January 2012

Monthly Archive

Chequendengue and Cambio

Posted by on 17 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Notes From The Lab, Practice

It was fun working on chequendengue yesterday, so I’m hoping that simply writing the word “chequendengue” here will encourage more callers to call it. (I had to find out how to spell it, but here it is.) This call only works when there is an even number of couples, and it’s a good idea to check in with the circle to make sure there’s a general understanding before calling it.

Also, since “chequendengue” is for the fun staggered timing effect, let’s use  “cambio” as the call for shifting the entire dance by 4 counts (like when the musicians throw in an extra 4 counts).

Video of the Week

Posted by on 15 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Video


Calling an open meeting regarding Sunday practica

Posted by on 14 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Practice

What: An open meeting for the Seattle Rueda community to provide input on the format of the Sunday afternoon practica

When: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. (immediately prior to practica)

Where: Broadview Library meeting room, 12755 Greenwood Ave N; on the #5 Metro bus route, just a few miles north of Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall

**This event is not sponsored by the Seattle Public Library.**

Who: All are welcome.

Why: To get feedback from current and past practica participants on ideas for improving the Sunday practica format to better accommodate a range of levels, ensure it’s a place where people can reliably have fun and improve their dancing, and ensure that dancer-to-dancer communication is courteous and constructive.

Details: A small group of practica participants created an agenda for this meeting. The meeting will present a very short history of how the community practica began and has been run, present several ideas for tweaking and improving the current practica format, and facilitate a community discussion of these ideas. Betsy Geller and Kyra Freestar will facilitate. Click here to download the handout for Jan 29 2012 open meeting. Email feedback@seattlerueda.com with ideas and suggestions, especially if you will be unable to attend the meeting.

Please come if you can!

SABOR CUBANO Sat. 28th: A Night of Cuban Flavor @ Club Sur, with Tradicuba and Special Guests

Posted by on 10 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Cuba, Events, Music, Social

Seattle Club SUR presents:SABOR CUBANO at CLUB SUR
Seattle, WA

Seattle Club SUR presents: SABOR CUBANO
A night of Cuban flavor, music, dance, food.

Guest artists: JAVIER TAVERA (from Portland) and his Classic trio, ANTONIO DIAZ (from Bellingham), DJ and Sexteto TRADICUBA from Seattle(traditional Cuban music)

Doors and dinner at 8:30pm
Show at 9:00pm
Dancing: 10:30pm
Cover: $13
$15 dinner (special Cuban dish),
$20 (show and dinner)

**Special Cuban dish:

-Puerco asado
-Arroz moro
-flan Cubano

**for dinner purchase call 206-697-7063
**Dinner purchase may NOT be available the day of the Show.

Tickets now available at:

See you there!!!

AfroCuban Folkloric Dance classes by Mark Lilly

Posted by on 08 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Instruction

Join Seattle based dancer and musician Mark Lilly for a 4 class series focusing on the songs and dances of the Orishas, taught with live bata drums.
Saturdays 12-1 p.m. January 21 through February 11
Union Cultural Center (International District)
803 King Street
$40 for the series or $15 per class drop in

About Mark:
-I use my art form to cultivate awareness of traditional arts already in the community (especially African and Latino).
– I bring clarity to the historical connections between American culture and the African diaspora.
-My purpose as a teaching artist is to transcend artistic expression and truly connect with students in the moment…art is a jumping off point for deeper human connection.
-I use my art for healing.

Video of the Week

Posted by on 08 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Video


Cafe Cubano in Bellingham TONIGHT!

Posted by on 07 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Events

Café Cubano TONIGHT 1/7 at Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham, 8:30pm start, lesson in Afro-Cuban Casino salsa at 9pm. DJ Antonio continues spinning Salsa, Cuban Son, Timba Cubana, Bachata, Cha-cha, Merengue and Reggeaton. Cost: $5 includes lesson. ALL AGES! Note…we are now on a
winter schedule of first Saturday of every month, instead of every other Saturday.


Salsa Suelta Summary January 1 2012

Posted by on 04 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

We reviewed moves we had worked on in previous sessions.  Next sessions are Jan 29, Feb 12 and Mar 11.

1) Music: Se La Llevó,  Son 14, La Máquina Musical

base, al lado, enchufla, mambo.  We also worked some on exercises moving the rib cage and shoulders: the side that the foot steps expands (shoulder up) and the opposite side contracts (hip out and shoulder tries to meet it).

2) Music: El Temba,  David Calzado Y La Charanga Habanera, Pa’ Que Se Entere La Habana

Vuelta, izquierda, base viaje, camina, echevarria

3) Music: Lo Toma o lo Deja,  Manolito Simonet y Su Trabuco, Trabuco una vez más

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

4) Music: Pa’ que usted lo cante,  Michel Maza, Como gato de angora

Cha-cha-cha – vuelta, izquierda, enchufla

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

Misc Tapping and Kicking and some review of the Walter P. components

6) Music: Mi Chocolate,  Los Van Van, Llego Van Van

More Tapping

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

Revisit All


Video of the Week

Posted by on 01 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Video


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