Mambo Dinamico 2018 Annual Showcase

Annual Showcase Weekend: December 6-8, 2018

Let’s kick off the holiday season with some great dancing!
Mambo Dinamico Dancer would like to share their passion for the art of dancing by showcasing their work with the people we love, YOU.
Join us for workshops, shows and killer social dancing December 7th and 8th. (Click here for times and addresses).

Save $ with Early Bird discounts (available through December 4th).


Limitless Movement w/ Mitchell Provence

Thursday (Dec. 6th) and Friday (Dec. 7th) from 7pm-10pm (6 hours)

At Carmen’s Cuban Cafe (Morrisville)
108 Factory Shops Rd
Morrisville, NC

Friday Welcome Party

With dance performances and Vinyl session with DJ Clase

  • Salsa Room and Kizoukchata Room

At Carmen’s Cuban Cafe (Morrisville)
108 Factory Shops Rd
Morrisville, NC

Saturday Workshops (Dec 8th)

With guest instructors Julissa Cruz, Benjamin Cartagena and Sophia Marzan

At Carmen’s Cuban Cafe (Morrisville)
108 Factory Shops Rd
Morrisville, NC

Saturday Mambo Dinamico Showcase and Orquesta Gardel Concert

Orqesta GarDelYou, your family and friends are all invited to join us for this intimate event with dance shows for all ages. With choreography inspired by classic musicals and traditional rhythms, Mambo Dinamico and special guest performers will entertain you for the first part of the evening. Then we’ll clear the floor for a night full of killer social dancing.

Barriskill Dance Theater School (Durham)
3642 Shannon Rd
Durham, NC

Party Schedule:
8:30pm – Doors Open
9:00pm – Latin Dance Showcase
10:00pm – Social dance with DJ Renzo and live music by Orquesta Gardel.  Also with a Kizoukchata Room!

*** Children under 12 y.o. are free, and under 18 y.o. pay half price.

Guest Performers Include:

Ben and Sophia (Orlando, FL)
Julissa Cruz (Washington D.C.)
Charlotte Latin Dance (Charlotte, NC)
Cobo Brothers Dance Company (Durham, NC)
Ellie and Brian (Raleigh, NC)
JP Dance Company (Raleigh, NC)
Kizomba RDU (Durham, NC)
LC Zouk Performance Team (Durham, NC)
Rumbao Latin Dance Company (Charlotte, NC)
Somos Mambo Dance Company (Cary, NC)
Triangle Dancers (Morrisville, NC)
Wilmington Latin Dance (Wilmington, NC)


Get the Best Values With Early Bird and VIP Packages


Early Bird Pricing:

  • Limitless Movement – $80 (or $90 @ door)
  • Saturday Workshops – $70 (or $80 @ door)
  • Saturday Showcase – $25 (or $30 @ door)

Weekend passes – $100 (save $20)

  • Friday Welcome Party
  • Saturday Workshops
  • Saturday Showcase

VIP passes – $150 (Treat yourself!)

  • Limitless Movement w/ Mitchell Provence (Thursday and Friday)
  • Friday Welcome Party
  • Saturday Workshops
  • Saturday Showcase (with reserved VIP seating for the show)
  • Express check-in
  • Access to VIP lounge on Saturday evening
  • Gift bag (including a Mambo Dinamico gift certificate)


Saturday Workshops

Saturday Workshops

This year Mambo Dinamico is bringing three of the most loved instructors on the East Coast to share their talent with us.

Saturday, December 8th @ Carmen’s Cuban Cafe


Early Bird Special – $70 for  all workshops (price good through December 4th)
$80 at the door

(Workshops come together and cannot be purchased individually).

Showcase Instructors

Benjamin Cartagena and Sophia Marzan (Orlando, FL)

Ben Cartagena is no stranger to dance. Recruited at the age of 16 to learn and instruct at one of Orlando’s largest Latin dance studios, Ben has spent the last decade perfecting his craft and skills seeking training in different dance techniques, from Cuban Folklore to Contemporary and NY Mambo. He has created an effective training regimen, which he shares with his students in during his weekly classes.  His unique style difficult to find anywhere in the world, as he truly intertwines grace, technique and dynamic physicality in his dance. Ben specializes in all traditional latin dances and is renown for his ability to help students realize their max potential.

