Emily Day was born and raised in the Kansas City area. Although she left her home town to attend college in Southern California, she returned to her roots shortly thereafter and has lived here since. She is thrilled to be a new mom to her son, Finn; born September, 2016, her world is now filled with all things baby. She also works as a Nurse Practitioner at the Kansas University Integrative Medicine (KUIM) Clinic where she uses comprehensive, integrative approaches for a wide variety of chronic conditions.
When not at work, you can find Emily enjoying the park with her family, swimming with the KC Master's Swim team, or shopping at many of the local KC farmer's markets.
Emily will be dancing with Gil Maldonado.
Gil has a passion for dancing. He began dancing as a young child when his mother taught him Salsa and Merengue. The dancing bug never left him and at 22 years of age he became an instructor after studying with professionals in Kansas City. He was immediately headlined as a Latin Specialist. Over the years he has broaden his expertise. The dance he most enjoys is the West Coast Swing. He can be creative and playful with this dance. He competes nationally and locally. Because of his experience Gil excels at making his students feel comfortable, positive and happy while they are learning. His love and knowledge of all dance is evident if you spend any time at all with him.
Born in Puerto Rico, Gil then moved to several states until he landed in Harrisonville, Missouri at the age of 13. He is one of four boys all raised by a strong and determined mother and grandmother. Gil played football, basketball, soccer, and ran track. His athleticism is obvious in his dancing. He is 34 years old and father to Mason, 13, and Carmen, 5. They mean the world to him and they are his greatest accomplishment. Dancing for Gil is part of everything he does. It relaxes him, helps him cope, decreases his stress and anxiety and most importantly it defines him. Gil brings this emotion and enthusiasm to his students.
Gil believes in giving back to his community and does so by participating in charity dance events and by helping others in need throughout the community.