Next Practice:  We meet every Sunday, 4:30-6:30, except as posted here: On JUNE 18 WE MOVE to Wallingford Steps across from Gasworks park for the summer. However, through June 11 we meet at SHIFT in Fremont--please read the info here about Shift.  If you are new, please consider taking rueda de casino classes (see below) before or concurrent with joining the Sunday practice. Rueda calls may be different in different places, but that's all part of the fun. See the Sunday Practice FAQ and our new Calls List (thanks Zaid!). First hour mixed level; second hour advanced rueda.  See/join Seattle Casineros Facebook group for latest updates and posts below. (updated 5/20/17)


 Weekly and Bi-Weekly Events 

  • 2017 Casino on Cardboard Dancing at Alki Beach — Every Friday in the Summer, unless it's raining. Meet at the beach across the street from Duke's Chowder House & Blue Moon Burgers near 58th Ave. Volunteers start setting up around 5:30 p.m. Music and dancing from 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Cuba Libre Night at Lake Chad Cafe — Friday nights, 9 p.m.
  • Cuban Social Lunch & Beach Dance Party — Every other Saturday at Gio's Cuban & Creole. Upcoming dates: Jun 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug 12, Aug 26,

 Upcoming Events 


Posted by on 20 May 2017 | Tagged as: Events

See the Seattle Casineros group on FB for events.

May 20 is Havana d’Primera at Club Sur.

There are some Saturday events at Sea Monster in Wallingford with Kiki and friends.

Ann Reynolds has also posted some events.

If you have time to keep up to date, please contact Betsyg. We’d love your help!

Sunday Practice Moves Outside June 18

Posted by on 20 May 2017 | Tagged as: Practice

We move to Wallingford Steps Sunday June 18 for the summer. We are at Shift in Fremont through June 11. Shift is a great place during the sunny but not quite warm enough days because we can open the big garage door. But look for us at Wallingford Steps June 18 through summer.

Spring Cuban Dance Series with Maiensy Sanchez, starts May 3

Posted by on 01 May 2017 | Tagged as: Instruction

From Maiensy:

Hola, amigos en Seattle! Hello to my beautiful Seattle community! I just returned from a three-month-long trip to Cuba and family. I hope this message finds you all well, and may these words reach your loved ones and people around you as well! In regards to my new series, please note that FB does not allow me to announce an event for over two weeks. This series of classes runs eight weeks through June 26/27. Two of those classes begin this week, on Wednesday and Thursday. I have clarified the information (see below) but please let me know if you have any questions. You can choose how frequently you want to meet from an option of 1 to 4 days a week. We will go from 7:15pm to 8:30pm in a Queen Anne location. Once you click GOING on Facebook, I will personally contact you to go over details in a private message. Thank you all for your support and interest in Cuban culture.
Sending you love and looking forward to this! 

Spring Cuban Dance Series with Maiensy Sanchez:
A heart-opening invitation to go into a deeper state of listening.

Maiensy’s training is an invitation to develop a sound foundation to carry you through your journey as a dancer: Polish your technique. Enrich your vocabulary. Build a personal body isolation routine, and learn how to apply it to the beauty of everything Cuban. Get acquainted with the stories behind key Cuban dance genres. Strengthen your relationship to the clave beat, the heart of Cuban music.

WHAT: Options of 3 classes or a combination
WHEN: 8 weeks, May through June 2017 (start dates below)
WHERE: A Queen Anne location. Address provided on registration.

Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 3.
Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 4.
Open to all levels. 

Mondays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 8.
Open to all levels.

Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 9.
Pre-requisite: One-year minimum experience with some form of Cuban dance.
The focus will be partner dancing with the option of Rueda, depending on the follow-lead ratio.


Option 1 : Two weekly lessons for 8 weeks, May 3/4 to June 26/27
(a) One advance payment of $300 for 16 sessions over 8 weeks (full series).
(b) Two advance payments of $160 (early May and June) to cover 8 sessions over 4 weeks.

Option 2 : One weekly lesson for 8 weeks, May 3/4 to June 26/27
One advance payment of $160 for 8 sessions/ 8 weeks (full series)

(Option of 3 and 4 sessions a week also available. Please contact Maiensy at for rates.)

