We’re Bailalo, an International space focused on bringing the joy of dance to you.
Bailalo was born in 2012 as a joint effort between members from different cultures and we’re proud to say that we have students and dancers from all over the world and from literally every continent (except Antarctica) who share one common trait: the love of dancing and joy of salsa.
Bailalo was founded by Polish-Canadian Magdalena “Maggie” Zieba who, together with her partner Yi-Wen Sun, have created a team with local as well as international dancers.
Magdalena “Maggie” Zieba
Founder and Director of Bailalo, Maggie was born in Poland and raised in Canada. She moved to Taipei in 2004, where she studied and performed with Korean teacher Sol Hwang. Maggie has continuously traveled to Cuba, New York, and Hong Kong to learn salsa as well as other dances. She has performed in various international events including China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia.
Maggie is an active member in the Taipei salsa scene and her passion is teaching dance and her goal is to create dancers and bring the love of dance to ordinary people. Her teaching philosophy is that anybody from any age or background can learn and enjoy salsa.
Yi-Wen is Maggie’s partner and the main instructor at Bailalo. He was born in Taiwan but had spent a considerable amount of time living in Belize and the United States. Since 2008 Yi-Wen studied salsa intensively under instructors Manny Gutierrez and Cory Thomas of Tropical Vibes Dance in Phoenix, Arizona. Soon after he came back to Taiwan he continued his study of salsa under Sol Hwang before he finally joined Bailalo.
Yi-Wen’s philosophy is that we don’t teach fancy moves and tricks, we train dancers.
One of the assistants at Bailalo, Ruth was born and raised in Honduras. She studied L.A. and Cuban style with Salsa Honduras before she moved to Taiwan in 2012 and has since learned New York style salsa with Maggie. She is currently a member of Bailalo’s Performance Team. Her flavor and “sabor” in the dance is a great inspiration and guidance in our studio.
Yuan was born and raised in Costa Rica and under the instruction of Maggie and Yi Wen, learned New York Style Salsa in Taiwan. He has performed in local events and abroad with Bailalo’s Performance Team.
Yuan has a passion for music and his favorite aspect is joining musicality with the dance.
Our students create a warm, friendly environment at Bailalo, where we focus on the social aspects of dance: to be around people and care for each other, as if this is their second home.
We always encourage our students to work hard and dance hard. That way we can all live our lives to the fullest! To learn more about us, follow us on our Bailalo Facebook page.