by Stefan Vale
The 1st Annual Miami Salsa Congress was an overwhelming success and truly personified its organizer Albert Torres famous mission statement of creating unity through Salsa. This highly anticipated event lived up to all of the press and even exceeded some expectations, as many of this genres top Salsa dance practitioners and avid dance enthusiast where on hand to witness exciting dance exhibitions, workshops and three of the absolute hottest Salsa dance parties of the year.
Day #1 featured dance workshops during the day at the Miami Dadeland Marriott Grand Ballroom with many of the best Salsa dance instructors in the business today. That night, everyone enjoyed the Kick-Off party hosted by the always charismatic Rene Gueits at Salsa Lovers Dance Studios. This Kick-Off party sizzled, with preview dance exhibitions by many of the actual performers scheduled to perform on the following evening. There also was a full bar, two very talented Salsa DJs and a huge dance area, which seemed to glow from the illumination of so many phenomenal Salsa dancers burning up the dance floor.
Day # 2 featured even more Salsa dance workshops during the day at the Miami Dadeland Marriott Grand Ballroom and all of the excitement seemed to culminate at the Evening party. This spectacular gala event featured a live Salsa band (Mojito Son), more Salsa DJs (DJ Alberth Moreno from Miami, DJ Adrian Treto "El Salsiquico" from LA & DJ Nelson Torres from NYC) and the grand finale, the much anticipated Salsa dance exhibitions. Divided into two shows, as there was simply too much talent to present for one show alone. The dance exhibitions were truly world-class entertainment.
Hosted by the most successful Salsa dance promoter in the world today, Albert Torres, the show began with a formal recognition of the legendary Cuban Pete & Barbara. Who gave the crowd an informative history lesson and impromptu dance demonstration, displaying of the roots of Mambo style. Then the show continued with one exciting Salsa dance group after another.
There were so many talented performers in fact that one could easily become overwhelmed by the vast amount of entertainment. Performances by such groups as: Salsa Lovers, Salsa Fever, Salsa Racing, Nery Torres, Salsabor, Salsa Heat Wave, Salsa Brava, Rogelio Moreno, the L.A. Salsa Kids, Salsa Karibe, Cultural Explosion, Jai & Candy, Swing Mambo (Argentina), Miami Dance Machine, Felipe Polanco, Seaon Stylist, Ife Ile Afro Cuban Dance Company and many more (please forgive me if I inadvertently left anyone off of this list).
It was truly a night, which Im sure everyone in attendance will not soon forget. Words cannot adequately explain the true magic, which filled the room that night and I actually pity anyone in this genre who were unfortunately unable to attend. You absolutely had to be there to experience it.
Day # 3 featured still more dance workshops during the day at the Miami Dadeland Marriott Grand Ballroom and ended with a smoking hot Farewell party. The success of this event was a direct result of so many people, including its organizers (Albert Torres & Rene Gueits), the many volunteers, performers, instructors and of course the public, who came out to learn, dance and simply enjoy the magnitude of the event.
If you were unable to attend this years 1st Annual Miami Salsa Congress, never fear, plans are already in the works for next years event and a video will soon be available. (Check out: www.alberttorresevents.com for more information)
This event served a very special purpose, to present the rich diversity of various Salsa dance styles from around the world, to provide a venue for its practitioners to showcase their talents & abilities and most of all to create unity through Salsa within our own community. Thank you Albert Torres & Rene Guiets again for bringing this event to South Florida.
Tell all of your friends and see everyone again next year! Y que viva la Salsa