Jennifer Lopez's Lead Dancer to Visit McKinney

Dancer Strong Academy, a new dance school in McKinney, is thrilled to announce that Gilbert Saldivar, a lead dancer in Jennifer Lopez’s current tour, will offer a Master Hip-Pop class on Aug. 24 at their studio.

Two classes will be available: one for dancers ages 13-17 and another for those 18 and older.

Gilbert will be in North Texas performing with Jennifer Lopez in her “Dance Again” Tour at the American Airlines Center on Aug. 25 and can be seen in all of Jennifer Lopez’s most recent performances. 

He is most commonly known for his dance work with artists such as Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Lopez, but has also worked with other heavy hitters like Pitbull, Usher, Mariah Carey, Nikki Minaj, Rhianna, Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio Nicole Scherzinger and others. 

His Master Class at Dancer Strong Academy will feature his special brand of hip-hop called “Hip-Pop.”

Carla Mullendore, owner of Dancer Strong Academy, is bringing in Gilbert to kick-off of her first Fall schedule.

“This is a great way for people to get to know our studio and take a class from an amazingly-talented dancer," she said. "I want people to see Dancer Strong Academy as a place to not just dance but to connect with professional dancers as well.”

Dancer Strong Academy will continue to host Master Classes throughout the year.

Dancer Strong Academy is located at 192 Industrial Blvd #103 in McKinney, and offers a full range of dance instruction, including Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical Jazz, Dance Twirl, Irish and more. Adult classes featuring Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary styles will also be available beginning in September.

For more information, please contact Mullendore at 214-491-6141 or email her at