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Shows and Instructors

The Salsafestival Switzerland presents every year the most renowned artists worldwide and invests big money in the line-up. At the moment we are still negotiating with a number of artists. We don't list them here. Hereafter you will find the artists with whom we have a settled an agreement. We plan to finally present a total of more than 120 payed dancers.

Adolfo Indacochea , Tania Cannarsa & The Latin Soul Dancers       New York / Italy
Instructor & Performing Artist

Nobody represents the classic on2 style in Europe more than Adolfo and Tania. At the next festival they will come again on stage with their dance company Latin Soul Dancers!

www.adolfomambo.com


Adric Walter       Amsterdam/ Nederland
Instructor

MISSION

Flairs of Dandy® is a revolution. We want to bring the fellow gentlemen to a higher plan and upgrade their style. We will not sell anything. But we will definitely change the way our fellow gentlemen think. We want to inspire, advice, trigger and ignite style by giving seminars, talks and for sure tips & tricks.The intention is to be relevant for a niche of gentlemen. We want to bring back the dandy in the gentlemen. Yes. Turn the softies back into real man. It’s to conquer and impress just like our grandfathers used to do. Back to the roots of real men with real style!

www.flairsofdandy.com


Afro Latin Connection       Porto, Portugal
Instructor & Performing Artist

www.afrolatinconnection.pt


Alain & Moe / Salsadancers       Switzerland
Instructor

www.salsadancers.ch


Alberto Valdes        Milano / Italy
Instructor

Alberto Valdes is considered one of the best instructors of Cuban Dances in the world. Together with Andria Panagi they created the CubaMiSalsa Festival On Tour project, a festival concentrated mostly in Cuban Dances presenting some of the best Cuban Artists in the world in many countries in Europe.

They teach and perform together in a very elegant style always full of "Sabor Cubano".

www.cubamisalsa.com


Alex de Smet       Dubai/ Belgium
Instructor

From a young age, Alex always had passion for dancing, but it wasn't until 2002 that she found salsa, a dance that moved her like no other. When a friend first told her about salsa, she never thought it would take her to where she is today, and what started as a coincidence soon turned into a pretty serious hobby.
After a couple of years of taking multiple classes a week and taking part in student shows, she then teamed up with her first dance partner to work on a few projects. However, it wasn’t until 2005 that Alex’s dancing journey really took off, when she partnered up with James.
Together, they worked hard to take their dancing to the next level, in order to ultimately be one of the first couples to represent Dubai internationally. They made it their mission to one day be seen on stage at congresses around the world, and soon they were out there realizing their dream. Over the years, Alex has had the chance to travel to the 4 corners of the world to share her passion with other salsa lovers, together with James or with their team, ‘Mambo Clasico’.
In 2012, James and Alex opened their own dance school in Dubai and thrive to share their knowledge and love for salsa to their students, while continuing their conquest of international stages.

www.facebook.com/desmetalex?fref=ts


Alexander Martinez       Zürich / Switzerland
Instructor

The world-famous Swiss athlete with Cuban roots belongs also to the best in the world of dance. Sport is his profession - dance is his passion since he was a child. At the Salsafestival Switzerland he will enrich our workshop schedule with his hot Reggaeton classes.

www.alexandermartinez.com


Alexis & Christa /Salson        Zurich / Switzerland
Instructor


www.salson.ch


Alexistyle       Guatemala/ Norwegen
Instructor

www.facebook.com/alexistyle.ruiz?l


Alicia Velasco       Spain
Stargate Artist

Stargate

www.facebook.com/alicia.velascocolmenero?fref=ts


Andy Gonzalo Varona       Switzerland
Instructor & Performing Artist

My name is Andy Gonzalo Varona and I am a professional dancer from Cuba. My dream and my goal is to show the world my art and Cuban culture. Dancing is letting the body become poetry, an expression of life and a way to live. It's the life vibrating in my chest. Dance is life!

