The San Francisco Bay Area is known for having some of the best competitive salsa dancers in the world, and the dancers from the Bay Area competing at this year's World Latin Dance Cup are a testament to this fact.
The results from the semi-final rounds of the 2013 World Latin Dance Cup were announced last night, and there are Bay Area competitors in 13 different divisions who have made it through to the finals. The competition at this year's World Latin Dance Cup has been incredibly fierce, and only 5 competitors from each division were selected to compete at the finals.
Of the competitors who have made it through to the finals, notable are John Narvaez & Andrew Cervantes, two Bay Area favorites who are 2-time champions in the Same Gender Male division. The couple was ranked number 1 as of the semi-finals, and are in a strong position for a three-peat this year.
Salsamania Dance Company is well represented in the finals, with 7 couples and teams from the Salsamania competing in the final round, including the Salsamania Pro Team which is ranked #1 in the Salsa Teams category, and Latin Vibe which is currently second in the Amateur Teams category.
One of the most exciting twists during last night's awards ceremony was the qualification of Derek Marrero and Keesha Roberts. The couple had been ranked in 6th place, but one of the top 5 couples was disqualified from the competition for using non-approved music, leading Derek & Keesha to improve in the rankings. Derek & Keesha are rising stars in the competitive salsa world, having won the World Latin Dance Cup and World Salsa Summit in the amateur division, and just recently making their Pro debut at the San Francisco Salsa Congress.
Also making an appearance at this year's World Latin Dance Cup is Spartan Mambo, the college salsa team from San Jose State University, who were the only team to compete in the new Collegiate Salsa Division, and who automatically go to the finals.
The scores and standings from the semi-finals will be reset for the finals today, so all competitors still have a chance to improve their standings from the previous evening. The final rounds of the World Latin Dance Cup will be held today from 11am-2pm PST and 4pm-8pm PST, and the competition will be streamed live over Ustream.
For the full results from the competition, visit Salsa By The Bay.