About Us

Welcome to Step Up Dance Studio – where rhythm meets passion!

We're not just a dance school; we're a vibrant community dedicated to spreading the joy of Salsa and Bachata.

Our journey began with a simple dream: to bring people together through the exhilarating world of Salsa and Bachata dancing. At Step Up Dance Studio, we believe that dance is for everyone, regardless of age or background. Our doors are open to all who wish to step into the exciting world of Latin dance. Our commitment extends beyond teaching dance steps; we aspire to cultivate a sense of community where students feel inspired, supported, and connected. We believe in the transformative power of dance to not only enhance physical well-being but also to foster personal growth, confidence, and a deeper appreciation for Latin American culture.

Our instructors are not just teachers; they are passionate dancers with many years of experience, both on the dance floor and in guiding others to discover their personal rhythm. They're friendly, supportive, and believe in making Salsa and Bachata accessible and enjoyable for all.

Whether you're a beginner with two left feet or an experienced dancer looking to refine your skills, we've got you covered. Our classes range from beginner basics to advanced techniques, ensuring there's something for everyone. And it's not just about the steps – it's about the experience, the culture, and the vibrant community you'll be a part of.

At Step Up Dance Studio, we host regular social events, dance nights, and performances, giving you plenty of opportunities to practice your moves and meet fellow Salsa and Bachata enthusiasts. We believe in creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere where lifelong friendships are formed on the dance floor.

So, if you're ready to add some spice to your life, come and join us at Step Up Dance Studio. Let's dance, laugh, and create unforgettable memories together!

-- Jesse Yip, studio owner and dance director --

Our Instructors

Jesse Yip

owner/dance instructor

Jesse is constantly expanding his various teaching skills, emphasizing mainly on leading techniques and originality in salsa and bachata. His dance journey began in 2001 under the instruction of Caribbean Soul's Ismael Otero and Yesenia Peralta. He creates his own turn patterns, and mixes them in ways unthought-of. Since then he has made a mark in the dance scene creating Signatura Dance Company in 2006, and opening up Step Up Dance Studio in 2015.

Aleksandra Kawecka

dance instructor

Aleksandra is a seasoned salsa and bachata instructor and performer. She started ballroom dancing at the age of 9 in Poland, performing and competing in all dance styles. She is results oriented and dedicated to achieving the highest possible standards across all curriculum key stages alongside her partner, Jesse Yip. Above all, she believes that dance should be fun and accessible to all and her patient and encouraging teaching style ensures that every student feels empowered.

Benji Rodriguez

capoeira instructor

Benjamin was born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ. In 2005, he started training capoeira with Mestre Bayano Nacao Capoeira and now is known as Caoba Capoeira. In 2017 Mosquito earned the rank of Formado. He has taught, performed, and competed in break dance, salsa on 2 and capoeira. Benji tailors his classes to suit all skill levels, fostering an environment where everyone can thrive. He seamlessly blends athleticism, musicality and cultural richness.

Ricky aka Rick tha Rula breakdancing instructor

With over 20 years of experience in Breakin, Coach Ricky aka Rick tha Rula provides the atmosphere and training that will nurture both the potential fitness member and the dance student. He values individual growth and artistic expression and guides students in discovering their own unique style and voice within their dance form. Join his classes to explore the energy, creativity, and culture that define breakdancing, one move at a time. His classes are a thrilling and empowering experience.

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us


If you're looking for more than just dance lessons – if you're searching for an experience that will ignite your passion and leave you craving more – then Step Up Dance Studio is the place for you. My time here has been nothing short of extraordinary, and I can't wait to continue my dance journey at Step Up.


What sets Step Up apart is the diverse range of dance styles they offer. From the sultry moves of salsa to the rhythmic beats of bachata, each class is a unique journey into the heart of Latin dance culture. The instructors break down complex steps with precision and patience, ensuring that everyone can follow along.


The sense of community fostered by Step Up Dance Studio is truly special. Here everyone encourages each other to push their boundaries and unleash their inner dancer. Whether you come alone or with a partner, the atmosphere is always welcoming, and you leave each class feeling not just like a student but a part of a close-knit family.

© 2024 Step Up Dance Studio - All Rights Reserved,

© 2024 Step Up Dance Studio - All Rights Reserved,


(908) 888-9935

491 Manalapan Rd, Spotswood, NJ 08884