Chicago International Salsa Congress

February 15, 2012 10:05:27 AM PST
It's a salsa extravaganza, and we don't mean the kind you eat! The Chicago International Salsa Congress is back in town this weekend for four nights and three days of non-stop excitement.

Salsa enthusiasts will get a chance to choose from dozens of workshops, dance productions and live entertainment. And no worries, you don't have to be a professional, there are instructors for all levels of Latin Dance. But today, we get to enjoy a performance by some of the top dancers from around the world!


Carolina Rincon and Chris Rios are two of the principle dancers of Chicago's Gifted Souls Dance Company. The couple has trained and performed under the direction of Gifted Soul's Artistic Director, Rocky Quinones. This will be their fifth year performing in the Chicago International Salsa Congress.

Brandon Segovia (age 19) and Serena Pav (18) are celebrating their 10th year performing at the Chicago International Salsa Congress! They have been dancing together for eleven years and are performing a dance number debuted at the World Salsa Championships in Puerto Rico, where they came in second place.

Both couples -- along with dozens of other top dancers from around the world -- will be performing in nightly Dance Showcases offered during the Chicago International Salsa Congress Feb 16 thru Feb 19 at Westin-O'Hare.


Chicago's hottest wintertime tradition is back February 16-19, 2012 as the Chicago International Salsa Congress merges world-class dancers, musicians, performers and dance instructors for four sizzling, non-stop days and nights of top Latin, Afro-Caribbean and Cuban-fused dance and music.

Now in its 11th year, the event draws well over 2,500 each day. From daily classes and workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ranging from beginners to intermediate and advanced instruction, to nightly dance showcases by top-ranked dance pros, followed by nightly concerts by renowned Latin music artists featuring open dancing, the beat remains red-hot and sultry long into the night.

This 4-day Salsa immersion extravaganza begins 8:30 p.m. Thursday February 16 and continues through Sunday evening, February 19 at the Westin O'Hare, 6100 West River Road, Rosemont, Illinois. Admission varies and ranges from a Dance Showcase/Concert Package at $25, a 1-day pass to all Dance Workshops (classes run 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) for $99, to a complete 4 Day/3 Night all inclusive plan at $329. For the 11h Annual Chicago International Salsa Congress complete schedule and admission plans visit