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Subject: SalsaUpdate138

Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2002 8:30 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #138: Attention instructors and promoters

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This week's Headlines:
- Announcement for instructors and promoters

- Celia and Gilberto, my impressions!

- What's coming up from SalsaBoston.com!

- Picks of the week: JAM'NASTICS Saturday, April's Salsa Sunday

- Salsa Nights at Sophia's, it just keeps getting better!

- SalsaBoston "Fiebre de Salsa" T-Shirts!  Get yours now!

- This week's mailbag

(This first announcement doesn't apply to most of you, sorry)

Instructors and promoters, I have set up two new email lists, mostly for my
use but you can use them too.  Right now they will be unmoderated, but if
things get out of hand or if they start getting spammed, then I will swiftly
change that.  In order to be added to either list immediately, email me
directly, olaf@salsaboston.com.  Right now you cannot add yourself.

1) instructors@salsaboston.com  -- this list is for people that regularly
teach latin dance in this area

2) promoters@salsaboston.com  -- ditto, except it's for promoters

I'll also be periodically adding people I want to reach as I go through my


 THE Concert...

Did you make it last Sunday?  "To What?!!"  Symphony Hall of course!  Well,
the concert was fantastic, certainly from my seat!  I managed to get seats
on the very front of the 1st balcony, right on top of the stage.  Many of
you saw me I guess...!

Celia Cruz was a lavishly adorned in a flowing ocean-blue dress covered in
sequined ostrich feathers, a sight to behold for us mere mortals!  I'd say
the whole event was worth it just for that!  It was also a delight to be
close enough to watch her facial expressions and interactions with her band
and a ceaseless stream of fans who snuck up to the front for pictures (much
to the annoyance of a couple security guards, but that's just too bad...).
To my surprise, her concert was much more improvised than I would have
thought, and she even did one evidently unrehearsed number on request.  That
had the band scrambling for a minute, but of course they put it together
just fine.  In addition she performed a variety of her more popular Salsa
and Cha-Cha.  All in all, it was a show act not easily forgotten.

Gilberto Santa Rosa, who opened the show, I think actually had me standing
up even more.  He put together an extremely "tight" show, also featuring a
variety of his music.  Unfortunately I'm not one that knows his Salsa
*music* too well (I know what I like when I hear it), nor do I speak much
Spanish (so I didn't catch much of what was being said on stage) so if
someone wants to review the music and the ad-libbing, I'll be happy to
publish it.

It was good to see Boston's Salseros well represented, even with the ticket
prices being on the high end.  At the end they announced an afterparty
somewhere in Hyde Park.   Did anyone make it there?  Please let me know how
it was.

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoyed the show as much as I did!

  What's coming up from SalsaBoston.com!

Many people have been asking me about many of the things we put together
last year, and here's where it stands:

2nd Annual SalsaBoston.com New England Salsa Competition
   This event will happen this year in June/July, so get ready!
   We will be hosting preliminary rounds in several Salsasero
   hangouts in Boston, as well as in other New England areas.
   If you are interested in having a preliminary round at your club,
   email me!  competition@salsaboston.com

   The finals will be at a location in Boston TBA

Salsa Harbor Cruises
   We are looking at the cruise schedule and working out conflicts.
   Most likely we will be doing a bi-weekly cruise series this summer.
   Stay tuned!

SAVE THE DATE!  Wed. May 8 (Tentatively)
   2nd Annual Instructor Night at Salsa Nights at Sophia's
   Featuring improvisational dance show by your favorite instructors
   from this area.
   Looking to take some more formal lessons or to expand
   your dance style?  This will be a great time to find out who's
   teaching!  Instructors, please email me if you would like to be
   featured.  olaf@salsaboston.com

SalsaBoston.com Salsa Congreso:  Coming at you again this Fall!

  Picks of the week

To my delight, the "Salsa Social" thing which is extremely prevalent in
places like New York, is growing in Boston, and we now have some decent
dance places on weekends that are free from the unavoidable pressures of bar
guarantees, 'popular' music, and crowded dance floors that most nightclubs
must contend with on the weekend nights to earn their own keep.

This weekend we have two such nights!

Saturday: Salseros Unite!  Presented by JAM'NASTICS with 2 floors, Salsa
upstairs and Hip Hop downstairs.  Brazilian Cultural Center, Cambridge.

Sunday: SALSA SUNDAY with April!  VFW Post, Green Street, Cambridge.

