For many years now,
Super Mario has been a household name on the
international Salsa scene, recognised and respected by students and fellow
professionals for his amazing lead, unlimited database of fantastic
moves/combinations and his teaching ability. His classes and workshops
have always been extremely popular both in the UK and in countries as far
as Australia, Japan and the USA, specialising on technique but always
maintaining an element of fun.
Mario was born in India but moved to the UK as a teenager. He settled in
London, where he continued his education, taking a degree in mathematics
and also qualifying as an accountant. In 1998, a friend took him to a
salsa club where the teacher immediately saw his potential. Mario was
hooked straight away and has never looked back since. Still based in
London and travelling to teach nearly every weekend of the year, Mario
specialises in cross body style, dancing on the 1 or the 2 and focusing
mainly on moves and combinations, with special emphasis on leading
Despite no previous dancing or teaching background, he was able to observe
the unnecessary power used to lead turn patterns, and began focusing on
breaking down routines to understand the techniques and signals that are
essential to good leading. His natural talent for both producing and
executing so many imaginative moves led to an invitation to teach at the
first congress that he ever attended. His big break came soon after, when
asked to give workshops at the biggest salsa congress in the world in
Mario has earned himself the title Million Moves Man through his ability
to create any number of unique combinations, that are lead with expertise
and are always comfortable to follow. His dancing style is smooth but
fast, giving him and his dance partner extra freedom to improvise. His
amazing presence on the dance floor sets him apart as a social dancer and
his outgoing, energetic personality has also been instrumental in getting
him known in the Salsa World.
Monica & Mitchell
(Tambó Dance Project), based in Hannover Germany are well
known in the Salsa Scene throughout Europe and in the USA for their unique
and original choreographies,their passion, their dedication to the salsa
scene, their top notch teaching abilities, their social skills and
charisma. They've travelled the various countries all over the globe
sharing their passion such as: Germany, The Netherlands, USA, Italy,
Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Romania, Switzerland, Poland, Austria,
Morocco, Curacao & Puerto Rico. They have a different approach towards the
Art of dance itself due to their studies in various disciplines in dance
but what mostly resembles is their love,passion and dedication for
teaching which several times has led to winning the heart of the workshop
attendees. Knowing that dance cannot survive without music, they make sure
the importance of latin music and the power it has to really change your
life. Their motto is: Rhythm to your body, melody to your soul!!!
Neeraj Maskara is
undoubtedly one of the most popular salsa artists in Europe and very well known to salseros around the world. An Indian
guy, working as a financial consultant and dancing, performing, teaching salsa at over 40 events across the globe every
year. He has a unique way of teaching, which is not only fun but also logical, easy to follow and to learn. As a
performer, he always manages to capture the audience with his choreography and expression. Not only does he demonstrate
cool moves, dynamic body movements and great choreography, but he also manages to leave a lasting impression on you
with his friendly and fun-loving personality.
Born and raised in Ukraine, Olesya Sydorenko was introduced to artistic gymnastics at age 6. In 2004, at age 20,
Olesya moved to Dubai where she developed a passion for Salsa. Through remarkable commitment and unparalleled passion
Olesya reached a professional level, allowing her to create her own dance group, with which she performed in local
events and Salsa congresses.
In 2010, Olesya relocated to Singapore where she’s been training intensively and performing with Apsara Asia, the
Singapore based dance Management Company. In 2011, she also partnered with internationally renowned Salsa performer and
instructor Neeraj Maskara with whom she is performing/ teaching salsa workshops and shows in international salsa
events. Olesya owes her unique style to the different dance genres (Salsa, Tango, Modern) she’s been exposed to through
her diverse experience. Today, her passion and curiosity for dancing are exposing her to new dance genres (Indian
classical, contemporary) which inspire her dance style.
Reyno and Suci,
started to dance Salsa together in early 2007 and have obtained exposure through participating in several workshops and
congress in and around Asia. Before they started dancing Salsa Reyno was into Aerobic whereas Suci a known Latin
Ballroom dancer. They decided to pursue a career in professional dancing focusing on Salsa. Five years on they have
been representing Indonesia as Guest Instructors, Performers, and competitors in numbers of major International Salsa
Festivals and Congresses in and beyond Asia and and won several Asian and national competitions and qualified for the
World Salsa Championships semifinals in the United States.
