Next Practice:  We meet every Sunday, 4:30-6:30, except as posted here. We are outside for the summer, at the Wallingford Steps. (Rain location is under the picnic shelter at Gasworks Park.) If you are new, please consider taking rueda de casino classes before or concurrent with joining the Sunday practice. If you need a refresher, please arrive at 4:30. 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. YES, we are meeting on July 5th!


 Upcoming Events

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:

B’ham Festival & Wilfredo Guilbiac Workshops, July 10-12

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

Viva Cuba summer salsa fest in Bellingham: join Rumba NW Fri Jul 10-Sun Jul 12, featuring workshops w/ Wilfredo on Sat-Sun and live music w/ Cambalache:

Canceling Casino on Cardboard at Alki Beach tonight

Posted by on 12 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

From Izzy

Sorry amigos, but we’re canceling Casino on Cardboard at Alki Beach tonight June 12, 2015. Ismael is a bit under the weather today and isn’t well enough to take on setup duty. Although the sun has started to peek through the clouds, it would have been chilly along the water tonight since Seattle is expected to hit a high temperature of only 66 degrees today. Historically we’ve gotten low turnouts on cooler days like today. It’s best to just cancel the event tonight, let Ismael recover, and wait until next Friday to come out blazin’.
Thank you all for coming out in strong numbers last weekend! The turnout was impressive for the first dance of the season especially with such short notice.

2015 Casino on Cardboard starts tomorrow!

Posted by on 04 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Alki 7-18-14Hola amigos! We’re starting this year’s summer Casino on Cardboard season of dances on Alki Beach this Friday, June 5, 2015! All you need to do is bring your shiny, smiling face, be ready to dance the day away, and maybe bring a jacket for after sundown. Bring snacks or drinks, if you’re really inspired.

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. Music and dancing begin by 7. Volunteers are encouraged to come earlier to help set up (and find a decent parking spot)! The festivities will generally take place every Friday night it’s dry at least through Labor Day weekend in September. We’ll see you on the dance floor on the sandy shores of Alki Beach!

If you want rueda lessons…

Posted by on 17 May 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction

Rueda de casino lessons at SalsaNSeattle are cancelled for the summer. In late summer SnS will likely announce a fall session. You will have to sign up for it in advance to ensure your space.

In the meantime, there are two options:

1) Check out Rainier Valdes’s classes (see Instructor page)

2) If you are interested in a short, focused series–for beginners, or for advanced beginner/intermediate–please let Betsy Geller know (see Instructor page for contact info or send a Facebook message). If there are enough people of similar level I will try to set up a 5 or 6 week series, most likely in Greenwood.

No practice 5/24, Moving outside 5/31

Posted by on 17 May 2015 | Tagged as: Practice

Seattle Rueda Sunday practice is at SalsanSeattle 5/17.

It’s cancelled on 5/24 — go to Folklife!

Starting 5/31 we’ll be outside at the Wallingford Steps through the summer. (Rain location is the Gasworks Park picnic shelter.)

Music in a Changing Cuba

Posted by on 03 May 2015 | Tagged as: Music

Check out Afropop’s program “Music in a Changing Cuba”

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