June 2010

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Cambalache Live ! @ Selenas w/DJ Baracoa Saturday June 26th

Posted by on 24 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Music, Social

THE HOT SPOT !!! Always Great Music and this week Live Cambalache !!!
Every Satuturday Night we play the Best and Hotest SALSA, BACHATA and more of the best dance music on the planet.
This week we are proud to host CAMBALACHE LIVE !!!
Need a dance lesson?? Check it Out!!!
Free dance lesson with MR CARLOS LAZO de Havana Cuba @ 10PM !!
Band starts @ 10:30 PM Doors open @ 9:30 PM $ 10 cover goes to the Band
Fresh from Teatro Zinzanni last week with NEW MUSIC !!
You will have a great time garanteed !!
…Great dance Floor Great DJ And Great People.!!!
See… you There..DJ Baracoa – Don’t Miss It ! It’s the place to be.

“Casino on Cardboard” needs your help!

Posted by on 23 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard

 This year we are making some changes to our annual Alki beach parties.  We changed the night from Thursday to Friday, and we are purchasing a more solid dance floor.  Yes, after years of dancing on refrigerator cartons and duct tape we are about to upgrade our beach-dancing experience!  The reasons are mainly:
1. Transporting and storing the cardboard dance floor requires a van or large SUV, and we have a limited number of people with appropriate vehicles.
2. Setting up the cardboard dance floor each week is labor-intensive, and it is usually the same small number of people doing this work.
3. Duct tape costs about $17 each week, and it cannot be re-used.
Nadja has researched new flooring and purchased sample pieces for review by the group.  A new 15′ x 15′ portable dance floor will cost about $1103.  We can use some money from our rueda fund (for winter rental at Sonny Newman’s) to cover the purchase, but we also need donations from YOU! 
We expect this floor to last several years, so take that into consideration when donating.  How much is our Alki beach dance worth to you?  $10? $20? $50? more?  We would like to raise as much as possible right now, to be able to purchase and use the floor right away. 
Please give your donations to Nadja, Jain, Kyra, or Christina, and all money will be forwarded to the dance floor fund.  If donating by check, make it out to Nadja Honeywell.  Please give what you can to support this project.  

See you at the beach!


Rueda today

Posted by on 20 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Practice

I just want to be sure that everyone knows the rain plan… rueda is on, rain or shine.  If it is really raining we meet at Gasworks Park under cover in the picnic area.  Listen for the music and you will find us after 4:30.  Don’t let a little rain keep you from dancing!


Video of the Week

Posted by on 20 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Video


Casino Dance Workshops with Maiensy & Carlos!, June 26

Posted by on 19 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Instruction

Dancers near and far, you don’t want to miss this one!! – Sam


Cuban instructors Maiensy and Carlitos (Carlos Lazo) will present a two-part workshop on Casino partner dancing.  Bring your best attitude and cheerful energy to this one- to two-hour journey into what works and what doesn‘t in this contemporary Cuban dance genre. Born and raised Cubans, Maiensy and Carlitos will add their sassy and dynamic personalities to their practical teachings, which is based on their personal experiences both in Cuba and the United States.

You will have the opportunity to practice each of the points introduced and demonstrated by this one-of-a-kind dance couple. The focus: What makes a great follow and a perfect lead?  This workshop promises to be fun. It is also essential to those interested in improving their casino technique.

Your social dancing will benefit tremendously, and your next dance partner will appreciate the changes you have incorporated into your dancing style!

Note: Casino is the basis for Rueda de Casino. The latter cannot be understood without the former.

When: Saturday, June 26

Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room #1
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle WA 98103
(206) 783-2244

First session: 1:00-1:55 p.m.
Second session: 2:00-2:55 p.m.

Payment Information
Advanced registration: $35
(Valid from now until June 23)
One-hour workshop: $20

The first session welcomes casineros/casineras from all levels, and other experienced dancers wishing to explore Casino dancing.
The second session is recommended for intermediate and advanced Casino dancers, as it will be a faster pace. The second session material DOES build off of the first session, however experienced dancers can take the second session on it’s own and not be lost.
If you are up for the challenge, even if you do not meet the requirements entirely, you are welcome to try the second session.

Two sessions, at the door: $40

No partner required. Wear comfortable attire and, preferably, non-traction shoes.  To register in advance or to request more information, please, contact Maiensy Sanchez at Maiensy@hotmail.com

(Who are Maiensy Sanchez & Carlos Lazo?…you ask.  Please click on the “Instructors & Classes” tab above to read their bios.)

POTLUCK/HOUSEWARMING is NEXT Sunday, the 27th, not tomorrow :)

Posted by on 19 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Social

Please note that the Post-Practica potluck and Housewarming will be hosted by Desiree NEXT Sunday 6/27, not tomorrow as noted in the above “Upcoming Events” section.

I imagine that showing up at her door tomorrow with pasta salad in hand will yield some confusion for her :)!


Posted by on 18 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Music, Social

THE HOT SPOT !!! It doesN’t gEt BeTter ThaN ThIs…seguro que si !!
Every Satuturday Night we play the Best and Hotest SALSA CUBANA, BACHATA and more of the best dance music on the planet.
Need a dance lesson?? Check it Out!!!
Free dance lesson with MR CARLOS LAZO de Havana Cuba @ 10PM !!
Great dance Floor Great DJ And Great People.!!!
See… you There..DJ Baracoa – Don’t Miss It ! It’s the place to be.

Coming June 26th Cambalache Live !!! @ Selenas
Coming July 10th ZARABANDA!!! Live @ Selenas
Coming July 31st SuperSones!!! Live @ Selenas
Coming August 21st GRUPO ACHE!!!! Live @ Selenas

Here’s a fun video for anybody thats shy for any reason. DON”T BE !! LET IT LOOSE ! Enjoy !


Posted by on 15 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Social

Dear Fellow Dancers,

Thank you all for making the potlucks last summer fabulous! We kicked off this year at Israel’s rooftop – what a view!

June’s potluck is at our new house, just around the corner from the old house. It’s also a thank you to all the wonderful people who helped my son and our family after the car crash. We could not have made it without you.

I am excited for our dancers, musicians, neighbors, family, and friends to celebrate with an evening of food, musica, y Bailar Cubano.
Bring anything to eat or drink – We’ll have a BBQ going so bring something for the grill if you like.
See you soon!

Desiree and Dominick and Tanja

1015 N 42nd Street
Seattle, WA 98103
June 27, 2010
Starts at 5:30 pm, ends ????
RSVP Tel (360) 220-1422

Video of the Week

Posted by on 13 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Video


“Casino on Cardboard” Team

Posted by on 12 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

What a nice way to kick off our summer of beach dancing, last night. Wow, are we lucky to have such a beautiful beach, sparkling Sound and sawtoothed mountainous horizon!
We are looking for a few more people to join the organizing crew for the Friday night Alki dancing, so we can spread the love around :).
We’ll talk briefly about this at practica this Sunday, and discuss the responsibilities and roles needed to pull off the Casino on Cardboard each week.

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