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Over 70 teams will be traveling from all around the world to Hong Kong to compete in the 1st Aceki Salsa World Championships 2012
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Aceki is proud to appoint Quick Step Productions Limited as the organizer for the Aceki World Salsa Championships 2012 in Hong Kong. Quick Step Productions has a 10-year track record of organizing the Hong Kong Salsa Festival, one of the most successful in Asia and have build up its strong credibility and reputation in salsa scene over the years. Aceki believes this year's event will be the best ever with the World Salsa Championships being the highlight of the festival attracting a strong line-up of the world's best competitors, artists, teachers, DJs and performers. Quick Step Productions Limited will be in-charge for all operational and financial obligation aspects surrounding the event, including the awarding and distribution of cash prizes to the competition's winners. For any inquiry on further details on competition please contact
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Joseph is born in Ghana, Africa – brought up, educated and trained in UK, living in Hong Kong, Asia and promoting a music and dance culture that is predominantly from the Americas to the world.
Having established himself over the past 11 years as one of the world's leading promoters of International Salsa Festivals, Joseph continues to enjoy more variety of roles which he feels keeps him directly in touch with all aspects of the event he promotes so passionately by continuing to teach the dance, dj, emcee, be a competition judge, perform, and consult and organize Afro-Latin-Caribbean events of various scales.
Joseph is looking forward to working with and hosting in Hong Kong, some of the greatest dance talent in Asia and the World and is eagerly awaiting the excitement that he feels everyone (from some 30-40 countries coming to Hong Kong for HKSF2012) who witnesses the "historic" first ever Aceki World Salsa Championships on Asian soil will feel.
(born on July 3, 1950) is one of the most famous salsa dance instructors in the world. He has trained thousands of dancers, including some of the most well known contemporary dancers such as Frankie Martinez and Seaon Brystol.
Through his dance school, he has taught thousands of people how to dance salsa in his own distinctive style. He also has a children's dance program that teaches approximately three hundred students a year.
the man behind LDA, Australia's largest dance school, Sydney Latin Festival, one of the largest Latin Dance festivals in the world, a renowned performer, judge from ABC's Strictly Come Dancing, consecutive Australian Salsa Champion, Choreographed for 'Dancing With The Stars', Mr Jaime Jesus!! Known as one of the most knowledgeable and personable MCs in the Latin Industry, Jaime MC's international festivals around Australia and the world!
Jaime Jesus has been the lead Instructor for Latin Dance Australia since 2003. His amicable personality and ability to explain the most intricate of details has earned him a reputation as Australia's best male Instructor and one of the best instructors in the world. His reputation has carried him to instruct thousands of dancers all over the world. As a performer Jaime has turned himself into one of the most sought after dancer's world wide. His original style and trade mark choreographies have taken audiences by storm and landed him international offers to perform in every major international congress around the world.
To say that Ebony Berrell knows Latin dance show business would be an understatement. A captivating stage performer, international instructor and dazzling competitor, Ebony continues to charm viewers with her undeniable talent, derived from over 10 years of industry experience. Her versatility as both a performer and teacher, accompanied by a wealth of knowledge in both Brazilian and Latin dance styles, have made her an invaluable member of the dance community.
Moving to Melbourne at the young age of 18, she began her professional dancing career in the famous Brazilian Theatre Restaurant "Rio's." She continues to perform as a featured artist in the show "Aquarella do Brasil." Other stage credits include productions of Rio Tropical, Brasil La Fiesta, El Ritmo De La Calle and CongaXpress, all of which she featured as a soloist.
Although versatile in her abilities, her passion lies with Brazilian dance styles. This passion has allowed her to travel around the world, including Brazil, where at the "Congresso Internacional De Dancas Brasilieiros" she taught and performed Samba De Gafiera and Samba No Pe to both a local and international crowd. She is also considered to be one of the best Zouk dancers in Australia and the world.
Founder and Director of Latin Motion Dance Academy which is Australia's most successful Latin Dance Academy.
Oliver Pineda with celebrity dance partner Luda Kroitor from 'Dancing With The Stars' are Australia's only 5 times World Salsa.
Oliver & Luda were also special guest choreographers for the Channel 10 TV hit show 'So You Think You Can Dance'.
Born in Australia and of Chilean descent, this young man has been dancing Salsa for 15 years and is Australia's most undisputed talent. His unique style of dance and clear precise teaching methods make him one of the most admired and sought after Salsa dancers and instructors in the world.
Juan Carlos Ospina Sanchez, the man with many names, and equally as many talents, for years now has been leaving onlookers stunned by his dynamic performances. From his intricate shines routines to his breathtaking tricks, Juan's obvious passion for dance projects to onlookers with energy and grace.
A devoted salsa fanatic, he began his dance training in his hometown Cali, Colombia's Salsa capital. It was there, Juan co-founded "Stilo Y Sabor Dance School" alongside world champions Ricardo Murillo and Vivivana Vargas. Juan extended his salsa education to include New York, Los Angeles and Puerto Rican styles, complimenting an already vast background of traditional knowledge.
As a competitor Juan has received many accolades, benchmarking a name on the world salsa circuit. Highlights of his competitive career include 1st place at the Qualifying event for the World Salsa Championships, held in Los Angeles and 2nd place in the Colombian National Championships Cabaret division.
Juan currently resides in Australia, where alongside dance partner Laura Anderson, continues to be competitively successful. In 2011 alone, he was a member of the winning team at the Australian Salsa Open, placed 1st at the Tropicana Australian Salsa Championships and performed and judged at the Australian Salsa Open.
Mika Takenaga started dancing at the age of eight. In 1994, 1995 and 1996, she won the Japan "Amateur Latin Championship". Ever since, she has been a favorite artist in the Japanese dance world with numerous performances, TV appearances and choreography assignments.
