Salsa and Today's Youth

LA Salsa Kids focus on heritage, school, family...and dancing!

By Betty Sanchez
Published on LatinoLA: March 16, 2002

Salsa and Today's Youth

Recently I met a group of teenagers called the "LA Salsa Kids".


I must say, In today's world of drugs, teen pregnancy, and high school drop outs, I have to commend these kids. They were all very eloquent, family-oriented teenagers. This group of teens and kids ranging in age from eight to 19 dance salsa. Most of them are second generation Latinos from different countries including Cuba, Mexico, and El Salvador. There are even a couple of Gringos!

This group is headed by their current director, Jay, who ensures that the group stays focused on heritage, school and family. They have traveled throughout the USA and the Caribean. They told me that they will be participating in the upcoming World Salsa Congress to be held Memorial Day weekend at Hollywood Park.

Their group is a non-profit organization founded by Tomas Montero in 1995. The participants have to maintain a minimum of a "C" average and must serve as a role model to other teens. They love to dance salsa and it shows with those wonderful moves. They practice twice a week and they teach other children.

Latinos out there, I highly recomend that if you have a chance you go see them, you should.

They told me that they have a website at http://www.lasalsakids .com and you can contact them at lasalsakids@aol.com.

Anyhow, I just thought I needed to tell the world about these kids.

About Betty Sanchez:
Betty Sanchez is a fan of the LA Salsa Kids.

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