Orlando Salsa Congress

Orlando Salsa Congress

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Marisol Blanco

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Marisol Blanco Marisol Blanco, Master Teacher and graduate of Cuba’s prestigious Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) bachelor dance teacher and The National School of Arts (ENA) professional dancer, teaches Afro-Cuban Folkloric and Popular Dance, as well as, other forms of traditional dance from around the world. Marisol has been a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer for more than 22 years. She has earned popularity for her Rumba classes and special Afro-Cuban learning program, “HPS”. Marisol emphasizes the connection between steps, story, song, percussion, body expression, philosophy, psychology, and technical knowledge in her classes. She creates an environment of support, motivation, creativity, and curiosity, while encouraging her students to reach their full potential in her classroom. She is the owner and director of Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project. Marisol is also a former member of the first female drumming and dance group, Obini-Bata with respective recognition and evaluation from the Cuban National Center of Popular Music as percussion specialist/vocalist master level. She professionally danced in The Cuban National Folkloric Company. She has also successfully completed certificates of Art Performance Management, Ethnology, Social Anthropology and Ethno Choreography. She has traveled to several countries and remains active in both her dance and teaching careers successfully. 

Dance Experience

  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Carnival Miami 2018
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at “AfroOcho Dance Festival”, Miami, FL (2018)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Proyect at “One World Soul of Dance” International Folk Dance Festival, Miami, FL (2018)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at “Dancing with the World” International Folk Dance Festival, Miami, FL (2015-2018)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL (2014-2018)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Miami Salsa Congress, Miami FL (2010-2018)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Carnival Cruise Line, Tampa-Cuban Shows, FL (2018)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at “Afrocuba Miami” (2015-2018)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at events by Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye and Albizu University 50th Anniversary, special recognition in appreciation to support the Role of Woman in the Lukumi Religion, Miami, FL (2016)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at AARP Life @ 50 + conference at Miami Convention Center, Miami, FL, (2015)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at African Diaspora a celebration of dance & music journey of cultural & traditional artistic expression at Adriane Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL (2015)
  • Art Basal exposition and performance, Miami, FL (2015-2016)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Zakafest event at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL (2015-2016)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Colorado – Cuba Arts & Dance Festival at University of Boulder, Colorado (2014)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban dance Project at The Annuals of  New Times Iron Fork, Miami, FL (2014-2016)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Bonjour and Cruises USA Tour in Cuba 8 and Ball and Chain, Miami, FL, (2014-2016)
  • Gulf Coast Folklife Festival, (with Elsequier Torres), Tarpon Spring, FL (2011-2014)
  • National Heritage Fellowship Concert (with Elsequier Torres), Washington, D.C. (2010)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afro-Cuban Dance Project (Concert honoring the ladies in white) at FIU Auditorium, Miami, FL (2010)
  • Ile Ife Dance Company (with Neri Torres), at Haiti Turtle Island (2010), Tampa Dance Festival, FL (2011) and Miami Airport, FL (2012)
  • Mano Santa and Urban Tribal Project (Afro Brazilian Music Group) Miami, FL (2009-2016)
  • Los Herederos (Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music Groups), Miami, FL (2009-2016)
  • TV Channel Cubana de Televisión, Miami, FL (2009-2013)
  • Advanced Entertainment Group, Miami, FL (2009)
  • The first female drumming, singing and dance group in Cuba Obbini Bata (with international and national performances (2002-2008); Folk Company JJ Tourart (2001); The Cuban National Folkloric Company (2000); Company Isadance (1995-1999); Banrrara group (1998); New Pines Group (1990); Cumbaye Group (1989)