In 2001, she attended special dance seminars in Cuba for several weeks which further perfected her Salsa expertise.
In the year 2002, she established Dance Studio Casino in Roppongi, the heart of Tokyo (www.studio-casino.com). Dance Studio Casino has been instrumental in nurturing the interest for Salsa in Japan's dance community. This led to a deal with the prestigious "avex entertainment" group through which Mika Takenaga together with her partner Alberto Romay released a 6-volume DVD package titled "Perfect Salsa" and a CD "We love Salsa".
Her accomplishments have not just been focused on Japan. She has instructed several workshops overseas including Korea, Hong Kong and Malaysia and received special recognition awards in light of her achievements to spread Salsa. In 2008, she established Japan Salsa Association. To further promote Salsa she has even held a lecture in 2011 at Kyoto university as part of their MBA program where she was asked to speak on Business Management in the entertainment industry.
Born and raised in New York City. Vera is a graduate of the LaGuardia High School of the Arts and Performing Arts where she was a dance major focusing on classical ballet and the Martha Graham technique of modern dance. She was a competitive level ten gymnast and was a NCAA Division I college gymnast for Penn State University.
Vera brings her gymnastics background into her art form as evident in her high energy and athletic style of dance. She has traveled all over the USA as well as internationally to teach, perform and compete to places such as Canada, Australia, Ireland, Italy and China.
Her most recent accomplishment is being ranked number two in the world in the on1 division at the 2010 World Latin Dance Cup. In June of 2011 she moved to Allentown PA in order to be able to train more intensely with her dance partner Darlin Garcia.
Sherman is a rising star in the Hong Kong Salsa scene having won Hong Kong Salsa Championships 2011 and voted DJ of the Year in the 2011 Quicksteps Salsa Ball.
Sherman has over 10 years ballet experience and 7 years in Latin Dance, achieving Hong Kong Latin Dance Winner of Year in 2009 and 2010. She has been interviewed and showcased Salsa dance in Hong Kong TVB "VIP On Stage" in July 2011 promoting Salsa to the Hong Kong people.
Sherman is currently teaching salsa dance at several dance studios and actively promoting Salsa in Hong Kong.
Originating from Singapore, Manggoh started Hip Hop dancing in 2000 and won several Hip Hop dance competitions with his crew before he became a dancer with local TV station to perform for international artists.
In 2003, Manggoh started learning Salsa from Jaztin and became a dance teacher by 2006. Since then, he has performed and taught at dance festivals in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Maldives, Singapore and Taiwan.
Manggoh is now based in Hong Kong and enjoys sharing his passion for Zouk music and his love for dancing Lambada and Kizomba to it. His company Danceblaze Limited distributes Aceki dance products internationally and trains teachers to build their own schools.
Born in Salvador - Bahia, Brazil, Indio began capoeira at the age of 12 in Recife and has dedicated his life ever since to Capoeira. Having travelled around the world through Capoeira, Indio is now based in Hong Kong with the objective of promoting Capoeira and Brazilian Culture.
Certified Capoeira Instructor - Capoeira Camará
Certified Acrobat - Escola de Circo Pernambucana
Certified Personal Trainer - NASM
Certified Youth Trainer – NASM
Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist – NASM
Certified Weigh Management Specialist - NASM
Certified in CPR & First Aid - St. John's Ambulance
"Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another."
Cecília was born and raised in Hungary and moved to Hong Kong in 2010. She has more than twenty years of experience in various dance styles including Belly Dance, Latin-American Dances, Ballroom Dance, Salsa, Bachata and Rock&Roll.
She was the member of the renowned dance ensemble, called "Botafogo", which has won many awards in Blackpool and all around Europe. She is the founder and choreographer of "Néreisz Belly Dance Show", and "Besito Latin-American Dance Group" from Hungary, and the co-choreographer for "Foxy Ladies" in Hong Kong. She won several Belly dance solo and group competitions and became the Hong Kong Bachata Champion in 2011. Currently she is an active performer and dance instructor in Hong Kong and Macau.
Comprised of amateur and talented brood of ladies whose passion for dancing is just contagious. These ladies developed sultry lady styling of various dance genres under the directress of Cachimbo Dance Company herself, Ana Rodalin Palma. See them groove and entranced by their moves.
Founded by Larry Shao, the dance ensemble was established in 2008. The group has a dynamic repertoire including Mambo, Salsa, Salsa Shine, Cha Cha Cha, and Pachanga, they have performed in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and in various cities in Taiwan.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Elysia trained as a classical ballet dancer for fifteen years and spent a year as a senior associate of the Australian Ballet School. Elysia started training Salsa with Sharon Pakir at Spin City Dance (Melbourne, Australia) in 2008.
Through her dancing Elysia has been involved in all the major congresses around Australia and has performed at congresses all over the world including the New York International Salsa Congress. Her routines bring her ballet background into her new Salsa art form as evident in her elegant styling and impeccably tight spins; this matched with her strong technique, fluid body movement and vibrant stage presence makes her one of Australia's finest new talents.
Elysia teaches with her dance partner Christian Szilagyi at Spin City Dance in Melbourne, specialising in Mambo (On2), Salsa On1, Cha Cha, Body Movement, & Ladies Styling.
Jaxen is the principal and director of Rhythm Identity Dance Academy, Malaysia and once the 2005 Malaysian Salsa Champion. His dance partner is Cecilia and together they run the only dance studio in Malaysia which offers a full course on all 3 dance styles of salsa, bachata and zouk-lambada.
They have both been instrumental in the growth of the bachata and zouk-lambada dance scene in Malaysia. Once hailed as the Bachata King of Malaysia, they are the main drivers for this dance style and now they are the leading pioneers of zouk-lambada in Malaysia. Jaxen & Cecilia represent both Bachata Malaysia and Zouk Malaysia.
