Studio D 1105 Apalachee Parkway
The Tallahassee Latin Dance Festival is a weekend of culture, fun, and fitness. This is year 2 for this fun filled event. It features dance workshops (beginners, intermediate, and advanced dancers) including bachata, casino, cha cha cha, kizomba, mambo, tango, and salsa. TLDF also has performances by world class dancers and instructors, not to mention your favorite local salsa (casino, mambo, LA) and bachata companies. Dance the night away to live music and top nationally recognized DJs.
Great event, BRAVO! Could have danced all night- oh wait- WE DID! - Susan Morrison
The Tallahassee Latin Dance Festival delivered what they promised. Epic does not begin to describe how amazing this festival has been. – DJ Style
Studio D 1105 Apalachee Parkway
6:00 PM Silent Auction
8:00 PM Evening Workshop
9:00 PM Social Dancing
11:00 PM Performances
9:00 AM Workshops
1:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Workshops
5:30 PM Tech
7:00 PM Evening Workshop
7:00 PM VIP Reception
8:00 PM Performances
9:30 PM The Musical Journey of Edwin Rivera
10:30 PM Evening Concert: Jimmy Bosch
11:30 PM Social Dancing
9:00 AM Workshops
1:00 PM Lunch
4:00 PM Jack and Jill with artists
6:00 PM Social Dancing
Adrianita & Jefferson
Jefferson and Adrianita are the Colombian Gold medalist for the World Games 2013 – Dance Sport (salsa). They are the youngest couple to achieve this honor. 10 years ago they began their artistic career in one of Colombia’s most representative Kid’s groups (Biberones de la salsa). In 2008 along with their group “Las Estrellas Mundiales de la Salsa”, they traveled to Miami for the first time. In 2010, the group split and the both started dancing as a couple. They are Silver level Ballroom champions. In 2011 Jefferson & Adrianita earned the 1st place in the Colombia Salsa Festival. They are second place winners for the World Latin Dance Cup in 2011 and 2012.
Edwin is one of the most influential salsa dancers, choreographers, instructors and musicians of our generation. With a career spanning almost two decades he brings his Puerto Rican swag, with an innovative and creative style to the dance floor, the stage and to our ears. He has worked mainstream films with his idols Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony in this film “El Cantante” as the only solo dancer for the feature film. Edwin has also worked with celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Ben Stiller Jennifer Anniston, Rob Schneider just to name a few. Edwin Rivera the Musician & Music Producer. In 2009 Edwin launch his first album Soul of a Dancer in Japan, the country that gave him his first big break as a dancer. In March 2013, he launched his sophomore album MIME ~ Music Is My Everything with Latin sounds infused with today’s dance music of House, Hip Hop, Dubstep and R&B.
Leo Florin is the director of Salsamania Dance Studios located in Tampa. He was born and raised in Miami, FL. Through the majority of his life Leo has always had the rhythm inherited from his late grandfather Juan Rodriguez. Where he found his beat was at a family wedding where they asked him to perform as part of the entertainment when he was only 12 years old. Throughout his days in Miami as he trained to learn the unique steps of Salsa, he found his teaching roots. After noticing that he had a unique way of explaining dance steps, he found it easy to teach other people how to dance.
Davidson St Fort
Davidson St Fort aka DSuave is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he grew up with Kizomba, Zouk, Kompa, Salsa, and Bachata music. He started developing the love of dancing salsa in Kansas City in 2007. Davidson is returning to his temporary home when he comes to Tallahassee. He graduated from one of our universities. When he is in Orlando, he performs Bachata with Latin Intensity Dance Company. When he is in Miami, he performs Bachata with Miami Touch as part of Island Touch Dance Academy. He worked as an instructor teaching Salsa and Bachata at Salsa Art. He is currently a dance choreographer and Director with Dance Kompa Company. He also performs and teaches Kizomba with Kizomba Fever throughout the country at Miami Salsa Congress, Orlando Salsa Congress, The Unity of Dance Festival, Kizomba Pittsburgh, Poinciana Dances Salsa and etc. He is very humble with people and life but yet fierce on the dance floor with Kizomba, Kompa, and Bachata. Davidson will be our kizomba expert at Tallahassee latin dance festival.
