La Familia de la Salsa began in 2004 as a Salsa/Rueda demo team
comprised of 26 dancers from around the world. By advancing our mission statement of, "bridging cultures
through dance...one step at a time",
la Familia has has grown to become the largest Latin dance organization in Upstate New York
with over 3000 dancers on our member roster! We bring Latin dances to
our community every Fri night with our flagship event "Havana Nights Latin Dance Party" which is the largest and longest running Latin dance in the history of Syracuse! (see "Where to Dance")
Our dance school teaches 200 - 250 students per week, offering classes in: Salsa, Cardio Salsa,
and Cuban styles of Salsa known as "Casino"
& "Rueda de Casino" (the "Wheel") (see "Dance Classes").
Our dance ensembles and our Afro-Cuban Band, "La Rumba Cubana", have opened for and/or performed with such luminaries
as, living Salsa legend, Larry Harlow & the Fania All-Stars; Salsa
mega-star, Tito Nieves; Tito Puente, Jr. and his orchestra and international icon, "Charo"! Our 12-piece Latin Orchestra, "Salsa-Son-Timba"
performs throughout Upstate New York and has been featured artists at the
New York State Fair, the N.E. Jazz & Wine Fest, the Syracuse Latin
Festival and the Syracuse International Film Festival.
We also spearhead fundraising efforts for local youths of the Spanish Action League's "La Joven Guardia Teatro y la Danza Latina" and for
disadvantaged children at the "Baobab Children's Foundation" in Ghana, West Africa (see "Our Adopted Children").
Most recently, la Familia was awarded the FLACNY "Friends of
Foreign Language" award for making the greatest contribution to foreign
languages in Central New York (see "Conversational Spanish").
Please peruse our website and then come to our "Salsa Survival Lesson for Beginners" on Friday Nights at Ballybay Pub/Nightclub
(see "Dance Classes") and experience, firsthand, the joy, excitement and community of Latin dancing!
You'll LOVE it......es una PROMESA (...that's a PROMISE)!
Que viva la Salsa!
Brian A Bromka
Founder / Artistic Director
Roberto Perez - Co-founder / Executive Director