Under their leadership, their dance studio has housed and produced many competition winners such as the 2010 Malaysian Salsa Champion, 2010 Malaysian Bachata Champion & 2nd Runner-Up, 2011 Malaysian Salsa Champion & 2nd Runner-Up, 2011 Malaysian Bachata Champion & 2nd Runner-Up as well as the recent 2011 Asia Bachata Champion.
Together, they have taught and performed at the Malaysian Salsa Festival, Malaysian Bachata Festival, Singapore International Bachata Festival, Sydney International Bachata Festival, World-Latin Salsa Congress, Singapore Salsa Congress, Salsa Cruise Asia, World Bachata Festival, Salsa Fiesta Indonesia Bali and Bangkok Salsa Festival. They have also had the chance to perform and partner with world renowned zouk instructors Kadu & Larissa for a zouk performance and Cecilia also partnered before with international instructor and Korean Salsa Champion Lion Gak to perform salsa.
Steve Maltez has been a force for quite some time now and constantly performs both in his own country (Australia) and around the world. Specializing In a unique athletic dance form he refers to as "acrobatic dance." This style involves an integration of circus sports, acrobatic skills, partner lifts and flips, mixed within many dance forms such as Latin, Afro-Cuban, Ballroom and Contemporary.
Steve has also been personally taught by some of the worlds best aerial salsa performers such as Alex Lee & Chi Li (USA), Dave Paris & Zoe Klien (USA), Pablo Biaz & Diana Montoya (USA) just to name a few….. He has been dancing the style of salsa for over 7 years now and was personally trained by the world renown " Sharon Pakir (Spin City Dance Australia). He currently attends circus classes & workshops (being his passion).
With the knowledge, skill and imagination he has gained, this has given him the insight to be able to teach aerial workshops wherever he performs. His tricks are "truly amazing to watch".
Founder and Director of Total Xtreme Dance Company in Taiwan. Born in Peru, Gino has been teaching and performing Latin Dances in New Zealand, Australia and Asia for the past 10 years. He is an energetic and determined individual, inspired by rhythms and beats since a very young age, his natural flair and musicality is unique to him.
Gino has won New Zealand and Australian national salsa competitions, and been the trainer and choreographer of New Zealand and Taiwan performance teams and salsa champions. His breadth and depth of experience in dance encompasses Salsa, Merengue, Zouk, Axe, Samba, Cha Cha, Bachata, South American Folklore dances, Jazz, Internationa Latin and Hip Hop.
The Mambo Queen of Asia, is famous for good teaching skills. Nari has a big talent of raising the dancers and most of Chanpions of Korea won at the competition with ther choreography or her coaching.
Before she turned out to the choreographer, she was also a strong performer. she performed with the world famous dancers, such as Seaon "stylist" and Able pena(the champion of world salsa championship) as thier partner and traveled a lot of place to teach salsa in US, italy, hongkong, Singapore, Japan, Austrailia, and so on.
Now she's one of the organiser of Korea salsa congress which is considered as one of the successful salsa event in the world and also works as a Latin dance comentator in ESPN TV.
One of the most popular Salsa dance instructors and DJs in Hong Kong.
Simon won the championship in the 2005 HK Salsa competition. Since then Simon has been teaching and dj'ing regularly including in the HK Salsa Festival, the biggest annual Salsa event in HK.
Simon was also named "DJ of the Year" in the 2010 Quicksteps Salsa Ball.
DJ Will developed the love for salsa in Toronto, Canada where he grew up. After his trips to CUBA and Dominican Republic in year 2001, his interest in the world of Salsa and Bachata became his passion.
Now living in Hong Kong his salsa passion continues with various group performances at the Hong Kong Salsa Festivals in 2005 and 2006. His DJ career started in 2006 after winning the Latin Salsa Night DJ Challenge at Club'97 in HK. DJ WILL's music has progress from Salsa Romantica / Classica to DURA / Mambo tunes mix in some awesome Cha Cha Cha and sweet Bachata tunes. He has the ability to set the pace for the dancers and keep the dancers on the dance floor wanting more.
Will spins at many Salsa venues in HK and in a short period of time as a Latin DJ he has developed into one of the favorite Latin DJs in Asia. He was voted as one of the top three favorite Salsa DJs in HK in the year 2007.
At the age of six Marvin started his first dance steps like a street dancer, at the age of eight he began his adventure like professional dancer together his brothers traveling all Colombia.
In 1999 arrived in Italy as a dancer on television in different programs, dancing with international singers: Grupo Gale, Grupo Niche, Guayacan, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuel, La India, Joe Arroyo, Oscar de Leon...... and many more...!
A professional dancer, instructor and choreographer.
Kirthi is known for her amazing spins, ladies styling and smooth sensual body movements. The dance styles that she performs and teaches are Salsa, Ladies Styling and Spins Technique.
Kirthi started to learn to dance in 2004 and after falling in love with Salsa, she has been teaching since 2006. One of her passions is teaching people how to dance.
Kirthi is known for her fun, detailed style and precise teaching methods. Since 2006, Kirthi has traveled the world teaching and performing Salsa with her dance partner Sai Raja.
Hya-Que is the Salsa NY-style On2 dance company in Tokyo, Japan. The name means the highest point of human body in Japanese. This spot is symbolized as the exit of human energy out into the world.
Our goal is to dance naturally and uniquely, maintaing the classic roots and essence of the various established Salsa styles, especially Eddie & Maria Torres & style.
The directors, K-sk & A-jun have received a prize in Korea at the Latin Cultural Festival in 2008 and also won first place in the Japan Cup 2010.
