The Old Skool Room

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The Old Skool Room was added to the New York International Salsa Congress schedule of events in 2012 by the late John “Choco” Knight, former owner of the New York Salsa Congress. Inspired by his deep admiration for the old school dancer and at their behest Choco thought it was time to take heed and create an event for the very men and women who danced in the clubs, after-hours, and after-after hours venues across the five boroughs in New York City.

The purpose of the Old Skool Room is to highlight the old-school dancer, which describes a person who enjoys smooth, elegant dancing and has frequented famed New York City clubs from the 1950’s all the way to present day. They are also simply just someone who enjoys dancing with that “Old Skool flavor”. Forming a unique, culturally diverse demographic of music aficionados hailing from all boroughs on the Big Apple and surrounding areas, old-school dancers graced the dance floors of the famed Palladium, Casablanca, St. James Hotel, Tropicoro, Casino 14, Ochentas, Cheetah, and Broadway 1 & 2, to name a handful.

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These dancers made each venue a part of the New York dance scene, setting the foundation for NY social dancers today. Old-school dancers ascribe to a specific tempo of music, enjoying a steady, pronounced clave beat, buoyant Charanga rhythm, classic Cuban Son, and smooth Cha-Cha-Cha, having danced the night away to the best bands in the world. They dress their best for their dance experience, conjuring images of those who danced at the Hunts Point Palace, Corso, and La Maganette over the years.
Celebrating its 7th anniversary in 2018, the Old Skool Room is dedicated to preserving the tradition of the New York, Puerto Rican, and Cuban styles of dance and Latin music folklore. With the annual inclusion of the talented DJ Andy “El Más Bailable” (PR/NY), the dancers have been treated to the best musical selections with the right tempo and rhythm year after year.
This year’s live music performance promises to delight, continuing the tradition of danceable music by New York’s best musicians. The OSR team and the entire New York International Salsa Congress family welcomes dancers of all ages, old-skool and new-skool alike, to enjoy the magic of the 7th annual “Old Skool Room”, taking place Sunday, September 2, 2018 in the Astor Ballroom at the New York Marriott Marquis.