Oxnard Salsa Festival

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Maureen Shea

A two-time world champion boxer, boxing commentator, and TV personality, Maureen Shea is considered “The Real Million Dollar Baby,” having served as Hilary Swank’s primary sparring partner in Swank’s Oscar award-winning role in Million Dollar Baby.

For Maureen, the City Center holds a very special place in her heart.  As a domestic violence survivor, she’s been fortunate enough to share her story of hope and strength with the women at the City Center, who have become like sisters to her. Maureen has also worked with and shared a bit of her boxing and struggles as a youth with kids at The City Center.

“I am so happy to help my extended family by participating in the Salsa Festival!” says Maureen.

Instructed by: Jessie ‘Chuy’ Rodriguez

Chuy is a recognized Oxnard and Los Angeles salsa champion. He began dancing salsa in 1999 with Rumba Salsera & Reyes D la Rumba and then in 2005 moved to L.A.  to join the world famous "Los Rumberos Dance Co.," directed by Mr. Francisco Vazquez. In 2005 his dancing helped win his team first place at “The Mayan” Salsa Team Competition with Los Rumberos & Rumba Rumberos.

Over the Last 15 years, Chuy has promoted salsa in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as a dance teacher, performer, DJ and club promoter. Has directed Rumba Salsera Dance Team, Salsa Caliente Dance Team, Estrellas Unidas and the Salsa Caliente Kids. He has been a sales manager at DCH Lexus of Oxnard since 2006 and has his own dance studio in Oxnard as well.

Charity: The City Center

Providing a transitional living center in Ventura for homeless children and their parents, equipping them to rebuild their lives for self-sufficiency, The City Center is Ventura’s only transitional housing center that does not receive government funding. The City Center truly offers a hand up – not just a handout – through extensive case management as well as mentoring programs provided for its residents.

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Photography throughout site is courtesy of Chris Zsarnay, Ruth Ballin, Kenneth Earl, Kelly Gray, Scott Hern, Richard Jenkins.

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