The men's shine team, El Pegue de Hya-Que, is directed by k-sk. We are pleased to come to Hong-Kong and show ourselves to entertain and excite the crowd.
Owner, founding member, as well as the chief instructor at Vive La Salsa. Aditya has been a professional dancer since 1996. With nine years of introducing and training people in Salsa, he is one of India's Salsa Pioneers and a leading exponent and instructor of Latin American dances, and known for Afro-Cuban dances, Pachanga, Cha Cha and Mambo apart from Salsa.
Trained in the Salsa way by some of the world's greatest Salsa dancers and teachers from different parts of the and hence offers world class instruction to his students.
Aditya is one of the few Indians invited to teach and perform at major Salsa Congresses and Festivals around Asia. His students have won 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions at various all-India Salsa and Bachata competitions at major festivals such as the India International Salsa Congress in Bangalore, Goa International Latin Dance Festival and the International Salsa India Fiesta.
Dr. Roland a French national was born in Benin (West Africa), the country of ritual dance and music known under the generic name of "vaudou". He was raised in an atmosphere of authenticity where he received music and dance influences that go back to the roots of Salsa. In the African traditional context, dancing has both social and religious purposes. Roland also received the ritual initiation to perform the "sacred dances" steps.
As a dancer, Dr. Roland has developed a unique style blending African traditional expressions, Afro-Cuban, Rumba and modern Salsa. He is also a renowned Salsa DJ with a powerful and percussive musical selection signature.
Hailed as "Dr. Salsa" (for his deep knowledge of Salsa history and concepts) he is a columnist on salsa and related topics. With his dedication to Community culture, he always manages to combine his professional activities as University lecturer around Asia with teaching salsa and DJing. As a Thai resident and influential leader of the local salsa scene, he played at major events in Thailand with other world class DJs.
Dr. Salsa is the founder of "Salsa Concept" and owner of Salsa concept international trademark. He is the pioneer of Sunday Salsa events in Bangkok, which has become a way of life with visitors from around the world.
Last but not least, Dr. Roland is an active member of the International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO). He is committed in building culture communities and promoting dance expressions beyond boundaries.
the founder and CEO of Latino Rhythms Dance Academy based in Bangalore, India. He discovered his passion for dance 7 years ago and it started with jive. He gave up his high flying job as a global travel manager in a software firm and followed his heart. Today he specializes in Jive, Salsa, Bachata, Casino Rueda, Zouk and Cha-Cha. Now LRDA has several centers that boast of state-of-the-art facilities and is poised to branch out into other cities in India and internationally.
John is a charismatic dancer and instructor who bonds easily with his students. His dance philosophy is that dancing comes from the heart and it can overcome all challenges, anyone who knows to walk can dance. True to his word John has had the honor of training a visually challenged teenager and having her perform at the India International Salsa Congress 2008. He constantly strives to make Latin dance lessons accessible to all classes of society and is currently training students of an orphanage pro-bono. Latino Rhyths Dance Academy has a student strength of more than 500 spread accross two centres. He is a great source of inspiration to his students and instructors.
also known as Yanqing - one of the top Salsa dancers and Instructors.
Starlinn has been featured on many TV and Newspapers in Asia. She has been invited as a guest performer, artist, teacher and judge for many Salsa Dance Competitions, Festivals, Congresses and assigment including USA, England, France, Germany, Argentina, Cuba, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hong Kong and Taiwan and has been voted "Top Female Salsa Dancer in Asia" by WorldSalsaNews.com in 2005.
Starlinn has over 15 years of Ballet experience and now teaches Salsa On1, On2, Cuban Style, Afro Cuban, Bachata, Merengue, Rueda, Belly dance, Jazz, Yoga, Pilates, Latin, Argentine Tango, Hip-hop, Reggaeton and Sensual dance. She is known for bringing the Hip-hop and Belly dancing styles into Salsa in Asia and introduce Zouk & Reggaeton to Singapore.
Exotic Latin moves and sensual musical beats inspired the name and overall attitude of Exotica Dance HK.
A platform for several different styles of dance including Salsa, Zouk Lambada, Bachata, Jazz Hip Hop and more.
Exotica Dance HK was conceived by founder Emily Ma, who has had a passion for dance and team performance ever since she was a little girl on the school cheerleading squad.
No matter what the style or origin of dance, Exotica Dance celebrates its beauty and appreciates the dancer's discipline.
Emily Ma is one of the most popular female Rio Zouk instructors in Asia. Born in HK, started Contemporary training at the age of 13. Creator of, "RioZouk Asia", "Exotica Dance HK", "Emtm Dancewear" and "Hong Kong Studio" owner. Been teaching around like, Japan, London, Vietnam, Brazil, India, etc. Her motto is "dance with music and joy", and belief that "dance is the universal language". She is teaching different dance styles such as Rio Zouk, Salsa, Fitness Dance and Brazilian Samba etc since she is known for instilling confidence and helping the students to learn in a "tailor-made" style.
Easily the most lovable instructor at the Lourd Vijay's Dance Studio has been dancing and teaching for the last 5 years and still going strong.
Minoti was the finalist at the recently concluded reality TV show " Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch bhi Karega", and the 1st runners up at the Hong Kong open salsa championship held in Hong Kong '07.
For an engineering student who gave up a fancy job, salary and lifestyle for the love of salsa, sky is her limit. She has assisted Lourd Vijay in many workshops conducted in Singapore and Bangkok. She has taken part in the Asian open Salsa championships '09 held in Hong Kong in the Team and the professional category.
Minoti has completed an instructor's certification course with world renowned Salsa instructor and performer Edie "the Salsa Freak"
one of the most active and popular DJs and considered the only profesional DJ in Japan. Every month Rodrigo spins at 6 big cities in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe and Kyoto. Rodrigo now plays at most famous party at Hilton Hotel salsa night in Tokyo and Osaka every month.