Details on both events are listed below at the beginning of the mailbag.

 SalsaBoston.com Presents
 Salsa Night at Sophia's

 This and every Wednesday!

 "Boston's original all Salsa, by Salseros for Salseros hotspot!"
 1270 Boylston St., Boston (near Kenmore Sq. and Fenway Park)
 Lessons with Johnny and Kelly at 9:15,
 beginnner and intermediate, no partner necessary!
 Salsa until 2am!
 21+ Proper ID and Dress
 $10 Cover, $2 extra for lesson

 SalsaBoston T-Shirts are in!

T-shirts are going fast!  Thanks to all who have made purchases!

Just in time for the spring weather, SalsaBoston.com T-shirts are in, and
they look great!  Check them out at http://salsaboston.com/shirt  For a
limited time pick up 2 or more for $17.50 each, $2.50 off the $20 price.
Show off your SalsaBoston colors wherever you dance this summer!  Also, why
not pick up some extra's to trade or give as gifts?

Anyway, 2 styles, regular T's and Girly-T's, standard sizes, 100% cotton.
These are high quality shirts.  Proceeds help support salsaboston.com.  You
can even order online!

 This week's Mailbag

1) SALSEROS UNITE!  2nd monthly Salsa Social with JAM'NASTICS
   this Saturday
2) SALSA SUNDAY!  Dance this Sunday with April at VFW! + new classes
3) Grupo Fantasia this Friday at El Bembe
4) Salsa Thursdays with Dan Marshall, Competition this week
5) Salsa and Dance Marathon, Sunday April 14, Sophia's
6) MIT Casino Rueda Workshop, Sat. April 13
7) JJ Productions Salsa Party May 17, 7 Minute Date April 26


Salsa Social on Saturday, April 13th
@ The Brazilian Cultural Center
310 Webster St., Cambridge, MA
This is an event created by Salseros for Salseros

Come, join our circle of friends and dance non-stop from 9:00 - 1:00
a.m. in a FUN, relaxed atmosphere.
Enjoy the positive vibe that fills this beautiful, open dance space that is
completely different from the typical cramped nightclub.  The DJ will play
the best Salsa and Cha Cha Cha on the main floor, while downstairs in The
Hip Hop Lounge, you can enjoy Hip Hop, Reggae and R&B.  A cash bar and free
snacks are also available.

Salsa or Cha-Cha-Cha lesson at 8:30 pm.
Choose your level (beginner through advanced) and style (on 1 or on 2).
$10 (includes both floors and the dance lesson!)

For more info call 617-354-5780 or visit www.jamnastics.org

HOLA SALSEROS de Corazon!!!!

   1. April 14th, Wepa SALSA SUNDAY styling workshop, class, and
   2. New class session starts this week


1. THIS SUNDAY, April 14th, April 14th, April 14th:
Join us THIS WEEKEND for WEPA SALSA SUNDAY on April 14th!


8-9pm NEW YORK STYLE "on 2" Salsa class for ALL LEVELS with APRIL of New
York's Eddie Torres Dance Company

  ***the very best music for DANCERS!!!!

AT the VFW Post 299, 288 Green St. in Central Square

$10 for 7pm class and party...

New class session starts this week:

    ***All classes have NEW MATERIAL each session (except for the
    beginners class)***

MONDAYS, starting APRIL 8th:

6pm Ladies Salsa Styling for ALL levels. Body movement and
    isolations, head whips, elegant arms and much more!!!!

7pm Beginner footwork and partnering. Intro to NY Style Salsa "on 2".

8pm Spin technique and partner styling for ALL Levels. Spin drills,
    adding "flava" to your partner styling, increasing creativity
    while partnering, and more!!

9pm Advanced Beginner/Intermediate classic NY turn patterns.
    Fine-tuning of leading and following techniques.

Tuesdays, starting March 5th:

6pm Beginner footwork and partnering. Intro to NY Style Salsa "on 2".

7pm Advanced Beginner footwork and partnering.

8pm Men and Ladies Styling for ALL Levels. Designed to improve your
    open footwork, body movement, coordination and execution of open

9pm Intermediate footwork and turn patterns.

Cost: 4 week session--$50, $45 full time students
      $15 drop-in class, $13 if registered in one class.

