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Humble Beginnings

Tania Daley was born in Managua, Nicaragua and has been dancing all of her life.  She was 4 years old when she had her first Dance performance and at the age of 6, she experienced her first dance competition.  She won first place in the Merengue and Quebradita categories.  Tania continued following her passion for dance and pursued her Dance education and career in Nicaragua. Tania performed all over the country from city to city with many well known Dance companies, including companies from Granada and Nicaragua. In 2000, Tania started to work at El Departamento del Grupo Folklorico de la Universidad de Ciencias y Comerciales (UCC) in Managua. The following year Tania had the opportunity to work with Ron Flor de Cana Company and participated in the Desfile Hipico de Granada in Calle la Calzada and Parque Central en Granada.  She also performed at Las Fiestas Patronales de Santo Domingo de Guzman en Managua, a nationally known tradition in Managua.  Tania was always happy to participate and dance her own traditional dances. She was in almost all of the Nicaraguan Folkloric events of each department of Las Fiestas Patronales such as Masaya, Carazo, and more.  After that, Tania auditioned to work with Ballet Folklorico de Ronal Abud Vivas and earned her spot to perform at El Teatro Ruben Dario in Managua. 

Perfecting Her Craft

In 2003 Tania moved to Chicago and found a variety of Dance Companies to work with.  She trained and decided to re-take dance classes to become a better dancer and to keep growing with her Dance career.  Tania worked hard and eventually gained opportunities to work with Joel Hall Dance Center Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music, Ballet Chicago, Latin Street Dancing, Dance Revolution, Ballet Folklorico de Victor Soria, all of the Samba Dance Groups in Chicago, Chicago Samba Band, Edilson Lima Dance Lessons, Dill Costa Dance Instructions.  She has also been apart of dance groups such as with Folia Tropicalia, Estampa Colombiana Dance Company, Urban Vibe, and Jose Serrano Teams.  Tania has had the opportunity to perform and compete throughout The United States, South America and Canada. She started teaching Dance and created her own dance group in 2007.  Along with starting her won dance group, Tania became a Choreographer and Director of Nica Dance Group in Chicago, bringing her Nicaraguan roots and tradition to the USA throughout dance. She trained other dancers to dance traditional Folkloric Nicaraguan dances.  Continuing her dancing career in 2008, she won the title as Samba Princess and won second place in the annual  "Queen of Samba in Chicago" contest that is sponsored by the well known band, Chicago Samba. That same year, she participated in the Central American pageant of Illinois and represented her homeland as Senorita Nicaragua. (10) - Copy.png
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Dance Teacher, Professional Dancer and World Latin Dance Champion

After dancing for all those years, in 2009 Tania had her first baby girl Sasha who already came out dancin this world. As Tania thought dance classes her entire pregnancy until the baby was born. Her baby girl changed Tania's life tremendously. 


In 2010 Tania went to obtained her first zumba certification!  Not only has it brought happiness to Tania’s life, but it has opened doors for her career beyond dancing. Getting certified in Zumba has brought Tania into the realm of fitness instruction, which she thoroughly enjoys. Tania Daley is a certified Fitness Instructor focused on teaching a variety of Fitness formats and classes.

In 2013, Tania again participated in the Annual Chicago Samba Queen competition hosted by Chicago Samba; this is time round Tania stood up on top of the podium winning the tittle

"Samba Queen of the Chicago." It was an amazing impact for the Brazilian community in Chciago.


2014 to present days Tania worked with Southport Records by Joannie and Sparrow Pallato and his Modern Jazz band in Chicago. Tania performs all over the Midwest and New York.

In 2014, Tania started to work with kids in a Dance Program at Latin Street Dancing teaching and coaching body movement class and basic Salsa to kids ages 6-10. Same year, she joined Jose Serrano’s Dance Teams at Latin Street Dancing in Chicago.

2015, Tania took dancing seriously to the next level joining Jose Serrano’s competition teams training with Jose and competing at the World Salsa Summit. Training with the best traveled to New York and learned the roots of the Salsa on2 New York style.

From 2015 to 2019 Tania competed at the World Salsa Summit in Miami. Salsa Summit competition in Montreal, Canada and participating in the World Salsa Open competition in Puerto Rico. Tania won First, second, and third place in categories Salsa, Cha-cha, Samba, and Bachata; bringing home trophies and medals.