Rodrigo is also a famous promoter Japan. He organized "Kyoto International Salsa Festival Salsa Candela", the biggest Salsa event in West Japan. Rodrigo is also well known among international Salsa communities. This year alone, he was invited to DJ at many international festivals such as Bangkok Salsa Fiesta, Hongkong Salsa Festival, Malaysia Salsa Festival, Paris Salsa Festival, Korea Salsa Congress, 2010 New Jersey Congress and 2009 New York congress.
DJ Rodrigo's style is original. He selects music for dancers by various genres not only the salsa but also jazz, pop music, fusion, flamenco. His cool sound is supported enthusiastically by salsa dancers around the world.
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the "Rose of Salsa," was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and immigrated to the United States at the early age of eight. Making Southern California her new home, she embraced the art of dance and excelled in both ballet and jazz. She went on to capture her first major salsa dance championship at the Mayan World Salsa Championships in the summer of 2002.
Liz has recently had the honor of choreographing routines for the top couples on Dancing with the Stars including the 1st place winners Mark & Shawn and Derek & Nicole, and this season’s current leading couple: Derek Hough and Jennifer Grey. She has also assisted in choreographing the group hustle routine for Dancing With the Stars Season 9. In addition, she was the choreographer for Anya and Adechike’s salsa routine on So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. In December of 2009, she won first place at the 4th Annual World Salsa Championships, making her a 6-time World Salsa Champion and 7-time US Salsa Champion.
Born and raised in Israel, has traveled worldwide presenting her sensual and sexy Salsa style. Trained in a variety of dance styles, including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Samba and Afro-Cuban, Shani is an energetic and explosive dancer.
Shani is world-renowned for her unique, sensuous styling and body movement on and off the dance floor. She has powerful stage presence and a passionate love for teaching.She is world-renowned for her unique, sensuous styling and body movement on and off the dance floor. She has powerful stage presence and a passionate love for teaching.
In 2010, Shani was invited to perform and trained with the mambo king, Eddie Torres. Shani is currently dancing on the TV show "Mira Quien Baila", "Sabado Gigante" and "Don Francisco Presenta" on Univision TV Network, Miami.
Born and raised in Australia, Sandra's love for performing has also encompassed an ardent love for dance. Although with no formal dance training, but a long interest in Latin dancing, Sandra's twin sister convinced her to take up lessons with LDA. Within four months she performed in the Salsa Advanced choreography at the LDA Ball and was awarded 'Best New Talent' and 'Best Samba Axe'.
Sandra lights up the stage with her infectious smile and captivating performances. With a passion for dance and an impressive array of skills, she loves to Perform and Teach. Sandra teaches various styles which include Salsa, Samba and Zouk.
The stage is where Sandra enjoys the most. As a performer, Sandra has travelled on both a national and international level for Salsa and Samba. Places of travel include: Perth, Gold Coast/Brisbane, Melbourne, Lindeman Island, New Zealand, Los Angeles for the West Coast Salsa Congress, Brazil, Korea and Hong Kong.
As an accomplished competitor, teacher and performer, Laura Anderson continues to ignite audience's senses with her sharp and energetic approach to dance. With multiple national titles under her belt, including 1st place at the 2011 Tropicana Australian Salsa Championships and as a member of the 2011 Australian Salsa Open's winning Team, she continually proves to be a powerhouse of energy, motivation and technique.
Laura began her dance training at a very early age, studying the RAD ballet syllabus as well as Jazz and Contemporary. Into her teens, she began Ballroom dancing lessons after being inspired by her Grandmother (a former competitor). One of the highlights of her dancing career has been competing at the Blackpool dancing festival, the worlds most recognised Ballroom competition, representing Australia in the Professional division of the 10-dance component. Recently, she underwent a year of professional development with dance legend, Robert Sturrock.
Now with a focus on authentic Latin dance styles, Laura directs Melbourne's newest and most competitively successful Latin dance company "Flavoured Rhythm." There she shares her passion and wealth of knowledge through educating a new generation of dance fanatics that have fallen in love, like her, with the music and culture of South America.
Oliver & Vali - one of the worlds newest & hottest dance sensations coming out of Australia & Greece.
This dynamic new partnership specializes in Zouk, Bachata & some of the highest caliber Salsa the world has yet to see.
Oliver & Vali are also one of the first international couples of this caliber to introduce Zouk to the international Salsa Congress circuit & a level of teaching unsurpassed by most couples today.
As a seasoned dancer, actor, choreographer and teacher, Alexander Bryan has performed professionally across many facets of the entertainment industry. Coming into prominence in 2004, Alexander appeared on ABCs Strictly Dancing, creating great excitement and controversy as he danced his way to the Grand Finals with Adam Francis, cementing them as Australia's favourite same sex dance duo. Following this success, he went onto perform on Channel 7s Dancing With The Stars, alongside celebrity partner Kate Langbroek. Alexander has recently concluded a national tour of The Boy From Oz, alongside Todd McKenney.
Dancing professionally since 2003, Alex has won multiple national titles and awards as well as being known as an exceptionally entertaining Master of Ceremonies, hosting many events both locally and nationally. He is also an accomplished producer, director and choreographer creating work for theatre shows and many corporate acts. Alex has a passion for all styles of dance, but always places his own fusion of flavours to all of his work.
Currently, he shares his passion for performing arts as the director of Flavoured Rhythm, Melbourne's newest dance company, inviting talented dancers from around Victoria and Australia to collaborate, compete and perform new works that inspire and move audiences.