Born to parents of Puerto Rican descent, Sophia grew up listening to salsa music all of her life. In 2012, Sophia moved to Orlando, Florida and decided to chase down her life long interest in salsa dancing and began taking classes at Salsa Heat. She soon realized that dancing, both a creative and physical endeavor, was the perfect art form for her: given her propensity towards the arts, her love of latin music, and her previous physical training as a young gymnast and D1 collegiate athlete in soccer and track and field.

Sophia quickly rose to the professional level once she began training at Salsa Synergy Dance Company and has been ceaseless ever since, training in salsa, afro-cuban, afro latin contemporary, and ballet at the Russian Academy Orlando.  Her no-shortcuts attitude and love for training has propelled her to a professional level in an impressive short amount of time. She aims to express movement in her unique way while honoring the art form and continue learning from those who she respects.

As a teacher, Sophia’s objective is to inspire those that decide to pursue their passion at any age and prove that it’s never too late to pursue greatness. She currently tours the U.S. performing with her dance partner turned fiancé Benjamin Cartagena of Salsa Synergy. They both direct the schools performance teams and teach classes together in Orlando. They are constantly at work developing themselves and continue growing as dancers.


DSC_4652-2Julissa Cruz has been training, teaching coaching and performing dance for over 20 years.  As a child, she would spend hours dancing to videos in front of the tv until her Mother enrolled her in dance classes at the age of 9. She would go on to train in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and the Latin dance arts.

At the age of 15, she began to combine her passion for dance with a new found love of teaching at Leggz Dance Academy, first as an assistant teacher and later developing her own youth hip hop program there. In addition, Julissa also served as director of the Salsa Heat professional dance company, teaching with them for 4 years before venturing out on her own as a solo artist. Since then, she has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and beyond on her own, while collaborating with other world-renowned performers such as Andy Cruz, Gordon Neil, Ana Masacote, Benjamin Cartagena and Liz Becerra.

In 2009, Julissa married and relocated to Richmond, VA where she founded Latin Vintage, and has become the proud mother of three. She is passionate about the creation and development of dancers, as well as creating enthusiasts of the art and culture. Julissa continues to be inspired by the integrity of movement, and hopes to share this with others for years to come.


Orqesta GarDel

Orquesta GardelOrquesta GarDel, Durham, North Carolina, July 30, 2012. Photo by D.L. Anderson

Thoroughly multinational but uniquely North Carolinian, Orquesta GarDel thrills audiences with a high-energy Latin dance music experience. The monstrous thirteen-member lineup replicates the format of a classic Nuyorican salsa dura ensemble – a full deck of horn players, percussionists, and coro singers. Rooted in its own arrangements of songs from the great salsa, cumbia, and merengue artists, this is ultimately not a cover band. In 2011 Orquesta GarDel released its debut EP, Lo Que Tú Querías, which consists entirely of original compositions. As GarDel continues to write, flavors of edgy jazz and funky Cuban timba continue to pour from the stage onto the dance floor. The band tours the southeast, having headlined from Roanoke, VA to Charleston, SC, including appearances at the Lake Eden Arts Festival, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Art Museum, La Fiesta del Pueblo, and Raleigh-Durham hometown venues like Cat’s Cradle and Motorco Music Hall.

Founded in 2006 by David Garcia, a professor of ethnomusicology at UNC Chapel Hill, and singer Nelson Delgado, Orquesta GarDel’s members straddle multiple generations, combining Latino music veterans with African- and Anglo-American jazzers. The group is currently directed by pianist Eric Hirsh and trombonist Andy Kleindienst.


RenzoDJ Renzo
DJ Renzo was raised listening to and enjoying music from a young age.  While the opportunity to become a DJ while working at a radio station in college would come and go, it wasn’t until January of 2008 that he would seriously consider the art of translating his passion for music to others.

