Next Practice:  We meet every Sunday, 4:30-6:30, except as posted here: On JUNE 18 WE MOVE to Wallingford Steps across from Gasworks park for the summer. However, through June 11 we meet at SHIFT in Fremont--please read the info here about Shift.  If you are new, please consider taking rueda de casino classes (see below) before or concurrent with joining the Sunday practice. 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.  See/join Seattle Casineros Facebook group for latest updates and posts below. (updated 5/20/17)

Classes 

 Weekly and Bi-Weekly Events 

  • 2017 Casino on Cardboard Dancing at Alki Beach — Every Friday in the Summer, unless it's raining. Meet at the beach across the street from Duke's Chowder House & Blue Moon Burgers near 58th Ave. Volunteers start setting up around 5:30 p.m. Music and dancing from 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Cuba Libre Night at Lake Chad Cafe — Friday nights, 9 p.m.
  • Cuban Social Lunch & Beach Dance Party — Every other Saturday at Gio's Cuban & Creole. Upcoming dates: Jun 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug 12, Aug 26,

 Upcoming Events 

July 28 Alki Beach Cuban Salsa (Casino) Dancing on Cardboard

Posted by on 26 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

This weather is perfect… for dancing on the beach!!!
Let’s give a warm welcome to the new people arriving from Meetup.com

Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard 07-28-2017

HELP WANTED**:
Floor tile driver*
Setup volunteers
DJ using any audio device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!

Where:
You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach across the street from Duke’s Chowder House and Blue Moon Burgers near 58th Ave SW.

When:
Set up by volunteers from 5:30-7 PM. Music and dancing from 7-10:30 PM.

Dances take place every Friday night all summer as long as it’s dry, at least through Labor Day weekend in September.

Bring:
Sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes you can get dirty, and maybe a jacket for sundown are great ideas. Optionally bring food or drinks to share. Alcohol is not allowed at the public beach, but friends and passersby are always welcome.

*Floor tile driver details:
We’ll need a volunteer to transport the dance floor tiles at around 10:30 PM from Alki Beach to a community member’s house near Alki. You’ll need enough trunk space to fit the stacked flooring tiles measuring about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H. Plenty of volunteers will be available to help load the floor at the beach.

**Leave a comment with dates you can volunteer to; DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

July 21 Alki Beach Cuban Salsa (Casino) Dancing on Cardboard

Posted by on 18 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Dance those new moves you learned at the Seattle Cuban Dance Fest last weekend!
Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard 07-21-2017

Seeking a driver* to transport the dance floor tiles to Alki Beach from West Seattle by 6 PM.

HELP WANTED**:
Floor tile driver*
Setup volunteers
DJ using any audio device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!

Where:
You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach across the street from Duke’s Chowder House and Blue Moon Burgers near 58th Ave SW.

When:
Set up by volunteers from 6-7 PM. Music and dancing from 7-10:30 PM.

Dances take place every Friday night all summer as long as it’s dry, at least through Labor Day weekend in September.

Bring:
Sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes you can get dirty, and maybe a jacket for sundown are great ideas. Optionally bring food or drinks to share. Alcohol is not allowed at the public beach, but friends and passersby are always welcome.

*Floor tile driver details:
We’ll also need a volunteer to transport the dance floor tiles at around 10:30 PM from Alki Beach to a community member’s house near Alki. You’ll need enough trunk space to fit the stacked flooring tiles measuring about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H. Plenty of volunteers will be available to help load the floor at the beach.

**Leave a comment with dates you can volunteer to; DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

July 14 Alki Beach Cuban Salsa (Casino) Dancing on Cardboard

Posted by on 11 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Let’s welcome our Seattle Cuban Dance Fest visitors at the beach with some casual dancing at sunset!
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Seeking a driver to transport the dance floor tiles to Alki Beach from West Seattle by 5:30-6 PM.

HELP WANTED**:
Floor tile driver*
Setup volunteers
DJ using any audio device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!

Where:
You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach across the street from Duke’s Chowder House and Blue Moon Burgers near 58th Ave SW.

