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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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  • 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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  • Christian Franco – Texas

    Christian Franco – Texas

    Christian Franco is a charismatic USA based Kizomba instructor with over a decade of teaching and dancing experience. Since 2011 he has fallen in love with Kizomba and he has made it his mission to diffuse and share the sensuality, elegance, and addictive feeling of this beautiful African music and dance. He travels often to Europe to seek extensive training from world renowned Masters Instructors in Kizomba. Aside from being a Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba dance instructor, he travels often […]

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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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  • De’Jon Polanski – New Orleans

    De’Jon Polanski – New Orleans

    De’Jon Polanski is a high energy diverse Afro Latin Dance Instructor/Performer/Artist/Social Dancer from a Dominican Cultural Background originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. He discovered Latin Dance at the age of 15 years old and began to social dance Salsa and Bachata  untrained until later discovering Cuban Master Aurelio Gonzalez where he trained in Cuban Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Folklore and Cuban Son, Orishas y Rumba. He later ventured off into training privately with Raymond Armant of Mambo Orleans to transition […]

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  • Karla Blanco – Venezuela/Texas

    Karla Blanco – Venezuela/Texas

    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 […]

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  • Gio Ochoa – Mexico

    Gio Ochoa – Mexico

    This young brother and sister duo has recently attracted attention as guest dancers in Los Angeles BKS, Houston Congress, Washington Bachata Congress and more. Gio & Gaby provide powerful and consecutive acrobatics, high-speed rotations and give dynamic performances. Gio & Gaby Ochoa – Couple  1st Place: Panamá Salsa Fest 2016: Salsa Professional Couples 3rd Place: Euroson Latino 2016: Salsa Professional Couples: Feel the Rhythms Salsa Open 2nd Place: Oaxaca Salsa & Bachata Festival 2017: Salsa Professional Couples 1st Place: Festival […]

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  • Gaby Ochoa – Mexico

    Gaby Ochoa – Mexico

    This young brother and sister duo has recently attracted attention as guest dancers in Los Angeles BKS, Houston Congress, Washington Bachata Congress and more. Gio & Gaby provide powerful and consecutive acrobatics, high-speed rotations and give dynamic performances. Gio & Gaby Ochoa – Couple  1st Place: Panamá Salsa Fest 2016: Salsa Professional Couples 3rd Place: Euroson Latino 2016: Salsa Professional Couples: Feel the Rhythms Salsa Open 2nd Place: Oaxaca Salsa & Bachata Festival 2017: Salsa Professional Couples 1st Place: Festival […]

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  • Carla Capo – USA/Spain

    Carla Capo – USA/Spain

    The only Sensual Bachata Instructors, in the USA, who lived and trained in Spain, where Sensual Bachata was created. They are currently doing a Europe tour after teaching all over Italy, Hungary, Rumania, Mexico, Spain and all over the United States of America. Carla practically was born dancing, as her mother is a professional dancer. Carla has trained ballet, jazz, hip hop, and has competed in ballroom. She also has a degree in acting. Carla has done some television commercials […]

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  • Vladi Aragon – USA/Spain

    Vladi Aragon – USA/Spain

    The only Sensual Bachata Instructors, in the USA, who lived and trained in Spain, where Sensual Bachata was created. They are currently doing a Europe tour after teaching all over Italy, Hungary, Rumania, Mexico, Spain and all over the United States of America. Carla practically was born dancing, as her mother is a professional dancer. Carla has trained ballet, jazz, hip hop, and has competed in ballroom. She also has a degree in acting. Carla has done some television commercials […]

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  • Maria Ramos – New York

    Maria Ramos – New York

    In June 2014, Maria Ramos founded D’COR Dance Company to realize her artistic vision of blending Latin, Hip Hop and Contemporary dance. D’COR, “The Core”, boldly expresses the emotional rawness of human relationships through explosive movement. Maria’s choreography incorporates dynamic partnering, dramatic storytelling, and gravity-defying lifts to make impactful statements about the world in which we live. In June 2016, Maria opened D’COR Studio in East Harlem as a home for Latin Fusion. Classes include both main stream and Latin […]

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  • Felix Santiago – Puerto Rico

    Felix Santiago – Puerto Rico

    Trained in rhythms such as salsa, hip hop, jazz, street jazz and commercial dances, Félix Santiago has stood out as a professional dancer since 2001. He has had the opportunity to work as a dancer for great artists such as Jerry Rivera, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ruben Blades, Roberto Roena, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, among others. He has choreographed for artists such as Jerry Rivera, N’klave, NG2, Limi-T 21, Kalimba, Obie Bermudez, among others. In 2013 he joined Diangelís […]

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  • Diangelis Rosa – Puerto Rico

    Diangelis Rosa – Puerto Rico

    Trained in rhythms such as ballet, jazz, salsa, hip hop, and commercial dances, Diangelís Rosa has worked as a competitor, coach and salsa coach in different categories. She has had the opportunity to be a dancer and choreographer for artists such as Obie Bermudez, NG2, Limi-T 21, Tito the Bambino, Jerry Rivera, Luisito Carrion, Plenealo, among others. In 2013 she joined Félix Santiago and together they created their dance school Bailaré Dance Studio, in her hometown Aibonito, PR. Together they […]

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  • Victoria Calamusa – North Carolina

    Victoria Calamusa – North Carolina

    Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Music & Dance has always been a part of Victoria Calamusa’s life from early on – that included her preschool, Kindermusik (a music based school) and expands to the start of her passion for dance at the age of five. Throughout her Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle school years, she was a part of Lake Norman Dance Gallery. While there, she took years of ballet, hip-hop, lyrical dance and did performances with the academy. […]

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  • Luis Loredo – Texas

    Luis Loredo – Texas

    Born in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico, Luis Angel Loredo came to the states when he was 9 years old. Although his family is filled with musicians, it wasn’t until his freshman year in high school that Luis Loredo began to tune into the sounds of music. But once he did, music took over his life very quickly. Bass guitar was his instrument of choice and like any other musician, he began exploring a multitude of other instruments including piano, organ, […]

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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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