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(Originally posted on SalsaNewYork 0n 4/02)

Results from the First Ever 
NY/NJ 1st Annual 
People's Choice Salsa Dance Awards

This past April 6th, 2002 the 1st Annual People's Choice Salsa dance Awards were held at the Bronx's Starlite Caterers. Though I was not in town to attend the event, I was told by my Co-Web partner Steve Shaw that the event was put together pretty well. 

Steve and I both know that this was the first attempt ever to create such an award ceremony for the NY/NJ mambo dance community.  Many people have pointed out that there were some flaws in this year's process.  But I like to try and look at the brighter side of this issue.  I think that the fact that the event took place at all was an achievement in itself. Its about time that dancers get the artistic recognition they deserve for all the hard work they put into their craft.  If they were errors in this year's process, then let the promoters chalk it up as a learning experience and allow them the opportunity to make corrections for next year's awards.  Remember that that the first couple of "Salsa Congresses" weren't mistake free.  It took a little time to create the formula that everyone now uses.

The last two years have seen some major visionary growth for the NY tri-state mambo community.  First there was Latin Madness, now the inclusion of a mambo dancer awards events. 

The List of this Year's Salsa Award Winners are:

Social Awards:

Best Website - SalsaNewYork.com - Steve Shaw & Manny Siverio
Best Salsa DJ - Elvira Dominguez
Best Social - Tied between Latin Sundays (Jimmy Anton) & Mambo Showdown (Luis Zegarra)
Best Social Dancer (Female) - Nancy "La Chacon" Ortiz
Best Social Dancer (Male) - Vittico "La Magia" Pacheco

Instruction Awards:

Best Female Instructor - Maria Torres
Best Male Instructor - Nelson Flores
Best Youth Group - Young Ambition

Performance Awards:

Best New Group - Mambo's Finest
Best Choreography - Monti - Eddie Torres for Eddie Torres Dancers
Best Performing Couple - Jai & Candy
Best Female Perfomer - Candy Mena
Best Male Performer - Ismael Otero
Best Group - Santo Rico

Salsa Visionary Award - Nelson Flores & Carlos Mendoza for their production of Latin Madness

Lifetime Achievement Award - David Melendez & Ralph Mercado











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