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SF Salsa Congress 2011 Instructors

Every year the San Francisco Salsa Congress brings some of the world's best salsa dancers and instructors to the Bay Area, and 2011 is no different. Click on a profile below to find out more about this year's instructors and watch videos of their past performances.


Abel Peña & Zulmara Torres Location: Los Angeles
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Abel and Zulmara are some of the top ranked On1 salsa dancers in the world. They are 3-Time winners of the World Salsa Championships, as well as other competitions around the…

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Alex Salsita & Ivonne Pulido Location: Bogota, Colombia
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Alex Salsita and Ivonne Pulido are champions in the Colombian salsa style. Their group Esfera Latina is a well established and respected organization that has continually placed in the top echelons of…

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Alien Ramirez Location: Cuba
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Alien Ramirez hails from Cuba and has been a dancer her entire life. She has an incredibly diverse background and has received classical training in jazz, ballet, contemporary, Afro-Cuban, modern, gymnastics and…

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Andy Cruz & Candy Mena Location: Chicago/New York
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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…

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Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman Location: SF Bay Area
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Ava Apple and Rodolfo Guzman began their partnership in 2005 and together they direct the Latin Symbolics dance company. Many of today’s top dancers began their story with Ava Apple and her…

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Corey Raynor & Mireille Ruiz Location: SF Bay Area
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Corey Raynor and Mireille Ruiz really made a name for themselves at the first ever San Francisco International Bachata Festival, where they wowed the crowed with a fun, playful and energetic bachata…

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Cristian Oviedo & Liz Lira Location: Los Angeles
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Cristian Oviedo & Liz Lira are champions many times over in their own right. Liz is a classically trained ballerina who has performed and competed in virtually every style of dance, while…

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Dave Paris & Zoe Klein Location: New York
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Dave Paris and Zoe Klein are international dance super stars, and have been featured in a number of television shows and dance festivals. No strangers to the big stage, their performance credits…

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David & Jennifer Stein Location: San Diego
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David and Jennifer Stein founded San Diego’s Majesty in Motion dance company in 2002, and since then it has grown into a veritable salsa empire. The couple is well recognized for an…

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David Nieto & Charlene Rose Location: Los Angeles
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David Nieto and Charlene Rose are well known dancers and choreographers in the LA style who have been featured at salsa festivals around the world. David is a top 3 finalist in…

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David Zepeda & Paulina Posadas Location: Mexico
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David Zepeda and Paulina Posadas are couple from Mexico that have taken the competitive salsa world by storm. They hold over a dozen titles from salsa competitions all over the world,…

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Eric Caty & Kelly Lannan Location: Montreal, Canada
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Eric Caty and Kelly Lannan are professional salsa dancers from Montreal, Canada. They are the owners of Alberta Dancesport, one of Canada’s top dance studios, as well as the directors of the…

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Francisco Vazquez Location: Los Angeles
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Francisco Vazquez is one of the famed Vazquez brothers, who are credited with developing and popularizing the LA on1 style of salsa dancing. Francisco  is also one of the original founders of…

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Gabriel Romero & Victoria Ruskovoloshina Location: SF Bay Area
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Gabriel Romero and Victoria Ruskovoloshina are the directors of San Francisco based Mambo Romero dance company. The pair are known as exemplars of the New York on2 style and are credited with bringing…

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Isidro Corona & Ariel Lehaitre Location: SF Bay Area
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Isidro Corona and Ariel Lehaitre have been dancing together since 2009 and in that time have taken a number of major titles. They are the 2010 US Salsa Open Champions, 2010 Portland…

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James Cobo & Isabel Freiberger Location: North Carolina
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James Cobo and Isabel Freigberger are principal dancers of North Carolina’s famed Cobo Brothers Dance Company. They are known for intricate partnerwork, exciting tricks, and entertaining shows. The principal members of the…

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JC Labio & Tellina Rezzoffi Location: SF Bay Area
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JC Labio and Tellina Rezzoffi are the directors of East Bay’s Afinkao Dance Company. They are known for original and creative choreography with heavy influences in Afro-Cuban movements, jazz and fluid body…

