Ritmo Baile (RB) Dance School is dedicated to teaching Latin, Ballroom, Folklore and other modern styles of dance in the Capital Region. RB is one of the only dance schools in Ottawa that offers such a variety of styles. Our mission is to use dance to promote self‐confidence, self-expression, and positive health and to educate our clients about the rich history and culture that accompanies dance. Ritmo Baile engages its students in a wide variety of dance styles, allowing the creativity in each individual to shine through. Ritmo Baile offers workshops, privates, classes, wedding choreographies, socials and event hosting.
Roudi Benyoucef :
Ritmo Baile is a unique dance school in the National Capital Region that was founded by Roudi Benyoucef. Roudi is a World International Dance competitor, choreographer, teacher, and coach.
Roudi starting dancing at the age of 4 and was trained in several international academies. He began specializing in Latin and International Ballroom dance at the age of 13 and has had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest artists from all over the world.
Roudi has an impressive list of accomplishments as a dance instructor, choreographer, director and producer of musicals and as a Latin dance coach. He is dedicated to teaching many different styles to the Ottawa community. Thanks to his passion and enthusiasm for dance, he has been able to develop various partnerships across the city and cater to many different clienteles.
Caitlyn Clement :
Caitlyn started dancing as a teenager, focusing mostly on classical ballet. She has completed several vocational graded exams with both the Royal Academy of Dance and le Réseau d’enseignement de la danse. In 2019, she attended her first Latin dance social by random luck while overseas. She started taking classes with Ritmo Baile in the fall of 2019 after moving to Ottawa and attending local socials. She is concentrating mainly on Bachata and Salsa, and includes Cha Cha and Zouk in the mix.
She has performed and competed as an amateur in couple and team Bachata showcases, as well as Bachata, Salsa, Cha Cha and Zouk heats, winning multiple podium placements in competitions across Canada. Her current choreographies include a contemporary Bachata routine, a same-gender Bachata routine and a Pro-Am Cabaret Bachata routine.
Caitlyn is trained as a dance instructor and now teaches the Beginner and Intro to Intermediate classes at Ritmo Baile alongside her teaching partner Tomasz. She is also the Director of the school, leading everyday administration and long-term management and development.
Tomasz Szczeszynski :
VP of Operations/Dance Instructor
Tomasz started dancing many years ago when he dabbled in Cuban Salsa, Merengue, and Ballroom dancing. After a hiatus, he resumed his dance journey at Ritmo Baile in December 2018. He attended his first Bachata Madness (Ritmo Baile’s weekly
workshop and social) and fell in love with the dance. So much so that he started taking classes right away, focussing mainly on Bachata and Salsa.
He has since performed and competed as an amateur in couple and team Bachata
showcases, as well as Bachata and Salsa heats, winning multiple podium placements in competitions across Canada.
Tomasz is trained as a dance instructor and now teaches the beginner
and intro to intermediate classes at Ritmo Baile alongside his teaching partner Caitlyn.
He is also the school’s Vice-President of Operations, leading everyday and long-term
management and development.