The interview with Francisco Vazquez (33 years) as well took place in "La Macumba" on Salsafestival in Hamburg (2003) during the farewell party.
Salsa4all.com: You are one of the most wanted and famous dance instructors. So where, why and when you began to dance salsa?
Francisco Vazquez: I love this music! I heard it in my youth in Mexico, but there I just danced cumbia. I started learing salsa in L. A., exactly on 28th February in 1990, that's 14 years ago. I just went to clubs and learned dancing by watching and practising. I never took classes. Then I taught my brothers.
Salsa4all.com: How many brothers and sisters do you have?
Francisco Vazquez: Well, seven sisters and four brothers, five with me.
Salsa4all.com: When did you give your first classes?
Francisco Vazquez: That was in 1994 in L. A. in different clubs and in schools.
Salsa4all.com: Is Monika (Gonzales) your fixed partner?
Francisco Vazquez: Yes, and she is my girlfriend as well. She was born in L. A., but she is half mexican and half american. Since six years we are dancing professionally together.
Salsa4all.com: Do you give classes in L. A.?
Francisco Vazquez: Yes, I have my own school
Salsa4all.com: Where is your favourite place to dance in L. A.?
Francisco Vazquez: In ""Floridita" in L. A., because of its familiar atmosphere over there.
Salsa4all.com: Which was your favourite festival?
Francisco Vazquez: In 1997 in Puerto Rico. That was the first time somebody managed a congress in the world. It was like a family. Everybody was together. I went together with my brothers ("The Vazquez Brothers").
Salsa4all.com: What about this festival?
Francisco Vazquez: Very nice. The main location (Curio Haus) was really beautiful. The managers have to know what the people need. You have to know what is good for the people...
Salsa4all.com: Anything you want to tell the people?
Francisco Vazquez: I just wanna tell the people one thing... Don't critisize! Just respect, and dance with your heart for all styles!
Salsa4all.com: Which is your favourite style?
Francisco Vazquez: I mix everything. L. A. is speed, N. Y. is slow.
Salsa4all.com: Thank you for the interview!