Dance Instructor Experience

  • African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL (2014-2018)
  • Master Classes Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Miami Salsa Congress, FL (2010-2018)
  • Master Classes for Boca Raton Community at Creative Heart Dance Studio, Miami, FL (2017-2018)
  • Jazz Festival Afrocuban Master Class at Tekrema Arts Center, Louiciana, New Orleans, (2017)
  • Master Class at MDC Kendall Campus Artistry in Rhythm Dance Conference (AIR Dance), Miami, FL (2017)
  • Master Class at MDC Koubek Center “ Little Habana Social Club, Miami, FL (2017)
  • The Evolution of Dance Performance at Coral Park Senior High School Auditorium with South Miami Middle Community School, as a dance counselor and Afrocuban dance teacher, Miami, FL (2016)
  • Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua Salsa Festival (2015-2016)
  • Gastor Salsa Club Festival, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2014-2015)
  • Master Classes in Pearl Street Studio, Boulder, Colorado; Alpha Midway Studio, Dallas, Texas; Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Yamulee Dance Company, New York (2014-2015)
  • FSU University of Tallahassee and Folk life apprenticeship program, Tallahassee, FL (2013-2015)
  • Lukumi Project, New York (2012-20015)
  • National Zumba Convention, Orlando, FL (2009)
  • Teaching experience Dance Programs in Miami, FL:

(6th St Dance Studio, LuxiFit Dance Studio, Free Soul Dance Studio, Salsa Lover’s Dance Studio, Dance Art and Fitness Studio (DAF), Fusion Dance Studio, Pan Studio, La Fortuna, The Barnyard, Art 4Learning, The Motivational Edge, The Shimmy Club, Link Company, San Thomas University, Barry University-Carnival Art Program, Miami Art Museum, Jose Marti Park, Elizabeth Virrick Park, Henderson Park, River Side Park to the Recreation Department of Miami City, Thomas A. Edison Educational Center, (2008- 2018)

  • Music Agency Antonio Maria Romeo, Dance Courses, Havana, Cuba (2003-2005)
  • Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), Miami, FL (2012); Zumba Fitness Certification Instructor Level, Miami, FL (2009); Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) bachelor degrees, Artistic Learning Center Sampedrano (CENSEA) associate degrees, and The National School of Arts (ENA) professional degrees, Havana, Cuba (1992- 2002)

Awards

  • Winner of the Knights Arts Challenge Awards Corinna Moebius names Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project beneficiary of the grant to perform her “AfroOcho Dance Festival” 2018 in Little Havana 
  • Best Choreography Award 7th Annual “Dancing with the world” International Folk Dance Festival, Miami, FL (2017)
  • “Afrocuba Miami” 2017 award by Yoruba Cultural Association U.S.A in recognition for performance and choreographic work (2015-2017)
  • Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye and Albizu University 50th Anniversary, special recognition award in appreciation to support the Role of Woman in the Lukumi Religion, Miami, FL (2016)
  • Special recognition award in appreciation to support the 2nd Annual Angeles Reach Foundation Benefic Concert and Art Auction to benefit children with autism, Miami, FL (2015)
  • Adupe Agba award by Oloshas United of Miami in recognition for performance and choreographic work, Miami, FL (2015-2016)
  • Special Jury Award 5th Annual “Dancing with the world” International Folk Dance Festival, Miami, FL (2015)
  • City of Havana Cultural Community Centers recognition award for instructor seminars, (2006)
  • 8th World Annual Congress of Orisha Tradition and Culture first place award for choreographic work, Havana (2003)
  • 13th Annual Elsinor Festival of Theater and Dance Superior Art Institute Scenic Arts Faculty first place award for choreography, Second place for investigative work and Honor Student award, Havana (1999)
  • Folk’ Havana Festival’96 Second Dance and Song Contest first place award by the Center for Community Culture City of Havana, (1996)
  • First Scientific Workshop “Between Cubans” award by Office of the Historian in Havana, (1996)

Performance Publications and Accolades

  • Diario las Americas photo used as an icon to represent Miami on the article titled “Cuban/US Lukumi religion recognition and empowerment” 2017
  • Miami New Times Magazine photo/article 2014/2016
  • DAS Magazine photo/article 2015
  • National Geographic Magazine photo/article 2010
  • Miamissimo Magazine photo/article 2008
  • Miami Metro Magazine photo/article 2008
  • New Herald photo/article 2008