When:
Set up by volunteers from 5:30-7 PM. Music and dancing from 7-10:30 PM.

Dances take place every Friday night all summer as long as it’s dry, at least through Labor Day weekend in September.

Bring:
Sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes you can get dirty, and maybe a jacket for sundown are great ideas. Optionally bring food or drinks to share. Alcohol is not allowed at the public beach, but friends and passersby are always welcome.

*Floor tile driver details:
We’ll also need a volunteer to transport the dance floor tiles at around 10:30 PM from Alki Beach to a community member’s house near Alki. You’ll need enough trunk space to fit the stacked flooring tiles measuring about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H. Plenty of volunteers will be available to help load the floor at the beach.

**Leave a comment with dates you can volunteer to; DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

Seattle Cuban Dance Fest
Seattle Cuban Guide

July 7 Alki Beach Cuban Salsa (Casino) Dancing on Cardboard

Posted by on 05 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

The beach parties continue with the beautiful summer weather! We need your help getting the dance floor tiles from a community member’s house in West Seattle to Alki Beach by around 6 PM. If not, we’ll just dance on the paved area near the boathouse near 60th Ave. SW.

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HELP WANTED**:
Floor tile transporter*
Setup volunteers
DJ using any audio device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!

Where:
You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach across the street from Duke’s Chowder House and Blue Moon Burgers near 58th Ave SW.

When:
Set up by volunteers from 5:30-7 PM. Music and dancing from 7-10:30 PM.

Dances take place every Friday night all summer as long as it’s dry, at least through Labor Day weekend in September.

Bring:
Sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes you can get dirty, and maybe a jacket for sundown are great ideas. Optionally bring food or drinks to share. Alcohol is not allowed at the public beach, but friends and passersby are always welcome.

*Floor tile transporter details:
We’ll also need a volunteer to transport the dance floor tiles at around 10:30 PM from Alki Beach to a community member’s house near Alki. You’ll need enough trunk space to fit the stacked flooring tiles measuring about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H. Plenty of volunteers will be available to help load the floor at the beach.

**Leave a comment with dates you can volunteer to; DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

June 30 Alki Beach Cuban Salsa (Casino) Dancing on Cardboard

Posted by on 27 Jun 2017 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard 06-30-2017
Let’s say farewell to June and hello to dancing outdoors with friends on the beach in view of the waters of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains as the sun sets to greet the moon and the stars Friday night!

HELP WANTED*:
Setup volunteers
DJ using any audio device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!
Floor tile transporter**

Where:
You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach across the street from Duke’s Chowder House and Blue Moon Burgers near 58th Ave SW.

When:
Set up by volunteers from 5:30-7 PM. Music and dancing from 7-10:30 PM.

Dances take place every Friday night all summer as long as it’s dry, at least through Labor Day weekend in September.

Bring:
Sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes you can get dirty, and maybe a jacket for sundown are great ideas. Optionally bring food or drinks to share. Alcohol is not allowed at the public beach, but friends and passersby are always welcome.

Flooring transporter details:
We need a volunteer to transport the dance floor tiles at around 10:30 PM from Alki Beach to a community member’s house near Alki.

*Leave a comment with dates you can volunteer to; DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

**A flooring transporter needs enough trunk space to fit the stacked flooring tiles measuring about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H. Plenty of volunteers will be available to help load the floor into your vehicle.

Thank yous:
Special thanks to Jocelyn, Carlos, Sergio, Keiko, Sherry, David, and all the volunteers who have helped keep things going since last Friday!

Alki Beach Cuban Salsa (Casino) Dancing on Cardboard

Posted by on 21 Jun 2017 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

The summer is back! Let’s celebrate by dancing outdoors with friends on the beach in view of the waters of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains as the sun sets to greet the moon and the stars each Friday night this Summer!
Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard 06-02-2017

HELP WANTED:
Setup volunteers
DJ using any audio device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!
Floor tile transporter for June 23-30*

Where:
2501 Alki Ave SW, 98116. You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach across the street from Duke’s Chowder House and Blue Moon Burgers near 58th Ave SW.

When:
Set up by volunteers from 5:30-7 PM. Music and dancing from 7-10 PM.

