February 2009

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CUBONICS: For those of you who keep reading my T-shirt

Posted by on 28 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Cuba, Social

English Spanish Translations What it really means
1 I don’t care a whistle. Me importa un pito. I don’t give a damn
2 I shit on the tomato’s mother. Me cago en la madre de los tomates. Damn it!- Something went wrong
3 Send eggs. Manda huevos. Unbelievable
4 He doesn’t shoot a pea No dispara un chicharo. A person who doesn’t do anything
5 I care three cucumbers. Me importa tres pepinos. I couldn’t care less
6 They took my liver out Me sacaron el higado. They truly pissed me off-They exhausted me
7 You have me until the last hair Me tienes hasta el ultimo pelo. Sick and tired
8 Children talk when the hens piss Los ninos hablan cuando las gallinas mean. Kids should be seen and not heard
9 You put the lid on the jar Le pusiste la tapa al pomo. The ultimate
10 What itches you? Que te pica? What the hell’s wrong with you?
11 You don’t paint anything. Tu no pintas nada. You’re irrelevant-You’re not effective
12 Let’s throw a foot. Vamos a echar un pie. Let’s get going – Let’s dance.
13 Eating what the chicken nibbles Comiendo de lo que pica el pollo. Wasting time-Not paying attention.
14 When the frog grows hair Cuando la rana crien pelo. Never going to happen-When chickens grow hair .
15 They are taking out our penny Nos estan sacando el kilo. Their getting the most out of us.
16 You left us planted Nos dejaste plantados. You stood us up.
17 It formed! Se formo! The shit hit the fan.
18 You’re salted. Estas salao. You are jinxed.
19 You ate it, brother. Te la comiste, mi hermano. You did great.
20 You are finishing Estas acabando. Same as above
21 This egg wants salt. Este huevo quiere sal. You want something from me.
22 You’re drinking my hair Me estas tomando el pelo. Pulling my leg
23 He doesn’t have hair in his tongue No tiene pelos en la lengua. Someone who’s very blunt.
24 Termites fell on the piano Le cayo comejen al piano. This is it!
25 Face of a stick Cara de palo. Poker face-A very fresh person.
26 Keep sleeping on that side Sigue durmiendo de ese lado. Keep dreaming
27 There is no evil that won’t come for good No hay mal que por bien no venga. Things happen for a reason-A blessing in disguise
28 I’m going to do of the fat sight Me voy hacer de la vista gorda. Looking the other way
29 He finished with the farm and the mangoes Acabo con la quinta y con los mangos He took it all
30 He is of country or death Este es de patria o muerte Do or die.
31 Heart of melon Corazon de melon. Sweetheart
32 Want to take low mangoes Quieres coger mango bajitos Won’t be taken for a fool
33 He doesn’t have two fingers of forehead No tiene dos dedos de frente. Very dumb
34 At one my mule A la una mi mula. On the double.
35 For later is late Para luego es tarde. Let’s do it now-Let’s get going
36 The shrimp that falls asleep, the current takes away Camaron que se duerme se lo lle a la corriente. Don’t leave for later what you can do today – You’re an idiot
37 We were few and Catana gave birth Eramos pocos y pario Catana. Too many of us
38 Bad lightning break you Mal rayo te parta. Drop dead
39 In saint of what? A santo de que? Why the hell…?
40 In case of the flies Por si las moscas Just in case
41 Little feet, what do I want you for Paticas pa’ que te quiero. I’m outta here like a bat outta hell
42 What about you? Y tu que? What’s up?
43 You’re in the moon of Valencia Estas en la luna de Valencia. You’re spaced out
44 He’s looking for the four legs of the cat Le anda buscando las 4 patas al gato Getting too picky
45 From lame waters help me God, from the big kahuna, I’ll help myself De aguas mansas me salve Dios, que de las bravas me cuido yo. Still waters run deep
46 He’s shitted Esta cagao. He’s lucky
47 Here you don’t give feet Aqui no das pie. You’re getting way over your head
48 You came to dance to the house of the top Viniste a bailar a casa del trompo. Same as above
49 To shut up to your hens! A callar a sus gallinas! You don’t shoosh me!
50 From Christmas to St. John De pascuas a San Juan. Once in a blue moon
51 Careful, the devil knows more for being old than for being the devil Cuidado que mas sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo. Trust me, I’ve been around the block and know what I’m saying
52 Throw the rock and hide the hand Tira la piedra y esconde la mano. A sneaky person who likes to stir trouble
53 I had fun like a midget Me divertí como un enano. I had a great time