www.gonzalovarona.com


Anissa Hallenbarter       Switzerland
Instructor

Half swiss, half tunisian, Anissa started dancing (ballet) when she was a child and grew up surrounded by music, thanks to her father, a piano tuner. With 16 years old, she discovers Capoeira, a brazilian martial art that she practices (and teaches) intensively during 10 years. In 2011, she starts learning afro-cuban salsa. A few months later, she discovers the « Cali Style » (salsa caleña) in the Salsa Festival of Zurich, through the BNF Dance Academy, and falls in love with it. In 2015, she decides to leave her job to visit Colombia and the BNF Dance Academy in Medellin. Completely addicted with this crazy athletic and acrobatic style, she decides to spend several months training salsa caleña with the best Schools of Colombia (Swing Latino, Constelación Latina, etc.), before following the BNF Dance Academy in Dubaï. Anissa values diversity, musicality and creativity. That is the reason why, apart from the « Cali Style » and the afro-cuban salsa, she also practices Bachata, LA Style, Chachacha, Tango, Hip Hop, etc.

www.facebook.com/Anissa-Heartbeat-157389071390868/?fref=ts


Anna und Mirjam, Salsadancers       Bern / Switzerland
Performing Artist

"Son Almas Dance Company" high motivated young talents inspired the audience last year with their show. In the meantime they danced on many national and international stages. This year they will present their brand new show!

www.salsadancers.ch/index2.html


Baila Conmigo       Schaffhausen / Switzerland
Instructor

www.baila-conmigo.ch


Busra Araci       Turkey / Italy
Instructor

Busra Araci is a young, beautiful and very talented dance teacher, performer and choreograher from Turkey. Her name got quickly famous in Eurpoe thanks to her lady styling workshops in the most famous international salsa congresses, as well as through the performances on stage with her dance partner Jonathan Casarin and with Grupo Alafia from Italy. An, of cours, it is impossible to miss on the dance floor her elegant, plastic and very feminine style. Busra knows very well how to interpret the music and the same time she is a amazing follower with super styling.

www.facebook.com/profile.


Dancefloor       Geneva / Switzerland
Performing Artist

The group Dancefloor (Geneva) was founded by Fred salsadancer Dancefloor and Hip Hop Dancers BoogTom 2009. The philosophy of the group is to combine different dance styles of salsa and create a harmony. After the founding Marc Dancefloor, Coco Corinne and Laetycia were integrated into the group.

All members bring their own culture and dance influences into the group. Dancefloor occurs solo, as a duo or four, and is regularly invited to festivals. It was already guest on four continents.

www.genevesalsa.com/


Dancefloor y su Farándula, Dancefloor       Geneva / Switzerland
Stargate Artist

www.dancefloorgenevasalsa.ch


DanceSchool SalSaCióN       Zurich / Switzerland
Instructor

www.facebook.com/salsacionzurich/


Dawn & Douglas       Singapore
Stargate Artist

www.dawnanddouglas.com


Edie the Salsa Freak       USA
Instructor

One of the more popular salseras in the world due to a web/social media footprint and her writing skills.  Edie is also one of the few exceptional dancers who has the ability to effectively teach salsa.

www.salsafreak.com/


Enrique & Lorenita       Mexico
Instructor & Performing Artist

Enrique Jarquin is a rising star in the Latin dance scene, with formal training in many dance forms such as "Modern Afrocuban", and International Latin (Ballroom) to name a few. Some of his achievements are:-Voted Bay Area’s best solo dancer on the On1 Division in 2005 by Salsagang Magazine.

-3 time solo dance champion in the San Francisco/Bay Area in the United States. He has participated in "Off Broadway" productions such as "Rock with you" tribute to Michael Jackson, with world renowned dance artists.
Lorenita Andrade is one of the youngest and most talented dance stars in the Latin dance scene; nationally and internationally. At her short age she has attained numerous achievements and continues lighting up the stage and captivating audiences. She has studied many forms of dance such as Ballet and Contemporary Dance, to name a few. Some of her achievements are:-“Que tarde tan padre“ National Champion.Televised children dance competition hosted by Cecilia Galeano and produced by Televisa (Latin America’s largest and most important international entertainment business)-“Reto Juvenil’ 2do Campeonato Mundial De Baile”  World Champion.

www.enriquejarquin.com


Enzo e Luana       TORINO/ITALY
Stargate Artist

www.artelatina.it


Estilo Unidos       Spain
Instructor & Performing Artist

www.facebook.com/Ronaldyalba


Euphoria Dance Company       Milano / Italien
Instructor & Performing Artist

Milan Italy is home to one of Salsa’s newest up and coming team, Euphoria Dance Company.  The Dance Company was formed by Jose “La Salsa” Diaz in 2012 to bring a revived new feel to Mambo On2 in Italy.  The company reflects the influence of New York Style On2 dancing with it’s creative interpretation and strong sense ...

