July 2009

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Live Afro-Brazilian & Cuban music tonight 7/31 at Fremont Abbey

Posted by on 31 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Live Afro-Brazilian & Cuban rumba music will highlight the fundraiser tonight at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center located at 4272 Fremont Ave. N. (between 42nd & 43rd St.).  The fundraiser is to help buy acoustic panels & improve the heating system (don’t worry it’s cool in there now).

7-9pm, all ages, and suggested donation is $10 or whatever you can afford.


Save the Date – UPDATE

Posted by on 30 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Events

Revised date; Thursday, August 20th, for a new Salsa Night at a beautiful location – Lincoln Square in Bellevue! Details to follow…


Open Cuba

Posted by on 30 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Cuba, Social

To add your comment to the discussion check out the petition http://www.OpenCuba.org

Dear Dear Friend,

At CheapTickets we believe passionately in the power of travel to transform lives. And we believe that people should have the freedom to travel wherever they choose.

Americans today have the right to travel to any country in the world except Cuba. Recently, we put our support behind OpenCuba.org, a campaign that gives people a way to petition U.S. leaders to end the 50-year Cuba travel ban and give all Americans the freedom to travel to Cuba.

159 Congressmen and 29 Senators recently sponsored the bipartisan Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, which seeks to open up travel to Cuba for all U.S. citizens. The opportunity to end the 50-year ban hangs in the balance. Be part of the movement to give Americans the right to travel wherever they choose by signing the petition.

Cuban American groups, such as the Cuban American Alliance and the Cuban American Commission for Family Rights, have endorsed OpenCuba.org. Our position on opening up travel to Cuba is aligned with that of Human Rights Watch.

Over 50,000 people have already visited OpenCuba.org to make their opinion heard. Seize the moment and join us in urging U.S. leaders to give all Americans the freedom to travel to Cuba:


We recognize that some of you may have different perspectives on this subject; however, our position on this is premised on two core beliefs:
-People should have the freedom to travel where they choose to travel
– The resulting exchange of ideas between people from different countries — can be a powerful force for positive change
Thank you for considering our request to join us on this issue.

Barney Harford
President & CEO

Palačinke for Charity at Alki Beach Dance Parties…

Posted by on 29 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Social

The Palacinke pan will be retired for the summer…due to lack of interest.

Cheers! and see you tomorrow,

Vancouver This Weekend: Rumbanana Workshops & Wil Campa

Posted by on 29 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Events

As I posted earlier, Wil Campa will be in Vancouver this weekend:
Additionally, Rumbanana is teaching two workshops in Vancouver on Saturday.  To reserve your spot, email the contact person listed at the bottom of the message:
When: Saturday, August 1st, 2009
2-3PM: Bootyology dance workshop (Styling – Cuban Style)
This workshop will cover how to add more style, more flavor, more spice to your dancing.  It’s geared at Salsa dancers, but techniques apply to just about every style of dance. 
3:15-4:15PM: Cuban Salsa and Rueda De Casino with Rumbanana
For Intermediate/Advanced Cuban Salsa dancers
Learn original moves of World Champions Rumbanana!
Masonic Centre Penthouse
1495 West 8th Ave (at Granville)
Vancouver, BC
Admission: $20 each workshop; $35 for both.
Registration: first come first serve. Please, email me at eljabaito@yahoo.com so that I can reserve your spot.

Orchestra Zarabanda & DJ’s @ Teatro ZinZanni, Wednesday 7/29

Posted by on 28 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Music

Come cool off and dance in Teatro ZinZanni’s historic (and air conditioned) spiegeltent located at 222 Mercer Street (between 3rd & 4th Ave. N, across from Seattle Center).

Live music by Orchestra Zarabanda and multiple DJ’s between the sets.

Doors open at 8:30pm, free dance lesson at 9pm, and the band hits the offbeat after the lesson.  $10, 21+ only

Plenty of paid & secure parking lots next to the venue.



Anybody going to Vancouver, BC this weekend

Posted by on 28 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Events

Anybody going to Vancouver, BC this weekend for the:


Wil Campa y su Gran Union Concert
Saturday Aug 1 and Sunday Aug 2
Masonic Penthouse

1495 West 8th Avenue (Map)
Doors open: 8pm
Music: Live Cuban salsa
Cost: $35 at door
$25 early bird tickets until July 15
$30 advance tickets until August 1

Two-night Cuban party featuring a CD release party by Wil Campa and his band plus a Cuban dance show.

Event Organizesr: City Salsa Vibe & Julio Montero
Phone: 778-863-2623
Website: CitySalsaVibe.com


Cubamemucho Canada.. one of the finest Cuban Events

Posted by on 27 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Events





A Team of 11 Professional Cuban Dancers Bring the Beauty of Cuban Dance and Music to our Country – “¡Tremendo despelote!”What city could be more perfect for cultural exchange than Edmonton? Considered Canada’s Culture Capital, Edmonton takes pride in supporting and sustaining cultural diversity in arts, music and heritage. The goal of SalsAddiction Dance Company, the host of Cubamemucho Edmonton 2009, is to foster this sense of unity in our Community.

For the FIRST time in North America, Cubamemucho, an internationally renowned Cuban Dance Festival, will grace Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on September 25-27, 2009 and will transform the Mayfield Inn and Conference Centre into a colorful and three thrilling nights of heart pounding live entertainment and gala performances are guaranteed to captivate audiences and have them dancing in their seats.

Known for their expertise in Afro-Cuban body movement and showman skills, these artists can show anyone how to move his or her body like a Cuban dancer. During the day, over 20 professional dance workshops will be available to choose from. Local and international dancers will not want to miss this opportunity to learn from the BEST!

In addition to the shows and workshops, Edmontonians are also invited to join in welcoming dancers from all over the world who will come together at Cubamemucho to compete for a chance to qualify for the 2010 World Rueda Championship (Cuban lively celebration of Cuban music, dance and culture.Salsa Wheel) finals – a prestigious competition to be held in Munich, Germany.

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Usukuma Ekuere, SalsAddiction Dance Company continues to introduce Edmontonians to the high energy and fun that Cuban Salsa Dancing can bring to a wide variety of individuals. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a great cultural event, which will introduce and evoke the sounds and movement of Cuba.

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For more information about this exciting event, visit www.cubamemucho.salsaddiction.com, e-mail info@cubamemucho.salsaddiction.com, or call Daiana at 780-701-7777.



tid bit…

Posted by on 26 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Social

This is a little late now….but did you guys see the Hispanic Seafair Ads on Univision!
My eyes couldn’t scan fast enough, but a bunch of the group was on there for like 2 seconds, as they
ran footage from last year with Grupo Ashe. HA! I saw Tomas boogie-ing…and my mug was behind him somewhere… Did anyone else catch their own face on the square box???

Video of the Week

Posted by on 26 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Video


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