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2018 Workshops


Instructor Class Titles & Class Description Class Titles & Class Description Class Titles & Class Description
Junior & Emily Alabi Dance Differently: Providing dancers access to new ways of innovating choreography. Dancers will learn a choreographed series of moves that will be put to multiple genres of music, (Salsa, EDM, Hip Hop, Jazz) enhancing their creativity in Salsa and Beyond. Power Spins: Dancers will acquire new innovative tools that will elevate their spins to vast new levels.  
Edwin Rivera Footwork Challenge: Workshop Description: Learn Edwin’s exclusive footwork created for the Texas Salsa Congress. A friendly completion will happen at the end ofthe class where the winner will win a… Must be there to find out. Cha Cha Fusion:Workshop Description: Edwin fuses cha cha dance rhythms with today’s electronic music. One of Edwin’s most popular classes. Music and moves you’ll witness for the very first time.  
Gio & Gaby Ochoa “Dips & Tricks: In this workshop, based on the students acrobatic level, from basic to advanced, step by step instructions are explained on how to perform dips & tricks. Please note that a warm-up will be provided, and no high-risk stunts will be performed which would endanger the student participants and put at risk their integrity or health.” “Salsa On1: This is a two part workshop. One part is shines and the other Partnerwork. In this workshop students can learn combinations for social dancing and freestyle steps. Students will learn step by step how to execute the techniques to be used in performances and social dancing.”  
Vladi Aragon & Carla Capo Sensual Bachata: Body Manipulations: Workshop Description: Learn the magic behind body manipulations. How do you suggest a move so settle that makes your partner follow everything you ask for. Sensual Bachata: ConnectionPartnerwork: Master the art of creating connection with your partner. Learn how to create those unforgettable dances through physical, musical and mental connection.  
Felix Santiago & Diangelis Rosa “Puerto Rican Partnering On2: Learn the roots of Puerto Rican salsa along with unique partnering and styling that will help put “”Sazon”” in yourdance.” “Salsa Fusion: A unique blend of Salsa & afro Cuban movement fused with today’s hip-hop & Latin Trap moves.”  
Luis Loredo & Victoria Calamusa Zouk Foundations: Weight Changes & Counter Balance: An intro class to Zouk, this workshop will demonstrate connection exercises and will go over how to create the connection before starting the basics of Zouk. Students will learn what is needed to “carry a conversation” through the dance as well as demonstrate how to use weight changes as a means of connection. Zouk Movements: In this workshop, students will learn the essential Zouk movements. These body movements include: forward and back basics, lateral moves, simple turns and boomerang. BachaZouk: Flow & Creating Shapes: This two-hour workshop encompasses the fusion of zouk and bachata. Students will learn counterbalance connection while dancing to create shapes and flowing movements throughout their body. Students will learn proper beginning and end movements while using their bodies axis to connect with their shoulder line, frame and spine.
Maria Ramos Womanity: Womanity is a unique style of dance created by Maria Ramos that infuses all forms of feminine movement. It is for anyone looking to improve their ladies styling and strength as an individual dancer while also bringing sexy, fun moves to their Salsa, Bachata and Hip Hop. Grow as a social dancer and perform with edge – this style is about challenging yourself, getting outside your comfort zone and no limitations. All dancers are welcome.    
Christian Franco Kizomba / Urban Kizomba: This workshop will discuss a brief history of Kizomba dance, music, and the basic steps in Kizomba. Students can expect drills on how to walk with their partner, timing variations, and basic musicality. In addition, students with a background knowledge in Kizomba will learn accent moves to add to their basic steps, saidas and pasadas.    
De’Jon Polanski & Rubia Garcia Dominican Bachata Footwork: The workshop will be centered around Traditional Dominican Bachata principles and footwork shines/patterns.Introduction and ice breaker, warm up, tips from initial assessment of the level during warm-up, pattern and record demo. This is an extremely fun, high energy workshop.    
De’Jon Polanski & Jennifer Geyer Salsa On2 AfroMambo Fusion: This workshop will include Salsa On2 Partner Work/Footwork and Afro-Cuban Body movement jam packed into one hour of constant high energy instruction and repetition.    
Karla Blanco Ladies Styling & Shines On2: In this workshop students will learn the tools and techniques needed to control and balance their movements via the use of their arms, legs and overall general body. The knowledge of how to use these movements will be incorporated with musicality. Students will learn how to apply the flow and “sabor” of their body to any form of music. In addition to increased movement knowledge, students will be able to work on their musical timing to bring everything together to show off their flavor in the correct manner.    


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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