When asked to
describe herself, Grace would simply say:
Her dance background include:
- Founder/principal of Fusion Dance Shanghai (www.FusionDanceShanghai.com)
- Graduated from the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy (Dance & Choreography majors)
- An accredited PRC National Dancer (started training since age 4)
- Former China Dance Ambassador (based in Europe for 5 years)
- Guest performer at World Expo 2010 (Shanghai)
When asked "Why Salsa?", Grace replied "Salsa能让更多世界的人享受舞蹈的快乐".
In 2012, her show entitled "A Breath of China..." took Europe by storm (choreographed to a 100% self-composed music,
recorded with live musicians on Chinese instruments like Guqin, GuZheng, Pipa, Erhu, etc). This year, Grace and her
group China Impresion 中国印象 (members include some of the best dancers and instructors from different parts of China)
will be heading to New York, Berlin and many countries to hopefully showcase the beauty of Chinese dance and music
Luong Thien Chuong,
founder of XSalsa, was one of very few pioneering Salsa instructors in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2005. With experiences
in 8 years of learning, teaching, choreographing, he is drastically improving his Salsa style and skill. Currently, he
is known to be the best male Salsa dancer in Saigon. His improvisational musicality Salsa style was inspired from
Oliver Pineda, Fernando Sosa.
Nguyen Thi Thuy Tien (a.k.a Xiu Nhon), co-founder of XSalsa, was one of very few students of Chuong in early stage.
She’s really in love with Salsa. 6 years in Salsa with non-stop improvements made her the best female dancer in Saigon.
Never-ending urge of learning and good adaptation skill help Xiu learn anything from famous dancers and make it her own
and unique style.
The Yamulee Dance
Company are all about having fun while dancing salsa.
The director of Yamulee Dance Company, Osmar Perrones, installs this
The word Yamulee has its roots in Africa and means "festive, joyous, and
free-spirited". This name fits Osmar's style and personality perfectly. He
chose the name himself primarily because of its fun-sounding nature. When
he realized the meaning of the name he felt blessed and knew this was just
This salsa show group is one of the most successful show groups of this
time. They are probably the most popular group and are invited to almost
every salsa event. They are known for their quick and perfect spinning
techniques and footwork - Simply Amazing!
Dom and Marion met
each other in 2005 and gave birth to "Ramark Dance
Company", an unique style which alloys speed and spectacular moves with an
outstanding energy and rarely reached mastery. Their creations are built
upon the salsa language but include also many other artistic influences
like classical, hip-hop, jazz and modern dancing...
Their originality is based on the fact that they are not only
demonstrating, but they really are making a show.
They direct, they act and they play with the audience and always put fun in
their shows. They are in every way complete artists.
Thanks to all of those elements, they are largely and immediately acclaimed
by the public and attract many congress organizers.
CUPA Dance Company
began October 2008 in Beijing, China. We have been
working to promote salsa in China. In July 2009, we created a studio in
Chengdu, China. In October 2009, we performed at Beijing salsa congress
2009. In April 2010, we established the C major Performance Team, created
and absorbing the best dancers in China. In November 2010, we created a
studio in Shenzhen, China. In February 2011, we join the HKSF. Received
the Asian open competition champions. In September 2011, we organized the
1st China Salsa Festival in Guangzhou - China Salsa Festival. In March
2012, we joined HKSF. Received the world open competition second
runner-up 2013. In May 2013, we organized the 2nd China Salsa Festival
2013! In May 2014, we will organize the 3rd China Salsa Festival again in
We will continue efforts...
Salsa (both On1 and On2 styles), Casino-Rueda, Street Cha
Cha Cha, Afro-Latin Movement, and West Coast Swing at Jitterbugs
Swingapore®. He helped form and is part of Grupo Invicta, a dance
performance company known for its unique and exciting dance choreographies
and high-energy performances. Bernard has performed and taught extensively
at various events and workshops in the USA, Malaysia, Thailand, the Maldives
and Singapore, and his choreographies have been showcased at various
international events, including the Japan Salsa Congress, West Coast Salsa
Congress in Los Angeles and New York International Salsa Congress.
His other credits include winning 1st places in both the 2006 "Sentosa Salsa
By The Beach" Solo and Group categories, and 1st place in Attitude Dance
Studio's "Let Me Shine" competition in 2008, all of the above while
performing to numbers either choreographed or co-choreographed by him.
