March 2011

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Eli Rosenblatt Band & DJ Tomas at Nectar, Friday 3/18

Posted by on 18 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Music

Eli Rosenblatt Band (8-piece) will be throwing down some Salsa and Cuban music tonight at Nectar with DJ Tomas in between the sets.

Doors open 8pm, $7

T-shirts are here

Posted by on 17 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Social

HI folks

for those who ordered Seattle Rueda t-shirts, I have them, and sorted out. I will bring them to Selena’s on Sat, to Rueda practice on Sunday and to Desiree’s potluck next weekend. Hopefully you will be at one of these locations!


Posted by on 15 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Music, Social

Yeah Baby They’re Back !@!!!!
Pedro Vargas and Sexteto Tradicuba will play two long sets with DJ Baracoa spinning before, between and after that will make a great night for dancing.
Cuban Son and Salsa with a Modern Twist !!!
Tell your friends. It’s going to be packed !!
Free dance lesson @ 10PM!!!!! W/Carlos Lazo de Havana Cuba
The place is the Hot Spot
Selenas 1715 N 45th ST Seattle WA
Saturday Night 10PM – 2AM
21 w/ID $ 8 cover

Video of the Week

Posted by on 13 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Video


Daylight Savings: spring forward Sunday morning

Posted by on 12 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Practice, Social

Remember to change your clocks Sunday morning, all!

Orquesta Cambalache @ Club Sur, Friday 3/11

Posted by on 10 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Music, Video

Video:  Cambalache at Club Sur 3/11 with DJ Thomas

Roberto Borrell Workshops

Posted by on 08 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Events

This information was posted to the Seattle-Cuba egroup by “clarkadge.”


The first week in April is crazy good for Cuban music and culture! Munequitos on the 3rd, AfroCuban Allstars in the middle of the week, and then….

Learn about Cuban dance and culture from dancer and musician Roberto Borrell, who has over fifty years of experience in popular dance forms (danzon, son, son montuno, cha cha cha), folkloric (Yoruba, Dahomey, Abakua), rumba and comparsa!

Friday April 8
7:30 Folkoric song class
8:00-9:30 Folkloric dance class

Saturday April 9

2-3:30 pm Folkloric dance class
4-5 Lecture-style listening class
5-6:15 Popular dance

Sunday April 10

2-3:30 Folkloric dance class
4-5 Lecture-style listening class
5-6:15 Popular dance


Friday Folkloric song and dance class $24
Folkloric Dance $18
Popular $15
Listening $12
Folkloric + Popular $28
Listening + Popular $24


My World Dance and Fitness Studio
849 Hiawatha Place South
Seattle, WA  98144

Description of classes

Folkloric: mostly Yoruba (Lucumi) dance with emphasis on footwork and its correspondence to the rhythms of the batá drums. Great foundational class for beginners and experienced dancers alike.

Popular: Dance traditions from early twentieth century to the sixties (mas ó menos): danzón, danzón-cha, son, son montuno, cha cha cha. Emphasis on footwork and proper body mechanics along with Roberto’s unique perspective on historical and social contexts. Again, a  great foundational class for beginners and experienced dancers.

Listening class: lecture-style class with detailed explanations of popular dance song structure and musical cues for dancers. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the evolution of Cuban musical styles from danzón to son and son montuno through cha cha cha from Roberto’s unique perspective as a dancer and musician for fifty years.  Great for both musicians and dancers.

Roberto is also available for private lessons, and can be reached at

Updates on Facebook group Roberto Borrell in Seattle:

Bio from the Roots of Timba Project in San Francisco:
Roberto Borrell learned traditional and popular Afro-Cuban dance, percussion, and song from master musicians and dancers while growing up in la Havana Vieja, Havana, Cuba. He is a respected dancer and percussionist of Afro-Cuban Yoruba, Abakua (Calabar), Rumba, Arará (Dahony), and Palo (Congo). He also is an expert in pronunciation of the non-Spanish languages one must use to sing these Afro-Cuban genres, as well as being a master dancer and teacher of Cuban popular dance styles such as son montuno, danzón, and cha cha cha.

Roots of Timba Project

Roberto’s Youtube Channel:

Questions? Email

Sunday Potluck on April 10

Posted by on 07 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Events, Social

Hi everyone,

It looks like a busy couple of months in the rueda/casino world…Our next post-pratica Sunday potluck will be on April 10th, at my house in the Greenwood/Crown Hill area from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, shortly after the practica or Roberto Borrell’s last class. I’ll post details as the time gets closer.
Betsy G

Afro-Cuban and Son workshop Saturday 3/12 at BDS

Posted by on 07 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Instruction

Antonio Diaz of Rumba Northwest will be teaching two classes this Saturday March 12th at Belltown Dance Studio.
Afro-Cuban 11am-noon. All levels will include the Rumba Clave pattern. Basics of Guaguanco and the “Jiribillo” for Columbia. Introduction to Orisha dance. The break-down of body movements in Afro-Cuban dance.
Intermediate Cuban Son. Noon-1pm. It will introduce the syncopation of Son beat (Contra-tiempo) in your feet. Partner and non-partner turns, the count change, different partner traveling patterns and tornillos, on-beat-drops.
Details at this link:

March @ Club Sur: Local live bands and DJ’s

Posted by on 06 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Events, Music

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