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Next Practice:  We meet every Sunday, 4:30-6:30 at SalsaNSeattle, 1200 Stewart St. HOWEVER, 10/12 only we'll meet 5:00-6:30. 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.       Classes   Upcoming Events    

Giraldo Piloto & Klimax, Club Sur, Thurs Oct 23!!!

Posted by on 11 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Music


Thurs Oct 23, Club Sur. Doors open and Cuban dinner: 7:30 pm; Salsa Casino performance & intro “Timba” lesson by Rumba Northwest: 8:00 pm
First Set: 8:30 pm
Second Set: 10:00 pm
Reservations encouraged. For reservations call 206-682-7557 during business hours (11am to 4 pm Mon-Fri).
Cover: $25.00, 21 and Over


Posted by on 03 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Music

This from Ann Reynolds:

Clave Gringa Especial will be back at North City Bistro – we sold out the place last time and had a terrific time. Kiki Valera (from Santiago de Cuba) will again be on cuatro, Steve Smith on percussion, and for the first time, Dean Schmidt will be joining us on bass. This is a power lineup, but it’s an intimate setting and gives us a chance to do some fun music.

North City Bistro has terrific food (small and large plates), is very reasonably priced, has great wines, and a very comfortable atmosphere.This is a place you want to discover. If you missed it last time, don’t miss it again. If you were there before, you know you want to return with more friends. Make reservations by calling 206-365-4447; or We play from 8-10 PM; cover charge is $8.
Other October gigs:
Oct 3 – Coco Loco will be in Enumclaw at a wonderful venue- Kelly’s Mercantile on Cole St in the center of town. We play from 7-10. Folks in southern Puget Sound- come on over to Enumclaw.
Oct 12 and 26 – Ann Reynolds/Leah Pogwizd – piano/bass duo at Serafina from 6:30-9:00

More Workshops with Maiensy Sanchez, Sat Oct 11, Balance Studio

Posted by on 28 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Instruction

When: Every Second Saturday, from 1:45 to 4:15 pm
Open to all levels of experience: you can adjust the degree of challenge to your individual practice. More details to follow on specific dates.
Where: Balance Studio (Fremont), 418 N 35th St., Seattle, WA 98103
Payment: $20 for one workshop, $30 for two workshops, $10/$15 students (professional/academic training)
If you are going through financial hardship and would like to attend, please contact Maiensy/ala cubana to make arrangements.


Casino Workshop with Rumba Northwest Saturday 10/4

Posted by on 19 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Instruction

Come enjoy your favorite and the latest music from the island that makes the world dance, with Heather and Antonio of Rumba Northwest. Saturday October 4 at Belltown Dance Studio.
3-4:15pm CASINO IMPROV & MUSICALITY – Spice up basic casino moves with creativity and sabor! Plus, Cuban music: how to make your dance reflect different styles and sounds.
4:30-5:45pm RUEDA WITH RUMBA NW – Learn our favorite and most dynamic rueda moves (RNW originals!) while picking up techniques for leading, following, and calling. ¡Una bulla!
Both classes appropriate for intermediate and advanced casineros.
Cost: $15 per class, $25 for both
Facebook event:

Casino seattle Oct2014



Last Outdoor Practica of 2014, Sunday 9/21

Posted by on 19 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Practice

We’ll dance at the Wallingford Steps as usual on Sunday 9/21.

On 9/27 we plan to move inside, to SalsaNSeattle.

Casino On Cardboard will resume in 2015!!!

Posted by on 19 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard, Events

There will be NO CoC 9/19/14, we are done for the year.

Thanks everyone for a great season at the beach and some great Casino dancing; A BIG SHOUT OUT to Ismael Rodriguez for hauling and setting up the floor by himself every week!!!! We hope to see everyone at the clubs and for sure in 2015 for another season of Casino on Cardboard.

Una bulla!

Ala Cubana dance workshops with Maiensy Sanchez, Saturday Sept 27

Posted by on 12 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Instruction

Registration begins at 1:45pm; please arrive 15 minutes before your workshop

A Tiempo de Clave 2 to 3pm – This is a hands-on workshop, open to all levels, focused on beginning/deepening your work on how to follow the clave beat; a journey into the richness and versatility of the Cuban soul. The African-originated clave beat is at the core of the majority of Cuban music and dance genres. To those new to this conversation, the clave beat is a beautiful and powerful way to align to the rhythms of Mother Earth: a universal medicine beyond political and cultural constructions.

Cuban Styling 3:15 to 4:15pm – Open to all levels of experience: you can adjust the degree of challenge to your individual practice.

When: Saturday, September 27, from 1:45 to 4:15 pm
Where: Balance Studio (Fremont), 418 N 35th St., Seattle, WA 98103
Cost: $20 for one workshop, $30 for two workshops
What to bring: An open heart, comfortable clothing, and socks. This is a newly remodeled floor. If your health condition requires you to wear shoes, please make sure they are non-marking, dance shoes. Thank you. Ladies: heel-less shoes are best.

Facebook invite:

CD Release Party for Para Cuba Con Amor, Mon Sept 22, Tula’s

Posted by on 12 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Music, Social

The Big Clave Gringa Bash is happening on Monday Sept 22! Yes, the CD release celebration will happen at Tulas from 7-10 PM. Let’s fill the club with friends, and friends of friends, for Ann Reynold’s band’s new CD. Clave Gringa for that night will be expanded to included Tobi Stone (sax and clarinet), Naomi Siegel (trombone) in addition to Daniel Barry(trumpet); Steve Smith will join us on percussion etc.
Make reservations – 206-443-4221. Tulas is at 2214 2nd Ave. Cover $10. All ages until 10 PM.
Facebook invite:
Other musical events in Sept.:
Sat Sept 13, Coco Loco at Third Place books, 7:30-9:30, FREE
Friday Sept 26, Coco Loco at the Easy Monkey pub, 8-10 PM, 17537 15th Ave NE, Seattle, great place to hear us and enjoy drink and food! 21 and over
Sunday Sept 14 and 28, Ann and Leah at Serafina, 6:30-9 PM, music to accompany the wonderful food of Serafina

This Friday – Casino On Cardboard End Of Summer Fiesta!!!

Posted by on 11 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard, Cuba, Culture, Events, Music, Practice, Social

80 degrees?!?? Let’s dance on the beach one more time before summer’s out. As always – Alki Beach across from Duke’s. Nos vemos!!!

Alki 9-12-14

Casino-On-Cardboard 9/5/2014

Posted by on 04 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

80 degrees and sunshine…let’s dance Casino! Summer is almost over, this could be our last opportunity to groove to the sweet sounds of Havana D’Primera, El Nino, Pupy, Van Van and many others….let’s end the season on a good note – VAMOS MI GENTE!!


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