In 2010, he was introduced to West Coast Swing by Zee, and together with
Zee, embarked on a self-training programme in the dance. In 2011, he
travelled to the US (Swing Diego and Boogie By The Bay) to learn from the
top instructors and was inspired by them. Together with Marianne Low, he
also competed in the Finals of the Strictly Swing Novice Category at Boogie
By The Bay in San Francisco. In 2012, he placed 2nd in the Novice Jack &
Jill competition at the GPSDC Annual July 4th Convention in Phoenix, Arizona
and 2nd in the Strictly Swing competition at Swingtime In The Rockies in
With members of Grupo Invicta, he strives to continuously innovate and push
the envelope of the company's evolving and unique dance performance styles.
His dance philosophy is to Aspire (to dance as good as his role-models), to
Perspire (in order to improve his dance) and to Inspire (others in turn with
Rocky Poonawala is
the founder and director of Rocky Poonawalas
entertainment pvt ltd.
He runs one of the most recognised dance schools and companies in INDIA
promoting dancing on a global level.
He has been teaching for 8 years and has trained more than 9000 students
in India ...
TRAINING IN DANCE
Trained in UK under (Imperial standards of teachers of Dancing) for styles
like Cha-cha, Jive , Rumba , Samba , Paso doble .
Trained in Indian classical dance (kathak)
Trained with eddie Torres, frankie Martinez, franklin Diaz and yamulee in
Certified with Edie the salsa freak (US)
Certified with Miriam and Leonardo, Choreographers of So You Think You Can
Dance for (Argentine Tango)
Organiser of one of the most Loved dance congress across the world "Pune
International Dance Congress"
TV Shows and Choreography
Choreographer for Nach Baliye 4 (A television version of Dancing with the
stars on Star Plus).
Entertainment ke liye Kuch bhi karega (A television talent show on Sony TV)
Choreographed many ad films and songs for Bollywood films in India.
Hailed to salsa in
late 2005, Sao Mai immediately fell in love with the
dance and became the first Salsa Queen of Vietnam in 2006. After two
Vietnam Salsa Champions in 2006 and 2007, Sao Mai dedicated her time in
popularizing salsa all over Vietnam. Many of her followers are now
Vietnam’s champions as well as leading instructors in Hanoi, Haiphong, and
Hochiminh City. In 2009, with two other partners, Sao Mai co-founded S-Fire
Dance Studio and her studio quickly became the one of the major channels to
spread out love for salsa and bachata in Vietnam.
Bachata came to Sao Mai much later, in 2008. With background in bellydance
and jazz, Sao Mai has found a unique way to bring her own interpretation to
the music. In 2009, she has traveled all over the world, including the
U.S., Europe and Asia to teach and perform Bachata. Her gracefully smooth,
passionate and sensual bachata style is a pleasure to watch and experience.
Ruby Sal was born
and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam with a musical family
which surrounded her childhood with her father's Guitar/Harmonica/Accordion.
She fell in love and started her Salsa dance 7 years ago at age 19. With
experience in Contemporary dance and strong background of Music training
since she was a kid, she got in and picked up Salsa very quickly. And from
that, she got deeply involved in this dance world which drastically changed
By hard working, continuous learning, and unparalleled passion, she very
quickly reached professional level and became one of the best female Salsa
dancers in Hanoi, Vietnam. By 2009, She started her dancing career by
becoming instructor in HYEC School - one of the biggest Dance School in
Hanoi - and keeps leading it to success until present.
Ruby has been and performed in many Salsa Festivals in and around Asia
which gaves her lots of experience on how to improve dancing techniques and
skills right on the dance floor as well as the way to figure out her
graceful, refined yet energitic style.
Jackson & June are
one of the few pioneering salsa instructors in
Singapore who started their dance school, JJSalsaRengue, in 2001. Today,
they remain one of the longest established salsa dance schools in the
country and is well known in the Singapore salsa scene for their classes
teaching various levels of classes.
JJSalsaRengue is also the co-organizer and sponsoring studio for the
yearly Singapore International Salsa Festival since 2006, partnering
Quebec Leisure International.
The JJSalsaRengue Performance Team started in 2002 is the first salsa
dance team to perform at the Singapore Arts Festival, and have also put up
shows at the West Coast Salsa Congress in Los Angeles, the Singapore
International Salsa Festivals, and salsa congresses in Malaysia and India,
and events around the country.
