Next Practice:  We meet every Sunday, 4:30-6:30 at SalsaNSeattle, 1200 Stewart St. 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!). Mar 8 will include some fun suelta combos in addition to rueda.

Classes

 Upcoming Events

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
To: seattle-cuba@yahoogroups.com
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: http://earshot.org/Publication/Miscellany/2015_02_GoldenBallot.html. 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 reservations@tulas.com
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

Suelta Sundays are back – Feb 8th and March 8th

Posted by on 30 Jan 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

I’m re-starting the sunday suelta practices once or twice a month.

We work on rhythm and footwork and some choreography.

Dates : Feb 8th and March 8th – for the 1st hour of practica 4:30-5:30.

KUOW wants to do a rueda story, but are there any Cuban expatriates in Seattle Rueda?

Posted by on 23 Jan 2015 | Tagged as: Admin, Cuba, Events, Social

Hello. Ummmm KUOW has been doing short pieces on the program The Record about Cuba linkages to Seattle. They want to know if there are any Cuban expats in Seattle Rueda. Do you know, or can you give me a lead how I could find out for them? OR, you could email Marcie Sillmann at marcie@kuow.org or Ross Reynolds at rar@kuow.org directly They already did one on PNW Ballet dancer Karl (sp?) Cruz. Thanks.

Supersones & Picoso at Royal Room

Posted by on 12 Jan 2015 | Tagged as: Music

Thurs Jan 15th, doors open 8:00. Join Los SuperSones and Picoso at The Royal Room in for a full night of Latin music! Supersones at 9:00, Picoso at 10:30. No cover, donation suggested. The Royal Room in Columbia City, 5000 Rainier Ave S – www.theroyalroomseattle.com

Clave Gringa in January

Posted by on 12 Jan 2015 | Tagged as: Music

This month, Clave Gringa quartet (with Kiki Valera on Cuban cuatro) returns to that lovely spot, North City Bistro. If you haven’t been there yet, you should know the food is wonderful, atmosphere is fine and intimate, and you should get reservations because we have been selling it out! Friday January 30, 8-10 PM, $8 cover. North City Bistro, 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline, Reservations – 206-365-4447 or info@northcitybistro.com

Also this month, Ann will be playing at Serafina on Eastlake on Sunday Jan 11 and Sunday Jan 25, 6:30-9 PM. If you are reserving a dinner table, let them know you want to see and hear the musicians. Piano-bass duo with Leah Pogwizd.

Ryan and Sidney teaching in Seattle, Jan 24-25

Posted by on 04 Jan 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction

Two full days of workshops on musicality, casino, rueda, son, body movement…don’t miss it! At SalsaNSeattle. And Fiesta Cubana also at SalsaNSeattle that Saturday night!

Prepay and more info here: http://www.salsanseattle.com/#!workshops/c1nvm

Here’s the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/473737752766970

See Ryan and Sidney’s great page on Cuban music and rhythm here: http://www.ruedaconritmo.com/music.html

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
Saturday, January 24th
1:00 -2pm Partnering for Cuban-style Salsa (Two Levels – Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced)
2:00 -3PM Origins of Rueda: Moves from 1957 to 1964 (All levels)
3pm to 3:30pm Break
3:30 PM Musicality: Dancing the Rhythms of Salsa and Timba (All levels)
4:30 PM Salsa Workout and Body Movement: Rumba in Salsa (All levels)

Sunday, January 25th
11:00 am Intro to Son Cubano (All levels)
12:00 PM Dancing with Clave: Changing Time (All levels)
Break 1pm-2pm
2:00 PM Santiago-style Salsa and Rueda (Intermediate/Advanced)
3:00 PM Salsa Workout and Body Movement: Son in Salsa (All levels)

PRICE: One class: $18 pre-reg / $20 door
Two classes: $30 pre-reg / $35 door
Each Additional Class: $12
One Full Day of classes $50 pre-reg / $55 door
All Eight classes $90 pre-reg / $100 door

Pre-Registration begins now until Friday, January 23rd. Then the Paypal window will close and classes will be at-the-door prices for workshops.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:
SATURDAY, Jan 24TH
Partnering for Cuban-style Salsa (Two Levels, Beginning and Int/Adv)
1:00pm
Cuban-style salsa (sometimes called casino) is dynamic and circular, even when not danced in a circle (rueda). In this class we will teach some of our favorite one-on-one turn patterns (traditional and original). Ryan and Sidney will teach separately, so there will be two different levels dancing simultaneously (beginning and intermediate/advanced).

