Salsa Sunday | 14

Meet Victor and Burju Perez
A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I absolutely adore married salsa couple, Victor and Burju Perez and would love to feature them on Salsa Sundays. I must've been a good girl this this month because...Burju agreed to an interview with our little blog! I've been sitting on the juicy details of their courtship and marriage for a couple of days now and am so excited to finally share them with you! It is my pleasure to introduce to you, all the way from Boston, Massachusetts: Mrs. Burju Perez!

Me: How did you meet your husband?

Burju: We met at a college frat party! Actually, it was a college party thrown by a Latino Student Organization at Harvard. At the time, Victor was a Senior at UMass Amherst and I was a Junior at Boston University. He asked me to dance. I thought he was kinda cute and who doesn't like a man who can dance? At the time, being able to dance meant something simpler than it does today. We were not professionals or anything, we just knew how to get down at a college party. 

Anyway, we exchanged numbers at this party and he called me a week or so later (I think we were on Spring Break), but I was not sure about him. He came off like a player and I was not in the mood to play games (he claims I was a snob). After a brief and awkward conversation, we terminated the phone call and parted ways. He went back to his school which was about an hour and a half away and I stayed at mine.  

About a year later, I joined the Latino Student Organization at my school (I was a Senior at this point). We decided to do a dance performance for our cultural showcase in the Spring, but we were short on guys. One of the girls in the group claimed she knew some pretty good dancers who went to Vincent's, so she invited them to our practice. Well, guess who showed up?  The guy I dissed about a year earlier, my future husband! Fate is crazy!

Me: When did he ask you to marry him?

Burju: On our two year anniversary, we went to New York City and stayed in a beautiful room overlooking Times Square; he asked then. We were about to go out to dinner when he pulled me to the window and popped the question. I was stunned and absolutely thrilled! We spent the rest of the night talking about how to tell our friends and family; meanwhile, he already had it all planned out! He invited all my friends and family to a dinner the next day; they all surprised me. Apparently, I was the last to find out. He followed protocol and even asked my father's permission in advance. 

In keeping with tradition, we also got married on the same date as our anniversary (eight years later). We had a judge (someone Victor knew since childhood) come to our house and, with just our parents and best friends, we got married on the date of our ten year anniversary of being together. Later that summer, we went with fifteen family members and friends to Mexico to do our ceremony on the beach (something we both dreamed of for our wedding).  

Why did we wait so long?  Well, sometimes life just keeps you moving so fast. In our business, with all the traveling and non-stop hustle, we were constantly on the move. We finally said we needed to take a break and do was the best thing ever!

Me: What song did you dance to at your wedding?

Burju: We danced to Y Todo Comenzo Bailando by Frankie Ruiz. We thought it was fitting since it all started when we first danced at that college party at Harvard University.

Me: When did you decide to go into business together?

Burju: Since we both loved to dance and to be creative, we needed an outlet to express ourselves. We starting teaching after our regular jobs at a local night club because people saw us dancing and liked our style, but it was still just a hobby; it grew from there. It was an accident and not something we planned. We just fell into the business and are still in it today.

Me: How do you separate your personal and professional lives?

Burju: At first we didn't; it was almost impossible! It was (and still is) a work in progress. Now, almost thirteen years into it, we have found a way to turn off "work mode." We have found balance. We take days off and time for vacation. This is so important to nurture both our relationship and ourselves. It's a lot easier now.  We have our moments when the stress of work is so intense that it spills into our personal life, but these instances are now fewer and far between. 

When it does get bad, we remind ourselves of our priorities: our relationship comes first, even if it means stopping the business. This is what keeps us sane. It reminds us not to sweat the small stuff and take it out on each other.  Actually, the business has probably helped to strengthen our relationship. It has forced us to learn to communicate effectively with each other. We are the best of friends and talk about everything-that's why it works.

Me: Do you always travel together? If not, how do you handle the distance and time apart?

Burju: We pretty much always travel together. We really don't want to travel apart because it takes the fun out of it. We have done it once in a while, but prefer to go together. When we do travel separately, we just call or email each other a lot. We are so used to always being together, that we really miss each other when we're apart. I guess it's good sometimes because we are always so excited when we reunite, even if it has only been a few days.

Me: What is it like dancing with your husband?

Burju: It's the best thing in the world! And not just because he is my husband, but because he is the most amazing lead EVER! He makes you feel like you are floating. His connection is so sound that it's effortless to follow. And it's not about the turn patterns or how many spins you can do; he takes care of you...that's his priority. He keeps you safe and makes sure you are enjoying yourself. He gives you time to shine, while still keeping you on your toes and ready for the next move.  

Me: What is your favorite thing about dancing with Victor?

Burju: It's the connection he has to the music. He would be a musician before being a dancer, any day! It's his first passion, but dancing is certainly a close's his way of using his body as an instrument.

Me: How do you think dancing keeps you together?

Burju: Dancing brought us together, but it's not what keeps us together; however, it definitely taught us how to communicate and be respectful of one another. Ultimately, it was a common interest...that led to many other common interests...that led to an amazing friendship. Our friendship is what keeps us together. There is no one else in the world I would rather spend my free time with. We joke around, play games, eat sushi, do yard work, fix our house, rock climb, scuba dive, lounge on our deck, travel, work and just hang out together. It's the best and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Now do you see why I wanted them on here so badly?! What a BEAUTIFUL story! It seriously gave me goosebumps each and every time I read it over the past couple of days. Thank you, Burju, for sharing your love story with us! 

For Victor and Burju's complete class and travel schedule, check out And if you've been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years, here's another announcement: Burju is also in the business of designing and selling the most beautiful and comfortable ladies' dance shoes on the market. For a complete online style catalog, go to Burju

Okay, I know you guys just want to watch these folks do their thing already so I'll sign off. Remember, if either you are part of a "real life" salsa couple and would like to have your love story featured on Salsa Sunday, click right here for submission details. Buh-bye!


Barby said... July 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Wow.. Nice to read about a couple from Boston,MA.. :-)
An yes it is a Beautiful Story.

Anonymous said... August 1, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I freaking love love love love them!!!! Thanks for sharing


Samantha said... August 4, 2011 at 1:36 PM

They're adorable! You & Wil and your featured couples always have the biggest smiles, love that!

Louise Cazley said... August 5, 2011 at 4:36 PM

I loved watching them! Very nice!

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