Dance Workshops with Ryan and Sidney – Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Posted by on 27 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction

Hey Seattle Casineros!
We are excited to announce that we will be teaching at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Seattle on Saturday, March 14th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and on Sunday, March 15th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
We’d love to hear what sort of classes you would be most interested in attending as we are setting up our class schedule now.  Below are a few possibilities.  We’d be very curious to hear your ideas.  Please let us know what interests you the most.  If you could rate your top eight favorites we would really appreciate it.  Thanks!  Please send your replies to ryanandsidney@gmail.com
Salsa Workout
Dancing the Rhythms of Timba
Miami Style vs. Cuban Style
Group Moves
Sorpresa (everyone leads and follows)
Al Reves (everything is backwards)
Women’s Styling
Men’s Styling
Athletic Moves
Cuban Popular Dance – Mambo, Comparsa, Conga, Pilon…
Roots of Salsa in the Rueda – Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Macuta…
Partnering Technique
Our Favorite Essential and Basic Casino Moves
Our Favorite Intermediate Level Casino Moves
Our Favorite Really Complicated Casino Moves
How to change time while partner dancing and/or in the rueda
Dancing and Understanding Clave
Workshop in developing your own original choreography
Sal-Samba – Brazilian and Cuban Dance
Cuban Cabaret – Movement and Styling for Women
Timba Appreciation Listening Class
Anything else???
We appreciate your input and will create a final class schedule over the next couple of days.  We’ll keep you posted.
Please let us know if you think you will be able to attend our workshops.
We look forward to seeing you and dancing with you in just two weeks!
Ryan and Sidney

Grupo Ashé is at Navya Lounge tonight (Friday 2/27)!

Posted by on 27 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Percuba Productions presents a Cuban Dance Party with Grupo Ashé & DJ Nick tonight at Navya Lounge!

Navya is inside The Rainier Plaza in downtown Seattle at 1333 5TH Ave – between Union & University.

For more information, see:




See you there timberos!

Ashé pa’ ustedes, Pedrito

March 20 tickets available now

Posted by on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder to please purchase tickets in advance for the upcoming event on March 20. Hope to see you all there! Here’s the scoop:


Who: Charanga Danzon and Grupo Ashe (Concert / Dance Party)

When: Friday, March 20, 2009 (7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.)

Where: Rainier Chapter of the D.A.R.

800 Roy Street (Capitol Hill), Seattle

Please join us for this Spring Party full of live Cuban music. The evening begins with a concert (Charanga Danzon) in the elegant living room of the Rainier Chapter House, followed by dancing to live music (Grupo Ashe) in the upstairs ballroom. Three types of tickets available: Concert only, Dance Party only, or both. Hope to see you at this fabulous venue! All ages are welcome. (A similar event was originally scheduled for December 19 but was postponed due to weather.)

Tickets on sale now



Video of the Week

Posted by on 22 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Video


Dancing tonight at Navya Lounge, Friday 2/20

Posted by on 20 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Music

Come out for music and dancing at Navya Lounge.  One room, but multiple DJ’s alternating throughout the night.  

Salsa, Timba, Merengue, Reggaeton


1333 5th Avenue, Seattle

(Second level inside the Rainier Square at the corner of 5th & University in downtown Seattle)

Starts 10pm,

Entrance: $5 if you say you know Thomas or Nick (otherwise $10).

Rueda de Casino Moves I Learned in Atlanta & Miami

Posted by on 17 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Practice

Hi Peeps, I had a chance to go and learn some really cool moves while I was away two weeks ago. Here are the names:

In Atlanta, I went to Julian Mejia’s rueda de casino class and I learned: Talita and Panteon. I have these moves on a video so I am still working on breaking it down. I also learned, but still need some practice, a step called control. Julian might be teaching that one at the San Francisco festival.