A local DJ was traveling abroad and asked Renzo, just a music collector at the time, if he could cover for him at a local venue for a week.  Renzo agreed – and so began his journey into the DJ world. The dancers really enjoyed his music and a local promoter asked if he would consider being a DJ more regularly.

Since then DJ Renzo quickly moved through the ranks and has served as a DJ at many music festivals, both nationally and internationally to include:  Capital Salsa Congress (D.C.), D.C. Bachata Congress, Orlando Salsa Congress, Chicago Salsa Congress, Connecticut Salsa Festival, Madrid Salsa Festival (Spain), Extreme Japan (Tokyo), Aventura Dance Cruise (Miami/Barbados), Salsa Mambo Festival (Palm Springs, CA), Philly Salsa Festival (Philadelphia) and many other mid-level and smaller events as well.  Renzo’s professionalism, vast musical knowledge, attention to detail, experience as a military officer, and experience as a mid-level manager in Corporate America encouraged many of the promoters to ask him to be the Head DJ and to run tech rehearsals and performances.

Julio Marrero, aka “DJ Clase”

Born and raised in NYC, Julio was exposed to a wide spectrum of musical influences. After his move to NC in 2011, he quickly became one of the top DJ’s in the state’s Latin dance scene today.

DJ Clase is one of the founders of Latin Vibe Entertainment,  hosting parties like Eleganza, Seduccion , The Salsa & Bachata Throw Down and Vinilo Rumba (an all Vinyl social).  He can also be found spinning at parties like Mojito Night, Sabor Latino, Salsa & Bachata Affair, Aura Dance Studio Dance Social, as well as other out-of-state events where he is featured.  His passion and focus for Latin music has driven him to become an avid music collector with hundreds of vinyl records.

In addition of taking care of the perfect music mixes to please the dance audience, Julio prides himself on collaborating with event coordinators and vendors to ensure that events runs smoothly, and everyone is equipped with tools needed to have a great time.  Julio also serves as the music coordinator and director for Baila Cura Dance Festival and Gala’s organizational committee, a fundraising organization for pediatric cancer research which raises money and awareness through Latin dance.

Genre of style and music specializing in: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Reggaeton, Latin House, Top 40.

Showcase Passes

Pre-Registrations are now closed, but you can still pay at the door!
See you on the dance floor!!

Limitless Movement w/ Mitchell Provence
@ Carmen’s Cuban Café
– $90
– Dec. 6th from 7-10pm
– Dec. 7th – from 7-10pm
– Courtesy Entrance to our Welcome Party

Welcome Party @ Carmen’s Cuban Café – Friday Dec. 7th. – $15
– Salsa Room w/ Vinyl Jam Session with DJ Clase
– Kizoukchata Room
– Dance Performances

Workshops @ Carmen’s Cuban Café  – $80
– Saturday Dec. 8th from 12-4pm

Showcase, Concert and Social
Barriskill Dance Theater 
– $30
– Saturday Dec. 8th from 9pm-2am
– Door Open at 8:30pm

Weekend Pass – $100 (advance purchase only)
– Friday Welcome Party
– Saturday Workshops
– Saturday Showcase
– Orquesta Gardel Concert and Dance Social

VIP Passes (Only 12 available) – $150 (advance purchase only)
– Limitless Movement (Both Thursday and Friday – 6 hrs total)
– Friday Welcome Party
– Saturday Workshops from 12-4pm
– Express Check-In
– VIP Seating for Showcase
– Orquesta Gardel Concert and Dance Social
– Access to VIP Lounge and a gift bag

Venues and Times

Friday, December 7thCarmens-Logo22 Welcome Party
10 pm – 2 am
We’ll wait for you at our home, Carmen’s Cuban Café, for a great night of social dancing with 2 different rooms. We’ll have some great music including a Vinyl Jam Session with DJ Clase and a few dance performances.  Please join us in welcoming our guest instructors and out-of-town performers.

