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History of Santo Rico Pro Team
The history of Santo Rico dates back to 1995. The name of the dance company is derived from the initial members of the group being half from Santo Domingo (Santo) and half from Puerto Rico (Rico), hence the name "Santo Rico." Santo Rico was initially formed by Wilton Beltre, a Dominican native, who expressed his love for dance by displaying his street style of dancing Mambo/Salsa in local nightclubs in New York City.
Santo Rico is currently known as the longest-standing performance team in the world. Since launching their first choreography in 1996 Santo Rico has worked relentlessly on its art, spanning 6 continents, over 30 countries and over 40 US cities during their fabulous trajectory. To date, they're recognized for their dazzling choreographies and their world-famous "Santo Rico spinning technique" initiated in 1998 by Tomas Guerrero himself. Santo Rico's training methods have influenced, inspired and trained many dancers all over the world, including dancers from dance companies such as Karisma, Yamulee and Baila Society, which were formed from training and dancing under Santo Rico. Santo Rico’s achievements also include performing with many Salsa Superstars such as Gilberto Santo Rosa, Tito Puente, Jose Alberto "El Canario", Marc Anthony, La Sonora Ponceña and Victor Manuelle to name a few. Santo Rico has also performed in many prestigious venues such as Madison Square Garden, Madison Square Garden, The Conneticut Convention Center, El Palacio De Los Deportes in Santo Domingo, D.R. and several Salsa Congresses worldwide.
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