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  • Texas Salsa Congress: Family. Inspiration. Different

    Texas Salsa Congress: Family. Inspiration. Different

    Texas Salsa Congress Family. Inspiration. Different The Texas Salsa Congress is one of the largest dance events to hit the Lone Star State! This upcoming year we celebrate our 13th Anniversary of a Texas Sized Serving of Salsa! The event draws teams from all over the world to celebrate all forms of dance including but not limited to Salsa, Bachata, Jazz, Contemporary & Hip-Hop. This dance exhibition has provided shows and performances that have left our audiences on their feet […]

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  • Westin Oaks-Galleria Event Location & Hotel

    Westin Oaks-Galleria Event Location & Hotel

    The Texas Salsa Congress is returning to The Westin Oaks in the Galleria for its 12th Year! For TSC 2016, only $132/night single room & $132.00 double room. Make sure you can stay where all the Salsa action is. The Westin Oaks is an ideal location for anyone looking for a spectacular Houston experience. Connected to the Galleria shopping mall, our guests have direct access to over 350 shops and restaurants, as well as some of Houston’s greatest attractions like Reliant Stadium, Downtown Houston, and the […]

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  • What is a Salsa Congress?

    What is a Salsa Congress?

    Addicted to So You Think You Can Dance? Dancing with the Stars? America’s Best Dance Crew? Wish you could get up close and feel the excitement of a live dance show? Well get off the couch and come see the best of the best Latin dance stars around the world right here in your own backyard!! On March 16-19, 2017 at the Westin Oaks Galleria, Houston will once again serve up a bit of its down home southern hospitality to […]

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  • 13th Annual Texas Salsa Congress

    13th Annual Texas Salsa Congress

    The Texas Salsa Congress is one of the largest dance events to hit the Lone Star State! This upcoming year we celebrate our 13th Anniversary of a Texas Sized Serving of Salsa! The event draws teams from all over the world to celebrate all forms of dance including but not limited to Salsa, Bachata, Jazz, Contemporary & Hip-Hop. This dance exhibition has provided shows and performances that have left our audiences on their feet with standing ovations and ready to […]

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  • Houston, Texas in Two Minutes!

    Houston, Texas in Two Minutes!

    The style-savvy residents of the country’s fourth largest city know that there’s no place like Houston.  With more than 2.2 million residents, the city attracts visitors and transplants with a wonderful mix of world-class arts, booming business, pro sports and award-winning cuisine. As the rest of the country discovers what locals have known all along, Houston is finally enjoying the recognition it deserves.  Just last year, the city landed on several “best of” lists, including the Travel + Leisure roundup of America’s […]

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  • Ray Barretto, Jr Musical Artist March 2017

    Ray Barretto, Jr Musical Artist March 2017

    Ray Barretto, Jr. is the son of the legendary Grammy award winning Salsa Music Icon, Conguero and Bandleader, Ray Barretto (“Mr. Hard Hands”, “Manos Duras”). Ray, Jr. is carrying on his dad’s legacy and paying tribute to his father’s contribution to Latin music by playing congas with his own band for an exciting show of his dad’s greatest Salsa hits. Ray Barretto is universally recognized as one of the greatest conga players and bandleaders in the history of Latin and […]

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  • DJ Saoko – Venezuela/Texas

    DJ Saoko – Venezuela/Texas

    DJ Saoko was born and raised in the oil town of Cabimas, Venezuela. When growing up in his elementary school days the world was taken by a storm by the phenomenon of Salsa. As a result, he remembers going to record stores with his father to pick up Vinyl records that were hot back then. DJ Saoko received influence from his neighbors’ friends, since they used to have a salsa band named “Saoko’s Orquestra”. Based on this and his fond […]

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  • Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior and Emily are a brother and sister team originally from San Francisco and now living in Los Angeles, California. Junior and Emily have performed, taught, and competed all over the world. They are one of the hottest Pro-couples on the International circuit bringing them to be one of the best in the world. Their electrifying routines blow the roof off of Congresses, Festivals, and corporate shows around the world. Through their dancing they have traveled and toured through the […]