National and International acclaimed choreographer Karen Lacey has received various awards in Europe for her Latin Fusion, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Contemporary work, alongside an Artistic Direction award at the Barcelona International Dance Festival. Her Choreography has been seen in the commercial world for clients such as the BBC, Ribena, Pearsons Publishers, ITV and Italian television.
Karen spent 4 years working as a dancer in a touring European cabaret group and many years as a Latin and Ballroom competitive dancer and more recently performing within a partnership at many large scale events in Asia. In her continual pursuit of knowledge she spent the summer of 2010 in New York studying Salsa and Latin Hustle. During this period she additionally had the fortune of training under the latino legend Maria Torres and as a result she has created a fun and technical Latin Jazz class. After completing her Zumba training in Australia, she decided to fuse it with her knowledge of dance and created her own Latin Fitness class; which has been exceptionally well received in Singapore and now has it's own following. Alongside conducting various masterclasses in Contemporary, Broadway and Latin Jazz, Karen is the Creative Director for White Noise Creations; providing top quality international entertainment to the corporate world.
Born in the Dominican Republic, this energetic dancer, performer, and instructor has gained recognition as one of the top male salsa dancers in the Philadelphia area. With over nine years of experience, Darlin Garcia has danced and performed locally, nationally and internationally in countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Japan. He recently opened up his own studio, Art in Motion Dance Academy in Philadelphia PA.
Darlin has recently placed 2nd in the world in the On1 division at the 2010 World Latin Dance Cup. His most significant accomplishments include winning 1st place, two years in a row, at the Philadelphia SalsaFest (2010-2011), winning 1st place in the San Francisco World Salsa Qualifiers, and 3rd place in the 2006 ESPN World Salsa Championship. He is also featured in the How Philly Moves project where his image is displayed, alongside other talented artists, in a mural located by the Philadelphia Airport. Over the course of his career, he has developed creative techniques as illustrated in his sizzling and up-tempo choreographies.
One of the finest and best singer and entertainer in Hong Kong, with a great voice and charisma.
From Dominican Republic, Allie Rafael has over 20 years in his artistic career. At the age of seven, Allie Rafael started singing and performing with the only group of Merengue with that age in his country.
Singer of profession, Percussionist and great dancer, Rafael has worked in large international orchestras in the United States, Dominican Republic and recently Hong Kong.
With award in and out of his country, sharing with great figures of the art. Besides being a singer and musician, Allie Rafael is also a model and actor.
Sporty, sexy and amazing flexibility are their signature, Pole Divas Troupe is the first pole dancing performance team in HK. The troupe leads by Ms. Jady Chow, director and master instructor of Pole Divas HK Studio. Jady is also the organiser of HK China Pole Championship.
The troupe is form with dancers from different dance and fitness background, their dance routine always contain creative acrobatic and breath taking moves that makes it unique and interesting to watch. They are popular for shows and events, in the past years they have performed for many different private and public events.
They love to demonstrate pole dancing as an alternative sport, last Nov their performance for the HK Motorcycle show attracted nearly 700 peoples watching their pole dancing on the street. This year they are going to bring a new visual of pole dancing by their new story with duo pole tricks choreography to HK Salsa Festival, a show not to be missed.
Details coming soon.
Salsa instructor and choreographer as well as the pioneer of Bachata dance in Shanghai, Gene had received training in traditional Chinese folk dance since 1996 and started his salsa dance in 2003, and salsa teaching career in 2005 with the establishment of his school named Hot Salsa Club which is one of the most professional salsa school in China.
Performer in the first Beijing Salsa Festival
Workshop Instructors and performers of the Shanghai Salsa CongressPerformer in the first salsa event in Hoi An (Vietnam) with AméliePontaillier’s team Performer in the Salsa India Festival in Mumbai.
Performer in Shanghai Salsa Festival. Performer in Beijing Salsa Comgress.Workshop instructor and performer in Salsa Vacation Tailand.
A group of dance teachers /artist, trained in Ballroom and Latin American dances. The group started training salsa last 2005 with Anton Berchenko. CDC is currently teaches classes in salsa, bachata, merengue, Latin American, belly dancing, and Latin ballroom.
Founder and director of Taipei Mambo Project Dance Ensemble, Taiwan. Larry has taken his choreographies across Asia, performing in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, among other places.
Outside of the performance arenas, Larry is the primary 'Salsa On2' instructor in Taiwan. He strives to preserve and promote the essential New York style Salsa Dance, whilst innovating and encouraging innovation in and through his choreographies and teachings. Larry is passionate about developing the social Salsa Dance scene in Taiwan; he teaches regular dance classes and workshops, DJs at various venues and events, presents educational seminars on the history and culture of Salsa Dance and Music, and is a frequent host and promoter of international guest dance instructors in Taiwan.
Christian and Elysia – one of Australia's finest new couples to hit the stage. This unique partnership of Hip Hop dancer and Ballerina is not afraid to push the boundaries with their dynamic style, featuring a diverse repertoire of choreographies.
Based in Melbourne out of Spin City Dance this couple are no strangers to the stage; having being involved in all of Australia's major congresses as well as performing internationally in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and New York.
Christian and Elysia's amazing stage presence, precise technique, body movement and perfect lines mixed with their easygoing attitudes makes them not only fantastic performers but fun instructors that leave you demanding more.
This amazing Australian based Cabaret Acrobatic team that consists of 3 male & 3 female performers are truly spectacular to watch. They incorporate many dance styles in their choreography, from Argentine Tango, Salsa, Latin Ballroom, Cotemporary, Zouk, and mix it with Circus Acrobatic throws, lifts, spills and thrills! Their performance experience ranges from small clubs to the largest of indoor/outdoor festivals.
This troupe constantly tours both locally in Australia and overseas and has performed at several salsa congresses such as 2011 India International Salsa Congress, 2011 Miami Salsa Congress and the 2010 South Pacific Salsa Congress (New Zealand )..... Just to name a few!
