MEET INCREDIBLE ARTISTS FROM AUSTRALIA AND OVERSEAS
The Sydney Salsa & Mambo Convention is a brand new event like no other in Australia. Born from a passion for Salsa and Mambo, It will bring back the vibe of the Sydney Salsa Congress days and fuse it with the sophisticated feeling of NYC Palladium.
This 3-day and 3-night event will bring together some of the most iconic dancers in Australia and overseas, who have been hand-picked to give you an amazing experience. With an approach that goes beyond dancing, the SSMC invites you to learn about the history of Salsa and Mambo whilst you enjoy a whole weekend of workshops, live concerts, parties and shows where the roots and traditions of these dance styles meet the flair of modern dancing.
Salseros and Mamberos out there, you can’t miss this event!
Artia & Madalyn
From Melbourne & Brisbane
Artia and Madalyn are two of Australia’s well-respected artists who have achieved national and international success as Soloists. They each have their own unique style but together these two bring something new to the table.
They are known for their high energy workshops, for their flavour, groove, their ability to express subtlety, technique and body movement in their one of a kind shows. These two are also Salsa-maniacs on the social floor.
A&M exude more flavour than a Vegemite sandwich, more strength than Roger the Kangaroo, more moves than Australian politicians, and more good looks than Brangelina. They’re like the human Salsa version of Batman and Robin, but with tighter costumes and a more enticing connection!
Arturo was born in Mexico and raised in California Los Angeles, from Cuban and French heritage.
His love for dance started at a young age with a strong influence from his mother who had a professional dance career in Cabaret and Jazz. He started dance classes at eight years of age and has done everything from Musicals in America to dancing alongside Ricky Martin and Shakira to teaching with his own style and flavour all around the world.
Several times Australian Champion and finalist at the World Salsa Summit and World Latin Dance Cup, aka “The bad boy of Salsa”, Arturo has been creating controversy with his original vision of dancing, his very particular costumes, high heels and dance styles.
Debby’s passion for Salsa, Mambo and other Latin dance styles has spanned for over 24 years. She established one of the first Latin Dance Schools in Queensland and has travelled the world sharing her love for dancing. Aka DJ Debelicious, she has also developed into a great DJ, making sure to keep the dance floor going all night long.
Elysia Baker is the current Australian Salsa & Latin Champion and ranked 2nd in the world in the professional Cha Cha at the World Salsa Summit, USA. A former ballet dancer, Elysia fell in love with Salsa over 10 years ago and never looked back. She has worked her way up to be recognised as one of the industry’s most respected artists. Elysia travels frequently to continue learning from some of the industry’s icons, along with competing, performing and teaching at events both nationally and around the world.
Elysia’s wealth of dance knowledge and training in a variety of dance styles (including Mambo, Cha Cha, Ballet, Contemporary and more) lends itself to well-rounded training techniques. Her dance travel lifestyle gives her fresh insight into the ever-evolving world of dance, which she brings back to infuse into her own teaching and training techniques.
Elysia’s beautiful personality combined with her dynamic choreography, power, body movement and flexibility, forges together to create exciting shows and insightful and fun dance classes.
Fed & Paola
Both Federico and Paola have been long-time fans of Latin music and dancing, especially the Palladium Mambo tunes and moves of the 50’s and 60’s, and that’s what brought them together in the first place. Together, they run shows, classes, teams and workshops with the philosophy that when people fall in love with the music and the dance at the same time, is when the real magic of dancing happens. “Dancing is a conversation between the rhythm and the dancers, only possible when one is open to listening to what the other has to say.”
Jaime & Mary
Jaime Jesus & Mary-Grace. This heavenly couple has been blessed with travelling the world to preach their message of Salsa to followers from all continants on earth.
Their high energy, sabor and contagious style of dance has been sort after globally in a joint career that spans over 20 years. Their outgoing, friendly and bubbly personalities make them fun to learn from and be around. Coupled with the expertise in their craft and their passion for what they do, there is every reason why to experience them and no reason why to miss them.
Make sure you check out their workshops, watch their shows and grab them for a dance on the social dance floor.
Josie has been dancing since she learned how to walk, and has extensive training in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and various other dance styles. Many times Australian Salsa Champion, she will be recognised on the dance floor by her amazing body movement and her flawless technique in Salsa, Mambo, Bachata and other Latin dances. She has coached countless teams, both professionals and amateurs, to many prestigious Australian Champions.
She is the director and co-founder of Tropical Soul Dance Studio, one of the biggest Latin dance schools in Sydney. Her mission, focus and goal is to grow the Mambo (and Salsa) scene, and create the highest quality dancers throughout Sydney and Australia!
Originally from Cali, in Colombia, Juan Carlos has performed and competed around the world since 2000. In 2010 he moved to Australia, and has, since, been sharing his love for salsa amongst students and fellow artists. Cali style Salsa (aka Colombian Salsa) is his field of expertise, but he teaches and performs various styles of dancing around Australia and overseas.
Juan & Gaby
Nestor & Katrina
Two of the biggest names in both Salsa and Bachata in Australia, Nestor and Katrina have taught, performed and competed all over the world. They are also the directors and creators of the Modus Vivendi teams, having won multiple World Titles.
Nestor, of Uruguayan, and Katrina, of Portuguese descent, are the first and most prominent Bachata exports, having represented Australia in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, Auckland, Hong Kong, Rome, Milan, London, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and the list goes on. Nearly every corner of the world has been exposed to their funky and fun style of Bachata which encompasses many styles fused to make them one of the most versatile Bachata couples in the world.
Recognised for the high energy, flair, fun and musicality in their choreographies, Nestor and Katrina are multiple time champions in both Australia and World’s stage. Their workshops are 2nd to none as their uncanny humour and amazing teaching ability always leave their students on high. Check them out in action at the SSMC 2019.
Sharon Pakir is a recognised dancer and mentor in Australia and internationally, having been invited to teach and perform at dance events around the world such as LA, New York, Oman, Korea, Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, and more.
Sharon’s foremost passion in dance is teaching. Her teaching methods are clear and nurturing, and her ability to communicate to people the joy of dance is unsurpassed.
While Sharon focuses on technical precision in dancing, she also emphasises teaching musicality, the importance of meaningful interaction, and how to communicate with your partner and express yourself while dancing.