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From: Olaf Bleck [olaf@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 1:50 PM
To: bleck@ai.mit.edu
Subject: SalsaUpdate165

Hola Salseros!

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

Quick mention to begin with:  SalsaBoston's Halloween Party is Wed. Nov. 30 at Sophia's!  Cash prizes for best costumes in the contest.  Last year was a total blast!!  More details in the highlights.

In the meantime,

The 2nd Annual New England Salsa Congreso planning is peaking, with 20+ volunteers working on sponsorship, and it looks like we're getting great response!  If anyone has any contacts that might be interested in being part of the event (clothing, shoes, accessories, food, entertainers, nightclubs, CD/Video sales, etc. etc., basically anyone who might be interested in this targeted Salsero audience), please get ahold of Kelly at kelly@salsaboston.com so she can get you materials and the video for the connections.  Or, if you can make an introduction, we can follow up.


AND!  It's official!  Sunday, Nov. 17 has been added at Wonderland, with the "Puerto Rican Power Orchestra".  If you don't know who they are (and some gringas--who will remain unnamed--the other night didn't), well, you should!  Crank up your PC's speakers and log into http://www.puertoricanpower.com/  You'll recognize it!

The flyer is going to press as we speak.  Check it out here:  http://salsaboston.com/congreso/flyer.html

So we've got:

(List maintainers, please fwd to your lists!!)

*  2nd Annual New England Salsa Congreso
*      Nov. 15-17

3 days of the best Salsa in New England!!

Fri. Night (Nov. 15):   "El Bembe", Warm up party and show!
Sat. all day (Nov. 16): Knights of Columbus Hall, Charlestown, ALL AGES! featuring the main dance show
Sunday (Nov. 17):       Wonderland Ballroom (Entertainment Complex),
                           topping it off with Puerto Rican Power Orchestra!

Each day includes numerous workshops (20-25 total to chose from!) with local and international all-star Salseros, the "Mambo Mall" with all kinds of things to look at, buy, or wish for, food, and of course tons of  SALSA!  And at the end of the weekend, the grand finale, where you get to put it all to the test (think of it as the final exam), dance all night with Puerto Rican Power Orchestra, live!

Confirmed so far:

Cultural Explosion Dance Company, NJ (w/ 16 dancers!)
Latin Motions, New Orleans and L.A. (Troy Anthony and dancers)
Mambo Tribe, Toronto
Latin Vibez from DC, with DJ Ricardo Loaiza
Dee Scott and Karen Angulea from DC
others TBA
  --- all of these dancers are teaching on1 and on2 ---

plus from New England:

Hips on Fire
April and the new Wepa Performance Group (you guys have a name yet?!)
Johnny and Kelly
Andres and Ana
and more TBA

ALL FOR $99 before Nov. 8!  That includes a wristband that gets you into EVERYTHING including the concert.
Individual tickets to all events and day passes will be available too, though we haven't set the exact prices quite yet.  Stay tuned for that, or check the website in a couple days.  But the total deal individually is somewhere around $250, so the early bird pass is a real bargin!

Buy one now at http://salsaboston.com/register.html

Also, Individual Tickets for the Puerto Rican Power Orchestra, Sunday night are on sale right now with *no service charge* at http://salsaboston.com/store (but it's included with the event pass).


Out of towners!  We've secured a pretty good hotel deal at the Tage Inn Somerville, for $89.95 per night plus tax (comes out to around $95 total).  That's about $20-$30 cheaper than the next guys.  It's a nice clean, professional hotel right of I-93, and is pretty much in the middle of all three venues.  Free breakfast, free parking.  Book under "SalsaBoston", 617-625-5300.


visit the event home page at http://salsaboston.com/congreso regularly!  Or call me at 617-513-9841


Brunch every Sat. at noon at my place.  If you want to join in, please email me at olaf@salsaboston.com

*** Miami Club: Staying open and new lower prices! ***

Please check out the Miami Club poll on the home page!  http://salsaboston.com

The last few weeks have seen a tremendous jump in attendance as Boston's Salseros have stepped up to the plate to support it.  Thanks to all!  As a result, we will continue to stay open BUT WE STILL NEED YOU THERE!  Fortunately we're able to offer better admission prices now!  Here's how it works:
- No more VIP list
- Ladies only $5 before 10:30pm!
- $10 cover
- Doors are opening at 9:15, lessons from 9:30-10:30
- Validated parking at Interpark Garage on Beach St, only $5  Don't park at the lot adjacent, that one is $10.

