMU in addition to offering his own Zabor classes in the central Virginia area.