Yersin Guillen Rivas was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba into a family with strong Afro-Cuban roots and was brought up with a passion for music that inspired him to embark on a lifelong journey into the world of dancing. As a member of the renowned Casa de la Cultura and Hotel Jagua shows, Yersin performed in theatres and stages across Cuba, and after arriving in the UK he quickly became a hit on the local and international salsa scene. One of the most sought-after instructors for Cuban Salsa, Yersin has taught and performed at many clubs, festivals and congresses including; The Latin Splash Festival, Cuban Salsa Congresses (Wales, Swansea, London and Bournemouth), Festival Dias Cubanos (Holland), Afro Cuban Pati Weekender, Pontins Weekender, Salsa Feel The Heat Weekender, Teeside Festival, Mambo City Congress, Scottish Salsa Congress, Eagle Tours (Barcelona,Malaga and Majorca,Spain), Salsa Caramba (Sweden), Latin Angels (Toulouse, France), Dance-Cubana Lloyd , Havananights, SalsaJulia, Salsabrighton, Bar Salsa, Brighton Cuban Festival, Salseduce and Chilli con Salsa among others.
Yersin also featured on a South American tour taking his talent to countries such as Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador and Brasil where he gave a series of workshops and master classes.Yersin has appeared on both BBC and ITV including the acclaimed British comedy-drama programme Auf Wiedersehen Pet and the popular BBC drama series “The Hour” starring Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai, where he provided coaching and choreography for the dance scenes.
In addition to his impeccable dance credentials, Yersin is also one of the most exciting and upcoming DJ’s on the scene, often performing his skills at Festivals and Salsa Congresses in the UK and across Europe. He is a member of Dj Team Cuba a selected group of some of the best Cuban DJs in the world.
Today Yersin is based in Newcastle where he founded Hola Cuba Events which offer dance classes and Events on a weekly basis.