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Subject: SalsaUpdate152

Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 1:17 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #152: Competition prelim's wrap up, and semi-finals!

Hola Salseros!

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This issue:
-Olaf's Editorial Section
-This week's highlights
-SalsaBoston events
-Sponsor news
-This week's mailbag

Finally a fairly quiet week here at SalsaBoston HQ, actually made it in to
my real job for a change...

Did you make it to Choice's last Sunday for the competition prelim's?
Pretty big good crowd there and a some *hot* Salsa sets by their DJ.  Look
for him as a guest at Sophia's on Wed's sometime in the coming month.
Anyway, 4 more couples competed, 2 advanced, awesome dancers!  Check out the
scene there on Sundays with Hedwidge and Melissa, 6-9 classes. It's a very
mixed latin crowd and the music selection matches that, but the owner tells
me that the more Salsaeros are there, the more Salsa he'll do.

Also, big crowd last Thur. at Ryles for the prelim's, with 4 couples
advancing. Two more dates left to qualify!
  Remaining competition schedule:
   - Wed. Last chance prelim's at Sophia's
   - Thur. Last chance prelim's at El Caney
   This Saturday, Semifinals at Supershag Mega Dance Complex, Waltham,
showtime 10pm!
   http://salsaboston.com/competition or scroll down


Also, Miami Club was open for its second week last Saturday, and it turned
out to be a pretty good party, with even the people from the techno-night
upstairs coming down for something different at the end!  This Saturday of
course is the competition, but we will be giving out $5 cover coupons at the
competition for anyone heading over.  There will be no lesson this week
though.  Please some support this event if you want a Salsa Nightclub on
Saturdays.  Attendance has been okay but not great (about 50 both nights),
which we expect, but don't "wait and see" because places downtown don't give
you too many weeks to prove yourself before they feel they can do better
with something else.  Thanks to all that have come out so far and have
brought people with them!

By the way, there's a rather heated discussion going on on the message board
about the Miami Club http://salsaboston.com/wwwboard/ and some new club
reviews at
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If you were there at the Miami Club and have an opinion, please let people

To get on the VIP list for $5 off the cover, simple email me your name.


Also, don't forget the cruise this Sunday, and Dan teams up with Hips on
Fire to bring back Sophia's Tuesday nights, starting tonight.  Link below.


Lastly, *** informal survey ***
Do to the conflict with the World Salsa Congress in San Juan, PR, we are
debating moving the finals of the competition to Friday, Aug. 16 or
Saturday, Aug. 17.  Competitors especially, please let me know if you have
an opinion!  email competition@salsaboston.com   Thanks!

Dance 'til you drop!

 Highlights this week:

- Tueday: Sophia's reopens with Dan and "Hips on Fire"

- SalsaBoston Night at Sophia's!  Every Wed, http://salsaboston.com/sophias
   "Last Chance" Preliminary Round of the Salsa Competition at 11:30

- "Salsa for Gringos" beginners class at Sophia's with Olaf "el Gringo
   8-9 Thur. $5  Check it out in the Globe Calendar!

- 2nd Annual Salsa Competition, preliminary round at El Caney this Thursday!
    Gran Cafe-Bar (Antiguo Palladium)
    64 Baldwin Stree, Lynn, MA 781-595-8528
    Salsa classes from 8:00 - 10:00pm
     with "The Mambo Slaves", Ruben Gonzalez & Lisa Perez

- This Sat., 2nd Annual Salsa Competition, SEMIFINAL round!
    Supershag Mega Dance Complex, 401 Moody St. Waltham
    $12/$10, Showtime at 10pm, dancing until 12.  Lessons with the Mambo
Slaves at 8:15
    Directions at http://supershag.com

- This Saturday (after the semifinals!)  "Miami Club!" at Ekco.  $5 cover
for Semi-finals attendees.
    http://salsaboston.com/miamiclub or read on.

- This Sunday, SalsaJam Picnic on Memorial Drive at JFK Park!  3:30

- This Sunday, Salsa Cruise!  Scroll down or http://salsaboston.com/cruise
  Advance discount tickets online!

