joel maria new york salsa congressJoel Dominguez and Maria Palmieri, New York

Joel Dominguez has danced, taught, performed, choreographed and competed throughout various parts of the US and Mexico. He has been studying music and dance for more than twenty years and boasts expertise in a broad range of Latin dances. He has appeared in commercials, music videos, news programs, and has danced professionally as a promotion for the incomparable, Gloria Estefan; but he maintains that his true passion has always remained with his ability to convey to others his enthusiasm for Salsa music and dance.

As a promoter, he, in cooperation with DJ Antonio “La Conga”, founded the world famous La Vieja Guardia (LVG) Salsa Social Events.

Maria Palmieri is a very passionate & musical dancer and is known for her sexy and unique style. Maria teaches and performs nationwide with her partner Joel Dominguez. She also specializes in teaching Ladies Styling workshops that help ladies add more confidence, femininity and sexiness to their dancing. She works with the ladies to help them bring out their own sexiness and add expression to their dancing. She believes everyone has something unique to add into their dancing.

Joel & Maria are the owners and founders of JoelSalsa Dance Studio NY. They are the most sought after NYC Salsa instructors known for their quality, unique style of dancing and teaching methods. They are known world wide as experts in musicality, technique, leading & following and helping dancers around the world reach their professional dance goals.

Joel Salsa Dance Studio was recently listed in TimeOut New York as one of the best places to take Salsa classes in NYC! They have been featured in Telemundo Prime Time News, danced for Rihanna, Vanessa Williams and many other musicians & celebrities.



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 18th 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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