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World Games Cali 2013, Salsa approved as official sport!

Una alta valoración de la dirigencia del deporte mundial recibieron los delegados de Colombia en la reunión anual de federaciones deportivas internacionales, realizada en Dubai, en el marco de la Convención Internacional Sportaccord con la presencia de más de 1500 delegados entre empresarios y personalidades del deporte y la política de todo el universo.
 
En el capítulo central de la exposición de Pascual Guerrero, presidente ejecutivo de los juegos de Cali, señaló que “las justas del 2013, serán la herramienta principal para realizar una campaña mundial para la protección del medio ambiente, con base en elementos que se articulan con el slogan de las justas mundiales y que se enmarcan por el juego limpio al planeta, en un ámbito general señalado por el papel que debe cumplir el deporte como agente de cambio social en el mundo”, proposición que fue admitida con entusiasmo en la plenaria mundial del deporte.
 
Otra ponencia a desarrollar, avalada en este congreso mundial, fue la incorporación de la tecnología a utilizar en los sucesos de la cita mundialista, denominado la “Luz de los Juegos” como símbolo del fuego olímpico, con rayos láser, que recorrerán espectacularmente, vía satélite, las sedes de juegos mundiales anteriores, empezando en Santa Clara, (EEUU) primera sede mundialista en 1981 y finalizando su recorrido en la inauguración en Cali el 24 de julio del 2013.
 
La comitiva nacional contó con un stand promocional, atendido con información y material publicitario, durante 6 días, por la Secretaria General y por el tesorero de juegos, Ana Lucia Tenorio y Wiliam Bieller, respectivamente, siendo el punto de encuentro de empresarios interesados en vincularse a los World Games Cali 2013,  en áreas como manejo de imagen, iluminación, logística, etc. Igualmente fue el lugar operativo del director general el doctor José Luis Echeverry, para formalizar personalmente, con las 26 federaciones internacionales, los requerimientos técnicos y generales, además de aspectos diversos en la ruta organizativa  hacia los juegos en Cali.
 

 

La salsa, deporte en Juegos Mundiales

 
Muchas noticias, todas ellas positivas, trajeron los dirigentes Pascual Guerrero, José Luis Echeverry, William Bieler y Ana Lucía Tenorio quienes estuvieron en Dubai, Emiratos Árabes Unidos, donde se llevó a cabo la convención internacional de Sport Accord, algo así como el congreso de todas las federaciones deportivas internacionales, así como de los comités olímpicos nacionales.

 

De las 31 federaciones internacionales que tendrán deportes en los Juegos Mundiales 2013, 28 se hicieron presentes en el stand que, a nombre de Colombia, llevaron los dirigentes del Valle.

 

Aceptación
Por cuestiones de agenda, se quedaron sin visitar el stand los representantes de las federaciones de pesas potencia, natación con aletas y fútbol sala.


Pero los demás estuvieron muy interesados en conocer aspectos relacionados con el país, con Cali y con los escenarios escogidos para las competencias.


En ese sentido se confirmó que el 21 y 22 de agosto del presente año estarán en Cali los representantes de 32 federaciones internacionales a fin de evaluar aspectos como escenarios, transporte, hospedaje, alimentación y muchos aspectos más.


De otro lado se conoció que la salsa será deporte de los Juegos Mundiales y otorgará medallas al igual que las demás disciplinas. Ese fue un triunfo de la dirigencia pues antes de la reunión se había determinado que fuera deporte, pero sin medallas.


También se confirmó que el patinaje tendrá competencias en ruta cuando sólo comprendías pruebas en pista.

