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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 by bringing unapologetically high energy, homegrown vibe wherever she goes. Not only is Rubia a veteran educator in New Orleans public schools, even having been nominated for Louisiana Teacher of the Year for 2017, but she is also the owner of the New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival, as well as a soon-to-be published author, public speaker, and relentless champion for social, economic, and human right to equity. “Dance and music are about inspiring emotion and movement,” she says, “and I am not just talking about the dancing part either. When you look to dance with purpose, you shall find passion.”

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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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