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DETAILS & SCHEDULE for Viva Cuba salsa-fest in Bellingham, July 10-12!

Posted by on 04 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction, Music, Social

–FRIDAY: There’s a Cuban trio playing an acoustic concert at Cafe Rumba on Friday night, 7-9pm, followed by a kick-off party with DJs Ofer and Andre.
–SATURDAY: Cambalache, BAAY 1059 N. State St., Bellingham, Doors open 8:30pm, Dance lesson 9pm; buy tix for Saturday on Brown Paper tickets($15 adults, $10 students presale; at door $20 and $15)

One of the musicians in both the trio and the Cambalache line-up was one of Klimax’ lead singers and is reported to be AWESOME!
Class 1: Saturday 1-2:15pm: Salsa Suelta – Footwork, Cuban body motion, musicality (all levels)
Class 2: Saturday 2:30-3:45pm: Casino moves for intermediate/advanced
Class 3: Saturday 4-5:15pm: Wilfredo’s favorite rueda moves for intermediate/advanced
Class 4: Sunday 1-2:15pm: Afro-Cuban folklore: Eleggua, Lumbanche (all levels)
Class 5: Sunday 2:30-3:45pm: Rumba (Columbia) in Casino partnering (intermediate/advanced)
Class 6: Sunday 4-5:15pm: More rueda! (Intermediate/advanced)
WORKSHOP PRICES – these are “pre-register” prices and will be slightly higher at the door. To pre-register join the FB event for the WORKSHOPS: OR send Heather an email ( 1 class: $15; 2 classes: $25; 3 classes: $35; 4 classes: $45; 5 classes: $55; 6 classes: $60;
(Discount for students)
Here’s the Facebook event for the WEEKEND:

A Week of Cuban Music & Dance Workshops in CA, Jul 18-25

Posted by on 21 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Culture, Events, Instruction

Afro Cuban music & dance at Humboldt State (CA), July 18-25:

Cuba Dance Study Trip with Ryan & Sidney, Aug 1-15

Posted by on 21 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Instruction

Travel to Cuba with Ryan and Sidney (Rueda con Ritmo), August 1-15:

B’ham Festival & Wilfredo Guilbiac Workshops, July 10-12

Posted by on 21 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction, Social

Viva Cuba summer salsa fest in Bellingham: join Rumba NW Fri Jul 10-Sun Jul 12, featuring workshops w/ Wilfredo on Sat-Sun and live music w/ Cambalache:

If you want rueda lessons…

Posted by on 17 May 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction

Rueda de casino lessons at SalsaNSeattle are cancelled for the summer. In late summer SnS will likely announce a fall session. You will have to sign up for it in advance to ensure your space.

In the meantime, there are two options:

1) Check out Rainier Valdes’s classes (see Instructor page)

2) If you are interested in a short, focused series–for beginners, or for advanced beginner/intermediate–please let Betsy Geller know (see Instructor page for contact info or send a Facebook message). If there are enough people of similar level I will try to set up a 5 or 6 week series, most likely in Greenwood.

Roberto Borrell in Seattle: Workshop Schedule, May 7-10

Posted by on 03 May 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction, Music

Thursday, May 7th, 7pm
Casa Latina
317 17th Avenue South (Central District)

Friday, May 8th, 6pm-7:30 pm
Balance Studio
418 N 35th Street (Fremont)
Saturday, May 9th, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Union Cultural Center

Saturday, May 9th, 12:00-1:00 pm
Sunday, May 9th: 12:00-1:00 pm
Union Cultural Center
803 South King Street
$15 ($5 in conjunction with Popular Dance)

Friday, May 8th, 7:30-9:00 pm
Balance Studio
418 N 35th Street (Fremont)

Saturday, May 9th, 1:00-2:15 pm
Sunday, May 10th, 1:00-2:15 pm
Union Cultural Center
803 South King Street (International District)

Sunday, May 10th, 2:30-4:00 pm
Union Cultural Center
803 South King Street (International District)

“Finding the Clave”: Originally designed as a 4-week workshop, Roberto Borrell explains the role of the Clave rhythm in different genres Cuban music. Being able to find the Clave is the key to Cuban music.

“Orisha Dance”: Roberto Borrell teaches Folkloric Dance from the Afro-Cuban traditions with an emphasis on singing, rhythm and footwork.

“Listening and Popular Dance”: Roberto Borell divides the classes for Cuban Popular Music, “listening,” and Popular Dance into two parts.
Understanding the music is essential in being able to dance. The focus of these classes is the development of Danzón, Son and Cha Cha Cha, that later morphed into Timba. The classes can be taken separately, but coming to both parts is strongly encouraged for dancers. “Listening” is also fantastic for musicians who are interested in learning more about the forms and cues that are essential for creating strong and authentic arrangements that will make sense to dancers.

“Conga Workshop”: Crazy for Conga! Come join Roberto Borrell as he explores the rhythms, the music and history of Cuban Carnaval. This will be an interactive class including videos, music and dance.

Salsa Suelta This Sunday 5/3

Posted by on 29 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

Salsa Suelta this Sunday – May 3rd – 1st hour of Practica – 4:30pm. Review of Oscarito, El Duane and more if we have time.

Nest Suelta Sunday – May 31st.


Suelta this Sunday March 8th

Posted by on 04 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

Suelta this Sunday – March 8th – SnS – 1st hour of Practica 4:30-5:30

Next Dates:

  • April 5th
  • April 19th


Roberto Borrell in April

Posted by on 12 Feb 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction

From seattle-cuba Mailing List

Sent: Sunday, February 8, 2015 4:44 PM
Subject: [Seattle-Cuba] Roberto Borrell

Hi Cuba -heads,

I am working on bringing Roberto Borrell back to Seattle, probably on April 30-May 3rd. I’d love to know what you are most interested in learning, and what hours are best for you to take classes. In the past he’s come for a few days, teaching some late afternoon/ eve classes on a couple of weekdays and some afternoon classes on the weekend.

Thanks for your input. Please email info at elspethsavani dot com

– Elspeth

Suelta Sundays are back – Feb 8th and March 8th

Posted by on 30 Jan 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

I’m re-starting the sunday suelta practices once or twice a month.

We work on rhythm and footwork and some choreography.

Dates : Feb 8th and March 8th – for the 1st hour of practica 4:30-5:30.

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