All members have a circus background and have an extensive variety of Latin dance styles between them all. This allows them to perform the most daring, versatile & challenging choreography's around. Their capability to be able to all teach aerial acrobatics gives Melbourne Aerial Dance Company a great asset to have.
What could be said about Vanessa Liang, a girl without any fears probably sums her up the best! Just by watching her amazing aerial lifts, twists and dives, will leave you wondering how did she do that? A dancer for over 10 years and most recently discovering salsa a little over 4 years ago, her depth and versatility will astound you! Her expertise include Latin Ballroom, Samba, Zouk, Reggaton, Hip Hop and even Tango.
Audiences that have seen her performances have said "she makes me exhausted just watching her, but I don't want it to stop, and footwork so fast it makes your head spin, I want to see it again and again and she never misses a beat"…
With such versatility, style, grace, speed and proficiency, Vanessa has now turned her focus to salsa cabaret which incorporates lifts, tricks and acrobatic prowess. This has led her to take up circus training which led her to become involved with the "MELBOURNE AERIAL DANCE COMPANY" where she teaches the fine art of aerials lifts & tricks and is now proud that her student team has followed in her footsteps.
Vanessa is truly an amazing performer / instructor to watch!
Located in Taiwan-Taichung and brings together a diverse group of talented dancers whose passion and inspiration is founded by the principles of polished technique and style. Their aim is to foster creative energy through Latin dance in different parts of the world that resonates forms of sexiness, enjoyment, relaxation and community.
Total Xtreme's strength lies in the dance groups ability to collectively demonstrate different genres of dance which include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Samba, Zouk, Axe, Cha Cha, Capoeira, African Dance, Shines and others. These dances form the basis of both the Total Xtreme Dance School Classes and the Performance Shows.
one of well-known Latin dance champion in Korea.
Franco won the first place from many competitions and teaches a lot of Latin dance champions. Also in Korea salsa scene, people already considered him as a big rising star.
Franco won the 3rd place in Korea salsa competition and performed with Nari in many parties and events.
DJ Eric got his first taste of DJing in Paris' famous Golf Drouot Club, a special place that has hosted the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, the Who and many other world-renowned musicians.
In the 80s and 90s, he traveled the world and DJed in France, Tunisia, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand...Cuba is a country that he loves and has visited numerous times with various art shows and organizations.
Latin aficionado for more than 20 years, he has gathered an extensive music library compiled through his travels, with strong emphasis on the rhythms of Colombia, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Adapting Latin American Culture as a life style. He is the symbol and definition of a true Latin Party, therefore gaining fame as "SalsaGodfather".
Since 2006, he has been a part of Hong Kong's Fun4U Production, spinning Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton, Timba and Latin Jazz at the most prestigious venues and parties. His work as resident Latin DJ at club Xperience Hong Kong, earned the distinguished honor of "best salsa venue in Hong Kong" several times.
The best breakthrough DJ of the year and one of the most sought after in the Singapore Salsa scene. The dancer-turned-DJ who started learning Salsa in 2007, is deeply addicted to these beautiful Latin beats.
DJ Lennon plays a wide range of great Latin dance music, mainly Salsa with a sweet mixture of Bachata and others. His spinning style is more into Salsa classics from 60's and 70's. He frequently sources some of the latest tracks from all over the world, as he believes that Salsa is universal.
DJ Lennon is the resident DJ for dance studios including JJ Salsarengue, En Motion and Mosaic Dance. He also plays for Latin nite@Se7en, the biggest bi-weekly Salsa party in Singapore. Past events that he has been involved in include Bailamos 2011, Singapore International Bachata Festival and Fiesta Latina Singapore. His latest project will be the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Salsa Tour with DJ Rodrigo. If you're based in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila, watch out for news on Lennon's plans to tour and spin for clubs and events there.
Italian dancer since 1999 began her first steps of salsa as Marvin's student. In 2002 is part of dancers in the group I fratelli Ramos (Ramos brothers).
Marvin and Kristin (Sabor de America) rotate in different salsa congresses in Italy as artists revelation 2008 2009 ...
Winners of ASIAN PACIFIC SALSA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 in HONG KONG, and Semi-finalist of WORLD LATIN DANCE CUP 2011!
A professional dancer, instructor and choreographer. His lively humorous and the friendly combined with the ability to explain the most intricate of details makes him a favorite amongst his students.
A natural performer and well-known instructor since 2001, Sai is a trained gymnast with expertise in Hip-Hop, Salsa and other Latin American dance styles such as Merengue, Cha-Cha and Bachata. Sai is also known for his high energy performances.
One of the most sought after dancers in India, Sai's original style and trade mark choreographies have taken audiences by storm and fetched him international offers to perform in major international congresses around the world.
Sai has worked closely with celebrated actor Jackie Chan in his latest blockbuster movie "The Myth". He has also had experience in musical theatre, performing in Lion King, Dirty Dancing, Tarzan and Legends of The Fall.
El Flava de Hya-Que is the student team working to reflects Hya-Que style. We are pleased to come to Hong-Kong and show ourselves to entertain and bring happiness into the crowd.
Promoter, Organizer and DJ for One Night in NY and Club Mambo in Sydney from 2010.
Used to be the business partner and Rueda instructor with Latin Motion Dance Academy.
