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This page has links to movies taken at the Congreso Bacardi de la Salsa at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan Puerto Rico on July 28, 2000. Follow the links by Dance group name. Then wait for the movie to load. This may take a while depending on the speed of your internet connection. The movies are in MPG format and are about 1 MB in size. If the sound is "choppy" then "click" to stop movie and wait until the movie loads. Then "click" to play movie.

Congreso Bacardi de la Salsa:

  • July 28, 2000 - San Juan, Puerto Rico 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 a year. We have seen the Congreso grow from a losely organized event into the greatest spectical of Latin dance in the World; the 4th Congreso in Puerto Rico 2000. The dance performances were divide amongts two stages one at a free Expo-Feria held at 4:00 PM. On this stage danced most of the lesser 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 audutorium of the Caribe Hilton, the airconditioning was on full blast and for the most part worked to keep the 2000 plus seats cool. All the seat had a good view. The espectacle, which began at 930 -9:45 each night and lasted til about 11:30 PM, was recorded by a top-notch of crew of video professionals at the same time that internet coverage was occuring. Around twenty still photographers were at hand taking pictures from various magazines and newspapers. The lighting was well produced and the sound was impecable. 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, AllStar Entertainment Inc. of Puerto Rico, made it a point to try to accomodate 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, wherewithall, and desire to meet any of the presses special needs.

    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. Some of the New York groups did not attend. This had an overall effect of filtering out the New York "street-feeling" from the Congreso this year.

    After the show the top Puerto Rican and New York bands, including Papo Luca y la sonora poncena, Roberto Roena, el gran combo de puerto rico, Jose Alberto "el canario", Tito Nieves, and Victor Manuelle, played in the ballroom across the hall. The some social dancers and the performers began dancing imediatlly after the dance performances were over. Many people stood around and watched or video taped the unfolding madness as the musicians clave possed the dancers and drove them into a frenzy that would continue untill 4:00 AM. There were four diffrent dance floors laid over the carpet of the ballroom. None of them was very slippery. Outside the ballroom there was a large space without airconditioning, but with tropical breeze blowing, that provided a slippery floor for those that wished. On this floor, as well as inside, 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, in plastic cups, was available for self-service.

    At the Congreso you will see many of the salsa dance styles represented, as well as meet people from all over the world - joined together by their common love for Salsa Music and Dance. Salsa/Mambo enthusiast and world class musicians and dancers celebrate thier salsa and play their music or demonstrate their best routines. (Or if you are Roberto Roena or DJ Henry Knowles you'll do both.

    The workshops, taught by professionals, "break-down" the different dance styles into understandable steps. 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.

    The photographs are presented here for your enjoyment. Please contact the offices of if you intend to use the photos and give proper photo credit. It is our intention to get the photos up as soon as possible. Wherever practical photos are "up-loaded" to this site daily and from various locations around the world.
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