March 29th - April 1st, 2018

Rose City Salsa & Timba Festival


Countdown to Rose City Salsa & Timba Festival!


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!
The Crowne Plaza Hotel!
Celebrating the 2018 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!



Ticket sales will open for 2018 soon, stay tuned!

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

100.00/ per


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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

$150.00/ per

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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

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– Training with local instructors

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

– 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

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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

$35.00/ per

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

Saturday Night Pass

$45.00/ per

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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!

Weekend Workshops Pass

Train Both Days!
190.00/ per

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Train with the Pros Saturday & Sunday! Does NOT include access to Saturday night social or any other events at Rose City Salsa & Timba Festival.


Tentative workshop schedule 9AM – 5PM daily

Saturday Workshops

$100.00/ per

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This is the pass for Saturday Workshops ONLY. This does NOT include access to Saturday Night Social or any other events.

Tentative workshop schedule is from 9AM – 5PM.

Sunday Workshop Pass

Train with the Pros!
$100.00/ per

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Access to workshop for Sunday ONLY! Does not include access to any other events!


Tentative Workshop schedule 9AM – 5PM

Jorget Bachata Intensive


Ready to train with the world renown Jorjet?

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

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Ticket Information
Full Weekend Workshop Pass: $74.00
Saturday Only: $40.00
Sunday Only: $40.00

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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!

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

Cuban Salsa
Nick & Serena


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.

AfroCuban & Salsa
Alien Ramirez
Alien Ramirez, a 13x Salsa and Latin Dance Champion, was born in Bayamo, Cuba. She started dancing at the age of four and trained at EIA (Escuela de Instructores de Arte), where she developed her skills in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Gymnastics, Flamenco, Cuban Folklore, Afro-Cuban, and other Latin styles.

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.

AfroCuban & Salsa
Reinier Valdes & Daniela Gallardo
Reinier Valdes was born in Habana, Cuba. He first started dancing to the Afro Cuban rhythms at the young age of 13. Reinier got immediately discovered by a professional Afro Cuban dance team which recruited his talent and showcased him all over Cuba. At the age of 18 he graduated from the Cuban school of dance as a dance instructor specializing in Popular Dances, such as Cuban Salsa, Son, Cha cha cha , Mambo and Rumba. In February of 2009 Reinier relocated to Brazil where he continued his work as a dancer, performer, and choreographer. He started his own performance group in 2010 calls Influencia Latina and started  touring and performing around Brazil. Reinier now lives in Seattle, WA where he funded La Clave Cubana a Cuban dance troupe and dance academy through which he continues to share his talent and passion for the Afro Cuban rhythms through dance classes, workshops, and performances.

Daniela Gallardo is originally from Mexico. Her love for music and dancing started at a young age leading her to be one of the principal dancers at the music festivals in her school. She then got invited to create her first choreography at the age of age 15.
Daniela’s salsa background started in 2009. LA style was her first learned style but in 2011 casino stole her heart. Soon after she got invited to join a team back in Mexico where she was able to discover new skills, which in turn led her to grow as a dancer.As soon as she moved to Seattle, Daniela participated in various auditioning sessions until she was accepted in “La Clave Cubana”. La Clave Cubana developed her skills as an instructor which has given her the opportunity to share her knowledge and love for dancing with other people.Daniela is now the Co-Director of “La Clave Cubana” and teaches alongside Reinier Valdes at their dance academy and at Cuban Dance Congresses all over the US sharing her passion and talent everywhere she goes.

On1 & On2 Salsa
Patrick & Scarlet

Patrick’s Story

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.

Scarlet’s Story

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.

Bachata Champions
Harold & Regan
Harold Rancano and Regan Hirose, are a Latin dance couple best known for their energetic, and acrobatic flair on stage. Based out of Winnipeg, Canada, the flavorful couple has achieved plenty of success on both a national and international level, most notably being two-time World Bachata Cabaret Champions as of 2017 and currently two-time Canadian Bachata Champions.

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.

Salsa & Bachata
Alma Latina - Gabriela & Jonathan
Gabriela Equiz began training as a dancer when she was 4 years old. She studied Ballet and flamenco in the best schools in Mexico City, Tijuana and Los Angeles. As an adult, she made a career in Electronic Systems Engineering in the city of Tijuana and later she enrolled into a masters program in Robotics. While she lived in LA, she attended an audition that led to a recording contract to sing in an international quintet “i5”. She went to tour to open for artists such as Britney Spears and ‘N Sync, among others. At the same time, also in Los Angeles, Gaby was introduced to the world of Latin dance and it was then that she fell in love!
With creative and powerful choreographies and an ability to draw technique from a broad range of dance styles, Gaby has created teams that are dominating international competitions. Not only is she taking Latin dance to the next level, but she is constantly pushing and expanding the envelope of what Latin dance is! With her remarkable precision and complex formations, infused with their own innovative moves, styling, and technique Gaby is drastically impacting the Latin dance industry.
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 Champion
Marc Brewer
Marc Brewer is returning for 2018! Known around the world for his breaktaking Zouk and memorizing Kizomba, he will be sure to please! Don’t miss his amazing performances, challenging workshops and  of course, you MUST catch him on the social dance floor!
AfroCuban & Timba
Yismari Ramos Tellez
Cuban dancer and choreographer, Yismari Ramos Tellez, graduated from the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba with a degree in modern and Afro-Cuban folkloric dance in 1992. For six years Yismari danced with the Tony Melenedez Dance Company in Cuba, and later for the Ballet de la Television Cubana in Havana. She regularly performed on television, in video, and in live shows for the top bands in Cuba. She toured in Italy, Russia, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ecuador, Canada, and Panama. With more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, Yismari is currently the artistic director, choreographer, and soloist of Las Que Son Son, and sings with Dos Four, a Cuban reggaeton and salsa band.
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.

On1 & On2

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.
Nick & Serena
Cuban Salsa
Alien Ramirez
AfroCuban & Salsa
Reinier Valdes & Daniela Gallardo
AfroCuban & Salsa
Patrick & Scarlet
On1 & On2 Salsa
Harold & Regan
Bachata Champions
Alma Latina - Gabriela & Jonathan
Salsa & Bachata
Kati Hernandez
AfroCuban & Timba
Marc Brewer
Kizomba & Bachata Champion
Yismari Ramos Tellez
AfroCuban & Timba
Tito & Tamara
On2 Champions
On1 & On2
Jefferson & Adrianita
Puerto Rico US Open Two Time Champions

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 Armando
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!
DJ Melenko!

Full Schedule

Workshops & Performances

Full Schedule of Events for Workshops, Performances & Evening Socials! – COMING SOON!



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 $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!

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 6:00PM 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


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
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, 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
Rumbanana: Rueda

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

Contact Info
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