15th Reunion World Salsa Congress Tour
returns to Metro Detroit November 13 ~ 15, 2015.

     
Our Instructors from Out of Town
     

 
 

Oscar Naranjo


 

Oscar Naranjo discovered his passion for Latin dances when he was only 16. With each opportunity, he continued to improve his skills by training with world renowned dance instructors. Oscar has been performing, teaching, and competing since 1989. He appeared in the dance movie "Take the Lead" starring Antonio Banderas. The film was released in mainstream cinema on April 7, 2006. It was filmed in Toronto, and at a number of local schools, including University of Toronto. Oscar have extensive background in dancing salsa, tango, cha cha cha, bachata, meringue, and cumbia. He trained with Argentine Tango World Champion "Fabian Peralta" during his trip to Argentina in Feb. 2007. His hard work and dedication have always paid off. He was awarded first place in 25 salsa competitions and crowned Vice World Champion at the Miami World Salsa Federation Championships in 2003. Among other important events, he proudly represented Canada in various Congresses around the world. Oscars dream is to travel the world teaching, dancing, competing and sharing his Latin roots. With each journey he hopes to acquire new experiences and techniques to help him grow as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and performer .  Oscar teaches salsa and other dance forms to kids, teens, and adults, including private lessons, and conducting choreography classes. To learn more visit: http://www.oscarnaranjo.com


Johan Ospina

Johan Ospina


Francis Annan Afgortey

Francis Annan Afgortey of the Salsabrosa Dance Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Jed Walker

Sultry Salsa! ¡Salsa es Vida!

We organize and promote Latin dancing events, primarily nightclub Salsa nights, throughout Chicago and the Midwest.

In addition, we conduct lessons in Salsa, Bachata and Cha Cha and other Latin dances in various locations, including dance studios and nightclubs, in and around the Chicago area and about the Midwest, all by Chicago's own Barón de Bachata, Jed Walker!

Our quest is to teach everybody to dance and to look good dancing. We teach both style and technique together, by melding the style of street dancing to the technique of ballroom dancing, to help leads and follows become dancers that can dance well with anybody, anywhere, anytime. A dancer that is enjoyable, exciting, fun to dance with and entertaining to watch.


Brittni Thorne

Brittni Thorne is a dancer and a bikini fitness competitor. Brittni started as a gymnast when she was 8 years of age. She really enjoyed the dance aspect of it do she moved into focusing on ballroom and Latin dancing.

She started learn salsa at fourteen years of age. Salsa has been her passion for most of her life. She has not only made herself into a fabulous teacher, competitor, choreographer, and performer, she currently trains as an athlete and competes in bikini competitions across the United States.

She loves sharing her knowledge and helping ladies find there inner sensuality and beauty. She enjoys moving and teaching people fun new rhythms and ways to move on the dance floor. She gets up looking forward to growing her knowledge so she can share it with others. She has a charismatic personality like no other!


Daniel Balderas

Daniel Balderas of the Salsabrosa Dance Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.




David "Jade" Sotomayor

 
Born and raised in both Chicago and the island of Puerto Rico, David learned at a young age he was born to entertain. His first congress performance was in Chicago 2002, since then David has gone throughout the world performing and instructing with various projects, such as World Salsa Congresses, concerts and music videos. 
In 2005, David worked in "Sensuality... A Latin Dance Review" at the Greektown Casino with Elaine Marrero. Through Elaine's vision, David choreographed and directed multiple routines combined into 4 non stop 30 min performances. After only being signed for one month, "Sensuality" had a successful eight month run. Then David went on to instruct/perform at the Troy Dance Studio, and choreographing the opening numbers for the Belleza Latina and Miss Gallaxy pageants.
Currently David has been performing and instructing with Los Soneros del Swing under the direction of Andy Cruz. He travels making appearances throught the US, South America, and Carribean, after being chosen to compete in Logo's and Vh1 smash hit reality TV show, "RuPauls Drag Race" season 1. Under the charcter "Jade", David competed in the first reality TV show that was for felmale impersonaters. Not only did he have the moves but had the all around skill in makeup, hair, wardrope, and lightning, to prove he was definately a jack of all trades and a perfect candidate for this competition. The contestants were withered down to 9 out of over 3000 applicants. David, aside from performing and teaching dance, he gives consultations in makeup, hair, and wardrope styling for performance and evening socials.

