Welcome To The 5 Star Congress 2015

Come and experience 2 Days of Dance Workshops catering for all Levels, from absolute Beginners to Advance, in various dance styles: Cuban Son, Afro Cuban, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Cross Body Style Salsa “On1″, New York Style Mambo “On2″, Ladies Styling, Kizomba Afroluso and more, plus 3 nights of shows and dancing to some of the UK’s finest Dj’s..
This year’s Congress features Eddie Torres, Eddie Torres Jnr, Shani Talmor, Melissa Rosado, Nelson Flores, Juan Matos, Ataca Jorge and Tanja, Korke and Judith, Terry & Cecile, Grupo Alafia, and many many more…..

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Salseology (UK)

Based in London, Salseology is the perfect blend of energy and passion, bringing the very best live salsa music to events throughout the UK.

Salseology has been built piece by piece to be ‘The Ultimate Dance Partner’. The result is a live salsa band that explodes into every event and makes everyone want to move.

Voted 2011 “Top Latin Band” and “Salsa Act of the Year” in the UK, Salseology features a line up of top international musicians who have a passion for salsa. With influences and inspiration from legends such as Ray Barreto, Celia Cruz, Oscar d’Leon, Roberto Roena and El Gran Combo, this band is heavy, hard hitting, uncompromising.

Salsa music is meant for dancing. That means Salseology doesn’t play never-ending songs. Instead, the band produces authentic, high energy salsa played passionately with the dancer and music lover in mind. If you love salsa, you won’t be able to resist the pulse and swing of Salseology. If you don’t yet love salsa, you will after you encounter the unstoppable energy that Salseology brings to every event.

Social Dancing 2012

Featuring Sean Babatunde…

Hotel

Minutes from Heathrow, this is an airport hotel that feels like anything but. Dramatic spaces, distinctive design and dedicated service come together in a location where London meets the world. Rooms are spacious and deeply comfortable, and expansive spaces are ideal for entertaining and events on a grand scale. A buzzing brasserie, fine dining restaurant and soothing spa make this hotel perfect for work or play.
This Hotel has won such prestigious awards as “Best Airport Hotel in the World” and “Leading Conference Hotel in Europe” as a guest at this hotel you can experience all that a “5 Star” Weekend entails, in taking advantage of the facilities available to you, such as Health Spa, which offers: Sauna, Steam Room, Plunge pool, Massages and Beauty treatments and a fully equipped Gymnasium.

5* Reasons To Go

1* The Location

Located just 5 mins from Heathrow Airport, This Hotel is Ideal for people travelinglocally in and around London, from around the UK or from anywhere around the world.

2** The Venue

Minutes from Heathrow, this is an airport hotel that feels like anything but. Dramatic spaces, distinctive design and dedicated service come together in a location where London meets the world. Rooms are spacious and deeply comfortable, and expansive spaces are ideal for entertaining and events on a grand scale. A buzzing brasserie, fine dining restaurant and soothing spa make this hotel perfect for work or play.
This Hotel has won such prestigious awards as “Best Airport Hotel in the World” and “Leading Conference Hotel in Europe” as a guest at this hotel you can experience all that a “5 Star” Weekend entails, in taking advantage of the facilities available to you, such as Health Spa, which offers: Sauna, Steam Room, Plunge pool, Massages and Beauty treatments and a fully equipped Gymnasium.

3*** The Value for Money Salsa Weekend Break

Compare the prices, of a non Salsa weekend at this Hotel in order to appreciate the package on offer.

A Weekend Break in this Hotel without any entertainment would normally cost you: 

Standard Twin/Double room
£135 per room per night (See MamboCity’s Discount price below)

MamboCity Congress Weekend Price

 Standard Twin/Double room          Standard Single
£95 per room per night                           £75 per room per night
Price Includes
Bed/Breakfast/Parking/Health Spa/Gymnasium and Free Wifi Throughout the Hotel

4**** The Entertainment & Workshops

We have a line up of Teachers and Performers representing the dance styles of their countries, plus Dj’s and Host “Rohan Brown” to keep you entertained over the weekend.

