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UK-Based Salsa Heavy Hitters Sexteto Cafe will be backing our featured artist Ray de la Paz.
Colombian born, Dorance Lorza has collaborated as a musician, arranger or/and musical director on numerous albums including Conjunto Son del Barrio’s outstanding Rumba Antillana featuring Lucho Puerto Rico on lead vocals,Orquesta Internacional Los Niches, Los de Caney, Grupo Sonero, Los Titanes, Los Nemus del Pacifico, Orquesta Canela,Cali Aleman,Santiago Ceron,Sonora Miami,Sonora Banda Show ,Fruko y Su Orquesta to name afew.
In 1993,Lorza pioneered the vibes-led latin combo sound in Colombia with his production of the single “Que Suerte Tiene El /Dudas de Mi” by Siglo 21.
In 1996, he formed Sexteto Café, a London based seven piece band who have performed at Latin clubs and festivals throughout the UK including Marlborough Jazz Festival, Dublin Jazz Festival, Nottingham Jazz Festival, Galway and Cork Jazz Festivals, Coin Street Festival . Their music boasts tremendous melodic variety and some highly stylised interpretations of traditional Caribbean music. In the style made famous in the 1950’s and represented by Tito Puente, the vibraphone takes centre stage played by Lorza himself.
In 2009 they headlined the London Mambo City 5 Stars Salsa Congress,in 2010 the Malta Salsa Congress and earlier this year headlined at the Scottish Salsa Congress (http://www.scottishsalsacongress.co.uk .) They also performed for Havana Club in January 2011 at Terminal 5 Heathrow Airport . In March 2012 They will headline The 7th Cyprus Salsa Congress in Ayia Napa,Cyprus.
Salseology is a unique project started by salsa dancer, instructor, choreographer and musician, Darius Johnson. The mission is simple: Create a salsa band that caters exclusively to salsa dancers. With this goal in mind, Salseology was built piece by piece to be ‘The Ultimate Dance Partner’. The result is stunning. Much like the salsa scene it seeks to serve, Salseology is a truly diverse group with members from many countries, many professions, many backgrounds. Salseology plays this music for all of the same reasons that you dance to it.
This fresh and explosive band features a line up of top international musicians who have a passion for ‘salsa dura’. Influenced by legends such as Ray Barreto, Celia Cruz, Oscar d’Leon, Roberto Roena and El Gran Combo, Salseology is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. No 12 minute songs – just pure, hard core salsa played passionately with the dancer in mind. If you love to dance, you won’t be able to resist the pulse and swing of Salseology!
They will be performing a single STORMING set between 10-11pm – so get there early!
Enoch Lopez (born in Zaragoza) took his first steps in Latin Dance in 1998, taking classes with the best national and international teachers of the day before starting to work as a teacher and performer in his home country. Together with his partner, he won several local and national awards. However, when he travelled to New York in 2003 his concept of Latin dance was changed forever. It made such an impact on his way of understanding salsa music that he vowed to go to New York and take classes for several months with some of the greatest slasa masters including of course Eddie Torres. Their influence is evident in his style of dance which is both precise and fluid, sharp and smooth. Check it out for yourselves.
Yoana Merino, entered into the dance arena at the age of 10, taking very different types of dancing: Jazz, Spanish classic, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Sevillanas, Ballroom, and, of course, Salsa and other latin dances. In 1999, she opened a dance school in San Sebastian (her home town) along with her mother. She met Enoch in 2005 and soon they decided to start up Ye Mambo, a project based on the New York style of Salsa. At this time, NY salsa was not so well known in Spain, but their stunning shows and popular classes helped them to achieve great success in a relatively short time and today they are one of the most popular couples in Spain. The mixture of expression, strength and flavor in their choreographies, as well as their precise technique on stage and professionalism when off it teaching workshops have enchanted audiences wherever they have taught. They are back by huge demand and we are looking forward to hosting them again.
Fabián and Esther are the burning heart of SABOR A FUEGO. In 2011, they come to THE LONDON LATINFEST with all their strength, elegance and technique PLUS their unmistakeable ‘sabor’. Proven trendsetters, they are constantly presenting new and different shows and workshops.
They dance Puerto Rican Style salsa on2, subtly throwing ballroom, afro, rumba, lifts and tricks into the mix and have presented their work in the best congresses all around the world, visiting Italy, France, Turkey, Portugal, USA and Croatia, as well as every major congress in their own beloved Spain.
Patrick started dancing salsa back in 1996, when he and friends visited a salsa club. He picked it up rapidly and just one year later won the first of his Two National Salsa Championship titles. In 1998 he and his partner Belen also took 2nd place in the European Salsa Championships run at the first International Salsa Congress. It was this title that started Patrick’s international salsa career.
Since then, Patrick has maintained his classes in Amsterdam, teaching on1, on2 and Cuban with specialist classes in partnerwork, footwork, styling and techniques, body movement, leading, choreography class and showteam training. He is also much in demand internationally, having taught extensively across Europe and as far afield as Canada and Surinam.
Over the years, Patrick has worked with a number of different partners including Vanessa Mambi and Kimberley Margarita and he has been responsible for several of the most entertaining teams to come out of Europe.
Patrick has now started a new project – The Guateque Dance Co alongside some of the hottest dancers in Holland. We have seen their first couple of shows and they are HOTTTTTTTT!
Check out Patrick in action on Youtube
Tony Lara is the most sought after Bachata teacher in the world today! He has been invited to teach and perform at some of the Worlds biggest and most prestigious Congresses & Festivals: Amsterdam – Brussels – Gothenburg – Helisinki – Hong Kong – Isreal – London – Los Angeles – Marseille – Paris – San Francisco – Singapore – Sydney – UK – Warsaw – Zurich and he has also toured Europe, Australia & USA literally teaching hundreds and thousands of people to dance Bachata in 4 continents and 100s of cities.
His classes are always packed and the reason for this is simple, because he produces a learning atmosphere, which is not only informative, but it is extremely creative and most of all packed with fun and laughter. Not only is he a very popular teacher but his shows are very creative, diverse and fun to watch, leaving crowds smiling and entertained everywhere he performs!
With a 10 Bachata instructional DVD set on the market from Beginners to Advanced, Ladies styling, Bachata Tango and Mens Footwork. He has literally sold his DVDs all over the World to students and teachers alike. Visit: www.ilovebachata.com for more details. In Oct 2009, he came up with a unique and exciting Festival concept, the biggest Bachata congregation in the world – The 1st Sexy & Sensual Latin Dance Festival, London UK – check it out: www.sexylatinfestival.com
Teachers and performers
Classes, congresses, shows
David Lartist has been a dancer for over twelve years and Camela, for eight years. Three years ago, this French couple of dancers decided to teach and perform salsa together. They travel all over the world and we had seen them in several congresses and festivals.
They organize five parties per week in the most important clubs in Paris (Balajo, Barrio Latino) where they teach Puerta Rican Salsa and Cha Cha. In addition to these parties, David & Camela also organize salsa trips and congresses, as The Tunisia Salsa congress and the Ski Dance.