WHERE? It all happens at the VFW Post 299, 288 Green St. in
Central Square, Cambridge.
(public parking available nearby, one block from red line)

Call April at 617-388-0925 for more info, or e-mail aprilon2@aol.com
Plus, check out www.aprilon2.com for current info on classes, special
events, pics from class, etc.


hola amigos!!!!!!
    GRUPO FANTASIA hopes to see you on FRIDAY APRIL, 12 at THE BEMBE. the
jorge hernandez center is located 85 west newton st. boston. tx are $15.00.
 please check the website for more info.
<A HREF="http://WWW.GRUPOFANTASIA.COM/">Grupo Fantasia - Latin Music,
Merengue, Salsa, …</A>
free  latin dance lessons at 915pm
band at 1015 pm
cash bar/proper dress


Our Thursday, April 11, Latin Nights Lineup will feature:

  1. Join our Intermediate Level Merengue & Classical Puerto Rican Salsa
class, featuring:

* 9:00 - 9:35 p.m. -- Warmup, followed by a Variational Merengue class
                       with footwork & a partnering combination;

* 9:35 - 10:10 p.m. -- A Classical Puerto Rican Salsa class
                        with footwork & a partnering combination;

* 10:05 - 10:20 p.m. -- An individual help session in which our 4
                         instructors will come around to help you with
                         the partnering combination.

   2. 10:30 - 11:30 p.m. -- Enter or attend the 2nd Preliminary Round of our
Merengue/Bachata & Salsa Competition - OPEN TO ALL - 1st floor
of Sophia's - featuring:

   * All CONTESTANTS GAIN FREE ENTREE to Sophia's, & those advancing
   our final round (to be held at Sophia's Salsathon on April 14th)
   will be eligible for a total of $400 in CASH PRIZES & $200 in
   Sophia's GIVAWAYS

   * PLEASE be sure to SIGN UP (on the 1st floor of Sophia's) with
   Dan Y. Marshall between 10:10 - 10:30 p.m. to enter our

  * There will be two styles of competition -- Merengue/Bachata
  & Salsa:

   ** Contestants may choose to compete in both styles (for a chance
      to win up to 2 Final round prizes!)

   ** Contestants may enter one of these two devisions:
      *** Amateur/Beginner
      *** Pro/Am/Advanced (mixed pros, & advance amateur dancers)

   * Contestants will be judged by our 5 judges, based on:

     ** 1. Technique (precision, flow, etc.); 2. Originality;
        3. Musicality; 4. Chemistry (partnering); 5. Style;
        & 6. Presentation & Effect on Audience.

   * Please bring a CD of the music you would like us to play when you
     compete (we will play up to 3 MINUTES of your song); If you don't
     provide us with music, we will play the best Merengue/Bachata or
     Salsa tune we can find to meet your needs.

  * Up to 12 couples (3 from each devision & style) from the April 4 &
     April 11 Preliminary rounds of competition will advance to the
     Final Round to be held at 11:15 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. at Sophia's
     Salsathon (see section V below) on April 14, 2002.

  * A Last Chance Preliminary Competition Round will be held at at
     10:30 p.m. at Sophia's Salsathon (see section V below)
     on April14,
     2002. Up to 8 additional couples (2 from each devision & style)
     will be eligible to advance to from this round to the Final Round
     held at 11:15 p.m. that night.

  * WINNERS of the FINAL ROUND of each devision & style will EACH
      RECIEVE $100 in Cash & a $50 Gift Certificate for Sophia's!
      (A total of $400 in CASH PRIZES & $200 in Sophia's GIVAWAYS)

   3. 10:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. - DJ Zino, mixing the best selections of
Latin music & DVD of Classical Salsa, New York Salsa, Merengue,
Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Mambo-Salsa, Samba, Lambada, Latin House,
& more - on the 2nd floor.

   4. 11:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. - Our live Sophia's Latin Salsa, Mambo,
Cha Cha Cha, & Bolero band, The Party Boys, playing their great music
for dancing, with Dan Y. Marshall DJing an ALL SALSA mix between
sets - on the 1st floor;


[ Please note: this is not a SalsaBoston event as some people told me they
thought from the flyers that the promoters have been circulating.  Sorry for
the confusion -SBC ]

Salsa and Dance Marathon

- A marathon night of dancing, performances and fashions, including
   an all night Salsa DJ mix on the 1st and 2nd floors of Sophia's.
- Check out the awesome dance performance by HIPS ON FIRE at 10:30 p.m.
ushering in our last day of open Latin dance competition, featuring:
   - 10:35 - 11:15 p.m. - Last Chance Preliminary Merengue/Bachata
     & Salsa Competition Round!
   - 11:15 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Finals of our Merengue/Bachata & Salsa
     Competition - A total of $400 CASH & $200 in Sophia's Givaway
     PRIZES to our winners!
   -- To enter this competition, register (on the 1st floor) with Dan Y.
Marshall by 10:30 p.m.