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Jennifer Silvas Location: Los Angeles
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Jennifer Silvas is one of the top female salsa dancers in the world and has been performing salsa at the highest levels for over 10 years. In that time she has danced…

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Jhon Rodriguez & Johanna Vasquez Location: Cali, Colombia
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Jhon and Johanna are Colombian salsa dancers who exemplify the Cali style. Their blindingly fast footwork and precise style of performance is beloved by crowds everywhere. They have competed many times against…

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Joe Zumba Location: San Francisco
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Joe Zumba has been teaching  Zumba classes and workshops on both coasts for over seven years. His classes are routinely packed, with regular attendance averaging around 80 dancers. His energetic and fun…

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John Narvaez & Liz Rojas Location: San Francisco
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John Narvaez and Liz Rojas are the directors of the award winning Salsamania Dance Co, which has been a staple in the SF Bay Area for over a decade. They are known for crisp…

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Johnny & Andres Giraldo Location: Boston
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Johnny and Andres Giraldo are two brothers who started Boston’s popular Salsa y Control Dance Co. (named for the Lebron Brothers song of the same name) in 1999. They are famous for…

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Johnny Vazquez Location: Italy/Mexico
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Johnny Vazques is one of the famed Vazques brothers, credited with creating and popularizing the LA on1 style of salsa dancing. He is a legend in the salsa scene, and his performance…

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Jonathan Ibarra & Elly Guadarrama Location: Mexico/SF Bay Area
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Jonathan and Elly are world class salsa competitors and performers based out of San Diego. Elly is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was a member of the…

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Luis Aguilar & Anya Katsevman Location: New York/San Francisco
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Luis Aguilar and Anya Katsevman are the reigning World Salsa Champions in the on2 division for the second year in a row. Together the pair has amassed numerous other 1st place finishes…

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Marco Ferrigno & Natalia Lopez Location: Milan, Italy
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Marco Ferrigno and Natalia Lopez are professional dancers from Milan, Italy. Marco Ferrigno began dancing at a young age, and received training from world-renown Eddie Torres, before opening his own dance school…

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Mike Bello Location: New York
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Mike Bello (aka the “Mambo Fello”) is an experienced musician and dancer who helped introduced mambo style dancing to Los Angeles, with the formation of the Mambo Men and the Mambo Squad,…

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Milton Cobo & Erin Leger Location: North Carolina
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Milton Cobo and Erin Leger hail from North Carolina and are principal dancers for the acclaimed Cobo Brothers Dance Company (along with Milton’s brother James). The dance company is known for intricate…

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Nicolas Cruz & Caterine Estrada Location: Bogota, Colombia
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Nicolas Cruz and Caterine Estrada began dancing together in Bogota, Colombia, considered one of the preeminent salsa capitals in the world. They were both principal dancers as part of the prestigious Escuela de…

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Ricardo Tellez & Tianne Frias Location: SF Bay Area
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Ricardo and Tianne are world renown salsa dancers and instructors from the San Francisco Bay Area. They have performed and competed around the world, and are two-time finalists at the World…

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Rodney Aquino Location: SF Bay Area
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Rodney Aquino, aka “Rodchata” is one of the top bachata instructors and promoters in the US. He is the organizer of the Reno Bachata Convention and SF Bachata Festival, and co-organizes…

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Rogelio Moreno Location: Los Angeles
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Rogelio Moreno is an actor, choreographer, and dancer originally from Los Angeles. He has studied a broad repetorie of dances, including salsa, cha-cha, merengue, mambo, bolero, quebradita and punta. He…

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Tito Ortos & Tamara Livolsi Location: Puerto Rico
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Tito and Tamara are internationally known salsa dancers from Puerto Rico who have performed in over 75 cities around the world. Both Tito and Tamara began dancing at a young age,…

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Vassili Location: Seattle
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Vassili is a musician, dancer, and dance instructor from Seattle. He took his first salsa lesson in 2000, and has since gone on to win the “Reno Dance Sensation” competition 2…

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Zeke Ruvalcaba & Kathy Reyes Location: Chicago
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Zeke Ruvalcaba & Kathy Reyes are top level bachata dancers who are known for their passionate and tender bachata performances. Zeke is the founder of Bachata All-Stars, the first Bachata dance…

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