Earl Rush, a Washington, DC native, is founder and president of StuckOnSalsa, which offers salsa dance instruction and event promotion services.
One night in 1995 Earl realized that he was too old to still be going to Hip Hop clubs. The next day while walking down the street he saw a sign for free Salsa classes. He went into the club and never turned back. He instantly fell in love with Salsa. He loved the people, the environment, the dancing and the music. He also liked the fact that Salsa brought together people from diverse walks of life.
Four years after stumbling across the sign for free dance classes, he was asked by Eileen Torres to assist her in teaching Salsa. Eileen took him under her wing and Earl has been teaching every since. In 2004 Earl was honored at the 4th Annual Men in Salsa Tribute for his contributions to the Salsa community.
Earl Rush founded the StuckOnSalsa website in the summer of 2003. His original goal was to have a place where everyone could get information about the parties he and is Business partner Kelvin Harris were giving. But the website became something else altogether. Now StuckOnSalsa is the place where everyone goes to get the 411 on salsa happenings in the Washington DC area, as well as other cities.
Earl offers private and group nightclub Salsa and Mambo as well as Cha Cha and Salsa Aerobics to beginning through advanced students.
Big on continuing education, he contines to attend workshops at Salsa Congresses and Festivals taking master workshops with the world's best Salsa instructors and staying up to date on the latest Salsa moves for his students. Earl participates in at least four Salsa congresses a year.
He has taken master workshops from Eddie Torres, Sean Stylist, Louis and Joby Vasquez, Frankie Martinez, Francisco Vasquez, Ismael Otero, Cuban Pete, Stacey Lopez, Felipe Polanco, the Cobo brothers, Juan Calderon, Eileen Torres, Dee Scott, Shaka Brown, Piero Gonzalez, Jimmy Rivas and many other great instructors.
He has been teaching salsa mambo chachacha for 15 years. He has taught at all the DC area major Universities , top night clubs in the area, fitness centers, high schools and other venues. In addition to his private and group classes, he also prepares couples for wedding dances, teaches at in-home private parties and special events, and performs and teaches at corporate functions as well as implements Employee Morale and Wellness Programs for corporate companies
Tired of going up the I-95 corridor to New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia to party on the weekends, Earl and his partner Kelvin Harris decided that they were going to make something happen in the DC area to avoid the constant travel and expense.
Their first venture at Maxim's in June 2003 lasted a whole four weeks. Realizing that weekly events can quick get old, they decided to experiment with a once a month themed party. With that in mind, they launched their first monthly Salsa party in January 2004 titled "A One Night Affair." Despite a wind-chill factor of minus five degrees this Salsa party was an instant hit attracting 300 people the first night.
Today StuckOnSalsa hosts some of the top Major Dc Salsa events every year including the Resolution Jam , The StuckOnSalsa and ClaveKazi Spring Fever Jam . The StuckonSalsa Red Carpet Stuckie Awards honoring saleros in the community and All White Party , The StickOnSalsa Balck and Red Party , The StuckOnnSalsa International All Star Salsa cruise , and the StuckOnsalsa All Star Salsa amnd Bachata Weekend in Mexico
All Star Salsa weekend in Mexico
All Star Salsa Cruise in Barcelona and Italy
New York Salsa Congress
DC Salsa Capital Congress
Atlanta Salsa Congress
Philadelphia Salsa Fest
Charlotte Salsa Congress
Department of Transportation
Department of Energy
Department of Jusitice
Earl Rush has performed on stage most recently with Spanish Harlem Orchestra with Barbara Bernstein and Dance in Time at the University of Maryland
Performed on Stage with George Clinton and Parliament Funckadelic at Cramton auditorium
Peformed on stage with Jazz Guitarist Jonathan Butler and Eddie Palmieris at JazzM Tazz at Ronald Reagan Building.
Perfromed on Stage with Los Hermano Moreno at Hilton Hotels in Tysons Corner
Performed at the Original Flava Invasion
Peformed on the Alll Star Salsa Cruise
Performed at the Atlanta Congress
Peformed and Dance Coordinator for the Washington Post Salsa Festival at the Carter Baron
Zanzibar on the Waterfront
HONORED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DC SALSA COMMUNITY AT THE 4 TH ANNUAL MEN IN SALSA TRIBUTE presented by Eileen Torres 20 20
IN 2012 Earl Rush was presented The DMV Promoter of the Year award by Mr.Mambo
In 2013 he was awarded the Lifetime acheivement award from Mr. Mambo
In 2013 AT THE 33RD ANNUAL LATINO FEST IN BALTIMORE HE he was awarded the Jose 0. Ruiz Lifetime Acheivement Award in recognition of his lifetime achievement in the fileld of Arts and Culture and the positive impact of his work on the lives of Latinos
In 2014 he was presented the Lifetime Achievement award at the DC Capital Congress by Event producer Shaka Brown