Thanks to Mary Johnson for this guest post:
The Berlin Salsa Congress is one of the world’s greatest celebrations of this lively and exciting Latin American dance. Although Salsa dancing has it’s roots in the Caribbean and USA it has become incredibly popular in Germany, with many Salsa clubs being opened in large cities such as Berlin in recent years. This dance extravaganza was first inaugurated in 2001 and has since seen many of the best salsa dancers worldwide, hailing from over 60 different countries, take to the stage before a vast international audience.
The Berlin Salsa Congress is held annually at the beginning of October at the city’s celebrated Tempodrom and lasts for five days. If you are hoping to attend next year’s fabulous event, you will be able to prepare your trip beforehand and book your accommodation in Berlin on websites such as venere.com. With this in mind, here is a quick look at what the 2014 edition of Berlin’s renowned salsa congress had in store for its lucky ticket holders.
In past years, the Berlin Salsa Congress has welcomed industry experts and up-and-coming dancers from all around the globe. The 2014 edition was proud to present a remarkable number of talented performers including France’s Mouaze, the Ukraine’s Mark Antony Sheppard and Italy’s Adolfo Indacochea (third video below). Many renowned salsa dancing pairs also took to the dance floor with Osbanis Tejeda and Anneta Kepka, Juan Matos and Amneris Martinez, and Alexis Ruiz and his partner Magdalena Prichodko making a dazzling impact. Dance troupes such as Italy’s Tropical Gem and the United States’ Yamuleé DC also performed unforgettable salsa routines as this year’s congress. The 2014 event also saw large range of other dance styles including Bollywood, kizomba, bachata, pachanga and fusion flamenco.
Not only did all those lucky enough to have tickets enjoy mesmerising Salsa routines, but they also had the unique opportunity to take part in countless dance workshops held by professional instructors and performers. At this year’s event there were more than 80 workshops enabling dancers of all different levels and ages, from beginners to experts, to get involved. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the workshops and a social dance thanks to Anett Piszker:
Terry and Cecile
Albir and Carola
Adolfo and Tania
The 2014 Berlin Salsa Congress also featured various dance exhibitions, a splendid masquerade ball and even a colourful and inspirational fashion show. Tickets to this unmissable annual salsa event tend to range in price meaning that there is something for everyone. Fans also have the chance to practice their new moves and mingle with the stars at one of the two sensational after-parties hosted in central Berlin. Tickets for next year’s salsa congress are likely to sell out quickly, so book early in order to avoid disappointment and truly make the most of this phenomenal international dance event.