Teams

Salsamania Dance Company

Founded in 2000 by John Narvaez and Liz Rojas, Salsamania Dance Company is one of the world’s top mambo dance companies, performing “San Francisco Style” salsa (a fusion of New York and Puerto Rican styles).

Our mission is to gain recognition in the world community as having the best performance teams and training organization. Our dancers are known for their flamboyant spirit, complicated footwork and patterns, and their ability to execute these to fast music.

Salsamania Dance Company currently consists of two training teams (On 1 and On 2), eight performance teams and over 80 members from 16 countries.

Salsamania dancers follow a structured dance education program allowing them to move through several levels while focusing on core values such as teamwork, professionalism, competition and grace. At the culmination of this training, skilled dancers who wish to perform may be invited to join one of our performance teams that compete and perform throughout the United States and abroad.

Performance Teams

Salsamania’s performance teams present more than 80 salsa/mambo performances annually. We have performed with Latin artists such as El Gran Combo, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and Son De Cali.

Our teams and instructors are invited regularly to perform at international salsa congresses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Las Vegas, and New York. We have also traveled internationally to perform and teach in such places as Puerto Rico, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, and more.

Salsamania Pro

Salsamania Professional members have proven themselves to be among the best in the world, placing first at the 2011 and 2013 World Latin Dance Cup. They represent Salsamania in high-level performances and competitions all over the world. They have mastered their dancing and performance technique, and often continue to teach others through Salsamania’s community outreach programs and their own classes.

Nueva Dimension (Semi-Pro)

Nueva Dimension is a semi-professional team that features professional, semi-professional and advanced-level amateur dancers from within the company. Members of Nueva Dimension have prior performance experience and many have been training intensely with Salsamania for three years or more. Nueva Dimension performs and competes regularly in the Bay Area.

Latin Vibe (Amateur)

Latin Vibe is a pro-am team that features professional and amateur dancers from within the company. Amateur dancers on the team benefit from the opportunity to partner with professional dancers. Latin Vibe gives newer dancers experience performing On 2.

Latin Vibe (Amateur)

Latin Vibe is a pro-am team that features professional and amateur dancers from within the company. Amateur dancers on the team benefit from the opportunity to partner with professional dancers. Latin Vibe gives newer dancers experience performing On 2.

Salsa Sin Limite (Amateur)

Salsa Sin Limite, our On 1 amateur performance team, gives newer dancers the opportunity to acquire performance experience and develop advanced techniques while dancing On 1. Team members generally work simultaneously on their dancing skills in the On 2 Training Team.

Salsa Sin Limite (Amateur)

Salsa Sin Limite, our On 1 amateur performance team, gives newer dancers the opportunity to acquire performance experience and develop advanced techniques while dancing On 1. Team members generally work simultaneously on their dancing skills in the On 2 Training Team.

Student (Amateur)

Salsamania Student, our On 2 amateur performance team, gives newer dancers the opportunity to acquire performance experience and develop advanced techniques. Team members generally work simultaneously on their dancing skills in the On 2 Training Team.

Lady Mambo (Ladies Footwork)

Lady Mambo is a ladies footwork team (directed by Liz Rojas) featuring talented female dancers from within the company.

Seattle On 2 (Amateur)

Salsamania Seattle, our On 2 amateur performance team, gives newer dancers the opportunity to acquire performance experience and develop advanced techniques. Team members generally work simultaneously on their dancing skills in the On 2 Training Team.

Seattle On 2 (Amateur)

Salsamania Seattle, our On 2 amateur performance team, gives newer dancers the opportunity to acquire performance experience and develop advanced techniques. Team members generally work simultaneously on their dancing skills in the On 2 Training Team.

Seattle On 1 (Amateur)

Salsamania Seattle, our On 1 amateur performance team, gives newer dancers the opportunity to acquire performance experience and develop advanced techniques while dancing On 1. Team members generally work simultaneously on their dancing skills in the On 2 Training Team.

Seattle On 1 (Amateur)

Salsamania Seattle, our On 1 amateur performance team, gives newer dancers the opportunity to acquire performance experience and develop advanced techniques while dancing On 1. Team members generally work simultaneously on their dancing skills in the On 2 Training Team.

Training Program

John and Liz have honed teaching techniques that focus on the fundamentals—timing, technique, musicality, style, and music history—enabling students to learn and progress rapidly. John and Liz, as well as other advanced members of Salsamania, use these methods to teach over 400 beginner and intermediate students per week in community centers, night clubs, and dance studios throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Recent Awards & Honors

2016 World Latin Dance Cup

  • 1st Place – Amateur Salsa Team Division
  • 2nd Place – Pro Am Salsa On2 Division
  • 2nd Place – Pro Am Over 75 Division
  • 2nd Place – Amateur Same Gender Ladies Division
  • 3rd Place – Amateur Salsa Couple Division

2015 World Latin Dance Cup

  • 1st Place – Pro Am Salsa On2 Division
  • 1st Place – Amateur Solo Division
  • 1st Place – Pro Am Amateur Bachata Division
  • 2nd Place – Pro Am Over 75
  • 2nd Place – Over 75 Amateur Division
  • 3rd Place – Pro On2 Division
  • 3rd Place – Amateur Salsa Team Division

2014 World Latin Dance Cup

  • 1st Place – Male Same-Gender Division
  • 3rd Place – Professional Salsa Team Division
  • 2nd Place – Amateur Salsa Team Division

 

2013 World Latin Dance Cup

  • 1st Place – Salsa Team Division
  • 1st Place – Male Same-Gender Division
  • 1st Place – Salsa Over 65 Division
  • 1st Place – Salsa Pro-Am Division
  • 2nd Place – Amateur Salsa Team Division

2012 World Latin Dance Cup

  • 1st Place – Male Same-Gender Division
  • 2nd Place – Amateur Salsa Team Division

2011 World Latin Dance Cup

  • 1st Place – Salsa Team Division
  • 1st Place – Male Same-Gender Division
  • 1st Place – Amateur Salsa Couple Division
  • 3rd Place – Female Same-Gender Division
  • 3rd Place – Salsa On 2 Couple Division

2010-2012 US Salsa Open Top Teacher
2010-2011 US Salsa Open Top Dance Company
2011 SF Bay Area Dance Troupe Winners