Marck “Flaco” Best is a native of Philadelphia from the Mt. Airy section of the city. For the last 2 decades, he has dedicated himself to dance, and to advocating for the performing arts. Much of that time has been spent increasing social and emotional learning skills for students in schools across the Delaware Valley, using Ballroom and Latin dance as his vehicle. In that capacity, he has positively affected the outcomes of the lives of literally thousands of children, not only with what this minister’s son refers to as the gospel of dance, but also with his behavioral example.
Maestro Flaco, as he is known, is a tenured instructor with the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, where he has taught adult continuing education classes for almost 20 years. He is one of the founding teaching artists of Dancing Classrooms Philly and currently holds roster positions with Young Audiences of NJ & Eastern PA, Perkins Center for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. 2 years ago, he earned his certification from New York’s Colombia University’s Teacher College as a professional teaching artist. He is the only Latin dancer in PA to do so and plans to pursue national accreditation in 2020. Not just a teacher, but also a promoter/producer and advocate for the Latin dance scene, he is the man responsible for the success of such venues as Philly Empire Lounge in Juniata, NXNW in Mt. Airy, and Salsa Caliente! at The Painted Bride Art Center in Olde City, that was awarded Best Dance Party by Philadelphia Magazine in 2013.
As a performer, he and his partners have delighted and amazed audiences from Norris Square to Love Park, and from Camden, NJ to Heredia, Costa Rica, and those performances continue to this day. He has also made his motion picture debut alongside many of Philly’s best Latin dancers in the Salsa scene of the THX Pictures release, 21 Bridges, starring Chadwick Boseman known for his role in Black Panther.