2013 Congress Highlights:
- Saturday Performances by Carlos Hernandez & Arlette Guerra and the Zafire Dance Company (New York), Los Anormales (Dallas), Brothers Andres & Johnny of Salsa Y Control (Boston), Jose Cabrera & Gladys Rodriguez of Pkante Dance Company (New York), Jorge & Lupita (Mexico), and Jayson Molina & Betsy Santiago (Puerto Rico).
- A “Musicality & History of Salsa” workshop by Tito Ortos from Puerto Rico. The workshop was an hour long, comprehensive course covering how salsa music and dance originally developed to some of the popular dancers of today. Very, very educational!
- A pachanga course taught by versatile dance legend, Jorjet Alcocer, and an energetic Salsa On-2 course taught by Carlos Hernandez & Arlette Guerra of Zafire Dance Company.
The Dallas Salsa Congress is an annual event organized by Dallas based, salsa instructor/promoter Luis Delgadillo. The 7th edition of the festival was held at the Park Inn by Radisson in downtown Dallas.
This years festival featured a quality list of both domestic and international instructors including Carlos Hernandez & Arlette Guerra (New York), Tito and Tamara Ortos (Puerto Rico), Jay Stylz (Dallas), Jorjet Alcocer (Houston) and emcee of the event, Jayson Molina (Puerto Rico). The salsa workshops catered to all skill levels for both L.A. On1 and N.Y. On2 styles. The event is built around salsa, but other dance styles such as bachata, hip-hop/jazz, and pachanga were also highlighted in workshops and performances. There were a total of 28 workshops offered.
A full weekend pass to the congress that included all workshops and socials was $180. Night passes to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday socials were $30, $35, and $25, respectively.
The socials at night offered two separate ballrooms. The main ballroom featured salsa (of course), and in the other room the DJ played a mix of bachata and kizomba hits. There were shows on all three nights, with the Saturday performances being the main event. The Saturday social was outstanding and both dance floors were packed. The Friday social featured five shows which left plenty of time for dancing.
Jayson Molina, a talented instructor/performer from Puerto Rico, is the the Artistic Director and emcee for the event. He is responsible for helping choose the talent for the festival and coordinating different aspects such as how the ballrooms should be organized. Jayson speculates they met at the Los Angeles Salsa Congress a few years back, although he isn’t certain simply because he meets so many people in the salsa scene. He and Luis have worked together for many years, and have developed a good relationship.
“We make a really good team. He’s a really good listener, an excellent boss and a genuinely good person.”
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