Also an On1 Salsa Instructor, Choreographer and house DJ for Sydney's salsa schoolsClub Salsa and Salsa Republic.
the artistic director of Attitude Dance Studio, Singapore. Gupson has more than 15 years of formal training in Ballet and Jazz and has injected the same dedication into Salsa. As one the pioneers in the Singapore Salsa scene, Gupson has been teaching Salsa in Singapore for the last 14 years, The first Salsa Instructor base in Asia to be Honored at The West Coast Salsa Congress in Los Angeles California 24th May 2008, starting teaching in New york Salsa Congress 29th August 2008. He is credited to have introduced Cross Body Style, Salsa and dancing On1 and On2 in Singapore as well as Bachata, Casino Rueda and Exotic Dance. Gupson's continues to perform and teach Salsa extensively in Asia and around the world.
Inspired by his teaching techniques, "The Professor" Gupson Pierre has brought his love of the dance through deejaying as well. His primary objective of deejaying is to educate the worldwide salsa community on musicality. Many (if not all) know of his deejaying style and burn up the dancefloor when he is in the console. If he is coming your way, you are sure to have a great time on the dance floor. Always request a classic Salsa, Mambo and/or Cha-Cha-Cha number from this great deejay name "The Professor".
His childhood is washed by the dance major component of African culture. For Knzo dance becomes the expression of early life, he grew up in a world where the dances are an integral part of everyday life and are a way of life. "In Africa it is the dance that is the beginning of all things".
Made of round trips between four continents, the experience of knzo continues to grow and feed through constant cross cultural American, Caribbean, European and of course Africa. By merging the Latin dances with a multitude of other styles like Hip-Hop, African dance or dances Caribbean, Knzo finds its voice in Zumba and other dance.
Its original style, his passion for the "Culture" and the creation at large, his overflowing energy and perfectionism makes her dancing and unforgettable novel. Today Knzo is a singer and dancer.
Gladys Cavalcante, a professional Brazilian Ballroom and Latin Dancer, Stage Performer and Zumba Instructor. From Rio de Janeiro, she began her training in 1993 at the most traditional Brazilian Ballroom Dance School, 'Jaime Arouxa Centre of Dance.' Also She had performed for Britain's Got Talent 2010 semi-final.
Currently based in London Gladys has been teaching regular classes & workshops around UK, for all ages and dance performing all over England and Abroad including television Awards events, Brazilian Embassy, Dance Congress, LLS-London School of Samba, Gyms, West End clubs, Carnivals and many festivals.
Douglas Gomes, a dancer and choreographer from central Brazil, has been dancing since he was 16 and passionate about all things related to dance and choreography ever since.
Trained as a dancer at the rather prestigious Bailar Escola de Danca de Salao in Brazil where he also started performing professionally in 2004.
In 2009, Gladys & Douglas, were runners-up in the 1st Forro Competition held in London. Engagement and conexion with the audience are Gladys' hallmarks. She has also produced a Brazilian dance show 'Brazil: Rhythms & Colours' that was showed in Britain in 2010.
DJ Gabriel, promoter of One Nite in NY/Club Mambo in Sydney has been dancing Salsa for over 10 years.
His passion has developed into appreciating the NY/Puertorican (Mambo) style sounds, especially the during 70's era.
Once he starts spinning some awesome "Smokin" tunes, guarantee you will get captured!
MARCOS FONSECA started dancing at an early age and dedicated much of the 80's to Lambada, Hip Hop, African dance and Jazz.
A graduate of Physical Education from Rio de Janeiro University, he specialized in fitness through dance. Moving to Europe in 1992 he made a name for himself teaching Hip Hop, Latin Rhythms, Lambada and Salsa. He has taught his unique style of dance and fitness classes and workshops in a total of 36 countries so far.
He returned to Brazil in 2005 to concentrate and deepen his expertise in Brazilian Zouk Lambada and Salsa and to learn and work with world famous professionals such as Renata Pecanha, Luis Floriao, Jose Carlos Valverde.
After 2 years in Brazil, Marcos spent a month giving workshops in Spain where he introduced his unique cardio-zouk class. Marcos then moved to London and his unique style of dance and teaching has proven extremely popular. Marcos is currently teaching zouk lambada , at Pineapple Dance studios and teaches hip hop and salsa partner and choreography classes throughout London including at Fitness First, Virgin, LA Fitness and other Prestigiuos clubs and bar venues.
Managing Director of LVDS Productions Pvt. Ltd - is a principal Promoter of Latin culture music and Dance in the Asian Region. He recently broke the Guinness World Record for the maximum number of Swing dance flips in a minute earlier this year and stood 10th at the "most Popular Entrepreneur of the year 2009" amongst 180 nominees from across the country.
An innovative choreographer and a very able instructor, Lourd has traveled to the US, Canada, UK, Brazil, Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Egypt, France, Jordan, UAE, Taiwan, Macau, Oman and Sri Lanka to train, perform, teach and participate in international festivals and congresses. Of his accomplishments, he has fond memories of choreographing and working in many theatre productions and Bollywood Production including the Jackie Chan starrer 'The Myth".
Lourd has recently launched a project called the 'Be a Star Initiative' - a project to impart dance as a vocation to socio-economically challenged individuals.
having had been boyhood friends with Latin Music legends as Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon, George Rodriquez and many, many others, Dj Bosco has Salsa in his DNA. In 2011 DJ Bosco was a featured Dj at this years Las Vegas Salsa Congress and the Adelaide Australia Salsa Festival and is scheduled to play at next years Los Angeles Salsa Congress 2012. Other congresses and festivals include Mumbai, India, Singapore and Malaysia.
DJ Bosco has played clubs throughout the region at such clubs as Sheraton Hotel's 'Chimes' nightclub on the tropical Island of Langkawi, Club Zenzi Mills and Club Zenzi Bandra, Mumbai India, Club Paraw & Club Ariel's House on the beautiful Island of Boracay, Philippines, Singapore's Union Square Salsa Club, Salsa Havana, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and at Metropol Cinemas and Kathleen's on Five in Shanghai, China.
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