CLACS and the New York International Salsa Congress, present a Day of Dreams Defiance and Dance! This event curated by Dr. Derrick Leon Washington, will honor the history of New York Salsa featuring a walking tour of the Lower East Side, workshops and panel discussions and dance.
This collaborative program is part of Dreams and Defiance: A World Re-Imagined. This project is an interactive program series and upcoming exhibition that explores the cultural connections between social music and dance traditions from Spain, West-Central Africa and throughout the Americas.
Event is completely FREE, come for all programs or join us for the after-work social. Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Latin Thing Walking Tour of the Lower East Side
Meet at La Plaza Cultural. East 9th Street & Avenue C, NY, NY 10003
Led by José “Pepe” Flores. Born in 1951 in Puerta de Tierra, near Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, he is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico. At age 19, Pepe migrated from Puerto Rico and arrived in the Lower East Side of New York City, where he quickly became a community activist focused primarily, but not exclusively, in the areas of early childhood education, affordable housing, community gardens and public spaces. Pepe is the unofficial “Mayor” of the Lower East Side, a musicologist, dancer, and teacher. He’s been an LES resident for 43 years.
Understanding the Clave, the Heartbeat of Salsa, workshop with Grammy-nominated musician, Bobby Sanabria.
Bobby Sanabria is a 7-time Grammy-nominee as a leader. He is a noted drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, documentary film maker, and bandleader of Puerto Rican descent born and raised in NY’s South Bronx. He was the drummer for the acknowledged creator of Afro-Cuban jazz, Mario Bauzá touring and recording three CD’s with him, two of which were Grammy nominated, as well as an incredible variety of artists. From Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria (with whom he started his career) Paquito D’Rivera, Yomo Toro, Candido, The Mills Brothers, Ray Barretto, Chico O’Farrill, Francisco Aguabella, Henry Threadgill, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Daniel Ponce, Larry Harlow, Daniel Santos, Celia Cruz, Adalberto Santiago, Xiomara Portuondo, Pedrito Martinez, Roswell Rudd, Patato, David Amram, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Michael Gibbs, Charles McPherson Jon Faddis, Bob Mintzer, Phil Wilson, Randy Brecker, Charles Tolliver, M'BOOM, Michelle Shocked, Marco Rizo, and many more. In addition he has guest conducted and performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras like the WDR Big Band, The Airmen of Note, The U.S. Jazz Ambassadors, Eau Claire University Big, The University of Calgary Big Band to name just a few.
What’s the Right Way to Dance Salsa?
Mario Gonzalez, AKA "Mario B.", Founder and Director, Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy & Janet Acevedo, Instructor, Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy
Mario “B” Gonzales (The Ambassador of Salsa), whom has 18 years professional dance experience, Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy LLC is registered in the State of New Jersey as of January 2005. Located at 83 Franklin Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307, Salsa Fever Provides a structured Mambo/Salsa curriculum that will enable you to become an outstanding and confident dancer. It is also an active member of the local community, contributing to organizations, donating to homeless shelters, churches and a myriad of community events. Salsa Fever On2 was Voted# 1 Latin Dance Studio in New Jersey by Yelp.com.
Janet Acevedo grew up in a Puerto Rican and Italian house hold in the Bronx, where music was welcomed with open arms. She always loved to dance, but it was not until 2001, when her love and fascination of salsa blossomed. As a college student, she met Victor Mayovanex, founder of Karisma Dance Company, at a salsa lesson he was giving on campus. He identified her ability to quickly pick up steps and turn patterns and encouraged her to take lessons at his dance school. After several months of applying herself in weekly lessons and practicing, she was invited to become a part of his semi-pro female troupe, the “Karisma Princesses”, which later evolved into a co-ed team, “Imagenes De Karisma”. Not long after, she was invited to become a part of the professional team, where she taught ladies styling and performed across the country and abroad in places such as Germany, the UK and Dominican Republic, to name a few. She has graced the stage with artists such as Victor Manuelle, Don Chezina, Jerry Rivera, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Raulin Rosendo, Joe Arroyo and Oscar De Leon. During her tenure with Karisma, she also had the opportunity to train with Shaka Brown, and performed with him in Japan and Bermuda. She most recently trained in ballroom at Dance With Me USA, the studio of Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovoloni of ABC’s Dancing WithThe Stars. She was able to showcase her skills performing a ballroom-style cha cha routine at Manhattan Center for the production, Ballroom on Broadway. She also had the honor of performing, under the direction of Andy Cruz, at Maskim’s star-studded birthday event at Hammerstein Ballroom. Janet is excited to be a part of the Salsa On2 family and share her love of dance
After-Work Salsa Social and Celebration, music by DJ Shabbakano and Guest NYISC DJ Mario B
DJ Shabbakano is a New York based Puerto Rico born selector of vintage Caribbean rhythms, vinyl collector and writer. For almost two decades, DJ Shabbakano has worked to build community through music through residencies in San Juan, Boston, and Brooklyn. Currently, he is part of the NY dj collective Digital Guaracha and hosts a monthly Reggae Punky Latin night at Robert in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
Co-sponsored by :Latin Percussion, SABIAN, Vicfirth Drum Sticks, City Lore, Brooklyn Music School, and Bronx Music Heritage Center, On2NY, NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York International Salsa Congress.