El Moro

Airagdin Pavon More, known as “El Moro”was born in Havana City, Cuba.

From 1993 to 1995, El Moro studied dance at the Academia Nacional de Narisco Medina, Havana, and performed with many prestigious Cuban dance companies including Compañía de Danzas Tradicionales JJ, (Johannes García); La Giraldilla; Ballet Folklorico de la Havana, (Rafael Artola Gillot); Marrabenta (Basayo); Raices Profundas (Juan de Dios); Oriki (Feliz Insua, Pupy); and others.

In 1995, El Moro went on a successful dance tour with Ulices Mora in Paris, France, and in 1997 with the Compañía de Danzas Tradicionales JJ, Johannes García in Mexico.

He was one of the first solo dancers and choreographers with “Havana Nights” (one of the largest independently produced shows ever to leave Cuba – touring extensively throughout Central Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, and Las Vegas).

El Moro worked as a dance teacher in Oslo, Stockholm, Mexico, Germany, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Dominican Republic, and throughout Australia. He specialises in Afro-Cuban Dance, Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Son, Cuban Salsa and Dominican Bachata.

In 2004, Moro established Buena Vista Dance Cuban Academy and in 2013, The Australian Rueda de Casino Championship & Cuban Dance Festival, to teach Cuban dance and promote Cuban culture in Australia.

He has choreographed and performed in numerous shows, including Cuban Folkloric Company; World Salsa Congress; Afro-Cuban Express; Cuban Congress; Sydney Salsa Congress, Cubamemucho, NZ Pacific Salsa Congress; Festival Latino Noumea, New Caledonia, The Australian Rueda de Casino Championship & Cuban Dance Festivals; and others.

Championships and Awards

  • In 2009 Moro won the Sydney and Melbourne Bachata Championships, Professional Division with his partner Alegria.
  • In 2009, Buena Vista Dance won the National Cubamemucho Salsa Rueda Competition in Melbourne. They went on to represent Australia at the Cubamemucho 2010 World Rueda Championships in Munich, where they placed third.
  • In 2010 Moro won the Australian Salsa Solo in the Open Latin Category and also won 2nd Place in the Male Solo Category.
  • In 2012, El Moro won the Salsa Solo Australia title in the Male Salsa Solo Category and the Latin Solo Category. Buena Vista Dance also won the Open Latin Category in that competition.
  • In 2010 and 2012 Moro and his dancing partner, Romina Anaquin won the NSW & the Australian Bachata Championship.
  • In 2014 Moro won Salsa Solo Australia Competition in the Professional Division, Man Latin Soloist.
  • Consecutively from 2012 to 2017 he and his school won the Australian Bachata Championship in the amateur and combined professional and amateur category.
  • Since 2013, Buena Vista Dance has participated in and placed in the top 1,2 in the Australian Rueda de Casino Championship.

El Moro currently teaches regularly in Sydney.  He runs workshops and performs in festivals throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Europe

El Moro is the owner, director, and creator of Buena Vista Dance Cuban Academy and the Australian Rueda de Casino Championship & Cuban Dance Festival.