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Giovanni’s Bio

Giovanni Roggiero
Photo Credit: Jon Harrington

New York native Giovanni Roggiero,nickname “Taz”, given to him by his mother, Clara Toro, of Puerto Rican and Italian decent, is a man of many talents including; dance/perform, Dj, and event organization.

His music enthusiast personality has driven him to entertain at some of RVA’s most reputable events including, Havana 59’s Tropical Thursdays, Richmond’s Que Pasa Festival, Addis Restaurant, Eko Lounge (Mona Lounge) International Night, Fuego Night Club (Beer is the ANswer) Latin Night, Infuzion Night Club, and Off The Hookah to name a few.

Aside from Giovanni’s studies as a full-time student he focuses on providing a fun, safe, and welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy! He and his mother, Clara Toro, have been a dynamic duo in providing events in all areas of Richmond, VA (RVA) and surrounding areas.

Dj Taz provides an exotic and exciting atmosphere that is entertaining to even the most diverse crowd. His musical knowledge extends, but is not limited to, Latin Mix, Electronic Dance Music, Hip-Hop/ R&B, Alternative Rock, and more upon request.

For samples of  DJ Taz RVA’s music visit Soundcloud.com/djtazrva

“Giovanni Roggiero is a Salsa Instructor/Performer Based in Richmond, VA. Along with his Partner and Mom, The Beautiful Clara Toro, they host & organize several of the hottest Weekly and Monthly Salsa Events in the Richmond Area! His rising claim to fame with the Salsa Elite are his Smooth Complex Turn Patterns that are executed effortlessly with Style and minimal distress to his partner, getting him noticed wherever he dances! He has demonstrated a knack for teaching his Turn Patterns to all levels of dancers in a simplistic fashion which typically allows his students to exit his class glowing with sense of accomplishment! His talents aren’t limited to teaching and performing- He also DJs all styles of music including of course, SALSA! This is a Dancer to Watch for Future Greatness.”–Tanya J. Smith from Mr. Mambo’s in DC.

Clara’s Bio


Clara Toro, a native of The Bronx, New York, is of Puerto Rican descent. Clara’s roots in teaching, promoting and organizing Salsa events in Richmond go back to 2006. Two years later, her successes led to the formal establishment of her company, Salsa4Life.com. Clara’s background in dancing Salsa dates back to 1993 in the hot Salsa venues of New York City. After graduating from Baruch College in NYC with a B.B.A in accounting, she relocated her family to Richmond in 1998.