Next Practice:  We meet every Sunday, 4:30-6:30 at SalsaNSeattle, 1200 Stewart St. However, on MAY 10 we'll be at the Wallingford Steps because SnS is unavailable. If you are new, please consider taking rueda de casino classes at SalsaNSeattle before or concurrent with joining the Sunday practice. If you need a refresher, please arrive at 4:30. Remember, rueda de casino calls may be different in different places, but that's all part of the fun. See the Sunday Practice FAQ and our new Calls List (thanks Zaid!). On May 3 &  May 31, Ofer will include some fun suelta combos during the first hour--all levels welcome. Second hour will feature advanced rueda calling.


 Upcoming Events

Music in a Changing Cuba

Posted by on 03 May 2015 | Tagged as: Music

Check out Afropop’s program “Music in a Changing Cuba”

Roberto Borrell in Seattle: Workshop Schedule, May 7-10

Posted by on 03 May 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction, Music

Thursday, May 7th, 7pm
Casa Latina
317 17th Avenue South (Central District)

Friday, May 8th, 6pm-7:30 pm
Balance Studio
418 N 35th Street (Fremont)
Saturday, May 9th, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Union Cultural Center

Saturday, May 9th, 12:00-1:00 pm
Sunday, May 9th: 12:00-1:00 pm
Union Cultural Center
803 South King Street
$15 ($5 in conjunction with Popular Dance)

Friday, May 8th, 7:30-9:00 pm
Balance Studio
418 N 35th Street (Fremont)

Saturday, May 9th, 1:00-2:15 pm
Sunday, May 10th, 1:00-2:15 pm
Union Cultural Center
803 South King Street (International District)

Sunday, May 10th, 2:30-4:00 pm
Union Cultural Center
803 South King Street (International District)

“Finding the Clave”: Originally designed as a 4-week workshop, Roberto Borrell explains the role of the Clave rhythm in different genres Cuban music. Being able to find the Clave is the key to Cuban music.

“Orisha Dance”: Roberto Borrell teaches Folkloric Dance from the Afro-Cuban traditions with an emphasis on singing, rhythm and footwork.

“Listening and Popular Dance”: Roberto Borell divides the classes for Cuban Popular Music, “listening,” and Popular Dance into two parts.
Understanding the music is essential in being able to dance. The focus of these classes is the development of Danzón, Son and Cha Cha Cha, that later morphed into Timba. The classes can be taken separately, but coming to both parts is strongly encouraged for dancers. “Listening” is also fantastic for musicians who are interested in learning more about the forms and cues that are essential for creating strong and authentic arrangements that will make sense to dancers.

“Conga Workshop”: Crazy for Conga! Come join Roberto Borrell as he explores the rhythms, the music and history of Cuban Carnaval. This will be an interactive class including videos, music and dance.

Practica Outside on Sunday May 10 (1 day only)

Posted by on 03 May 2015 | Tagged as: Practice

Due to SnS being unavailable, we will dance at the Wallingford Steps on Sunday May 10. Usual time: 4:30-6:30. If raining we’ll be at Gaswords (either under the picnic shelter or on the lake side of the shelter). Wallingford Steps address is here.

Salsa Suelta This Sunday 5/3

Posted by on 29 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

Salsa Suelta this Sunday – May 3rd – 1st hour of Practica – 4:30pm. Review of Oscarito, El Duane and more if we have time.

Nest Suelta Sunday – May 31st.


Fiesta Cubana – this Saturday 4/25

Posted by on 22 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Social

Where: SalsaNSeattle – 1200 Stewart St.

When: 9:30pm

Cover: $10  – Free class at 9:30


Ann Reynolds and Clave Gringa in Mar-Apr & vote for earshot awards!

Posted by on 08 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music

This from Ann Reynolds: First, a reminder that you can still vote for the Earshot Golden Ear Awards. Voting continues until March 15, with awards ceremony onMarch 16. Ann is a nominee for 2014 Emerging Artist and her CD, Para Cuba Con Amor, has been nominated for 2014 NW Recording of the Year. You can vote online at

Upcoming live music with Ann:

Saturday March 7, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) plays at Crossroads in Bellevue, 7-9 PM, FREE; all ages.

Sunday March 8 and 15, 6:30-9 Ann and Leah duo at Serafina on Eastlake.

Clave Gringa quartet will be playing a new venue in April. Sunday April 19 –  Jazzy Brunch at Maxims in Columbia City. 1-4 PM. A terrific brunch for $15 (live music included!). See attached flyer.


Suelta this Sunday March 8th

Posted by on 04 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

Suelta this Sunday – March 8th – SnS – 1st hour of Practica 4:30-5:30

Next Dates:

  • April 5th
  • April 19th


¡Baile con sabor! Come dance at 8:30, Saturday March 14, SalsanSeattle

Posted by on 04 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Events

We’re starting early on March 14th!

¡Baile con sabor! 8:30-9:30 pm – Come dance son, casino, salsa and rueda to a great selection of Cuban music starting at 8:30.

 ¡Fiesta Cubana! 9:30 pm-2:00 am – Stay for the latest in timba and reggeaton at Fiesta Cubana. Half-hour dance lesson at 9:30. One cover for the whole evening.

Two events – $10 gets you into both. Music by DJs Dre & Ofer. This is the first ¡Baile con sabor! — dancing BEFORE Fiesta Cubana. The emphasis on March 14 will be Cuban Son. All are welcome and we’ll plays some tunes suitable for dancing casino, rueda, and salsa too! All at SalsanSeattle.

Roberto Borrell in April

Posted by on 12 Feb 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction

From seattle-cuba Mailing List

Sent: Sunday, February 8, 2015 4:44 PM
Subject: [Seattle-Cuba] Roberto Borrell

Hi Cuba -heads,

I am working on bringing Roberto Borrell back to Seattle, probably on April 30-May 3rd. I’d love to know what you are most interested in learning, and what hours are best for you to take classes. In the past he’s come for a few days, teaching some late afternoon/ eve classes on a couple of weekdays and some afternoon classes on the weekend.

Thanks for your input. Please email info at elspethsavani dot com

– Elspeth

Clave Gringa in Feb, award nominations

Posted by on 03 Feb 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Ann Reynolds announces: “I am happy to announce that I have been nominated for TWO Golden Ear awards – given by the Earshot organization to recognize Northwest artists. My CD, Para Cuba Con Amor was nominated in the category of 2014 NW Recording of the Year (WOW) and I have been nominated as an Emerging Artist in the Northwest (HolyMoly – at my age, I am just emerging :-)). If you would like to vote, you can do so online at the Earshot Jazz website: Then, you can hear Clave Gringa at Tulas this month too. This will be a 6 piece version of the band – a power lineup: Daniel Barry – trumpet, Kiki Valera – cuatro, Ivan Galvez – timbales, Steve Smith – congas, Dean Schmidt – bass, Ann-ita – piano and vocals.

Clave Gringa at Tulas
Thursday February 26, 7:30-10:30, great jazz club in Belltown- $10 cover, 2214 2nd Ave, Seattle. Make reservations-206-443-4221
Coco Loco returns to the Easy Monkey Taphouse
17537 15th Ave Shoreline, a very fun venue – with space for dancing! Friday February 6, 8-10 PM, $5 cover
Ann and Leah play the Sunday dinner at Serafina on Eastlake
February 8 and 22, 6:30-9:00

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