About the event
WHAT IS A SUMMIT?
A Salsa Congress/Summit is a term used in the Latin Dance Community to define a large gathering or convention of people who come to an event to learn the mechanics and/or improve upon their skills in the dance of Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Afro Cuban, Cha Cha Cha and other sub genres. They are taught the history and origins of these cultural dances. These Congresses are being held throughout the country and serve as a network within the Latin Dance Community at large. The people who attend these Congresses are diverse in economics, ethnicity and age. As such, the participants represent a strong voting base in the South Carolina. It is not a rarity to see college students dancing alongside professionals and fathers dancing with daughters. The Latin Dance Community has been recognized by many Universities in the area as a cultural trend that is not only popular, but here to stay. Many of these Universities are either offering dance classes to their faculty and student body or have clubs to facilitate classes and events.
As such, on October 19th, 20th and 21st, 2018, novice to professional dancers, internationally acclaimed instructors, award-winning performers and musical talent will converge on Columbia, South Carolina from all over the globe to participate in this Fifth Annual Congress/Summit. The Congress/Summit will encompass three (3) action-packed days and nights full of instruction, social dance, dining, shopping and recreation. The Columbia Salsa Summit (Taino Dance Co) unites people who are diverse in economics, ethnicity, fitness and age. Professionals, families, students, artists, and athletes dance and socialize together and patronize local businesses.
We have commitments from Universities, Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and latin organizations, Professionals, and many venues that host Salsa and Bachata, Kizomba events throughout the states of South/North Carolina. Based on the involvement of these groups, attendance is expected to be in excess of 1000-1500 attendees for the three days of the Congress/Summit. Over 23,000 social media subscribers will see regular event promotions and sponsorship affiliations over the next year leading up to the event. Promotion of our partnership begins the minute you join as a sponsor and continues until the finale: a three-day event - The Annual Columbia Salsa Summit.
The Columbia Salsa Summit (Taino Dance Co, LLC) members have years of combined and diverse knowledge and experience in connecting dancers and artists. The founding of this LLC has created an exciting opportunity to bring together dancers and local businesses such as yours.
Why should you sponsor?
NOW IS THE TIME!
For the last 20 years, dancers of Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba have been required to leave the state of South Carolina to attend Congresses/Summits/Festivals in order to enhance their dancing abilities. As such they have travelled to New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, Georgia, Miami and many other large cities where the community has flourished and thrived. Now, it is Columbia’s time. In the City of Columbia, South Carolina, participants in this community dance at various venues on Wednesday nights (Woody's); Thursday nights (Tryst); Friday Nights (Blue Moon Ballroom, Alegria) and Saturday night (Blue Moon Ballroom, Tryst, Social and Alegria). Six out of seven nights a week the members of the community dance; or take lessons from local instructors.
The time is now because the City of Columbia has reached a point of participation where the average participant in this community is America’s middle class. The economic power of the community is strong, and because there is a never-ending supply of college students entering the trend, the longevity of the trend is infinite.
The Mission of the Columbia Salsa Summit is to inspire health, creativity, learning, culture and fun through dance.
It is further the Columbia Salsa Summit is to make it an affordable annual event in the City of Columbia, South Carolina, providing high-quality dance instruction, entertainment, social opportunities, sponsorship and vendor affiliations. The average cost of a Congress/Summit in the aforementioned Cities is in excess of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) for a full event pass. We, at the Columbia Salsa Summit seek to make it affordable with a fee of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) for a full-event pass through the participation of our sponsors. Also, unlike other Congresses, we are making businesses integral to this Congress and the life of the community. We are placing our sponsors on our website so that over 23,000 subscribers can visit and utilize your services. We want to make you an Official Provider of the 2018 RVA Salsa Bachata Congress.
BENEFITS TO OUR SPONSORS
The diversity of those who will learn about and attend this event is vast, and the potential for attracting new loyal Latin dance enthusiasts is endless.
Promotion of our partnership begins the minute you join as a sponsor and continues until the finale.
