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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tiffany Trujillo – New York

    Tiffany Trujillo – New York

    Tiffany Trujillo started her dance career at the age of 3, taking up jazz, hip hop, lyrical and modern dance. Tiffany started competing at the age of 7 and has been a part of multiple competitions across the NY metropolitan area (Starbound, That’s Entertainment, Starpower, Dance Arts Plus, Backstage, etc). She went on to choreograph routines for competition groups at Ridgewood Dance Studio that won several platinum and high gold trophies as well as special recognition awards. Going into adulthood, […]

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  • Karla Blanco – Texas/Venezuela

    Karla Blanco – Texas/Venezuela

    She has presented herself in over 200 festivals throughout Venezuela and in many different countries/territories which include: Norway, Angola,Curacao, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Spain and in USA states such as: California, Boston, Saint Louis, Florida, New York and Texas. Her background is with world class experience. The implementation of Ballroom dancing and in other areas of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, Bachata, Latin Hustle, West Coast Swing, Kizomba and Traditional Folkloric dance. Karla is also a coach and […]

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  • Jariel Garcia – New York

    Jariel Garcia – New York

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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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