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  • Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Emily Alabi 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 […]

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  • Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior Alabi 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 […]

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  • Marlon “Marley” Lizama – Houston

    Marlon “Marley” Lizama – Houston

    Marlon “Marley” Lizama Hometown: 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 […]

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  • Phillip “Philly” Duong – Hawaii

    Phillip “Philly” Duong – Hawaii

    Phillip Duong, Director and Choreographer of Epica Latin Dance Company, is one of Hawaii’s young and promising latin dance performer and instructor. In 2011, Phillip and his partner Kimberly became Hawaii’s youngest Salsa Champions and will be competing at the World Latin Dance Cup. Learning salsa straight from high school and continuing his training in the mainland with many renowned instructors, Phillip has continued to display his unique talents to all spectrums of arts and entertainment in Hawaii. He continues […]

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  • Kimberly Tordjman – Hawaii

    Kimberly Tordjman – Hawaii

    Kimberly Tordjman, Director of Epica Latin Dance Co and Hawaii Salsa Champion, has over twenty years of training in many forms of dance, beginning with ballet in the Royal Academy of Dance style under Jennifer Schwartz at Kauai Dance Center, Victoria Koenig of Inland Pacific Ballet, Chris Witt, Paul Roach, Ballet Hawaii, West Hawaii Dance Theatre, Michelle Cole, Mary Haur, Drill Team Hawaii, and numerous other dance studios in Kauai, Oahu, and Southern California. Kimberly’s main experience is in Salsa, […]

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  • Robert Lay – Dallas

    Robert 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 15years, and has been teaching dance for over 10 years. He is knowledgable in many of the Latin dances, […]

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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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  • Carlos Hernandez – New York

    Carlos Hernandez – New York

    Carlos Hernandez – New York Carlos Hernandez, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic grew up dancing salsa in The Bronx, New York. Though he grew up dancing salsa as a little kid, it wasn’t until his early 20s that he began dancing New York style ON2 salsa with Yamulee. For half of a decade, Carlos traveled the world performing with Yamulee at international salsa congresses in Hamburg, London, Manchester, Miami, Acapulco, Los Angeles, Chicago and dozens more alongside legendary Osmar […]

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  • Arlette Guerra – New York

    Arlette Guerra – New York

    Arlette Guerra – New York Arlette Guerra has been dancing salsa for over 10 years and has been internationally recognized for her talents and fierce passion on the dance floor. Arlette, born in the Dominican Republic moved to New York City as a little girl where she grew up dancing amongst her family and friends. At the age of 18 she took her first on2 salsa dance class with Osmar Perrones, currently the Director of Yamulee and former member of […]

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  • Robyn Chance – Austin/Dallas

    Robyn Chance – Austin/Dallas

    Aside from dance performance and choreography, Robyn is a true artist of nearly every medium; she was born in Houston and studied dance in Austin, New York and Los Angeles for seventeen years. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas. Her primary dance roots are in Ballet, Burlesque and Hiphop. She’s a former member of Austin’s 96.7 KISS FM Hiphop Dance Team, and instructed Texas’ first controversial “Cardio Striptease” dance class at the Atomic Dance Factory. While living in LA, Robyn […]

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  • Edwin Rivera – New York/LA

    Edwin Rivera – New York/LA

    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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  • Santo Rico Dance Co. – New York

    Santo Rico Dance Co. – New York

    Santo Rico Dance Co. – New York The history of Santo Rico dates back to 1995. The name of the dance company is derived from the initial members of the group being half from Santo Domingo (Santo) and half from Puerto Rico (Rico), hence the name “Santo Rico.” Since launching their first choreography in 1996 Santo Rico has worked relentlessly on its art, spanning 6 continents, 35 countries and over 40 US cities during its fabulous trajectory. To date, they’re […]

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  • Darnell Allen – Houston

    Darnell Allen – Houston

    Darnell Allen, aka “D”, was born in Virginia and grew up in Washington, DC until moving to Houston, TX in 1995 where in High School, inspired from seeing friends B-boying from R N S Crew (Rhythm ‘N Soul) and the guys from KORO (Knights of Rhythm Odyssey) as well as other B-Boys at Lamar, he first started dancing Hip Hop. The rhythms of Funk, Soul, House and of course Hip Hop beats motivated him to learn and practice more. In […]

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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 3 1/2 years. Tweet

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  • Mark & Julissa – New York

    Mark & Julissa – New York

    Mark Lema is an instructor and member of the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio. He is also a member of the studio’s pro team, Reflejo de Lorenz. Julissa Pena is part of with the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio. She is also Manager of our new third location in the Bronx, New York. She is a Salsa instructor and teaches children’s salsa, ladies styling, body movement, as well as Zumba Classes, and is a member of the studio’s pro team, Reflejo de […]

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  • Lauro Lopez – Houston

    Lauro Lopez – Houston

    Lauro and Luis Lopez are two of three brothers who share 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, they both have been dancing for about 7 years. Together they are 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 unique […]

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  • Luis Lopez – Houston

    Luis Lopez – Houston

    Lauro and Luis Lopez are two of three brothers who share 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, they both have been dancing for about 7 years. Together they are 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 unique […]

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  • Beto & Cristina – Houston

    Beto & Cristina – Houston

    Born and raised in Houston, Texas Jose “Beto” Calvillo has been dancing since the age of fourteen and choreographing since the age of seventeen. His drive for dynamic, creative, fast choreography lead him to pursue the competitive side of performance art. Beto has been a competitor in the following competitions Texas Salsa Open, Puerto Rico Salsa Open (junior division), World Salsa Championships, and World of Dance Dallas. 
Performing was a great passion of Beto’s, but he soon realized to be […]

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  • Lee Rios – San Antonio

    Lee Rios – San Antonio

    Lee Rios is based out of San Antonio, Texas and have been dancing together for about 4 years. Lee stands out for his unique style both in social partner work as well as in choreographies. He has taught in various events both nationally and internationally; sharing his knowledge and inspiring many to be “touched moved and inspired” by dance and life. Lee Rios is founder and director of Semeneya Dance Company and the owner of Semeneya Ballroom (a 7,000 sq.ft. […]

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  • Rodney Aquino – San Francisco

    Rodney Aquino – San Francisco

    Rodney “Rodchata” Aquino Hometown: San Francisco Rodney “Rodchata” Aquino is a popular Latin Dance instructor, writer and lecturer in the world. Solely responsible for popularizing bachata dance in San Francisco Bay Area, RODCHATA, as bachateros intimately calls him, has been in the Latin Dance scene for over 15 years and is considered one of the foremost authority in bachata dance. A certified instructor, his dance background includes Latin International Ballroom, salsa (on1, on2 mambo, and Cuban son, Casino), chachacha, merengue […]

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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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