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Unified On2 Congress; The new latin-dance congress in Los Angeles

We are excited to announce that we will be filming the 2019 Los Angeles Unified on2 Congress taking place in Orange County, California on March 22-24th, 2019. It’s not often that promoters on West Coast book international talent, so to say we are excited is an understatement.

California deserves festivals that attract both local and international talent. It’s all about providing value to local dancers that aren’t used to experiencing high-caliber talent from abroad.

As an event videographer, it will be very fast-paced and challenging trying to capture all those special moments. We’ve had the pleasure of filming Juan Matos, Rodrigo Cortazar, and Griselle Ponce at past festivals and events.

The hotel is conveniently located to major freeways in the heart of Orange County. It’s about a 15 minute drive to either Newport or Huntington Beach. The festival will have three rooms; a salsa room, bachata room, and brazilian zouk room (where we’ll be DJing as well)

Again, it’s great to see a new event that strives to bring a top-tier lineup along with unifying the local scene. Congratulations to Mario and Jose for making this happen and we can’t wait to produce an awesome recap!

Be a part of this amazing first year festival and get your passes below:

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National Lineup

  • Griselle Ponce (New York)

  • Sin City Salseros (Las Vegas, NV)

  • Majesty in Motion (San Diego)

  • MG Dance company (Los Angeles)

  • Omambo Dance Project (Los Angeles)

  • Benny & Brandon Ayala (Portland)

  • David & Carla (Stilo Dance Co Phoenix)

  • Lawrance Garcia (Arizona)

  • Christina Montoya (Los Angeles)

  • Mike Zuñiga (OC)

  • + many more!

International Lineup

  • Rodrigo Cortazar (Mexico/Spain)

  • Bersy Cortez (Venezuela/Spain)

  • Juan Matos (NYC/Milan)

  • Jessica Quiles (PR/Barcelona)

  • Jorge Martinez (Mexico)

  • Maria Catalan (Mexico)

  • Ernesto Lopez (Mexico)

  • Armando Cervantes (Mexico)

3 Best Places to Dance Salsa and Bachata in Los Angeles in 2019

This post is for salsa and bachata dancers visiting LA for a short time.  If you’re a local, there are multiple events going on every evening and new events popping up every month. These are three spots that haven’t changed for years.

Steven’s Steakhouse This is the best place to dance bachata, period.  Sometimes I have better times social dancing here than at many festivals.  The surrounding neighborhood is sketchy, but I’ve never had any issues.  Just valet or Uber here if you’re worried.  They also have salsa in the smaller room which isn’t too bad either.  The sound system and DJs are always on point.  The best days to come are Sundays and Wednesdays.

Dance: Bachata

Best Night: Sunday & Wednesday

Level of Dancing: 9/10

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El Floridita - If you ask local dancers about this place, many won’t have a clue about it.  It’s located in the heart of Hollywood and has been around for 30+ years.  It’s a small Cuban restaurant that serves awesome mojitos.  They are known for their Mondays when they have a full live band.  The live music is incredible and creates an experience you won’t find anywhere else.  It may be hard to dance because it’s so crowded, but try to come early and stay late if you’re looking for good dances.  Come here for the experience, not the dancing.  It’s such a unique place, you won’t be disappointed.  El Floridita is also open on Friday and Saturdays and is usually not as crowded.

Dance: Salsa

Best Night: Monday

Level of Dancing: 6/10

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Unified on2 Project - This once-a-month social is hosted by DJ Mayimbe in the heart of Orange County which is located about 35 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles.  This social offers salsa, bachata, and brazilian zouk.  The bachata and salsa rooms are always packed and really fun.  The social dancing goes late until 5 am.  DJ Mayimbe always has the best music in all three rooms that will keep you going until the end. If you’re in town to visit the social, this is definitely not an event to miss as you can expect great dances in all 3 rooms.

Dance: Salsa & Bachata

Best Night: Once a month

Level of Dancing: 9/10

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If you have any questions about these locations or want other tips, shoot us a message and we’ll respond. This purely our opinion after having been social dancing all throughout the Los Angeles area for the past 10 years.