Saint Martin in salsa mode


The 4th edition of the “DP Dance Salsa Festival” will take place in one month at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino. The event has become a must for those who wish to share their passion. Update with Valérie Boucaut, co-founder of the festival.

How was this festival born?
When I arrived in Saint-Martin in 2007, I met the dancer Davy Pivert. I immediately liked his pedagogy to teach. Salsa is a great way to bring people of all generations and different origins together. We then decided to create together an association in September 2010, and a salsa school. We teach New York style. In Saint-Martin, people dance a lot, there was a real demand for a festival. We set up our first event in January 2013, a real success, with the four best dancers of the time, including Eddy Torres who created the New York style.

What will be new in this new edition?
The “Cabana live band” formation will be present. They are incredible Venezuelan musicians that we work with. There will also be more artists this year. And big names: a dozen artists come from Italy, Colombia, Cuba, Los Angeles, New York and Puerto Rico.

Four days of festivities: from January 14 to 17
Among these professionals, you will discover Junior and Emily Alabi from San Francisco - one of the most sought-after couples in the world in salsa - and Evelyn Laurido and Jefferson Benjumea, from Colombia. Students from DP Dance Salsa and a contemporary dance troupe from Saint-Martin will also be there. The festival will kick off on Thursday, January 14 at the Palm d'Or, Orient Bay. The shows - international dancers and local troupes - will take place Friday and Saturday nights at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino. As for the dance sessions, they will be offered on Saturday and Sunday. Participants will be able to enjoy a “pool party” on the last day of the festival. And in the evening, it's time to dance to close this 4th edition at the Palm d'Or. For more information, contact the organizers on 06 90 71 39 93 (Davy) and 06 90 11 04 36 (Valérie)


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