Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Raysa was surrounded by salsa from the start. She trained in ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance, but never really got involved formally with salsa dancing, other than the occasional night of dancing in the backyard.
When she moved to the U.S. in 2007, feeling homesick, she joined her first ever salsa class in Reno, Nevada, and was immediately hooked. She first saw Afinkao perform at the 2012 SF Salsa congress and loved their unique style and movement, so she joined the training team soon after. She has participated in the Afinkao training team, Con Afinke, and Afinkao pro since January 2013. She is currently on maternity leave.