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Atlanta to host “Olympics of Salsa” 5th World Salsa Championships

Atlanta to host “Olympics of Salsa” 5th World Salsa Championships

The rhythm of the international salsa comes to Atlanta

The 5th World Salsa Championships (WSC) brings the finest dancers from five continents to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis December 9-10.

Dance enthusiasts are invited to witness the spectacle of international salsa finalists competing for the title of world’s best. Attendees also enjoy daily salsa lessons from world renowned dance instructors and nightly parties featuring famous salsa bands. ESPN Deportes and ESPN International will televise the event.


The visually stunning competition features the world’s most accomplished salsa dancers showcasing their moves in five divisions. Elite couples and teams who won or placed in national or international competitions will vie for titles in Salsa On-1 (L.A. Style), Salsa On-2 (Mambo), Cabaret (tricks and lifts permitted), and Teams (six-plus dancers). Plus, for the first time, dancers can compete in a Same Gender division.

Countries represented include the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Ecuador, New Zealand, Slovenia, Italy, Spain and others.



“We are excited to bring to Atlanta this world class event,” said Noel Roque, President of the World Dance Group, Atlanta-based producers of the event. “Salsa dancing is becoming a global phenomenon and we’ve seen the popularity of salsa dancing explode on TV shows such as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”

The December 9, 11 p.m. party will feature the Havana D’Primera band from Cuba, starting their US tour in Atlanta. On December 10, the competition continues with an 8 p.m. Grand Finale and TV taping for ESPN broadcast and 11 p.m. After-Party featuring Salsa legends Jose Alberto “El Canario” and Ismael Miranda.

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