In 2015, Tania traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to participate in the biggest Brazilian Samba Parade around the world called “Carnaval”. She paraded with two Samba Schools: Curicica and Unidos do Viradouro.

In 2015, Tania joined Kilombolas Brazilian drumming group where she learned how to play tambourine and the chocalho Brazilian instruments.

In 2017, Tania Daley created and founded Samba Carioca Amateur Performance Team Chicago. The team performed and competed at the Salsa congresses and Latin Dance events in the United States.

In 2017, Tania’s work squared camara time on many latin and american television networks such as the NBC television network television series Chicago Med in Chicago. Tania trained, choreographed and taught Brasilian Samba to the actors: Yaya DaCosta, Brian Tee, Rolan Bukii. Also, Tania worked as an extra actress for Chicago MEd.

In 2018, Samba Carioca Chicago team took first place at the Latin Dance Championship hosted by Uriel and Vera (World Salsa Champions) at the Bachateando Latin Dance event in Miami Florida.

Same year, Tania and her Samba Carioca Chicago Team performed and broadcasted for WGN Chicago’s very own television Chicago in Chicago.

2019, Tania Daley created an instructional Samba Syllabus and Samba Carioca Tutorial Level 1. In these tutorials people will learn basic samba combinations Carnaval Style and the Brasilian Samba rhythm combined together with fitness to lose weight, sculpt the body; and targeting the gluteus, quadriceps and the core muscles as Tania discovered that Brazilian Samba is an unique, incredible workout. Same year, Tania moved to New Orleans. Tania formed the Samba Carioca New Orleans Amateur Performance team in New Orleans. Same year, Tania opened up her own Dance Studio in New Orleans.

Tania traveled to Brazil and participated in the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. She was a Passista Dancer with 3 different Samba Schools. They are: Alegria da Zona Sul, Estacio de Sa and Imperio Serrano. Tania was broadcasted by Globo TV. (The National Brazilian television that broadcasts Carnaval live at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi.

2020, one more time Tania goes to Brazil to participate in Carnaval. She Participated with Unidos do Viradouro as Semi-Destaque Samba Dancer. Also paraded with Vigário Geral Samba School as “Rainha de Escola.” Samba School Queen of Vigário Geral Samba School. As School Queen in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Tania was broadcasted by Globo Television and interviewed by SBT Television (Sistema Brasileiro de Television). The SBT Journalists gave Tania feedback about her samba saying that Tania’s Samba was very impressive and that her footwork was better than any other Samba diva.

2021, Tania was selected to be a “Rainha de Bateria” Samba Drum Queen. Her talent and her Samba feet took Tania to the very top of the mountain becoming the very first Latina that holds this seriously strong title as a Rainha de Bateria with all the respect for Brazilian Samba Queens and the Samba School communities. Now Tania works really hard for her Samba School Encima da Hora and her Bateria. Her Bateria has a total of 250 Musicians and they play the Samba de Enredo rhythm while parading.

Tania Travels to Nicaragua every year sponsored by UCC under the direction of the Media and marketing department at Universidad de Ciencias y Comerciales ( UCC ); where Tania went to college before immigrating to the United States. Tania gets an invitation from UCC to broadcasted for the Nicaraguan National Television Canal 8 in Managua, Nicaragua.

Now Tania works with local New Orleans Artists and local Latin bands in New Orleans.

Tania keeps learning and training each day to become a better dancer, performer, Dance Teacher and Fitness Instructor. She happily 
shares her dance passion with anyone who is interested in any of the classes her school provides.  Despite all of Tania's previous experience with dancing, Zumba has made her
healthier and a stronger dancer than ever before.

Present day, Tania's work has acquired camera time on many Latin and American television networks such as the likes of NBC Television Network's television series, Chicago Med.  Tania choreographed and taught Brazilian Samba using Carioca techniques and combinations to main actors Yaya DaCosta, Brian Tee and Rolan Bukii.  Beyond the classroom, Tania currently travels all over the United States and Canada for Latin dance competitions, always bringing home trophies as well as gold and silver medals.  


She has an extensive dance background in the following genres: Bailes Folkloricos Nicaraguense, Afro-Samba, Afro-Caribbean, Calypso, Brazilian Samba, Axe, Soca, Punta, African, Flamenco, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Batucada, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Quebradita.  Dancing has always been her passion!   

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