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This page has links to photographs taken at the Congreso Mundial de la Salsa at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City on May 17, 1999, and, (as it is now known), the Congreso Bacardi de la Salsa. Events held in San Juan Puerto Rico (July 2000 and 1999), Denver Colorado (October 1999), New York (May 2000) and Los Angeles (May 2000) are covered. Follow the links by place and date to see many photographs and movies of the events listed.

Index of Photos of Dancers, VIP's, and Guests: will be attending the some of the future Congreso Bacardi de la Salsa events so check back for photographs and MPEG movies which will be posted to this page. These events are a real mixing point for people, and dancers from all over the world. The crew from has been covering these events for over two years. We have seen the Congreso grow from a loosely organized event into the greatest spectacle of Latin dance in the World - The 4th Annual Congreso Bacardi de la Salsa in Puerto Rico 2000.

The dance performances were divided amongst two stages one at a free Expo-Feria held at 4:00 PM. On this stage danced most of the newer groups mixed in with some of the Congreso dancers in various combinations, and other teams as well. A team of three video cameramen were recording the shows. The other stage was in the auditorium of the Caribe Hilton, the air-conditioning was on full blast and for the most part worked to keep the 2000 plus seats cool. Everyone seated had a good view. The spectacle would start each night at approximately 9:30PM and lasted till about 11:30 PM. A top-notch crew of video professionals, which at the same time transmitted coverage over the Internet, recorded the shows each night. Around twenty still photographers were at hand taking pictures for various magazines and newspapers. The lighting was well produced and the sound was impeccable. There did occur the regular mistakes in music, but only two or three times in over 10 hours of dance performance.

The producers of the Congreso Bacardi, All Star Entertainment Inc. of Puerto Rico made it a point to try to accommodate the all the participants needs in a flexible and efficient manner. There was a press tent with telephones, Internet access, printers, food and drink, and four young Puerto Ricans with the energy, wherewithal, and desire to meet any of the press’ special needs.

Dance teams from all over the world were in attendance. New York was represented by its top professionals, including Palladium Legend - Freddie Rios, "el maestros de los maestros" - Eddie Torres, 4 times Latin Ballroom Champions - Tony and Melanie, Maria Torres and her partner Carlos from the Broadway musical "Swing", and Jayson Molina and Brenda Bird, Tormenta Tropical, Mario Diaz y Marisol Rodriguez, and Angel Ortiz and Rebecca Sweet. Hey ...If the shoe fits wear it! Some of the New York dance group did not attend. This had an overall effect of filtering out the New York "street-feeling" from the Puerto Rico Congreso this year.

After the show the top Puerto Rican and New York bands, including Papo Luca y la Sonora Ponceña, Roberto Roena, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Jose Alberto "El Canario", Tito Nieves, and Victor Manuelle, played in the ballroom across the hall. Social dancers and the performers began dancing immediately after the dance performances. Many people stood around and watched or video taped the unfolding madness as the musician’s clave possessed the dancers and drove them into a frenzy that would continue until 4:00 AM. There were four different dance floors laid over the carpet of the ballroom and none were very slippery. Outside the ballroom there was a large space without air-conditioning, but with tropical breeze blowing, that provided a slippery floor for those that wished. On this floor, as well as inside the ballroom, I saw some of the best free-style partner dancing I have every seen. At the edges of the ballroom there were water stations where ice water & plastic cups were available for self-service. At the Congreso you will see many Salsa dance styles represented, as well as an opportunity to meet people from all over the world - joined together by their common love for Salsa Music and Dance. Salsa/Mambo enthusiast, world-class musicians and dancers celebrate their Salsa and play their music or demonstrate their best routines. (Or if you are like Roberto Roena or DJ Henry Knowles you'll do both). The workshops, taught by professionals, "break-down" the different dance styles into understandable steps.

Learn to dance Salsa while you make new friends and enjoy yourself at the Congreso Bacardi de la Salsa. We'll see You at the Congreso!

The Congreso Bacardi de la Salsa is produced by All Star Entertainment, Inc. in conjunction with Bacardi, the makers of fine rums and spirits since 1862.

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