of musicality on  stage.  Our goal is to present a unique and diverse performance style but still maintain the classic roots and essence of Mambo.

www.facebook.com/EuphoriaDanceCompany?fref=ts


Fuego y Pasion       Zurich / Switzerland
Instructor

The friendly dance group with the same name and prestigious dance school in the heart of Zurich are Guest to many international events. They inspire the audience with their creativity and emotion and precision.

www.fuegoypasion.ch


Gozando Salsa       Zurich / Switzerland
Instructor

One of the most successful dance school in Zurich when it comes to Salsa Puertorriqueña. The instructors Janine, Edi & Andreas are known for their perfect technique and pedagogical experience. Their receipt: a good portion of fun and entertainment. Always keeping the motto: playful to the learning success!

www.gozando-salsa.ch


Grupo Alafia       Parma / Italy
Instructor & Performing Artist

Since 2008 inspire these guys with their skillful dancing. However, in 2010 came the breakthrough, when they received a standing ovation with her Pachanga show at New York Salsa Congress. Well known are the Italian guys for her social dancing.

www.grupoalafia.com


Iron Mams       Switzerland
Instructor

www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010075902049&fref=ts


Issa & Fanny       Switzerland
Instructor

Issa & Fanny are a talented duo. 
Issa its Originally  from the Democratic Republic of Congo 
They are responsible for the spread of Kizomba in the canton of Fribourg (CH) 
They offer weekly through theyr danceschool Dealersalsa, performances and workshops in Switzerland and on the international scene.

www.facebook.com/issabp?fref=ts


Jenny Vaccaro-Leone       Zurich / Switzerland
Instructor

After her education as a dance teacher, Jenny get a lots of experience through further workshops an she performed on stage home and abroad. In 2004 she performed on tour, for the Swiss soul star "Seven". She also danced in various show groups. Besides jazz, modern and ballet for adults Jenny teaches rhythmics as well.

She is the owner and manager of the famous dance studio "Polelicious" in Winterthur. "You will be amazed what you can do with a chair, play with temperate and dashing moves, work up your femininity and elegance - by the way, you will learn the modern dance technique. After this experience you will never sit down or get up on a chair normally – promised! This workshop is for all ladies who want to expand their dancing experience – social dancer, show dancers, dance teachers and beginners are welcome!"

www.polelicious.ch


John Diaz /Suizsalseros       Switzerland
Instructor

www.facebook.com/suizsalseros/?fref=ts


Kizzy Garcia Vale       Kuba / Switzerland
Instructor

Kizzy Garcia Vale, born in 1985 in Havana, Cuba, started her dance education at the Sport National School in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the age of four. Since 1996, she visited the Alejo Carpentie Ballet School in Havana for two years. She then pursued her studies at the National School of Art where she successfully graduated after 6 years with the certificate of Professional Dancer and Teacher for Modern and Contemporary Dance as well as Cuban Folklore Dances.

Right after she began her professional career at Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, The national Dance Company. During threse years, she had the opportunity to work with different international and national choreographers including among others Isidro Rolando, René de Cardenas, Osnel Delgado, Samir Akika, Lucas Bruni, Jan Linkens.
In 2007, after some cultural exchanges in Switzerland, with Kuska Cáceres and Palais du Monde Festival for example, Kizzy moved definitely to Zürich and continued her career as a freelance dancer in Switzerland and abroad, working with various freelance Companies and dance Productions, Television, Galas and Corporate Events, like Cie Konstantin Tsakalidis, Naway Company, Swiss Radio and Television SRF, Nadine Imboden GmbH, for Volkswagen Company, or Starlight Productions among others.
Besides she is also active as a teacher for Modern and Jazz dance in the Dance School Tanzwerk 101 in Zürich, and Salsa and Afro dance in Switzerland and Europe.

www.kizzygarciavale.com/


Leon Rose Project       London / Paris
Instructor & Performing Artist

Under the direction of the choreographer, Leon Rose, The Project is one of the most creative groups to come out of Europe. Most famous for their original interpretation of a salsa version of the classic song by James Brown, Man’s World, The Project is the only group to represent UK salsa worldwide. Now with the inclusion of some of the best dancers in Paris, the sky is the limit.

www.leonrose.com


Liudmila Rodriguez Silva       Cuba / Switzerland
Instructor

"For me, the art of dance is not only something that can be learned or passed on in the classroom, but it is also an opportunity to give our soul and our feelings a language to touch other people!"

www.liudanza.ch


Luis Solano & Xiomar Rivas       Cali / Colombia
Instructor & Performing Artist

World Champion Salsa Cabaret 2016! 

