Ismael Otero

Ismael Otero (New Jersey)

Ismael Otero
The Million Moves Man
Director of Caribbean Soul Dancers



Judge at the World Latin Dance Cup

Recognition of achievement (again) - Los Angeles Salsa Congress

Recognition of achievement - Los Angeles Salsa Congress

Additional Awards
2nd place - Dancesport Competition in Madison Square Garden (Style Division Venue)
"The best male performer" - New York and New Jersey Salsa Awards


Ismael Otero, New Yorican native living in New Jersey, founder and director of the “Caribbean Soul Dancers”, is also known as the Million Moves Man.

Over the years, Ismael, coming from break dancing and hip hop background, has created a unique style of dance that includes complicated arm work, unusual and funny hand flips, unique turn patterns, exciting foot work and more, combined with flavor and technique. Ismael Otero’s dance style is considered out of the ordinary from the traditional New York style. Ismael has a strong connection with the music and he is known for dancing to every note or beat of the music. Ismael has been traveling and teaching since 1996, teaching his unique turn patterns and foot work to thousands of people all over the world.

In addition, Ismael has been performing in numerous salsa congresses and festivals and TV shows all over world, such as in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, France, Canada, England, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Israel, Germany and more. He has won many competitions in various clubs in New York, New Jersey and Miami – including the famous Latin club “Copa Cabana” in New York City. Ismael also placed 2nd in the night club style division of the “Dancesport” competition in Madison Square Garden. Ismael won many awards over the years from Latin associations such as “The best male performer” in the New York, New Jersey Salsa awards. He has also been honored by the L.A Salsa Congress, which is the biggest salsa congress in the U.S, for his contributions to salsa. He also served as a judge for the 2018 World Latin Cup.

Beyond training many of the best professional salsa dancers in the game today, Ismael’s humble attitude and welcoming personality is what makes him popular amongst the mambo community today.

In May 2009, Ismael danced as a backup dancer at the "Ismael Miranda, A Salsa Legend" 40 year anniversary concert in the United Palace in the Bronx, NYC and was honored to take part in such an important and historical event.

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