 

Cubavera and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez Host Guayabera Day 2009

MIAMI--(Business Wire)--

Cubavera, a member of the Perry Ellis International, family of brands, announced its co-sponsorship of Guayabera Day 2009 with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez. "I am thrilled to recognize Perry Ellis International for their contributions to the apparel industry and philanthropic efforts. The guayabera is symbolic of our community. It reflects our Hispanic heritage and embraces our American lifestyle," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. The menswear brand, renowned for translating the mood and vibrancy of the Latin lifestyle into modern styles popular with cross-cultural consumers, is proud to honor its signature influence while itself being honored: Chairman and CEO George Feldenkreis, who has been referred to as the "Guayabera King," was on hand to receive a countywide proclamation celebrating the 29th anniversary of the original Guayabera Day. "While I am honored to be receiving the county proclamation, this day belongs to the greater Miami community. The guayabera is a symbol of Latin heritage, and the fact that it is now worn by such a diverse mix of people illustrates the integration of Hispanic immigrants into this very welcoming host country," commented Mr. Feldenkreis. "As a leader in Latin-inspired apparel, Perry Ellis International remains very close to this culturally rich group, and I am very proud as both a Cuban and resident of this great city to take part in this special celebration." The festivities, which come on the heels of the opening of the first Cubavera store in the U.S. at Miami International Airport, took place on July 1st, 2009 at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 11 NW 1st Street in downtown Miami at 9:30 a.m. Guayabera exhibits and giveaways, Salsa and Cha Cha Cha dancers from the World Salsa Federation and International Dance Studio set the scene for the attendees,including celebrity guests and county commissioners. Mayte Padron of WPLG Channel 10 will preside as master of ceremony, highlighting the brand`s close ties to Latin music and Miami culture.

See the interview with CEO and Exec. Vice President of Perry Ellis and the Crazy Gringo on GringoTV


Mega TV’s ‘Dimelo Bailando’ Completes First Season and Announces Winning Dance Couple

Miami, FL--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--May 25, 2006--“Dimelo Bailando”, Mega TV’s inspiring televised dance competition, which aired Monday through Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. on Channel 22, completed its first season [yesterday] with an electrifying two-hour season finale. Hosted by Nadia Rowinsky, the entire first season of “Dimelo Bailando” delighted Mega TV viewers with 11 weeks of excitement, passion, originality, competition and entertainment.

After two hours of intense competition in yesterday’s exciting finale, Laura and Isaac Altman were announced as the winners after wowing the audience and judges with their artistic dance rendition of the “Grease mix” song. Colombian-born Laura Altman, 35, and her American husband, Isaac, 56, have a dance academy in Miami where they spend a significant amount of time teaching the art of dance. Laura and Isaac not only received a cash prize of $5,000, but also earned the respect and approval of the dance-infused audience.

During the season finale all competitors danced at a Mega TV stage located at the Dolphin Mall and were judged by a jury comprised of: Panamanian singer and dancer, Erika Ender; professional Cuban dancer, Rudi Sanchez; and the multi-talented comedian and dancer, Juan Alba, from Spain. Dance fans also helped judges with their “dedito pa riba” (2 thumbs up) and their “dedito pa bajo” (2 thumbs down), to choose the best dancers.

Also, in attendance for the “Dimelo Bailando” finale was the famous singing Salsa group, N’Klabe. The group’s guest appearance at the finale caused a hearty uproar from the audience as the group performed its best known hits.

Don’t miss “Dimelo Bailando” next season, coming soon only on Mega TV Channel 22.

About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is the largest publicly traded Hispanic-controlled media and entertainment company in the United States. SBS owns and operates 20 radio stations located in the top Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, including the #1 Spanish–language radio station in America, WSKQ-FM in New York City, as well as 3 of the Top 4 rated radio stations airing the Tropical, Regional Mexican, Spanish Adult Contemporary and Hurban format genres and the highest billing Latino-formatted stations in each of the three largest U.S. Hispanic markets. The Company also owns and operates Mega TV, a television operation serving the South Florida market, and produces live concerts and events throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, In addition, the Company operates LaMusica.com, a bilingual Spanish-English online site providing content related to Latin music, entertainment, news and culture.