Azúcar Dance Company
Established in the year 2000, ¡Azúcar! Dance Company is a non-profit student organization from Florida State University (FSU) which teaches the Cuban dance of casino to the Tallahassee community. ¡Azúcar!, whose literal meaning in English is “sugar,” offers free lessons every semester and encourages students to not only advance as dancers, but to integrate as part of the ¡Azúcar! Team. The team is active in the Tallahassee community through the hosting of casino lessons, performing, and participating in community service endeavors, which are all open and available to the public regardless of age, race, sex, religion, student status or school affiliation.
Established in 2001 by four passionate Salsa Dancers, Corazon Dancers goal is to provide the Tallahassee community with the knowledge of Los Angeles (LA) Style Salsa. The Corazón Dancers is a Non-Profit Latin dance student organization from Florida State University where they spread their passion for salsa and teach others to dance con el Corazón.
Tallahassee Salsa Dancers
Tallahassee Salsa Dancers, founded in 2012, was developed as a community based latin dance team that focuses on sharing the love of latin dance with the Big Bend Area. Previously, the latin dance scene was built by student run teams. TSD was created to keep the scene active in Tallahassee year round. This includes group or private lessons, dance workshops, latin dance social events, and performances. TSD is comprised of 4 active dance teams, Semi Pro, Mambo Team, Bachata Team, and Ladies Styling team. Only existing for 2 years, performances include Atlanta Bachata Fest, Unity Dance, Jacksonville Salsa Jam, Tallahassee Latin Dance Festival, Paradise Dance Festival and many more.
Karel Perez, a professional dancer and instructor of Afro-Cuban dancing, was born in Havana, Cuba. He instructs dances such as Rumba (Guanguanco), Palo, and Yoruba dancing. He currently lives in Tampa, Florida. He has worked with many different groups that have African roots as a common factor, such as: African’s Roots, an Israeli group that embraces dancing from West –Africa , Coco Loco, an Afro-Brazilian group that dances Maculele Tofaa, a group from Israel that embraces traditional Afro-Cuban Folklore dancing.
Jose Campaz is originally from Cali Columbia. He is the director of Step by Step Dance Company out of Greenville, SC. Jose Campaz is a 2X National Champion, 1st Place in the World Salsa Federation in Miami, FL and 2nd Place in the World Salsa Championship in Fit. Lauderdale, FL. He specializes in the following Salsa On One, Salsa On Two, Salsa Colombian Style, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Aerorumba, and Cumbia.
Frankie & Nesh
Frankie and Nesh, both of Puerto Rican families are the co owners of Zabore’ Dance Company. Throughout his younger years Frankie studied and trained in many forms of dance such as; Salsa, Bachata, Puerto Rican and Dominican Folkloric, and Merengue. Frankie and Nesh met at one of Central Florida most Prestigious Dance Schools, Salsa Heat Dance Studios, where they instructed and directed together. After leaving “Salsa Heat” Frankie founded Zabore Dance Company, a dance company based on NY style salsa and Traditional Bachata. Performing and teaching Traditional style Bachata. Nesh joined her fiancé and they quickly became one of Orlando’s top Bachata couples.
