Cabrillo Board Member Victor Rodriguez will be representing Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation in the 2019 Oxnard Salsa Festival's Dancing With Our Community Stars competition. His instructor will be Ysenia Pena, who teaches at Caliente Dance Studios and co-directs Rumba Caliente Kids.
In this salsa-twist on the hit TV show, local "stars" are paired up with the region's best salsa instructors to dance for charity. Victor has nine weeks of rehearsals to prepare for the showdown at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 28, at the Oxnard Salsa Festival.
In addition to competing in front of a panel of judges at the festival, the stars and their partners are also dancing for local charities. A vote for Victor and Ysenia is a vote for Cabrillo. One dollar equals one vote. A vote.
About Victor Rodriguez:
Victor Rodriguez, the youngest of nine siblings, immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 10. His family eventually settled at the Cabrillo Village farmworker community in Saticoy, where he grew up. Because of the positive impact the community had on his life, today he is a passionate advocate for affordable housing.
Victor joined the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors in 2018 where he enjoys the important work of supporting its mission to provide comprehensive housing services and community economic development activities for individuals and families most lacking in opportunity in Ventura County. Even though he says he is “not a great dancer,” he will be dancing for Cabrillo in the Oxnard Salsa Festival’s Dancing ‘With Our Community Stars.’ He is excited to learn to dance Salsa while creating more exposure for Cabrillo’s mission of affordable housing for our lowest-income residents, such as farmworkers, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities.
Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne. His career in human resources spans nearly 20 years, working with companies such as Monsanto, Reiter Affiliated Companies, and most recently as Puretec Industrial Water’s Director of Human Resources. His previous volunteer work includes serving on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County.
Victor is currently residing in Camarillo with his lovely wife and two beautiful children.
About Ysenia Pena:
Yesenia Peña is a Ventura County native who has been dancing for eight years. In 2015, Yesenia started teaching at Caliente Dance Studios and Co-Directing Rumba Caliente Kids. Yesenia has been teaching Salsa, Bachata, and Hip Hop in Oxnard for four years and believes that dancing communicates a person’s deepest, highest, and most truly spiritual thoughts and emotions far better than words, spoken or written. She is very passionate about teaching the new generation as she helps makes a difference in each of the child’s lives. In 2019, Yesenia started her own all-ladies dance team, “Sizzling Dulzura.”
Yesenia has been supporting the Oxnard Salsa Festival for the past eight years and is truly honored to be chosen for the first time to be an instructor for Dancing with Our Community Stars.