From the Miami Herald - El Nuevo Herald - May 26, 2006

FINAL DE BAILE

El miercoles tuvo lugar en el Dolphin Mall la gran final de “Dimelo Bailando”, el programa de concursos del Canal 22-WSBS/Mega TV, despues de 11 semanas en las que desfilaron decenas de bailarines de diferentes estilos, edades y nacionalidades. La conductora Nadia Rowinsky y el disk-jockey Jammin Johnny Caride anunciaron a la pareja ganadora: Isaac Altman, norteamericano de 57 años y Laura Altman, colombiana de 35. El jurado estuvo compuesto por la cantante y bailarina panameña Erika Ender, el bailarin  y coreografo cubano Rudy Sanchez y el danzador, presentador y comediante español Juna de Alba. Esten atentos a la convocatoria para una nueva temporada de “Dimelo Bailando”

How NOT to Choreograph a Salsa Routine

BY SALSAFIX.COM

Use a Non Salsa Intro
Everyone at a salsa congress is expecting to see salsa dancing. But the clever dance company can use this fact to its advantage by starting off their routine with a dance form other than salsa. It doesn’t matter what form you choose, as long as it’s not salsa. The main goal here is to surprise the audience by moving away from their expectations.  For instance, you could take the stage, but instead of dancing salsa, you could start dancing hip hop. No one would expect that. So, when they saw it, the audience would be intrigued. By capturing their interest early, you increase your chances of making a memorable routine.  After all, this is a salsa congress – so why on earth would the people want you to just dance salsa? If you want to be memorable, go against the grain and start off with something that no one will be expecting. Once you have their attention, then spring the trap and transition to the salsa.  Be warned – audiences are easily confused. So, when you are making the transition from, say, Hip Hop to Salsa, make sure to make the transition as abrasive as possible. That way, everyone will understand that this is now the salsa part, and that the stuff that happened prior to it was totally unrelated.  Not only is this a very clever way to catch the audience’s attention, it has the added benefit of clearly demonstrating salsa’s superiority to the aforementioned dance form. Promoting one’s art at the expense of another’s is a time honored method of advancement. Therefore it is highly recommended.
Fill at least half of the routine with shines
People dance with partners every day. It’s pretty much all that goes on at the clubs. So, don’t bore the audience by showing them what they are used to. Instead, try to fill your routine with at least 50% shines.  This should seem obvious to most people, but a lot of people do not understand the importance of appropriating an adequate amount of space in a routine for shines. However, with a little reflection, the necessity of this becomes self evident.  After all, what would you rather do? Watch two people dancing together, or see a them jumping up and down and snapping their feet? There is a reason that River dance is the worldwide phenomenon that it is. And, if salsa wants to go to the next level, we would be wise to try to understand it.
Be Unique at All Costs
There are a lot of no-no’s in salsa dancing, but the one thing that is never done is copying someone else’s routine. There is an unwritten rule that once someone has taken an idea, that is their property, and others should stay away. That’s why you don’t see people copying ideas like the Matrix. Or Clowns. Or Mimes.
You get the idea.  Luckily, there is a simple formula for finding good theme ideas. Simply ask yourself this question: What HASN’T been done yet? The answer to that question is your theme! I know… it sounds too simple to work. And yet, this is the question that has been driving the “cutting edge” of salsa choreography for years now.  What hasn’t been done?  It’s such an easy question to ask… and yet, who really knows the answer? We’ve seen salsa, salsa, salsa, salsa, clown salsa, old lady salsa, old man salsa, nurse salsa, soldier salsa… you get the idea. Almost every idea that can be done, has been done. And sooner or later, someone will do the rest. I’m surprised I haven’t seen the Osama vs. Saddam on 2 shine battle yet.  The point is, it’s not that important that the theme is good. What is important is that the theme is unique. And that it’s yours. After all, why in the world would you want to go out and just dance salsa, when you could be the person who brings the world all-male-drag-Rueda?
Use Transitions and Special Effects
One of salsa’s dirty little secrets is that most of the good music was made decades ago. As a result, people have heard every good salsa song there is. A hundred times. As the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt. Therefore, by using well known, hard hitting songs in your routine, you risk boring your audience to death.
Luckily, modern technology can free the choreographer from the bonds of classical arrangements. With just a little bit of training, the enterprising choreographer can use sound editing tools to trim, blend and splice their songs to create the perfect song for a given routine.
Not only does this help to tailor the music to the routine, it also breathes new life into long dead songs. After all, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz may have had something in mind when they decided to record a song a certain way, but times have changed, and in order for the music to remain relevant, it is critical that the music change with the times.  A survey of current industry best practices suggests that the trend is to take the fastest mambo parts of several different songs, and blend them together, using various special effects to mask the transitions. Good choices for the transition effects include transformer sounds, machine noises, and sound bites from popular films.

