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  • Charlie Garcia “Mr. Candela” – New York

    Charlie Garcia “Mr. Candela” – New York

    Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Charlie began dancing at the Bronx Dance Theater where he trained in hip hop and basic levels of tap and jazz. Soon after, he continued training with the Unified Dance Studio where he also got his first taste of Latin dancing and what we call the “Salsa Fever.” Charlie hasn’t stopped dancing Salsa since! Seeking to be the best salsa dancer he can, he sought out great teachers and mentors and has […]

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  • Emily Alabi – San Francisco/LA

    Emily Alabi – San Francisco/LA

    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/L.A.

    Junior Alabi – San Francisco/L.A.

    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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  • 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. Performing as a dancer […]

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  • Favian Bustos – Austin, TX

    Favian Bustos – Austin, TX

    Favian learned to “feel the music” from his Colombian father at an early age later serving as President for Texas Latin Dance night at his college where he had the opportunity to teach students, host social events, choreograph routines, and perform at festivals and congresses. Favian worked with Arthur Murray School of Dance where he became a certified instructor in Latin, Ballroom, Country and Social dancing. His first endeavor on his own was creating Bachata Austin and has now grown […]

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  • Ismael Otero – New Jersey

    Ismael Otero – New Jersey

    Ismael Otero, New Yorican native living in New Jersey, founder and director of the “Caribbean Soul Dancers”, is also known as the Million Moves Man. Ismael Otero’s dance style is considered out of the ordinary from the traditional New York style. Over the years, Ismael, coming from break dancing and hip-hop background, has created a unique style of dance that includes complicate arm work, unusual and funny hand flips, unique turn patterns, exciting foot work and more, combined with flavor […]

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  • Manny Chacon – Wilmington, DE

    Manny Chacon – Wilmington, DE

    Emanuel ” Manny” Chacon, a dancer and choreographer from Wilmington, DE, was introduced to dance during his teenage years. Dance has contributed to the shaping of his rhythmic foundation. Upon entering college, Manny continued to gain a great interest and love for dance. During his sophomore year he became a member of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. He quickly became an integral part of the fraternity’s performance teams. With his experience in the fraternity styles of stepping and strolling, […]

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  • Fred Romano – West New York, NJ

    Fred Romano – West New York, NJ

    Fred is an aspiring dancer and teacher, originally from West New York, New Jersey. After graduating high school, Fred joined a local dance crew called L.I.T.M (Lost In The Music) where he was introduced to various urban styles including hip hop, locking, popping and breaking house. After a year, Fred parted ways with L.I.T.M. and began dancing in the NYC commercial and underground scene. Here, Fred was exposed to a much higher level of urban dance and had the opportunity […]

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  • Jonathan “Shwing” Peña – Jersey City, NJ

    Jonathan “Shwing” Peña – Jersey City, NJ

    Jonathan Manuel Peña who is popularly known as Shwing is a young dancer who started his performance career in the rough and competitive yards of Greek life. He has won numerous step and stroll competitions and later on continued his passion for performing arts by pursuing dance. He has been dancing professionally as a commercial hip hop dancer for 3 year and has already toured with renowned choreographer J Romeo 2 times in both Miami and the Tristate Area. He […]

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  • Rubia Garcia – New Orleans, LA

    Rubia Garcia – New Orleans, LA

    Rubia Garcia is a true New Orleans Lady. Born and raised in the Big Easy, she has traveled the world teaching and performing for over 15 years. After living and training in Dominican Republic, Rubia returned to her hometown which had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. She spent the majority of the last decade since then traveling, training, performing, teaching, and not only bringing all of that knowledge and flavor back home to her community, but also representing Nola well […]

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  • “The Don” – Puerto Rico/Texas

    “The Don” – Puerto Rico/Texas

    Damian Guzman (The Don) is best known for his social dancing admiration and focus thru the world. During his childhood in Puerto Rico, he developed he developed a special passion for salsa and bachata Carribbean-style. This passion led him to take his skills beyond the Caribbean style feeling to a more technical level since 2006. In 2011, he developed a special passion for Bachata Sensual which led him to pursue further understanding of this emerging style of bachata developed in […]

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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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