To register for classes via Facebook please click GOING, and a private message will follow.

Note: Space is limited. The maximum capacity per class is 10 to 12 students. This intimate environment offers plenty of opportunities to track your own progress as you receive personalized feedback from Maiensy.

“Dance allows us to feel welcomed and loved, from a place of warmth as personal and familiar as our name, beyond islands and continents, beyond politics, beyond the most provocative of words. Dance challenges our elemental understandings and invites us to enter ungraspable realities. Dance is as nurturing as it is daring: a reminder of the endless possibilities inherent to our greater sense of belonging.”
—Maiensy Sanchez

For more information about these and other upcoming classes and workshops please contact Maiensy at or find her on Facebook.

Beginner Rueda series starts 1/24!

Posted by on 23 Jan 2017 | Tagged as: Instruction

The next Beginner Series of Rueda de Casino classes with La Clave Cubana starts tomorrow! Raquel and I will be your new instructors.


La Clave Cubana performance 7-2-2015

– No partner needed
– Get the 4 Class Pass or Drop-in

Tuesdays starting January 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM
1225 S Weller St., Seattle, WA 98144

Door Code 986 – Suite 315

Contact info
Web: Details online

Yes there is Practice on 1/1

Posted by on 31 Dec 2016 | Tagged as: Practice

There is INDEED practice on New Year’s Day. At SHIFT in Fremont, usual time: 4:30-6:30. To get inside, use the unlock code you already have, or come at 4:30 if you don’t have one.

Saturday w/ Maiensy – CORRECTED INFO

Posted by on 05 Dec 2016 | Tagged as: Instruction

I corrected a mistake in my summary of Maiensy’s workshops. The first workshop is for ALL LEVELS, not just experienced dancers. The second is for intermediate and experienced. See post below.

Dance Workshops with Maiensy Sanchez – December 10

Posted by on 30 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: Instruction

Saturday, December 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, Main (blue building)
Rooms 1 & 2 (6532 Phinney Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103-5257)

Welcoming & sign in: 11:30 (15 mins)
Body Conditioning for Dancers: 11:45am – 12:45pm (1 hour – ALL LEVELS)
Break (15 mins)
Cuban Dance Styling: 1:00 – 1:55pm (55 mins – intermediate and experienced dancers)

Body Conditioning for Dancers: This bodily training draws upon Maiensy’s experience as a dancer: her method. It is open to all levels; you can adjust the degree of challenge to your personal practice. Maiensy offers a well-crafted technique with which to approach anything Cuban, from the social to the sacred. For beginner dancers, this can mean to discover the full potential of your body in a new way, and to begin developing a sound Cuban vocabulary. For experienced dancers, this is a gate to a deeper conversation with yourself and your sense of physicality. You may wear slippers, socks, non-marking flexible shoes, or dance barefoot.

Cuban Dance Styling: Open to intermediate and experienced dancers. Borrowing from son, casino, timba, rumba and the African-Cuban sacred practices, it focuses on key body parts (namely shoulders, neck, arms, pelvis, hips, knees and feet). Low heels and heel-less, non-traction shoes are best.

One workshop: $20 pre-registered, $25 at door; Two Workshops: $30 pre-registered, $35 at door; Cash or check only, please. Pre registers via clicking Join on the FB invite:

What to bring: an open heart and comfortable clothing

“Dance allows us to feel welcomed and loved, from a place of warmth as personal and familiar as our names, beyond islands and continents, beyond politics, beyond the most provocative of words. Dance challenges our elemental understandings and invites us to enter ungraspable realities. Dance is as nurturing as it is daring: a reminder of the endless possibilities inherent to our greater sense of belonging.” Maiensy Sanchez

