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  • Writer's pictureTyzza Macias

Get Ready to Salsa: The Chicago International Salsa Congress 2024 Brings the Heat and Rhythm to the Windy City

In the heart of the Windy City, where the beat of Latin music pulses through the streets, there's an event that ignites passion, celebrates culture, and brings together dancers and music lovers from across the globe. Welcome to the Chicago International Salsa Congress (CISC), the longest continuously running Salsa Congress in the Americas. Now in its 23rd year, the CISC is a four-night, three-day extravaganza that showcases the best of Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance, music, and culture.

Presented in convention format and open to the general public, this spectacular event is a must-attend for anyone who loves the vibrant rhythms and infectious energy of Latin music and dance. At the heart of the CISC are the workshops, where over 70 world-renowned Latin dance artists and instructors share their expertise with eager participants. From beginners to seasoned pros, there's something for everyone, with workshops covering everything from the fundamentals of Salsa to advanced techniques and choreography.

Participants can also immerse themselves in the history and culture of Afro-Latin music, sample percussion instruments, and even start the day with "Salsarobics" – a high-energy workout set to Latin beats. For those interested in healthy living, there are lectures and workshops on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through dance and exercise.

Of course, the highlight of the CISC is the nightly entertainment. With four nights of live, world-renowned Latin music concerts, three professional dance showcases, and nightly social dancing in three or more ballrooms, there's never a dull moment. From the infectious rhythms of Mambo to the fiery passion of Salsa, the dance floors come alive with the energy of the crowd.

And the lineup of artists is truly impressive. Get ready to experience the electrifying pulse of Latin music as the captivating lineup of artists takes the stage at CISC 2024. From the rhythmic beats of Johnny Bas and Afro Libre Orchestra on Thursday, February 15th, to the vibrant melodies of Tromboranga Salsa Orchestra on Friday, February 16th, and the timeless classics of Bobby Valentin and his Orchestra on Saturday, February 17th, the stage is set for an unforgettable musical journey. Closing the weekend with a flourish, Isaac Delgado Jr and La Wawa featuring Gerard Contino and Michel Gonzalez on Sunday, February 18th, promise an enchanting finale. With such a diverse array of talents, there's something to delight every musical palate, ensuring an experience that will resonate long after the final notes fade away.

But the CISC is more than just a celebration of music and dance – it's a celebration of community and culture. Founded by Rosita and Saladeen Alamin, Cultural Expressions Productions and the Chicago Intercultural Alliance have spent over three decades fostering multiculturalism and supporting emerging artists in the Afro-Latin music and dance scene.

Through events like the CISC, they've created a space where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to share their love of music and dance, and where emerging artists can learn from and perform alongside the best in the business. And with awards and recognition from major news outlets, their impact on the Latin dance community is undeniable.

Whether you're a seasoned dancer, eager to refine your skills, or a newcomer ready to embark on a thrilling journey, the Chicago International Salsa Congress awaits you with open arms. Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of workshops, electrifying concerts, and boundless social dancing, where every step becomes a celebration of life and every beat resonates with passion. Don't let this extraordinary experience pass you by. Mark your calendar, secure your spot, and get ready to dance into the heart of Latin rhythm at the event of a lifetime.


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