Our Instructors from Michigan

Lori Burton

Dancer and proprietor Lori Burton, opened Argentine Tango Detroit in 2001. Lori has been teaching dance locally for over 39 years, and has been focusing on the Argentine Tango since 1993. Her enthusiasm for the dance helped to form a local community of Argentine tango dancers.

With the assistance of some of her students, who pitched in on building projects like installing the dance floor, Lori was eventually able to open a dance studio devoted to the Argentine Tango.

Since then, the studio has flourished and maintains its focus on the Argentine Tango while also offering instruction and studio space for other types of dance.


Amanda and Daniel

Amanda and Daniel of Argentine Tango Detroit.


Elena Vais

Elena Vais is the owner of Birmingham Tango Studio in MI, USA, a Certified American Style dance competitor/instructor, Winner of Professional Showdance and ProAm Competitions, Argentine Tango USA Ambassador in Russia.

Elena Vais was born in Moscow of Russia where she started ballroom dancing. Her studies took her all the way to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she studied authentic Argentine Tango and became Internationally Certified Dance Instructor.

Some of her tango coaches - Juan Carlos Copes, Julio Balmaceda, Mora Godoy,Gustavo Naviera y Giselle Anne, Javier Antar, Fabin Salas, Sebastian Arce, Mariana Montes, and Rodolfo Dinzel. She trained at Carlos Gavito's, Los Dinzel's Tango Studios in BsAs and Julio Bocas Ballet School in Argentina.

Elena is a winner of several titles and awards including Top Studio Award 2015, MI, USA


Randy Fisher

Randy Fisher has had Argentine Tango music in his life since 1993, after the NPR special on Astor Piazzollas life. Six years later he found the time to start exploring the dance. Since he began, in the first 10 years, he split his time between studying, and dancing in Buenos Aires. His focus has been on the history tango, the afro and other cultural influences in tango and social dancing. One of his major focuses is Canyengue, which is the old form of tango. He found that each neighborhood contributed unique elements to its language/development and his goal is to unite them to modern tango while preserving the history as well.

Randy dances and studies many other types of social dances and dedicates much of his energy to folk dances of the Americas and beyond.

Randy is a Detroit native returning in 2010 to share his love of dance teaching both locally and nationally. Detroit Tango Project.org is his current labor of love.

When he is here, his home base is at Birmingham Tango in Birmingham, MI.


Guillermo Moreno

Guillermo Moreno, originally from Mexico, is the Argentine Tango instructor at Birmingham Tango Studio in MI, USA.

Hes been studying, dancing and teaching tango for almost twenty years. Every day Argentine Tango surprises him with new passionate feelings and limitless, fun dance interpretations.

Guillermo enjoys traditional Argentine Tango music full of profound history and culture.


Demetrius Jones

Proclaimed by many in Detroit, as the "King of Latin Hustle" & Detroit Ballroom. H. Demetrius has an extensive background in music vocals, theatre, choreography, choral director and playwright. Demetrius Jones has emerged as one of the top all-around dancers and theatrical performers in the state of Michigan. He is the founder and CEO of World Class Dance Production where is the lead instructor of Latin Hustle, Detroit Style Ballroom, Graystone Style Ballroom, Detroit Bop and D.C. Hand Dance at all levels. He is a proud member of North 2 South Dance Connection and holds the distinct honor and position of Grand Master Instructor and Deputy Coordinator in where he has the task of developing N2SDC's Re-certification Instructors program.

In the early 1980's he was a member of the TNT Incorporated Dancers, a popular and sought after Hip-Hop dance group in the Detroit metropolitan area comprised of males and females. They combined a unique concept of disco, modern jazz, gymnastics and stunts. Along with Michael & Allen Ester, Robert "Bub - Bup - Lup" McCoy, Rhonda Neely, Cheryl Peoples and Doris Pittman they were certainly way ahead of their time in terms of what we call Hip-Hop today. He is also well remembered as one of "THE SCENE" dance show members created and produced by Nate Morris.

