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Karel Flores @ Unified on2

The Unified on2 Project kicked off 2019 with a bang. Karel Flores flew from NY to teach a fun and challenging workshop. The workshop started with stretching and posture technique followed by a high-energy footwork sequence.

Karel Flores is a professional salsa instructor and choreographer and is originally from Mexico City. She is one of the biggest names in the scene and currently resides in New York.

We had a blast filming Karel and she was definitely a fan of our shiba inu - Nana. The last time we filmed her was at the 2016 LABKS Festival. Hope to see you again soon Karel!

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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.

Eddie Torres Jr. @ Unified on2 Project

It’s always a pleasure filming the Unified on2 Social, held by Mario Gatica once-a-month in Orange County, California. He always bring top national and international talent from the salsa scene. During the day, he hosts a number of workshops and at night, the dancing doesn’t stop until 4 AM. This was the 3rd year celebration of the event and no better than to bring the one and only Eddie Torres Jr. to teach a 4-hour choreo bootcamp.

In the past, we’ve filmed artists like Amneris Martinez, Marco Ferrigno, Juan Matos, and Luis Ernesto.

The next event will be on January 26th, 2019 with Karel Flores. Hope to see you all saleseros, bachateros, and zoukeiros there!

****UPDATE**** - January 17th, 2019

The video below has almost 500K. Below are some reasons why this video has gone viral and done so well on Facebook on Instagram (almost 5k views).

  1. Content - Clearly the dancing, energy, passion, and facial expressions says it all. SBKZ Media asked Eddie and two other couples to perform this just for fun at the end of class (we were really tight on time).

  2. Distribution - We posted it using a certain aspect ratio and text to enable it to go viral on FB’s algorithms.

  3. Quality - This isn’t handheld cell phone footage. It’s good quality video with amazing content. This video isn’t going anywhere and will hopefully one day hit 1 million views.