October 2010

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Video of the Week

Posted by on 31 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Video


Posted by on 28 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

Hello Friends of Charanga Danzon!

Already have plans for Saturday? How about a taste of gorgeous Cuban music (and beautiful dance demonstrations) on the way to your party? Music will be done by 9…

Celebrate Halloween with Live Cuban Music and Film
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Chapel Performance Space, Seattle
event starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
All ages welcome

Charanga Danzon Halloween Concert, followed by the 1987 classic Cuban film ‘Vampiros en la Habana’ (Vampires in Havana, with soundtrack by Arturo Sandoval). Please note that this film has adult content and is not intended for children.

tickets at

Upcoming Workshop with Maiensy Sanchez!

Posted by on 28 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Instruction

A listening and practice, two-hour workshop on dancing to the clave beat, Saturday, November 6, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

You will listen to various genres (son, son montuno, cha-cha-cha, songo, a little bit of rumba, among others) as she walks you through some key elements that will facilitate your time on the dance floor. Some of the notions she will cover are the difference between dancing on the 2 and dancing on the 4, emphasizing the slow vs. the quick-quick, traditional and contemporary instrumentation.

The cost for this workshop is $30. Guests (previous workshops attendees) pay $20.

Pre-registration is required since the location is a private residency and the space is limited (You can pay at the door). She will provide the address once you let her know you are coming.

Please contact Maiensy at:
(206) 931-0485


Posted by on 27 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Music, Social



LOS DIABLOS DEL SON the incredible SUPERSONES will perform Live @ Selenas Saturday Night October 30th for your night of Halloween fun. We will have costume contests and prizes of course. Dj Baracoa in the house and spooky drink specials. Wear your sexiest, scariest, gruesomest, coolest, badest, bestest, outfit and Join us on the dance floor for some Live Music.

The Hot Spot just got Hotter.

THRI;;ER !!!! $10 cover 21 w/ID Free dance Lesson with Carlos @ 10PM.

It don’t get better than this. You scared yet????
The place is
Selenas Guadalajara
1715 N 45th ST Seattle WA ( next to Babalu’s)
Saturday Night OCT 16th 10PM – 2AM
21 w/ID $ 10 cover

Check it out on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703960567#!/event.php?eid=155768827795496

Sidney and Ryan’s Final Classes Are TONIGHT

Posted by on 26 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction

Dear Dancers,

We have really been enjoying our time in Seattle – the classes on Sunday were a lot of fun and it was great to dance with so many of you at Desiree’s house afterwards. Thanks, Des!

We’ll be teaching three more classes tonight at a different location. Please see below for the full details.

Hope to see you later tonight!

Ryan & Sid – RuedaConRitmo.com

TONIGHT – Tuesday, October 26th @ My World Dance Studio (849 Hiawatha Place South – MAP)

6:30pm Sidney’s Salsa Workout – Body Movement and Styling
7:30pm Musicality: Physicalizing the Rhythms and Accents of Salsa and Timba
8:30pm Roots of Salsa: Cuban Mambo

One class: $20
Two classes: $35
Three classes: $45

Sidney’s Salsa Workout – Body Movement and Styling – All Levels
In this highly energetic, full body workout, we explore salsa and related dances such as son, rumba, cha-cha-chá, and more. Through isolations we gain strength, flexibility and articulate expression throughout the entire body beginning with the core. We warm up with the basic salsa footwork and move on to explore more complex rhythmic variations, stylistic embellishments and related dance styles building towards completing the class with a dynamic and fun choreography.

Musicality: Physicalizing the Rhythms and Accents of Salsa and Timba
In this class we’ll use musical examples, counts, and clapping exercises to explain a few of the most common patterns and accents in Salsa and Timba music. Then, we’ll physicalize these rhythms using practical, use-at-the-club changes in footwork and body movement. This new rhythmic understanding will enhance your enjoyment of the music and invigorate your dancing, both in the rueda and with a partner. (We’ll cover All New Material, including the clave-based Cascara pattern, plus accents such as Bota and Marcha.)

Roots of Salsa: Cuban Mambo
Salsa is just the latest in a long lineage of Cuban dances, including Danzón, Son, Mambo, and many others. Just as the best Cuban bands include references to these older styles in their music, many of the best dancers incorporate elements of these older styles into their salsa dancing. In this class, we’ll teach the fundamental steps and body movement in the Cuban Mambo, and show you how to add these to your partner dancing.


Posted by on 24 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Kick Me !! (the poster), Social


We’re having an early potluck and dance party after Sidney and Ryans Sunday Workshops and Rueda Practica.
Bring something to eat and drink and your dancing feet!
We’ll make sure the floors are slippery but not TOO slippery 🙂

WHERE; Des’s House  1015 N 42nd Street, Seattle WA 98103

WHEN: Sunday October 24th starts 7:00 pm

Call Desiree @ 360-220-1422

Video of the Week

Posted by on 24 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Video

This is Sidney & Ryan’s group performing at the 2010 San Francisco Rueda Festival.  Don’t miss out on their classes this week!

Clave Gringa at Egans Thur Oct 21

Posted by on 20 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Come hear my latin jazz quintet – Clave Gringa – play my originals and arrangements – at Egans (1707 Market St) 7-8:30 on Thur Oct 21. Edsson Oteron on congas, Ernesto Pediangco on timbales etc, Daniel Barry on trumpet, Dan O’Brien on bass, Ann-ita Reynolds on piano and voice

Workshops with Ryan and Sidney Begin This Sunday: Preregister by Thursday for Discount

Posted by on 20 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction

Queridos Salseros de Seattle,

We are really looking forward to our upcoming trip! We’ll be teaching workshops in Seattle starting this coming Sunday, October 24th and Tuesday, October 26th.

There is a significant discount on the workshops if you pre-register, but time is running out — checks must be postmarked by tomorrow (Thursday)  to get the discounted rate.

Click here for the full info on our classes.

We’re very excited to dance with you!
Ryan & Sidney

Celebrate Halloween with Charanga Danzón!

Posted by on 19 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Cuba, Music

Live Cuban Music and Film

Treat yourself to a live concert of fabulous Cuban music and dance

followed by the 1987 Cuban classic “Vampiros en La Habana”

(“Vampires in Havana”), directed by Juan Padrón, with

hot Latin jazz soundtrack featuring Arturo Sandoval

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chapel Performance Space, Seattle


doors open 7 p.m.

concert 7:30 p.m., followed by film

all ages welcome, come for concert only, or stay for film!

tickets at


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