Founder and Artistic Director of La Época
Josué has dedicated much of his life to the pursuit of living art. His father – Alfonso Panamá, is a legendary bassist and pioneer of Afro-Cuban music and Jazz of the famous Palladium Ballroom in New York City – and he is from the Buena Vista Social Club generation of musicians.
Josué is a Salsa-Grammy Award-winning composer, among other prestigious awards including the Outstanding Contribution to the International Arts Award for his composition “Verás” by National University of Music Bucharest, among many other awards.
He has recorded some of his other popular Salsa arrangements with Fania All-Stars musicians Charlie Rodriguez and Luis Mangual, and most recently with international Bachatero Joan Soriano in Santo Domingo on his popular Bachata songs “Dime, Dime” and “Baila Conmigo” – all of which can be downloaded here, or on iTunes, Spotify, and GooglePlay.
As a professional teacher of 17 years, among his first dance teachers was maestro and choreographer Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar.
Joseph is well-versed and continues to train in multiple techniques of dance genres including Mambo, Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba-Tango, plus Rumba & Guaguanco, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Bolero. He trains in Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, New York, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.
To present, he has directed and produced six documentaries, five soundtracks, and two symphony-orchestra productions in eastern-Europe, and a critically-acclaimed acoustic dance-theater show. In 2011, he relocated to eastern Europe. Currently based on the Baltic Sea of Poland, this central European location provides him an arm’s reach to every major European city.