Dances take place every Friday night all summer as long as it’s dry, at least through Labor Day weekend in September.

Bring:
Sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes you can get dirty, and maybe a jacket for sundown are great ideas. Optionally bring food or drinks to share. Alcohol is not allowed at the public beach, but friends and passersby are always welcome.

*Flooring transporter details:
We need a volunteer to transport the dance floor to/from Alki Beach June 23rd-30th. The job consists of picking up the dance floor on Friday June 23rd at Alki Beach at around 10 PM, storing it for the week, then dropping it back off at Alki beach on Friday June 30th at around 6 PM. You don’t have to be at the beach the entire night, just in time to pick up and drop off the floor.

Flooring transporters need enough trunk space to fit the stacked flooring tiles measuring about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H. Plenty of volunteers will be available to help unload, assemble, disassemble, and load the floor each week. Leave a comment with dates you can volunteer to; DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

Thanks:
Special thanks to Stephanie, Raquel, Jocelyn, Carlos, Brynn, and Kelly for helping keeping things going these last two weeks!

Yes, 2017 Alki Beach Friday Salsa Dancing!

Posted by on 14 Jun 2017 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

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AKA: The Casino (Cuban-style dancing) on Cardboard Summer Series

Update: Let’s do it simple tonight! We’re having burgers at Blue Moon as the sun sets. When enough dancers show up we’ll fire up the music on the sidewalk or on the sand!

Summer Cuban Dance Series with Maiensy Sanchez

Posted by on 13 Jun 2017 | Tagged as: Instruction

Dance unrestrained, confident, empowered. Dance as you are.

WHAT: Ongoing Cuban dance classes organized as seasonal series. Drop-ins welcome.

WHEN: THURSDAYS JUNE 29 – AUGUST 24 (9 weeks)

MONDAYS JULY 3 – AUGUST 28 (9 weeks)

TIMES: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: University Heights Center, ROOM 108 (5031 University Way NE)

CONTACT: Maiensy@hotmail.com

To register for classes via Facebook please click GOING on the event page, and a private message will follow.

MONDAYS

Cuban Styling for Women
Begins JULY 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Open to all levels. Explore the beauty of the feminine expression as understood by Cuban women.

Rumba and Afro-Cuban infused Styling (Men and Women)
Begins JULY 3, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Open to all levels. Learn and practice foundational technique to carry you through everything Cuban.

THURSDAYS

Body Conditioning for Dancers (BCD) and Cuban Line Dancing (CLD)
Begins JUNE 29, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Open to all levels. BCD: Warm up routine to develop strength, flexibility, and balance. CLD: Foot work and patters for the dance floor styled a lo cubano.

Casino partner dancing and Rueda de Casino
Begins JUNE 29, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. No partner required. Pre-requisite: a one-year minimum experience with some form of Cuban dance. Seasoned dancers with no Cuban experience may join after two private lessons (contact Maiensy for discount rates).

Maiensy’s training is an invitation to develop a sound foundation to carry you through your journey as a dancer. Polish your technique. Enrich your vocabulary. Build a personal body isolation routine, and learn how to apply it to the beauty of everything Cuban. Strengthen your relationship to the clave beat, the heart of Cuban music.

Cost of 9 Weeks Advance Payment (full Summer series)
1 class/week $180 or two $100 payments, at the start of the series and in early August
2 classes/week $310 or two payments of $160, at the start of the series and in early August
3 classes/week $320 or two payments of $180, at the start of the series and in early August
4 classes/week $330 or two payments of $200, at the start of the series and in early August

Cost of Drop-in: $25 one class, $30 two classes

Students Drop-in: $8 one class, $10 two classes / $60 one class full series advance payment, $70 two classes full series advance payment (9 weeks)

For more information about these and other upcoming classes and workshops please contact Maiensy at Maiensy@hotmail.com or visit the Facebook event page

“Dance allows us to feel welcomed and loved, from a place of warmth as personal and familiar as our name, beyond islands and continents, beyond politics, beyond the most provocative of words. Dance challenges our elemental understandings and invites us to enter ungraspable realities. Dance is as nurturing as it is daring: a reminder of the endless possibilities inherent to our greater sense of belonging.” — Maiensy Sanchez

