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  • Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior Alabi San Francisco, California 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 […]

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  • Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Emily Alabi San Francisco, California 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 […]

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  • Danielle Figueroa – New York

    Danielle Figueroa – New York

    Danielle Figueroa began dancing at the age of 3 at the Starlite Dance Studio. Under the direction of the late Mr. David Melendez she excelled and was usually the youngest in all her classes. Danielle competed in National Competitions with Starlite’s Company Class until he chose her to become one of the original Starlite Sweethearts at the age of 8, becoming the youngest Sweetheart ever. A duo, Heart & Soul came shortly after, in which Danielle danced with her first […]

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  • Robert Lay – Dallas

    Robert Lay – Dallas

    Roberto Lay, a professional dancer and instructor from Dallas, has developed his own unique style of urban bachata. He leads one of Texas’ largest and well-known bachata teams called SeduXion, which has groups in Dallas, Austin and Houston. A native of Panama City, Roberto has been teaching dance for more than 10 years and has spent more than 15 years in the entertainment and promotional industry. His experience as a dancer dates back to the age of 15, when he […]

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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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  • Edwin Rivera – New York

    Edwin Rivera – New York

    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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  • 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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  • Jhon Rodriguez – Colombia

    Jhon Rodriguez – Colombia

    Jhon and Johana are one of the leading Colombian Style couples in the US. In 2006 John and Johana participated and placed first at the World Salsa Federation and third at the World Salsa Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jhon and Johana have been representing Colombian Salsa all over the world and the US for the past 8 years. In 2012 and 2013, Johana and her team Baila Conmigo participated in a total of 20 categories at the World Latin […]

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  • Johana Vasquez – Colombia

    Johana Vasquez – Colombia

    Jhon and Johana are one of the leading Colombian Style couples in the US. In 2006 John and Johana participated and placed first at the World Salsa Federation and third at the World Salsa Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jhon and Johana have been representing Colombian Salsa all over the world and the US for the past 8 years. In 2012 and 2013, Johana and her team Baila Conmigo participated in a total of 20 categories at the World Latin […]

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  • Kevin & Gaby Colombia

    Kevin & Gaby Colombia

    Baila Conmigo Dance Company was founded in 2009 by Johana Vasquez and has quickly become one of the leading Colombian Style dance companies in the country. Known for their innovative choreographies, fast footwork, and high-flying acrobatics, the Baila Conmigo dance team has graced some of the biggest stages in the country. Kevin and Gabby are part of Baila Conmigo Dance company. These two little dancers were the first youngest couple to compete at a Worldwide Dance Competition. Kevin have traveled around […]

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  • Robert Rosario – New York

    Robert Rosario – New York

    Robert Rosario – New York Born in New York City, on April 7th 1992 raise in the Dominican Republic. Rosario stared dancing in 2009 at the age of 17 street dancing. Started dancing on On2 also at the age of 17 in the Dominican Republic with Fusion Latina under the directions of David Paulino. In 2011 Rosario move back to New York and started training with Yamulee Dance Company under the directions of Osmar Perrones. In his journey in Yamulee […]

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  • Isabel Freiberger – North Carolina

    Isabel Freiberger – North Carolina

    Born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Isabel has traveled the world because of her great passion for dance. She is currently one of the strongest female salsa dancers in North Carolina, while rapidly earning recognition nationally and internationally. Isabel’s dancing on and off stage has captivated the attention of audiences and viewers worldwide. Isabel stands out as a top social dancer with a clean and speedy following technique that is accentuated with dynamic footwork and styling. On stage […]

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  • Christopher Guzman – New York

    Christopher Guzman – New York

    Christopher Guzman began dancing salsa back in 2008 when he first joined the Lorenz Latin dance studio. Since then he has become one of the main instructors in their Glendale studio location, and performs as one of the dancers on their Pro Team Lorenz Latin Dancers. Back in high school Chris had gained back ground knowledge in several styles of ballroom dancing. He also dances hip hop, and taught several workshops for hip hop, cha cha and salsa alongside Erika […]

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  • Erika Lopez – New York

    Erika Lopez – New York

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Erika Lopez has always had a love for dance. Growing up she would learn choreography by watching videos on her own and learning from others. She started out with hip hop, had been a part of her High School’s dance team and began taking classes at Broadway Dance Center. It wasn’t until October 2007 that she joined the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio and found her passion for Salsa. She started off taking salsa […]

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  • Rafael Monroy – New York

    Rafael Monroy – New York

    Rafael Monroy started his dance career with the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio in June 2010. Almost immediately, dance became a passion which took a very important role in his life. He went on to become a part of Lorenz’s Semi Pro Teams Mambo Clasico and Reflejo de Lorenz, and eventually became a part of the professional team – The Lorenz Latin Dancers. As he continued to grow and unfold as a dancer, he was given the opportunity to pass on […]

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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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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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