On October 2000, close to the Halloween Holiday, Jenny Savage and myself, Henry Flores, had a date at the Hollywood Bowl. After winning a dance competition, Jenny and I had the opportunity to dance our asses off to Poncho Sanchez to a 10,000 audience in attendance. I was working as an engineer for Raytheon Systems at the time and I was having the time of my life. This is what the Raytheon Systems company wide paper had to say…
Performing at the Hollywood Bowl
By Lisa Tait
Henry A. Flores may hold a degree in Electrical Engineering, but SALSA is his passion. No, not the kind you eat, what Henry loves to do is dance, dance, dance! Henry has been dancing most of his life professionally for the last seven years.
On July 29th, Henry and his professional competition dance partner, Jenny Savage, participated in and won a Salsa dance competition at the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square. Their prize was the opportunity to perform in the Jazz Festival on August 2nd, at the Hollywood Bowl in front of 10,000 people!
The pair were introduced to the crowd by Son Mayor, one of LA’s hottest bands, as “professional dancers about to show the audience at the bowl what REAL dancing was.” They took the stage and danced a totally improvisational performance to the music of their presenters. Besides the thrill of dancing at the Bowl, Henry also had the opportunity to meet Poncho Sanchez, a world famous conga player, who happily autographed Henry’s vest. Also on hand to give his congratulations to the two dancers was basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabar.
Henry has participated in numerous other dance competitions, but never before in front of 10,000 people. “Dancing at the Bowl was a thrilling experience” said Henry. “I like to perform and I like to dance.”
Henry owns his own dance company and studio called Latin Intrigue Rhythm and Dance. He credits his parents for inspiring him to become a dancer. “When I dance I feel complete. I think of the time when I first saw my parents dancing together…the way they moved…they are the source of where my dancing comes from.”
Henry and Jenny are currently semi-finalists in the Conga Room competition and will be competing again on November 2nd. If they win, they will once again perform at the Hollywood Bowl, this time as finalists in a dance competition that is part of the Latin Jazz Festival. The winners will receive not only the $3,500 cash prize, but also the prestige of performing at the Hollywood Bowl and the recognition of their colleagues and thousands of Salsa fans.
When he’s not dancing, you can find Henry participating in the Engineering Rotation Program. He has already completed one year of rotation, working with John Franklin in the Test department, and David Madajian in IC Design, and is currently in the Electronics Design group with Greg Hartley. Congratulations Henry!
I bet you didn’t know that I can dance…
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