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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Luis Aguilar

Luis Aguilar’s background in ballet, jazz, Latin ballroom and Afro-Cuban dance has served him well. He debuted in 2000 with San Francisco’s Salsamania Dance Company, won first place amateur at the 2007 Mayan Salsa Competition, then competed for the professional division with Liz Lira.

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Aguilar has taken first place in many Latin dance competitions and congresses. In 19(?), he teamed up with Anya Katsevman. They reign as two-time undefeated San Francisco Congress Salsa champions, fourth in the ESPN world salsa championships, the current North American Salsa Champions and two-time winners of the New York/New Jersey salsa open. More recently, they placed first at the New York International Salsa Congress. The couple can be seen in the touring show VivaLaSalsa.

Luis Aguilar and Shirley Amador co-direct Tropical Rhythm (Twitter), which won first place among salsa dance teams at the 2008 Mayan Salsa Team Competition in Los Angeles.

Below are some videos of Luis Aguilar.

Luis Aguilar and Anya Katsevman
Luis Aguilar, Anya Katsevman, Nelson Flores, Veronica Castilla

Private Lessons

Friday   Saturday   Sunday  
8:00   8:00   8:00  
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3:00   3:30 3:30
4:00   4:00 W 4:00 W
5:00   5:00   5:00  
6:00   6:00   6:00  
7:00   7:00   7:00  
8:00   8:00   8:00  
W = Teaching a Workshop
P = Performance
E = Evening Dance
L = Booked for Private Lesson
O = Other Commitments

Did you know that many performers offer private lessons during salsa congresses? Naturally, you're going to have to contact each salsero to arrange a private lesson. They will also be able to give you all the details.

However, I’ve begun your homework by contacting all the salsa stars who will be offering workshops and performances at the 2009 Seattle Salsa Congress and gathering as much information as they’re willing to share.

I haven’t yet learned if Mr. Aguilar will be giving private lessons. All I know is that he’s teaching a couple workshops at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

I’ll update this post if I learn any details. In addition, Mr. Aguilar has been invited to post on this blog occasionally, keeping the community up to date on his availability and any changes to his schedule.

Remember, this is not an official schedule, and Mr. Aguilar’s schedule could change. Please contact him if you’re interested in taking a private lesson from him. I don’t have permission to post him phone number or e-mail address, but you can find contact information on his Website.

Please try to schedule lessons as far in advance as possible, and please don’t call him while he’s teaching a workshop or otherwise engaged. If you use this information to help you schedule a private appointment, please let Mr. Aguilar know. If this project is successful, I may do it again during the next Seattle Salsa Congress.

You can see a Master Schedule indicating which visiting salsa stars are offering private lessons and their general availability here.

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