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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. When Victoria reached high school, she realized that dancing had become her passion. She began to choreograph hip hop routines of her own, and often practiced by free styling both lyrical and hip hop.

The story of how Victoria got into Latin Dancing was very unexpected, even for herself. As a result of the end of a bad relationship, and what seemed like the universe was urging her to do..knowing absolutely nothing about salsa or bachata, she dived headfirst into the Latin Dance Scene.That was all it took though for her to realize her ultimate passion. The first social that she went to, she couldn’t get enough. Hungry for more, she started picking up practices with local dancers in the scene, including dance instructor, Guiseppe Mor.

Starting out, social dancing was Victoria’s way of learning and growing, and still is. After being in the latin dance scene for a couple years, Victoria met Eduardo Diaz and began to train under him in salsa and Bachata, which included lifts and tricks. Another one of her accomplishments that year was her Performance with Rossanno Adonis of an on1 Salsa on stage at the Fillmore Charlotte with world-known artist – Guayacan.

Throughout the past couple of years, Victoria has attended many dance festivals & congresses, learning and performing with different instructors. Some of those include: Daniel & Desiree world team project (Directed by Bethany Gray and Evan Shuvo) and Camp Venus Miami 2017 (Learned and performed with Ahoy Juliana, Tanja Kensinger, and Desiree Godsell).

Halfway through her college career at UNC Charlotte, Victoria decided to make her passion more of a reality and minor in dance. Since then, she has been trained by top instructors provided by the college in modern dance, traditional Latin dance, contemporary jazz dance, and is continuing with higher ballet forms as she finishes her degree.

Realizing how much love she had for Latin dance, Victoria wanted to find a way to teach and touch other people’s lives with this outlet that she had found herself in. During her Junior year at UNCC, Victoria founded & became the Vice president of the Latin Dance Club Organization, the first on campus.

Currently, Victoria has started traveling and teaching bachata, and bachazouk fusion classes with Instructor Luis Loredo. Aside from this, Victoria choreographs her own hip hop heel routines, as well as ladies bachata and kizomba styling. She is working on a Women’s team or group under the title of Sola Dance Movement with the motto of “styling confidence”. A dance movement created to inspire women of all ages to have confidence in themselves.

Luis & Victoria | Worry by Jack Garratt (DJ Tronky Bachata Remix)

Luis Loredo & Victoria Calamusa

Luis Loredo & Victoria Calamusa

 

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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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