April 6th - April 9th, 2017

Rose City Salsa & Timba Festival


Buy Your Full Pass Now! Price increases to $250.00


The Quick Facts


The premiere festival celebrating Latin dance in the Pacific Northwest including salsa, timba, bachata, kizomba & more!

Top Talent
Top instructors from around the world. The best workshops, performances and social dances until 4:00AM!
Brand New Hotel!
Celebrating the 2017 Rose City Salsa & Timba Festival at the Crowne Plaza Hotel! Check it out at 1441 NE 2nd Avenue Portland, OR 97232
Beginners Boot Camp!
New to Latin dance? Explore all styles from salsa, bachata, kizomba and timba from our amazing local instructors & studios.
Become a Vendor
Interested in showcasing your products to a captive audience of diverse dancers? Contact us today!



All tickets are purchased electronically.

Please bring your photo ID to registration during the festival to receive your wristband. If you have purchased a pass on behalf of someone else you will need to be present for your guest to receive their pass. Your Paypal confirmation number is your verification that your pass has been purchased.

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.

Full Pass

$200.00/ per


Thursday Night Welcome Party

Friday Night Performances & Social Dancing until 4AM!

Saturday Night Performances & Social Dancing until 4AM!

All workshops Saturday

All workshops Sunday

VIP Full Pass

$225.00/ per


VIP reserved seating for Friday & Saturday Night Performances

Thursday Night Welcome Party

Friday Night Performances & Social Dancing until 4AM!

Saturday Night Performances & Social Dancing until 4AM!

All workshops Saturday

All workshops Sunday

Beginners Boot Camp

$85.00/ per


– Training with five local instructors

– Classes cover multiple styles of dance including Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Cha Cha Cha, Rueda & more!

– Saturday night performances and social dancing. See the pro’s perform and put your new skills to work on the dance floor!

Thursday Night Welcome Party Pass

$15.00/ per

Join us Thursday night to ring in the beginning of the Rose City Salsa & Timba Festival welcome party in Portland, OR! (Welcome Party tickets are INCLUDED in the Full Pass & Performer’s Pass)

Friday Night Pass

$30.00/ per

Full access to Friday night performances and social dancing until 4AM!

Saturday Night Pass

$40.00/ per

Join us Saturday Night for performances by local talent and our professional instructors at our new home, the Crowne Plaza Hotel! Stay for the after party and social dancing until 4AM!

Miguel Bernal Drumming Workshop

$50.00/ per


 (2) 90 Minute Drumming Workshops with Miguel Bernal!
Friday April 7th & Saturday April 8th, 2017
4:30PM – 6:00PM

Miguel toured with Japan, Mexico, Europe and South America. He is one of the most sought after bataleros (player of the bata drums) in Havana. We recognize Miguel not only as a unique talent in the music community, but also as a hightly respected teacher. He has conducted numerous educational workshops in Rumba, Bembe, Guiro, and the cycle of the Congo (Makuta, Palo, Yuka) in the U.S. including universities in Montana, Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska and California. We are honored to have this opportunity to present the first of it’s kind drumming intensive workshop!

Rose City Instructors


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

On1 & On2
Majesty in Motion

Majesty in Motion (MIM) is a salsa dance company dedicated to high-energy performance, a jazzy style, and precise musicality. Founded in 2002 by David and Jennifer Stein, MIM has become the largest salsa company is San Diego.
Since MIM’s inception almost 10 years ago, they have grown from one team to now eight teams including five partner teams and three ladies teams. MIM’s directors and teams have traveled all over the world, performing and teaching in Bermuda, Japan, Canada, England, Sweden, and various US states including Seattle, Texas, New York, Boston, Arizona, Florida, and Oregon. Their commitment and dedication to the salsa community has been recognized and awarded by Albert Torres.

In addition to entertaining crowds with top-notch performances, MIM provides over 15 years experience in teaching and directing teams. They offer classes almost every day of the week ON1 and ON2, and ladies styling. As MIM continues to grow every year, they encourage all members of the community to express themselves through creative movement, teamwork, and leadership.

AfroCuban & Timba
Kati Hernandez
Kati Hernandez was born and raised in Cuba where she began her dance training at the age of nine. Kati received her masters in modern dance from the prestigious Artes school in Havana. She is trained in many different forms of Cuban, modern and International styles of dance with an exceptional knowledge of dance history and experience in choreographing many dance forms. Kati began her performance career in Havana while still attending the arts school, sharing the stage with master Cuban jazz musicians such as Bobby Carcases and Chucho Valdes. Kati performed with the legendary Afro-Cuban singer Mercedita Valdez. She was also privileged to dance with the renowned choreographer Santiago Alfonso from Tropicana and perform in the International Bienal of Habana with the visual artist Manuel Mendive. These early unique experiences revealed her intricate and versatile style.

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.

Kizomba & Bachata Champions
Marc Brewer & Kiri Chapman
Marc Brewer & Kiri Chapman are a dynamic and energetic team that is revolutionizing the Bachata & Kizomba community! They placed 1st in the American Kizomba Open Championships & they are the 2016 Rising Star Bachata and Salsa Champions! We cannot be more happy to announce this couple to Rose City this year!
On2 Champions
Tito & Tamara
Tito & Tamara both participate yearly in congresses around the world and work as judges for the Salsa Open, the World Salsa Championships, the World Latin Dance Cup and the World Salsa Summit. They have produced the Puerto Rico Hustle and Salsa Festival, coordinated San Juan es Salsa competition, Bayamón Ciudad Salsera competition and they are part of the organization of the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress.