Born and raised in Cuba, Maiensy has always danced as one of her ways to experience and express the beauty, vastness and magnetic power of her cultural origins. She has received training in flamenco, classical ballet, jazz, modern dance, and West African dance. Growing up in a family of artists, she began studying piano at age 6 in her hometown, Camagüey. Her 13 years of professional music training includes two years of musical composition studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in La Habana.
With more than 20 years of experience, Maiensy learned the art of teaching from her third dad, Fernando Alonso, one of the founders of the Cuban National Ballet, and the creator of the internationally celebrated method known as the Cuban School of ballet. She began her teaching career at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores (TEC) de Monterrey in Mexico, where she created and taught a Latin American music and dance curriculum for the International Programs department. In 1999, she moved to Seattle, eventually graduating magna cum laude with honors in anthropology from the University of Washington. Her work as a dance instructor, choreographer and performer contributed to the development of the first Seattle community with a genuine interest in two of the most significant sources of Cuban cultural expression: its music and its dance.
Maiensy acknowledges her ancestral legacies, grateful to the elders and teachers whose wisdom, timely insights, loving support and trust contributed to her preparation and growth. She is grateful to one of her dear mentors and personal friend, master Roberto Borrell, for her participation at the New Orleans International Ballet Conference as Borrell’s assistant, and to local Seattle venues which have welcomed her work throughout the years as a performer and choreographer, including Benaroya Hall and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. She extends a heartfelt gratitude to all the communities and people around the world who have opened and continue to open their doors to her work, which deepest motivation is her calling to service. She enjoys her life as a teacher, dancer, musician, writer, yogini (200-hours YTT from Mount Madonna Center, California) and shamanic practitioner.

Sunday Practice Moves Starting Dec 4th

Posted by on 18 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: Practice

Starting December 4th Seattle Rueda Sunday Practice moves to SHIFT Center for Movement & Healing Arts ! (3517 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 ) PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT. Shift has a beautiful new sprung wood dance floor and our agreement with them requires INDOOR DANCE SHOES and DOES NOT ALLOW HIGH HEELS or shoes that leave black marks. Please remove your outdoor shoes upon entering the building and place them on the shoe rack. Indoor-only dance sneakers, jazz shoes, flats, low/broad-heeled ballroom dance shoes are ok. High heels and stilettos are not.
Shift ALSO REQUIRES that we keep the front door locked; however, regulars will be given an ENTRY CODE to let themselves in. YOUR FIRST TIME AT SHIFT, PLEASE ARRIVE as close to 4:30 as possible, or CONTACT JAIN OR ME IN ADVANCE for the code. Beware: we might not see your message or hear your knock during practice, so come at 4:30 or make arrangements sufficiently in advance!
Practice is still at our usual time, Sundays 4:30-6:30.
We will meet at SalsaNSeattle on Sunday Nov 27. After that we’re at Shift. We will be closed Christmas Day. We have not yet decided about New Years Day.
Street parking near Shift is free and is not difficult. Shift is on the west side of Stone Way but parking may be easier east of Stone Way. Shift has great light and heat too!

Questions about any of this? Email or FB message me or Jain.


Sunday Practice at SalsaNSeattle through November

Posted by on 30 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: Practice

Seattle Rueda Sunday practice meets at SalsaNSeattle through the end of November. 4:30-6:30. Drop in – it’s a $5 suggested donation. We meet regardless of weather, sports games, and even Thanksgiving. We are currently in process of looking for a new space to continue in December and the new year.

Sunday Practice moves inside 9/25

Posted by on 21 Sep 2016 | Tagged as: Practice

Sunday practice will move inside for the season on Sunday 9/25. We’ll meet at SalsanSeattle (1200 Stewart St, Seattle WA, 98101, at our usual time (4:30-6:30). Note while there is free street parking on Sundays, it has gotten more difficult with all the construction in the neighboring few blocks.

We will be at SalsanSeattle through 2016. SalsanSeattle will be moving in the new year but has not yet announced their new location. We will re-assess where practica will meet in 2017 once we know their new location. It might be great for us but we don’t know yet. We are open to ideas but will only consider places where:

1) Folks can come and go as they please (no buzzer),

2) It’s comfortable for us to mill around before and after (no extra payment required for that time),

3) There is sufficient space, and

4) There is sufficient free parking in the vicinity.

We also would prefer to be at a place that is either a dance studio or has a storefront presence/some public visibility/something like that, i.e., not shuttered away and invisible to the world 🙂

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