Next Practice:  We meet every Sunday, 4:30-6:30, except as posted here: Starting Dec 4 we meet at SHIFT in Fremont--please read the info here.  (In the summer we meet at Wallingford Steps across from Gasworks park.) 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.  Every few weeks we have an advanced rueda workshop from 5:00-6:00. See/join Seattle Casineros Facebook group for latest updates and posts below.

Classes 

 Upcoming Events 

  • There are frequent events at Club Sur, North City Bistro and some at other locations such as Musiquarium, Lake Chad Cafe, etc.
  • See Seattle Casineros FB page for posts about upcoming events.

Dance Workshops with Maiensy Sanchez – December 10

Posted by on 30 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: Instruction

Saturday, December 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, Main (blue building)
Rooms 1 & 2 (6532 Phinney Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103-5257)

Welcoming & sign in: 11:30 (15 mins)
Body Conditioning for Dancers: 11:45am – 12:45pm (1 hour – experienced dancers only)
Break (15 mins)
Cuban Dance Styling: 1:00 – 1:55pm (55 mins – intermediate and experienced dancers)

Body Conditioning for Dancers: This bodily training draws upon Maiensy’s experience as a dancer: her method. It is open to all levels; you can adjust the degree of challenge to your personal practice. Maiensy offers a well-crafted technique with which to approach anything Cuban, from the social to the sacred. For beginner dancers, this can mean to discover the full potential of your body in a new way, and to begin developing a sound Cuban vocabulary. For experienced dancers, this is a gate to a deeper conversation with yourself and your sense of physicality. You may wear slippers, socks, non-marking flexible shoes, or dance barefoot.

Cuban Dance Styling: Open to intermediate and experienced dancers. Borrowing from son, casino, timba, rumba and the African-Cuban sacred practices, it focuses on key body parts (namely shoulders, neck, arms, pelvis, hips, knees and feet). Low heels and heel-less, non-traction shoes are best.

One workshop: $20 pre-registered, $25 at door; Two Workshops: $30 pre-registered, $35 at door; Cash or check only, please. Pre registers via clicking Join on the FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/635811373265928/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1480542969356349

What to bring: an open heart and comfortable clothing

“Dance allows us to feel welcomed and loved, from a place of warmth as personal and familiar as our names, 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
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, she began studying piano at age 6 in her hometown, Camagüey. Her 13 years of professional music training includes two years of musical composition studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in La Habana.
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 in Mexico, where 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.
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 which have welcomed her work throughout the years as a performer and choreographer, including Benaroya Hall and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. She extends a heartfelt gratitude to all the communities 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.

Sunday Practice Moves Starting Dec 4th

Posted by on 18 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: Practice

Starting December 4th Seattle Rueda Sunday Practice moves to SHIFT Center for Movement & Healing Arts ! (3517 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 http://shiftseattle.com/contact/ ) PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT. Shift has a beautiful new sprung wood dance floor and our agreement with them requires INDOOR DANCE SHOES and DOES NOT ALLOW HIGH HEELS or shoes that leave black marks. Please remove your outdoor shoes upon entering the building and place them on the shoe rack. Indoor-only dance sneakers, jazz shoes, flats, low/broad-heeled ballroom dance shoes are ok. High heels and stilettos are not.
Shift ALSO REQUIRES that we keep the front door locked; however, regulars will be given an ENTRY CODE to let themselves in. YOUR FIRST TIME AT SHIFT, PLEASE ARRIVE as close to 4:30 as possible, or CONTACT JAIN OR ME IN ADVANCE for the code. Beware: we might not see your message or hear your knock during practice, so come at 4:30 or make arrangements sufficiently in advance!
Practice is still at our usual time, Sundays 4:30-6:30.
We will meet at SalsaNSeattle on Sunday Nov 27. After that we’re at Shift. We will be closed Christmas Day. We have not yet decided about New Years Day.
Street parking near Shift is free and is not difficult. Shift is on the west side of Stone Way but parking may be easier east of Stone Way. Shift has great light and heat too!

Questions about any of this? Email or FB message me or Jain.

 

Sunday Practice at SalsaNSeattle through November

Posted by on 30 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: Practice

Seattle Rueda Sunday practice meets at SalsaNSeattle through the end of November. 4:30-6:30. Drop in – it’s a $5 suggested donation. We meet regardless of weather, sports games, and even Thanksgiving. We are currently in process of looking for a new space to continue in December and the new year.

Sunday Practice moves inside 9/25

Posted by on 21 Sep 2016 | Tagged as: Practice

Sunday practice will move inside for the season on Sunday 9/25. We’ll meet at SalsanSeattle (1200 Stewart St, Seattle WA, 98101, at our usual time (4:30-6:30). Note while there is free street parking on Sundays, it has gotten more difficult with all the construction in the neighboring few blocks.

We will be at SalsanSeattle through 2016. SalsanSeattle will be moving in the new year but has not yet announced their new location. We will re-assess where practica will meet in 2017 once we know their new location. It might be great for us but we don’t know yet. We are open to ideas but will only consider places where:

1) Folks can come and go as they please (no buzzer),

2) It’s comfortable for us to mill around before and after (no extra payment required for that time),

3) There is sufficient space, and

4) There is sufficient free parking in the vicinity.

We also would prefer to be at a place that is either a dance studio or has a storefront presence/some public visibility/something like that, i.e., not shuttered away and invisible to the world 🙂

Concluded: 2016 Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard

Posted by on 01 Sep 2016 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

It was fun while it lasted.