 SalsaBoston Events

   Competition Dates:

 2nd Annual New England Salsa Competition
    Sponsored by Supershag Productions (http://supershag.com)

 $2000 in Cash Prizes, plus more!

 Preliminary Rounds (audience vote, so come cheer for your friends!)
 Wed. July 17, Last Chance round at Sophia's
 Thur. July 18, "El Caney, Lynn"

 SemiFinals, Sat. July 20, Supershag Mega Dance Complex
 Finals, K of C Hall, Charlestown, Aug. 3 (may be moved to Aug. 17)

 Congrats to the 10 amateur couples and 3 pro couples who have advanced in
the preliminaries so far!
 Enter now and don't wait until the end.  Free cover charge for
 More at http://salsaboston.com/competition

      SalsaBoston.com presents
   The "Miami Club" at Ekco Lounge
          Every Saturday

"Boston's newest Salsa Hotspot!" with DJ D. Martinez
41 Essex St, Chinatown (look for "Hollywood KTV")
$15, $10 vip list. To join the vip list, send email to
1 Block from Chinatown Orange Line T, 2 Blocks from Boylston T  (T runs
until 2:30am)
Parking lot adjacent, $10 all night.
Salsa Lessons from 9-10 with Johnny and Kelly
Directions, info, and photos!  http://salsaboston.com/miamiclub
Plenty of local restaurants within 1 block open until 4am

Q: Why is it $15?
A: Salseros drink an average of about $4 worth of water on a night out.  On
a Saturday, that isn't going to do it.  A nightclub downtown needs to take
in about $20 per person between cover and drinks in order to be acceptably
profitable on a weekend.  Nightclubs are businesses afterall, so they need
to have profit. But think of it this way: around $20 for a full night of
excellent Salsa dancing at a beautiful club in a great location on a
Saturday is a pretty good deal.

      SalsaBoston.com presents
      Salsa Night at Sophia's
         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!  Featuring
    DJ Luis Arroyo
    DJ Antonio Ortiz
    DJ Nik
21+ Proper ID and Dress
$10 Cover, $2 extra for lesson

   Salsa Harbor Cruises!

 - Sail at 8:15 from Long Warf, Boston Harbor Cruises
 - 3 decks of dancing, 2 DJ's, Salsa and Latin Mix
 - Preparty at "The Landing" on the dock, with a Salsa lesson by Johnny and
Kelly, from 7-8
 - 8pm boarding, on the water to catch sunset!
 - Cruise until about 11 pm, in time to hit another club or early enough for
the early risers on Monday.

 $15 advance or 4/$55.  Order online or order in person: call 617-513-9841

 Details, discounts, and directions

 Cruise Sails RAIN OR SHINE!

 Cruise are every other Sunday this summer, July 21, Aug. 4 & 18, Sept. 1 &

 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!

             Sponsor News
  (please patronize the establishments
   that help bring you SalsaBoston.com)

"What's a sponsor?" email: info@salsaboston.com

Salsa & Merengue Dancing - Thursdays in Cambridge
Friendly environment for beginners,
Quality dance space for more experienced salsa enthusiasts,
Nonsmoking, 21+

Dance Lessons with Dance Caliente
Intermediate Salsa: 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Beginner Salsa: 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St.,
Inman Square, Cambridge, (617) 876-9330
Dancing: 10:00 pm - 1:00 am
Admission: $12 before 10:00 pm; $8 after 10:00 pm

Presented by: Suzanne Steele, Assorted Affairs, (508) 224-5120


SuperShag Mega Dance Complex
406 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
781-894-7424 (SHAG)

Salsa Night 3rd Sat. each month!
Sat. July 20, Don't miss the Semi-finals of the SalsaBoston New England
Salsa Competition!