Elan & Jordynn
Jordynn started dancing at the age of 8 with a special focus in contemporary jazz and acrobatics. She discovered at a young age that she loved competing and performing and reached a goal by winning the Dance Masters of America title Teen Miss Dance of Florida 2012. Elan began his dance career at the age of 12 when he discovered popping. Dynamics such as isolations and animation came naturally for him and he also won many competitions as a soloist. They continue to perform as soloists, but came together in a salsa partnership. As a team this brother and sister were able to learn to connect and enjoy the beauty of salsa while keeping their individual unique styles. Together they have performed across the country and look forward to teaching and sharing their passion for dance.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Christian performed with hip-hop and folkloric groups throughout the island. In 2006, Christian launched his distinct style of Bachata, “Sensual Bachata”. The style focuses on connection and blends traditional techniques while drawing on influences from Tango, Waltz, Bolero and Rumba. In 2009, Christian founded Sensual Bachata out of Orlando Florida. This group has performed domestically and internationally. Christian has been featured as a headlining instructor and performer at various events throughout the U.S., and abroad, and is recognized as one of Florida’s top dance instructors specializing in the Bachata genre. Christian teaches and performs with his dance company Sensual Bachata, headlines as a DJ, host and personality at major venues throughout the U.S., and producing entertainment events through his events and promotions label Bahari. He spearheads two major events in Florida, Unity of Dance and Paradise Dance Festival.
Agustina & Marco
Marco and Agustina are lead instructors at Ritmo y Sabor in Gainesville, Florida. Marco is also a member of the duo Latin Swag that merges hip hop and latin dancing. They have worked together for years developing choreographies for Salsa Student Team, Salsa Semi Pro Team, Salsa Ladies Styling Team, and Bachata Team in Gainesville. Agustina’s background is extensive and she is known for teaching ladies styling with all latin dances.
Sonia Rivera has been dancing for fourteen years and has been performing for twelve of those, also serving as a salsa instructor. She is a certified professional teacher, obtaining her degree from Mr. Stacey Lopez and the Department of Recreation and Sports of Puerto Rico and the virtual degree from clave son salsa.com. She has served as a coach and choreographer for various dance companies such as Unified Dancers of NYC, En Fuego (Tampa), Raices (Tampa), Teens Salsa Puerto Rico, and Son y Salsa Company from Panama. In addition, she trains her own dance company teams (Diamond Dancers International, both in Puerto Rico and Tampa) called Black, Pink, Gold, Platinum, Red, Green, White, and Yellow Diamonds. She participated in the movie Havana Nights and in the movie El Cantante. She has danced on stage with the following bands Michael Stuart, Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz, Oscar de Leon, India, Domingo Quinonez, Tito Nieves, N-Klabe, NG2, Luisito Carrion, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Bobby Valentine, Luigi Texidor, Vitin Ruiz and Sonora Ponceña among others.
The partnership of Allen Germaine and Niya Patel (Proyecto Barrio) began in 2007, when the pair met while attending the same university in Atlanta, Ga. Together they share a combined dance background that includes mambo, hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, west African, contemporary, as well as having been trained under the tutelage of world renowned choreographer/instructors Gordon Neil, and dance pioneer Joby Brava. In 2008 Proyecto Barrio began to showcase their choreography in Atlanta. As a result of their unique dance background and continuous training, the duo has been able to specialize in fusing mambo with other genres of dance, which has enabled them to develop their own style, resembling none other. They are also the Directors of Flava Invasion.
Jorge Alberto and his partner Christina Farrell are the dynamic leaders of Ritmo Urbano in Tampa, Florida. Jorge has loved to dance all of his life and has pursued his career within the salsa and bachata scene in West Florida. He has been instructing students around the country and is known for his fun and instructive personality in the classroom. He was also part of one of the top salsa and bachata dance companies in the world, Island Touch Dance Academy. While having strong leading abilities, Jorge is also well- versed in following and ladies styling. While having a passion for salsa, Jorge also developed a strong passion for bachata. He is currently the Bachata and salsa Director at Flava Fitness Studio in Tampa, Florida and is director of Ritmo Urbano. He strives to share his love for salsa and bachata with all dancers around the world.