Jorge毕业于Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho军事学校的军事科学艺术专业，并于2013年再次进入委内瑞拉国立艺术学院进修现代舞。专业的舞蹈功底及非凡的天分使 他在各种舞蹈的学习中进步神速。
Jorge曾先后受聘于Habana (Caracas)、Salsa y Ache, Caribe y Punto, Ritmo y Clase, Sabor y Son, Kimbara Academy, De Son
Rumbero, Afrolatino Swing Academy, O.G Salsa Casino Academy, Rumba Latina Academy, Ritmo y Escencia Academy, Street
Mambo Dancers Company (2006), Imagen Latina Company (2006-2009), MUSA Arts Academy directed by Rigoberto Hernández,
Flamenco Company of the Adaggio y Buleria directed by Carlos Mezza.等委内瑞拉知名舞蹈公司。目前Jorge在深圳酷葩舞蹈工作室任
Jorge Salas was graduated in Science and Military Arts from Military School Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho (Caracas-
Venezuela) in 2012.2013, he studied 2nd semester as a contemporary dancer in UNEARTE - Experimental National University
of Arts (Caracas- Venezuela).
Professional dance skills and extraordinary talent made him rapid progress in training of variety of dance. He studied
Afro Latin from Rigoberto Hernández, Salsa show style advanced by Fernando Sosa, Cuban salsa advanced by Seo Fernandes,
Salsa New York style by Juan Matos, Rumba and Columbia by Maykel Fonts, Latin Funk by Rigoberto Hernández, Flamenco by
Carlos Mezza “El Torbellino” and Daniel Riera, studies of Flamencology in Granada by Tatiana Garrido training with
folkloric group 10 de Octubre- La Habana, Cuba.
He is a professional dancer in different dance genres: traditional (Venezuelan), flamenco, jazz, casino salsa, Afro-
Cuban and Afro-Venezuelan genres among others. Have more than 10 years of experience in the artistic field and
production. Now work as a dancer in the company Adagio y Buleria. He has participated in a variety of cultural
festivals in different countries.
He has taught different genre dance during workshops in a variety of well-known Venezuelan dance academies such as:
Habana (Caracas), Salsa y Ache, Caribe y Punto, Ritmo y Clase, Sabor y Son, Kimbara Academy, De Son Rumbero, Afrolatino
Swing Academy, O.G Salsa Casino Academy, Rumba Latina Academy, Ritmo y Escencia Academy.
He has worked as a dancer and choreographer in different well-known Venezuelan dance academies such as: O.G Salsa
Casino Academy (2005), Street Mambo Dancers Company (2006), Imagen Latina Company (2006-2009), MUSA Arts Academy
directed by Rigoberto Hernández, Flamenco Company of the Adaggio y Buleria directed by Carlos Mezza.
Now Jorge is teaching in CUPA Dance Company Shenzhen Studio. Cooperate with the organizer of China Salsa Festival.
2002, the JJSalsaRengue Performance Team is the first salsa dance team to perform at the Singapore Arts Festival and at
Chingay – an annual music and dance festival in Singapore. In 2005, the team performed at Singapore Arts Festival’s
Arts-On-The-Move program. Their performance named Baila Salsa! was specially choreographed for the Festival to share an
appreciation of the Latin American music and dance culture.
The team has performed at numerous public and private events including the West Coast Salsa Congress in Los Angeles in
2004 & 2007, the Singapore International Salsa Festival 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010, the Malaysian World Latin Salsa
Congress 2008, 2009 and the Singapore International Latin Festivals . This group of salsa & merengue enthusiasts
continues to share their passion for the dance by training and performing outside their full-time careers.
Junior Team came together in April 2012 and had their
first show at the JJSalsaRengue 11th Annual Party in September 2012. They
have since performed at a few salsa events including SISF 2012 and at the
China Salsa Festival 2013 in Guangzhou. This team of of 27 dancers will
bring you an exciting new choreography at SISF 2013!
Grupo Invicta is a
dance performance company with members of diverse dance
backgrounds, bringing with them a unique blend of dance styles, experiences
and influences from Jazz, Hip Hop and Afro-Caribbean dances. With the shared
vision of creating unique and exciting dance choreographies and high-energy
performances, the group has won local competitions with their Cubanabes
projects. Based in Singapore, its members have performed and taught
extensively at local and international venues, including corporate events,
festivals and congresses. [www.invicta.sg]
Salsa Swingapore® is
the student Salsa performance team of Jitterbugs
Swingapore® and is managed / trained by the studio's instructor members of
Grupo Invicta. The team's members are people from all walks of life who have
taken to Salsa with a passion. Constantly striving to improve their dance
and performance skills, members train an average of 5 to 6 hours a week, not
only in Salsa, but also in Afro-Latin Movement, including Jazz and other
dances offered at Jitterbugs Swingapore®. [www.swingapore.com]
The Ladies' Shines arm of Mosaic Dance Company is freshly established in
2013, under the direction of Brenda Liew, one of Singapore's youngest and
brightest Salsa prodigies. The Team aims to empower budding local talent to
step up and focus on improving their styling, grace, quality of movement
and stage charisma. The girls receive the guidance and training necessary
to compete on a global playing field. At this year's SISF, they will be
proud to present their debut routine - 'Pa La Paloma'.
