Raphael felt in love with ballroom dancing from the beginning when he started. His passion for dance is growing as time moves on because there is so much to learn. Raphael recently was announced as the 2014 USA National Champion in International Latin, which is one of many competition victories he has achieved. His passion for teaching dance is as great as his interest in competing with his partner. Raphael believes that when he sees his students dancing, it is his job to make them the best they can be because our students are our future. Teaching students is the best experience he has ever encountered because when he sees his students improve it makes him feel great that he has created a dancer who will represent him and Siti Dance Studio. The reason why Raphael loves dancing is that it can take him to a different world and relaxes him, taking his mind off whatever worries he might have.