Salsa! The Dance Sensation is a half-hour documentary narrated by legendary salsa singer and song writer, Willy Chirino, which delves into the global cultural dance phenomenon that can be learned and practiced by anyone and everyone.
Produced by Miami’s WPBT2 and presented and distributed nationally by American Public Television (APT), Salsa! The Dance Sensation premieres on public television stations nationwide beginning October 1, 2015 (check local listings).
Salsa! The Dance Sensation uncovers the compelling stories behind this global cultural phenomenon, and features top performances from the Miami Salsa Congress, regulars on the dance floor, and students at salsa schools.
In South Florida, salsa, a mix of Latin musical genres, infused with Caribbean and African roots, is performed with distinct passion and artistry. From nightclubs to performance halls, the dance that began as a folk tradition has exploded into the mainstream.
Rene Gueits, founder of Salsa Lovers in Miami, is known as “the father of casino style salsa.” He founded Miami Salsa Congress in August 2002, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the United States and one of the top five salsa congresses in the world. Gueits refers to salsa as “the social media of dance,” connecting people of all ages.
Today, an array of stories, histories, and traditions are recounted on dance floors across the region. From Casino-style to Puerto Rican, and Dominican to LA Salsa, the varied styles of the dance help delineate cultural identities, while also creating connections and friendships.
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