Pre-event promotion via various live and social networking media will publicize your affiliation with the Columbia Salsa Summit before the first dancer arrives October 19th.
Sponsors for this first event will be given the opportunity to renew participation at the same level of contribution for the anticipated 2019 Congress/Summit.
OPPORTUNITIES TO REACH PARTICIPANTS WITH SPONSORSHIP
1. Website - logo tiered by level on sponsor page;
2. Event Facebook Page - posts of individual sponsors;
a. Gold- Monthly
b. Silver - Every other Month
c. Bronze - Every other Month
Frequent and regular posts to 23,000 salsa-oriented Facebook social media followers and interest groups in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville (SC), Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Fayettevile (NC), Atlanta, Savannah, August (GA). Etc.
3. Live event promotions to approximately 3000 dancers a week at weekly salsa venues in South Carolina,, North Carolina, Georgia. etc.
4. Additional social media posts on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram of promoters and participating DJs and instructors
5. Acknowledgement of sponsors at all promotional events leading up to the Congress weekend (including activities partnered with local/regional educational institutions, dance performances and classes in various locations, flash mobs,and similar activities)
EVENT DAY PROMOTION
The depth of your sponsorship extends far beyond the three-day event planned in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. The fifth annual congress begins now with you as our partner. Immediate Access to our dancer base is far reaching and frequent. Please contact us to learn about our Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of sponsorship and how we can partner to celebrate the rich diversity of our city and the health and happiness of the people in it.
My name is Joel Rodriguez
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York. US Army Veteran Joel Rodriguez learned to dance 18 years ago. Discovering his passion for dancing after completing a Basic Salsa class, he studied with some of the leading Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha and Bachata instructors in the world. Joel’s career milestones include performing on live television, participating in Bachata & Salsa Invitationals, and participating in various regional events and programs. He has produced the Columbia Salsa Summit for the past 4 years. Joel’s talent for choreography is clearly evident in his performances. Improvisational skills on the fly, he can take one move and add countless variations. His love and passion for dancing is evident whether he is teaching, performing or dancing socially. Host of various Salsa / Bachata Socials for over 16 years, Producer & Artistic Director of the Columbia Salsa Summit /Taino Dance Company and DJ.
I've been teaching Salsa for 17 years in various locations. Blue Moon Ballroom, Emerald Ballroom, Charlotte Salsa Bachata Festival, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of SC, University of South Carolina, Richland County Adult Activity Center, Vista Ballroom, Pure Ultra Lounge, Tabu Ultra Lounge, Pulse Dance Fitness, Z Factor Dance & Fitness, Brookland Baptist Church, Riverbanks Zoo (Chili Fiesta Festival), Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia College, Carliana's Restaurant, Club Rio. Danced as a member of the Salsa Cabana Performance Dance Group.
I've performed at the Charlotte Bachata Salsa Festival, Columbia Salsa Summit, Columbia Summer Concert Series, Twice on WISTV, WOLOTV, SCETV, South Carolina State Fair, Columbia International Festival, Main St Latin Festival, University of South Carolina, Fort Jackson SC, Dancing with the Survivors(Columbia), Sparkleberry Fair, Dancing with the Stars (Sumter), Women's Expo, University of SC, VA Hospital, Columbia College, Midlands Tech, Salsa Cabana (Performance Group/Choreographer) in Columbia, SC and various other events.
I've competed in Dance competitions in Puerto Rico, New York, Florida, Georgia, Charlotte, NC, Greenville & Charleston, SC.
My mission is to inspire and promote dance arts, health, well-being, and cultural diversity and to foster an environment in which cultural differences can be accepted and celebrated in the Columbia metropolitan area and throughout the Carolinas.”
Contact the Organizer
Contact the Organizer
I personally thank you for your participation and support of this cultural trends that promote the following:
THE ARTS * HEALTH & WELLNESS * SELF-EXPRESSION * RECREATION *
SENSE OF COMMUNITY * DIVERSITY * UNITY