Edgar Hpa

Latin Ballroom Instructor

Born and raised in Cuba, Edgar graduated from the Cienfuegos Cuba National School
of Arts and trained in multiple forms of dance including ballet, modern, Afro-Cuban,
hip-hop, contemporary, and Latin & Ballroom. Edgar has been dancing professionally
since 1988 & his style and technique has set him apart from other dancers. When
Edgar moved to Canada, he was part of Ballet Creole, one of the most prestigious
Afro-Caribbean dance companies in Canada. For 3 years he travelled around Ontario
enriching the lives of elementary school students by teaching dance and music. In
2006 along with showdance champion & partner Michelle Petierre, The it Factor
Academy was founded & established. The it Factor Academy's vision is to bring the
love of the arts of dance, vocal, & film to everyone in the community. Together they
run their family oriented studio.
Edgar has had the pleasure of teaching dance programs at many schools from
daycares, elementary, high schools, & colleges. He feels that dancing is an excellent
skill that can be used throughout a lifetime and takes joy and pride in opening
youngster’s eyes to this fun, physical art form. Edgar has worked & choreographed for
many dancers from Canada's So You Think You Can Dance, The Next Step, Much
Music Video Awards, Hip Hop Artists Classified, Son Real, PAN American Games , and
the new hit TV series Backstage. Edgar is a strong believer in giving back and has
dedicated his passion of dance to various foundations such as Serving Charity, KOL
Hope Foundation, Scleroderma Society of Canada, Community Living and many more.
Other choreographic credits include CityTv Breakfast Television, Italfest, Mississauga
Celebration Square, Rogers Cable and Mississauga Arts Council Festival!