Luis Aguilar & Anya Katsevman, bio to come.
Contreras & Katia Morales, (Montreal) Two
time Canadian Salsa Champions 2007/2008, Victor and
Katia (directors of Comomango Mtl) recently placed 4th
at the World Salsa Championships 2009 in their category.
They have represented Canada at numerous congresses
and events in Mexico, Egypt, New York, San Francisco,
Miami, Bermuda and all over Canada and Quebec. They
have won 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in numerous competitions
around the globe in both Hustle and Salsa, defining
them amongst the best dancers in Montreal and in Canada.
In May 2009, Victor and Katia placed 3rd at the World
Professional Hustle Championships in Miami, and later
placed 1st in the Hustle division at the New York Hustle
bio to come.
Flores, as producer and director of Latin Madness,
Nelson was instrumental in the development of this creative
project. It is no surprise that one of the concepts
of Latin Madness was born out of Nelson's love of comedy
and Latin dance. Prior to embarking into the world of
Latin dance Nelson was involved in the production of
comedy shows. As a member of Laff-A-Lot Productions
Nelson worked with New York's top stand-up comedians.
Once he was bitten by the "Mambo Bug" Nelson
began taking dance lessons with the masters of New York
Mambo. He quickly moved on to become a dancer in several
dance companies: Fuerza Latina, Mario Diaz Dance Revue
and the Santo Rico Dance Company. Today in addition
to being one of the "Masters of New York Mambo"
himself, Nelson is the director of his own dance group,
the Descarga Latina Dance Company. Nelson's dancing
and choreography skills have taken him to Japan, Turkey,
Italy, Belgium, Amsterdam, England, Peru, Germany, Canada,
and throughout the United States. He has performed with
Tito Puente, Tito Nieves, Celia Cruz, Fania All-Stars,
India, El Gran Combo, Jose Alberto "El Canario"
and various other artists. But it was his desire to
combine the lightheartedness of comedy and the intensity
of Mambo that gave birth to Latin Madness.
The Masacote Salsa Dance Company has earned
a remarkable reputation as one of the most lauded international
ambassadors of Latin Dance and Music and is shaping
the perception of Salsa and Latin Dance today. Based
out of Bostonm MA, the company is led by husband and
wife team Ana & Joel Masacote. The company performs
to music written specifically for them by Ritmo Masacote.
& Joel are widely respected for their artistry and
musicality. They have taken the interpretation of Salsa
Dance to new heights. They have taught in 25+ countries,
throughout the US and Canada. They are booked as far
as a year in advance and almost every weekend in between
to teach and perform around the world.
Ortos & Tamara Livolsi, Ortos J. Gutiérrez
Ortiz, better known as Tito Ortos, Tito started his
carrer as a Salsa Dancer by his parents initiatives.
Also he is an outstanding dancer of other genres such
as: Jazz, Merengue, "Bomba y Plena", Rumba,
Modern Dance, among others. Since then, he has visited
more than 30 cities worldwide giving performances and
classes, with his wife and dance partner Tamara Livolsi.
They both participates yearly in congress around the
world. Tamara Livolsi, was born in Argentina but was
raised in Puerto Rico, she inherited from her mother
the art of dancing. With more than 20 years experience,
trained in various dance disciplines like: jazz, ballet,
hip hop and others, makes her a versatile dancer and
instructor. She has worked for artists like: Luis Fonsi,
David Bisbal, Manny Manuel, Ednita Nazario , Yuri y
Wilkins among others. Both of them have participated
in various television commercials, dance videos and
movies such as, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights",
Yellow, El Cantante: Hector Lavoe y American Gangster,
as dancers. Also they own and operated Rhythms Dance
Studio, with Danny Lugo choreographer.
& Yesenia Santiago, bio to come.
Centeno currently competes, judges, coaches,
choreographs and teaches all over the world. He is amongst
the top 5 male dancers in the swing circuit placing
3rd overall on the National Association of Swing Dance
Events (NASDE) points. The NASDE tour consists of many
participating events that award points to dancers for
placing in high standings in Showcase and/or Classic
routine divisions. Some of Arjay’s highlight winning
dances include the 2009 Seattle Easter Swing Showcase
division with Melissa Rutz, the Atlanta Grand Nationals
Showcase division Champion with Melissa Rutz, first
place at MadJam in the Invitational Jack and Jill with
Tatiana Mollman, first place at Boogie by the Bay in
the Champions Jack and Jill with Brandi Tobias, first
place in Showcase and second place in Strictly with
Sarah Vann Drake. Arjay recently teamed up with new
partner Jennifer DeLuca, and the IHSC is excited to
have these accomplished dancers teaching and performing
together atthis year's event.
