The premiere festival celebrating Latin dance in the Pacific Northwest including salsa, timba, bachata, kizomba & more!
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Passes and tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, no exceptions. Performers passes must be purchased separately. Please visit the Performers page for more information.
Rose City is pleased to announce that Jorjet is coming to Portland for four hours of intense Bachata Training!
October 14th – October 15th, 2017
Saturday October 14th, 12PM – 2PM
Sunday October 15th, 12PM – 2PM
Full Weekend Workshop Pass: $74.00
Saturday Only: $40.00
Sunday Only: $40.00
Vitalidad Movement Arts Center
700 SE Hawthorne St, Portland OR 97214
Ladies, remember that amazing Bachata shine you did last night that you thought was so original? Well, Jorjet invented it five years ago. In fact, the instructor who taught it to you probably learned it from a Jorjet Youtube video. Her moves have been copied more than most Kanye West Mp3’s. Without question Jorjet is the most influential “Dominican Fusion” Bachata dancer today and she has set the standard for “Dominican Fusion” footwork.
See you on the floor!
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, no exceptions. Please bring your ID, dance shoes and excitement!
Bringing you the top talent in workshops, performances and amazing social dancing!
Proudly introducing: Tito & Tamara, Wilfredo Rodriguez, Salsamania, Jefferson & Adrianita, Isabel & Roberto, Royland Lobato, Benny & Brandon, Majesty in Motion, Kati Hernandez, Marc Brewer & Kiri Champman
For over 15 years, Nick was a martial arts and movement instructor. Partner dancing and salsa were a natural progression. For the past 15 years, Nick has been teaching Cuban style salsa, bringing to it his existing philosophies of connection, balance, and fluidity. He combines decades of Cuban tradition with modern movement concepts of space, timing, and flow.
Presently, he teaches club-style salsa, Rueda de Casino, cha cha cha, son, and several martial arts. Nick has trained and taught all over the U.S., including extended periods in Miami, New York, Texas and Hawaii. Most recently Nick returned from intensive study with Yanek Revilla in Santiago. He has taught at numerous salsa congresses, festivals and cruises and is the co-star of “The Quick And Dirty Guide To Salsa volume 4.” Nick is the co-director of Salsa Vale Todo and the co-producer of the San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival.
Serena has been dancing professionally since 2000. She has been trained in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz and samba.
While in college, Serena discovered Cuban salsa and fell in love with the dance and music. Her new found love of Cuban salsa led her to seek out Cuban dance masters as she trained and travelled to New York, Brazil, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. Serena recently returned from intensive study with Yanek Revilla of Santiago, Cuba. Currently she performs in local samba and salsa dance companies and teaches dance at the YMCA. Serena is the co-director of Salsa Vale Todo and the co-producer of the San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival.
Serena is available for private lessons, workshops and special events.
Not only is she a professionally trained dancer, Alien also holds a degree from EIA as a professional instructor. Alien is internationally recognized and admired for her ability to excel across genres. Her achievements include becoming the first female to win the WSF (World Salsa Federation) Salsa Shines Championship in 2010 and winning back-to-back the Salsa Cabaret & Bachata divisions at the 2010 & 2011 World Latin Dance Cup.
Alien’s success is not limited to winning World Dance Championships. She has also appeared as a dancer and/or choreographer for many videos, commercials, and TV shows, including “So You Think You Can Dance”. Her passion for dance generates admiration and raw emotion because of her unique style of flavor, elegance, and sensuality. Furthermore, dancing is her way of giving back to world, as shown through her yearly trips to Cuba to teach dance to underprivileged children from her hometown.
Raised in Vancouver, Patrick got into Salsa 10 years ago after a break-up with his girlfriend, giving him the ‘what-do-I-have-to-lose’ attitude he needed to conquer his life-long fear of dancing. Break-ups aren’t all bad huh? Finding the social side of the dance appealing, Salsa quickly grew on him and ignited his desire to know and further perfect his craft – not only in Salsa but also other Latin dances such as Cha-Cha, Merengue and Bachata.