Sunday April 14th
8:00pm - 2:00am
Sophia's, 1270 Boylston St, near Fenway Park

Spread the word to your friends
- we have such an amazing night in store for you.

Complete with a Live Photo Shoot, Flamenco Fashion Show,
Boston's Top Area Performers, Cash Prizes and Giveaways,
Presidente Models and Live Sampling, 3 Floors of Dancing

$10 before 10, $15 after, FREE For Competition Contestants
21+ with proper ID and dress required.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a Dominican Relief
Fund to purchase wheel chairs.

To view the invitation go to:


Hi everyone!  The MIT Casino Rueda Club will be having a 3-hour workshop
this coming Saturday, April 13th, from 5 to 8 pm.  It will be at the usual
place, Student Center room 491.  The charge will be $10 per person.
Remember, no dancing experience is required and you do NOT need to bring a
partner.  We will teach either 3 or 4 levels, depending on the number of
people that sign up.  Please reply to this message to reserve a spot.  For
the time being, you can sign up for beginners, advanced beginners, or
intermediate.  Depending on the turnout, we might add a second beginners
class or an advanced class.  Remember these are rueda levels, not salsa
levels.  The following information should be helpful in helping you select a

beginners:  No experience necessary

advanced beginners:  Must know enchufa and cross-body leads (dile que no)

intermediate:  Must know enchufa, adios, adios con la hermana, Kentucky,
sombrero, and a few similar moves

advanced (if available):  Must be familiar with starting right turns on the
"tap" (Miami style rueda)

If you have any questions, simply email me at linoag@mit.edu.  Hope to see
you all this Sat.


Artistic Director, MIT Casino Rueda Group

JJ Productions presents two events:

   *** Margaritas, Tacos & Hot Salsa Dancing ***

Friday, May 17th   5:30pm to 1am

Atlantic 101 on the waterfront at
101 Atlantic Ave, Boston

$3 Margaritas and $2 Beers from 5:30 to 8pm
Complimentary Taco Bar

Salsa lessons and dancing!
A small portion of other Latin dances will be played.
(dancing till midnight)

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Save the Harbor-Save the Bay

$15 advance tickets (special limited time offer)

Visa, MC, check or cash.

  ******* Also *********

*** 7 Minute Date and Dance ***
Friday, April 26th   6:30pm to 1am

In the luxuriously elegant Ballroom of the Swissôtel
Conveniently located in Downtown Crossing

Mix, Mingle, Date, Dance and Munch!

THREE age groups for the "dating" portion of the evening.
20 to 30;    27 to 38;    35 to 48
Select your "dates" at any time during the evening!

6:30 pm  Doors open
Hors d'oeuvres served to our guests include an assortment of stuffed
mushrooms with crabmeat,
assorted miniature quiche, shrimp quesadillas trumpet with salsa and sour
spinach and goat cheese flat bread pizza, miniature deep dish pizzas, brie
and pear in phyllo dough,
breaded parmesan artichoke hearts, beef or chicken satay with warm peanut
dipping sauce
as well as cheese and crudite platters.

8 - 10 pm  Let the dating begin!
Two 45 minute sessions with a half-hour break in the middle.

10 - 1 am Time to party!  Dance to the top 40s!
You get to help pick the music on your registration!
The DJ will play the 25 most requested songs!
Simultaneously, a short dance lesson will be offered in a separate room!

Advance ticket purchase and on line registration required!
$40, $50 after April 19th (if available)

Registration, details and tickets at:

Visa, MC, check or cash.

Don't wind up on the waiting list...
Our last event sold out!

Although we are always able to confirm most of the "single sex"
registrations, your chances of confirmation dramatically improve
if you sign up with a friend of the opposite sex or your group is gender
balanced! (based on ticket availability)

If you wish to volunteer please write us at:

JJ Productions
28 Warren Ave., Suite 2
Somerville, MA  02143-3030

Web address: www.JJProductions.NET
Email: JJWilliams@JJProductions.NET or JamesJohnW@aol.com
Follow me voice: 617-623-7571


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