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  • Lauro Lopez – Houston

    Lauro Lopez – Houston

    Lauro co-founder of Houston based dance company along with Vanessa Pinon. Lauro Lopez shares the love and passion for Hip-Hop and Salsa through the upcoming team, reKreation Dance Company, a 40 member youth group. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he has been dancing for about 8 years. reKreation is known for their unique styles coming together as one in salsa infused Hip-Hop with intricate Hip-Hop moves and quick salsa footwork. With the best of both worlds, their choreographies are […]

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  • Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Hometown: San Francisco Hometown: San Francisco Junior and Emily are a brother and sister team from San Francisco, CA. Junior and Emily have performed, taught, and competed all over the world. Through their dancing they have traveled and toured through most of the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. Through the years, Junior and Emily have created their own unique style of dancing which has swept stages around the world. They are 8- time National and International Salsa Dance […]

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  • Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Hometown: San Francisco Junior and Emily are a brother and sister team from San Francisco, CA. Junior and Emily have performed, taught, and competed all over the world. Through their dancing they have traveled and toured through most of the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. Through the years, Junior and Emily have created their own unique style of dancing which has swept stages around the world. They are 8- time National and International Salsa Dance Champions and are […]

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  • Sandy De Lara – Dallas

    Sandy De Lara – Dallas

    This Texas Artist continues to raise the bar in the performing arts community with her exotic look and unparalleled style. Her trademark style, a neo-fusion of Latin rhythms, draws from her mastery of more than 7 distinct global methods and techniques. In Dallas, she carves out her place in history as a both a powerful performer and balanced instructor. Sandy’s performing career has led her across the country and back, appearing in venues such as China Club (New York), House […]

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  • Kevin Vasquez – Puerto Rico

    Kevin Vasquez – Puerto Rico

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  • Jacky Ramos – Puerto Rico

    Jacky Ramos – Puerto Rico

    Nació en Bayamón PR, el 21 de Marzo de 1985. Comenzó su carrera en el baile de la salsa en 1999. En sus inicios formo parte de la academia de baile Danzarines de Papa Tambor. Ha bailado en tarima para grandes de la salsa como lo son: Orq. De la Luz en concierto en Japon, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Ismael Miranda, Andy Montañéz, Luigie Texidor, Richie Rey y Bobby Cruz, Lalo Rodríguez, Oscar de León, La India, Victor Manuel, Gilberto […]

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  • Edwin Rivera – New York

    Edwin Rivera – New York

    Edwin is one of the most influential salsa dancer, chorea​grapher, instructor and musician of our generation. With a career spanning almost two decades as he’s surprisingly only in his late 20s, 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 swag, with an innovative and creative style to the dance floor, the stage and to our ears. His story is a […]

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  • Robert Lay – Dallas

    Robert Lay – Dallas

    Roberto is a professional dancer, performer and instructor out of Dallas Texas, and the Director of the Seduxion Dance Group. He was born in Panama City and moved to the states at the age of 10. He took up dancing at the age 15 in a Folklorico group where he first discovered his true passion for dance. Roberto has been in the entertainment and promotional industry for over 6 years, and has been teaching dance for over five years. He […]

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  • Tamara Valle – France

    Tamara Valle – France

    Born in France, Tamara began her dance training at the age of 3 in classical ballet. During her early childhood and adolescence she pursued and competed in gymnastics and acrobatics. 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 […]

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  • Ismael Otero – New Jersey

    Ismael Otero – New Jersey

    Ismael Otero, New Yorican native living in New Jersey, founder and director of the “Caribbean Soul Dancers”, is also known as the Million Moves Man. Over the years, Ismael, coming from break dancing and hip hop background, has created a unique style of dance that includes complicate arm work, unusual and funny hand flips, unique turn patterns, exciting foot work and more, combined with flavor and technique. Ismael Otero’s dance style is considered out of the ordinary from the traditional […]

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  • Melanie Castillo – New York