After more than 10 years to dancing, Kike and Xiomar recently began his artistic career together. They were always soaked this amazing rhythm called Salsa. You could say it's in their blood. Today Xiomar and  Kike are part of the selection of dancers called Colombia "Colombian All stars" A team where only the best are part and most recognized dancers from Colombia.

www.colombianallstars.com


Magna Gopal       New York / USA
Instructor

Magna Gopal is one of the top international performers and instructors in the salsa scene.  She is internationally known for her grace, fluidity and precision on the dance floor, the stage and the classroom.  Originally born in India and raised in Toronto, Canada, she now calls the NY/NJ area home.

www.magnagopal.com


Mambo Ilk       Karlsruhe / Germany
Instructor

www.facebook.com/MAMBOILK/?fref=ts


Mambo Magic       Milano / ITALY
Stargate Artist


MAMBOSKOOL       LYON / FRANCE
Stargate Artist

www.multifaskool.com


Mandela       Portual
Instructor

Mandela, dancer and teacher of African rhythms, share the African culture, travelling around Portugal and throughout the world, displaying their great experience in different rhythms like Kizomba, Semba, Kuduro, Afro-House, Tarraxinha, Kizomba and Semba techniques, Funaná, and Traditional Dances. They also give Workshops, perform show dances and group animation.

www.facebook.com/mandela.nelson.9?fref=ts


Manuel Mascarell & Christina       Spain / Italy
Instructor

The former professional Opera Singer started dancing many years ago, but just for fun. Today he's one of the most booked Salsa Instructor worldwide. He is, also thanks to his professional music education, en excellent pedagogue. He now teaches and dances around the world with his professional dance partner Sabrina Bravi, with swiss roots, since 2009.

www.facebook.com/groups/242734609072120/?fref=ts


Marlon Int'l & Lida       New York / USA / CH
Instructor

Marlon "International" Mills is one of New York's most well-known Salsa dance personalities, having traveled as promoter (NYC Salsa Congress) and dancer (Karisma Dance Company) to many congresses and events in the states, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean. Also, Marlon is a Teaching Artist for the "Dancing Classrooms"...

program, teaching ballroom dance to kids throughout NYC public schools. At our event he will offer us his excellent teaching skills in his workshops.

www.nycsalsacongress.com


Martin Wüthrich       Lugano / Switzerland
Instructor

www.newstyledance.ch


Mijail Galano       Cuba / Switzerland
Instructor

Mijail Galano Mesa, born in Havana Cuba is sonero of heart, salsero and rumbero! Mijail has worked as lead dance teacher for several years muévete in Havana. He teaches Cuban style, structured and adapted without losing our mentality the joy and "sabor cubano"!

www.facebook.com/galanomesa.mijail


Mitchell & Monica       Germany
Instructor & Performing Artist

Mitchell & Monica, together with their Tambó Dance Project whose members are Johnny Rama Hernandez and Gina Abatte stands for true passion for artistry. Rhythm to your body, melody to your soul is not just their motto, it's their lifestyle and that's exactly what they share with their audience. They're known for their humble aproach towards the artform, their impecable style of teaching, their understanding of music and the expresion of it and their love for sharing. Love them or hate them, you'll definitely be moved by them.

www.tambo-project.com/


Nino & Janine       Lausanne / Switzerland
Instructor

Janine and Nino have been dancing together since 2008 and already three years after that they started teaching at the best Salsa school in Lausanne – Salsa y Dulzura. They give courses in Bachata, Kizomba, Salsa, lady’s and men’s style as well as in Zumba. In November 2012, Janine and Nuno reached second place in the Bachata tournament of the Paris Bachata Festival. This qualified them to compete in the European Championship for Bachata – European Stars Bachata 2012 – held in Oslo in December of the same year.

www.salsalausanne.ch


Olorun Dance Company       Brescia / Italy
Instructor & Performing Artist

www.olorun.it


Rayda y Daves       Cuba
Instructor & Performing Artist

www.cuba-rumba.com/


Salsa Olé       Wohlen / Switzerland
Instructor

The dance group of the school SalsaOlé has actually 6 dance couples that share their passion for the dance and cultivate a strong team spirit and friendship. For the 10th anniversary of our Salsafestival they created a special new coreography with love of details and take the chance to perform on an international stage. A show in classic New York Style with great elegance and pure romantic!