The Mosaic Dance Company Salsa Junior Team is very excited to be performing
on the SISF 2013 stage, which will be their debut showcase in front of an
international audience. The Team was formed with the goal of providing
aspiring upcoming dancers a real taste of performing on the stage, to
cultivate their talent and take them to the next level. Their first routine
- 'Ven Conmigo' - was put together by Brenda, Derrick, Dingyan and Elliot,
and is a truly dynamic and energetic piece.
SIM Salsa En Soul (SES) is a dynamic street Latin dance club from
Singapore Institute of Management. Established since 2007, the SIM SES
Performance Team has gone on to clinch inter-tertiary achievements such as
the first tertiary salsa-latin dance production, Union De Ritmos (2011) and
represent the school in prestigious festivals on the international dance
stages such as SISF 2010 & SISF 2012.
Over the years, one of the many unvarying and gratifying tasks that SIM
Salsa En Soul has committed to is the constant support to Singapore’s salsa
social scene. No stranger to the dance scene in Singapore many people
recognised the fiery passion of these students on the dance floor. They are
more than just performers; they are advocates of the essence of street
SIM Salsa En Soul is also committed to spread their love of street Latin
and is not afraid to show their moves be it on stage or on the dance floor.
As their name says it all; a harmonious blend of salsa with soul!
Performance Team is a group of dancers with many years'
experience in a
variety of dance techniques. Their performances include New York Salsa
influenced by other dance styles such as jazz, afro, modern dance and
The high level of Dance Avenue Company dancers, as well as their
skills and high profile performances, have often been appreciated during
international festivals in Paris, Riga, Porto Rico, Berlin, LA,London and
The Performance Team founder and leader is Monika Grzelak.
Her awards include: Vice-World Mambo Champion IDO, multiple Polish Salsa
Champion and II Vice-Polish Latin Dance Champion – Professional Couples.
Monika has choreographed for the Polish and Ukrainian editions of the TV
show "You Can Dance". She also appeared in
the "KOCHAJ I TAŃCZ" ("LOVE AND DANCE") movie,
where she was a co-author of dance choreography.
Since 2001 Monika works with several theatres taking part and
choreographing their projects. Those include Musical Theatre from Gdynia (,,12 Branches")
and Sopot Dance Theatre (,,D- KOD-R", ,,3xNoirDanse", ,,Nature").
Established in 2005,
with young, talented and enthusiastic members, XSalsa’s pioneers began the very first steps chasing their Salsa dancing
dreams. Being inspired and learning their very first Salsa steps with a Spanish instructor, Urko Masse, and Luong Thien
Chuong, XSalsa have been inheriting their mentors’ devotion to Salsa, and dedicating themselves with endless passion
and unique Salsa style. Thanks to the nonstop efforts of Luong Thien Chuong, the founder, and his coleagues, XSalsa now
become the most well-known and professional Salsa dance school in Saigon.
Gathered together from various occupational backgrounds, XSalsa team maintain their strong spirit just by the only
common thing - the intense love with dancing. Nourished and inspired every day in a friendly and professional
environment, they have been improving themselves in both teaching and performing Salsa. Currently, XSalsa is known as
the cradle of the best dancers and instructors in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.
Founded and managed by Reyno Tommy Mulyono. Salsa Fresca Indonesia based in Bandung and well known throughout Indonesia and South East Asia. Salsa Fresca Indonesia has been performing in several events in Indonesia and Asia. The group aims to provide international standard performances and to pursue a professional career in dancing. We intend to perform regularly, as our campaign in increasing the awareness of Arts Education in Indonesia. Salsa Fresca Indonesia has wan 1st Place for 2 years in a row at Asia Pacific Open Salsa Championship (Hong Kong Salsa Festival 2009 – 2010).They also made their debut performing as a team outside Asia at New York International Salsa Congress 2011, the performance was to encourage themselves to achieve acknowledgment to performs with International standard. Recently in February 2013 they also won 4th place in The World Salsa Championship in Hong Kong.
