De’Jon Polanski is an international Afro-Latin dance instructor and U.S. Air Force Veteran born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the founder and director of Tropik Vybe Dance Company and is known as one of the most diverse and distinguished bachata/salsa dancers in the world for his ability to teach, perform, and social dance many styles.
His dance foundation began at the age of 8 years old with New Orleans Bounce and Second Line Mardi Gras traditional dance, as well as street-style bachata and salsa until the age of 16 when he took his first formal salsa lesson. He later connected with Cuban master Aurelio Gonzales & Ana Grietal in New Orleans where he trained in son/Cuban folklore and performed rueda de casino, as well as many other Cuban-rooted genres of dance.
In addition to taking private lessons, master bootcamps, and general lessons with salsa/bachata masters such as Raymond Armant, Eddie Torres, Tomas Guerrero, Jorjet Alcocer, Troy Anthony, Sergio Jasso, Korke Escalona & Judith Cordero, Carlos Cinta, and many others, De’Jon has also trained at one of the world’s most intense salsa on 2/mambo certification programs held in Mexico, Cuerpos Creativos. He has danced live onstage with legendary Dominican bachata recording artists Kiko Rodriguez, Raulin Rodriguez, Frank Reyes, and Joan Soriano, and he has also taught at one of the Dominican Republic’s most prestigious bachata immersion programs, Bachata Paradise.
In 2018, De’Jon partnered with Clo Ferreira to form one of the most dynamic power couples in the Afro-Latin dance scene. Together they continue to train under Afro-Cuban master Marisol Blanco and principal ballet dancer, master teacher, & salsa/bachata cabaret coach Jose Serrano, frequently touring the world and spreading their passion for Afro-Latin dance.