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Bay Area salsa dancers qualify for next round of 'America's Got Talent'

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Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the second episode of "America's Got Talent", which airs on the West Coast tonight at 8pm PST.

Local salsa dancers John Narvaez and Andrew Cervantes made it through the first round of auditions tonight, and have qualified to move onto the next round in season 9 of NBC's "America's Got Talent".

The duo auditioned for the show back in April in Los Angeles, and the two found out that they had qualified a few weeks later, but had to keep it a secret before tonight's show aired. John appeared briefly on screen last week in the season premiere episode, apparently dancing with Howard Stern, but tonight was the first appearance of the two on screen together.

The two wowed the judges tonight with their fast movements and great chemistry, and got a standing ovation from the judges as well as four "yesses" to make it into the next round. They even inspired two of the judges, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel to get up on stage and attempt their own dance, to hilarious results.

John and Andrew are well known salsa dancers from Bay Area that have been competing together for a number of years. John is the director Salsamania Dance Company based in Alameda, which is one of the largest salsa dance companies in the Bay Area which has won numerous titles at salsa competitions around the country.

Andrew, originally from Sacramento, is a salsa dancing prodigy who began dancing as a teenager, and quickly became one of the best salsa dancers and the world. John and Andrew have been competing together since 2011, and have won the same-gender division of the World Latin Dance Cup three years in a row. The two have built a reputation for themselves within the salsa community, and are popular performers at top salsa events and festivals around the world.

The two maintain an active travel schedule, and have recently returned from performances in Los Angeles and Canada.

John and Andrew will return to the screen in a few weeks once all the audition episodes have aired. Of the hundreds of competitors, 48 will pass through to the live shows of "America's Got Talent" where viewers will have the chance to vote on their favorite acts.

Stay tuned and help cheer on this salsa couple from the Bay Area!


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