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 Post subject: SF Bay Area Salsa Congress
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 12:00 pm 
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OK, this sounds like a fun event.

From the Oakland Tribune.

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Time to move your feet to salsa beat
By Brenda Payton, STAFF WRITER

IF you get the sense Oakland is swaying this weekend, maybe turning and shaking, don't be alarmed. It's probably the effect of more than 2,000 feet dancing salsa.

Dancers, teachers and performers from across the country and as far away as China will converge on Oakland today, Saturday and Sunday for the fourth annual San Francisco Bay Area Salsa Congress.

"During the day there will be workshops on Afro-Cuban, cha cha and partnering," said Michelle Castro, who organized the congress with her husband and dance partner, Ricardo Sanchez. "Usually there are about 100 people per class. There's an afternoon show, children performers, international performers, a first show, a big-band show, a midnight show and 24/7 dancing until 3 a.m. People last all night. You don't get much sleep on a congress weekend."


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:32 pm 
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From the Oakland Tribune.

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The competition heats up for these salsa dancers
Local hoofers head to Vegas for World Salsa Championships
By Christina Troup, STAFF WRITER

Just two weekends ago, Oakland hosted the fourth annual San Francisco Bay Area Salsa Congress, where professional and amateur dancers convened to shake their stuff. Dancers from all over the world attended the competition, but it was the dance team led by John Narvaez of Oakland and Liz Rojas of Alameda that qualified for the World Salsa Championships in Las Vegas, set for Dec. 14-17.

Narvaez and Rojas, founders of Salsa Mania in Alameda, say they've noticed a steady increase in interest in salsa dancing within the last five years. Along with winning the team competition in Oakland, the two also won the couples division last May at the West Salsa Congress in Los Angeles.


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