About

With more than 20 years of experience, Maiensy learned the art of teaching from her third dad, Fernando Alonso, one of the founders of the Cuban National Ballet, and the creator of the internationally celebrated method known as the Cuban School of ballet. She began her teaching career at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores (TEC) de Monterrey, Mexico. She created and taught a Latin American music and dance curriculum for the International Programs department. In 1999, she moved to Seattle, eventually graduating magna cum laude with honors in anthropology from the University of Washington. Her work as a dance instructor, choreographer and performer contributed to the development of the first Seattle community with a genuine interest in two of the most significant sources of Cuban cultural expression: its music and its dance.

Born and raised in Cuba, Maiensy has always danced as one of her ways to experience and express the beauty, vastness, and magnetic power of her cultural origins. She has received training in flamenco, classical ballet, jazz, modern dance, and West African dance. Growing up in a family of artists, her artistic background is fueled with thirteen years of professional music training: twelve years of classical piano in Camaguey, and two years of musical composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in La Habana.

Maiensy acknowledges her ancestral legacies, grateful to the elders and teachers whose wisdom, timely insights, loving support and trust contributed to her preparation and growth. She is grateful to one of her dear mentors and personal friend, master Roberto Borrell, for her participation at the New Orleans International Ballet Conference as Borrell’s assistant, and to local Seattle venues and events which have welcomed her work throughout the years as a teacher, performer and choreographer, including Benaroya Hall, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle Children’s Festival, Folklife, and World Rhythm Festival. She extends a heartfelt gratitude to all the communities, institutions and people around the world who have opened and continue to open their doors to her work, which deepest motivation is her calling to service.

She enjoys her life as a teacher, dancer, musician, writer, yogini (200-hours YTT from Mount Madonna Center, California) and shamanic practitioner.

2017 Alki Beach Friday Salsa Dancing

Posted by on 07 Jun 2017 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Rain-or-shine
AKA: The Casino (Cuban-style dancing) on Cardboard Summer Series

Bad news: it’s too cold and rainy to have a beach dance tonight. Let’s try for next Friday June 16th instead.
Good news: Cuba Libre night at Lake Chad Cafe will be blazin’!!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1329536653833091/?ti=icl&__mref=mb

2017 Friday Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard

Posted by on 31 May 2017 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Let’s warm up the dance season this Friday, June 2, 2017 at Alki Beach!

June 2 dance floor driver: Check!
Set up volunteers: Check!
Charged up Block Rocker speaker: Check!

June 2 DJs, June 9 dance floor driver: HELP WANTED

2017 Alki beach dancing

Dancing on the beach is a highlight of the summer!

HELP WANTED:
DJ using any audio device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!

We need a volunteer to transport the dance floor to/from Alki Beach June 2-9th. The job consists of picking up the dance floor on Friday June 2nd at Alki Beach at around 10 PM, storing it for the week, then dropping it back off at Alki beach on Friday June 9th at around 6 PM. You don’t have to be at the beach the entire night, just in time to pick up and drop off the floor.

Transporters need enough trunk space to fit the stacked flooring tiles measuring about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H. Plenty of volunteers will be available to help unload, assemble, disassemble, and load the floor each week. Leave a comment with dates you can volunteer to; DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

Where:
You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach across the street from Duke’s Chowder House and Blue Moon Burgers near 58th Ave SW.

When:
Set up by volunteers from 5:30-7 PM. Music and dancing from 7-10 PM.

Dances take place every Friday night all summer as long as it’s dry, at least through Labor Day weekend in September.

Bring:
Sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes you can get dirty, and maybe a jacket for sundown are great ideas. Optionally bring food or drinks to share. Alcohol is not allowed at the public beach, but friends and passersby are always welcome.

Credit:
Special thanks Stephanie Mano for storing the flooring at her house since last summer. Thanks to Sergio, Agustin, and Angie for offering to help set up. Thanks to Ed for lending the use of his Block Rocker speaker.

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