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Shows and Instructors

The Salsafestival Switzerland presents every year the most renowned artists worldwide and invests big money in the line-up. At the moment we are still negotiating with a number of artists. Hereafter you will only find the artists with whom we have a settled an agreement.

Adolfo Indacochea & The Latin Soul Dancers       New York / Italy
Instructor & Performing Artist

Nobody represents the classic on2 style in Europe more than Adolfo. At the next festival they will come again on stage with their dance company Latin Soul Dancers!

Afro Latin Connection       Porto, Portugal
Instructor & Performing Artist

Afro-Latin Dance Company was founded in September 2005. Paula Loureiro and Ricardo Sousa, its artistic directors, choreographers and dancers, have danced together since 2000.The dance company is currently made up of 8 dancers. Due to wide knowledge and diverse training they acquired along the years, their show is a unique mixture of different styles of dance.

Alberto Valdes        Milano / Italy

Alberto Valdes is considered one of the best instructors of Cuban Dances in the world. Together with Andria Panagi they created the CubaMiSalsa Festival On Tour project, a festival concentrated mostly in Cuban Dances presenting some of the best Cuban Artists in the world in many countries in Europe.

They teach and perform together in a very elegant style always full of "Sabor Cubano".

Alex de Smet       Dubai/ Belgium

From a young age, Alex always had passion for dancing, but it wasn't until 2002 that she found salsa, a dance that moved her like no other. When a friend first told her about salsa, she never thought it would take her to where she is today, and what started as a coincidence soon turned into a pretty serious hobby.After a couple of years of taking multiple classes a week and taking part in student shows, she then teamed up with her first dance partner to work on a few projects.

However, it wasn’t until 2005 that Alex’s dancing journey really took off, when she partnered up with James.Together, they worked hard to take their dancing to the next level, in order to ultimately be one of the first couples to represent Dubai internationally. They made it their mission to one day be seen on stage at congresses around the world, and soon they were out there realizing their dream. Over the years, Alex has had the chance to travel to the 4 corners of the world to share her passion with other salsa lovers, together with James or with their team, ‘Mambo Clasico’.
In 2012, James and Alex opened their own dance school in Dubai and thrive to share their knowledge and love for salsa to their students, while continuing their conquest of international stages.

Alexander Martinez       Zürich / Switzerland

The world-famous Swiss athlete with Cuban roots belongs also to the best in the world of dance. Sport is his profession - dance is his passion since he was a child. At the Salsafestival Switzerland he will enrich our workshop schedule with his hot Reggaeton classes.

Andy Gonzalo Varona       Switzerland
Instructor & Performing Artist

My name is Andy Gonzalo Varona and I am a professional dancer from Cuba. My dream and my goal is to show the world my art and Cuban culture. Dancing is letting the body become poetry, an expression of life and a way to live. It's the life vibrating in my chest. Dance is life!

Anna & Santino       Bern / Switzerland

Anna Blöchlinger und Santino Carvelli founded the Salsadancers Berne and choreograph the dance company Son Almas. They are considered the pioneers of Salsa musicality in Switzerland and teach since 12 years at congresses throughout Europe. You can only understand the groove of a dance, if you got the music in your head and body: el rite en el cuerpo.

Attila & Aurélie       Switzerland

AYA Latin Dance Academy       Freiburg / Deutschland
Instructor & Performing Artist

In April 2007 they won the Salsa Open in Karlsruhe. In October 2007 they won the Salsa Europe Championship in England. So they got the entitlement to go to the
World Salsa Championships in Orlando/Florida. There they managed to the top ten.

Baila Rico / Victor Ortega       Zurich / Switzerland
Performing Artist

Bailarico Danceschool, Zurich

Bastian & Alma Salsabrosa       Aargau, Switzerland

The first dance lesson at Salsabrosa took place in 2007. From then on, Salsabrosa was able to further develop through numerous tournament successes - such as the Swiss Championships, certifications, international and national shows and workshops and establish himself in the Swiss dance world.

Busra Araci       Turkey / Italy

Busra Araci is a young, beautiful and very talented dance teacher, performer and choreograher from Turkey. Her name got quickly famous in Eurpoe thanks to her lady styling workshops in the most famous international salsa congresses, as well as through the performances on stage with her dance partner Jonathan Casarin and with Grupo Alafia from Italy. An, of cours, it is impossible to miss on the dance floor her elegant, plastic and very feminine style. Busra knows very well how to interpret the music and the same time she is a amazing follower with super styling.