Fuego Y Hielo
Fuquan Ferrell and Candace Joyner (The directors and founders of Fuego Y Hielo): Fuquan and Candace had their first dance at the Atlanta Bachata Festival of 2012. Candace’s previous experience in gymnastics and Fuquan’s previous dance background in martial arts experience produced a wildly different style of Bachata. They are partners in Proyecto Barrio Dance Company’s pro team. They’ve both danced and performed with Bacahtamante Dance Company as well. Fuquan and Candace have a passion for all three major latin dances (Salsa, Bachata and Cha Cha) equally, and through their time have developed a unique style they call Playful dancing.
Amy Figueiras Dominguez
In 2005, Amy was introduced to the Salsa scene. Raised in a Cuban, Amy’s connection with salsa/mambo was instant. Amy’s experience in dance genres are wide including jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, modern, and african dance. Amy was the youngest dancer of DC ShowBiz, an inner city dance company and was trained by masters of dance genres, which include, Napolean Dumo, Brian Freeman, Fatima, Rhapsody, Toni Lombre, Debbie Allen, George Faison, and various Alvin Ailey dancers. Amy also worked on BET’S Teen Summit and danced for artist such as B2K, Lil BowWow, Mary Mary, Terror Squad, Charlie Baltimore, Genuine, Wu Tang, Lil Wayne, Ja Rule, DMX, and Black Eyed Peas. In 2009 Amy relocated to Orlando Florida and began studying Mambo at Universal Mambo dance Academy. In 2013, Amy transitioned to a solo artist and founded her Ladies Styling dance team Es El Amor.
DJ Jorge Charun
DJ Jorge Charun, known by South Florida salseros as el Negro Chulo, is spinning music that has rocked the halls of the most famous concert arenas and salsa venues from the 1960s until today. His signature sound selections of classic salsa and salsa dura, emphasizing strong percussion and horns over vocals, ignite the dancers’ souls across South Florida enticing them to jump out of their seats and move to the beats until the sun comes up. DJ Charun uniquely and boldly selects songs that deliver hard musical punches clamoring for attention from the musical novice to the musically-attuned.
The Peruvian born DJ’s love for salsa begun as a child while playing classic salsa and salsa dura at all of his family gatherings in Lima. Driving rhythms from the greats like La Sonora Ponceña, Cheo Feliciano, Tito Puente, El Conde Rodriguez, Joe Cuba and many other salsa legends became his day-to-day and fed what is now a compelling passion for the finest salsa. From the perspective of a veteran salsa dancer, he effortlessly interprets the crowd and plays what hardcore salseros crave to dance.
El Negro Chulo’s initiation into the Miami salsa scene in the mid 2000s led him to explore, meet, promote, manage and create exquisite events throughout South Florida. His inception to DJing took place in a cozy and memorable North Miami venue called Le Café Bistro in 2009. Since then, his skills at the turn-tables, explosive music repertoire and contagious energy have led to his residency at exclusive South Florida venues like Bongos’s Cuban Café, Rumbass Nightclub, and the Clevelander Hotel. DJ Charun has played at numerous local and nationwide salsa clubs, private events and socials. He has graced the airwaves at Miami’s most established Latin radio station, El Zol 95 FM, and has entertained multitudes at salsa festivals and congresses, such as: las Fiestas Patronales de Puerto Rico in 2010, the Atlanta Bachata Festival, the Baltimore Salsa Festival, and the renowned Miami Salsa Congress from 2010 to 2012, among others. He has had the immense pleasure and opportunity to share the stage with salsa legends such as Ismael Miranda, la Orquesta Guayacan and La Charanga Habanera, DJ greats Henry Knowles, Melao, and Franklin Ayala, and has kept world-acclaimed performers like Frankie Martinez, Juan Matos, and Felipe Polanco hyped on his dance floor for hours on end.
DJ Charun’s distinct style at the turntable is fluid and dynamic, and his deep knowledge of salsa music and history, together with his extensive music library create an electric atmosphere that entices dancers to the dance floor song after song. His rapid success, professionalism, and love for his craft have made him one of Miami’s most respected salsa DJs.
