Next Practice:  We meet every Sunday, 4:30-6:30, except as posted here. Starting Sunday 9/27 and through the spring we will be dancing inside at SalsaNSeattle. If you are new, please consider taking rueda de casino classes before or concurrent with joining the Sunday practice. There will be a 3:30 class at SalsaNSeattle every other week. Rueda 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!). First hour mixed level; second hour advanced rueda.


 Upcoming Events 

  • SAT SEPT 5, Rumba en La Habana, (Bash for Reinier), band: Dina y Los Rumberos, Club Sur
  • SUN SEPT 6, Kiki Valera y Los GuajibarosA Very Taki Tiki Bar, Edmonds, 6:00-8:00, no cover
  • Casino on Cardboard every Friday (weather permitting and unless otherwise posted) thru approx mid-Sept.  on the beach at Alki at approximately 58th Ave SW, setup 6ish, music & dancing 7 till 10ish.
  • Clave Gringa w/ Kiki Valera, Fri 9/11, 8:00-10:30, North City Bistro, $10 a reservation is necessary
  • Clave Gringa w/ Kiki Valera, Sat Sept 26, Waving Tree Winery, Kirkland, $10
  • October 16-18: Tri-Cities Salsa Congress, Oct 16-18, Richland, WA, featuring a Timba Room with our very own DJ Dre, and workshops with Seattle Casinero's friend Maritza Baida, Oct 16-18!

Pre-practica Rueda Classes at SalsaNSeattle, Starting Sept 27, 3:00-4:30

Posted by on 21 Sep 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction

Tell your friends who want to learn rueda de casino (Cuban salsa in a square-dance-like format)…and anyone who wants to come to Sunday practica but needs a refresher: I will be teaching Level I (beginner/refresher) rueda de casino at SalsaNSeattle starting Sunday, Sept 27, 3:00-4:30. The class will meet every other Sunday. Come for class and stay for practica!!rueda-casino-dance-classes-sea/cine

Leads who want to learn to follow and follows wanting to learn to lead are also welcome.

The curriculum is on the SalsaNSeattle Rueda/Cuban Salsa web page — scroll down and look in the lower right. So folks who want to drop in or refresh their skills can see what steps will be taught when.

Clave Gringa in September

Posted by on 30 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Clave Gringa quartet including Kiki Valera on cuatro, Friday September 11, 8-10:30, North City Bistro, 1520 NE 177th St, Cover $10, Make reservations (it sells out) – 206-365-4447 or
Food and wine are great and the ambience is terrific
Clave Gringa quartet including Kiki Valera on cuatro, Saturday Sept 26, 7:30-9:30, Waving Tree Winery – Kirkland, 11901 124th St NE, Kirkland, Cover $10
Arrive early for a good seat; wine by glass or bottle available and food truck out front!


Canceled: Casino on Cardboard for 8/28/2015

Posted by on 28 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Rainy Alki beach 1
Sorry amigos, but we’re canceling Casino on Cardboard for tonight due to the forecast for a 70% chance of rain tonight. Save your sunscreen for now. Check back each Friday through September to find out how much longer the beach dance season will go.

Kiki Valera Aug 23 show CANCELLED

Posted by on 23 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Hi folks, The Musiquarium had to cancel today’s show due to an “infrastructure problem.” Let’s hope they get it repaired soon. Check back for future events with this band.

Kiki Valera y Los Guajibiros @ Musiquarium, Sun Aug 22, 8-11pm, no cover!

Posted by on 19 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Keep dancing after the flash mob! Go to the Musiquarium at the Triple Door. Free, no cover! Traditional son, boleros, etc.–all very danceable. You can eat there too–great food from Wild Ginger kitchen!

About the band:

One the Musiquarium calendar:

Rueda Flash Mob at Seattle Center, Sunday Aug 23

Posted by on 19 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Practice

This Sunday 8/23: take part in the Flash Mob at Seattle Center (see Agustin’s invite

Seattle Casineros/Seattle Rueda, Boeing Rueda, Rumba NW, Portland Casineros…all are welcome.

There will NOT be Sunday practice at Wallingford Steps. Go to Seattle Center, 4:00 pm, instead…

DETAILS & SCHEDULE for Viva Cuba salsa-fest in Bellingham, July 10-12!

Posted by on 04 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction, Music, Social

–FRIDAY: There’s a Cuban trio playing an acoustic concert at Cafe Rumba on Friday night, 7-9pm, followed by a kick-off party with DJs Ofer and Andre.
–SATURDAY: Cambalache, BAAY 1059 N. State St., Bellingham, Doors open 8:30pm, Dance lesson 9pm; buy tix for Saturday on Brown Paper tickets($15 adults, $10 students presale; at door $20 and $15)

One of the musicians in both the trio and the Cambalache line-up was one of Klimax’ lead singers and is reported to be AWESOME!
Class 1: Saturday 1-2:15pm: Salsa Suelta – Footwork, Cuban body motion, musicality (all levels)
Class 2: Saturday 2:30-3:45pm: Casino moves for intermediate/advanced
Class 3: Saturday 4-5:15pm: Wilfredo’s favorite rueda moves for intermediate/advanced
Class 4: Sunday 1-2:15pm: Afro-Cuban folklore: Eleggua, Lumbanche (all levels)
Class 5: Sunday 2:30-3:45pm: Rumba (Columbia) in Casino partnering (intermediate/advanced)
Class 6: Sunday 4-5:15pm: More rueda! (Intermediate/advanced)
WORKSHOP PRICES – these are “pre-register” prices and will be slightly higher at the door. To pre-register join the FB event for the WORKSHOPS: OR send Heather an email ( 1 class: $15; 2 classes: $25; 3 classes: $35; 4 classes: $45; 5 classes: $55; 6 classes: $60;
(Discount for students)
Here’s the Facebook event for the WEEKEND:

Kiki Valera y Los Guajibiros, July 2

Posted by on 24 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Music

After 25 years of directing La Familia Valera Miranda, Santiago de Cuba’s most beloved son septeto, international recording artist Kiki Valera joins forces with a new line up of accomplished musicians. One of Cuba’s most creative & talented cuatristas, Kiki now turns his attention to an ensemble that includes:
Alex Rivera – vocals;  Steve Guasch – bongos;  Gary Stroutsos – concert wood flute;  Guillermo Padilla on congas.

***Almost all tables are booked. Please call 206-365-4447 or for reservations.***  $12 cover

A Week of Cuban Music & Dance Workshops in CA, Jul 18-25

Posted by on 21 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Culture, Events, Instruction

Afro Cuban music & dance at Humboldt State (CA), July 18-25:

Cuba Dance Study Trip with Ryan & Sidney, Aug 1-15

Posted by on 21 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Instruction

Travel to Cuba with Ryan and Sidney (Rueda con Ritmo), August 1-15:

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