In Miami, I went to Salsa Racing Studio’s rueda de casino class. My instructor was a guy name Julio. He was AWESOME! All done in Spanish.  In one night, I learned a bunch of moves, the one I cannot wait to teach is Kentoqui a lo Cubano.  The others are Rumbero, La Cunada,  and a couple of others I don’t remember the names. BUT, I have them on video, so I will break them down.

As some of you might have already known, my car died (too much wear & tear and the 3rd cylinder has lost compression) and I am now bus-dependant. I am very grateful to Jay Williams from Tacoma, who comes to pick me up when he can.  (THANK YOU, JAY!!) That said, I cannot guarentee I will make it to Sunday practice as often I would like.

So I have this idea, if anyone would be interested in coming to Federal Way one Saturday afternoon and we can have a little rueda lab session to help me break down the moves and just dance, I would so appreciate it.  After San Francisco, I know I will have even more to teach and share. Can we make an event around all this learning?—Maritza

Rueda Performers Needed for College Event at Pierce College in Lakewood

Posted by on 17 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Events, Social

Hi Peeps!

As some of you might already know, when I am not dancing, I am working at a community college doing social justice training with students. My program is going to have an “End Of The Year” Banquet, where there will be food, award recognitions, entertainment, music, and student keynote speakers. My students would like to have our rueda group perform a rueda demonstration with one song for this event. So here are the details:

Multicultural Leadership Institute End of the Year Banquet, Friday, May 29, 2009, from 7-9pm in the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Health Education Center Gym

Adress: 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

This is our 5th Year Anniversary so it is a big deal. I remember talking to Ofer and Andre about starting up a coed performance group. This might be a great way to debut the coed group. My hope is that we can have at least 4 pairs of follows and leads. Please let me know if you can do this by calling me or e-mailing me at (206)300-4523 or mbaida@pierce.ctc.edu

Thanks everyone and if anyone is going to San Francisco, I will see you there this weekend!! I’m flying out Thursday night. –Maritza

Joe Cuba: Father of NY Boogaloo Dies

Posted by on 17 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Music

Joe Cuba: Father of NY Boogaloo Dies

Tuesday February 17, 2009
Joe Cuba, one of the seminal Nuyorican artists of the 1960s/1970s, died Sunday, Feb. 15 in New York from a persistent staph bacteria infection that Cuba contracted while being treated for asthma a few years ago. He was 78.Gilberto Calderon was born in New York in 1931 to Puerto Rican parents, learning to play conga when he was in high school. He formed the Jose Calderon Sextet in the early 1950s; in 1954 his agent suggested he change his name to Joe Cuba and the Joe Cuba Sextet was born.

The Joe Cuba Sextet was different in several ways: it was a small group in a time when salsa was more often played by larger orchestras, it used the vibraphone where other groups were leading with brass and the music was a fusion of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and popular contemporary genres and styles.

As boogaloo became popular – music that is a mixture of mambo, son montuno and the R&B and soul coming out of Motown and sung primarily in English – Cuba had his first big crossover hit in 1965 with “El Pito” (I Never Go Back To Georgia) while in 1967 “Bang, Bang”, co-written by the sextet’s vocalist Jimmy Sabater, beame the hit song that ushered in the Boogaloo Era.

Joe Cuba continued touring and performing until recently. He was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and in 2004 was the Grand Marshall of New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Luckily for the many Joe Cuba fans, Joe Cuba Sextet albums recorded for Fania have recently been rereleased by EMusica so that, while we’ve lost a treasured artist, his music remains with us.

Reminder: Dance shoes only at Sonny Newman’s

Posted by on 17 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Practice

Hi all,

I think we’re all appreciating Sonny’s wonderful space this winter–the best winter on record for Seattle ruedaphiles, in my opinion.

I just want to put a general reminder–to you and your friends and neighbors. Please remember to wear dance shoes (clean, nonmarking, that are never worn outdoors) for our Sunday practices. If you forget to bring them, please wear socks rather than street shoes, even “just this once.” This is important to Sonny and his business, and it’s important to us so that we can return to this space again and again. Epa!


Kyra (the detail-oriented)

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