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  • Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior and Emily are a brother and sister team originally from San Francisco and now living in Los Angeles, California. Junior and Emily have performed, taught, and competed all over the world. They are one of the hottest Pro-couples on the International circuit bringing them to be one of the best in the world. Their electrifying routines blow the roof off of Congresses, Festivals, and corporate shows around the world. Through their dancing they have traveled and toured through the […]

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  • Blanca Flores – Corpus Christi

    Blanca Flores – Corpus Christi

    Blanca has mastered the art of merging several genres of dance to make her style on the dance floor unique, sexy and smooth. Her forte is combining her three favorite dances: Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Hip-Hop. Her specialty is teaching women how to release the beauty of their bodies on the dance floor with class and modern style through proper movement, foot placement, musicality and other dance techniques. At a very young age, Blanca knew she was born to perform and […]

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  • Ray Barretto, Jr

    Ray Barretto, Jr

    Ray Barretto, Jr. is the son of the legendary Grammy award winning Salsa Music Icon, Conguero and Bandleader, Ray Barretto (“Mr. Hard Hands”, “Manos Duras”). Ray, Jr. is carrying on his dad’s legacy and paying tribute to his father’s contribution to Latin music by playing congas with his own band for an exciting show of his dad’s greatest Salsa hits. Ray Barretto is universally recognized as one of the greatest conga players and bandleaders in the history of Latin and […]

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  • Patricia Criollo – Dallas Texas

    Patricia Criollo – Dallas Texas

    Originally from Cali Colombia, Patricia Criollo began her dance training representing her country in different congresses of folklore world-wide 1993, later, she also expanded into Tango, then she discovered her passion for Latin dance, Salsa, Mambo, Cha-cha cha and more. She began to take Cali Colombia style Salsa training at Swing Latino Dance School leading her in the path of Latin dance and eventually becoming a dance instructor. In 2003, Patricia spent the next four years training in Rueda de […]

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  • Raymond Pacheco – Toronto

    Raymond Pacheco – Toronto

    RAYMOND & JENALYN, from Toronto, Canada, are brother and sister. Age 18 and 16 years old, they have been sharing their passion for dance around the world. Raymond & Jenalyn are the 3 time World Salsa Champions competing with over 35 countries in Miami at the World Latin Dance Cup. They are also Canadian Salsa Champions and have over 25 major international titles. They have performed alongside many celebrities from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can […]

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  • Jenalyn Pacheco – Toronto

    Jenalyn Pacheco – Toronto

    RAYMOND & JENALYN, from Toronto, Canada, are brother and sister. Age 18 and 16 years old, they have been sharing their passion for dance around the world. Raymond & Jenalyn are the 3 time World Salsa Champions competing with over 35 countries in Miami at the World Latin Dance Cup. They are also Canadian Salsa Champions and have over 25 major international titles. They have performed alongside many celebrities from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can […]

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  • Robert Rosario – New York

    Robert Rosario – New York

    Robert and Isabel Robert and Isabel are dynamic set of dancers that have quickly risen to be one of the hottest new partnerships in New York City. They came together in March of 2015 and in a short amount of time have caught the attention of many in the global Latin dance scene. Individually both Isabel and Robert have many strengths and experience that speaks for itself, but together they are a unique powerhouse partnership. Robert Rosario started his study […]

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  • Isabel Freiberger – North Carolina

    Isabel Freiberger – North Carolina

    Robert and Isabel Robert and Isabel are dynamic set of dancers that have quickly risen to be one of the hottest new partnerships in New York City. They came together in March of 2015 and in a short amount of time have caught the attention of many in the global Latin dance scene. Individually both Isabel and Robert have many strengths and experience that speaks for itself, but together they are a unique powerhouse partnership. Robert Rosario started his study […]

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  • Edwin Rivera – New York/L.A.

    Edwin Rivera – New York/L.A.

