January 2009

Monthly Archive

Video of the Week

Posted by on 18 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Video

From Dennis’ archives. This is in Spain:

Phinney Ridge Class cancellation for holiday

Posted by on 18 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Instruction

We will not be having class this Monday night due to the holiday.  Enjoy your day off and take a moment to reflect on why we this day and the man who we celebrate on it are so very important and significant in American history.

Take care and keep dancing.



Reminder: videos at Eddies on Sunday 2pm

Posted by on 16 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

Just a reminder to the rueda dancers- Eddie is offering his home and huge TV screen for us to gather and view some kick A@$ videos of really great rueda dancers. Come join us, pre practice on Sunday, at 2 pm

The details

When: Sunday January 18th, 2009

2:00 – 4:15PM

Where: 714 N 64th Street

Seattle, WA 98103

Between Linden and Fremont Avenues on the Phinney side of Green Lake


Pablo Menendez at UPS

Posted by on 15 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

Pablo Menendez- What Keeps Us Apart?
Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma ,WA | 5:30 PM
Pablo Menendez, Latin jazz musician and ambassador of all things Cuban, is bringing his distinctive music and cultural perspective to an afternoon performance at University of Puget Sound. The American-born guitarist, who leads one of Cuba’s hottest bands, Mezcia, will present a mix of talk, music, and video and make his case that America and Cuba should develop deeper cultural ties.He will appear with Puget Sound Jazz Band director Chris Stover on trombone and Michael Olson, percussionist. The performance is free and open to the public.

Menendez is something of a rarity on these shores following the U.S. decision in 2003 to cease giving visas to Cuban intellectuals and musicians. Menendez is not affected because he was born in Oakland, Calif. and has a U.S. passport. He arrived in Cuba at age 14 and, for the past three decades, has chosen to live and perform in Cuba, a country with a long musical tradition that treats its musicians almost as an elite, providing them with a salary and subsidized housing.

Menendez has performed internationally with artists including Carlos Santana and Bonnie Raitt. His music mixes Afro-Cuban styles with bebop, salsa, rumba, and rock. On stage he shares stories of his own life as the son of famous blues singer Barbara Dane and takes audiences through the sometimes-parallel cultural histories of America and Cuba. He also shows videos of Cuban music and dance styles, some of which are little known in the United States. Together with other artists, he has produced numerous albums, including /Havana Blues Mambo/ (Zoho Records, 2005), /Bridge to Havana/ (Pyramid Records, 2004), and /Akimba/ (Khaeon World Music, 2002).
For directions and a map of the campus: www.ups.edu/directions.xml
Sponsor: University of Puget Sound
Contact: Margaret Thorndill, Director of Public Events, mthorndill@ups.edu, 253.879.3555

SF Rueda Festival

Posted by on 15 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

Today is the last day to register online for the full pass for the San Fransisco Rueda Festival at $220.  Starting tomorrow the price goes up to $246.

Courtesy of Debby Reynolds



Posted by on 14 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

I just wrote a new wikipedia post, Salsa Suelta. When I went searching for a photograph, a google search brought me back here, to this blog! So who took this shot? and may I use it for Wikipedia? (Here is the Wikipedia page for licensing tags). It’s easily the best photo of suelta! Thank you! And do you want your mug on a wikipedia page? . . . let me know if you want to be cropped out.

Navya Lounge this Friday – Dance the night away

Posted by on 14 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Events, Music

MUEVETE w/DJ Baracoa y DJ Nick

An Evening of Latin Flavor
Dance Music For Your Feet

Navya Lounge

1333 5th Ave Seattle

( Second Level inside the Rainier Square at the corner of 5th and University in Downtown Seattle)

 Friday Nights @ 10PM

Two Rooms Two DJ’s

An Evening of Latin Flavor
Dance Music For Your Feet
For your dancing pleasure we present…..Salsa, Timba,
Son, Son Montuno, Rueda de Casino si tu quieres, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata, Merengue,
Poquito Reggaeton y mas de Cuba y el todo Mundo…tu sabes ¡!


Posted by on 14 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

Documentary – PERU 2004; 54 minHands of God
Director- Delia Ackerman

Date: Thursday, January 15
Time: 7PM
Location: LOCATION
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
104 17th Ave. S

The stunning dexterity and mastery of famous Afro-Peruvian percussionist Julio “Chocolate” Algendones are on display in this affectionate documentary about the great master. Afro-Peruvian music is rooted in multiples rhythms coming from Africa. Mixing the traditional and the contemporary, from cajón to Jazz, Chocolate composed and played many music styles, taught all over the world and contributed to the creative development of numerous artists including the dance group Peru Negro.

Post Screening Discussion with Rose Cano, Director “Callejon: The Alley“, a bi-lingual musical co-production of North South Conexions and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center


Seattle Correspondent for SalsaPower.com

Posted by on 11 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

Below, I’m pasting in a note from Jacira Castro from Salsa Power. If you’ve never been to her site, check it out at salsapower.com. At salsapower.com, you can read CD reviews, interviews, learn about events, and find contacts (in cities all over the world) who can tell you if there are casino clubs in the area. Seattle is not represented on this site. Anyone interested in being the Seattle Correspondent? See below for details:

“As for Seattle, we would love to add Seattle to the SalsaCities section, but we need a local correspondent! Responsibilities of a Local Correspondent are to create a clubs list, a schools list and then maintain them up to date. They may elect to have an events section as well, but it is not required ….and they may occasionally receive e-mail from SalsaPower readers who may be coming to your area. They would be expected to answer them in a professional manner that would well-represent the SalsaPower family.

If you find someone who is interested, have them contact me directly and I will then send them the link to our instruction page for new correspondents.

Hoping to hear from you soon,

Jacira Castro
www.SalsaPower.com ”

Cheap fares to San Fran : Book your flight for Feb. Rueda Festival weekend!

Posted by on 10 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

It would be *so much fun* if we got a good-sized group to head to the Rueda Festival in San Francisco!

I got this in email from Alaska Airlines and I wanted to share it with you. In case you are trying to decide whether or not to go, this is an awesome opportunity and a good financial incentive 🙂 I’ve just booked my flight.
You must book by Jan 24th, though, so hurry up already and book it.  Details below – See the Alaska Airlines site (link below) for details.

Also, for the hotel, there is a better deal if you get a Petite double room. It is $65/night and you need to book it online: http://www.bookability.net/b2/hoteltop.php?pcod=&month=02&day=20&year=2009&nightstay=2&bubmit=bubmit&origdate=00000000&numberrooms=1&siteid=490&hnum=115&tier=


January 9, 2009
Get a Jump on the Savings
Winter Clearance Fare Sale is on Now
You need to act fast, though: tickets must be purchased by
January 24 for travel through June 10, 2009.
Remember, prices start as low as:

spacer San Francisco to Seattle $59
  Seattle to Los Angeles $69
  Phoenix to Seattle $99
  Seattle to Palm Springs $109
  Minneapolis to Seattle $119

… So start thinking “spring fling” and plan your getaway today.
Make someone’s day — tell a friend about the sale.





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