Alferd and Grace have been dancing together since 2011 and trained under Salsa Fresca Indonesia. They have participated in local and international event with Salsa Fresca Indonesia team. They won in several local competitions and in July 2012, they won 1st place in Salsa Open Category at Malaysian Latin Dance Competition, recently they also won 1st place in The 2nd World Salsa Championships in Hong Kong 2013, amateur category. Grace Tanda started to learn salsa from Reyno Tommy Mulyono in 2007 and join Salsa Fresca Indonesia ever since. Alferd Febriel has a breakdancing background before he started to learn salsa from Salsa Fresca Indonesia in 2010. Nowadays, they are one of the known salsa couple in Indonesia.
Ardi and Alice first met as students in Salsa Fresca Indonesia. They started their debut on a local competition in 2010. On the past 2 years, they performed as a pair and also participated as a team in SFI in various events. Creating their own coreography below Grace & Alferd's supervising, they succesfully won Salsa Open Category Competition held in KL, Malaysia in 2012.
Taipei Salsa Motion
is founded by two well-known Salsa dancers of Taipei Salsa community: Eric Wang and Jessie Lin. The unique style of
their dancing and dazzling choreographies, which include LA and NY styles, are widely welcomed to all kinds of Salsa
parties and major events of Taiwan Salsa scenes.
After 5 five years of consistent enthusiasm in Salsa dances, TSM has not only grown themselves by persistent practices
and training, but also kept bringing new blood into the Salsa community of Taiwan.
Not only enjoying participating local Salsa events, the TSM members are also eager to show up in many major
International Salsa events, providing performances or having fun in social dances.
Eric & Jessie
Without particular dance background, Eric and Jessie first started learning Salsa like most of other people in Taiwan.
And the ultimate drive to keep them improved is the pure love of Salsa dance/music. After being trained with several
instructors in Taiwan, Eric and Jessie decided to take their 1st steps of becoming a Salsa teacher. Just because of
their “ordinary dance background”, Eric and Jessie have experienced all of progresses from a beginner to an advanced
Salsa dancer and so are not only able to understand their students, but also more capable of providing what they need.
After taking parts in many International Salsa events, this year they decide to make their team debut in Singapore
International Salsa Festival.
Started out at Dance
Sport at a very young age, Khanh Thu spent several
years practicing and performing DS. As she is always fond of Latin dances,
Salsa came and got Thu immediately hooked with its wild and sexy rhythms.
With her new-found love with Salsa, Thu became the Salsa Queen of the
Hanoi Open Salsa Championship 2008 after only 3 months getting to know the
dance!!! Then the 1st place in the Hanoi Autumn Salsa Contest 2008 right
after, Thu established herself as one of the premier salseras in Vietnam.
Since then, Thu devoted her time to teach Salsa at S-Fire Studio (one of
the biggest salsa dance school in Vietnam) as well as performing in some
biggest stages of Asian Salsa (Hong Kong, Singapore). Her great
musicality and her smooth, sexy & funky-at-times styles always make her a
flame on the floor. With Thu, dancing is the way she releases all her
feelings and burning passion.
With Quang Thinh, Salsa is just a way of life. He is one of the most
respected instructors in the Hanoi Salsa scene along with Khanh Thu, the
two have trained many popular dancers & instructors in Hanoi. He has been
to a lot of congresses both performing and learning under the instructions
of the best dancers in the world. Quang Thinh is always eager to learn new
things about the dance, tries to absorb as much salsa knowledge as
possible and refines his skills in any styles (On1, On2, Afro, Pachanga
etc). Quang Thinh is also a splendid performer with interesting
choreography. His leading is always easy to follow and his strong,
enthusiastic style always attracts people.
Three of the best
salseras from S-Fire Studio making their debut at SISF
2013. Khanh Thu, Vu Phuong and Thuy Linh each has achieved many
prizes in Salsa/Bachata Contests in Vietnam. These ladies will bring an
electrified performance to SISF this year.
More details coming
C Major Performance
Team was established in April 26th
founder of Beijing CUPA Dance Company.
"C Major" is the only independent performance team in China. We training our own
dancers and also absorbing the best dancers from different salsa communities in
China. Our slogan is "Made in China". The establishment of C Major marks a new
pattern of salsa in China. Within 2 years, C Major developed rapidly in China. Our
new built C Major Shenzhen team also grows up quickly.
In February 2011, we attend HKSF and won the Asian open competition champions.
In September 2011, we organized China salsa festival in Guangzhou with CUPA
In March 2012, we attend HKSF and won the 2nd runner-up of World Open
C major was invited by salsa events of Europe, Washington DC and many other
places. We will bring more Chinese salsa dancers and shows to the world. We will be
an important turning point for salsa in China.