  • Salsa Room with Vinyl Jam Session with DJ Clase
  • Kizoukchata Room
  • Dance Performances
  • Great drinks with your favorite Bartenders
  • Convenience parking

Carmen’s Cuban Café
108 Factory Shops Rd.
Morrisville, NC


Saturday, December 8thCarmens-Logo22 Workshops
12 pm – 4pm
We’ll be back at Carmen’s Cuban Cafe to take some amazing workshops with some of the most loved instructors on the East Coast, who will be delighting us with their knowledge and passion.

Carmen’s Cuban Café
108 Factory Shops Rd.
Morrisville, NC


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Saturday, December 8th Showcase and Party
9pm – 2am (Door open at 8:30)

Join us for a night full of dance magic at Barriskill Dance Theater School. This is the ideal venue for us this year, featuring:

  • Large dance floors
  • High ceiling and great acoustics
  • Several studios (we will have a Kizoukchata Room)
  • Stadium seating
  • Free parking with direct access
  • Large bathrooms

Barriskill Dance Theater School
3642 Shannon Rd.
Durham, NC


Guest Performers

Here are some of the very talented performers that will be joining us in Mambo Dinamico’s 8th Annual Holiday Showcase.

Wilmington LD (Wilmington, NC)
Brazilian Arts Project
Rumbao Latin Dance Co. (Charlotte, NC)
Somos Mambo Dance Company (Cary, NC)
Kizomba RDU (Durham, NC)
LC Zouk Performance Team (Durham, NC)
Cobo Brothers Dance Co. (Durham, NC)
JP Dance Company (Morrisville, NC)
Cultivate Dance (Durham, NC)
Brian and Ellie of Ferocity Dance Co.
CLD and WLD Collaboration
Latin Vintage (Washington D.C.)
Charlotte Touch (Charlotte, NC)
Cobo Brothers Dance Co. (Durham, NC)
Juan and Ali (Raleigh, NC)





We have negotiated a block of rooms for a discounted rate of $99 with the SpringHill Suites Durham Chapel Hill hotel. This hotel is just a few minutes away from Barriskill Dance Theater (the venue for the Saturday showcase party).

SpringHill Suites Durham Chapel Hill

5310 McFarland Drive; Durham, NC 27707

Mambo Dinamico Event
Start date: 12/7/18
End date: 12/9/18
Last day to book: 11/26/18

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • SpringHill Suites Durham Chapel Hill  for $99 USD  per night

Mambo Dinamico Classes This Week

Monday, December 3rd
Level 3 Salsa
From 7:30-9:30pm
Class #4 out of 6

Tuesday, December 4th
Level 1 & 2 Salsa
From 7:00-9:00pm
Class #1 out of 4

Social: 9pm-Midnight

Thursday, December 6th
Special Limitless Movement Workshop
By Mitchell Provence
@ Carmen’s from 7-10mp

Friday, December 7th
Special Limitless Movement Workshop
By Mitchell Provence
@ Carmen’s from 7-10mp

Welcome Party for our Showcase Weekend (Saturday)
Kizoukchata Room and Salsa Room
Dance Performances by Cultivate Dance, Cobo Brothers, Ali & Juan, and Julissa Cruz!!
Vinyl Jam Session by DJ Julio Marrero
@ Carmen’s from 10pm-2am
Performances at 11:30pm

Saturday, December 8th
Showcase Workshops @Carmen’s from 12-4pm
By Benjamin Cartagena, Sophia Marzan and Julissa Cruz

Mambo Dinamico Showcase, Concert and Social
Kizoukchata Room and Salsa Room
Dance Performances by Latin Vintage, Salsa Synergy, Cobo Brothers, Wilmington Latin Dance, Charlotte Latin Dance, JP Dance, Rumbao, Somos Mambo, and many many more!
Concert by Orquesta Gargel!
International Salsa DJ Renzo!
And many more surprises.
@ Barriskill Dance Theater
Doors open at 8:30pm
Shows at 9pm
Concert at 10pm
Register for our showcase weekend here!

Take any of our classes for $15 drop-ins or use your “Mambo Card.”

Visit our Syllabus page for more details on specific classes.

All our lessons are taught at:
Carmen’s Cuban Cafe
108 Factory Shops Rd
Morrisville, NC.