    Melanie Castillo – New York

    Melanie Castillo, from New York, has been dancing since the age of 5, with training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern and now primarily focuses on Salsa. Melanie started her career in the competitive world, successfully achieving titles such as the New York International Salsa Congress Salsa Champion, New York/New Jersey Champion, IHSC Salsa Champion, World Salsa Summit Champions in the Just Salsa Division, partnered with Elvis Collado. Melanie has trained and worked with Nelson Flores, Sekou Mcmiller, […]

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  • Alex Morel – New Jersey

    Alex Morel – New Jersey

    Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and raised in Paterson, NJ, Alex Morel is known for his musical style and flavor on the dance floor. He admits to always identifying with music of all genres. In 2005, Alex began salsa lessons with renowned instructor, choreographer, and director of Caribbean Soul Dance Co. Ismael Otero – also known as the “Million Moves Man”. With the help of both instructors and Ismael Otero and Shani Talmor, Alex was able to grow both […]

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  • Desiree Godsell – Houston

    Desiree Godsell – Houston

    Desiree Godsell, born and raised in Houston, Texas, graduated from the High School of Performing and Visual Arts which set the foundation for her life in performing arts. From there she received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Once moving to NYC she began choreographing and dancing for the Atlantic recording artist Santigold touring all over the world, opening up for Coldplay, Kanye West, Jay-Z, MIA, and Rihanna to name a few. Desiree […]

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  • Chris & Erika – New York

    Chris & Erika – New York

    Chris is an instructor at the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio and a member of its pro team, the Lorenz Latin Dancers. Chris has been a member of the Studio Molina is an Salsa for over 5 years. Erika Lopez is an instructor at the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio and teaches children’s salsa classes, hip hop classes, ladies’ styling, body movement and Zumba. She is also a member of the Lorenz Latin Dancers pro team for about 5 1/2 years. Tweet

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  • Chris & Julissa – New York

    Chris & Julissa – New York

    Chris is an instructor at the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio and a member of its pro team, the Lorenz Latin Dancers. Chris has been a member of the Studio Molina is an Salsa for over 5 years. Julissa Pena is an instructor at the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio and teaches children’s salsa classes, hip hop classes, ladies’ styling, body movement. Tweet

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  • Salsa y Control Dance Company – Boston

    Salsa y Control Dance Company – Boston

    Felicita is Co-founder of Salsa y Control Dance Company in Boston, Ma. She is a performer, choreographer, and dance instructor specializing in the genre of SALSA On-1. Her unique style is noted for being a fusion of raw intricate footwork patterns with natural sexy feminine flare that comes from her using dance as a form of self-expression. Her life mission is to share her passion for dance, and to inspire the pursuit happiness in others. Her initial dance training began […]

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  • Latin Beats behind the Texas Salsa Congress

    Latin Beats behind the Texas Salsa Congress

    Starts May 22, 2015: Latin Beats celebrates 10 Years of providing a fun, family oriented event in the middle of Houston’s Downtown! Latin Beats is a seasonal dance event that takes place every Friday from 7-11 pm in Houston, Texas late spring & summer. It’s hosted by the Downtown Aquarium and partnership with the Texas Salsa Congress. Located in the middle of downtown Houston, Latin Beats celebrates salsa family fun!! Always free and open to all ages! Come with your […]

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  • Texas Size Serving of Salsa

    Texas Size Serving of Salsa

    The congress schedule consists of workshops during the day for beginner to advanced dancers, evening dance exhibitions and hours of social dancing. So, make your reservations early and don’t miss out on your Texas-sized serving of salsa music and dance! Tweet

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  • Celebration of Dance & Culture

    Celebration of Dance & Culture

    The Texas Salsa Congress is one of the largest dance events to hit the Lone Star State! We founded this event in 2005 with the help of the one and only, David Melendez at the Westin Oaks-Galleria. 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 […]

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  • Latin Beats Kick off May 2013

    Latin Beats Kick off May 2013

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  • Free Salsa Class Every Friday

    Free Salsa Class Every Friday

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  • Dancing in the middle of Downtown

    Dancing in the middle of Downtown

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  • Highlighting different bands

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  • Open to all Ages

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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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