, 2010, by Amber Nahaya,
Shenzhen CUPA Dance
Studio was established in Shenzhen, December, 2010. Since its inception, we have been insisting to promote Salsa in
China, and train excellent Salsa dance teachers. We invite excellent salsa instructors from all over the world to teach
in our studio, to make salseros have best chance to learn and improve themselves everyday without paying huge expenses
of going abroad.
We co-organized 1st China Salsa Festival in September 2011 and 2nd China Salsa Festival in April 2013 in Guangzhou with
Beijing CUPA Dance Company. We will organize 3rd China Salsa Festival in our city- Shenzhen in April 2014!
Shenzhen CUPA Students Dance team is a new performance team composed of salseros who live in Shenzhen but from
different country. They gave their first performance on SalsaMemucho in Shanghai on September 2013. Now they are coming
to Singapore to do their first performance out of China for all the guests on SISF!
Hangzhou in 2005, Kevin’s Dance Studio is among the top professional dance studios in China, dedicated to elevating our
students' dancing abilities in various styles.
Kevin, the founder of the studio has been teaching salsa in Beijing since 2003, also is a member of International Dance
Teacher’s Association (IDTA) since 2007.
Through the years, The Dance Studio has attracted thousands of students from throughout the country and especially from
In June of 2013, Kevin’s studio performed at Washington DC in U.S. for Capital Salsa Congress together with Cupa Dance
In August of 2013, Kevin was invited to perform at the New York Salsa Congress to share an admixture of Chinese culture
and salsa dancing.
A committed and
passionate dancer, Ricky’s dance experience has spanned more than 15 years. He has built up a wide repertoire of dances
including hip-hop, classical ballet, modern contemporary dance, jazz, latin ballroom, and salsa. In 2005, Ricky was
part of a team representing Singapore at the 3rd Annual Korean Salsa Congress. Since then, he has focused on
choreography and dance training. In 2010, he led Salsa En Todos to perform in the 5th Annual Singapore International
Salsa Festival. His crowning achievement came in 2012, where he and his partner qualified as one of the Top 5 finalists
in the inaugural Aceki World Salsa Championships. He performed at the India Fiesta Latina 2012, Jeju Latin Festival
2012, and the SISF 2012.
Dionne is a passionate and dedicated dancer whose dancing adventures started at the tender age of 8. She was
subsequently introduced to salsa when she was 16, and was immediately captivated by the excitement and flair of the
dance. Since then, she has actively developed her salsa style to reflect her experience in a wide range of genres like
jazz, ballet and hip-hop; as such, her movements are elegant yet strong. Dionne recently performed a salsa hip-hop
fusion number in the 2012 SISF, and competed in the semi-finals of the solo couple category of the inaugural Aceki
World Salsa Championships held in Hong Kong.
JAIME JESUS or new
MC for the SISF 2013!!
We are proud to announce that Mr Jaime Jesus will be the MC and show
director for the 2012 Singapore International Salsa Festival.
Recognised world wide as one of the leading professionals in the Latin
Dance industry, Jaime is not only a world class MC but also one of the
worlds most sort after Latin dance performers, instructors and event
At the age of 32, Jaime Jesus has gone on to build a successful name for
himself buy creating some of the most successful dance businesses in our
His highlights to date include - placing 3rd at the World Mayan
Championships in 2006, winning a multitude of Australia Titles and has
being honoured in the UK, NZ & Australia for His contribution to the World
of Latin Music and dance.
Jaime's companies included:
Latin Dance Australia (LDA) is Jaime's dance company with 3 floors, 7
dance studios, over 800 students a week and the home of multiple Australia
Champion and team couples is widely recognise as one of the most
successful and longest running dance companies in the world no operating
since 1999. www.latindance.com.au
His event, The Sydney Latin Festival (SLF) previously known as the Sydney
Salsa Congress has earned its reputation of being one of the MUST attend
to congresses in the world. With over 5000 dancers from all over the
world, the SLF boosts a world class venue, impeccable stage, perfect
dance floors and a production that is world class to say the least.
The Event Organisers (TEO), Jaime's most recent project, a company which
aims to work with and make events successful all over the world. Currently
boosting contracts in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. TEO since its
launched has made head-waves and earned a quick reputation for adding
value to the events, credibility and making things easier for the event
directors to actually enjoy their own events. www.theorganisers.com.au
Norman aka DJ Sizzla
co founder of The Café Mambo Project has developed a strong following in the UK over the last few years. The
combination of being an instructor, experienced dancer and an avid music fan gives his sets a fresh approach.
