Miami, FL - On May 1, 2015 at 10pm, WPBT2 will air Salsa! The Dance Sensation, a half-hour documentary for public television, which delves into the cultural dance phenomenon that can be learned and practiced by anyone and everyone. An encore presentation airs on May 3, 2015 at 5:30pm.
Salsa! The Dance Sensation, narrated by legendary salsa singer and song writer Willy Chirino, uncovers the compelling stories behind this cultural phenomenon, and features top performances from the Miami Salsa Congress, regulars on the dance floor, and students at salsa schools.
In South Florida, this Latin-flavored dance, 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.
Salsa! The Dance Sensation is made possible in part by the Florida Humanities Council.
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