Americas Got Talent…Semeneya Style

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We live in the golden age of reality television talent shows.  Dance has certainly taken center stage as shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, and Dancing With The Stars have become immensely popular.  MTV has announced America’s Best Dance Crew will be revived in July, 2015.  America’s Got Talent (AGT) is another popular reality talent show that showcases a broad scope of talent and acts, including those related to dance.  The show is hosted by Nick Cannon and features controversial radio superstar Howard Stern, comedian Howie Mandel, model Heidi Klum, and former pop star Mel B as the celebrity judges.

Season 10 of AGT features one of the bright stars of the latin dance scene, Semeneya Yenyere Caleno.

Yenyere Caleno is a Colombian style salsa team that represented Semeneya Dance in the competition. Semeneya, whose named is derived from the Spanish word for ‘move’, is a San Antonio based dance school founded and directed by Lee Rios.  Yenyere is not the first Colombian salsa team to participate on AGT (Baila Conmigo competed in Season 9), but they definitely have brought their own style and flair to the competition.

The team members are Alexis Banguera, Melissa Cruz, Marie Ramey, and Luis Grijalva.  They’ve been dancing together for close to a year and a half.  Alexis knows performing on America’s Got Talent is a great platform for their team.   
It’s a huge opportunity to represent my country and the Colombian culture, and to showcase “Semeneya Yenyere Caleño” as the brand we represent today.

AGT is currently in the audition phase of the competition and Yenyere’s audition was broadcast on June 23rd. Unfortunately team member Luis suffered a devastating knee injury during the performance which meant a change in the dynamics of the routine.  Despite the setback the remaining team members pulled together and wowed the judges. All four judges advanced the team to the next round of the competition.  Alexis said Luis has had surgery and is recuperating.

Check out the clip below to see a summary of the Yenyere performance!

America’s Got Talent has featured salsa performers in the past. Below is a quick look at past salsa competitors on AGT:

Incredibly talented siblings Junior & Emily Alabi participated in Season 3. They were eliminated in the semifinals.

Salsa duo John Narvaez and Andrew Cervantes competed in Season 9.  They were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Dance group Baila Conmigo also competed in Season 9 and were eliminated in the semifinals.

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