Meet the Team
Tania Sanchez Lopez
Co- Founder & CFO
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Tania began her dancing career at the age of 5. Being introduced to folkloric dances during her early school years. At the age of 9 she was relocated by her mother to the Bronx, NY where her dad, to encourage a positive view of the move enrolled her at the Bronx Dance Academy where she took hip hop and tap classes. Tania always loved the stage! Partaking in every dance or theater production in school, she was able to experience different styles such as African and Contemporary.
In 2000, attending Herbert H. Lehman H.S. she was able to expand her experience by joining their dance classes and eventually joining the Lehman Dance Company. Participating in various group choreographies and performances. She was greatly influenced by her dance teacher, who went by Ms. B out of endearment, to broaden her experience. Tania attended workshops at BAM for African and Flamenco.
In 2011, after being out of the dance world for a while, she decided to go back to her roots taking Latin Dance Lessons at Roland's Dance Studio. Then later on at Baile con Sazon where she met friends and business partners Stephanie and Tara. Seeing a new world of dance, Tania felt that she needed MORE and this motivated her to travel to obtain more experience than the town could offer her at the time. In 2012, due to demands, Las Fieras was born. Performing at various local occasions and community events. Las Fieras, then decided to begin hosting special workshops, to bring artists from out of town and help grow the local dance community.
In 2014, Las Fieras joined Hayat Yoga and World Dance studios, teaching weekly classes and hosting monthly socials and special events. Las Fieras have now expanded, with more ladies and the addition of the Cavaliers.
Tania has since, been involved in the community as a board member for Latino Community Connects and is involved in organizing the yearly the Latino Community Connects festival in conjunction with Renew Counseling and Kameo Events.
She is now certified for Salsa Instruction by Alien Ramirez, Bachata by Alex&Desiree and Kizomba by Kimberly Nicole.
Tonya Caballero Outlaw
Co-Founder & CMO
Tonya served in the US Air Force for 22 years where she performed aircraft maintenance on Avionics systems. She was also an Avionics Field Training Detachment Instructor, a Unit Training Manager, a Physical Training Leader and a Unit Fitness Program Manager.
She was personally trained and certified to the rank of Red Belt in the Black Belt Salsa® dance system by the creator of BBS, Edie the Salsa Freak. Just prior to retiring from the Air Force, Tonya opened Love 2 Dance Fitness Studioand Baile con Sazon Dance Studio in Fayetteville, NC. She is also a licensed Zumba®, Zumba Kids®, and Zumba® Sentaoinstructor as well as certified to teach Bokwa®, Devoted Fitness® and PiYo® Live.
Tonya is also a Soldiers Who Salsa instructor which is a fun and unique recreational therapy experience that transforms the lives of wounded, ill and injured military vets through partner dance.
Tonya has danced Salsa, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha for over 18 years and has trained and performed with some of the world’s greatest Salsa dancers like Edie the Salsa Freak, Griselle Ponce, Nery Garcia and Giana Montoya, and Ana and Joel Masacote. She is now the World Team Project Fayetteville Director representing Adolfo Indacochea and Tania Cannarsa.
Tonya's newest and dearest project is Studio 910 NC where she is excited to be working with Tania Sanchez Lopez of Las Fieras.
Tonya loves to dance, exercise, move, have fun and think of new, exciting ways to inspire people to be active regardless of whatever challenges they may face. Her style is high energy, light-hearted and fun and one of her main goals in life is to not let her battle with Fibromyalgia stop her from doing the things she loves most.
Tonya is married to Jo Outlaw and she has four children; Rico, Gabby, Jolanda and Joelle.