August 2011

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Who has really watched the video of the week? A lesson in musicality and Why I Love Timba!! (and Duane)

Posted by on 15 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Notes From The Lab, Video

Take note:

Duane starts dancing on one, but starts his phrasing on the right foot – why not?
at 0:16 on the accent on four (listen to the bass), he switches to ‘four’ (aka son or contra tiempo) and stays with it until…
0:26 when the music changes to a “Reggaeton” section, Duane responds and changes back to dancing on ‘one’
0:29 he accents the four beat, but doesn’t switch to four. Some of us know this as a ‘ponche’
0:31 another ‘ponche’
0:41 he accents the hits with his feet (on the and of three and the and of four) – this is slick – try to do it!
0:51 he accents the hits (on beats ‘three’, ‘three and’, and ‘four’, where four is a ponche, but this time with two anticipating steps) – this is even more slick!! Try it!!
1:14 he drops the tap on four, twice in a row creating some nice pauses, thus tension
1:23 another ponche
2:05 Rumba footwork
2:20 back to dancing on four (son/contra tiempo)
2:40 another ponche to the hit in the music
3:02 he accents the lyrics and steps to each syllable (“ciao-ciao-es-ta-fu-era” – sorry Latinos, this is the best I can do for lyrics)
3:04 back to dancing on one
3:10 steps to the accents in the syllables like at 3:02

This is only a sample of what he’s doing and what’s going on in Timba…

…and follows take note – she is following all the time changes seamlessly

Now watch the video!!


Video of the Week

Posted by on 14 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Video


We are on for Alki dancing tonight

Posted by on 12 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard, Events, Social predicts 76 degrees and sunny this evening, so I’ll plan to see you all there.

If some of you can arrive to secure a spot, it would help tremendously if you got there by 6 at the latest. Luis, Aisha, Jain, Chanya, thank you for doing this this season.
For those arriving to help with unloading and setting up the floor, I will be there at 6:15-ish

See ya at the beach!

CocoLoco plays at the Zoo Wine Tasting Thur Aug 11

Posted by on 10 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Events

We’re playing for a wonderful event- NW Wine Tasting in the North Meadow at Woodland Park Zoo 6-9 PM, Thur Aug 11. $20 for 10 pours if purchased in advance – go online at and go to events. A great evening of music and wine and dancing as you please

TradiCuba in Bellingham Sat 8/27 (and Cafe Cubano this Sat)

Posted by on 10 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Hey Seattle! TradiCuba, the six-piece Son band led by Pedrito Vargas, will be playing in Bellingham on Saturday, August 27 starting at 9pm. Antonio will DJ before and between sets. $12 cover, includes Cuban Son lesson. All ages, beer/wine available for 21+. Blue Horse Gallery 301 W. Holly St. Potential pre-show potluck at our place. Let us know if you need a place to crash! 360-595-7369,

ALSO this Saturday is Cafe Cubano at the Blue Horse, starting with a Cuban Son lesson at 9:30pm, followed by the best mix of salsa, timba, cha cha, merengue, reggaeton, and bachata. $5, all ages.

Video of the Week

Posted by on 07 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Video

Santiago de Cuba:

Carlos Cascante y Tumbao CD Release Party @ Club Sur Saturday August 13th

Posted by on 05 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Music, Social

Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao’s NEW CD Release Party !!!

Tumbao LIVE and DJ Baracoa in the House !!!
LIVE Salsa,Timba, Bachata, Timbaton, Reggaeton and Salsa ! Salsa!.Salsa!

Bettrmusik Records is proud to announce the release of “Hablando en Serio”, the newest album from Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao. The 13-track CD features a collection of new material written by its two founders; Julio Jauregui & Carlos Cascante. The fiery sextet will be joined by many guest artists including Miguelito Valdes, Frank Medina, Rafael Quinones, and many more surprises. Join us at Club SUR in the Sodo District for a great night of Salsa dancing to celebrate the new release.

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 !!!

La gente viene sin pesar. Tenemos la mejor música en Seattle para baile. Come and see for yourself.

Doors open at 8:00 PM

The Hot Spot Saturday August 13th Is
Club Sur Seattle in Sojo
Phone / Reservations
Cover $15
Avance Tickets Available at Brown Paper Tickets
21 and Over with ID
Make your reservation for dinner and secure a table or booth. For reservations call 206-607-4929

Rueda on Alki is ON!

Posted by on 05 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

’nuff said

Where is the sun for Alki tonight!?!?!?!?!

Posted by on 05 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard, Events, Social

Ok, so great weather all week, then we get 50 degree weather!

In any case, chances of rain are very low, but it is bloody cold for dancing on the beach! Here’s hoping the weather will make a turn for the better, and it looks like it will indeed get better (though I can’t believe it from looking outside right now).

If it does not improve, unless I hear others are still interested in having the event, I’m inclined to cancel. In which case, I’ll have to have someone else take the floor afterwards because I do not see myself staying past 8:30



Posted by on 04 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: Social

I would just like to say all the best to you Maritza. Seattle will not be the same with out you. I will still have to go just to have some Salmon, and then there is the crazy Seattle Rueda group and the locks and REI. Hey maybe you and I will both have to go visit. HA! Safe travels…

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