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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 and technique.

Ismael has a strong connection with the music and he is known for dancing to every note or beat of the music. Ismael has been traveling and teaching since 1996, teaching his unique turn patterns and foot work to thousands of people all over the world.

In addition, Ismael has been performing in numerous salsa congresses and festivals and TV shows all over world such as Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, France, Canada, England, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Israel, Germany and etc.

He has won many competitions in various clubs in New York, New Jersey and Miami-one of it was in the famous Latin club “Copa Cabana” in New York City .

As well, Ismael came in 2nd place in the Night club style division of the “Dancesport” competition in Madison Square Garden. Ismael won many awards over the years from Latin associations such as
“The best male performer” in the New York, New Jersey Salsa awards. He also received 2 awards from the L.A Salsa Congress in 2002 and in 2011,which is the biggest salsa congress in the U.S, for his contributions to salsa.

Ismael’s humble attitude and welcoming personality is what makes him popular amongst the mambo community today.

In May 2009, Ismael danced as a backup dancer at Ismael Miranda, A Salsa legend, 40 years anniversary concert in the United Palace in the Bronx, NYC and had the opportunity and honor to take part in such an important and historical event.

Caribbean Soul Bio September 2014 The Caribbean Soul Dance Company was founded in 1997. Ismael Otero aka “The Million Moves Man” wanted to show everyone his unique style and bring the best out of his dancers.

Together they have traveled all over the world to give everybody a taste of their special Caribbean Soul.

Using the creative dance forms of the streets, combined with technique and a passion for the music, Ismael Otero created Caribbean Soul, known around the world as one of most exhilarating dance groups who have maintained their place at the top of the game for more than 17 years!

Caribbean Soulhas taken Bachata performances to new levels of creativity and musicality. They cater to traditional-authentic style Bachata while pairing dynamic performance elements that equate to powerful, energetic shows.

Caribbean Soul Bachata were the1st place winner in the NYISC Bachata Championship 2011. They were also the 1st place champions in the 2014 Bachatu Festival Bachata Championship and currently, Caribbean Soul Bachata holds 2nd place title in the Madrid Bachatea World Masters. They were most recently recognized and awarded in Beijing, China for having the most creative choreography. Amongst all of the their achievements, Caribbean Soul’s innovation and passion for dance has captured audiences across the globe.



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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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