April 2010

Monthly Archive

Cinco de Mayo party at Nectar, 5/5

Posted by on 22 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Music

Come out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Nectar on Wednesday, May 5.  nectarlounge.com  And it’s FREE!

Live music by Eli Rosenblatt backed by 6 jammin’ musicians that will make you dance & groove.

-Eli Rosenblatt: Tres and Vocals
-Teo Shantz: Drums
-Ricardo Guity: Percussion
-Cameron Peace: Electric Guitar
-Aham Oluo: Trumpet and Clarinet
-Birch Pereira: Bass

DJ Tomas will spin a slammin’ mix of dance music: Reggaeton, Cubana, Mexicana, Salsa, Merengue, and more.

And the bar will be making some delicious tequila drinks.  FREE entrance. (21+).  Starts 7pm, band starts at 9pm.

Tumbao on Friday

Posted by on 22 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Events

Part of the Ballard Jazz walk

2245 NW 57th Street (All Ages)
sponsored by KBCS 91.3fm and The Ballard News Tribune

Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao (7:30pm – 11:00pm)
Hit the dance floor at the spacious Leif Erikson Lodge, or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao at this special event. Admission is included with your Jazz Walk ticket or if you only want to attend the dance, admission is $12.00.

Africa to Brazil at Nectar, Wed. 4/21

Posted by on 19 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Music, Social

Simba is the newest dance craze that mixes samba & timba, which is performed in a group dance called Cuadrado.   

Maybe the first part about simba was just a dream I had, but you can check out the Africa to Brazil show this Wednesday, 4/21 at Nectar featuring live music, dancers & DJ.  Only $5 and starts at 8pm so you can enjoy hump day and still wait up for work the next day. 

It’ll be a social music culture event with some Cuba and Kick Me in it.  Invite on Facebook  or Nectar’s site

Live music by:
Sambatuque (Brazilian)
Thione Diope & Yeke Yeke (West Africa)
Dora Oliveira (former Bahian Samba Queen & master dancer from Bahia, Brazil)
Tudo Beleza 

dj Tomas spinning at least 1 timba song along and much, much more.

Sambatuque’s site
Thione Diop’s site
Tudo Beleza’s site
Article about Dora Oliveira
DJ Tomas’ link to a famous group he danced with on stage in Vancouver & survived

Tonight’s Monday Rueda has some Rumba

Posted by on 19 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Instruction

Hi Everyone,
Tonight we have a guest teacher coming to our Multi-Level Rueda de Casino Class. Antoinio Dias has been running the Salsa scene in Juneau Alaska for about 7 years teaching the different styles of Salsa,
Dominican Bachata and Merengue, Cha-cha-cha and lately Traditional Cuban Son
and Afro-Cuban dances after his second trip to Cuba where he was trained and
certified by the master instructor and legend Juan de Dios. He is moving to Bellingham and we are making plans to work  together. Tonight he is going to share with us some Rumba during the warm up part of our class. Please feel free to join us, drop in’s are welcome. 

University Heights Community Center
Room 108    $15



Video of the Week

Posted by on 18 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Video


Casino/Rueda Workshops with Vic Hadar April 28th -May1st

Posted by on 17 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Instruction

Rueda in NY with VicDancing with Lazaro

Victoria-Hadar from NYC is coming to Seattle and Tacoma to teach casino and rueda de casino. Her workshops will be split  between Tacoma and Seattle. If you would like to know more about Vic, here is her bio. I highly recommend her. I have taken her classes and she’s even taught my brother who did not know any salsa and he is using what he has learned from Vic in the musical called “In The Heights” which is coming to Seattle in October. More on that later. Vic is awesome and she is so much fun to learn from. She teaches in NYC and is respected in the casino community and in national and international rueda congresses.

Wednesday, April 28th, A at the  Studio 6 Ballroom in Tacoma                     5:30-6:30pmBody Motion for Cuban Salsa (a.k.a. Casino) – Emphasizing isolation movements in the torso, shoulders, arms, hips and legs. Great workshop for beginners.

6:30-8:30pmDinner Break – Dining in Tacoma

8:30-9:30pmLead/Follower in Cuban Salsa (Casino) – Circular motion in casino vs. back & forth Linea.This workshop is great for LA style salseros who want to add casino style salsa to their repertoire.

Friday, April 30th at the  Studio 6 Ballroom in Tacoma                                  7:00-8:00pm Salsa Suelta – Emphasizing casino dance moves without a partner yet teaches the footwork necessary for casino dancing in a social setting. Come learn salsa suelta moves  from NYC! You will want to get on a plane to NY and want to dance THIS! Super fun!

