Alex & Desiree
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and raised in Paterson, NJ, Alex Morel is known for his musical style and flavor on the dance floor. He admits to always identifying with music of all genres. In 2005, Alex began salsa lessons with renowned instructor, choreographer, and director of Caribbean Soul Dance Co. Ismael Otero – also known as the “Million Moves Man”. With the help of both instructors and Ismael Otero and Shani Talmor, Alex was able to grow both musically and technically. Alex’s dancing soon evolved and he would take moves he learned and hone them to match his own style. Today, Alex is known for his charisma both on stage and on the dance floor. His salsa style can be described as fun, playful and energetic. Fast and unique footwork paired with intricate and unconventional turn patterns result in a very entertaining experience to witness. Alex is also known for his unique and creative touch of traditional yet stylish Bachata. His “Bachata Killer Moves DVD” has received excellent reviews and has now been sold in countries all over the globe. He has been teaching workshops and performing in countries such as Germany, Portugual, Israel, and Puerto Rico among others. Alex has also choreographed for several dancers and dance teams and even choreographed a for recording artist Anayka. Alex hopes to motivate and inspire the world through his passion for dance.
Desiree Godsell, born and raised in Houston, Texas, graduated from the High School of Performing and Visual Arts which laid the foundation for her life in performing arts. From there she received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Once moving to NYC she began choreographing and dancing for the Atlantic recording artist Santigold touring all over the world, and has continued to do so for the last 6yrs. Desiree began her salsa career straight at the top, partnering with the "Mambo King" himself Eddie Torres. Since then she's danced with Griselle Ponce, Jerseys finest, Sekou McMiller, Maria Torres, Andy Cruz, Caribbean Soul, starred in LaMambopera off Broadway, on Telefutura's "Quiero Ser Estrella", and was a salsa coach on two separate MTV MADE episodes! She's been on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brian, Jules Holland, and Stephen Colbert. She's currently dancing and teaching with Alex Morel and working with her own company the Godsell Dance Collective in New York City!
Alex and Desiree have teamed up to bring exciting and powerful showcases to the stage. The chemistry between them is a pleasure to witness. Their combined energy makes for an explosive performance which they have shared with dancers from all over the world. While both Alex and Desiree are well rounded in many forms of dance the world has really embraced their interpretation of Bachata. They have undoubtedly become the leading couple representing Bachata Clasica also known as Traditional or Dominican Style Bachata. Having already traveled all over the world teaching and performing their unique style of dance, they are also one of the top sought out choreographers in the Latin Dance Scene. Apart from coaching and training dancers from across the globe, Alex and Desiree are also part of the official judging panel at two of the world's most prestigious Dance Championships. Both The World Salsa Summit and The Bachatea World Masters in Madrid have invited Alex and Desiree to serve as judges in 2016.
Alex and Desiree continue to share their knowledge and passion for dance with the globe!
Recognition & Accomplishments
2011 1st Place – NY Salsa Congress Bachata Championship (Caribbean Soul)
2013 Awarded Best Social Dancer – San Francisco Bachata Festival
2nd Place – Bachatea World Masters in Madrid (Caribbean Soul Team Division)
1st Place – Bachatu Festival (Alex & Desiree)
1st Place – Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress (Couples Heat Division)
1st Place – Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress (Caribbean Soul, Team Division)
Awarded #1 Instructor – San Francisco Bachata Festival
Judges at the World Salsa Summit
Judges at the Bachatea World Masters
Photos and videos
Dance styles and experience of Alex & Desiree