Glenn Sloat is the founder of Flow Taipei and Sloat Media.
Glenn started ballroom dance in college when he needed a physical education class for his degree. After five semesters under Sandy Patterson and Sayhber Rawles, he began to learn salsa dancing. However, he got married in 2008, and his dance life evaporated. In 2016 he divorced and started to learn salsa and bachata with Jose at JAS Dance in Santa Rosa. While on a trip to Guam, he decided to visit Taiwan, and he met a lot of local salsa dancers at Brass Monkey and Salud and realized how easy and fun it was to meet interesting new people through dance.
He started traveling internationally to go to dance festivals in Canada, Italy, France, and then he went back to Asia for Alex's Thailand International Latin Festival where he met new friends from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. While traveling around all of these countries in the summer for events like Formosa Salsa Festival, Singapore Bachata Weekend, and Taiwan Salsa Carnival, he fell in love with Taiwan and decided to stay.
After joining TLDA, he continued learning salsa and bachata with Calvin and Mandy and worked with them to grow the studio and the dance scene. He was introduced to salsa master Sol and Dancing Island by Mandy and became their big fan and supporter. A long-time amateur photographer, he started taking pictures at parties and eventually started Sloat Media to produce high-quality photos and videos for Taiwan local parties and international dance events.
His first introduction to Brazilian Zouk was with Debbie and Kamacho in Hong Kong in 2017. He attended workshops soon after with Alex & Mathilde in Singapore and then went to his first zouk congress, Zouk SEA in Malaysia. He was invited by Cheryl Wu for her weekender with Bruno & Raiza as the videographer, and after that he traveled to Singapore frequently to attend as many of Cheryl's zouk events as possible. Cheryl, Pasindu, and Randy, taught Glenn and Mandy from Cheryl's syllabus, and after also studying online courses from Ivo Veira and Nathalia, and Arthur & Layssa with Mandy and Vanessa, they opened their first zouk classes in September 2019. Later, he met Birdy and Ting in zouk parties and began to also train with them. During the pandemic, he studied online courses from many excellent instructors and continued to expand the zouk program at TLDA. His desire is to help grow the vibrant Brazilian zouk community in Taiwan.
The student base at TLDA eventually needed a bigger space to continue growing. So after searching for more than one year with Mandy, Glenn built Flow with the help of Mandy, Vanessa, Wan Yu, and Nana as a brand new space to house TLDA and other beloved dance groups and teachers such as Dancing Island. He works to continually improve the space and experience for students and teachers and hopes that Flow will be a space that brings joy to many people and supports the social dance community of Taipei.
Glenn's message to everyone is simple- Dance can change your life!