November 2011

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Zarabanda in Bellingham Friday 12/9 at Wild Buffalo!

Posted by on 29 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Events

Hey Seattle!
Time to pay another visit NORTH!!! Zarabanda is playing a show at the Wild Buffalo on Friday December 9. Doors open at 8:30, Cuban salsa lesson with Rumba Northwest at 9pm, show at 10pm. Antonio will spin tunes before and after the show. $12 per person, 21+, you can buy tickets at

 This is an awesome (and legendary) dance venue, and if we get a good turnout they will present more Cuban bands! Check out the Wild Buffalo website:
Contact Antonio at 360-595-7369 or if you need to find a couch or have any other questions. AL NORTE para bailar!!!

Cuban instructor in Bellingham TONIGHT!

Posted by on 28 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Instruction

Hey Seattle, this is last-minute, but thought some of you might be interested…
TONIGHT! LAST MINUTE SURPRISE!!!! Cuban instructor Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez will be visiting our Rueda class (7:45-9pm) and teaching a bonus class in Cuban technique afterwards (9-10pm)! We were lucky to be able to book him on short notice after his recent appearance at the Seattle Salsa Congress (where Antonio took his classes). Read his bio here. Among his accomplishments, he was a solo dancer at the legendary Tropicana in Havana!
Wilfredo will share some of his favorite rueda moves with us and will help everyone with our Cuban technique. Don’t miss this opportunity! $5 for those who attend the rueda class beforehand, $10 for those who only attend Wilfredo’s class. (Rueda class is $10 per person.) Location: Bell Tower Studios
Wilfredo will be available in the afternoon/evening for private classes, call Antonio to arrange (360-595-7369).
Hasta pronto!

Salsa Suelta Summary November 27th

Posted by on 28 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

Here is the summary of what we did today:

1) Music: Perdona, Issac Delgado, SuperCubano  (latest Delgado Album)

Warm up and went through basic moves: base, al lado, adelante, enchufla, enchufla adelante, vuelta, izquierda.

2) Music: Deja la Duda,  Maikel Blanco Y Su Salsa Mayor, Anda y Pegate

Continued with basic moves with some of the traveling moves: Camina and base con viaje.

3) Music: A Cuba, Amilcar Suarez Y su Salsa Matriz, A Cuba

Worked on Cha-Cha-Cha. We did some of the basic moves (base, enchufla and turns). My goal is to show that you can use all of your knowledge of movement in a cha-cha-cha (this true during couples dance).

Note that unlike salsa/casino which you can really dance on (1,2,3 or 4), cha-cha-cha really requires matching to the music. The congas play “four-and-one” which is the “cha-cha-cha”, so it is alway “cha-cha-cha-two-three-cha-cha-cha” – not “one-two-cha-cha-cha”. If you follow that pattern you will be easily able to transition from cha-cha-cha to son by eliminating the shuffle and visa versa.

4) Music: Después de un besoHavana D’Primera, Haciendo Historia

Linea moves : 1+1 , 2+2 , 2+1 , “L” , “L” al reves.

5) Music: No Tiene Caso,  Jonas Pomo,Unreleased Single on SoundCloud  ( New group from Sweden  – read more here )

We did base con columbia – a move I learned from Jose Carrion  in one of his salsa classes a few years ago. The toe-heel combination is borrowed from the traditional Columbia Rumba (see e.g. 0:24 here)

6) Music: Yo Vengo Suave Y Sabroso,  Ciso Guanche Y Sus Soneros, Levantando Presion

Worked on first two parts of Walter P.  see video from last month’s post.

7) Music: El Año Que Viene, Issac Delgado, Los Grandes Exitos De Isaac Delgado

Completed the third part of Walter P.  We had a discussion on the timing of this part.  I taught it as it is demonstrated in the video – last tap is on 7.

8 ) Music: A La Italiana,  Cesar ‘PUPY’ Pedroso,  Tranquilo Que Yo Controlo

Review and finale. We didn’t attempt Walter P. at full speed, but please practice and we can try it all together next time 😉



Video of the Week

Posted by on 27 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Video


Pupy el Maximo !!!

Posted by on 24 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Music


Happy Thanksgiving everyone . Eglis y David. Nos vemos pronto. Keep danvcing we see you soon. Cuadate y enjoy your family !!!

Gozando En la Habana – Charanga Habanera

Posted by on 22 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Music

I was researching this song. I learned that it is based on a 70’s song:

There is commentary and translation on MisterBryans blog

Here is the Charanga Video. You can see that they even reference the video above with the bubble.

Anyone going to Seattle Salsa Congress this weekend?

Posted by on 22 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Social

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone is planning to go to the Seattle Salsa Congress this weekend. I was thinking about doing the salsa bootcamp. Would be fun to get a rueda going at the social dances!


Video of the Week

Posted by on 20 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Video


Clave Gringa at Egans – Tue Nov 15 7-8:45 PM

Posted by on 14 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

Come on by to enjoy latin jazz – and you can dance to our music too! Clave Gringa features the original compositions of Ann-ita Reynolds.
Ann-ita – piano and voice; Edsson Otero- congas; Ernesto Pediangco- timbales; Daniel Barry- Trumpet; Dan O’Brien- bass. Egans on 17th and Market in Ballard is a wonderful venue- cozy and great energy there. $10 cover

Video of the Week

Posted by on 13 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Video


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