Origins of Rueda: Moves from 1957 to 1964 (Levels 2 and up)
2:00pm
Rueda de Casino was first created by a group of teenagers in Havana in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In July, Ryan and Sidney traveled to Havana to meet and dance with several of the original dancers of the style (called “Fundadores,” now in their 60s and 70s). In this class you’ll learn many of the moves from the early days, including Derecha-izquierda, Bótala p’atrás, Enróscate, and Bikini.

Musicality: Dancing to the Rhythms of Salsa and Timba
3:30pm
Cuban music is incredibly rich and rhythmically layered, offering us a great abundance of material to draw upon as dancers. In this class you’ll learn some of the most common accents in timba how to express these rhythms with your body, primarily through changes in footwork. This rhythmic understanding will enhance your enjoyment of the music and invigorate your dancing, both in the rueda and with a partner.

Salsa Workout and Body Movement (All levels)
4:30pm
In this energetic, full-body workout, we explore the roots and relatives of salsa. We warm up with basic footwork and move on to explore more complex rhythmic variations and related dance styles (such as Son, Mambo, Rumba and Cha-cha-chá) building towards completing the class with a dynamic and fun choreography. We will focus more on the relationship between Rumba and Salsa on Saturday, and the relationship between Son and Salsa on Sunday.

SUNDAY, Jan 25TH
Intro to Son Cubano (All levels)
11:00am
Son is the style of dance and music that directly preceded Salsa in Cuba, but it is still a living tradition in itself. It is beautiful and elegant, simple in movements but sophisticated in rhythm and style. Many of the best salsa dancers incorporate movements, turns, timing, and style from son into their salsa dancing. In this class you’ll learn the characteristic rhythm of Son (called “contratiempo” or “on 2″) as well as some fundamental steps, movements, and turn patterns.

Dancing with Clave: Changing Time (All levels)
12:00pm
The clave is the rhythmic essence, the “key,” of salsa music. In this class you’ll learn to identify the two key distinctions that make the four types of clave used in salsa: 3-2 vs. 2-3 and son vs. rumba. We’ll use this knowledge of the clave to help us switch back and forth between dancing “on 1″ (“a tiempo”) and “on 2″ (“a contratiempo”). And beyond the how of switching time, we’ll delve into why you would want to switch: what cues to listen for and respond to in the music. It is highly recommended (but not required) to take the Intro to Son class prior to this class.

Santiago-style Salsa and Rueda (Intermediate/Advanced)
2:00pm
Santiago is the birthplace of Son Cubano and continues to be a center of innovation in both dance and music. Ryan and Sidney traveled to Santiago in July, studying from several different groups and teachers. In this class we’ll show you our favorite new moves from Santiago, both one-on-one Salsa patterns and group moves for the Rueda.

Salsa Workout and Body Movement (All levels)
3:00pm
In this energetic, full-body workout, we explore the roots and relatives of salsa. We warm up with basic footwork and move on to explore more complex rhythmic variations and related dance styles (such as Son, Mambo, Rumba and Cha-cha-chá) building towards completing the class with a dynamic and fun choreography. We will focus more on the relationship between Rumba and Salsa on Saturday, and the relationship between Son and Salsa on Sunday.

Fiesta Cubana – this Saturday 12/27

Posted by on 22 Dec 2014 | Tagged as: Events

Get an early start on that New Year’s resolution to dance more casino…  Let’s end 2014 with a big bang !!!

Where: SalsaNSeattle – 1200 Stewart St.

When: 9:30pm -1:30am

Cover: $10  – Free class at 9:30

 

Seattle Rueda Call List

Posted by on 20 Dec 2014 | Tagged as: Instruction

Hola Amigos,

Since I started learning Rueda de Casino with the Seattle Rueda group in July, I have started documenting all the rueda moves I have learnt with proper description. I thought of posting a PDF document containing the rueda calls on the blog, so that anyone who wants to review a move in future can have access to it. As time passes I am planning to keep updating the document once in a month with new moves.

I have uploaded the document on the Sunday Practice & FAQ page as Seattle Rueda Call List. Please have a look and let me know if you aren’t able to access any links that have been provided in the document. Your comments and suggestions are highly appreciated.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. :-)

An end to the US embargo of Cuba?

Posted by on 17 Dec 2014 | Tagged as: Cuba

Major changes to the US relationship with Cuba were announced today. There’s lots of news on the Internet right now. Here are two initial reports:

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-cuba-deal-speech-2014-12

The Beginning of the End of the Embargo?

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