Among W.C.D.P. students & private clients, he is known for his patient and impeccable teaching style, unique concepts and intricate patterns. In 2002 & 2003 Demetrius entered in the the National Newport dance competition in Miami,FL where he friends Natalka Cap, and partners Tanya Johnson and Sherry Gordon finished in the top 20 of 200 contestants from around the United States. He and his long standing partner of 20 years, Tanya Johnson, have won many local and regional competitions over the years. Most recently in December of 2009, he and Tanya Johnson were named Grand Champions in the 1st annual MGM Grand Casino's Ultimate Ballroom Showdown and were awarded $10,000.

Demetrius' theatre credits include: "Perilous Time", playing the roles of Pontius Pilate, dancer and singer. "The Devil Made Me Do It" (Angel Gabriel); "Ballroom Charlie" (Tray) and "The Meeting", by far his best individual performance as Civil Rights leader, Malcolm X written by Jeff Stetson. Demetrius has worked opposite some the industry's well respected actors such as: Tommy Ford (Martin and New York Undercover, Perilous Times) Tommy "Debo" Lister (Friday, Next Friday, Perilous Times, Star Trek).

In 2006, Demetrius co-wrote and co-produced the hit theatrical dance concert play, "Dancin' In The City" (The Detroit Experience) that featured some Detroit's finest dancers and choreographers ever assembled including Lori Burton of Tango Detroit. In September 2007, he received the coveted Norma Miller Dance Award for the most outstanding showcase performance at Tri-State Connections S.L.Y.D.E. in Leesburg, VA. December 4, 2007 he was honored by the City of Detroit as a protg of the living legends of Ballroom Dancing history in Detroit. In 2010, along with co-visionary and creator, Cathy Wright, Demetrius organized Ballroom Xplosion Urban Dance Community, an event that brings hundreds of dancers to Detroit from all around the country annually to celebrate the tradition of Urban Style Ballroom dancing. Currently, Ballroom Xplosion is only All-Style dance event that successfully travels from city to city. Next stop, Atlanta, GA 2016. In 2013, Demetrius was the recipient of the Ambassador of Dance award given in appreciation of his outstanding gift to teach and inspire the art of dance. Some of Demetrius' major influences in ballroom dancing include: The late, Raymond and "Sugar" Dorsey, Nate Vaughn, Charles "Pee Wee" Harris and Miles "Madison Man" Adolph. Demetrius is a well-rounded accomplished dancer who is well versed in Detroit Style Ballroom, Latin Hustle, Salsa, Detroit Bop, D.C. Hand Dance, Chicago Step & Graystone Style Ballroom.

He continues to conduct numerous dance workshops around the country in which he is in high demand. He is a proud recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award from Detroit City Council for his contributions, exceptional achievements, outstanding leadership and dedication to Detroit Style Ballroom dancing. This multi-talented young man has over thirty-five years of experience in the field of performing arts, dance, and choreography and still continues to astonish audiences with his smooth style, electrifying moves and flawless stage performances.


Niki Rochelle

A national Salsa champion and native of Detroit, Niki Rochelle has been dancing since the age of six. At age thirteen she joined the Detroit Ballet Theatre as the youngest professional dancer, where she fine-tuned her skills in ballet, classical partnering, pointe, jazz, tap, modern and hip hop.

Niki Rochelle was the first and only African-American woman to make the inaugural Detroit Pistons Automotion Dance Team, where she spent three years as a co-captain entertaining fans at every home game. After leaving the team, she continued to work for the organization as a choreographer.

Known for her award-winning and highly sought after technique training, choreography, creative direction and performance energy, some of her amazing credits include Greektown Casino's Velocity (dance captain), the BET Teens of Comedy Tour, Aaliyah, Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, Blackstreet, LL Cool J and more.

Her keen eye for technical training also extends to the amazing dancers that she has had the opportunity to train, with accomplished credits like The Juilliard School, William Forsythe's Frankfurt Ballet, The Lyon Opera Ballet in France, Alivin Ailey and Ailey II, Dance Theatre of Harlem, America's Got Talent finals, So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 and guest artist, Jennifer Hudson, Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas, Pink, Chris Brown Rhianna and more.

Niki Rochelle is also a very accomplished actress, performing on the national tour of the Broadway musical Chicago where she played Annie, and was the first cover for the lead role of Velma Kelly and also headlining in numerous productions, starring along side of the biggest stars in television, stage and the silver screen.