    Edwin is one of the most influential salsa dancer, choreographer, instructor and musician of our generation. With a career spanning almost two decades, he has made quite the impact on the dance and music community. From the east to the west coast as well as internationally, he brings his Puerto Rican culture, with an innovative and creative style to the dance floor, the stage and to our ears. His story is a MUST READ, as he inspires dancers, especially what […]

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  • Tamara Valle – France/Texas

    Tamara Valle – France/Texas

    Born in France, Tamara began her dance training at the age of 3 in classical ballet. She in gymnastics and acrobatics during her early childhood. Tamara further developed and expanded her dance training by enrolling in the Troyes Conservatory which specialized in Modern, Jazz and Classical Ballet. There she obtained professional and more structured training and formal education in the history of dance, music and anatomy of the body. Upon completion, Tamara received recognition for having the highest GPA in […]

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  • Bacharico – New Orleans

    Bacharico – New Orleans

    Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. My 1st dances were Bachata and Merengue highly influenced by my Dominican background. Studying and Training with and under Aurelio Gonzalez (Cuban Master based in New Orleans), Troy Anthony, Jorjet Alcocer and Raymond Armant of Mambo Orleans has since solidified my foundation as an Instructor and Student. I am currently a Professional Instructor based out of two Dance Studios in New Orleans where I teach 7 classes per week in addition to teaching […]

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  • Rubia Garcia – New Orleans

    Rubia Garcia – New Orleans

    Rubia Garcia is a born and bred New Orleans Lady. Trained to play Classical and Jazz music since the age of seven, she quickly fell in love with the rhythm of Latin music in her early teens. In 2001, she began training with Cuban-born Salsero Aurelio Gonzales; performing Casino Style Salsa, or “Rueda” at various venues around Louisiana. In 2004, she broadened her dancing skills by training with world renowned instructors and performers Troy Anthony and Jorjet Alocer. She moved […]

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  • Jonathan Godinez – New York

    Jonathan Godinez – New York

    Jonathan & Jennifer Isabel, also known as #JSquared, are international Bachata Instructors based in NYC, who most recently have become the 2017 World Just Bachata Champions at the World Salsa Summit. People have fallen with their connection seen on popular videos and on the dance floor. They love to showcase the importance of Connection and Musicality in Bachata. Now, having debuted their first routine, they strive to travel the world and spread the love for bachata.   Jonathan Godinez & […]

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  • Jennifer Isabel – New York

    Jennifer Isabel – New York

    Jonathan & Jennifer Isabel, also known as #JSquared, are international Bachata Instructors based in NYC, who most recently have become the 2017 World Just Bachata Champions at the World Salsa Summit. People have fallen with their connection seen on popular videos and on the dance floor. They love to showcase the importance of Connection and Musicality in Bachata. Now, having debuted their first routine, they strive to travel the world and spread the love for bachata. Jonathan Godinez & Jennifer […]

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  • Christopher Molina – New York

    Christopher Molina – New York

    In October of 2006 Christopher Molina found his love of dance. Since then, he has trained in a variety of dances, including On2 salsa (NY style), Cha Cha, American Tango, American Waltz, Bachata, Merengue and Cumbia, to name a few. Under the tutelage of Mr. Howie Lorenz, Molina has become an accomplished dancer, choreographer and instructor at Lorenz Latin Dance Studio- one of New York’s premiere Latin dance studios. Molina has performed internationally and across America at numerous salsa congresses, […]

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  • Tara Gonczi – New York

    Tara Gonczi – New York

    Growing up Tara Gonczi always had a love for dance and never shied away from an opportunity to dance – whether it was choreographing small routines with her cousins or dancing around at family parties. Joining Lorenz Latin Dance Studio in January 2006 was like a dream come true for her, starting off with Ballroom and eventually working up to Latin Dance. In November 2006, she was given the opportunity to join Lorenz’s Semi-pro Salsa team, traveling to many congresses […]

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Our Story

It started as an idea between friends, bringing a congress to Texas where at the time Texas had no active congress in the entire state. A congress that would showcase Texas Salsa talent, bring awareness of salsa to the community and raise money for scholarships. Together David Melendez and Ruby Rivera worked hard and in January 2004, the Texas Salsa Congress was born.

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