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Song: “BS Mambo” by Salsón May the 4th be with you! It was a lot of fun putting together our latest salsa video– and also a lot of work! We filmed the video at the Algodones Sand Dunes two hours east of San Diego, where some of the scenes from Return of the Jedi and …

Song: “Tu Con El” by Frankie Ruiz When Imaan Taghavi from the Omni Movement approached us about doing a collab, we quickly landed on the idea of doing a trio– two leads dancing with one follow. For the story we decided on two suitors competing for the attention of the same woman. The classic salsa …

Song: “Indestructible” by Diego El Cigala I’ve been in love with Colombian salsa since I first saw it performed on stage at the SF Salsa Congress in 2010. The incredibly fast footwork of Colombian-style salsa just captures the energy of high-tempo salsa songs in a way that other styles can’t match. My favorite Colombian couple …

Song: “Aguanile” by Héctor Lavoe & Willie Colón 2020 was not an easy year to say the least, and it was an especially difficult time being a salsa dancer, with global lockdowns and restrictions virtually shutting down all dance studios and venues, no salsa congresses and festivals, and no social dancing. But 2020 also brought …

Song: “Así Así ” by Poncho Sanchez When Dalia heard that I was visiting Mexico in November, she recommended that I visit her hometown of Oaxaca. She was back in Oaxaca during that time due to the pandemic, and promised to show me around her city, so I added Oaxaca to my itinerary. I’d been …

Song: “Recuerdame” by Gabriel C “Coco” is one of the most original films from Disney/Pixar in recent years, and the main theme song “Remember Me” (“Recuerdame” in Spanish) is as memorable as it is poignant. I was first introduced the salsa version of the song (by the talented Gabriel C) by one of my students. …

Song: “Fragilidad” by Sanmera Having lived in the SF Bay Area now for over 15 years I’ve been through a number of wildfires, but nothing like what we saw this year in 2020. A freak lightning storm started while we were filming our Bay Bridge video and smoke choked the air in the Bay Area …

Song: “Oh Qué Será?” by Willie Colón The initial concept behind this video was pretty simple– we wanted to shoot something at night. Eventually we landed on the classic salsa song “Oh Qué Será” by Willie Colón as the song we wanted to use for the project. The old school song made us immediately think …

Song: “Échale Madera” by DJ Ricky Campanelli When people think of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is typically one of the first images that comes to mind, but for me the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge holds a special place in my heart. I still have a vivid memory of when I first crossed the …