Marc Anthony live in London, UK, 10th July 2016

The King of Salsa and 7 Time Grammy Award Winner, Marc Anthony, will be performing live in London during the summer of 2016.

The Latin music icon will be in London for one night only as part of his exclusive 7 show European Live Tour.

Hosted by La Pollera Colora, full details will be announced on Wednesday 4th May.

Marc Anthony in London is one of the most requested Latin Music concerts, and is guaranteed to sell out.

Marc Anthony London Concert

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Interview with Chino Nunez (Part 1)

Interview with Chino Nunez, filmed at his home in November 2007

About Chino Nunez

Pablo “Chino” Nunez – Established Professional Percussionist, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Arranger, Composer, Recording Artist, Band Leader, and Educator, multiple
GRAMMY, LATIN GRAMMY and BILLBOARD winner/nominee –- hundreds of productions to his credit and he has performed/toured with a verifiable Who’s Who, as well as
with the critically acclaimed ensemble CHINO NUNEZ ORCHESTRA.

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Interview with Fania AllStar Larry Harlow

Interview with Fania All Star Larry Harlow at his home in November 2007.

About Larry Harlow

Larry Harlow is a true living legend of Afro-Cuban music. Born in Brooklyn, New York, his early influences were his father Buddy, who was a professional bass player and his mother Rose, who sang opera. A graduate of the prestigious N.Y. High School of Music and Art, he excelled on oboe, flute, violin, bass and the instrument that he is most noted for, the piano. Although jazz and the piano styling of Art Tatum were his first love, his growing exposure as a teenager to the music and culture of the New York Latino community fascinated him.

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Oliver Pineda and Vali Damaskou at the 2012 Aceki World Salsa Championship

Winners of the professional category at the Aceki World Salsa Championships 2012 in Hong Kong, Oliver Pineda & Vali Damaskou

About Oliver Pineda

As well as his very own subscription website www.oliverpineda.dance, housing over 300 videos with new uploads every month plus his NEW International initiative; The Oliver Pineda TOP Teams, allowing dancers worldwide to learn, train & perform under his extensive choreographic guidance & experience, Oliver Pineda is also the Founder and Director of world reknown Latin Motion Dance Academy, founded by Oliver Pineda & Natalie Zeller (formally Reis) in the year 2000. As Australia’s only 8 times World Salsa Champion, Oliver has won five of his World Salsa Titles with celebrity dance partner of 20 years & three times winner of “Dancing with the Stars” Luda Kroitor & continues to inspire by performing & winning championships till today.

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Interview with Albert Torres (2007)

Interview with Albert Torres, filmed July 2007 at the Hamburg Salsa Festival

About Albert Torres

Albert Torres is the world’s premier producer of live Salsa Music and Dance events. His passion for Salsa has been an inspiration to a countless number of people from all walks of life and his continuous efforts to globalize Salsa have made a major impact on the preservation and accessibility of both Salsa Music and Salsa Dance around the world. Founded in 1992, Albert Torres Productions Inc. (ATP) has created and co-produced over three hundred and fifty spectacular Salsa Dance Events known as SALSA CONGRESSES in such exotic places as; Dubai, The United Arab Emirates, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Holland, Hamburg, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Ecuador, New Zealand, Australia, Puerto Rico, and in numerous city across America Albert Torres also co-produced The World Salsa Championships that were seen worldwide on ESPN. In 1998 Albert Torres Productions (ATP) created and produced the world’s largest Salsa Music event, THE LA SALSA FEST aka THE LOS ANGELES SALSA CONGRESS. ATP transforms the event’s location into an exciting music and dance venue that attracts over 20,000 Latin Music enthusiasts from all over the world.

He has also been a featured dancer and choreographer on various film and television projects such as MAMBO KINGS with ANTONIO BANDERAS and DANCE WITH ME with VANESSA WILLIAMS. In 1993, he was selected by DEBBIE ALLEN to be a featured dancer at the Academy Awards, and he also made a guest starring appearance on the KEENAN WAYAN’S SHOW where he performed with JENNIFER LOPEZ.

