T&T dancers triumph at World Salsa Summit
The triumphant Salsa dancers from T&T
A contingent of dancers from Trinidad and Tobago has triumphed in different categories at the World Salsa Summit.
Of the six categories they entered, the team placed in five.
The dancers have emerged victorious with first place in the Pro-Am Mens Salsa Shines category, second places in the Pro-Am Ladies Salsa Shines and Amateur Mens Salsa Shines categories and third places in the Amateur Ladies Shines and Amateur Small Team Salsa categories.
The competition, which is taking place in Miami until January 13, pits the best salsa dancers in the world against each other.
Kurt Thorne, known as DJ Fluffman in the local Salsa world, said this is the first time T&T has fielded such a big contingent of about 20 dancers.
“We are totally blown away,” he said. ‘This is the first time a small country like us are going up there and competing against the best in the world and for us to come away with trophies is amazing.”
He said the team comprised instructors, teachers and dancers from various schools who came together to train under renowned instructor Nelson Flores. Flores, his son Devin Flores and Destiny Garcia, directors of Descarga Latina New York, together with Martin Jim of Salsa Fiesta T&T gave the dancers the opportunity to audition and form Descarga Latina Trinidad and Tobago.
As such, the team received expert choreography and top-level coaching which helped them to make their mark on the competition. The team also received support and training from their local coaches Ade Smart and Karline Braithwaite.
The T&T contingent will return home next week.