June 2011

Monthly Archive

Video of the Week

Posted by on 12 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Video


Sunday practica: June 12 at Gas Works Park

Posted by on 11 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Practice

I guess it’s summertime!

It’s supposed to be 68 and partly sunny on Sunday, so let’s meet outdoors.

We meet at the pedestrian stairs where Wallingford Ave meets the Burke-Gilman Trail and N Northlake Way. It’s on the northwest corner of the park itself, just west of the main parking lot.

NOTE: If it starts raining before 3 pm then meet at Sonny Newman’s instead. If the weather shifts later in the day, and there’s any rain during practica, we’ll just move a few hundred yards east from the Wallingford Steps over to the covered picnic area on the east side of Gas Works Park.

See you there!


Posted by on 10 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Instruction, Music, Practice, Social

Vamos Salseros, Rumberos y Timberos!

4th of July weekend people !…Salsa on Saturday nights continues with
DJ Baracoa and Tumbao LIVE !!!
We will feature, Timba, Bachata, Timbaton, Reggaeton and Salsa people! Salsa!.. Hope to see you there!
Grammy award winner Carlos Cascante y Su Tumbao will play two long sets with DJ Baracoa spinning before, between and after that will make a great night for dancing. Tell your friends !!!
SPecial Guest !! Carlos LAzo !!
Free dance lesson @ 10PM W/Carlos Lazo de la Habana so come early if you want to get warmed up with some hot moves from the island of Cuba
La gente viene sin pesar. Tenemos la mejor música en Seattle para baile. Come and see for yourself.
Music Starts at 10:00pm
Band Starts at 10:30pm
The Hot Spot Saturday July 2nd Is
Club Sur Seattle in Sojo

Phone / Reservations
Cover $10
21 and Over with ID

AfroCubism live at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, July 6

Posted by on 09 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Music

While NG La Band, Gente De Zona, Sierra Maestra, Charanga Habanera, Pedrito Martinez (performing in Vancouver tonight) and many other Cuban bands are skipping Seattle this year, we still have a humble portion of visiting performers from Cuba, including the following:

AfroCubism live at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo on Wednesday, July 6.  It’s outdoors and the general admission area is large with plenty of space for dancing.

AfroCubism is the long-awaited collaboration between Cuban and Malian musicians meant to take place when the Buena Vista Social Club was born, a “collaboration well worth the wait,” says The New Yorker. The New York Times describes it as “a rich yet subtle fusion of African and Cuban sounds.”

Fronting the Cuban team is the cowboy-hatted singer and guitarist Eliades Ochoa, singer of the great Buena Vista theme “Chan Chan.”   The two original Malian invitees are multi-award-winning ngoni lute master Bassekou Kouyate and the extraordinary Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara, both universally agreed to be among the world’s great instrumentalists. Joining them are Eliades’ Grupo Patria, amongst Cuba’s longest running and most revered bands, the mercurial kora genius Toumani Diabate, legendary Malian griot singer Kasse Mady Diabete and the innovatory balafon player Lassana Diabate.

Video of the Week

Posted by on 05 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Video


June 5 ~ Sunday Practica at Gas Works Park

Posted by on 04 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Practice

Sunday afternoon and the weather is fine:

Rueda de casino practica June 5 will be outdoors at Gas Works Park! We meet at the pedestrian stairs where Wallingford Ave meets the Burke-Gilman Trail and N Northlake Way. It’s on the northwest corner of the park itself, just west of the main parking lot. See you there!

New Website! Centralized Calendar of Events

Posted by on 03 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Admin, Social


I kept it simple.  Pulled in the blog and created a relatively self-maintaining calendar leveraging public Facebook events.  It will still only be as good as those using it, but let’s give it a try and make it worthwhile.

There is more information on the ‘About’ page and the Candela! Dance FB page.  Please take a look and let me know what you think.

And for those who want more details:


How it works

Facebook: If you have a public or private account on FB that you use to create events for local bands, dance classes, workshops, venues, potlucks…any events open to the public that are of interest to the Latin/Cuban Seattle community, then your event will be automatically published to the calendar on the bailecubano site when you invite La Candela to the event.

Calendar Direct: If you are unable or opposed to using FB, you can enter events directly onto the calendar.  Please include contact information and expect a 24 – 48 hr delay.  [FB preferred, less maintenance and gives the event organizer the ability to change the event details]

How you can help

Fill in the Blanks: The are many names and faces missing from the links page.  Please help fill them in to create a more complete representation of our community.

  • Forward this information to any musicians, bands, individuals, instructors, promoters, venues that you think would like to be included
  • Send as much of the following as you can provide for your own groups:
    • Name of band, instructor or venue
    • Color photo
    • Facebook contact (individual or public page of person who creates FB events for the group)
    • Website URL

Send Photos/Videos/YouTube Links: Send your best or your funniest, whatever you want to share.  Bands and Instructors especially – please send me videos if you have them.  dancecandela@gmail.com

Add a Link to your Website: You can help in the process of optimizing the site for search engines, by adding a link to www.bailecubano.com from your website.

Thank you much!


Desiree & Orlando’s Birthday Potluck and Dance Partay!

Posted by on 02 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Events, Social

WHEN: Saturday, June 18 at 7:00pm – June 19 at 4:00am

WHERE: La Casa de Desiree, 1015 N 42nd Street, Seattle WA 98103

♩ ♫ ♪ You Know It’s Your Birthday, Happy Birthday To Ya! ♪ ♬
Desiree turns 50 and Orlando turns 45!
Also Natalia’s and Elena’s Birthdays
Yay for the Summer Babies 🙂
Come Celebrate with Us!
♨ BBQ! ♨
♩ ♫ MUSICA♩ ♬

(Gemini-Cancer Cuspers, ♊ ♋ msg us and we’ll celebrate all of us in one fabulous mid-summer night partaaay!)
❍ Michael says it’s going to be a Full Moon ❍

Call if you need directions: 360-220-1422


3-D Rueda?

Posted by on 02 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Video

This rueda leaves me scratching my head.  Has anyone heard of a 3-D rueda? Here’s the description:

“Nice example of “3D” rueda de casino, with inner and outer circle. 4 squares (small ruedas) with 2 pairs each. Interactions within each square (dame, sombrero), between squares (Enchufla)”

Looks complicated, but intriguing!

Orq. Zarabanda & DJ-T at Century Ballroom, 6/4

Posted by on 01 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Music

Come out for a fun night of live music and dancing with Orquestra Zarabanda at Century Ballroom this Saturday, 6/4.  DJ Thomas will be spinning between the set.

And I’ll be hosting Al Lado Latino on KBCS 91.3 FM from 6-8pm on Saturday, 6/4, so you can get your pre-funk on.

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