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  • Edwin Rivera – New York/L.A.

    Edwin Rivera – New York/L.A.

    Edwin Rivera is one of the most influential artists in today’s Latin dance & music scene. With a career spanning almost two decades, he has made quite the impact as a dancer, DJ and music producer throughout the world. Born & raised in the Bronx NY of Puerto Rican decent, Edwin has geared his dance & music career in a way that has allowed him to perform at some of the biggest festivals throughout the world. He has performed at […]

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  • Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Emily Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior and Emily are a brother and sister dance duo 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 […]

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  • Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior Alabi – San Francisco

    Junior and Emily are a brother and sister dance duo 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 […]

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  • Karla Blanco – Venezuela/Houston

    Karla Blanco – Venezuela/Houston

    Professional Latin dancer and choreographer. Born in Caracas, Venezuela with a 18+ year old artistic career, currently the owner of El Sabor de Houston Dance Academy in Houston, TX. She is recognized for having a wide arrange of talents in various genres like Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, Bachata, Latin Hustle, West Coast Swing, Kizomba, traditional folkloric dance and afro music. Karla is also a physical trainer, with all these talents and vast experience she is considered one of the […]

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  • Johnny Giraldo – Boston/Colombia

    Johnny Giraldo – Boston/Colombia

    Salsa y Control Dance Company “Salsa y Control” originated in 1999 with Johnny and Andres, two brothers who perform amazing duets with unique, intricate salsa footwork combinations. Salsa y Control later expanded to include partner dance performances with Johnny & Felicita. In 2003, the three established what we know today as “Salsa y Control Dance Company.” Their drive came from the desire to inspire others to express inner emotion through the art of dance. Our mission is to share the […]

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  • Andres Giraldo – Boston/Colombia

    Andres Giraldo – Boston/Colombia

    Salsa y Control Dance Company “Salsa y Control” originated in 1999 with Johnny and Andres, two brothers who perform amazing duets with unique, intricate salsa footwork combinations. Salsa y Control later expanded to include partner dance performances with Johnny & Felicita. In 2003, the three established what we know today as “Salsa y Control Dance Company.” Their drive came from the desire to inspire others to express inner emotion through the art of dance. Our mission is to share the […]

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  • Luis Solano – Cali/Colombia

    Luis Solano – Cali/Colombia

    Xiomar y Kike: Champions at the World Salsa Summit: 2018, World Champions: World Salsa Festival 2016 – Category: Couples Elite Cabaret, Champion at the World Latin Dance Cup, Ultimate Champion 2012   Artistic profile: Xiomar Andrea Rivas Barrera and Luis Enrique Solano Landazuri, are best known artistically as “KIKE Y XIOMY”. They are recognized for being a competitive couple, with spirit, charisma and acrobatic abilities. With 3 years of work they have made their talent and desire to progress known […]

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  • Xiomar Rivas – Cali/Colombia

    Xiomar Rivas – Cali/Colombia

    Xiomar y Kike: Champions at the World Salsa Summit: 2018, World Champions: World Salsa Festival 2016 – Category: Couples Elite Cabaret, Champion at the World Latin Dance Cup, Ultimate Champion 2012   Artistic profile: Xiomar Andrea Rivas Barrera and Luis Enrique Solano Landazuri, are best known artistically as “KIKE Y XIOMY”. They are recognized for being a competitive couple, with spirit, charisma and acrobatic abilities. With 3 years of work they have made their talent and desire to progress known […]

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  • Erin De Phunk – Texas

    Erin De Phunk – Texas

    Erin De Veyra, also known as Erin De Phunk, is a street dancer, dance director and choreographer, from Houston with Filipino roots. He has been dancing since he was child for enjoyment. In 2009, he started performing professionally working with NCAA, Daddy Yankee, Nehemiah Clarke, Capital One, Puma and more. Shortly after directing UTSA’s U.D.E.K Dance Team, he dove into traveling and competing more. As a member of Item#Funk (pronounced Item Number Funk), he has competed and taught internationally. As […]

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  • Richie Torres – Chile

    Richie Torres – Chile

    Almendra Navarrete & Richie Torres Ultimate World Latin Dance Cup Champions, On2 Champions and Female Solo Pro Division Champion Richie & Almendra both began to dance salsa and Caribbean rhythms, with a trajectory of more than 10 years and for the past 2 years they have dance together and have obtained titles both individually and as a couple. Their titles are described below: Ricardo Torres Argentina National Champion: Soloist and 4th place Worldwide in 2015 Almendra Navarrete Chilean dancer. Since […]

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  • Almendra Navarrete – Chile

    Almendra Navarrete – Chile

    Almendra Navarrete & Richie Torres Ultimate World Latin Dance Cup Champions, On2 Champions and Female Solo Pro Division Champion Richie & Almendra both began to dance salsa and Caribbean rhythms, with a trajectory of more than 10 years and for the past 2 years they have dance together and have obtained titles both individually and as a couple. Their titles are described below: Ricardo Torres Argentina National Champion: Soloist and 4th place Worldwide in 2015 Almendra Navarrete Chilean dancer. Since […]

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  • Christopher Guzman – New York

    Christopher Guzman – New York

    Christopher Guzman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  Coming from a Puerto Rican family, Latin music and dance has always been a part of his life. Throughout his high school years, he was trained in ballroom dances such as tango, rumba, foxtrot, and the waltz. However, he has found himself circling back to the influence of his family’s roots and found an interest in mambo and salsa. Chris has been dancing at the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio professionally […]

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  • Eli Perez – New York

    Eli Perez – New York

    Eli Perez was born in Brooklyn and raised all over New York. His interest in dance started when he was 7 years old. Eli started performing with an afterschool dance team, which opened the door into the dance world, as well as gave him the opportunity to dance on the MSG stage. He learned many different dance forms, but his serious dancing career started when he was sixteen and joined LORENZ LATIN DANCE STUDIO to further his roots into dance. […]

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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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