Born in Toronto,
Canada, Josie Neglia grew up amongst many Italian friends as a middle child of
Sicilian parents. From a very young age, she studied ballet and jazz and later
entered York University as a dance major where she had four years of extensive
daily training in ballet and modern dance.
In 1989, Josie graduated with a Bachelors degree and entered the ballroom/Latin
field as a teacher for a private studio where she trained daily and began
teaching and competing as a professional in International Latin dance.
Entering a Toronto Latin club, for the first time in 1990, Josie fell in love
In 1993, she
relocated to Los Angeles and single-handedly became a pioneer of the salsa video
In 1996, JOSIE NEGLIA WAS THE FIRST IN LOS ANGELES TO PRODUCE L.A.STYLE SALSA
INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS, and marketed then worldwide through her website
Due to her presence on the internet and through her instructional video series,
Josie became one of the most sought-after instructors and performers worldwide.
Josie is known for her easy-to-learn teaching methods and spectacular
Being honored with an invitation to teach at the very first World Salsa Congress
in Puerto Rico in 1997 (an honor being the only instructor from Los Angeles
invited), and the first Salsa Festival in Japan in 1997, Josie quickly made a
name for herself and is currently asked to do workshops in various cities across
the Globe. Josie Neglia was also a feature dancer in the movie "DANCE WITH ME"
with Vanessa Williams & Chayanne.
December of 2002 was Josie's life-changing gift from God, the birth of her
beautiful daughter Mia who became the reason for Josie to continue sharing the
gift of dance in a new way.
In August 2005, Josie decided to fulfill her life-long dream of opening her own
Dance Academy that would be the center of dance for young and young-at-heart.
Latin Dance Academy has attracted people of all cultures, sizes, and
back-grounds. Josie hand-picked the incredibly talented instructors who
represent the top in their fields: from Salsa to Hip Hop.
At Latin Dance Academy you will find only top quality instructors, great dance
lessons and energy that bring the joy of dance to everyone. This is fulfilling
Josie's dream of "Teaching the World to Dance ~ One Step at a Time."