March 2010

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Vic Hadar from New York is Coming to Seattle to do Workshops

Posted by on 31 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Instruction

Greetings Everyone,
If you have not traveled to New York or  plan to travel there any time soon, you will know that it is a hot spot for Cuban music and dancing. I’ve been there and have taken Vic’s class for casino/rueda and she is awesome. I also took her workshop at the San Francisco Rueda Festival and learn much more.
Please save the dates:
April 30 and May 1st.
Vic will be in town to teach casino/rueda both in Tacoma and Seattle. More on that later. These workshops will be for beginners and intermediates. This will give us a taste of what rueda calls they use when you are in New York. How fun is that?  Summer is a wonderful time to go to NYC.

Monday Night Rueda – a message especially for follows

Posted by on 28 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Instruction

Hi Everyone,
The turn out for our Monday Night Multi-Level Rueda class has been wonderful and people are contacting me about joining us daily. One of the amazing things is that we have a lot of leads, which is what most of us follows have been dreaming about, especially with the hopes that they will come out and dance with us on a Saturday night. My purpose here is to ask for support from all of you follows who talk about changing that ratio on the dance floor.   If you are a follow and have been curious to check out the class please come join us. If you are a more advanced dancer and are curious about how the class would work for you please contact me for more information about an option.
Muchas Gracias y nos vemos manana,

7pm, University Heights Community Center, room 108, email for more info about the class

Video of the Week

Posted by on 28 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Video


Mike & Simona’s workshops! Saturday.

Posted by on 24 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Instruction

Come play for a day of Rueda de Casino workshops taught by Mike and Simona of Rumbanana Salsa Group: (international winners of Rueda competitions and crazy fun people)

This Saturday! at Phinney Ridge community Center, 67th and Greenwood.

12-1pm – Beginners’ Rueda Bootcamp – So you’re getting the basics down, right? Now let’s focus on adding more flavor, power, and confidence to your dancing. We’ll break down in detail some of the moves you already know and add some new ones for you to push your abilities. (Designed for beginners with some experience.)

1:1:30pm – Beginners’ Jam session – a half hour of called wheels to practice what we’ve learned. Dancers from the advanced workshop are welcome to join and mingle!

1:30-3:30 – Advanced Rueda – Let’s get this rueda moving! We’ll break down a few moves in detail to really work on styling and connection, and then add in a lot more to develop your power, coordination, reaction time, and flavor. Moves will be intermediate level, but with an advanced focus on body motion and technique.

3:30-4pm – Advanced Jam Session – We’re pulling out all stops in this one…a half hour straight of advanced level wheels to test out what you’ve learned.

sesson 1 + jam $18
session 2 + jam $25
rsvp if you can, or just bring your booty for some shaking.

Vancouver Rueda Festival

Posted by on 24 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction, Social

Vancouver Rueda Festival, April 9 – 11, 2010

The Vancouver Rueda Festival, produced by Cuban Salsa Vancouver, will be taking place April 9-11, 2010. The weekend will bring a cultural explosion to Vancouver featuring live music and dance workshops with instructors from around North America including those from New York, San Francisco, and Oregon.

Workshops will take place at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Learn from local and international instructors!

Classes include a Beginner Bootcamp on Saturday afternoon, rueda and partner dancing at all levels, son, cha cha cha, rumba, reggaeton, bodymovement, musicality…

Instructors Lineup:

Salsaddiction (Edmonton)
Dennis Richards (Seattle)
Michael Gabriel Rosen (Vancouver)
Julio Montero (Cuba/Vancouver)
Nick and Serena (San Francisco)
Sidney and Ryan (San Francisco)
Dr. Usukuma Ekuere (Edmonton)
Marcos Ravelo (Cuba/Calgary)
Daiana Moy Sanchez (Edmonton)
Rumbanana (Corvallis)
Alejandro Bouza (Argentina/New-York)
Chen Lizra (Israel/Vancouver)
Karlos Reyes (Cuba/Vancouver)
Alexis Morablanco (Cuba/Calgary)
Arassay Reyes (Cuba/Vancouver)

On Friday night, our welcome party will take place at the Polish Community Centre at City Salsa Vibe’s Salsa Fusion Friday.

Mojitos to refresh, bumpin’ beats from DJ Julio Montero to energize.

On Saturday and Sunday, we will be shakin’ it at the beautiful Masonic Hall, which boasts an amazing view of the downtown cityscape. Performances by local and international casineros will dazzle with their many unique takes on Cuban dance. Vancouver bands Puro Son (feat. Miguelito Valdez) and Tanga will have you sweating up a storm, with DJs La Salsomana and Sergio (and some guest DJs!) keeping the timba flowing all night long.

For questions email:


Posted by on 23 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Events


Calling All – Timberos, Rumberos, Soneros, Reaggetoneros and dancers of all types.We´ll be spinning the Cuban music you love plus merengue for the Venezuelans Come early and enjoy the food. Music by DJ Baracoa. The…dance… floor is open ( They will throw all the tables outside at 9PM and the floor is for dancing.) 5$ will get you in with a drink. music starts at 9PM till 3 AM and Meza is open until 3/4 AM for food.

Selenas Saturday – Meza Friday DJ BARCOA

Posted by on 23 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Music, Social

Cuban radar

Lot’s going on this weekend!!

Check out Roberto Borrell @ Spit Fire Grill Friday Night, Rubalcaba is at Jazz Alley and I’m spinning at MEZA on Capital Hill until 3 AM !!! Holy Smokes Batman !

Saturday Night Check out Direct Flight at the Triple Door and then join us at SELENAS for dancing until 2 AM..

It doesn’t get better than this folks !!!!


Gonzalo Rubalcaba March 25-28 @ Jazz Alley w/Yosvanny Terry & others

Posted by on 23 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Music

Cuba has a long history with playing jazz, going back to when it was first developed in New Orleans (as Havana is short boat ride away).  Cuban music was joined with jazz to create Afro-Cuban Jazz, which is commonly referred today as Latin Jazz.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba comes from a family of accomplished musicians (his father Guillermo, and his brothers Jesus & William), and they all have released CD’s.  His father typically records under the group name La Charanga Rubalcaba:;R;558

And you have a chance to hear one of the best Cuban jazz musician and of the greatest jazz artist this week at Jazz Alley from March 25-28.   And his band includes Yosvanny Terry, an accomplished musician from Camaguey (and friend of Maiensy), who also happens to be a great chekere player like his father.

Video of the Week

Posted by on 21 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Video

Mexico City:

Charanga Danzón at the historic Admiral Theater!

Posted by on 20 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Cuba, Music

Where were you in 1942? That was the year that the Admiral Theater in West Seattle opened its doors for the first time.
And the first film they screened at their 1942 premiere, “Weekend in Havana,” a zany musical romp starring Alice Fay and Carmen Miranda, will soon be shown again, this time deliciously complimented by a concert performance with Charanga Danzón. Please join us!

Sunday, April 25th

concert at 6, film at 7:30

Admiral Theater
2343 California Ave. S.W.

Visit this link for details:

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