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"...perhaps Houston’s leading authority in the area of Latin dance and movement..."
Bill White, Mayor of the City of Houston, 2009

Raul Orlando EdwardsNative of Panamá and one of Houston Press’ 2012 100 Creatives, Raúl Orlando Edwards founder and director of Houston’s first established salsa dance studio and teacher program, Strictly Street Salsa, continues to use the arts as a vehicle to have a positive impact in the Greater Houston Community. With over 40 years of dancing and extensive studies in salsa, ballet, jazz, modern, African movement, Caribbean dances, Argentine Tango, rueda, and other world dances, Raul continues his vision of bringing a wealth of cultural, music and dance knowledge not only to Strictly Street Salsa’s teachers program but to every class he leads. This impressive commitment to excellence has been recognized by the media, professionals, educators, prominent members of the community, cultural organizations, but more importantly by the many students he has taught since 1998.

In addition to this, Raul serves as Artistic Director for both Flamárt (Featuring Latin American Music and Arts), which he founded in 2005, and Foundation for Modern Music (FMM). A trained artist, he continues to perform in both operatic and other musical genres at some of Houston’s most important stages. He is giving lots of attention to expanding Flamárt, which in collaboration with Strictly Street Salsa and dozen participating organizations have launched original programs such as: Salsa y Salud, El Festival de la Salsa, Navidad Latina at the MFAH, and others in the Greater Houston Area.

Professional teaching and performing engagements in dance and music include: VH-1's movie The Way She Moves (first male dancer selected), the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, Society for the Performing Arts, Opera in the Heights, Jones Hall, Conference of the Fantastic’s in the Arts, Sam Houston State University, the Ensemble Theater, Miller Outdoor Theater, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rothko Chapel, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts), Houston Community College Central, University of Houston (Central, Clear Lake and Downtown), SOMA (Society Of Musical Artists), and many more. His 15+ year Houston artistic trajectory has been covered and featured in over 25 newspaper articles and in over 35 television and radio appearances. An avid learner, Raul continues the refinement of his craft by seeking training opportunities with professionals in the field of dance, fitness and music. He currently continues studies in voice with the renowned teacher, coach, author and friend, Lois Alba.