Nominated for the award: Arts and Culture
Company: Inspiracion Latina Dance
Position: Artisitc Director
Biography: Soraya Lozano is the founder and artistic director of Inspiracion Latina Dance Company and School. She is a versatile and highly trained dancer, instructor and choreographer who has been involved in fitness, dance and the performing arts her entire life and has extensive training in gymnastics, fitness, Arabic, Brazilian, Peruvian and Latin dances. Soraya has received a recognition from the Peruvian community in Canada as "Peruvian Pride" and Ambassador of Peruvian dances in Canada for her great artistic trajectory and hard work to promote Peruvian dances in the Latin and Canadian community. Soraya was part of the ballet of the circus of the famous Peruvian TV show "Mil Oficios" and also performed at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Closing Ceremony as well as very well known dance congresses, festivals and shows in Peru, Bermuda, USA (Puerto Rico, New York and Maryland), Europe (Paris and Barcelona) and Canada (Montreal, Niagara Falls and Toronto). She participated in the Peruvian movie "Imposible Amor" of Armando Robles Godoy and was featured in the music video of Assyrian singer Hadel Toma. Soraya choreographed and performed for the concerts of Peruvian singer Manuel Donayre, Bolivian singer Rosario Arce and Chilean singer Leo Rey. She was also the back-up dancer of Toronto singers Trish Antoine, Manny Cardenas & Band, and Latin Train Band. She was part of the international cast of "Follow Your Heart" a Middle Eastern Spectacle produced by Evolution Dance Theatre in Toronto. Soraya appeared in several commercials including Wet'n'Wild Water Park commercial in Toronto, CIBC Run for the Cure commercial, and together with Inspiracion Latina Dance Company & School were featured in a Canon Commercial aired on National TV and online. She performs at weddings, corporate and private events around Toronto and the GTA. She shared her passion for dancing with her students. Along with dancing, she is a group fitness instructor. Soraya has taught a variety of fitness classes including Aerobics, Steps, Cardio Salsa, Sexy Latin dance for women, and Dance cardio in which she adds her Latin flair. With her combination of fitness and dancing skills, Soraya aims not only to assist others on the path to fitness but to conduct classes that are fun and energetic and unleash the hidden dancer in her students.