Performers/Instructors Representing Their Countries
We feature some of the best Performers/Instructors from around the world, giving you the best workshops and shows you could wish for at any event.
DJ’s
We have some local DJs and guest from abroad reflecting the different styles in the world of Salsa Music.
Parties go on until breakfast.
Workshops
2 days of workshops (Saturday & Sunday), catering for all levels, from the absolute Beginner to Advance in various dance styles: Cuban Casino, La Rueda, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha, Cross Body Style Salsa “On1″, New York Style Mambo “On2″, Ladies Styling, Kizomba / Afro-Luso, Bachata, Kizomba, Semba and more.

5***** The Discount

Early booking will give you the benefit of early discount and the ability to make a deposit and pay in two stages
Save up to £56 per person by booking early

Adolfo Indacochea (USA/Italy)

Adolfo Indacochea is an explosive and energetic dancer who is known all around the world for his smooth and unique style. This unique style combines traditional mambo with elements of jazz/modern, flamenco, and ballroom dances. His sense of musicality and flow is evident through his choreography and improvisations.

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Adolfo moved to Monterrey, Mexico when he was 19 to study Industrial Engineering and began taking salsa classes “On 1″ as a hobby in 2001. In less than two months, his talent was quickly recognized by Adrian Arellano, a well-known performer and instructor in Mexico, and was asked to be one of the founding members of Salzumba Dance Company. After ten months, he began dancing and teaching on his own and later formed his first dance company named “Mamboss,” which is now recognized as one of the biggest salsa companies and schools in Mexico. In search of developing his talent, Adolfo moved to San Antonio, Texas in January of 2004 and was invited to join and teach with Semeneya Dance Company as well as work independently with his former partner Claudia Vazques. It wasn’t until 2003 that his passion for dancing “On 2″ developed after seeing Eddie Torres and his Dancers perform at the New York Salsa Congress that year. With much determination and ambition, he taught himself how to dance “On 2,” New York Style, with the dream of becoming an Eddie Torres Dancer within the next few years.

In pursuit of his dream, he moved to New York City in September of 2004 and was invited to be the exclusive partner of Amanda Estilo in addition to training with Karisma Dancers, directed by his friend Victor Mayovanex. It wasn’t until December 2004 that his dream of becoming an Eddie Torres Dancer was fulfilled. His mentor Eddie Torres discovered his talent and potential instantly and invited Adolfo to join one of the most prestigious teams in the world. After 8 months, Adolfo began to perform exclusively with Jessica Ortiz at the same time becoming one of the elite dancers in the Eddie Torres Company and rising to be one of the newest stars in the New York Mambo scene. After 2 years, his mentor Eddie Torres gave him his blessing to move on and to strive to be one of the top mambo dancers in the world. Shortly after, Adolfo teamed up with former Eddie Torres dancer Melissa Rosado and now teaches and performs all over the world with her.

Fortunately, Adolfo has had the fortunate pleasure to dance at venues such as Lincoln Center and Lehman College and has shared stages with well-known artists such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Larry Harlow, and Frankie Vazquez. He has performed and taught all around the world including the top cities in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Peru, United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, France, Germany and Italy. Adolfo has had the wonderful opportunity to perform with divas such as Amaryllis Cintron, Nancy Ortiz, Amanda Estilo, Duplessey Walker, and Jessica Ortiz.

In addition to his enthusiastic personality and genuine love for mambo, Adolfo’s unique teaching style brings flare and fun to any class. He introduces elements of timing, styling, shines, body movement and original turn patterns for all levels. Because Adolfo believes that anyone who is interested in dancing mambo should familiarize themselves about music and their roots, his music selection in class varies from different artists, eras and regions.

Adolfo has shown commitment to evolving his talent and ability and bringing something new to the dance scene, with an emphasis on conserving the mambo tradition but with a new flare. Adolfo captivates the audience with his extraordinary stage presence and passion for this art form. He truly has a genuine love for mambo and always dances “from the heart.”

