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  • Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior 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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  • 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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  • Rocky Quinones – Chicago

    Rocky Quinones – Chicago

    Gifted Souls Dance Company is a Salsa and Hip-hop Dance Company comprised of 25 dancers and based in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 2008 by Director, Rocky Quinones, and was recognized by the state of Illinois as a Non-for-Profit Organization in 2011. “Some people might think that dealing with 25 kids twice a week is beyond hectic, but I couldn’t imagine my life without them. We all share one passion: Dance. With that one passion, we have become a […]

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  • Antonio Doza-Williams – NYC

    Antonio Doza-Williams – NYC

    Antonio Doza-Williams, of Dominican background, has been dancing since the age of three. After many years of studying hip-hop and modern he took an interest in dancing Salsa. In 2008, he trained with the world renouned dance team ClaveKazi located in Washington, DC and Japan. In 2010 he moved to NYC to start his teaching career and works with kids up to adults. His amazing Spinning, Isolation, Body movement and styling skills brings an intriguing style to the floor. Known […]

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  • Eleanee Jimenez – NYC

    Eleanee Jimenez – NYC

    Eleanee Jimenez grew up in the United States, New York / New Jersey area where she naturally started dancing to the traditional music of  Latin culture.  Her resume includes: 2010 Los Angeles Salsa Congress, 1st annual New Jersey International Salsa Congress; 2010 Montreal Salsa Convention; 12th & 13th annual Puerto Rico Salsa Congress; 8th & 9th annual New York International Salsa Congress; 8th & 9th annual Chicago International Salsa Congress; 2009 Sacramento Salsa Congress; 2010 Houston Salsa Congress, 2007 New York […]

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  • Marlon  “Marley” Lizama – Houston

    Marlon “Marley” Lizama – Houston

    Marlon is a s a poet, activist, writer, and a dancer. He has competed and won in U.S. competitions such as Freestyle Session(Los Angeles) Boy city(Texas) Outbreak ( Florida) Out For Fame U.S. Championships (Chicago, LA, San Francisco) His dancing has taken him all over the world. France,Canada,Japan,Poland,Russia,Italy,Spain,India,Mexico,Holand,and so on…. He hold titles in more than 5 different countries and is currently traveling and working with the U.S. embassy with a culture exchange program. This program allows him to teach […]

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  • Roberto Lay – Dallas

    Roberto Lay – Dallas

    Roberto is a professional dancer, performer and instructor out of Dallas Texas. He was born in Panama City, Panama 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 15 years, and has been teaching dance for over 10 years. He is knowledgable in many of the Latin […]

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  • Sandy De Lara – Dallas

    Sandy De Lara – Dallas

    This Texas phenomenal 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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  • Edwin Rivera – New York

    Edwin Rivera – New York

    In the world of dance and music Edwin Rivera has become a name to remember. This inspirational young man is a role model for young people about overcoming adversity, remembering your roots, and escaping the chains of where you were born. Using his life as an example he is showing the world how strength, hard work, and determination can lead you to your dreams. Edwin Rivera grew up in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in a house in […]

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  • Christian Sola – Florida

    Christian Sola – Florida

    Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Christian was given a great foundation in musical genres, listening and dancing to Latin folklore, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Jazz. At a young age, Christian performed Folklore and Hip Hop dances at local talent shows and events. Although music and dancing were always a passion, they were temporarily forgotten after moving to Orlando, Florida in 1997.After a 2004 salsa class, the fire was re-ignited! Christian learned Salsa LA style On 1. Shortly after he […]

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  • Marina Orlova – Russia/Orlando

    Marina Orlova – Russia/Orlando

    Born in the heart of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Marina comes from a family of musicians and artists, and where the arts are essential and prized. She fell in love with dance from the very first lesson she went to as a little girl, which was folkloric Russian dancing. Upon her arrival in the states, she began her studies in ballet with the School of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method) in Aventura, Florida with Vladimir Issaev in 2003. She received professional ballet […]

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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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  • Eddie Torres, Jr. – New York

    Eddie Torres, Jr. – New York

    Eddie Torres Jr., son of the legendary salsa dancer Eddie Torres and flamenco dancer Nelida Tirado was born and raised amongst the infectious rhythms of salsa and flamenco. His countless childhood year’s sitting in rehearsal’s, backstage and on tour, sparked his interest in the arts. He began studying music at the age of 12 and continued his music studies at The Celia Cruz High School of Music. At 14, he began dancing and excelled quickly as if he danced his […]

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  • Destiny Garcia – New York

    Destiny Garcia – New York

    Destiny Garcia has been dancing for about 6 years and has been trained by world renown instructor Nelson Flores. She is currently dancing with Nelson Flores’ dance company Descarga Latina, both Semi Pro and Pro team. She has performed in many different events such as the New York International Salsa Congress 2010-2012, CT Salsa Congress, an event for Paul Shaffer and many other venues in the tri-state area. She has had the privilege to perform in London for the Mambo […]

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  • Angel Santiago – San Antonio

    Angel Santiago – San Antonio

      Angel & Jessica Santiago are two of the most unique Salsa/Mambo dancers, performers, choreographers and instructors in Texas at the moment. Their choreography and teaching technique, along with their funky but precise body movements and clean styling, have brought them significant attention. They are two passionate, hard working and focused individuals who always strive to be the best at everything they do. Angel Santiago, born and raised in Puerto Rico, is a trained Ballet, Jazz and Hip-Hop dancer. He […]

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  • Jessica Santiago – San Antonio

    Jessica Santiago – San Antonio

    Angel & Jessica Santiago are two of the most unique Salsa/Mambo dancers, performers, choreographers and instructors in Texas at the moment. Their choreography and teaching technique, along with their funky but precise body movements and clean styling, have brought them significant attention. They are two passionate, hard working and focused individuals who always strive to be the best at everything they do. Jessica Santiago started her salsa-dancing career as a member of the international dance company Semeneya in the year […]

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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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  • Raye Avery and Irena Griffin – Houston

    Raye Avery and Irena Griffin – Houston

    Raye, a native of Houston, Texas, has been dancing and competing in since the seventies. A regular champion in local club competitions, Raye danced in the movie “Can’t Stop the Music” as well as competed on the original “Dance Fever”. Raye and Irene began their dance partnership in 1998, consistently winning in the Amateur Theater Arts division at Hustle USA, International Hustle & Salsa Competition, Disco America, and World Hustle Dance Championship before turning “pro” in 2004. They were Finalists […]

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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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