Special Party + Workshop – Salsa Selecta, Sunday May 15th!
** Update – Breaking news! We will have a performance by Jhon Freddy Narvaez and Dalia Lazcares debuting their NEW routine! **
This is a special one time salsa dance party with DJ Hong from SF with special guest DJ GiO from Toronto spinning classic and hardcore salsa music on vinyl.
5-6 PM What is Salsa? History, theory, appreciation workshop by DJ Hong
6-9 PM PM Dancing to DJ Hong (SF) and DJ GiO (Toronto) spinning on vinyl
$12 social dancing only
About the Workshop
What is salsa? Where did it come from? Who created it? Why do we dance salsa the way we do today? If you’ve ever had some of these questions, DJ Hong will help you with some of the answers! Here are some of the topics we will cover:
* origins of salsa in Afro-Cuban music
* the various sub-genres of salsa music
* clave and basic salsa musical theory
* the evolution of salsa dance: from danzon, son, contradanza to mambo, chachacha, boogaloo, hustle and On 1 vs On 2
About Guest DJ GiO from Toronto
Giovanni Torres, also known as Dj GiO, was born in Medellin, Colombia.
As an authentic Colombian, Giovanni started dancing at the age of seven. Salsa music, teaching and dancing surrounded him his whole life and grew to become his true passion. He pursued his career as a Dancer, Dance Instructor, Cardio Salsa Specialist, Choreographer and founded one of the well known dance companies in Toronto, called Los Salsomanos. Besides holding a dance maestro title, Giovanni began his Deejay career over 15 years ago for one simple reason, to bring great melody tunes to the dance floors also he as been collecting salsa music for the last 27 years. He has Deejay for many Salsa Congresses and Festivals in Canada, United States as well as in Colombia and he represents some of Toronto’s finest nightclubs.
In his words…
“Djing is my true passion – collecting great Latin music from all over the world has been part of my life for many years. Supporting these Artists always makes me feel proud and honoured. I feel every tune I play and melody that speaks to my soul. Under each tune I play, I envision myself dancing from my heart and soul, therefore I envision others dancing to their fullest! Whether it’s Colombian, Puerto Rican, Cuban, New York style or other various Latin styles that exist, I play my music carrying full pride and respect for the Artists. I feel honored to be the source of the music that I bring to the dance floors and most importantly, to you – THE DANCERS!”
“From A Dancer To The Dancers”
About DJ Hong
DJ Hong comes from a musical background (over 30 years) and has danced salsa for over 13 years. Former co-producer of the Yerba Buena Social Club, DJ Hong has been resident DJ at Cafe Cocomo, Rockit Room, Salsa Rendezvous with Tianne, guest DJ at SF Mambo and iHeartMambo and an official DJ for the SF Salsa Congress, SF Salsa Festival, US Salsa Open, SF Bachata Festival, Hawaii Salsa Festival, Formosa Salsa Fiesta and guest DJ’d at venues in Tokyo, Seoul, Boston, Taipei, Osaka and Sapporo.