8:00-9:00pm Partnering to Rueda – Focusing on group moves that are super fun like “jardin” and “amistad” etc., plus, fun silly vocal calls that are done in NYC.

Saturday, May 1st at My World Dance & Fitness Studio in Seattle             12:30-1:30pmTaking your Leading/Following to the Next Level – Partnering in casino, footwork, body and hand connection techniques, turn patterns, alardes, ganchos and moving around the floor. Learn how to connect comfortably with your partner on the dance floor.

1:30-2:30pmCasino Partnering Combinations – Learn how to combine turns and basic casino moves while learning NY casino patterns. You will come away with a set sequence to help you remember turns and transitions while dancing casino in social dance setting.

2:30-3:30pmRuedalicious! – Spice up  your basic rueda moves (i.e. dames, enchuflas, coca colas, exhibilas, rondes, di le que no’s, adios) and jazz them up with a flavor a lo Cubano en Nueva York! Also learn the rueda moves NYC casineros are calling as well.

3:30-4:30pm “Oye! Una Bulla!” Caller Workshop – Learn how to call a rueda using voice projection to create and draw energy as well as knowing how to time calls. Participants will work in small groups to make sure everybody has a chance to practice calling.

Workshop Prices:
Pre-registration: $40.00 for all four Tacoma workshops
and individual workshop are $10.00
Late Registration (at the door):  it’s $15 per workshop or $60 for all 4 workshops.
Same goes for the four Seattle workshops.

Pre-Registration DEADLINE for Tacoma workshops Tuesday, April 27th and for Seattle workshops, Friday, April 30th. [UPDATE-If you know you’re coming to Vic’s workshops and want to reserve a spot then pay me at the door at early bird price, you must e-mail me before the deadline at sbdiva32@yahoo.com indicating which workshops.]

Make checks payable to Vic Hadar and send them to:

Maritza Baida, 2702 S 12th St, Tacoma, WA 98405

For Tacoma patrons, you can pay the pre-registration by check or cash at Studio 6 Ballroom. Checks MUST be made to Vic Hadar.

Any questions regarding the Vic’s workshops, please contact Maritza Baida at (206)300-4523 or via e-mail at sbdiva32@yahoo.com

A BIG THANK YOU to Ryan & Sidney from San Francisco

Posted by on 17 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Music, Notes From The Lab

I just want to give a shout out to Ryan and Sidney for impacting my learning of casino and rueda in line con el ritmo de la musica. I can’t tell you how much your teaching has meant for me and I find that now, more than ever, I am intentionally looking to dance with the music and dissecting a song for ponches and rhythm changes. Betsy and I were on fire last night listening to Issac Delgado’s song ‘Deja Que Robert Te Toque” and I feel I am a much better lead, follow and teacher from it.  Can’t wait to see you both come back to visit us again. Have a safe trip back home.


Posted by on 16 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Social


Check it out, Carlos is back this week and Saturday @ 10PM he’ll show you how it’s done in Havana. April 24th we have LIVE and in Person for their first Cllub Performance Grupo UTOPIA – SALSA DURA !!! May 15th we have coming Grupo ACHE!! with Pedro Vargas. It doesn’t get better than this !!! See you there – Selenas every Saturday !!

THE HOT SPOT ! Come and join us @ Selenas this Saturday for a night of HOT SALSA, BACHATA and more of the best dance music on the planet. Doors open at 10PM NO COVER ! Free dance lesson with MR CARLOS LAZO – HE’S BACK ! de Havana Cuba !! Great dance Floor Great DJ And Great People.!!! See… you There..DJ Baracoa – Don’t Miss It !

Los Van Van Tickets Now Available at Yoshi’s!

Posted by on 14 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Music, Social

Okay!….OKAY!!! 🙂

So now,…who’s going to San Francisco and what days??  Let’s try to go down on the same day!  There are two shows a day one at 8pm and one at 10pm on both June 14th & 15th. Open dance floor with upper tiers open for seating.

(is one show enough?? do i need an entree and a dessert!?? hehe)

Here is the link:

Thank You Vancouver Rueda Festival!

Posted by on 13 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Social

Thank You Vancouver Fam!!!

I wanted to acknowledge all the time you took out of your lives to put on the first “Chicks-In-Charge Rueda event” !! I know the participants are all so grateful, because it enriches the community by creating more exposure, AND not to mention enriches our own lives and heals our daily issues!

It’s great to dance and smile with people we don’t know, but understand through our connectedness by singing our favorite coro (chorus) or tasting our fav melody!!

Thank You and see you again soon,


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