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DJ Jeff

Colleen and I fell in love with salsa in the Spring of 1995, when we first heard a Latin band from Youngstown, OH (Sabor Latino) play at Rosebud in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. It was almost as if the music had cast a spell on us...we had never really listened to Latin music before, but as the band played, we couldn't stop tapping our toes and fingers. We didn't know how to dance salsa so we tried to swing dance to it....didn't quite work. Later that summer we saw Tito Puente play at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and then vacationed in Miami where we became immersed in the music. As we drove through Miami we listened to El Nuevo Zol 95.7 FM constantly....It was then, that we became hooked on the music and wanted desperately to learn how to dance after visiting some Miami clubs and just watching.

Six months later in Pittsburgh, we enrolled in a salsa dance class taught by Miguel Sague, his wife Lenny, and son, "Cha" of the local band, Guaracha. We practiced at home but struggled with the basic steps. Miguel, of Cuban descent, and a pioneer of Latin music in Pittsburgh, really helped ground us in the fundamentals and history of the dance. Eventually our steps clicked and we were eager to learn more....a few months later we were introduced to local instructor, Marlon Silva, and began taking classes from Marlon and his partner at the time, Nancy Sakach. From them, we expanded our knowledge and love of salsa. Being high school teachers, we had the summers free to explore other salsa dancing styles, and we began traveling to Los Angeles, CA, where we met Edie the Salsa Freak (co-founder of SalsaWeb and one of the most remarkable icons in the salsa industry).

Los Angeles seemed like our second home, as we spent one month each summer for seven years learning to dance from many of the original creators of "LA Style" salsa. We took group and private classes with Edie, Luis & Joby Vazquez, Francisco Vazquez, Josie Neglia, Al "Liquid Silver", and many others. We traveled hundreds of miles each summer in our rental car crisscrossing the freeways of LA taking lessons, hitting the salsa clubs, and chatting with many of our dancer friends in the coffee shops after a night of dancing.

It is hard to believe that our journey with salsa music and dance began 15 years ago. We never dreamed that we would eventually run a website, teach, dee jay, and organize workshops and events...all dedicated to sharing our love and passion for salsa music and dance. We really must credit Edie for making much of this happen, because she is the one that inspired and encouraged us to do all that we are doing now.

It has been, and continues to be, a labor of love. We are thankful for all the support we have received from the salsa community going all the way back to our first group dance classes and events in 1999. We hope that our website will serve as a valuable resource to those of you that are either beginning or continuing your journey with salsa music and dance.

Jeff & Colleen Shirey (Feb 2010)

Past Events

Salsa Pittsburgh's Past Events since 1999 (most recent listed first)

  Spring Dance Weekend
March 23-25, 2018
Jorge Martinez & Maria Catalan (Mexico)
Lenin Guerrero & Jackie Pineda (Cleveland/Mexico)
Summer Dance Weekend
July 8-10, 2016
Alien Ramirez
( Miami/ FL/CUBA)
Lenin Guerrero Maldonado (Cleveland, OH/MEXICO)
Super Salsa Weekend
March 27-29, 2015
Uriel Garcia & Vera Rowe (FL)
Jose Fajardo Jr y su Orquesta (NYC)
Mr. Salsa, Izzy Sanabria (FL)
Winter SALSAbration Weekend and
Ten-Year Anniversary of the BMNECC Salsa Social
January 11-12, 2013
Andres & Leah Giraldo from
Salsa y Control (Boston, MA)
Summer Salsa Weekend
June 8-10, 2012
Al "Liquid Silver" Espinoza and
the LSP Dancers (FL)
Nine-Year Anniversary of the BMNECC Salsa Social
Screening of La Epoca, Part II, The Lost Rhythms In Salsa
February 11, 2012
Fall Dance Weekend 2011
November 11-13, 2011
Darlin Garcia/Liz Becerra (PA) Rudy Acosta (NYC)

Women's Styling &
Afro-Cuban Workshops
August 9, 2011
Alien Ramirez (CA)