The Mambo Slaves will be leading our 8:15 lesson prior to Salsa night. Don't
forget this Salsa night is also the "Duel of the Dancers" Salsa Semi-finals.
"Duel of the Dancers" gives the best dancers in Swing, Latin, Salsa and
Ballroom a chance to compete for over $2,000 in cash and prizes. Winners of
finals in each dance will proceed to the final "duel" on Friday, September
13th!  All events are held at the Waltham studio, 406 Moody Street.
Lesson: 8:15 p.m. Admission: $12, $10, for SuperShag Members. Dance from
9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Salsa Socials with April
2nd and 4th Sunday each month with DJ Nik
Cambridge VFW
Classes prior


Every 1st & 3rd Sunday
8:30pm - Midnight, $5
Drinks & Food available (sorry it is not free)
All Asia Cuisine & Bar, 332 Massachusetts Av, Central Sq, Cambridge

Special Note: Friday June 21, Pimienta Negra is back!  Details TBA

JAM'NASTICS' Sunday Salsa Lessons with Ana & Andres at Johnny D's:
 "If you would like to get your dancing feet in gear on the weekend,
  JAM'NASTICS teachers Ana and Andres are teaching every Sunday night at
  Johnny D's in Somerville.  Salsa class from 9 to 10 p.m., followed by
  dancing to a live band!  More information at


Jam'Nastics and SalsaBoston.com bring you

Salsa Saturday
2nd Saturday each month at the Brazillian Cultural Center, Cambridge
Stay tuned for June details.

 This Week's Mailbag

1) Tueday nights at Sophia's reopening with Dan and Hips on Fire
2) Ballroom workshops at Supershag
3) LA TIMBA LOCA CD RELEASE PARTY at House of Blues Sunday July 21, 8:00 pm
5) Hips on Fire Schedule, new Bolero class

!!!Tuesday Latin Fire Nights at Sophias!!!
:: a new and different way to party::

From 9pm-2am non-stop

* Classes across 2 Floors from 9:00pm-10:30pm
* 4 Instructors sharing with you
their passion and knowledge
* Live Video Broadcast 57" projections of our class accross 2 floors
* Every week there will be a Salsa lesson (45 minutes), and a lesson of
another Latino rythm: alternating Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha,
Mambo-Salsa, Lambada, Bolero, Samba, Cumbia, Mambo, & More! The instructors
will alternate to teach all these rhythms and the Salsa class so you get a
taste of different styles.

* And after the class, Two floors of the best DJ music:
- An All Salsa & Salsa DVD mix on the 1st floor &
- A Salsa, Merengue, Bachata,
Cha Cha Cha, Mambo-Salsa, NY Salsa & Mambo, Lambada, Bolero-Son, Samba, &
Cumbia mix on the 2nd floor club!

Again, all of this for only $5??? Yes, you hear that right!
If you have to work the next day, well, you don't have to stay until 2am,
you can leave any time, but come and check it out.
Join us this coming Tuesday for the gran opening!!!

For more information:
FreEmotion - 617-970-1444

or contact us:
Hips On Fire
(617) 627-9988

Time is Running Out
Don't miss your chance to sign up for EXCLUSIVE workshops with Jonathan
Crossley and Kylie Jones.
Here are the available times and prices:

Private 45-minute lesson - $75
Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday July 29-31
We are now booking times beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Group Class Monday , July 29th
Waltz 7:30
Foxtrot 8:15
$10 per class, per person.

You'll be learning technique from a team whose credits include:
Twice World Amateur Modern Champions
Twice British Amateur Modern Champions
Twice UK Amateur Modern Champions
International Amateur Modern Champions
It's hard to find a studio offering this quality instruction at such an
affordable price. We want you to dance and have fun so we've arranged for
this "exclusive" engagement!
Please call me at 781-894-7424 and leave me your name and number to book a
time for private lessons. (Please, I listen in Hungarian, so speak slowly
and repeat the number!) Also, please e-mail me or call if you plan to attend
Monday's group class.


Dear Friends of Mango Blue,

As many of you know, many of the great musicians I have the privilege of
working with have other parallel projects besides MANGO BLUE.  One of them
is our extremely talented keyboardist/singer Gonzalo Grau, the master mind
behind LA TIMBA LOCA, New England's first and only Timba* ensemble.  The
band rocks extra hard, the music is superbly arranged and the crew is
definitely amongst the very best in the region.