DJ Jorge Charun’s mission is to promote and expose the finest and the best of Salsa music around the world by mixing the most exclusive and rarest tracks of classic salsa, salsa dura, NY salsa, Timba, Cha Cha Cha and Mambo. His ever-expanding repertoire continues to deliver this, as well as, the best and latest hits of romantic salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, cubaton and everything Latin that will bring dancers to their feet.
Merlyn Diaz, AKA DJ STYLE, is a Puertorican native but started in the business in the Bronx N.Y. He brings Salsa Roots along with the urbanization of the genre. He is well known as the DJ for one of the longest latin nights in Tallahassee, Sin Fin at LaFiesta. He also DJs at Mid Town Filling Station and Los Amigos. He is a returning DJ for Tallahassee Latin Dance Festival.
He dedicates his sets to the dancers and music lovers because they are the most critical. He is a musician and well versed in percussion and piano. Music is his life. Feel The Music!
DJ Jimmy Suave was born in Lima, Peru and has been spinning any type of music he could get his hands on.
It’s been said that when he spins “you may not know what you’re listening to, but you know you definitely like it.”
His specialty lies in seamlessly blending the best in Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Vallenato, Top40 dance Megamixes, Latin rock, disco, House, R&B and Reggaeton. His capability to blend or “cut” from one genre to another has earned him the nickname of Suave!
But DJ Jimmy Suave is not content with just playing the best Latin and American music of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and today — his goal every night is to keep his audience energized and on the dance floor hour after hour.
DJ Rudy Saez is the owner of Breeze Entertainment. His company specializes in DJ’s, MC’s, lighting, video, photography and more for weddings, anniversaries, parties, special occasions, school and college events, corporate events, productions, night clubs and more. He is the founder of the 1st ever Tally Latin Awards held in January 2014. He DJs all over the Southeast and is known as reaching out to all latin cultures when he DJs.
DJ Jose Suavebeats
Jose Manuel Malave, also known as DJ Suavebeats was born and raised in the beautiful highlands of Cayey, Puerto Rico. Here he began discovering his passion and eagerness towards the culture filled rhythms of the Bomba and Plena dances of his native island. From an early age, his breeding in Salsa music was heavily influenced by the exposure of its roots within family gatherings and his own inclination to the beats of the Barriles. What started as a cultural hobby, evolved into a love and passion for music.
The influence and love for his culture grew even heavier after joining the military in 2004 as a Aviation Mechanic. Leaving home and living far away in San Diego California, home sickness definitely began to evolve his inner suave. One fateful night at Club Caribe, Turntables came to play and ever since then DJing started to become a big passion. Jose participated and DJed in Hispanic events in the Military supporting and representing his culture during his year in the NAVY. Finally, Jose Malave got a chance to move closer to home and that home became Jacksonville FL. There Jose as a hobby decided to try out dance at Universal Ballroom were his first Instructor introduced him to Salsa, Bachata, Cha cha cha, and merengue dancing. (which of coarse being from Cayey PR and thinking the he knew what he was doing.. simply blew his mind). Dancing became a hobby then an Addiction, during the time Jose Suavebeats Malave tagged along with a DJ in Jax and got heavily involved in the Jacksonville Dance Scene. During those gigs Jose finally met the Dance Salsa Jax staff. Jose did his first official Social with DSJ LATIN ADDICTIONS and from that time forward many opportunities presented themselves. Now residing in Orlando Jose is heavily involved with many productions such as BAHHARI, Latin Intensity, Latin Rhythms, Island Touch Orlando, Salsa Caliente Tampa, Spot2B and many more to come. Jose Suavebeats Malave loves Djing his music to the masses and creating those moments that people will remember and appreciate for the rest of there life. His goal will always be to spread the love of Latin music and dancing wherever he goes for all to enjoy.