Patrick started out with empty classes, but never gave up. He hustled hard to create a world-class Salsa school that now overflows with new students every term. He shows up for his students, delivers an incredible learning experience and word on the street continues to spread. He loves telling stories, remembers every funny thing Scarlet says, and always relates Salsa to boxing. Yup, boxers can learn Salsa too.
Raised in Acapulco, México, Scarlet actually rejected Salsa at first. As a kid, she loved watching her parents go out Salsa dancing, but to her, it was just something the adults did. She found herself swept up in Modern, Mexican Folklore, Jazz, Tap and more significantly, Cheer, a team which she captained and competed with at a national level. But all that changed when her dad opened up a Salsa school called Impulso Latino when she was 15.
By 16, Scarlet began teaching at her father’s school and performing at international Salsa congresses with México’s top Salsa companies. In 2009 Scarlet moved to Canada and joined forces with Patrick, where they began refining their technique, traveling and expanding their knowledge of Salsa together.
Aside from competition, the duo also directs RHR Latin Dance Company and Cubanisimo Dance Productions in their hometown, where they train and coach their teams and students, 3 of which are World Champions. They also coach and mentor various teams outside of their city by both teaching and creating choreography.
With all their success through competition, performing and teaching, the duo is currently living their dream as professional dancers travelling the world to share their vast knowledge of styles and various latin rhythms such as; Salsa on 1, Salsa on 2, Bachata, Pachanga, Cuban Salsa, Cha cha cha and Lifts & Tricks. Whether it’s privates, group classes or to coach teams, the couple has the experience to adapt to any teaching environment.
Beginning her international career, Kati Hernandez was chosen as a representative of Cuban dance, touring Spain for six months with Manolito Sibonet y Su Trabuco. She also toured with Cuban productions in Portugal, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica.
Kati is currently dedicated to spreading the treasures of her Afro-Cuban roots in the US. She most recently performed with master percussionists Francisco Aguabella and Lazaro Galarraga. She also performed in an extraordinary unification of Cuban music and dance in Los Angeles at the Cuban Festival, “El Padre de la Patria,” with the great musician Luis Eric Gonzalez. As a performer, choreographer, and teacher Kati is truly an illustrative vision of her heritage in an endless high-energy celebration of Cuban dance and music.
Today, Tito & Tamara are not only amazing Salsa Dancers, they also are the Directors of the San Juan City Salsa Dance Program and have choreographed routines for many artists including Víctor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Michael Stuart, El Gran Combo, Richie Rey y Bobby Cruz, Domingo Quiñones, Ismael Miranda, Elvis Crespo, Cheo Feliciano, Modesto Cepeda, Andy Montañez y Tego Calderón. They also choreographed for the “Bomba” and “Cha-Cha-Cha” routine in Ricky Martin’s appearance in Miss Universe 2001 and the Celia Cruz “Azúcar” Special in Miami in 2003. They’ve performed with Melina León, Yaire, Elvis Crespo, Olga Tañón.
With combined experience of over 40 years in salsa, Tito and Tamara have an impressive track record that attests not only to their exceptional and unique talents but also to their inherent love of salsa in all of its forms.
Salsamania is one of the largest and most successful dance companies in Bay Area. Started in 2000 by John Narvaez and Liz Rojas, Salsamania has performed and competed at salsa events around the world, including the ESPN World Salsa Championships, the World Latin Dance Cup, and the US Salsa Open Championships.
Salsamania has a large number of performance and competition teams including an Amateur Team, Semi-Pro Team, Pro Team, Ladies Team, and On1 Dance Team. Salsamania also has a number of On1 and On2 training teams, and teaches lessons at a number of venues around the Bay Area.
Multiple time champions in multiple divisions, their workshops and performances are not to be missed!