www.salsaole.ch


Sara y Alessandro, OLORUN DANCE COMPANY       Brescia / Italy
Stargate Artist

www.olorun.it


Sonja & Keith       Switzerland
Instructor

Sonja Bütikofer is THE expert in Switzerland for Kizomba. She is originally a classic trained professional stage dancer (ballet, dance, show), she is also a passionate tango and salsa dancer. In summer 2008 she met during a short stay in Portugal inferred on Kizomba.

While countless stays in Lisbon and in numerous international festivals she has acquired her knowledge in Kizomba and it continually expands. At the same time she gives it with great devotion to their students and fellow dancers in Switzerland and foreign countries. She is teaching since the summer of 2010 also regularly Kizomba in Zurich.

www.swisskizomba.ch


Stephanie Pfister und Mattias Schweighauser        Basel / Switzerland
Instructor

Matthias & Stephanie lead the Swiss dance school 'Bailamos Salsa'. Since 8 year they dance as a couple and teach with devotion On 1 and On 2.
Both of them performed with different dance teams at parties as well as at international festivals. They are well known for their relaxed way of teaching which is connected with excellent didactics. With a lot of engagement they share their passion with their students attending their classes and workshops.

www.bailamos-salsa.ch


Supermario       London / UK
Instructor

Supermario originates from India but grew-up in London. He is an extremely popular dance teacher, which understands to entertain his followers not only with jokes.

www.salsaclass.tv


Tamambo MC       London / UK
Instructor

Tamambo’s dancing originates from the African/American Rn’B/Hip Hop scene of the 80s. By incorporating his own flavour into the Puerto Rican style Salsa, he promotes what is now recognised around the world as “London Style” Salsa. His influences lie in Flamenco and Contemporary dance, in which his interpretation of the dance has taken a theatrical form.

As one of the world’s top all-round instructors teaching both On1 and On2 and specializing in teaching complex, yet leadable partnerwork routines for the dance floor, he has fast become a very sought after name in Salsa.
In addition, Tamambo’s newly discovered talent back in 2007 was to entertain audiences as the master of ceremony (MC) at many high-profile salsa events around the world. 

www.tamambo.com


Tamba Hissirou       Paris/Nottingham UK
Instructor

One foot in Cuban style, the other in the New York style, Tamba is an exciting Salsa dancer, teacher and performer who is known for his passion, musicality and his great social dancing skills! Smooth but yet fiery, Tamba is looking forward to sharing with you the secrets of his style! 

www.salsache.co.uk/


Terry & Cécile       France
Instructor & Performing Artist

Terry & Cécile live in the city of love, Paris, and share their great passion for the afro-caribbean dances on the most important stages in the world. Beside their passionate and technically outstanding stage productions they’re loved in the scene as extraordinary persons. Their workshops are always full, also for this reason. We’re happy to present this amazing couple exclusively this year at the Salsafestival Switzerland.

www.salsalianza.fr


Tony Pirata       Portugal
Instructor

Born in Portugal from Cap-Verdean parents, Tony Pirata grew up in Lisbon until his family moved to France. He is then 16 and start singing and dancing with an equal passion for Kizomba and Kuduro. A regular act of Paris top Afro-Caribbean clubs, Tony Pirata naturally started teaching in and around Paris where he's well known for his flamboyant style and incredible charisma.

www.facebook.com/tony.piratadeuxiemecompte?fref=ts


Tropical Gem       Milano / Italy
Instructor & Performing Artist

Maybe it was exactly Tropical Gem who put the dance "Salsa" on a professional and uncompromising level in Europe. By the lead of Fernando Sosa and Rafael Gonzalez they created a row of sensation causing choreographies that were always danced with absolutely sharp precision. While at other events they only dance with 2 or 3 couples, in Zurich they will be on stage with all their dancers of their company!

www.tropicalgem.it


Victor Ortega       Zurich / Switzerland
Performing Artist

Bailarico Danceschool, Zurich

www.bailarico.ch/


Yony & Elisa       Basel / Switzerland
Instructor

www.salsarevolucion.com


Zoukessence       Wettingen / SWITZERLAND
Instructor

www.zoukessence.ch