Baila Room



What motivates dancers to create, to move, to channel all that passion into an eight count? Join me, Ilias Benz, Salsa Black Belt and owner of Baila Productions as I dive deep into the performing arts world. Find out what makes dancers and creators tick, why some of us choose to go pro or teach and live life on our own terms. For lessons off the dance floor, step into the Baila Room.


  • #36 Move Your Virtual 2.0 Butt Featuring Audrey Gaussiran

    07/06/2021 Duration: 01h06min

    My next guest is a multitalented dancer choreographer. But most of all she’s what I call a true artist.  I’m a huge fan of her work.  We talked about the creative usage of Virtual reality and  new technologies applied to the dance world, my one night in jail situation, how she deals with criticism and much more.  As you will hear I had loads of fun chatting with her. Without further due I bring you my friend Audrey Gaussiran. 

  • #35 Stop Caring What Others Think! Featuring Patrick Moriarty

    27/05/2021 Duration: 01h10s

    Today  I had the chance to talk to a fellow dance school owner from Vancouver.He’s 3X Professional Canadian Salsa Champion, US Open Salsa Champion and he got the 2nd Place World Salsa Summit but most of all he’s extremely humble, great motivator for the development of a competitor mindset but also fosters a don’t leave anyone behind attitude. Without further due I bring you Patrick Moriarty 

  • #34 Être sur son X avec Marie-Josée Rioux

    29/04/2021 Duration: 57min

    Être sur son X c’est bien ce qui caractérise ma prochaine invitée.Elle a un parcours fascinant et non conventionnel. Son Parcours à débuter par l’industrie de la mode ensuite elle tomba dans l’aérobie pour enfin terminer sa course avec le Yoga.Elle est la fondatrice du studio de Yoga et Pilates: Centre Yoga Santé Laval et de la plateforme en ligne Virtuel Yoga Santé.Une entrepreneure que j’admire beaucoup, sans plus attendre je vous présente Marie-Josée Rioux.

  • # 33 Happiness is a Choice Featuring Sergio Guerra

    08/04/2021 Duration: 45min

    Today I had the chance to speak to an amazing individual.  Someone who will, by his strength of character, inspire you to become a more grateful and positive person.Even thought we touched a very difficult subject in this podcast I think ultimately this conversation will inspire and uplift you. 

  • #32 How Do I Become Dance Again? Featuring Nataša Pavićević

    23/03/2021 Duration: 01h09min

    Today I had the chance to speak to Nataša Pevićević an amazing choreographer and teacher from Croatia.She completed a university degree to become an english teacher and then stopped everything to follow her life long dream to become a dancer.It was a very uplifting and inspiring conversation that i'm happy to share with you guys;)

  • #31 What if Today Was Your Last Day ? Featuring Rania Greiche

    08/03/2021 Duration: 01h13min

    Rania Greiche is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and a very well established promoteur in the Montreal Salsa scene. On top of that she runs an event planning company that specializes  in weddings.  She’s a multi-talented business woman with a very positive mindset.

  • #30 She Polishes My Dance and I Dirty Hers Featuring Tito Ortos

    27/02/2021 Duration: 48min

    Ortos J. Gutiérrez Ortiz, better known as Tito Ortos, was born in Santurce on December 26, 1974. After finishing a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Science from the University of Puerto Rico and studying music, vocals, bass and clarinet, Tito started his career as a Salsa Dancer by his parent's initiative, both musicians. Also he develops as a dancer of other genres such as: Jazz, Merengue, "Bomba y Plena", Rumba, Modern Dance and Tap among others. Since then, he has visited more than 100 cities worldwide giving performances and classes, with his wife and dance partner Tamara Livolsi. They both participate yearly in congresses around the world and work as judges for the Salsa Open and for the World Salsa Championships. Produce the Puerto Rico Hustle and Salsa Festival and they are part of the organization of the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress.

  • #29 The Master of "Rond de Jambes" Featuring Rodrigo Cortazar

    19/01/2021 Duration: 01h13min

    Today I had the chance to speak with one of the best salsa dancers in the world. Born in Veracruz, Mexico, he is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, has a talent for singing, has contagious energy and a broad knowledge of the history of Mambo / Salsa.  Let me just say that if I could choose only one person to represent what Salsa means to me I would pick him every single time… without further due I bring you Rodrigo Cortazar.

