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August 11, 2011
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

For general information about tickets, seating, parking, etc., for performances and events happening at the Center for the Arts, please contact the ticket office directly at 703-993-2787.




Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at 8 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va. and MANASSAS, Va., Aug. 11, 2011 “The dancers of ‘Kings of Salsa’ exercise their mastery of [these dances] to perfection, as if dancing were as essential to life as breathing and the beating of the heart,” raves German newspaper Hamburger Abendsplatt about this sensual and exhilarating new show. The “Kings of Salsa” makes two appearances in the greater Washington, D.C. area this fall, bringing sizzling choreography straight from the streets of Havana, complemented by electrifying live Latin music and hip and colorful costumes.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at 8 p.m., “Kings of Salsa” appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. The performance is a part of the 2011-12 Global View series at the Center for the Arts, which is sponsored by HSBC Bank.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 at 4 p.m., “Kings of Salsa” comes to the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Merchant Hall as part of its Hylton Presents series. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of the Hylton Presents series at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Highlighting the very best of . . . Havana’s cool street salsa and hip-hop scene, “Kings of Salsa” seamlessly unites Afro-Caribbean moves, contemporary dance and such classic Latin dances as the mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha. With the dazzling nine-piece brass band Cuba Ashire providing stirring Latin rhythms and stratospheric brass arrangements, “Kings of Salsa” offers a glimpse of hip contemporary Cuba never before seen on stage.

“Kings of Salsa” is choreographed by Roclan Gonzalez Chavez, regarded as one of the best young choreographers in Cuba. After graduating as a folklore dancer and professor from Havana’s National School of Arts in 1996 and later studying musical theater, Chavez launched his professional career as a singer and dancer by joining the TV Ballet in 1998. He has since created a musical production for a tour in Mexico and has toured as co-director of another production in Aruba. He has also performed with the Cuban dance show “Lady Salsa,” showcasing his vocal and theatrical talent, as well as his flair for choreography. In the past three years, Chavez has served as the main choreographer of the Cubadisco Festival Show. With “Kings of Salsa,” he has created a performance designed to feature the unique talents of some of Cuba’s finest dancers picked from some of Cuba’s best dance companies.


HSBC Bank is the Global View Series Sponsor

 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.


The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize

Novant Health as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season. 



Tickets for KINGS OF SALSA are $23, $38, $46. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit



Tickets for KINGS OF SALSA are $30, $38, $46. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit


About Great Performances at Mason at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.