The Organizer

Carmen R. Guynn

St. Louis’ finest stylist, Carmen R. Guynn has performed and instructed salsa, bachata, Cha Cha Cha for past twenty one years. The native of St. Louis is known for her unique, distinctive Styling, Carmen is considered one of the most solid and articulated instructors St. Louis has to offer. Her dance background includes tap, jazz, modern and Hip Hop. She won Miss Salsa St. Louis in 2002, and has performed in several cultural awareness festivals, fundraisers in the St. Louis, Chicago, New York, New Jersey area. She has performed and taught in several Salsa Congresses including Northwest Salsa Congress, Chicago International Salsa Congress, Memphis Salsa Festival, Cincinnati Salsa Festival, and New York Salsa Congress, New Jersey Salsa Congress and St. Louis International Salsa / Bachata Congress and many others. 

Carmen is trained under renowned Salsa and Bachata instructors: Josie Neglia of L.A., Edie “The Salsa Freak” of L.A., Ivan Rivera of Razz M’ Tazz from New York, Troy Anthony and Jorjet Alcocer of Houston, Texas, ESPN World Salsa Champions Abel Pena and Zulmara Torres. Carmen specializes in training technique for footwork, partnering, and Ladies Styling, leading and following.

 

She is the Artistic Director and owner of Almas Del Ritmo Dance Company LLC.  Choreographer of Las Damas Con Ritmo, Salsa Sabor,  Conexion Divina.  She started the first St. Louis Touch Franchise for both Co-Ed and Ladies styling teams from the world renewed Island Touch Dance Academy. Carmen coached these teams to perform at Thanksgiving Day Parade, Fair St. Louis, Festival on Nations, Dancing in the Streets, local Corporate companies in the St. Louis area, and many salsa / Bachata Congresses in the country.   Her team Conexion Divina earned the spot on the second episode of the OWN's Television Show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” first season.

Twenty years ago Carmen had the desire to bring the first Salsa Congress to St. Louis. With hard work, dedication and love for the Afro-Latin culture music, and dance, this came to fruition October 4-5, 2010. As Executive Producer of the first Latin dance production in St. Louis.  The St. Louis International Salsa/ Bachata Congress is now Celebrating 10 years October 24- 26, 2019.  In the fourth year the production landed itself on the Hit TV show MTV MADE's in 2013

 

In June of 2013, Carmen choreographed the salsa scenes in the epic play SO YO! (I AM ME!) an Afro- Latina suite, which confronted the silent known of mixed identity in the Mid- West.  The play was well received and was remounted by the Hazelwood school district January 2014.

 

Carmen became a certified ZIN ZUMBA® fitness instructor in March of 2010, and enjoys implementing her dance skills and technique into the fitness training program ZUMBA offers.  She is also certified in Zumba Toning, and Zumba Kids.

After 14 years in the field of engineering, Carmen walked away and began the work of full time advocacy against human trafficking.    Now heading CATE - Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation, She works with community members, service providers, and the Missouri Attorney General to build resources, best practices and implement law to fight this crime. Her goal is to always be a voice to the voiceless.

 

Carmen is a Christian and not afraid to share the good news of Christ to anyone who will listen.  Family means more to her than anything, and when she is not teaching, dancing, or producing events, she is with those she love.  Carmen is a motivational speaker, life and business coach.  She is also a  member of the Tapestry Network, a Christian Women Business organization.  Ms. Guynn holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Webster University, a Masters in Business Administration from Fontbonne University, and a certificate in Evidence Base Coaching (EBC) from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.      

                                                

                                                      TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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