Eddie Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico, moving to the Orlando, Florida to pursue his dreams in ballroom dance. With over 15 years of professional experience, Eddie has brought a unique passion and excitement to the dance floor. Jailene “JJ” Espinosa is a Florida native, born and raised in Kissimmee, Florida and has been studying the art of ballroom dance as well as many other styles for more than 15 years being raised in a hometown-family studio. Eddie and Jailene own and operate their own respected studios and work together on and off the competition dance floor.
Dancing has always been in their blood since day one, Eddie having a huge role in Jailene’s career in ballroom dance. Eddie was, in fact, Jailene’s first ever dance instructor at the age of 8 years old. Jailene has made the journey from being his student, to his team member, to his professional partner and now they are climbing the ranks in the American Rhythm Rising Star Division.
Eddie and Jailene embarked on their professional journey together in the Fall of 2020 and have been finalist in the Rising Star division and making a name for themselves in the Open division of American Rhythm. They travel all around the country, teaching, performing, entertaining, and competing among some of the world’s best.
Eddie and Jailene have dedicated their career to not only competing professionally, but to training and competing with students and raising champions. They believe in the power of the youth of today, knowing they are our future in dancing and encouraging them all to dance!
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