Our passion to bring International Entertainment to Charlotte stems from our Puerto Rican background. In our 22+ years of living here in Charlotte, we’ve witnessed the growth of entertainers who have settled here from all over the world. We have a vision to expose everyone to all of the international cultures through the gift of performance. Our talent ranges from singers, dancers and musicians who have performed here in the states as well as South America and Europe! Our services include major shows for corporate events, private parties, weddings, or intimate lessons for small groups in their specific field of interest. Please browse through our webpage to learn about any of our services. For any inquiries or bookings, please contact Soto’s Entertainment.
Marina and Vadim Kolpakov Duo
The Duo of Marina and Vadim is a professional music and dance duet which represents Romany (Gypsy) performing arts, including Flamenco from Spain, Gypsy Jazz from France, Eastern European and Russian-Gypsy music and dance. They perform all over the U.S., as well as overseas at concerts, festivals, and private events. Vadim’s repertoire also includes Pop, jazz, classical, Latin and other World music. The audience is always excited when the Duo performs at any event.
Vadim Kolpakov is one of the most prominent and renowned Russian Roma (Gypsy) 7-string guitarists in the world. He was a lead musician of the Moscow Roma (Gypsy) Theatre Romen, where he performed as a guitarist, composer, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor. To this day, his original guitar compositions are performed in many prominent plays at the theatre as part of the vibrant oral tradition of the Russian Roma culture. Hailing from Saratov, Russia, Vadim graduated from the Roma performing arts school Gilori and studied guitar with his uncle Alexander Kolpakov, the virtuoso Russian 7-string guitarist who served as the musical director of the Romen Gypsy Theatre for over a quarter of a century. At the age of 15, Vadim began work at the Romen Gypsy Theatre, where he worked for 8 years and was the leading guitarist for 7 years.
In 2008, Vadim Kolpakov as a member of the Kolpakov Trio, went on the world tour "Sticky & Sweet" with Madonna. They performed in many European and South American countries, as well as in North America and Mexico, including venues such as Wembley stadium in London, Madison Square Garden in NYC and Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Madonna Sticky and Sweet Tour with participation of Vadim Kolpakov
Rumbao Latin Dance Company
Rumbao Latin Dance Company represents the vision of five Charlotte Latin dancers to provide a fusion of fun and technique for Salsa Dancing. Rumbao combines two key aspects of salsa dance to provide the best performance and instruction possible. Our emphasis is on Rumba and the Tumbao. Tumbao is the percussive beat in salsa music that On2 dancing follows. Rumba implies a party aspect where people get together and have fun. Together the words make “Rumbao”. We believe, no matter the rhythm that life plays for you, always take time to find the beat of the Tumbao and get your rumba on!
Rumbao was formed in March 2013 by a group of five talented and dedicated individuals who are passionate about Latin dance and who are always striving to new heights. Each dancer enjoys creative freedom and brings unique talents to the group following an On2 New York Style. Rumbao has been able to present beautiful choreographies full of sabor (flavor) and has quickly made a mark in Charlotte and surrounding cities. In addition to being passionate Salseros, Rumbao dancers are also proud Charlotteans and are committed to the continued growth of salsa
in their hometown.
Movimientos De Samba
Movimentos de Samba Brazilian co. is founded by Iya Silva, in 2009 in Charlotte NC
She has for over 25 years have dedicate herself to learning, performing and teaching Brazilian dances, i.e. Samba, Afro Brazilian, Axe, Frevo, Samba Reggae etc. She has danced with some of the top Brazilian dance companies in San Francisco, California, such as Fogo na Roupa, Aquarela and MaraReggae. In 2003 she was crowed Queen of Carnaval in San Francisco.
Since moving to North Carolina in 2008 Iya Silva has been teaching, and started Movimentos de Samba Brazilian Dance Company in 2009. In 2010 MDS created the annual Brazilian event “A Night in Rio” Brazilian Carnival Ball with Tony Arazza of the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte NC. MDS has dancers both in Charlotte and Raleigh and performed in such events at the Blumenthal Performing arts Theatre for DanceBrasil, The Carolinas Latin Dance company of Charlotte, Chima’s Brazilian Restaurant, Latin American Festival in Charlotte, various venues and also Charlotte’s annual, “A Night in Rio” Brazilian Carnaval Ball at the Neighborhood Theater!
In 2011 Iya moved to Durham, Iya has brought with her the Brazilian Samba and many other Brazilian dance styles by teaching at Holton community center, Ninth Street Dance Studio and the Terrerio de Arte e Cultura Center and while still performing and directing Movimentos de Samba Brazilian dance company, and teaching in Charlotte.
In the Raleigh area the company has performed for the “International Festival”, Ritmo Latino Festival and also the 2014 World Cup events through the Carolinas.
Iya Silva has returned to Charlotte in 2014 to continue directing MDS and teach Brazilian Samba and other forms of Brazilian cultural dances.
Hot New party trend! “La Hora Loca”
La Hora Loca, Spanish for “The Crazy Hour” It’s an hour-long show where performers wear flashy outfits, resembling those from Peru's carnivals, including people on stilts passing around glowing lights, party hats, balloons and masks encouraging guests to dance. The show is heavy on Latin and American music using maracas and colorful party-favors making it all part of the party. Add an extra “Kick” to your wedding, quinceañera party or special event!
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