Afro Latin Dance Company founded in September 2005. Paula Loureiro and Ricardo Sousa, its artistic directors, choreographers and dancers, have danced together since 2000. The company is currently made up of 10 dancers. Due to wide knowledge and diverse training they acquired along the years, their show is a unique mixture of different styles of dance. In 2007 and 2008, they won the title of the best Portuguese teachers. In 2009, they won in the category of best Portuguese Show at the Top Dance Awards and were nominated for best choreographers at the I Portugal Dance Awards in the world dances category. They are also official judges of the international kizomba competition "Africadançar". They have performed and taught at many salsa/kizomba congresses and festivals, public and private events, in countries like Portugal, Spain, Poland, UK, France, Tunisia, Serbia, Denmark, Slovakia, Holland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Russia, Greece, Latvia, Sweden, Egypt, USA, Puerto Rico, and Angola.
Paula and Ricardo have their school, afrolatin connection, in Porto, Portugal, and are also manager of the afrolatin night club Muxima Bar. They also are organizers of the international events "Dmaes Summer Bootcamp", "Tá Fixe Kizomba Festival" and "Porto Salsa Mob".
Alex Morel is known for his musical style and flavor on the dance floor. He has been teaching workshops and performing in countries such as Germany, Portugual, Israel, and Puerto Rico among others. Desiree Godsell, after moving to NYC, began choreographing and dancing for the Atlantic recording artist Santigold touring all over the world, opening up for Coldplay, Kanye West, Jay-Z, MIA, and Rihanna to name a few. Desiree began her salsa career straight at the top, partnering with the Mambo King himself Eddie Torres. She's been on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brian, and Jules Holland. She's currently producing a dance concert series called the Pearl in BK.
Tanja began teaching professionally in 2008 with Jorge "Ataca" Burgos. Initially they were primarily dancing salsa but switched to a bachata emphasis after a friend of Tanja recommended they do a routine together. They have a dance organization called Island Touch Dance Academy that currently has 15 teams scattered across the globe.
Burju was born in Istanbul, raised in New York and currently resides in Massachusetts happily married to dance and business partner Victor Perez. She has been a professional Latin dancer since 2000 having toured over 100 cities worldwide teaching and performing. Her current schedule includes 2-3 weekends a month of travel abroad to International Salsa and Latin Festivals. When she is not traveling she directs and choreographs for HYM Latin Dance Co. and award winning teen group Ritmo En Accion. She teaches and manages other teachers in the Learn Through Dance in-school Latin dance program. Her background includes Hip Hop, Modern, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Latin. Burju is also a main judge for the World Salsa Championships and has her own line of funky dance shoes. An artist and entrepreneur, Burju demonstrates how the arts can lead to self-fulfillment.
Burju has worked very hard to develop her own style of Salsa that incorporates her background in different disciplines. She took her unique and funky style and in 2009 launched her own shoe line call Burju Shoes. Her shoes like her dance style embodies her philosophy about artistic expression which is to be unique and bold. Burju met her husband, and best friend through dance, which is the main reason it remains such a major part of her life. Dance has given them the opportunity to be entrepreneurs together and to travel the world together.
In 2007 she started taking salsa classes at Yamulee Dance Company, under the guidance of Osmar Perrones. Within few months Delia was ask to join Yamulee semi pro team called Bajari de Yamulee. After a year of training a doing shows Madera join the pro team Yamulee. In March 2009 Madera did her first international trip with Yamulee to Sweden. Since then to present Delia has travel almost all over the world: Italy, Argentina, France, Germany, Venezuela, Peru, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Mexico, Chile, Croatia etc. Also thought out DeliaMadera journey she had the pleasure to share the stage with Jose Alberto "El Canario", Johnny Ventura, New Swing and Sergio Vargas.
Also known as "The Mambo King", Torres' technique developed from various sources including Afro-Cuban son, mambo, and North American jazz dance. He is one of the more popular dancers of New York style salsa. He is famous for his way of dancing and teaching salsa, with the female starting to move forward (always On 2 timing). Torres' style can be contrasted with the more showy Los Angeles style. Eddie has been dancing and teaching salsa for over four decades, he has trained thousands of dancers, including some of the most important dancers and instructors of the Big Apple and all over the planet.
Jorjet Alcocer is the most versatile dancer on the planet. Known as the "Salsa MVP", she has traveled the world both leading and following On1/On2, Bachata, Pachanga, Punta, etc. Jorjet's natural style amazes her onlookers and has given her enormous respect from the Salsa elite. From teaching a Ladies styling class one hour to teaching an Advanced Partnerwork class the next hour, she can do it all. Alcocer is extremely appealing and popular in the Salsa and Bachata world. Jorjet is the complete package and has been featured globally in: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Bonaire, Canada, China, Croatia, Curacao, Dominican Republic, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Prague, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Venezuela and all over the United States.
Juan "Pachanga" Matos, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, came to the United States in April of 1996. This young boy did not know what he was in for. Within three years he became one of New York's top male dancers. In Santo Domingo, his parents were the leading hustle dancers and they inspired him to dance. After attending classes with Victor "La Magica" Pacheco, Juan danced with companies including Magic Combination Dancers and Santo Rico Dance Company. Juan developed what is now called "Pachanga style." This unique style is what got him noticed amongst New York's mambo scene. Whether during a social dance or a dance performance, Juan is considered to be one of the best and hottest dancers of his generation.
The New York based La Fuerza Dance Company, directed by choreographer, instructor and dancer Fausto Felix, has demonstrated a commitment to exceptionally high quality performances since its inception in 2014. Receiving strong consistent attention since its inception, the Company is noted for its entertaining flair, stylistic diversity, musicality, and innovation. The infectiously appealing dancers are renown for their charisma. Hard to categorize. Easy to enjoy. The Company has steadily performed in a wide variety of venues, such as Madison Square Garden and has participated in dance festivals, Salsa/Bachata Congresses, concerts, award shows, music videos and more.
El Tiguere's father being a self taught musician imparted a feel and love for music that would permeate all that El Tiguere does. Some of El Tiguere's earliest memories are of going to the NY night spots with his mother to dance the night away. El Tiguere has been dancing formally (studio taught) for three years and got his name for his swaggy, sexy and sometimes unconventional style of dancing. A true believer in dance what you feel, El Tiguere loves and embraces all styles of dancing, however, his true loves are Bachata and Mambo. A passionate teacher, El Tiguere has been teaching students what he knows about dance since his third month dancing!
The name "Yamuleé" with its African roots means "festive, joyous, and free-spirited". One man's vision to create a first class team was embraced by a few and now it has captured the heart and essence of mambo with contagious rhythms and fiery stage performances. The goal was to develop body control and a balanced core while in motion, assisting dancers become solid leads and followers while combining intricate turn patterns with creative footwork. Be captivated, be enlightened and experience Yamulee.
Carlos Hernandez and Arlette Guerra founded Zafire Dance Project a few years ago after performing in several top NYC pro teams such as Karisma and Yamulee. The are well-known for their intense and energetic dancing style and have quite quickly become known in the NYC mambo community and also at national and international salsa congresses and festivals.