Some of Niki Rochelle's other credits include being a lead vocalist on Deep Blue Sea movie soundtrack under the group Natice, the LL Cool J Phenomenon Tour, the salsa female feature for Mike Ellison's "Hard Enough to Smile, and a multi-season dance judge for Lifetime TV's number one rated show "Dance Moms".


Baz

Baz Michaeli

 

Travis Staton-Marrero

Travis Staton-Marrero

 



Cristian Crespo

  Cristian, a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer has been dancing since the age of 5. By the age of 13, Cristian was already performing as a professional dancer with the “Ballet Salsa Sur” in Puerto Rico. At age 15, he won first place in Puerto Rico’s National Salsa Competition and at age 17 he won first place in the Second International World Salsa Congress held in Puerto Rico. Cristian has performed throughout Europe and won “Best Duo’ in Venice, Italy. Cristian has performed with many famous Latin artists such as Huey Dunbar, Don Omar, Victor Manuelle, Sonora Poncena, Millie Quesada and more. Cristian’s love for dance shows in the way in which he not only teaches but performs.

Martha Brooks

 

Zosia Fleury

   

James Valentino
   

Yessy Gomez

 

Yessy is a dance instructor, choreographer and teacher based out of Grand Rapids, MI. Dancing is her life, teaching is her passion, and performing is her love; she lives through setting her students on fire about dancing, performing, the desire of acquiring knowledge, working hard and achieving greatness. Her goal is to positively inspire multitudes of people through talents she was blessed with as gifts and tools to reach the masses.

Yessy was born into a large family and raised in a cultural home in the outskirts of Grand Rapids. As an infant, her first sounds were to the intricate drum patterns and smooth singing melodies of saxophone found only in Latin music. Her mother always danced with her and her siblings to merengue and salsa along with many other traditional Latin dances. She was placed in traditional American dance lessons at the age of 2, and she knew from a young age that dance would be one of the most important aspects of her life. Later in her childhood she studied cultural dancing such as African and Irish, but she focused heavily on Mexican Folklore for a great deal of time. After several years of heavy instruction and competing, Yessy was forced to withdrawal from lessons due to financial burdens. She then began dabbling into other activities such as band, theater, swimming, karate and even wrestling; but nothing made her feel the way that dance did. She spent restless hours dancing in her basement, practicing everything she knew.

At age 14, she employed herself at a grocer to pay for her own lessons at a local dance studio. It was at this time that she was recognized for her uniquely diverse style of dance and taught her first Master Class in a small town dance studio, paving the way for her career and future success. She was always aware of the unlikelihood of her ability to succeed due to physical restraints and industry standards, but Yessy chose to continue dancing despite the odds. She danced purely for the love of dance; for the ability to emote, move, express and create where she otherwise could not. It is dancing that gave her something to live for and to believe in; in many ways, dance saved her life. She never imagined that she would embark on the amazing adventures and view the wonders she has seen, but her passion and drive for what she loves has led her to truly live out her wildest dreams she thought were only possible in her imagination.

With over 20 years of performing experience and 13+ years of teaching experience, Yessy continues to seek out her dreams and live them through reality. Through her journey, she inspires dancers all over the world through her teaching, her story, her motivation, and her faith.

Bobby Green

Bobby Green
Detroit, MI

 

Bobby J. Green has a background in the entertainment industry. As choreographer for the number one hit producing vocal group “Enchantment”, Mr. Green has performed on Dick Clark American Bandstand also Don Cornelius Soul Train and other such venues as Carnegie Hall and The Apollo Theatre. Winner of Burn The Floor city wide dance contest two years consecutively, Bobby enjoys producing Dance Entertainment for stage. He currently instructs adults and kids in the art of Detroit Ballroom, Bop, Salsa , Chicago Step and Hustle. A certified Zumba instructor, Bobby loves a good physical workout.. A well sought after instructor, he instructs the young and the elderly for such community programs as Reach, Chass, YMCA, La Sed and the Detroit Public School system. Certified by the Detroit City Council as an Instructor of dance, you can find him performing through out the metro area

Mr. Green’s passion for stage has led him to direct and or produce several stage plays. Whirl of Dance, Harmony and Rhythm, Flesh to Spirit to name a few.


Dimas and Sherin Radwan