Contact Information:

Phone: 786-278-8828                

Email: marisolblancoobakeyesi@gmail.com 

Web page: marisolblanco.com

YouTube videos: Marisol Blanco & Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project

Orlando Salsa Congress Fashion

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[dropcap size=”250%”]I[/dropcap]f you’ve attended the Orlando Congress in previous years, or you’ve seen photos from previous years, then you know that the “outfits” portion of the planning is not taken lightly.  If you wait to pack for this trip like you would any other congress or salsa event, you’re going to be sorry.

Because there’s so much to do (The Video, Workshops, Night Parties) while in Orlando at the Congress, one must be prepared for all potential activities.  While this makes shopping and packing a terrifying prospect, it also can be loads of fun.

The Congress environment allows people to feel uninhibited & detached enough from ordinary life to wear things that might normally be considered outside their fashion repertoire.

Embrace this!

Fit is key.  Dress for your body structure.  Make sure your body structure can welcome what you’re going to want to wear.  Want some tips on how to get your body … structured?  Check out our Nutrition and Exercise tips.

And color.  Lots of color.  Remember, this is FLORIDA in the height of summertime… not NY or Chicago in the winter.  Let go of the blacks & browns & grays.  Break out the blue.  Break out the white.  Throw a touch of red in there & you’ll have your 4th of July theme all wrapped up… subtly.


Special Note:  The amount of red pants that were worn by men at Salsa Congresses in 2012 may mean you have pass on wearing those again this year. /justsayin’

The Hilton Orlando

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The Spectacular Hilton Orlando

The Spectacular Hilton Orlando

[dropcap size=”220%”]P[/dropcap]eople always ask “What hotel are we in this year?!?” Seems to us like it’s always a surprise, and you know, we kinda get all excited all over again. This year, we’re in the Hilton Orlando, just off of International Drive, in the heart of everything Orlando.

We had some good times in this hotel. Remember when we filmed OMG? It was here. One reason we love this hotel is how close it is to everything. Food, convenience stores, highways, airport, malls, Orlando attractions… it’s all within a few minutes from the hotel.

We already know you had a great time here, and we know you’re going to have a great time this year.

Check out the map below, if you plan on driving, click on Get Directions to start planning your drive.

 

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Price: XXXX per night
Address: 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: +1-407-313-4300
Hotel class: 4 stars
What about hotel reviews? Right here
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Flying to Orlando

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We like to use Kayak.com to search for flights. It’s quick and simple.

Here’s some important information for your flight search:

  • What dates should we fly?
    • You’ll want to arrive for the Thursday pre-party, so we recommend flying in on Thursday, July 4th, 2013, preferably arrive in the early afternoon. Before 5pm should be nice.
    • Flying back home is probably best on Monday, July 8th, 2013. We’ll be filming the Video, probably on Sunday, and screening on Sunday night. And since you’ll be in the video, you’ll want to leave on Monday.
  • What City are we going to?
    • Orlando, Florida
  • What State?
    • Umm………^
  • Ok, what’s the Airport Code?
    • MCO
  • Can I fly into another airport?
    • Sure, Tampa, airport code TPA, is a 90 minute drive. It’s also, coincidentally, 90 miles away. Which means if you are walking, it’s going to take you, according to Google Maps, 30 hours to arrive.
    • Trust us, we HIGHLY recommend flying into MCO.
  • How long is the flight?
    • Derp.
  • Do they serve peanuts on the flight?
    • Purple.
  • How do we get from the airport to the hotel?
    • Here are a few examples of transportation prices:
      • Taxi: $40
      • Bus: $1.50
      • Limo: $85
      • Rental Car: depends
      • Super Shuttle: $35
  • How do we get back to the airport from the hotel?
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The Canary

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Mambo Swing Orchestra

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Hotel Room Entertainment

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