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Andy Cruz & Candy Mena

Andy Cruz & Candy Mena

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Location: Chicago/New York

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Individually recognized salsa superstars.
Exciting and energetic performance style.
Seasoned dancers featured around the world.


Andy “Lyrik” Cruz hails from Puerto Rico by way of Chicago. He is a songwriter, poet, dancer, choreographer and instructor who has been performing professionally since he was 17 years old. Over the years he has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the salsa world, and is a well known presence at salsa festivals the world over. Candy Mena is a world class salsa stylist, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. She spent her formative years training in gymanstics and jazz before discovering her passion and talent for salsa. A natural dancer through and through, Candy is sought after for her unique and sensual ladies styling workshops.

Together the pair has made a big impact on the salsa stage. They are known for an exciting and energetic brand of performance, often featuring an outlandish style and a fun sense for musical interpretation.

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