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Mambo Instructor, Performer and Promoter to the New York Salsa Congress David Melendez has been around the mambo scene for quite some time. From performing to directing several successful dance companies, to teaching and owning a night club to promoting the 2004 New York Salsa Congress. You name it, David has done it. Lets see what David has to say about this year's 2004 New York Salsa Congress.
Almost every major city around the world has a salsa congress
SNY: What's different at this year's congress from the other previous NY Salsa Congresses and if this year is a success, what do you plan to do for next year to make it even better? DM: Different this year is the new hotel (the Hilton). It has more space and separate ballrooms for all the events. Everything is in one location unlike last year where we had to move to another location on Sunday night. Next year we would like to add even more performers and instructors to the congress but without adding extra time for the shows. We plan to break each show into 10-12 groups which is about a one hour long. We also plan on doing 2 performances in the evening and one in the afternoon. We also want to make sure that we start on time and end early so people could go listen and dance to the bands. Another thing we plan on doing this year is to offer 38 hours of dancing while the groups are performing.
SNY: What bands will be playing at this year's congress?, from where will people be coming from to attend this year's event? and are you planning to have an endless amount of performances each night? If not why? DM: The bands that I am using this year are local except for the Sunday night performance. I have Wayne Gorbea and Conjunto Imagine from New York and finally Johnny Polanco from L.A. We have performers coming from all over the world. New Yorkers will be well represented. As for the shows, no, I will not be having endless number of performers because people get tired. Each of my shows will last one hour and that's it! There are two evening shows per night and two afternoon shows. All my shows will start on time.
SNY: How was it that you ended up choosing the hotel for this year's event? DM: Last year I had gotten a hotel that could hold up to 800 people not knowing that I was going to get 1,400 instead. Needless to say I out grew that hotel during our first year there. So I looked for a hotel that could grow as the congress grew, hence the Hilton. The Hilton has the biggest ballroom in New York and I have them locked in for the next four years.
SNY: How can
people find out more about this year's NY Salsa Congress and