Albert Torres Productions Inc. (ATP) continues to deliver top-notch quality events with world-class performers. His bands are legendary and his events feature some of the finest musicians and dancers the world has ever known. In 2011 Albert Torres was honored to be accepted as a Member of the Council for Dance of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Elected Grand Marshall at the National New York Puerto Rican Day Parade.

L.A. SALSA FEST started as the West coast salsa congress in 1999 with the blessing of the presence of Tito Puente on opening night in May 1999. It has maintained his Legacy of keeping Latin Music alive. Know as the Congress where stars are born, many of the world renown dancers have had their start at this event. The mission of LA Salsa Fest is to pass on to the next generation through educational seminars, dance workshops and being able to perform on stage. One of the objectives to have as many children live their dream on stage instead of being on the streets.

He is also very honored and excited to bring you his latest project, THE WORLD LATIN DANCE CUP which will feature spectacular dancers from over forty-one different countries and this year celebrates his 6th anniversary with over 1,000 competitors. This is the biggest Latin dance competition in the world.

Albert’s passion for Salsa and Latin music has been an inspiration to a countless number of people around the world. His latest project called “The Legacy Project” is an initiative to combine our music culture with the latest technology tendencies in order to reach and unite more people so future generations can appreciate, preserve and be part of the history of Latin dance and music around the world.

Website: www.legacyofsalsa.com

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Interview with Jimmy Bosch (2007)

Interview with Salsa and Latin Trombonist, Jimmy Bosch, filmed at the 2007 Hamburg Salsa Festival

About Jimmy Bosch

Being the most talented trombone player in the world of latin music, Jimmy Bosch (New York, USA) has left an impressive footprint. Listing up all the musicians he has played with would fill whole magazines.

Jimmy Bosch has worked with Ray Barretto in the golden years of the late 80’s and early 90’s. The band of Ray Barretto was full of young talents with an attitude. The band consisted of outstanding percussionists like Jimmy Delgado and Carlton Soto. They had a great brass section with Wilson Torres, Angel Fernández, Jimmy Bosch and Danny Rosado on bass.

The young musicians loved improvisation, playing ‘moñas and solos’ and so did Jimmy Bosch. There were times when Ray Barretto screamed at him for playing too many swinging “moñas” when he tried to end the song. Jimmy Bosch: “He reached for his asthma pump and said, “Bosch, you are going to kill me”. But he always smiled when he said that because we had so much fun playing together.”

He also played with Israel Cachao Lopez, simply one of the most swinging bass players. Jimmy Bosch describes Cachao as a really easy-going character: “I never ever saw Cachao upset at anything or anybody. His smile and his love for playing live was truly contagious. He also told hundreds of jokes on the bus tours.”

Not only did he play for Ruben Blades, who hired him for his passionate way of transmitting energy with his trombone solos and his ability to play ‘moñas’, Jimmy Bosch also played for Eddie Palmieri, Pete Rodríguez, Celia Cruz, Machito, India and Spanish Harlem Orchestra to name but a few.

Having picked up the trombone at the age of eleven and having already played professionally at thirteen, Jimmy Bosch is considered to be a spark of ignition of the ‘salsa dura’ movement blending old school tradition with a modern approach of the New York scene. 

His debut ‘Soneando Trombon’ (1998) included guests like Jimmy Sabater, Mary La Rose, Pete ‘el Conde’ Rodriguez, Arturo O’Farrill, etc. All the following releases – Salsa Dura (1999), El Avión de la Salsa (2004) and ¡A Million! (2009) had rave reviews.