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Once upon a time it was 90 degrees in August… Gone are the days when we’d dance at Alki Beach at sunset beneath the moon and stars… Until next year!

Thanks to all the volunteers who transported the dance floor, came early to help set up, and brought snacks and driks to share!

By the way, does anyone have space to store the dance floor until next summer?

Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard August 26, 2016

Posted by on 26 Aug 2016 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

It’s still hot! It’s still summer. It’s still August. We’re still dancing on the beach tonight, August 26, 2016!

Where:
You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach at Alki at approximately 2501 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, across the street from Duke’s Chowder House near 58th Ave SW.

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

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.

Help wanted:
DJ using any device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!

We can always use volunteers to help set up between 5:30-7. Arriving early is also a great way to find a decent parking spot too! Leave a comment if you can volunteer to DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

We still need new volunteers to transport the dance floor to/from Alki Beach September 2-9. The job consists of picking up the dance floor on Friday the 2nd at Alki Beach at around 10 PM, storing it for the week, then dropping it back off at Alki beach on Friday the 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.

Plenty of volunteers will be available to help unload, assemble, disassemble, and load the floor each week. The trick is getting a good parking spot.

Transporters need at least as much trunk space as a compact SUV (Examples; Subaru Forrester, Toyota Rav 4, station wagons, minivans, vans, pick up trucks, or SUVs). The loaded flooring measures about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H.

Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard August 19, 2016

Posted by on 19 Aug 2016 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

It’s HHHHOOOOTTTT!!!! Since you’ll be at Alki Beach cooling off anyway, you might as well be dancing with all your friends.

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Where:
You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach at Alki at approximately 2501 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, across the street from Duke’s Chowder House near 58th Ave SW.

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

The festivities generally 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 pack a jacket for sundown are great ideas. Bring food or drinks for the birthday party. Alchohol is not allowed at the public beach, but friends and passersby are always welcome.

Help wanted:
DJ using any device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!

We can always use volunteers to help set up between 5:30-7. Arriving early is also a great way to find a decent parking spot too! Leave a comment if you can volunteer to DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

For September 2-9 we’ll need new volunteers to transport the dance floor to/from Alki Beach. The job consists of picking up the dance floor on Friday 1 at Alki Beach at around 10 PM, storing it for the week, then dropping it back off at Alki beach on Friday 2 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.

Plenty of volunteers will be available to help unload, assemble, disassemble, and load the floor each week. The trick is getting a good parking spot.

Transporters need at least as much trunk space as a compact SUV (Examples; Subaru Forrester, Toyota Rav 4, station wagons, minivans, vans, pick up trucks, or SUVs). The loaded flooring measures about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H.

See you at the beach!

Workshops for everyone with Maiensy Sanchez, Aug 27, 12:00 to 2:00, Phinney Neighborhood Center

Posted by on 16 Aug 2016 | Tagged as: Instruction

Workshops with Maiensy Sanchez, Aug 27, 12:00 to 2:00, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2 (wood building).

For everyone!

Sign in 11:45. 12:00 – Body Movement with a strong African-Cuban flavor. All levels. Barefoot, socks, or non-marking flexible shoes. 1:00 – Cuban Styling. Intermediate and up. Non-traction shoes (ladies: heel-less or very low heel). $15 per hour pre-reg or $20 at door; $25/$30 2 hours. Join the FB event to pre-register.https://www.facebook.com/events/895763417234516/

Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard is on Friday, July 29th!

Posted by on 27 Jul 2016 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Let’s take advantage of the arrival of actual summer weather by dancing la vida loca at Alki Beach this Friday, July 29, 2016! Help celebrate Natalie’s birthday with her La Clave Cubana teammates by bringing food and drinks!

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Where:
You’ll find the dance floor right on the sandy beach at Alki at approximately 2501 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, across the street from Duke’s Chowder House near 58th Ave SW.

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

The festivities generally 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 pack a jacket for sundown are great ideas. Bring food or drinks for the birthday party. Alchohol is not allowed at the public beach, but friends and passersby are always welcome.

Help wanted:
DJ using any device with a 1/8″ headphone jack!

We can always use volunteers to help set up between 5:30-7. Arriving early is also a great way to find a decent parking spot too! Leave a comment if you can volunteer to DJ, help set up, pack up, or transport the dance floor.

Each week we need new volunteers to transport the dance floor to/from Alki Beach. The job consists of picking up the dance floor on Friday 1 at Alki Beach at around 10 PM, storing it for the week, then dropping it back off at Alki beach on Friday 2 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.

Plenty of volunteers will be available to help unload, assemble, disassemble, and load the floor each week. The trick is getting a good parking spot.

Transporters need at least as much trunk space as a compact SUV (Examples; Subaru Forrester, Toyota Rav 4, station wagons, minivans, vans, pick up trucks, or SUVs). The loaded flooring measures about 3′ W x 3′ D x 18″ H.

See you at the beach!

Alki Beach dance canceled tonight, July 22, 2016

Posted by on 22 Jul 2016 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Alki Beach Casino on Cardboard dancing is canceled for tonight, July 22.

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Unfortunately the weather turned cool and wet on us today. On the bright side, you can dance outside tomorrow instead, Saturday night at the Goodbye Seattle BBQ at Golden Gardens!

We should resume Casino on Cardboard at Alki Beach next Friday, July 29th.

Thanks to Dave, Katia, Marija, and Laszlo for volunteering to transport the dance floor from 7/22 to 7/29!

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