August 2009

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Fiesta Cubana – Babalus this Wednesday Night

Posted by on 31 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Cuba, Events, Music, Social

DJ Baracoa will be playing with Pancho and his sextet starting 10PM. NO COVER


1723 N 45th ST Seattle

Note: Many of you have been wating for a regular gig where you can dance to Cuban music. For the time being I will be dj’ing here every other Wednesday starting Sept 2nd this Wednesday. Come and enjoy and support Cuban music in Seattle.


Rueda and Casino classes

Posted by on 31 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Instruction

Well I finally got my Fall schedule for classes completed. If you are interested in knowing about them please check under the instructor’s tab.  I also would like to tell you that I’m working on bringing Chen back from Vancouver again.  She’s fresh back from her annual trip to study dance in Cuba and  you can be assured that she will continue to  be a wealth of information and fun!   

Also keep in mind that Sidney and Ryan are coming again in September, Lance Lu is teaching,  Betsy is at the University Heights building, and Mariana is holding down the eastside.  I also believe that Maritza is teaching somewhere south of Seattle. Ask her for the details on that.

 In addition,  Jose Carrion is, and has been for a while,  offering  Son,  Rumba, Orishas, Cha Cha Cha and Casino dancing classes and he is truly a talented local resource that we should all make an effort to learn from.   I urge you all to take advantage of these excellent instructors in our local area and I look forward to seeing you out and about and hopefully in one of my classes.

Take care


Fall Registration

Posted by on 31 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Instruction


 Instructor: Dennis Richards 
 Rueda Level 1: Mondays 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Dates: 8 week series begins September 14, 2009(Beginners)
Welcome to the world of Rueda dancing. Learn how to dance with a group as I teach you the essence of the dance and you pick up 15 fun and easy moves.
 Casino Level 2: Mondays 8:00 – 9:30 pm
Dates: 8 week series begins September 14, 2009(Advanced Casino Dancing)
Learn about spacing, body awareness, hand positions, and improving your timing. The emphasis in this class is on efficiency of movement, ganging moves together,and precision of new moves..Footwork drills and core exercises begin each class.. PREREQUISITE: Completion of Rueda 1 or instructor approval.
Casino Elements Class  Saturdays, 6:00 – 7:10 pm
In Casino Elements you will learn the basic “guapea,” the casino cross-body lead, circular dancing basics, crossing techniques, and Knot Salsa.
 Dance Movement Class  Saturdays 730-845pm This class is designed to help dancers improve phrasing, pausing, centering, gesturing, spacing and isolation. Improve your ability to respond to music, to fluidly link movements, and to foster more spontaneous play and creativity in your dance. This class is not about learning new moves.  It is designed to help dancers improve their ability to dance from their core. Come ready to sweat!  (Drop-in class) PLEASE VISIT  Dennis Richards for detailed information.



Jose Carrion’s Cuban Folkloric and Popular Dance Classes

Posted by on 30 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Instruction

Hi everyone. Several of you have recently checked in with us to see when Jose is going to start offering a new series of Cuban folkloric dance classes & we’re thinking of starting up again sometime mid-September.

It looks like the best night for some of you is Monday, so we’re thinking of starting a 4-week series on September 14th, 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Jose would like to have a minimum of 4 people & a maximum of 8, so please let us know if you’re interested and able to commit.
The series will focus on basic dance technique and will be taught on a level that folks who don’t have much experience with Afro-Cuban dance (i.e. Orishas) would be comfortable. That said, those who already dance, will continue to learn and refine their technique.
Jose also teaches a more intermediate-level Afro-Cuban dance class on Friday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:15 pm. New folks are welcome to come, but the pace is a bit faster than what he has planned for Monday nights.
And a reminder…  On Wednesday nights Jose teaches traditional Cuban Son from 6:15 – 7:30 pm and Rumba from 7:45 – 9:00 pm.  The Son class is taught at an intermediate level, but beginners (especially if you have some previous dance experience) are welcome to join in. 
If anyone is interested in a separate beginner-only Son class, please let us know. 
For those of you who are new to Son but are dancers or dance instructors, Jose would be happy to work with you separately if you didn’t want to just jump into the ongoing Wednesday night class. Most of Jose’s teaching experience (25+ years in Cuba) is with professional Cuban dancers, so while he’s still busy figuring out how to adapt his methodology to teach non-Cuban beginners, he especially loves to teach those who already have some experience.
The Rumba class is open to all levels. We spend a fair amount of time on guaguanco, but he also teaches yambu and columbia.
Please visit our website for more info and for class schedules. Also, our YouTube site – cubanfolkloricdance – has video clips of these different dances performed by Jose’s former dance troupe Ballet Folklorico Cutumba de Santiago de Cuba. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Take care~ 
Naomi & Jose