Red Hot Summer Spectacular 2011
June 10-12, 2011
Cristian Oviedo/Alien Ramirez (CA)
Lee "El Gringuito"/Kat "La Gata" (DC )

Eight-Year Anniversary of the BMNECC Salsa Social
Mini-Workshops and Dance
January 8, 2011
Mark Brewer & Michelle Moffitt
Detroit, MI

Salsa Spooktacular 2010
Oct 29-31, 2010
Salsa y Control Dance Company (Boston, MA)
Bachata Bootcamp
Dance Weekend 2010
July 30-31, 2010
Joe Figueroa (Philadelphia, PA)

Spring Salsa Spectacular 2010
April 9 - 11, 2010
Shaka Brown/Vianette Silva (FL)
Joe Figueroa/Christy Kam (PA)
Seven-Year Anniversary of the BMNECC Salsa Social
Mini-Workshops and Dance
January 9-10, 2010
Rebecca Sweet & Eddie Perez
Viva Dance (Cleveland, OH)

Salsa Spooktacular 2009
Oct 30-Nov 1, 2009
Xtravaganza Latin Dance Company
Bachata Bootcamp
Dance Weekend 2009
July 24-25, 2009
Lee "El Gringuito" (DC)

March Madness 2009
Mar 13-15, 2009
Art in Motion (PA)
Liquid Silver Productions (FL)

Salsa Spooktacular 2008
Oct 31-Nov 2, 2008
Edie the Salsa Freak (FL)
Joe Figueroa (PA)
Spring Dance Weekend 2008
Apr 11-13, 2008
Darlin Garcia (PA)
Art in Motion (PA)
Weekend of Champions 2007
Nov 9-11, 2007
Abel Pena, Zulmara Torres (CA)
Martin Avendano (CA)
Esti Ashkenazi (CA)
Spring Salsa Rumble 2007
Apr 13-15, 2007
Al & Karla Espinoza (CA)
Ismael Ottero (NJ)
Shani Talmor (NY)
Nov Dance Weekend 2006
Nov 24-26, 2006
Al & Karla Espinoza (FL)
Spring Salsa Spectacular 2006
Apr 7-9, 2006
Mambo Tribe (Toronto)
Salsa Band, Bio Ritmo from Richmond, VA
Salsa Spooktacular 2004
Oct 29-31, 2004
Al "Liquid Silver" Espinoza (CA)
Edie the Salsa Freak (CA )
Salsa Band, Sammy Deleon Y Su Orquesta from OH
Nov Dance Weekend 2003
Nov 14-16, 2003
Salsa Brava's
Diana & Ricky Lemoli (CA)
Salsa Band, Noel Quintana's Latin Crew from OH
Nov Dance Weekend 2002
Nov 8-10, 2002
Super Mario (London)
Griselle Ponce (NJ)
Salsa Band, Sammy Deleon Y Su Orquesta from OH
Spring Salsa Fling 2002
April 12-14, 2002
Jamie Josephson (NY)
Rodney Harris (NY)
Salsa Band, Son Alegre from Cleveland, OH

March Dance Weekend 2002
March 1-3, 2002
Cultural Explosion (NJ)
Sept Dance Weekend 2001
Sept 28-30, 2001
Edie the Salsa Freak (CA)
Al Espinoza (CA)
Salsa Band, Sabor Latino from Youngstown, OH
Spring Salsa Spectacular 2001
May 11-13, 2001
Cultural Explosion (NJ)
Salsa Band, Orquesta La Romana from Washington, DC
Valentines Salsa Bash 2001
Feb 9-11, 2001
Juan Calderon (NJ)
Diana Dieppa (NJ)
Salsa Band, Sammy Deleon & Su Orquesta from OH
Nov Dance Weekend 2000
Nov 17-18, 2000
Edie the Salsa Freak(CA)
Solomon Rivera (CA)
Salsa Band, Sabor Latino from Youngstown, OH
Our Very First Workshop Weekend
April 2-4, 1999
Edie the Salsa Freak (CA)
Raul Santiago (DC)


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