Super Mario (UK)

For many years now, Super Mario has been a household name on the international Salsa scene, recognised and respected by students and fellow professionals for his amazing lead, unlimited database of fantastic moves/combinations and his teaching ability. His classes and workshops have always been extremely popular both in the UK and in countries as far as Australia, Japan and the USA, specialising on technique but always maintaining an element of fun.

Mario was born in India but moved to the UK as a teenager. He settled in London, where he continued his education, taking a degree in mathematics and also qualifying as an accountant. In 1998, a friend took him to a salsa club where the teacher immediately saw his potential. Mario was hooked straight away and has never looked back since. Still based in London and travelling to teach nearly every weekend of the year, Mario specialises in cross body style, dancing on the 1 or the 2 and focusing mainly on moves and combinations, with special emphasis on leading techniques.

Despite no previous dancing or teaching background, he was able to observe the unnecessary power used to lead turn patterns, and began focusing on breaking down routines to understand the techniques and signals that are essential to good leading. His natural talent for both producing and executing so many imaginative moves led to an invitation to teach at the first congress that he ever attended. His big break came soon after, when asked to give workshops at the biggest salsa congress in the world in Toronto, Canada.

Mario has earned himself the title Million Moves Man through his ability to create any number of unique combinations, that are lead with expertise and are always comfortable to follow. His dancing style is smooth but fast, giving him and his dance partner extra freedom to improvise. His amazing presence on the dance floor sets him apart as a social dancer and his outgoing, energetic personality has also been instrumental in getting him known in the Salsa World.

ATACA Jorgie and Tanja “La Alemana”

Tanja “La Alemana” Kensinger began her dancing career in April of 2005, and has since made a name for herself in the Salsa & Bachata dance communities. With her partner, Jorge Burgos (ATACA Jorgie), they have become one of the most recognizable couples in the Bachata scene; and they have traveled to over 25 different countries teaching and performing Bachata. Their world famous routine to “Te Extrano” by Xtreme, has taken the Bachata world by storm. Tanja’s dance background includes training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Ballroom; she commands the dance floor on and off stage with her high energy and infectious smile.

Jorge “ATACA Jorgie” Burgos is from Puerto Rican decent and naturally, dance has been a huge part in his life. He began his professional dance career in 2006, and has since won over the hearts of thousands of dancers with his charismatic smile and wonderful dancing ability and style. Along with Tanja “La Alemana”, he has traveled all over the world performing at various Bachata and Salsa festivals. They even have performed or choreographed for Bachata artists such as Toby Love, Prince Royce, Xtreme, Dominic Marte, and Carlos y Alejandra.

Jorge is not only known for his unbelievable dancing ability, style, and charismatic smile, but also for his incredible teaching ability. His classes are always filled with not only great instruction that is easy to follow, but with high energy and lots of laughter. Some are great dancers, and others great instructors – Jorge is both.

Although known for their Bachata Ataca & La Alemana have performed with the top Salsa artists in the world. La Alemana did a solo routine with Eddie Torres, Ataca has done a solo with Griselle Ponce as well as was featured in a cameo show with Grupo Alafia, Italy. They have both performed as a couple at various congresses and events with the world famous Yamulee and one of the top couples in the world Victor and Burju (Hacha y Machete)

Juan Matos (USA/Italy)

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.

5* Congress Trailer 2013

MamboCity’s Annual Sala Festival, held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Bath Road, London
Featuring a weekend of dance workshops, 3 party nights if 4 different rooms, over 20 showcases from international performers, giving you the best experience in having everything under one roof.

Kizomba / Afro Luso Festival

For the fifth year we have included a Kizomba / Afro-Luso festival as part of the Congress

We will have a room dedicated to Kizomba / Afro-Luso creating a festival within a festival. 2 Days of Workshops & 3 Nights of Parties Featuring: Dance classes and animation and Parties until the early hours.