Video of the Week

Posted by on 30 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Video


Ryan and Sidney Coming Back to Seattle 9/12 and 9/13

Posted by on 28 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction

Seattle Casineros,

We miss you! We’ve been hoping to come back to Seattle ever since we left in March, and we’ve found a way to make it happen.

We’ve booked our flights and reserved a space for four classes each on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th.

The classes on Saturday the 12th will happen from 1pm to 5pm, and on Sunday the 13th, they’ll be from 12pm (noon) until 4pm. Classes will be held at: My World Dance and Fitness Studio (849 Hiawatha Place South, Seattle, WA  98144).

Before we set a schedule of classes, we wanted to get your input about what you all would like for us to teach. Please email us at to let us know what sorts of classes you would (or would not) like to take. We want to make the classes as fun and useful to you as possible!

We’ll post the class titles and descriptions soon, as well as the complete info about the workshop.

We’re really looking forward to dancing with all of you again!


Casino on Cardboard: Alki Beach Party–Tonight is Last for the 2009 Season

Posted by on 27 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

Hello All!

Come out and join us for the last Casino on Cardboard: Alki Beach Party for this Summer season–Tonight, Thurs, Aug 27th, 7pm. Enjoy the last days of August’s sun and warm weather by dancing with the sunset as a backdrop.

Also–a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped with unloading, set-up, and break-down each week this summer. It couldn’t have been pulled off this year without a group effort.

Yours Truly in Cardboard, I-Pods, Tune Units, and most importantly–Duct Tape,

Georgia, Jan, and John

How to Embed A Video in a Post

Posted by on 26 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Admin, Video

1. Create a new post. Fill in the title and click on the HTML tab.

2. In a separate window, go to You Tube and highlight (select) all of the html code that is in the “Embed” field. Copy (ctrl-c or use the menu options and go to edit/copy) the code. The Embed field is just to the right and a little below the actual video. It’s underneath a field called URL. When posting a video from sites other than YouTube, try to find something that says “embed code” and copy it.

3. Paste the embed code into the body of your post (ctrl-v or use the menu options edit/paste).

4. Click “Save.” (the save button is just to the right of the body of the post)

5. Click “Preview this Post.” Verify that the video appears in the post. (the “preview this post” button is just to the right of the Title)

6. Click “Publish.” (next to save)

7. Voila, you’re finished.

Please let us know if we can edit this post in any way to make the instructions clearer.

Follow’s Steps for Dame

Posted by on 26 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Instruction, Video

In Duane’s rueda class on Sunday, he showed the follows how to weave in and out of the circle on a Dame.  This gives a nice visual effect and keeps the rueda moving more cleanly.  Watch how the Rumbanana girls step through their Dames.  This video was shot from above, so you can really see it clearly.

Fiesta de Ariel Friday Aug 28th 10PM Mojitos Cafe Univ. Dist.

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

Come and celebrate the all to brief return of our friend Ariel hosted by Luam of Mojitos Cafe on University Ave this Friday starting at 10PM. No Cover and DJ Baracoa will be providing the Cuban Music with his sound system extrodinare. The music starts at 10PM and everyone is welcome. If you know Ariel you will not want to miss this. Come early and stay late. Fiesta Cubana !!!!

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