The most famous song of his first release is clearly ‘Otra Oportunidad’ sung by Herman Olivera and Frankie Vasquez. When asked about the song Jimmy Bosch said, “ ‘Otra Oportunidad’ talks about losing my brother Ruben to drug addiction and overdose. The song talks about the pain and insanity of addiction. It also has a strong message that no one needs to die like he did. Recovery is possible, One Day at a Time. The music is very danceable in spite the sad story basically letting us know that we must celebrate life even when we experience losing someone in our lives.”

Website: www.jimmybosch.net

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Super Mario Class at The Salsa Central Weekend 2011

Int/Adv On1 Turn Patterns Salsa Class from Super Mario at the Salsa Central Weekender, June 2011

About Super Mario

For many years now, Super Mario has been a household name on the international Salsa scene, recognised and respected by students and fellow professionals for his amazing lead, unlimited database of fantastic moves/combinations and his teaching ability. His classes and workshops have always been extremely popular both in the UK and in countries as far as Australia, Japan and the USA, specialising on technique but always maintaining an element of fun.

Mario was born in India but moved to the UK as a teenager. He settled in London, where he continued his education, taking a degree in mathematics and also qualifying as an accountant. In 1998, a friend took him to a salsa club where the teacher immediately saw his potential. Mario was hooked straight away and has never looked back since. Still based in London and travelling to teach nearly every weekend of the year, Mario specialises in cross body style, dancing on the 1 or the 2 and focusing mainly on moves and combinations, with special emphasis on leading techniques.

Despite no previous dancing or teaching background, he was able to observe the unnecessary power used to lead turn patterns, and began focusing on breaking down routines to understand the techniques and signals that are essential to good leading. His natural talent for both producing and executing so many imaginative moves led to an invitation to teach at the first congress that he ever attended. His big break came soon after, when asked to give workshops at the biggest salsa congress in the world in Toronto, Canada.

Mario has earned himself the title Million Moves Man through his ability to create any number of unique combinations, that are lead with expertise and are always comfortable to follow. His dancing style is smooth but fast, giving him and his dance partner extra freedom to improvise. His amazing presence on the dance floor sets him apart as a social dancer and his outgoing, energetic personality has also been instrumental in getting him known in the Salsa World.

Website: www.salsaclass.tv

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Yanet Fuentes at The Cuban Salsa Congress 2009

Performance by Yanet Fuentes at the UK Cuban Salsa Congress in Bournemouth, August 2009. Filmed by http://www.salsa-central.com

About Yanet Fuentes

ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS CUBAN FEMALE DANCERS – Professional Dancer/choreographer, Shakira’s dancer, Danced & stand-in for Rihana..SYTYCD-uk season 1

Hailing from Cuba, Yanet began her journey in dance as a gymnastics student, following in her parents’ footsteps as sportspeople. However she soon realised that her heart lay in dancing. She then spent seven years at the National School of Art & Dance in Havana.

Since coming to the UK, Yanet has worked in many different jobs. Some of these include: two West End musicals, TV appearances (on The Generation Game, This Morning, and The Paul O’Grady Show), starring in music videos for Alicia Keys, Craig David, ABS and Tinchy Stryder and N’Dubz, as well as appearing in TV commercials for Sanex, Nokia and Atec.

She is a three-time Tropicana World Open Salsa Champion and travels the world teaching and performing her own Latin dance shows.

Yanet was convinced by a couple of friends to audition for SYTYCD and after some pushing, came to believe it would be a great experience for her as a dancer

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Social Dancing at Jimmy Antons (NY, August 2009)

Couple social dancing at the Jimmy Anton Salsa Social in New York. It was a bit of a quiet night due to Eddie Palmieri being at the Congress that night.

About Jimmy Anton

Jimmy is host of the most Famous Social in New York City which is held bimonthly. His Salsa socials have been around for well over 10 years and have cemented their place in Salsa dancing history.

Jimmys socials are very unique, it is known to always have guest appearances; especially from out of town. All levels and styles are always welcome.

He is also a Director and Instructor of the Jimmy Anton Dancers.

Website: www.jimmyanton.com

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