Duende Instructors


Meet our instructors! Our team is made up of experienced and talented dancers who are passionate about dancing and teaching. Our goal is to help you grow as a dancer with top-notch instruction with a positive and patient attitude. Check out our bios below and feel free to reach out to any of us if you have questions.

Byron Johnson

An East Coast transplant, born in Arizona and raised in West Philadelphia, Bryon moved to Minnesota in 2002. As a result of traveling the world, he grew to speak different languages and love many cultures. The culture of dance called Salsa has been his latest and longest lasting obsession. His LA-style Salsa infused with Hip Hop fills his dancing with expression and flair and makes him so enjoyable to watch. With still much to learn, he studies the latest performances and instructors to keep his moves fresh and challenging. He loves to pass this knowledge onto others who share his love for Salsa.

Mike Lerum

Growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, Mike enjoyed dancing at social and live band events. While studying business & psychology at the U of M, he loved going to clubs and dancing to 50s & 60s rock with family and friends. At the U, he took a challenging African Caribbean Dance class that opened his eyes to a new form of dance he found fascinating. He dabbled in ballroom for a year before finding Salsa, a style of dance he found to be a perfect mix of great music and nice people, with the freedom to improvise and have fun.

Kasidy Isahaq

Kasidy began her dance journey with tap, jazz and ballet in elementary school and has been moving ever since. She transitioned to being on step teams, eventually becoming step master for competition winning teams, as well as training in hip hop, afro-modern, and modern dance. Salsa found Kasidy in 2007, and she has been hooked ever since.

Eda Marshall

Eda started dancing in high school with her dance team, continuing her pursuit of knowledge and exposure to dancing afterwards at Zenon School of Dance in Minneapolis, training in jazz, modern, and hip-hop. She was introduced to social dancing when Byron Johnson asked her to assist teaching Salsa at Social Dance Studio. In short time, she became an exceptional follow and a unique and sought-after Salsa dancer in the community. When Joy Davina asked her to become an instructor, she couldn't resist.

Miriam Ziven

Miriam has many years of professional training and performing with master teachers in Folklore and Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires and abroad. She has produced workshops, Tango tours, courses that bring Tango to the people of Denmark, Portugal, Norway, Japan, Korea, Italy, Uruguay, Argentina, and the United States.  She has enjoyed opportunities sharing stages with the renowned stars of Tango and the arts. Miriam is continually inspired to find new methods in teaching others and continue to push boundaries in Tango as expression and preserving its traditions and culture.



5808R W 36th Street

Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

Parking and main entrance are in the back of

the building, found off of Yosemite Ave S.

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