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 

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.

Events

Posted by on 20 May 2017 | Tagged as: Events

See the Seattle Casineros group on FB for events.

May 20 is Havana d’Primera at Club Sur.

There are some Saturday events at Sea Monster in Wallingford with Kiki and friends.

Ann Reynolds has also posted some events.

If you have time to keep SeattleRueda.com up to date, please contact Betsyg. We’d love your help!

Sunday Practice Moves Outside June 18

Posted by on 20 May 2017 | Tagged as: Practice

We move to Wallingford Steps Sunday June 18 for the summer. We are at Shift in Fremont through June 11. Shift is a great place during the sunny but not quite warm enough days because we can open the big garage door. But look for us at Wallingford Steps June 18 through summer.

Spring Cuban Dance Series with Maiensy Sanchez, starts May 3

Posted by on 01 May 2017 | Tagged as: Instruction

From Maiensy:

Hola, amigos en Seattle! Hello to my beautiful Seattle community! I just returned from a three-month-long trip to Cuba and family. I hope this message finds you all well, and may these words reach your loved ones and people around you as well! In regards to my new series, please note that FB does not allow me to announce an event for over two weeks. This series of classes runs eight weeks through June 26/27. Two of those classes begin this week, on Wednesday and Thursday. I have clarified the information (see below) but please let me know if you have any questions. You can choose how frequently you want to meet from an option of 1 to 4 days a week. We will go from 7:15pm to 8:30pm in a Queen Anne location. Once you click GOING on Facebook, I will personally contact you to go over details in a private message. Thank you all for your support and interest in Cuban culture.
Sending you love and looking forward to this! 

Spring Cuban Dance Series with Maiensy Sanchez:
A heart-opening invitation to go into a deeper state of listening.

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. Get acquainted with the stories behind key Cuban dance genres. Strengthen your relationship to the clave beat, the heart of Cuban music.

WHAT: Options of 3 classes or a combination
WHEN: 8 weeks, May through June 2017 (start dates below)
WHERE: A Queen Anne location. Address provided on registration.

BODY CONDITIONING, CUBAN STYLING, HISTORY & MUSICALITY
Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 3.
Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 4.
Open to all levels. 

CUBAN STYLING FOR WOMEN
Mondays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 8.
Open to all levels.

CASINO PARTNER DANCING & RUEDA DE CASINO
Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 9.
Pre-requisite: One-year minimum experience with some form of Cuban dance.
The focus will be partner dancing with the option of Rueda, depending on the follow-lead ratio.

COST:

Option 1 : Two weekly lessons for 8 weeks, May 3/4 to June 26/27
(a) One advance payment of $300 for 16 sessions over 8 weeks (full series).
(b) Two advance payments of $160 (early May and June) to cover 8 sessions over 4 weeks.

Option 2 : One weekly lesson for 8 weeks, May 3/4 to June 26/27
One advance payment of $160 for 8 sessions/ 8 weeks (full series)

(Option of 3 and 4 sessions a week also available. Please contact Maiensy at Maiensy@hotmail.com for rates.)

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

Note: Space is limited. The maximum capacity per class is 10 to 12 students. This intimate environment offers plenty of opportunities to track your own progress as you receive personalized feedback from Maiensy.

“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

For more information about these and other upcoming classes and workshops please contact Maiensy at Maiensy@hotmail.com or find her on Facebook.

Beginner Rueda series starts 1/24!

Posted by on 23 Jan 2017 | Tagged as: Instruction

The next Beginner Series of Rueda de Casino classes with La Clave Cubana starts tomorrow! Raquel and I will be your new instructors.

¡Vamonos!

La Clave Cubana performance 7-2-2015

– No partner needed
– Get the 4 Class Pass or Drop-in

Tuesdays starting January 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM
1225 S Weller St., Seattle, WA 98144

Door Code 986 – Suite 315

Contact info
Web: Details online
Phone:425-346-0508
Email: info@clavecubanaseattle.com

Yes there is Practice on 1/1

Posted by on 31 Dec 2016 | Tagged as: Practice

There is INDEED practice on New Year’s Day. At SHIFT in Fremont, usual time: 4:30-6:30. To get inside, use the unlock code you already have, or come at 4:30 if you don’t have one.

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