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Storytelling with Alisa

  • Alisa's House of Salsa 912 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT 06515 USA (map)
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Join Alisa Bowens (Artist Director, Choreographer, Performer, Instructor and Owner of Alisa’s House of Salsa) on this exciting journey as she reads Author Lillian Colon-Vilas, Children's Book  "Salsa". The Characters in the book come to life through Music, Dancing, Percussion and Language. We have had the privilege to introduce this program to Pre-schools, Children's Museums, Head-Start and Daycare Programs throughout the Northeast.

About Alisa K. Bowens (

Alisa started her dancing journey at the age of three years old. Ms.Bowens who is a classically trained ballet, tap, and jazz dancer, studied with Gloria Jeans’ Dance Company (Home Of The Worid Tap Dance Champions) for over 16 years. This is where Alisa obtained her Dance Masters Of America (DMA), Professional Teaching Certificate. In College (Northeastern University, Boston, MA), Alisa majored in Criminal Justice, but loved the dance class that she attended every Tuesday and Thursday.

After college, she went home to join the family business, a General Contracting firm which she ran for a while. After almost eleven years Alisa felt she needed an outlet, stress-reliever, some unwind-time; so in 1998, she decided to take a Latin “Salsa” dance class. Instantly, Alisa was addicted to the music, the movements, the life and spirit of Salsa dancing. After a few classes, endless practices, and a scuffed-up kitchen floor; Alisa and her then dance partner started performing at Local parties, Corporate Events, Dance benefits, Senior homes etc.

In the fall of 2000, Alisa started teaching at Southern Connecticut State University for the Multi-cultural Center. This began her career as a Latin Dance Instructor. In September of 2002, Alisa opened Alisa’s House of Salsa I, Studio Of Latin Dance, in New Haven, CT. In the Winter of 2003, Alisa’s House Of Salsa II, opened in Waterbury, CT. In the summer of 2004, Alisa’s House Of Salsa III opened their doors in Hartford, CT.  Entertainment is provided by Alisa’s House Of Salsa Professional Dance Company, the Latin Heat Dance Team. Since the House of Salsa has been open, there has been more than a 1000 pairs of feet to walk through her doors.

Performance History:

Alisa has opened for Grammy-Award Winner Rueben Blades, She was the lead Back-Up Dancer for M&M Recording Artist Hector-Bonet (Bronx, NYC). Currently Alisa is a Choreographer/Dancer/Performer with the Concert Tour of Morning, Noon, and Night, Featuring A.W. Nardi (West Palm Beach, FLA). She has opened for Jose Alberto “El Canario”, and has been on the show bill with Huey Dunbar, Brenda K. Starr, Tito Nieves, Tiempo Libre, Eddie Palmieri, India (Salsa Palooza Tour), Spanish Harlem Orquestra, & Dee Dee Bridgewater (Summer Concert Series). She has also been an Accompany Dancer for Mi Cata (Afro-Latin Salsa band) and Marion Meadows, Jazz Saxophone player.

Television/Radio: Future Host Of La Mega’s Latino Caliente Latin Dance TV Show. Spotlight with News Channel 8 (ABC), Cinco De Mayo, Good Morning CT with Matt Scott, Arts & Ideas 10th Anniversary, It’s Your Weekend with Gill Simmons. Media Package with Power 104.1 FM Radio, Puerto Rican Day Parade. Radio Promotional Advertisement with Hot 93.7 FM Radio. Live Broadcast Interviews with 96.0 FM Radio, 1060 AM Radio. PBS Special Making it In New England & Live TV Interview with Songwriter, Cast and Backup Dancers.

Theatre/Concert: Shubert Theatre (New Haven, CT), Opening Act For the Caliente Concert Series with Tiempo Libre (Cuban/Salsa Band, Miami Based IMG Artist) Palace Theatre (Waterbury, CT), Latin Festival Pre-Show, Salsa Palooza Concert Series with Eddie Palmeri and La India (IMG Artist).

Night Life Promoter: Host of Latin Night at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino Ultra 88 Nightclub/Lounge, Indigo Lounge, NEAT Lounge, Club Oracle, Cafe Bottega, Lush Nightclub, The Blues Cafe, Sonomas Bar & Grille, Congas Latin Lounge, Miyas Sushi Bar, Burns Cafe, and many more.