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.

AfroCuban & Timba
Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez
Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher with a degree from Escuela de Artes Varietur in Havana, Cuba. While there, he specialized in Afro-Cuban technique, modern dance, and Cuban popular styles and worked with some of the country’s most important names in these fields.

International performances and teaching gigs at dance festivals have taken him to Germany, France, Curacao, Mexico and all over the US. Wilfredo was also selected as a judge in the first annual World Latin Dance Cup with producer Albert Torres. Currently he teaches classes in San Diego and is the artistic director of La Tribu dance group.

On1 & On2
Salsamania (Jhon & Liz)

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!

Puerto Rico US Open Two Time Champions
Jefferson & Adrianita
All the way from Colombia!! Jefferson and Adrianita are the Puerto Rico US Open two time champions for the last TWO YEARS running! Skilled in On1 & On2, this dynamic couple is one you do not want to miss.
Isabel Freiberger & Roberto Rosario
Roberto & Isabel are a dynamic and inspiring couple who come from famous roots including Yamulee,  and Fausto Felix. Both of these amazing dancers have developed their own flavor and sabor within the salsa community through their partnership. Both exemplify incredible body movement, fast footwork, unique New York pattersn and breath taking lifts & tricks!
Royland Lobato
Royland Lobato is a professional dancer with an expertise in Afro-Cuban folkloric and Cuban popular dance. A graduate of the Escuela de Instructors de Arte de la Ciudad de La Habana (School of Arts Instructors in Havana) with a degree in Dance Education, Royland has participated as a principal instructor and performer in dance festivals all over the US, Cuba, and Mexico.

Originally from Guantanamo, Cuba, Royland is a founding member of the Havana-based dance company, 7 Potencias, an Afro-Cuban Folkloric dance and music ensemble that is considered one of the most creative and acclaimed Cuban folkloric ensembles both in Cuba and internationally.

Presently, Royland is proud to call the Bay Area his home as he teaches his Cuban heritage to students through his weekly classes, workshops and demonstrations. He is also one of the few instructors to incorporate live music into his teachings.

From Portland, OR!
Benny & Brandon
Our proud, local champions!
Majesty in Motion
On1 & On2
Kati Hernandez
AfroCuban & Timba
Marc Brewer & Kiri Chapman
Kizomba & Bachata Champions
Tito & Tamara
On2 Champions
Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez
AfroCuban & Timba
Salsamania (Jhon & Liz)
On1 & On2
Jefferson & Adrianita
Puerto Rico US Open Two Time Champions
Isabel Freiberger & Roberto Rosario
Royland Lobato
Benny & Brandon
From Portland, OR!

Pro Performances


Check out our pro performances! Get your tickets to see their new routines live!

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Rose City DJ's


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.

DJ Aramando
Portland’s #1 DJ in Salsa & Bachata!
DJ Walt Digz
From San Fransisco, CA!
DJ Corwin
From Salt Lake City, Utah!
DJ Cuba
DJ Edgar
From Seattle. Proud Sponsor of Rose City & AVS!

Full Schedule

Workshops & Performances

Full Schedule of Events for workshops & evening socials.

April 7th, 2017
6:00PM - 8:00PM/
Tech Rehearsal for Performers Only!
April 6th, 2017
8:30PM - 9:45PM/
Doors Open at 8:00PM, performances start at 8:30PM
April 6th, 2017
10:00PM - 3:00AM/
Social dancing until 3:00AM!


See Workshops Schedule for Detailed Information
April 8th, 2017
9:00AM - 4:00PM/
View the workshops schedule for specific workshops schedule (coming soon!).

Tech Rehearsal

For Performers Only
April 8th, 2017
4:15PM - 6:15PM/
Tech Rehearsal for Performers Only!


Local & Instructor Performances
April 8th, 2017
8:00PM - 9:30PM/
Local & Pro Performances!

Social Dancing

Dance until 3AM with locals and pros!
April 8th, 2017
10:00PM - 3:00AM/
Dance the night away until 3:00AM!
April 9th, 2016
10:00AM - 5:00PM/
See specific workshops schedule for detailed information
April 9th, 2017
6:00PM - 9:00PM/
Join us Vitalidad Movement Arts Center at 6:00PM for the official Rose City after party!

700 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland OR



Stay where the action lives in our new hotel, the Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center!

Address: 1441 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Room Rates start at $139.00 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 14th, 2017 or until hotel is sold out!

Standard Double Sized Queen
Pool & Spa
Fitness Center
Full access to fitness center during your stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
Fireside Lounge
Take a break and enjoy the comforts of this cozy, outdoor fireside lounge. Besides the dance floor, this is sure to be your favorite spot!
Luxurious Bathroom
Main Entry
Bar & Restaurant



Ready to share the stage with the greatest talent this year?

Get Ready!

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 6:30PM Thursday, 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 deblin@rosecitysalsafestival.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.


Ready to apply?


Please email your initial request for approval by filling out the application form below to deblin@rosecitysalsafestival.com.
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.

Beginners Bootcamp

Bootcamp Instructors

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, April 8th and includes 7 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 Delgado: Salsa On2
Ricardo Linnell: Cha Cha
Carolina & Jamal from Vitalidad Movement Arts Center: Kizomba & Bachata
Miguel Vasquez: Timba
Rumbanana: Casino de Rueda

What are you waiting for?! The Beginners Bootcamp is only $85.00! Get yours today, see you at the Festival!

Contact Info
Have a question, comment or inquiry? Send us a message right away!