San Diego Salsa Festival: Qualifier for World Salsa Championships

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

For everyone that attended the San Diego Salsa Festival last year you’ll remember that a major focus of the Festival was the salsa competition.  Indeed, the majority of salsa festivals or congresses are great opportunities for salsa dance teams, both local and from afar, to showcase the hard work they put into their dancing.

The San Diego Salsa Festival has the added benefit of being an official qualifying location for the World Salsa Championships .  This major salsa dance competition is being held on December 3-6, 2008 in Florida and brings together the best in what salsa dancers have to offer.

The objective of the World Salsa Championships is to see which couple or teams in each division can best interpret salsa music and dance regardless of the repertoire of tricks that are employed.  What this means is that the competitions are looking for those who truly feel the music and can express what they feel in the dance for the benefit of the salsa community.

The World Salsa Championships is a collaboration of salsa dancers around the world united under Albert Torres and The Salsa Seven, Inc , the producer of the event and pictured below.  The hope of this major event is to bring more visibility to salsa dancing as a whole to the general public and to create what he describes as “unity through salsa.”

Albert Torres

So what can we expect at the San Diego Salsa Festival for competitions?  There will be 4 categories of competition with only 1 couple and only 1 team moving on to the competitions in Florida .  The areas of competition include On1 salsa couple dancing, On2 salsa couple dancing, Team dancing, and a Cabaret couple division.  An example of Cabaret style might look something like what is seen in this video included in this post below.  (A Time to Dance Studio, the major supporters of the San Diego Salsa Festival, appear here during a recent performance at Aubergine.)

The judges will determine who moves on to the World Salsa Championships based on timing, overall technique, difficulty, connection/partnering skills, choreography/originality, appearance, and showmanship.

The winning couple and teams not only secure a spot at the World Salsa Championships, but they also get compensated for their hard work.  This compensation comes in the form of paid flights to Florida courtesy of the San Diego Salsa Festival along with all meals and hotel accommodations provided by Salsa Seven, Inc.  Not a bad deal if you ask me.

Don’t miss a great opportunity to cheer on your favorite dance team and RSVP for the San Diego Salsa Festival!

John F. Bello

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