Rodolfo learned to dance as a boy growing up in Chile at the regular Sunday family get-togethers at the house of his maternal grandfather, a native of Peru with an extensive knowledge of Latin music and dance. Rhythms such as bolero, son, danzon and cumbia were the staple of Rodolfo’s childhood. In his teens Rodolfo devoted himself to hapkido, a Korean martial art, but at the end of the ‘90s, as the salsa craze was sweeping South America, he realized he could turn his childhood passion into a profession and found his true vocation as a dancer, performer and choreographer.
In Chile at that time, salsa was danced to with steps and moves adopted from rock ‘n roll and other dance forms. Together with a few friends, Rodolfo started traveling back and forth to neighboring Argentina, where the salsa scene was already more advanced. In the wake of Eli Irizarri’s groundbreaking 1997 Puerto Rican salsa congress, congresses were being organized in Argentina featuring salsa greats such as the Vasquez brothers, Stacey Lopez, Jason Molina and Papa Tambor, as well as the Argentinean dance company 2×4 Mambo. Back in his own country Rodolfo started his own dance school, introducing mambo or ‘on2’ and cross-body style salsa to Chile. In 2003 he was involved as a volunteer in Chile’s 1st International Salsa Congress. In 2005 he teamed up with the Argentinean teenage prodigy and current salsa world champion Karen Forcano. They performed throughout South America together and even appeared on television several times.
In 2008 Rodolfo was invited to come to Poland to help cope with the ever-growing demand for salsa instructors there. Excited about the opportunity to expand his frontiers, Rodolfo was soon giving classes at various schools in Poland. He enjoyed the environment and was happy to be able to work on his English skills, which he needed to improve quickly in order to give classes. He found a dance partner in Evelina Kucko, with whom he started teaching and performing throughout Poland and at salsa congresses all over Europe. It was a very instructive and inspiring period for Rodolfo, as it gave him a chance to associate with and learn from some of the best dancers around. In 2009 he won the first prize as a solo dancer at the Mambo Weekend in Wuppertal.
That same year Rodolfo came to Amsterdam, where he felt very much at home. He soon decided to stay and started teaching classes for Extremos, and after that for other schools in Amsterdam, SwingLatino and LA Salsa, as well as for Salsamotion in Haarlem and SalsaAntigua in Amersfoort. At the beginning of 2014 Rodolfo finally opened his own school in Amsterdam, SalsaAmsterdam, together with his current partner Janneke Bexkens, where he teaches classes in salsa, mambo, cha-cha, pachanga and Afro-Cuban, among others, all in his unique style, forged through a lifetime of dancing and learning