I urge you to support this great project and celebrate this wonderful
accomplishment with your presence.  I hope to see you there and please help
spread the word to your networks, I guarantee you a wonderful time.  (If you
don't want to take my word for it, please check out below what Mr. Isaac
Delgado wrote in the liner notes of La Timba Loca's CD)

Thanks and be well,
-Alex Alvear


House of Blues
96 Winthrop St.
Harvard Square
Sunday July 21, 8:00 pm
Hosted by TIMBA.COM

Isaac Delgado excerpt from liner notes.-  "La Timba Loca is really not that
"crazy".  Their music takes me on a journey from the Opus 13 of Joaquín
Betancourt, Chucho's (Valdez) Irakere and the Trabuco Venezolano of Naranjo,
to Calzado's Charanga (Habanera) and J. L. Cortés' NG LaBanda.  But in
essence what you hear is their own, a new way to Timba from wherever your
heart desires"

(*) Timba is a high-energy and extremely funky contemporary music and dance
style from Cuba characterized by infectious beats, fiery arranging for the
horn section, intricate rhythm section interaction, breakdown sections and
intense energy, "Salsa of the New Millenium"

[editor's note for confusion sake, this cruise is not one of the
SalsaBoston cruises, but check it out!]


Date: Monday, 22 July 2002
Time:  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location:  Rowes Wharf, behind Boston Harbor Hotel (M/V New Boston -
Boston Bay Lines)

Tango by the Sea is jointly sponsored by Tasca Spanish Restaurant and
the Tango Society of Boston, and features:

- Argentine Tango and Salsa dancing on a large floor while cruising
Boston Harbor
- Argentine Tango performance by professional Tango dancers Eduardo Arce
and Sandra Gatti of Argentina!
- Complimentary Tapas Buffet by Tasca Spanish Restaurant
- Cash Bar

The event will still be held in the event of rain (dancing will be on a
smaller interior floor).

Admission: $20 ($15 for Tango Society of Boston members). Must be over
21 years old!

Tickets must be purchased in advance in one of the following ways:

- In person at one of the Tango Society of Boston's other 5th
anniversary events between 17-21 July 2002, or
- By submitting an electronic payment with MasterCard, Visa or Amex at
www.paypal.com using the payee address info@bostontango.org and
specifying that payment is for Tango by the Sea ($15 per member, $20 per
non-member), or
- Contacting Tasca Restaurant at 617-730-8002 between 5-7 pm with your
credit card (Tango Society member discount not available)

Tickets ordered by phone or electronically will be held for you at the
wharf (will-call).

For more information check http://www.bostontango.org/ or

Hi Hip Burners,

We hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend, with lots of time to
relax, to dance and enjoy the summer.
Do you want to try other dances besides Salsa and Merengue?? Then join us
for our Thursday workshop on Cumbia and Bolero Son (Cha-Cha). In this
workshop you will learn to distinguish the music, to follow the rhythm and
learn not only basic moves but also more fancy ones. Don't miss it!

Thursday ~ Cumbia and Bolero Son ~ Workshop - Starts This Thursday July 11th

Per your request we are continuing the series of Thursdays workshops. This
month we are teaching Cumbia, both Costarrican style and Colombian style
and, Bolero Son.
Every thursday from 7pm-8:15pm at the VFW.

VFW 299 Post
299 Green St
Central Sq, Cambridge.

Don't know what and when we are teaching during the Summer?

Here is a summary of our summer schedule:

Dance Complex
536 Mass Av,
Central Sq, Cambridge

299 Green st,
Central Sq, Cambridge
After that we have the Hips On Fire Salsa Practice Night! 9pm to Midnight!

CUMBIA & BOLERO SON Workshop - 7pm-8:15pm
INTERM/ADV SALSA - 8:15pm-9:30pm
299 Green st,
Central Sq, Cambridge

Location: T-MEC Atrium (Tosteson Medical Education Center, second floor)
Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Ave, Boston
(T-MEC is located across from Vanderbilt hall)

There should be a security guard downstairs to let you in. Just mention that
you are coming for the dance lessons. If door is locked, call
617-899-3998 and someone will run down to let you in!

11pm - On, dance until you drop with GianCarlo Buscaglia and his six-piece
Western Front, Corner of Western and Putnam St, in Cambridge.


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