Karen Rose


Karen Rose, an Iowa native, learned to dance while living in Minnesota. Upon her return to Iowa, she continued taking dance lessons with Emeritus SDM instructor, Luisito Cabrera. Karen teaches Beginner Salsa at MadHat Ballroom and Salsa Des Moines' Community Education Program classes through the fall months.  Karen teaches Salsa, Cumbia, Cha cha cha, and Zouk.

Allison Peterson



Allison Peterson has been trained in jazz, tap, gymnastics, and modern dance since the age of three. She has also trained in ballroom dance with a majority of her interest in International Latin and American Rhythm styles. In college at Iowa State University (ISU) she was hip-hop dance group choreographer(3 yrs) & a participant for 5, participated in the BYU Ballroom Dance Intensive training camp in 2008, competition Team Coordinator for the ISU ballroom dance company (1 yr) and acted as President of ISU's salsa dance club, DESCARGA. Allison has certification in Nia Dance Movement Therapy and massage therapy along with group fitness instructor experience. Now, Allison teaches for the Descarga Latin Dance Student Group (ISU) and Salsa Des Moines. 

Penne Gatton



Penne started her Salsa diet 6 years ago and has enjoyed her involvement with Salsa Des Moines (SDM) ever since.  She and her husband have taken all of SDM's many class offerings over that period of time from its many skilled instructors. 

In addition, she has taught Beginner Level Salsa classes offered throughout the DSM metro and at the Cultural studio, acted as Executive Director once previously, SDM Board chairperson, website manager, and performed with the SDM Rueda performance team. "We travel a great deal and one of my main focuses is to find a salsa venue.  We have met many fellow salseros and enjoy the differences that we observe, but value the mentality that all have, and that is the great love and passion that we all experience from this dance."  

She looks forward to developing this love of the dance and community involvement even more in Des Moines and the surrounding communities, by continuing to carry out Salsa Des Moines' stated mission.

Alric Rothmayer



Alric Rothmayer has been dancing the tango for twenty years and was a student of Florencia Taccetti for ten years. He has attended numerous classes, festivals, and workshops during this time period, taught by many well-known professional tango instructors.

Salsa Des Moines

PO Box #93003

Des Moines, IA 50393


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