2005 Puerto Rico Salsa Congress
posted August 9, 2005
Ever since the Chicago Congreso, my newly made Salsa friends and I agreed
we had the time of our lives and wanted to continue to share in this
Congresso delight. We decided to look at the Congresso schedule, and
a tropical paradise in Puerto Rico looked very inviting. So we were
That week there was a flurry of activity starting in the bitter cold
of February from making reservations at the Wyndham Resort and Casino
where the Congreso was held, to researching things to do while on the
island. We checked in with each other periodically to discuss each person's
project and to offer any help. We reminded each other of how many weeks,
days, then hours we had until our trip. Cindy Wright was very helpful
along with her sister Suzanne and brother-in-law Chris, who traveled
to San Juan on vacation.
My trip started off a little rocky with a 7-hour delay, along with my
luggage lost. But, it could only get better. And besides, having friends
my size helped. They were generous in loaning me their clothing until
my luggage was located. My luggage was found the next day.
I took many classes, starting with basic all the way to advanced. I
noticed their advanced level is very advanced. Some of my instructors
were Milton Cobo, Sekou McMiller, Seve and Mouaze, Patrick & Vanessa,
and Barbie Novoryta offering a Ladies Styling class. I loved the Cha
Cha Cha class offered by the Palladium Legends. The instructors were
very experienced. The class was given in Spanish, so it was a test of
my Spanish ability. The instructors were very patient; the classes consisted
of about 50 students, and all were eager to apply what they learned
during the day to show off that evening.
Standing room only, many were not allowed in due to the crowding issue.
The performances were outstanding, very creative. Some of the acts that
stood out in my mind were a group from Philadelphia with a motorcycle
theme wearing black and white sexy costumes along with sounds of engines,
but, it went along with a Salsa theme. Another was a Green Acres theme
with the dancers dressed as if they were on a farm. At the beginning
I thought how would they pull this off, then they delivered and had
the crowd roaring!
The Grand Ball
There was a grand ball each evening. I had to ask myself, am I at the
performance or at the Grand Ball? The dancers were so outstanding! Women
were doing 5 to 6 spins at a time, and the men were dancing as if they
were on ice. Onlookers commented they felt intimidated to dance with
the crowd. But, later everyone of all skill levels were on the dance
Believe it not, I went to the local clubs also. We went to New YorRico,
The Pool Hall, and Club Rumba. Each had an outstanding live Salsa band.
Patricia Feliciano told me the food was great and to try the seafood
since it is inexpensive compare to Indy. Gerardo Becerra told me to
try the Asopao and to have as many Piña Coladas as I could take.
I tried it all. The restaurant staff was very accommodating. The food
was unlike any I've had in the Midwest.
The week was such a remarkable and unforgettable experience! I formed
relationships from Salsas (os) from all over the world. I ate a lot;
did not sleep much. I hope with all the dancing I lost the weight I
might have gained from partaking of all the delicious food.
I highly recommend the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress to everyone. Now I'm
in the planning stage of the 2006 Congreso.
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