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About WSC | WorldSalsaCompetitions.com
aim to showcase and provide a virtual stage for
Salseros breathe and dance”
Got a Salsa
Competition? Let us know so that we may promote it and/or
post it online.
We want WorldSalsaCompetitions.com
to be a website that will be fun, useful, entertaining, and
First of all, we will first aim at organizing Salsa Competitions
in order to showcase the finalists on the website. Second,
we will partner up with Clubs who want to promote a Salsa
Competitions at their place. Third, we will post any competitions
held anywhere on the planet. Fourth, it is my dream that in
the near future, WorldSalsaCompetitions.com will showcase
truly international Salsa Competitions. These Salsa Competitions
will be judges by at least three judges.
For those living in close to LA, I will be able to film the
dance on location.
One observation which is important
to point out is that Salsa has different interpretations within
local cultures in Latin America. So with this in mind, we
will organize our official Salsa Competitions with a style
in mind that will have preference within that particular event.
The most common and obvious Salsa styles are: Cuban Salsa,
Puerto Rican or New York Salsa, LA Salsa, and regular Salsa
which is sometimes called Street Salsa.
There have been enough arguments, opinions,
and suppositions as to where Salsa comes from. I do not wish
to join the ranks of theorists and experts but I will say
that Salsa might never have come around if African slavery
had not come to this continent. So the natural place for Salsa
to trace its roots would be the port of entry for most of
the early slaves who were brought to this continent, namely
Cuba. It is in Cuba that you find the sounds of Son, Timba,
Rumba, Charanga, Cha Cha Cha, Guaganco, Mambo, and the Afro-Cuban
sounds which can not be mistaken for commercial Salsa. The
next natural place to look for the Salsa roots would be Puerto
Rico and of course New York. Salsa to those on the mainland
has various and different interpretations of sounds and dance.
Colombian interpretation of Salsa might scare people who are
not used to dancing close and personal. Cubans mix their dance
with all the richness that can be found in the various dance
forms on the island. New York and Los Angeles have produced
their own versions of Salsa dancing. I have been told that
NY owes it influence to Mambo and here in L.A. I have observed
that L.A. Style sprung straight from Ballroom dancing.
It has been my observation that there are many natural dancers
who are not inclined to participate in Salsa Competitions.
When you think of all that there is to lose in competing and
performing for recognition or for a living, I would understand
anyone who feels that competitions are a distraction from
the real dancing. My intention is to provide a stage for people
who have fun dancing and for people who want to experience
dancing under the spot light.
We are open to positive
and constructive criticism connected to WorldSalsaCompetitions.com
For more info contact Yossi:
WSC | Rules, Regulations, and Definitions
The following is only an idea for when I will have some
free time to organize a Salsa Competition. B"H
In order to avoid the prearranged deals which are common
at some Salsa Competitions and evident in some Ballroom
dancing events. I want to try to give out prized in cash
only. This should be done in front of at least three witesses,
preferably before an audience. There are inconsistencies
which we want to avoid. First of all, house instructors
will not be allowed to participate in a Salsa Competition
unless it is specifically a Salsa Instructors Competition.
Competitions should NOT last more then a month. This means
that an Salsa Competition will have to go through all
its preliminaries, quarter-finals, and finals in four
meetings. (An exception to the rule should apply only
when the number of participants is overwhelming).
It may be that choreographed routines are advantageous
to those who have a set song in mind. This does not in
my opinion reflect the level of a good dancer. I am convinced
that an excellent dancer can adapt to any song played
in a competition and respond to it accordingly. This does
not mean that improvisation will automatically carry more
Normally, there are prizes given to the best couples but
we want to recognize the individual male and female dancers
who thanks to or in spite of their partner, stood out
as the best Salseros. In addition to that, we want to
recognize specific areas that the participants were able
to excell. Such areas may include : most fun to watch,
most improved, most original, Salsa Competition director's
favorite, and peer favorite.