Rip Changes
If you really want to score big points with the audience, make sure to perform a costume change on stage while you are performing. Known within the industry as a rip-change, this consists of one or more performers wearing a bulky costume that looks impossible to dance in, and then having someone rip it off them.  This is a jolt to the audience and makes them sit up in their seats and say, “Wow!”  The keys to a successful rip changes are bulk and speed. The more bulky the initial costume, the greater the shock when the rip change occurs. Therefore, strive to make the starting costume as big as possible.  The speed of the change is also important. The change must occur in one fell rip. So make sure that there are no obstacles in the way. What you cannot afford is for the costume to get caught during the transition.  Rip changes are costly to implement and difficult to execute. Therefore, they are the domain of the serious contenders only. But, for those select groups wanting to really wow ‘em, this is practically a given.
Size Matters
One of the biggest mistakes currently being made is the inability of a dance company to find a suitable number of dancers to take the stage. Size matters, especially at a salsa congress. Therefore, every effort should be made in order to find suitable numbers of dancers for a given performance.  The rule is that for every 3 square feet of dance space, you should have at least one dancer. On a 30x60 stage, you would have 1800 square feet of dance floor. Therefore, the optimal number of dancers would be 600.  A review of the most recent congress performances indicates that, although no one quite hit this number, there were several groups that were approaching stage optimum. Hopefully, as we move forward, this trend will increase, so that we can begin to see the true potential of the stage fully exploited.
Length Matters
Face it. These people didn’t travel thousands of miles to see some short two minute routine. There is a reason that Titanic is the biggest grossing movie of all time. It’s because Titanic was an epic. And if you want to achieve the same kind of success, you should strive to make your routine an epic as well.  I know that it may sound like a daunting task. Many a Broadway choreographer would shudder at the idea of choreographing a 10 minute dance segment. But a quick look around will tell you that in reality, no skill is really necessary. There are literally dozens of dance troupes doing it all the time. Anyone can do it. All you really need is a really long song, and a heartfelt desire to step out on that stage.
After all, isn’t that what the audience is really looking for? If you have those two vital components, the audience will forgive you anything. Forget timing. Forget technique. Forget continuity. All of those things are nice. But what really counts is Sabor. Passion. And a really long song.
The Formula for Success
So, what is the optimal structure for success? After exhaustive research, the following formula was arrived at:
1. Using the optimal number of dancers (LxW / 3)
2. Start out with a non salsa music intro (Hip Hop, Skit, Etc)
3. Drag the intro out for 2 - 3 ½ minutes.
4. Use a Sound Effect Transition
5. Execute the Shine portion of the routine for 5-6 minutes
6. Use another Sound Effect Transition
7. Execute a Quick Costume Rip - Change
8. Execute salsa routine for 1-1½ minutes
9. Make sure to switch between several songs during the routine as outlined above.
Stick to these guidelines, and watch your group pull away from the crowd!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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