DeLuca began dancing at the age of five in
ballet and jazz under the Royal Academy syllabus. She
continued until the age of 13 when she was invited to
join a college level ballroom dance team, competing
and performing throughout Florida. She began learning
and competing in West Coast Swing at the age of 15 -
winning first place at her first national competition
in the Intermediate level. Shortly thereafter, she was
selected to perform as a featured dancer in the short
film, "The Marionette." After completing her
studies in hospitality, Jennifer started her own company,
Floor On Fire, Inc. in Orlando at the age of 21. Floor
On Fire held multiple annual contracts with area resorts
for weekly ballroom dance classes for their guests,
taught by one of three teachers on staff. Jennifer is
currently performing, teaching and judging on the West
Coast Swing circuit. She has placed second nationally
with NASDE (National Association of Swing Dance Events)
in 2007 and 2008. Jennifer also enjoys choreographing
routines, teaching private lessons and workshops both
domestically and abroad. In her spare time, she enjoys
relaxing at home with her husband, Erik and their Yorkie
Figueroa, bio to come.
Lindo and Jessica Cox
are two of the best-known west coast swing dancers in
the world, and have garnered an astonishing number of
awards and championship trophies between them. Among
John's First Place competitive awards are the U.S. Open,
Grand Nationals, and the coveted Phoenix Champion of
Champions. Jessica has triumphed as a two-time US Open
and four-time Grand Nationals Showcase Champion, and
the coveted Phoenix Champion of Champions.
& Jessica are both sought after domestically and
internationally for their experience teaching and judging,
and have been to more than a half-dozen countries this
year alone to teach people how to swing. John resides
in New Jersey, and is an influential presence in the
New York City West Coast Swing scene. Jessica lives
in California and is currently finishing her degree
& Nicola Royston, She started her career
as a NY actor, singer, dancer working with the Oasis
Theatre Company in NYC, with appearances on ABC’s
“All My Children”, and in National Tours.
of Musicals. He started his career as a competitive
Country and Swing dancer, winning many World and US
Open titles before dancing on Broadway. He is also a
UCWDC Hall of Fame member.
they compete, teach and judge all over the world and
are USA Grand National Cabaret Champions, US National
Cabaret Champions, Many Time Showcase Swing Champions,
Top 5 NASDE finishers, Div 1 Country Grand Champions,
UCWDC Star Award winners, Champion Strictly Swing and
Jack n Jill dancers, and 2011 UCWDC World Champions
in the Showtime Division.
have performed on stage’s in NYC like Lincoln
Center, Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s Palace Theatre,
and Queens Theatre in the Park, on television shows,
The Today Show, NY1, ABC’s Country Music Association
Awards Show, and on film in “Love n’ Dancing”.
They have also worked with artists like Brooks and Dunn,
Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, SugarLand,
Taylor Swift and Champion Ice Dancers The Kerr’s.
Choreography can also be seen on film in “Crank
2 High Voltage” Starring Jason Statham and Amy
Smart, and “Gamer” Starring Gerard Butler
and Michael C. Hall, for Taylor Swift’s music
video “Love Story”, CMT 2009 Video of the
Year, and on her 2009 World Tour, and most recently
the opening medley of the Academy of Country Music Awards
has also produced stage, film and TV. Creating commercial
work for many other swing and country dancers! But above
all Nicola and Robert love being parents!!!
& Hazel Ulrich teach, choreograph, judge,
and compete on the West Coast Swing and Hustle circuits.
They teach group classes in New Jersey and New York,
and have a combined teaching experience of over 25 years.
With an emphasis on partnering essentials, they bring
joy and confidence to your dancing, whether through
patterns basic or advanced, complex or elegant, with
groove and flow throughout. Together they will help
you understand the fundamentals and add a creative edge
to your Swing and Hustle dancing. As Competitors, Hazel
and Tybaldt Ulrich are 2 time World Hustle Champions,
and have each won Invitational Jack and Jills in WCS
and Hustle, Often placing high in WCS Classic, Hustle,
Cabaret, and Triple Threat (hustle/salsa/WCS) divisions.
As Performers, Tybaldt and Hazel are known for their
versatility, bringing power and subtlety to many dances,
and showcasing regional varieties of swing- West Coast
Swing, Carolina Shag, Lindy Hop, Texas Whip/Push, and
Balboa to convey the richness and depth of American