Traditional Salsa is danced by a male and a female partner.
Salsa Competitions are open to all Salseros within their
own style and levels.
WorldSalsaCompetitions.com will award the prizes based
on a consensus drawn by the official judges. Competitions
may be influenced by popular response. Because the various
Salsa styles draw their influence from within its local
culture, WorldSalsaCompetitions.com recognizes the merit
of judging Salsa styles within their own cultural attitudes
and with their own particular Salsa music. The following
will be listed as general Salsa styles and interpretations:
Salsa is every man’s own unique
steps and style, it is also known as Street Salsa.
Cuban Salsa is unmistakable from its
use of Son, Afro-Cuban, Guaguanco,
Danson, Cuban Mambo, and Rumba roots.
Puerto Rican and New York Salsa has its own style based in part on Mambo and
LA Salsa has emerged from ballroom dance
influence and the various performance
driven competitive dances.
Rueda de Casino is danced mostly in two
styles, Cuban and Miami.
Salsa is recognized to be within regular Salsa.
It has a lot of influence from Cumbia and and regional dances.
Salsa or Street Salsa
will be open to any interpretation but it will lean towards
the traditional way of dancing on the one.
Cuban Salsa is danced mostly on one but it may be danced
in contra tiempo.
Puerto and New Yorican Salsa will be danced on the two.
LA Salsa is danced on the one.
Rueda de Casino can be either on the one or contra tiempo
A Salsero or Salsera is a Salsa dancer.
Los Salseros means the Salsa dancers.
Judges are comprised based upon a combination of the following:
sponsors, club owners, DJ’s, choreographers, dance
instructors, former dance participants, and qualified individuals
who appreciate dance.
Amateur Salseros are those who have never participated in a Salsa Dance Competition
or who have never taught Salsa Dancing.
Salseros are those who have entered Salsa Competitions
but have never won first place. Instructors who teach occasionally
and do not make a living as dance instructors will be considered
Professional Salseros are those who have
proven themselves with time. Paid dance performers and instructors
will be considered professionals based on their level and
not their popular exposure. Salsa champions will also be
considered professional based on
Maestro Salseros are those who are the source of Salsa dance traditions and
the up and coming original dancers who add to the wealth
of Latin Salsa Dancing. These are people who can distinguish
between Salsa and Ballroom Salsa and between dancing Cuban
contra tiempo and Dancing on the 2. They know the difference
between Salsa, Rumba, Guaguanco, Son, Mambo, Cumbia, Cha
Cha Cha, Samba, Bachata, Merengue. Meniadito, Quebradita,
Lambada, Souka, and the Afro-Cuban sounds from Cuba.
It is my opinion
that a dance level is not based on the amount of steps one
can execute or their degree of difficulty but rather on
the impression Salseros make on the average audience. We
hope that the fun of dancing is the primary reason to dancing
Salsa rather then seeking to be seen.
WSC | Credits
Noa Cassuto - Graphic Art
Juan Gonsalez - Webmaster/designer
My family - for investing in the process
Alut Young Artists in Israel - Autistic
artists that designed the banners' bg
Salseros who have been supportive:
David, Jen, Isaac, Mary, Theresa, ANGEL, Jessica, Maria,
Quanita, Isela, Toni, Larry, Fernando, Fabio, Hiroki, and
Michael : Monument-Co.com and Meganet.com
Since video production and documentary film are my latest
passions, I am specially thankful to those people who have
let me practice filming at their venues.
Monica @ Zabumba (Culver City)
Jimmy @ Stevens
Stake House (City of Commerce)
The management @ Rio (Encino)
Shai @ Glasnost (Israel)
Hillel @ Candela (Israel)
Andres @ Bonita (Israel)
Sugar @ Cafe
Buna (Marina Del Rey)
Jennifer @ Montecristo (Salvadorean Heights) :-)
Efrat @ her bellydancing
Last but not least : All
you Salseros who have let me filmed you while dancing. Thank