Influenced by various music genre during my youth(not so long ago) Jazz, R&B, Funk, Latin, Reggae, Boogaloo, Hip Hop,
this led to his current love, salsa, mambo, New York, Puerto Rican grooves. An experienced on 1 and on 2 dancer he
knows exactly what dancers of all abilities want to hear.
DJ Sizzla is well known for his hardcore style and the ability to keep the crowd jumpin... That said he's able to read
a crowd and play accordingly and show his softer side!!!!! His preferred music are Mambo, Puerto Rican, Old school New
York, Latin Jazz and a little bit of strong Cuban.
Sizzla has worked at all the major UK events and in Europe; Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta, Spain, Belgium,
Lithuania, France, Poland...
"Each time I give the dancers something a little different. I’ve been spinning since around 2000 so I know exactly how
to work a crowd and compliment the dj’s I spin with. It’s all about giving the dancers a great time."
DJ Rafael is well
known in the Salsa world for his ability to keep the
crowd dancing all night with his wide range of songs. While staying in
Tokyo, DJ Rafael has been invited to perform in several international
events, here are some highlights:
Japan Salsa Festival - Tokyo 2013
Asian Latin & Salsa Festival - Seoul 2012
Sydney Latin Festival - Sydney 2012
Salsa @ Australian Embassy Tokyo 2012
World Latin Festival - Las Vegas 2011
Ecuador Salsa Congres - Quito 2011
Hong Kong Salsa Festival - HK 2010
Japan Salsa Congress - Tokyo 2010
Salsa Jockey's - Mallorca 2010
I Mambo TV - Tokyo 2009
Lange Nacht der Kultur - Stuttgart 2009
Japan Salsa Cup - Tokyo 2008
Sydney Salsa Congress - Syd 2007
New Zealand Salsa Congress - Wellington 2006
Shore is the proud
owner of "Dancing with Friends", one of the most
Beautiful & Vibrant Dance Studio in Singapore offering classes in Salsa,
Bachata, Body Isolation & Shines.
Shore is not only famous for his unique style of teaching that allow
students to be able to dance good just in few months but also for his
amazing detailing in his classes/workshops.
Students who have always thought dancing was difficult actually find it to
be very easy and fun. "Dancing with Friends Singapore" believes that key to
dancing is not only about understanding individual students' problems but
also assisting them personally in fixing them.
"Dancing with Friends Singapore" is a well known venue for hosting private
events & also organizes dance parties & events, especially the Salsa &
Bachata Cruise Party every year in Singapore.
Shore is Founder & Director of Dancing with Friends located in the Heart of
With many years of
experience DJ-ing both in Singapore and in the region, including at many Salsa Festivals and Congresses, Jason is one
of the region’s most experienced and accomplished Salsa DJ. Often acknowledged as the “Dancer’s DJ”, he is able to use
both his experience as a
dancer and performer, and his love of the music to pick songs that alternately tease, cajole and challenge salseros to
dance, keeping the crowd dancing the whole night long. Lookout for great music to dance to at this year’s SISF with DJ
Jason at the decks!
DJ Uki is one of the
most sought after Latin DJ in the Singapore scene with growing fans in various Asian countries like Korea, Japan,
Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Hong Kong. He spins a wide selection of Salsa, Bachata, Chacha, Merengue and Zouk,
and is known for building the party according to the crowd. With connections to international DJs and bands, he brings
inspiration to the Salsa scene with good and rare music, including his own edits. You can sample DJ Uki music style by
listening to his online station through his facebook page.
Besides spinning at major parties for the past 8 years, he is also an event organizer with the successful Black Mambo
DJ Party, happening yearly and growing in popularity across Asia since 2012. DJ Uki goal is to groom quality DJs for
the scene and making Singapore one of the best in Asia for Latin music.
An avid and
passionate dancer and teacher since 2004/05 for Salsa in the
On 1, On 2 and Cuban styles, DJ Kyo also has a reasonably modest
understanding of the specific styles of latin salsa music that produces
the natural groove from Salsa dancers. His playlists range from Salsa
classics spanning the Palladium era, mambo, latin jazz, and modern popular
Kyo, together with his dedicated team of admins, also contribute to the
local Salsa community by managing the "Where To Salsa In Singapore"
Facebook fan page, the leading central information network for all major
Salsa parties and events, supporting the schools and studios in our scene