Charly Garcia & Tania Cannarsa       NY / Italy
Instructor & Performing Artist

 Charlie Garcia (Aka Mr Candela)Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Charlie began dancing at the Bronx Dance Theater ... he continued training with the Unified Dance Studio where he also got his first taste of Latin dancing and what we call the “Salsa Fever.” Tania Cannarsa is born in Sri Lanka, but was raised in Italy, Tania Cannarsa is a great star in the salsa world known for her natural smoothness and mambo style dancing! Her movements reflect the unison of technical skills and street style, tradition and instinct, real elegance showing the beauty of dancing.

Dancefloor       Geneva / Switzerland
Performing Artist

The group Dancefloor (Geneva) was founded by Fred salsadancer Dancefloor and Hip Hop Dancers BoogTom 2009. The philosophy of the group is to combine different dance styles of salsa and create a harmony. After the founding Marc Dancefloor, Coco Corinne and Laetycia were integrated into the group.

All members bring their own culture and dance influences into the group. Dancefloor occurs solo, as a duo or four, and is regularly invited to festivals. It was already guest on four continents.

Euphoria Dance Company       Milano / Italien
Instructor & Performing Artist

Milan Italy is home to one of Salsa’s newest up and coming team, Euphoria Dance Company.  The Dance Company was formed by Jose “La Salsa” Diaz in 2012 to bring a revived new feel to Mambo On2 in Italy.  The company reflects the influence of New York Style On2 dancing with it’s creative interpretation and strong sense ...

of musicality on  stage.  Our goal is to present a unique and diverse performance style but still maintain the classic roots and essence of Mambo.

Fuego y Pasion       Zurich / Switzerland

The friendly dance group with the same name and prestigious dance school in the heart of Zurich are Guest to many international events. They inspire the audience with their creativity and emotion and precision.

Gaby y Estefy       Dom.Rep /Spain
Instructor & Performing Artist

Gaby was born in Dominican Republic where he studied music. After finishing his studies, he moved to Spain and this is where the magic happened. He coupled with Estefy, a ballet dancer with experience in traditional Spanish dances such as flamenco. They united their salsa skills gained up till that point and managed to create a unique style, securing them 1st places in many championships in Europe. They are very welcomed as instructors at many festivals as bachata and salsa instructors, dancing primarily on2 salsa with acrobatic elements and dominican bachata

Gozando Salsa       Zurich / Switzerland

One of the most successful dance school in Zurich when it comes to Salsa Puertorriqueña. The instructors Janine, Edi & Andreas are known for their perfect technique and pedagogical experience. Their receipt: a good portion of fun and entertainment. Always keeping the motto: playful to the learning success!

Grupo Alafia       Parma / Italy
Instructor & Performing Artist

Since 2008 inspire these guys with their skillful dancing. However, in 2010 came the breakthrough, when they received a standing ovation with her Pachanga show at New York Salsa Congress. Well known are the Italian guys for her social dancing.

Grupo Sabor Dinamico       Colombia / Spain
Instructor & Performing Artist


Grupo Sabor Dinámico convinces with flawless dance technique and impressive foot speed. Their Cabaret Colombiana style is one of the fastest and most difficult disciplines in the salsa world.

Iron Mams       Switzerland

Iron Mams. He was predestined to become a dancer as his parents have already been enthusiastic dancers. He taught Kizomba in Paris and many other dance studios in France as well as in Geneva, Switzerland. Since having succeeded in becoming Worldchampion in Madrid in 2013, he’s been requested to teach worldwide making him an established and popular international Kizomba artist.

Issa & Fanny       Switzerland

Issa & Fanny are a talented duo. 
Issa its Originally  from the Democratic Republic of Congo 
They are responsible for the spread of Kizomba in the canton of Fribourg (CH) 
They offer weekly through theyr danceschool Dealersalsa, performances and workshops in Switzerland and on the international scene.

Jacopo & Linda       Brescia /IT
Performing Artist

Jacopo and Linda are young, talented siblings with a lot of passion and positive energy!