Featuring :

Portugal – Afro Latin Connection
- Ricardo & Paula
- Bruno & Patricia

Angola – To Costa

Mozambique – Hugo Boss

Guinea Bissau – Rico Suave

UK

- Norma Facey
Dj Pat
David Flor

Melissa Rosado (USA)

Melissa Rosado, AKA “The Mambo Princess”, is one of the top international instructors and performers of NY Style Mambo “On 2.” She is an energetic and explosive dancer who is known all around the world for her unique, sexy styling and body movement on and off the dance floor, powerful stage presence, and passionate love for teaching. In addition, her humble attitude and welcoming personality is what makes her popular amongst the mambo community today. She has an ability to effortlessly follow any lead and is known to be one of the best examples and instructors of the Eddie Torres technique.

The Bronx born native Melissa has trained in a variety of dance styles consisting of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, African, Afro-Cuban, and Flamenco since the tender age of 5. It was not until the age of 9 that she discovered her passion for mambo when she began taking classes with Eddie and Maria Torres at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. After years of training under Eddie and Maria and being a part of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Senior Dance Company, she was later invited by Eddie and Maria to become one of the first members of the Eddie Torres Junior Company, which made its debut at Madison Square Garden in 1995. She continued to study and train in the Eddie Torres technique and later became part of the Eddie Torres Senior Dance Company and teaching staff, one of the top in the nation, while attaining her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College in NYC. During this period, she had the amazing opportunity to work as Eddie Torres’ partner until 2006.

Shortly after leaving the Eddie Torres team, she partnered with Eddie Torres principal dancer Adolfo Indacochea for almost two years, performing and teaching as one of mambo’s international leading couples. Shortly after, she teamed with up the Mambo King Eddie Torres once again until 2011. In addition to partnering with Eddie Torres, she also established herself as a respected and sought out solo artist worldwide, which she continues to do present day.

 

Grupo Alafia (Italy)

Grupo Alafia is a funny and charismatic male team, directed and choreographed by Francesco Scalvenzi.

Since it was born in the Summer of 2008 The Group’s first goal has always been to create something extremely original and alternative for the salsa audience.

Summer of 2010 was a turning point for the italian guys: their pachanga show received international recognition by a standing ovation at the New York Salsa Congress, and since then Grupo Alfia has been invited to participate at the most renowned dance congresses in Europe and all around the world.

The team has achieved extraordinary success, also for his funny and really effective teaching technique, and his inexhaustible “passion” for social dancing!!

So ladies…..get ready to dance all night long with the italian guys!!!!

Mitchell Provence & Monica Melito (Germany)

Monica & Mitchell(Tambo Dance Project), based in Hannover Germany are well known in the Salsa Scene throughout Europe and in the USA for their unique and original choreographies,their passion, their dedication to the salsa scene, their top notch teaching abilities, their social skills and charisma. They’ve travelled the various countries all over the globe sharing their passion such as: Germany, The Netherlands, USA, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Romania, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Morocco,Turkey, Singapore, Curacao & Puerto Rico. They have a different approach towards the Art of dance itself due to their studies in various disciplines in dance but what mostly resembles is their love,passion and dedication for teaching which several times has led to winning the heart of the workshop attendees. Knowing that dance cannot survive without music, they make sure the importance of latin music and the power it has to really change your life is spread. Their motto is: Rhythm to your body, melody to your soul!!!

Lubi Jovanovic (UK)

Lubi Jovanovic is one of the UK’s leading salsa/Cuban/Latin promoters and also an internationally acclaimed salsa DJ and latin music CD compiler. In 2012, he celebrates 30 years working in the Latin music business in the UK. For 20 of those years, he has championed live Latin music, from salsa to Cuban son, latin hiphop to Brasilian music. He was a founder member of the original Latin Promoters Network in 1998 and helped organise most of their Arts Council Of England funded tours from 1998 to 2003. He has promoted live Latin music shows in Leeds, London, Manchester and Glasgow.

He has organised UK tours for a variety of international and national artists (including non-ACE funded tours), and programmed major Latin music festivals and events for local authorities and well known Latino drinks brands such as Havana Club, Pampero Rum and Corona. An authority on Latin music, he has co-produced 3 radio series for the BBC, written on Latin music for 12 years with the much respected Straight No Chaser global music magazine and produced 40 compilations of Latin music since 2003 for a variety of labels, and these have sold a total of 180,000 copies worldwide!