Handpicked DJ’s bring you the best in sound and entertainment all weekend long! Proudly featuring DJ Armando, DJ Walt Digz, DJ Corwin, DJ Cuba & DJ Edgar.
Stay where the action lives in our new hotel, the Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center!
Room Rates start at $144.00 per night!
Online: Rose City Salsa & Timba Festival
Call: 866.242.1264 and use Rose City Salsa & Timba Festival
Rooms include Free complimentary Wi-Fi!
Access to in-house pool & spa, bar & restaurant, fitness center & more.
Hotel attendees enjoy $15.00 overnight parking or $7.00 U-Park.
Hotel rates available until March 18th, 2018 or until hotel is sold out!
Ready to share the stage with the greatest talent this year?
Please read all information CAREFULLY as it is imperative for tech rehearsal and starting performances on time.
You are in charge of managing your team(s).
Schedule is open to change at any time.
Tech rehearsal in mandatory. If you or any of your team members do not come to tech rehearsal you may not perform. Thursday night tech rehearsal is for Thursday night performances. Friday night tech rehearsal is for Friday night performances. Saturday night tech rehearsal is for Saturday night performances.
Tech rehearsal begins at 6:00PM Friday & Saturday nights.
Performance spots are limited and pre-approval is REQUIRED.
Each performance song must be on 2 flash drives (1 back-up). Each flash drive must only have 1 track. Each flash drive must contain team name and song. As a performer you are an ambassador of Latin dance. We encourage tasteful routines and costumes.
ALL selected solos, couples and teams need to be available to perform on the date chosen by the RCSTF team. This means if you accept the invitation to perform at the Rose City Salsa and Timba Festival you are agreeing to perform on any of the nights from Thursday – Saturday evening. If special circumstances arise or accommodations are needed e.g. an individual performer is performing on more than one team, the team isn’t able to arrive in Portland until Friday, please notify us as soon as possible by emailing Deblin at email@example.com
Duration of routines are strictly enforced and must follow the following guidelines:
Teams: 3 Minutes Maximum
Couples: 3 Minutes Maximum
Solos: 2 Minutes Maximum
85% of your routine must be salsa/bachata/rumba/kizomba/zouk. Other dance forms require pre-approval.
Please email your initial request for approval by filling out the application form below to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the subject line “RCSF2017 Performer Registration – Group Name”
You must include the following information with your request:
* Team Name
* City, State
* Number of Dancers
* Dance Style(s)
* Director Contact Info
* Team Photo(s)
* Video of most recent performance. Video links can be Youtube and or any other online viewing provider.
Directors will receive one Performers Pass for each four paid performers, up to two Directors Passes.
– You must be able to perform Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
– Teach rehearsal is mandatory.
– Only one payment can be accepted for the entire team.
– Payment must be received by March 15th, 2017.
– All dancer names with photo ID must be provided at registration.
– Performance time guidelines must be followed.
Note: We reserve the right to remove your group from the show lineup if any of these conditions are not met or you do not agree with these terms.
DIRECTORS are responsible for Registering their ENTIRE team(s) at the same time.
ALL PERFORMERS MUST HAVE A PERFORMER’S PASS, no age or any other exceptions. If you are performing, you must wear a performer’s wristband, no exceptions.
Excited to dance but need to learn how? Do you know one style of Latin dance and can’t wait to experience others? The Beginners Bootcamp is perfect for you! This series takes place on Saturday, March 31st and includes 5 different workshops all aimed at introducing and establishing the fundamentals of each dance style.
Afterwards, join us for the party! Your Beginners Bootcamp includes full access to the Saturday evening showcase and social dancing until 4AM!
Our Beginner Bootcamp instructors include:
Erick & Catherine from Salsa con Coco: Salsa On1
Malik & Nam: Salsa On2
Carolina & Jamal from Vitalidad Movement Arts Center: Bachata
INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION MARC BREWER: Kizomba
What are you waiting for?! The Beginners Bootcamp is only $85.00! Get yours today, see you at the Festival!