Jenny Vaccaro-Leone       Zurich / Switzerland

After her education as a dance teacher, Jenny get a lots of experience through further workshops an she performed on stage home and abroad. In 2004 she performed on tour, for the Swiss soul star "Seven". She also danced in various show groups. Besides jazz, modern and ballet for adults Jenny teaches rhythmics as well.

She is the owner and manager of the famous dance studio "Polelicious" in Winterthur. "You will be amazed what you can do with a chair, play with temperate and dashing moves, work up your femininity and elegance - by the way, you will learn the modern dance technique. After this experience you will never sit down or get up on a chair normally – promised! This workshop is for all ladies who want to expand their dancing experience – social dancer, show dancers, dance teachers and beginners are welcome!"

John Diaz /Suizsalseros       Switzerland

SuizSalseros Dance Company in Basel. A dance school with a lot of dedication and an absolutely professional and motivated team for all Latin dances.

Kizzy Garcia Vale       Kuba / Switzerland

Kizzy Garcia Vale, born in 1985 in Havana, Cuba, started her dance education at the Sport National School in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the age of four. Since 1996, she visited the Alejo Carpentie Ballet School in Havana for two years. She then pursued her studies at the National School of Art where she successfully graduated after 6 years with the certificate of Professional Dancer and Teacher for Modern and Contemporary Dance as well as Cuban Folklore Dances.

Right after she began her professional career at Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, The national Dance Company. During threse years, she had the opportunity to work with different international and national choreographers including among others Isidro Rolando, René de Cardenas, Osnel Delgado, Samir Akika, Lucas Bruni, Jan Linkens.
In 2007, after some cultural exchanges in Switzerland, with Kuska Cáceres and Palais du Monde Festival for example, Kizzy moved definitely to Zürich and continued her career as a freelance dancer in Switzerland and abroad, working with various freelance Companies and dance Productions, Television, Galas and Corporate Events, like Cie Konstantin Tsakalidis, Naway Company, Swiss Radio and Television SRF, Nadine Imboden GmbH, for Volkswagen Company, or Starlight Productions among others.
Besides she is also active as a teacher for Modern and Jazz dance in the Dance School Tanzwerk 101 in Zürich, and Salsa and Afro dance in Switzerland and Europe.

Leon Rose Project       London / Paris
Performing Artist

Under the direction of the choreographer, Leon Rose, The Project is one of the most creative groups to come out of Europe. Most famous for their original interpretation of a salsa version of the classic song by James Brown, Man’s World, The Project is the only group to represent UK salsa worldwide. Now with the inclusion of some of the best dancers in Paris, the sky is the limit.

Liudmila Rodriguez Silva       Cuba / Switzerland

"For me, the art of dance is not only something that can be learned or passed on in the classroom, but it is also an opportunity to give our soul and our feelings a language to touch other people!"

Mambo Ilk       Karlsruhe / Germany

Ilker aka Mambo Ilk is a sensual and passionate dancer. His dance is full of musicality and feeling as well as his choice of music. He does Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba. He is an authentic and natural person which makes him a favorite at national and international festivals.

Manuel Mascarell & Christina       Spain / Italy

The former professional Opera Singer started dancing many years ago, but just for fun. Today he's one of the most booked Salsa Instructor worldwide. He is, also thanks to his professional music education, en excellent pedagogue. He now teaches and dances around the world with his professional dance partner Sabrina Bravi, with swiss roots, since 2009.

Marlon Int'l & Lida       New York / USA / CH

Marlon "International" Mills is one of New York's most well-known Salsa dance personalities, having traveled as promoter (NYC Salsa Congress) and dancer (Karisma Dance Company) to many congresses and events in the states, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean. Also, Marlon is a Teaching Artist for the "Dancing Classrooms"...

program, teaching ballroom dance to kids throughout NYC public schools. At our event he will offer us his excellent teaching skills in his workshops.

Martin Wüthrich       Lugano / Switzerland

Matteo & Anita Latin Hypnotic       Milano

Mijail Galano       Cuba / Switzerland

Mijail Galano Mesa, born in Havana Cuba is sonero of heart, salsero and rumbero! Mijail has worked as lead dance teacher for several years muévete in Havana. He teaches Cuban style, structured and adapted without losing our mentality the joy and "sabor cubano"!

