John Jairo Roldán, from Palmira, Valle is a Planner Manager, DJ, Percussionist, and General Director of the Colombian Comparsa La Cumbiamba.
As a Planner Manager, John works during the day for one of the largest electronic companies in the Silicon Valley. As a DJ, he has offered his services for over 15 years at festivals, local clubs, and private events where his ample musical knowledge serves well the diversity of all his customers. John has been a Bongo player and percussionist in various local music bands in the bay area such as Pepe y su Orquesta Perú, Grupo Intensidad, Tambores de Colombia, y La Cumbiamba Colombiana. For him, music offers him a gateway to freedom liberating him from the day-today-routine. He loves the constant learning opportunity music offers him for personal and artistic growth.
For the last 4 years and serving as the Director of the Colombian comparsa La Cumbiamba, John along with all the comparsa members, have shared the Colombian folklore and culture during Carnaval San Francisco achieving important recognitions from the judges at Carnaval.
Sol is a choreographer and dance teacher. She was born in Colombia where she started to dance at a young age. She has been representing her country in numerous dance festivals throughout the world, as well as performing in Europe, Northern Africa and Indonesia with belly dance, Latin dances, Latin American Folklore and much more.
Sol moved from Mexico City to the Bay Area in 2010 where she taught children and adults, and created the first dance curriculum at the International School of the Peninsula.
She’s the choreographer of the Colombian Community at the Carnaval San Francisco and a member of the folklore company “Tambores de Colombia.”
Recently, Sol opened her own studio “Dances of the world Academy” guiding students throughout the world of dancing with creativity and passion. The Academy offers Adult and Children’s programs, including Latin Dance, Hip-Hop, Folklore, African, and Latin Middle East.