A Memorable Edition of New York City’s Premier Latin Dance and Music Event!!!

Once again in the heart of Times Square, the mecca of culture and entertainment, New York International Salsa Congress (NYISC) returns this year with workshops and performances from today’s most talented dancers, live music from world-famous bands, and social dancing all night long.

Tickets: VIP FULL PASS. $399 + $22.94 FEE

Location: New York Marriott Marquis. 1535 Broadway, Nueva York 10036


Live Bands| Concerts| Performance Showcases| Instructional Workshops| Non-Stop Social Dancing


TITO NIEVES “El Pavarotti de la Salsa”:

Humberto Nieves better known as “Tito Nieves” was born in Puerto Rico but raised in the U.S. El Pavarotti de la Salsa began his career while participating in Cimarron, a New York-based orchestra. He then teamed up with Héctor Lavoe in 1977 and joined Conjunto Clásico soon after.

Nieves started his solo career in 1986, setting himself apart by singing salsa in English.  He became a chart-topper in 1997 with a song called “I Like It Like That”. Among his key albums are: “Classic” (1988), “Yo Quiero Cantar” (1989), “Fabricando Fantasias” (2004), and “Hoy, Mañana y Siempre” (2006), followed a year later with “Pura Salsa Live”, and 2008’s tribute offering Canciones Clásicas de Marco Antonio Solis, which landed at number 15 on Latin Heatseekers and 23 on the Top Latin albums charts.

His 2010 studio offering, “Entre Familia”, reached number 15 at Top Latin Albums and number two on the Tropical Albums list, followed by “Que Seas Feliz” (number 23) two years later. The majority of his singles regularly placed in the Top 20 over the next few years and his albums continued to chart. “Mis Mejores Recuerdos” (2014) placed at seven on Tropical Albums while its successor, the following year’s “En Dos Idiomas” on his newly created Tito Nieves Creations label, did even better, reaching number four.  Though he was now his own boss, Nieves had no time to take it easy, he toured hard over the next two years, surfacing again in 2017 with “Canciones Que No Se Olvidan”.



A product of New York City and the excitement and turbulence of the 60s, the New Swing Sextet (NSS) made its professional debut at the New York World’s Fair in 1965. The band was to become very popular in the United States and Latin America, including the Caribbean, as exponents of an innovative new sound that emerged in the mid-60s known as Latin Boogaloo.

Though the New Swing currently has 7 members, when the group first got together it was composed of 6 members (popularly called “Sextet”). During that era (1960s), so many young musicians growing up in New York were exposed and influenced by rock-and-roll, pop, and soul music and the Latin Boogaloo (which was in term related to the cha-cha-cha and guajira rhythms). During the boogaloo’s peak years of popularity, there was also a slight decline in the popularity of mambo and salsa.  But the young new bands of that era such as: Willie Colon, Johnny Colon, the Lebron Brothers, Joe Bataan, Ricardo Ray and the Joey Pastrana Orchestra, as well as the New Swing Sextet, were responsible for creating a young fresh, joyful yet rebellious sound.

In 2015, New Swing Sextet celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a worldwide audience ready for tours, shows, dances, and unique style.


Steven Oquendo – Musician, Band Leader and Educator, was born in 1979 in New York City with Puerto Rican and Dominican descent – proved himself to be a powerful force in the Latin music scene during and after high school.

Oquendo has toured all parts of the globe, including Africa, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. He has recorded and performed with a wide and diverse range of artists, which include collaborations with, Destiny’s Child, Big Pun, Swiss Beatz, Angie Martinez, Juan Luis Guerra, and Mana. He has also performed with Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Cheo Feliciano, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, India, George Lamond, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Santos, Milly Quezada, The Tito Rodriguez Orchestra, The Machito Orchestra, and many more.

In 2009 Oquendo formed the Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra (SOLJO), a 19-piece big band comprised of well-seasoned professional musicians, that for more than five years, has intrigued and captivated audiences with its sophisticated use of free improvisation, dissonant harmonies, fusion rhythms, and creative arrangements in the arena of Afro Cuban, Latin Jazz, Salsa, and The 1950s – Palladium Mambo Classics.

Since its inception, Steve Oquendo, the distinguished trumpeter and music educator with his band SOLJO has proven itself a force to be reckoned with. The big band is made up of 19 superbly talented guardians of Latin music.

SOLJO includes a repertoire of Afro Cuban 1950s Palladium Mambo Classics that pay homage to the genre’s originators, while simultaneously injecting a fresh interpretation that has intrigued and captured new fans of all ages and backgrounds.


Purchase your Tickets TODAY for this Annual Celebration of Latin Dance, Latin Music and Culture!




Date: Sunday, September 2th (Astor Ballroom)

Time: 6:30PM


The Old Skool Room was added to the schedule of these events in 2012 by the late John “Choco” Knight, former owner of the New York Salsa Congress. Inspired by his deep admiration for the old school dancer and at their behest Choco thought it was time to take heed and create an event for the very men and women who danced in the clubs, afterhours, and after-after hours venues across the five boroughs in New York City.

The purpose of the Old Skool Room is to highlight the old-school dancer, which describes a person who enjoys smooth, elegant dancing and has frequented famed New York City clubs from the 1950’s all the way to present day. They are also simply just someone who enjoys dancing with that “old skool flavor”. Forming a unique, culturally diverse demographic of music aficionados hailing from all boroughs on the Big Apple and surrounding areas, old-school dancers graced the dance floors of the famed Palladium, Casablanca, St. James Hotel, Tropicoro, Casino 14, Ochentas, Cheetah, and Broadway 1 & 2, to name a handful.

Old-school dancers ascribe to a specific tempo of music, enjoying a steady, pronounced clave beat, buoyant Charanga rhythm, classic Cuban Son, and smooth Cha-Cha-Cha, having danced the night away to the best bands in the world.

The Old Skool Room is dedicated to preserving the tradition of the New York, Puerto Rican, and Cuban styles of dance and Latin music folklore with the annual inclusion of the talented DJ Andy “El Más Bailable” (PR/NY).

This year’s live music performance promises to delight, continuing the tradition of danceable music by New York’s best musicians.


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