Mis Flores di Giulia Setti       Milano
Performing Artist

A young and dynamic group of women under the direction of Giulia Setti, an internationally renowned dancer from Milano.

Rayda y Daves       Cuba
Instructor & Performing Artist

Salsa Olé       Wohlen / Switzerland

The dance group of the school SalsaOlé has actually 6 dance couples that share their passion for the dance and cultivate a strong team spirit and friendship. For the 10th anniversary of our Salsafestival they created a special new coreography with love of details and take the chance to perform on an international stage. A show in classic New York Style with great elegance and pure romantic!

Salsa y Dulzura Nino & Florence        Lausanne Switzerland

The dance school Salsa y Dulzura was founded 8 years ago by Luis Gutierrez in Lausanne.Due to the professionalism and the regular great parties Luis and his team is now one of the most important and largest, but especially the most popular dance schools in french and and also in german-part of Switzerland ,

Salsaddiction       Amsterdam / Holland
Instructor & Performing Artist

Salsaddiction is known by their famous teachers and choreographers Brian Libier. The group now exists since many years and has developed a great name in The Netherlands and also international ground. All members of Salsaddiction are addicted to salsa, addicted to development and addicted to dance. Every show has it's musicality secrets, original moves and combinations, fast and technical effects, showmanship and the undefind flow!
Experience their skills on stage...Don't think, just feel...

Sergio Timbachata       Spain

Stéphane & Angy French Kizomba Flair       France

Stephane discovers kizomba after his trip to Cape Verde in 2006 and immediately fell in love with this dance is 6 years later he took his first course with Cymeone Mopao of Paris and other teachers of the kizomba.  
Today he is happy to share his passion through courses, workshops, and festivals.
Stephane and his partner, Angy will be with us on the Salsafestival Switzerland.

Stephanie Pfister und Mattias Schweighauser        Basel / Switzerland

Matthias & Stephanie lead the Swiss dance school 'Bailamos Salsa'. Since 8 year they dance as a couple and teach with devotion On 1 and On 2.
Both of them performed with different dance teams at parties as well as at international festivals. They are well known for their relaxed way of teaching which is connected with excellent didactics. With a lot of engagement they share their passion with their students attending their classes and workshops.

Supermario       London / UK

Supermario originates from India but grew-up in London. He is an extremely popular dance teacher, which understands to entertain his followers not only with jokes.

Tamambo MC       London / UK

Tamambo’s dancing originates from the African/American Rn’B/Hip Hop scene of the 80s. By incorporating his own flavour into the Puerto Rican style Salsa, he promotes what is now recognised around the world as “London Style” Salsa. His influences lie in Flamenco and Contemporary dance, in which his interpretation of the dance has taken a theatrical form.

As one of the world’s top all-round instructors teaching both On1 and On2 and specializing in teaching complex, yet leadable partnerwork routines for the dance floor, he has fast become a very sought after name in Salsa.
In addition, Tamambo’s newly discovered talent back in 2007 was to entertain audiences as the master of ceremony (MC) at many high-profile salsa events around the world.

Tamba & Emanuela       London / UK

One foot in Cuban style, the other in the New York style, Tamba is an exciting Salsa dancer, teacher and performer who is known for his passion, musicality and his great social dancing skills! Smooth but yet fiery, Tamba is looking forward to sharing with you the secrets of his style!

Tropical Gem       Milano / Italy
Instructor & Performing Artist

Maybe it was exactly Tropical Gem who put the dance "Salsa" on a professional and uncompromising level in Europe. By the lead of Fernando Sosa and Rafael Gonzalez they created a row of sensation causing choreographies that were always danced with absolutely sharp precision. While at other events they only dance with 2 or 3 couples, in Zurich they will be on stage with all their dancers of their company!

Zoukessence       Wettingen / SWITZERLAND

Zoukessence, the dance school for Bachata Sensual and Brazilian Zouk was founded by Deborah Saputo and Manual Mühlbach 3 years ago. They teach and show dance abroad on a regular basis. Quality, healt, technique and communication is their platform for successful exchange and improvement.

Deborah has a degree as stage dancer from the Zurich Dance Theater followed by further trainings in other dances in San Francisco, New York and London. Manuel Mühlbach is an experienced Salsa show dancer. His passion, talent and willpower made him a diverse and professional dancer. These two dancers contribute to the Zouk scene in Zurich and its region.