Professional congresses have a set of common elements: presentations, lectures, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, etc.
Congresses provide an important channel for exchange of information between attendants.
However, a salsa congress is mainly a meeting of professional and amateur salsa dancers to enjoy salsa. Salsa congresses also have a set of common elements: Shows, workshops, social parties, live bands, booths, master classes or competitions. When does a salsa festival reach the level of a salsa congress, an international salsa congress or a world salsa congress? Several criteria can be used: Number of participants, international lineup, media coverage or prestige are the most common.
In 1998, the number of participants was 550 from 23 countries and 32 salsa companies performing and teaching. In 1999 the participants were 800 from 34 countries with about 56 salsa companies performing. In 2008, three Puerto Rican couples, Licelott Maldonado & Kelvin Hernández, Christian Santiago & Jackeline Ramos and Jessica Quiles & Edwin Nieves, reached the finals of the 2008 edition. This edition of the "World Salsa Open", concluded with Spain (Anita Santos and Adrián Rodríguez) winning the first possition, Puerto Rico (Licelott Maldonado and Kelvin Hernández) as runner-up and Argentina (Fernando Alonso and Ayelen Gauna) in the third place. The first two spots of the junior category were won by Puerto Rico, with Gabriela Morales & José Pabón winning the world championship and Jessica Muñoz & Emmanuel López being the runner-up couple. Spain's María Garrido and David Martín concluded third.
Since 2001, Albert Torres produced that event without the help of Bacardí nor the Congreso Mundial de la salsa tour. That first year, 2001, the event had about 3000 participants.
The West Coast Salsa Congress is a salsa congress created by Albert Torres and the Bacardí team of the Congreso mundial de la salsa in 1999, two years after the first salsa congress in the world, the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress.
In 1999 and 2000, one of the cities visited by the Congreso Mundial de la salsa tour was Los Angeles. This was the beginning of this successful salsa music event. Since 2001, Albert Torres produced that event without the help of Bacardí nor the Congreso Mundial de la salsa tour. That first year, 2001, the event had about 3000 participants.
Then the Bacardí tour came to several European cities between 1999 and 2001. Then in 2001, Paris (France) and Murcia (Spain) salsa congresses took place for the first time.
In 2002, many of the most successful and relevant salsa congresses in Europe were started: the UK Congress, salsorro, Simposium de la salsa (Madrid), Rome, Hamburg, Switzerland Salsa Congress at Zurich etc.
In 2005 started Tallinn Salsafestival (TSF) in Estonia.
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