alex and desireeAlex Morel & Desiree Godsell, New York 

Alex Morel, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and raised in Paterson, NJ. Alex Morel is known for his musical style and flavor on the dance floor. He admits to always identifying with music of all genres. In 2005, Alex began Salsa lessons with renowned instructor, choreographer, and director of Caribbean Soul Dance Co. Ismael Otero – also known as the “Million Moves Man.”  With the help of both instructors and Ismael Otero and Shani Talmor, Alex was able to grow both musically and technically.  Alex’s dancing soon evolved and he would take moves he learned and hone them to match his own style.

Today, Alex is known for his charisma both on stage and on the dance floor. His Salsa style can be described as fun, playful and energetic. Fast and unique footwork paired with intricate and unconventional turn patterns result in a very entertaining experience to witness.  Alex is also known for his unique and creative touch of traditional yet stylish Bachata. His “Bachata Killer Moves DVD” has received excellent reviews and has now been sold in countries all over the globe. He has been teaching workshops and performing in countries such as Germany, Portugual, Israel, and Puerto Rico among others.

Alex has also choreographed for several dancers and dance teams and even choreographed for recording artist Anayka. Alex hopes to motivate and inspire the world through his passion for dance.

Desiree Godsell, born and raised in Houston, Texas, graduated from the High School of Performing and Visual arts which laid the foundation for her life in performing arts. From there she received a B.F.A. in Modern Dance performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Once moving to NYC, she began choreographing and dancing for the Atlantic recording artist Santigold touring the world for the last eight years - touring internationally and opening for musicians such as Coldplay, Kanye West, Jay-Z, MIA, and Rihanna to name a few. She's been on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brian, Jules Holland, and Stephen Colbert.

Simultaneously, Desiree began her salsa career straight at the top, partnering with the "mambo king" himself Eddie Torres. Since then she's danced with Griselle Ponce, Sekou McMiller, Maria Torres, Andy Cruz, Caribbean Soul, starred in Lamambopera off Broadway, on Telefutura's "quiero ser estrella", she was a salsa coach on two separate MTV made episodes, won the 2014 Univision Latin dance competition with her partner Alex Morel, kizomba with Manuel Dos Santos and most recently appeared as a dancer in Shine the movie. She tours teaching and performing salsa, bachata, cha cha, latin release, and many other latin dance styles at latin dance festivals and congresses all around the world.

 

NEW YORK CITY'S PREMIER LATIN DANCE EVENT

The New York International Salsa Congress is New York City's largest and longest-running Latin dance and music event where the world comes to dance every Labor Day Weekend. This year is the 17th annual edition and will take place at the prestigious New York Marriott Marquis, in the heart of Times Square, footsteps from Broadway theaters, museums and other NYC attractions.  

Featuring live band concerts, performance showcases, instructional workshops, and non-stop social dancing all in the center of the world's greatest city, come see why the NYISC brings thousands of attendees from New York and over 40 countries worldwide for an annual celebration of Latin dance, music and culture.

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