STG Presents
Salsa & Hip Hop Dance Party
Sponsored by BECU and University of Washington

Neptune Theatre
September 28, 2011
Doors at 6:30pm
Show at 7:30pm
All Ages Show


STG presents Free Anchors Aweigh Neptune Grand Opening Event: Salsa & Hip Hop Dance Party at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

All events September 25-29 are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.

Bring your dancing shoes! Salsa class led by Vanessa Villalobos & Christian Paquin with Sonora La Rebelion (salsa band), followed by a Hip Hop lesson led by notable choreographer Daniel Cruz with music from local DJ WD4D.

Vanessa Villalobos

Vanessa Villalobos is from Lima, Peru. Her love of Latin music and her Peruvian heritage inspire her dancing, teaching and choreography. She is featured in MadHot Ballroom and Disney’s Enchanted. After receiving her B.A. in Dance & Theater from the U.W., she worked in NY for 10 years, where she was introduced to New York style Mambo. Locally Vanessa and Kristian perform with Balorico and Mambo U where they are happy to push forward their love of dancing salsa on2! Classes are available at Seattle U, the Wash. Dance Club and privately by request. Vanessa also teaches for STG’s DANCE This program.

Christian Paquin
Christian Paquin is a passionate salsa dancer from Montreal. Since his recent move to Seattle, Christian danced and performed with Salsa Salvaje, Mambo U, and Balorico. Dancing complements Christian’s other artistic interests: he is also an accomplished magician and the leader of rock trio Bunker.

Sonora La Rebelion

Biography (English)
In late 2010, Oswaldo Rojas, Peruvian trumpet player partnered with another fellow to create a band that could play all kinds of tropical music and from there they started with the selection of musicians. Oswaldo Rojas and his former partner broke their relationship and Oswaldo decided to continue the musical project with much more responsibility, but thanks to the established musicians in the orchestra was maturing the idea of continuing to make music. Sonora la Rebelión has a variety of musicians from different countries like: Japan, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Philippines & others. the band achieved today what is called SONORA LA REBELION. Sonora La Rebelion now has rise their popularity in the city of Seattle and surrounding areas where they are delighting hundreds of fans every week. This orchestra really enjoys seeing his audience dancing each of the successes of his versatile repertoire full of classic salsa, merengue and cumbias.

"This town deserves the best of the Latin Music, welcome to the world of… …. SONORA LA REBELION. . . "Oswaldo Rojas – Founder

A finales del año 2010, Oswaldo Rojas, trompetista peruano, se asoció con otro compatriota para crear una banda que pudiera interpretar todos los géneros de la música tropical y fue así donde se comenzó con la selección de músicos de diferentes países todos 100% latinos excepto la pianista que es nativa del Japón ( Miho Takekawa). Asi se logró ensamblar la banda que hoy se denomina SONORA INTERNACIONAL LA REBELION. Oswaldo Rojas y su ex-socio rompieron relación y Oswaldo decide seguir con el proyecto musical con una responsabilidad mucho mayor, pero que gracias a los músicos ya establecidos en la orquesta se fué madurando la idea de seguir haciendo música. Ahora Sonora Internacional La Rebelión cuenta con un sitial en la ciudad de Seattle y sus alrededores donde están deleitando a cientos de seguidores semana a semana. Esta Orquesta goza verdaderamente al ver su público bailar cada uno de los éxitos de su versátil repertorio lleno de éxitos de la salsa, del merengue y de las cumbias.

“A este pueblo latino que merece lo mejor bienvenidos al mundo de……. SONORA LA REBELION. . .“ Oswaldo Rojas – Fundador

Daniel Cruz

Daniel Cruz is the choreographer and director of Cruz Control, a Seattle hip hop company. He recently served as a Co-Dance Captain on the 1st National Tour of the Tony-award winning musical, In The Heights. Cruz has worked with the 5th Avenue Theater, The Village Theater, MTV’s VMA’s (Michael Jackson/NSYNC), BET (Ashanti), Musicology music video (Prince), Seattle Seahawks, Microsoft, Napoleon & Tabitha D’Umo, Wade Robson and Brian Friedman. He has taught and choreographed for DT since 2005 and premiered new work at The Moore Theatre in 2008 and 2009.


WD4D aka Waylon Dungan is one of Seattle’s most talented and ambitious beat scientists whose bold style has injected new sonic fusions into the city’s hip hop and electronic music communities. Versatile and always fresh, WD4D’s sound ranges from left-field experimental beats and funky upbeat dance music to jazzed-up hip hop and soulful underground rap. Producing and DJing for almost sixteen years, WD4D was recently dubbed “The Feel-Good DJ of the Decade” by Seattle’s The Stranger newspaper. This innovative producer’s dedication to his craft has resulted in an impressive discography; his debut album Some Assembly Required (2005) was followed by a slew of both signed and unsigned releases, including his latest EP Post-Hyphy-Romanticrunk (2010) that features a crew of female vocalists from the area. A skilled turntablist who embraces both the digital and vinyl realms, WD4D takes unpredictable twists and blasts the hinges off genre definitions with his inventive and eclectic style. Not only a knowledgeable producer but an engaging performer as well, WD4D was named champion of Seattle’s 2010 Battle of the Mega-Mixes. Deeply involved in the local arts scene, WD4D has released music on Seattle-based label Fourthcity, and also scored the original music for the theatrical dance performance In Fere. When he is not pushing forward his unique beat-flipping sound, WD4D is supporting the musical community and promoting other artists who blend futuristic hip hop with electronic possibilities. One of the founding DJs of KBCS 91.3’s Saturday night Zulu Radio, WD4D has co-hosted the popular radio program for five years. This busy producer is also a resident at the weekly future beat and breakers party Stop Biting, one of the most forward-thinking nights of music in the city. With plenty of initiative and industry savvy to match his sharp production skills, WD4D is an unstoppable force that brings new music to light- and then sets it on fire. Look for more beat-heavy badness in the clubs, on the radio and in the studio from WD4D as he further develops his original sound and his presence on the international electronic stage continues to expand.

Photo Credit: Chi Duon


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