Chicago International Salsa Congress

February 12, 2010 10:08:00 AM PST
Put some heat into your Valentine's Weekend by dancing to the Afro-Latin beat at the Chicago International Salsa Congress. It's the 9th year for this upbeat convention featuring workshops and performances by the world's best Latin Dancers. You can learn traditional Salsa, Mambo and cha-cha, along with fitness routines including Zumba, Tae Bo Mambo and Salsarobics."You won't want to miss this wintertime tradition, says organizer Rosita Ragin. "It's the perfect opportunity to learn how to dance or spice up your dance technique while enjoying the hottest Salsa musicians on the planet all in one fabulous winter weekend!"

CISC is being held through Sunday at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Live music all weekend long: on Friday night, the Edwin Bonilla y su Orquesta from Miami will be featured; on Saturday Julito Alvarado y Del Sur al Norte and Nino Segarra from Puerto Rico; and on Sunday, Jose Alberto "El Canario" y su Orquesta from Puerto Rico.
  • Special appearance on Sunday by Anissa Gathers, the star of "Celia el Musical: the Life and Music of Celia Cruz," coming to Chicago March 18-21 at the Athenaeum Theatre.
  • Dance Workshops: Every day from 9:30 am to 4 pm.. Learn Salsa, mambo, tricks and lifts, ladies styling, partner work, cha-cha-cha, rueda casino, Cuban rumba, hip-hop salsa, bomba y plena, to Salsarobics, Tae Bo Mambo and Zumba. Over 60 workshops taught at all levels and featuring everything you ever wanted to know about Afro-Latin rhythms and dance under one roof.
  • Healthy Lifestyles Workshops: alternates fun dance and fitness workshops with stay healthy/get healthy presentations. Meet real doctors and learn first hand healthy tips, sports medicine, treatment for minor injuries, healthy diet, diabetes prevention and management. Free admission to the Healthy Lifestyles Workshops.
  • Dance showcase: Don't miss even one of the 7Spectacular dance shows! The Emerging Artist Matinee show features rising star performers on stage with professional performers. Each evening's Salsa & Mambo Star Studded Showcase on the main stage is an extravaganza.
  • Special guest CISC disc jockeys who keep the music vibe going in the event open spaces, vendor area, workshops and ballrooms - non stop action day and night! 4 fabulous nights and 3 jam-packed days of cultural immersion, outstanding Latin music and dance. Expand your world view like never before!
  • Vendors: Take home "impossible to find" treasures of dance and workout apparel, shoes, instruction videos, CDs, DVDs, jewelry, artwork, accessories, health care and beauty products from an array of CISC vendors.
  • The Westin O'Hare is offering a special room rate of only $115 per night, so you can play in the indoor swimming pool, work out in the gym, shoot hoops, get a stress reducing massage or just sleep-in the Westin's "heavenly beds.

    For schedule of events and tickets, visit . Night Tickets ($10 off in advance) are also available at Disco City, Lily's Record Shop, LaQuebrada Restaurant and Latin Rhythms Dance Studio.

  • Chicago International Salsa Congress
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    Westin O'Hare
    6100 North River Road, Rosemont