  • #28 Le Déclic d'une Pirate avec Cadleen Désir

    17/12/2020 Duration: 01h27min

    Cadleen Désir est PDG et fondatrice de Déclic, un réseau de professionnels au service des enfants à besoins particuliers du Grand Montréal, et présidente du Groupement des chefs d’entreprises du Québec.Impliquée dans la gouvernance de plusieurs organisations, elle y insuffle sa vision d’un leadership humain et inclusif, nourri par l’intelligence collective, la diversité et la participation des femmes.Elle siège notamment au conseil d’administration de Femmessor, au comité-conseil en développement économique du gouvernement du Québec et auprès de diverses organisations en éducation.Médaillée de l’Assemblée nationale en 2011, Cadleen Désir soutient l’entreprenariat des femmes et des jeunes au Bénin. Le journal Les Affaires lui a récemment consacré sa première page.

  • #27 - Porteuse De Mémoires Avec Rhodnie Désir

    17/11/2020 Duration: 58min

    J’ai eu la chance de parler avec une très grande artiste. Je dis très grande sans exagérer, car, vous allez vous en rendre compte durant la conversation, que ça démarche artistique est très claire et surtout puissante. Elle est la lauréate du Grand Prix de la Danse de la Ville de Montréal. Et ici Je cite le jury qui l’a selectionner « Cette artiste aux multiples facettes, communicatrice avisée, activiste et performeuse d’une grande puissance, creuse en elle au-delà de l’évidence avec persévérance et conviction » Sans plus tarder voici Rhodnie Désir.

  • #27 What Covid FORCED me to Learn ( Chapter 2 )

    11/11/2020 Duration: 06min

    If there's one thing positive about this Covid situation is that I got even closer to my son ;)

  • #26 - Une Architecte De La Danse Avec Ilham Rouissi

    10/11/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    Elle a étudié en architecture en France puis arrivée à Montréal elle consacre les 20 dernières années à maitriser et surtout enseigner la Salsa... De la Bachata au Fox Trot en passant par le Ballet, le Baladi et le Rock'n'Roll, On dit d'elle qu'elle savait danser avant de savoir marcher. 

  • No Space For Arts Featuring Dominique Wang

    28/10/2020 Duration: 53min

    Today I got the chance to chat with a very special business woman. She studied dance all her young life in China, came to Montreal Canada completed an MBA and created a multi-studio concept called Espace Des Arts that became a Mecca for many dance styles and dancers.   I started this conversation with no expectations  and I discovered a smart, thoughtful, extremely motivated and powerful woman. Without further due I bring you Dominique Wang

  • Till Debt Do Us Part

    20/10/2020 Duration: 24min

    My name is Ilias and I have owned a Latin dance school in Laval for 16 years now (another one in the West Island and Ile-Perrot ). We manage to operate with restrictions, at 20% of our pre-Covid sales. For the moment, I have no salary and my business is struggling to survive because of the measures put in place. I am now afraid of losing my well-established business for which I have given everything; and I am writing this to express my despair that it is slowly dying. By closing us down  you are putting the nail in the coffin at my session and I have to reimburse all of my clients, who despite their desire to dance are more afraid than ever. And they won't come back until they are reassured by the same people who scared them, so I guess not anytime soon.

  • A Deep Dive In The Tango World With Carol Horowitz

    15/10/2020 Duration: 01h39min

    An experienced dancer, tango teacher, performer and dj.  We made a deep dive in the Tango world… So much to learn about that world… especially how to  ask someone to dance only by using this Tango eye technique: The Cabaceo ;)  Please welcome Carol Horowitz.

  • From Cuba to USA to Ste-Sophie Quebec Featuring Maylena Chaviano

    28/08/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    1. Intense Dance Training in Cuba2. Striking a balance between communism and capitalism3. No one from the outside should criticize the ways of a nation4. Cuba USA rocky relationship5. Don't come to my house and tell me what to do6. Her Amazing Cuban Immersion 7. A bit of Cuban Embargo History 8. Covid in Cuba 9. Afro Something 

  • What Covid FORCED Me To Learn

    25/08/2020 Duration: 09min

    Some Covid Thoughts

  • Comment Se Rendre Au Coeur De La Danse Avec Nadyne Bienvenue

    03/08/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    1. Comment elle a réglé ses douleurs chroniques2. Comment apaiser l'autocritique et développer de la bienveillance envers soi3. La méditation en mouvement4. Les défis du "marketing" de son approche : La Danse Pleine Conscience 5. L'importance de la respiration en danse 

  • Never Leave Your Mother Behind Featuring Gil Sanchez

    16/07/2020 Duration: 01h29min

    How he got in the Salsa WorldCoaching techniques and approachHis experience in the Philippines with his husbandDealing with hard family issues

  • Practice Makes Perfect Featuring Andy Dacoulis

    28/05/2020 Duration: 01h26min

    Today I had a chance to talk to one of the best jazz-blues guitarist in Canada. He holds a Jazz Performance degree from McGill University and has accompanied many renown artists. In this podcast You’ll learn about what it takes to be a full time professional musician! 

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