Top 10 Salsa Competitions in the World


If you’ve ever wondered how some of the most famous Salsa dancers made their way to the top, these are some of the platforms that enabled them to distinguish themselves on the dance floor. The following list names 10 of the most renowned salsa competitions all over the world.

World Latin Dance Cup

Started by Albert Torres in 2010, the first WLDC was held in San Diego. The competition moved to many different cities over the years and finally ended up in Medellin, Colombia, in 2019.

Besides Salsa, this competition includes Bachata, Cumbia, and Cha Cha Cha divisions. The WLDC 2021 was held online due to Covid-19. Organizers have announced that the WLDC 2022 will be held in-person again in Medellin.

World Salsa Summit

This competition was started by Nelson Flores, Billy Fajardo, and Katie Marlow in 2013. It has always been held at the DoubleTree Miami Airport.

It is scheduled to take place again in January 2022 with over 50 divisions in the competition.

World Salsa Open

This competition was started in 2002 and has been taking place in Puerto Rico every year. It was last scheduled for July 2020 in Milan, Italy. The Covid-19 restrictions have made it uncertain when or where the event will take place again.

An interesting part about this competition is that the dancers compete to music being played by live bands in certain divisions. They pick one song and each couple has to dance to it.

WSF World Salsa Championships

Organized by the founders of the World Salsa Federation, Isaac and Laura Altman, this competition series first took place in 2002 in Miami. It is an annual event as well that featured 13 divisions to compete in.

Euroson Latino World Salsa Championships

Now taking place in Hotel Grand Oasis Cancun, Mexico, this world salsa championship was started in 2009 in Puebla, Mexico. It is scheduled to take place in December 2021. There are several categories for Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and Cha cha cha.

World Salsa Championships

Started by Albert Torres and the ‘Salsa Seven’ in 2005, this competition was last held in 2009 before it ceased operations due to financial difficulties. It was revived by the World Dance Group in 2016. It is now held every 4 years. However, it couldn’t take place in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This event is notable because it was broadcast on ESPN each time it took place. It also included group categories such as Rueda de Casino.

Cali World Salsa Festival

This festival was started in 2005 in Cali, Colombia, which is one of the most popular Salsa destinations. In order to attract tens of thousands of attendees, the festival hosts salsa competitions as its main attraction. If you want to compete in the Salsa Calena style, this is probably one of the biggest stages for you to be on.

Fusion Salsa Fest

Featuring Eddie Torres and Griselle Ponce, the Fusion competitions have been taking place annually in Mexico since 2011. It is scheduled to take place again in October 2021. This competition includes categories in Bachata and Kizomba as well.

Salsanama

Founded by Fernando Sosa, this competition series includes individual qualifier rounds in several countries and the top dancers get to compete in the finals held in Italy every year.

This is a unique style of competition because the competitors don’t get to do rehearsed couples routines. Instead, this is a salsa shines battle where the competitors flaunt their best dance moves in a faceoff.

World Salsa Masters

This competition series took place as part of the Madrid Salsa Festival in 2014 and 2015. The competitors included 10 of the most world renowned salsa couples hailing from 9 different countries and the top prize included 7000 euros!

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