As with any new place, it's had its growing pains and we've had some great nights and some not so great ones.  But pretty much all the feedback we have received since day one was really positive, and we all should thank each other as a community, and also especially those who come support it regularly and have stuck it through, even on some slow nights.  Please continue to provide your feedback.  We had one suggestion for valet which we like, especially given that some people feel uncomfortable in that area of town.
Also, Check out the reviews in the Nightclub section of SpanishBoston.com!

 Highlights this week:

- SalsaBoston Halloween Party at Sophia's!  Every Wed, http://salsaboston.com/sophias
  Lessons at 9:15, with special guest International DJ Ricardo Loaiza of Washington, DC
  Costume contest with cash prizes!  1270 Boylston, 21+ $10 cover, lessons $2 extra

- Halloween Party, Oct. 31 at Ryles! Get a great salsa rush (not a
chocolate rush) at Ryles ¡Temporada Latina!. Join DJ Latino (Antonio Ortiz)
for lots of great salsa with a little merengue and bachata! See you there!

- SalsaBoston presents the "Miami Club" at Ekco Lounge! (formerly Hollywood KTV)
  Every Saturday, http://salsaboston.com/miamiclub
  Lessons at 9:30

- Saturday, Oct. 26 noon, SalsaBoston mini-congreso volunteer brunch.  RSVP, 617-513-9841 or olaf@salsaboston.com

- Now every Sunday, Wepa Sunday night: every Sunday now at Fred Astaire, 100 Mass Ave, Boston.

- "Salsa for Gringos" beginners class at Sophia's with Olaf "el Gringo Salerso",
   8-9 Thur. $5  Check it out in the Globe Calendar!
   This is a great class to take if you aren't sure what to expect or have 2 left feet!

 SalsaBoston Events

      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")
$10 cover , ladies $5 before 10:30pm (doors open 9:15)
1 Block from Chinatown Orange Line T, 2 Blocks from Boylston T  (T runs until 2:30am)
Parking lot adjacent, $10 all night.
Free Salsa Lessons from 9:30-10:30 with Johnny and Kelly
Directions, info, and photos!  http://salsaboston.com/miamiclub
Plenty of local restaurants within 1 block open until 4am

      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

 SalsaBoston T-Shirts are in!

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

SalsaBoston.com T-shirts are here and they look great!  Check them out at
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!  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

DJ Schedule:
1st Thursday: DJ Antonio Ortiz (and Halloween! Oct. 31st)
2nd Thursday: DJ Nik
3rd Thursday: DJ Jose Barron
4th Thursday: DJ Rubio

New Year's Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 31st) Salsa Dance Party!
Plan on it!


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

Salsa Night 3rd Sat. each month!


Salsa Socials with April
Each Sunday with DJ Nik and DJ Hernan
Fred Astaire Studio, 100 Mass Ave, Boston
Classes prior
Also, check out 5 week class schedules


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


  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

Also, JAM'NASTICS offers ongoing Salsa lessons for all ages and all levels.
Current schedule and info at http://jamnastics.org

 This Week's Mailbag

1) Wepa Update: Halloween, Dance Group Performing, Classes
2) Juan Matos at Punto Final for special all day Workshops, Saturday November 2nd, 2002
3) Pabon: Lobster/Salsa dinner this Friday
4) Salsalegre this Friday
5) Halloween Party at Karoun, Thursday, Oct. 31 
6) Salsa Beat Festival, October 26th & 27th
7) Grp. Fantasia at Acapulco's Sat.
8) Rumbanama at Brandeis, (WHAT DAY GUYS?!!)
9) JAM'NASTICS trip to CUBA: last change!

                  "WEPA HALLOWEEN SUNDAY"
                Enjoy the coolest Halloween Salsa Party
                with the finest dancers in New England!

This Sunday October 27, 2002

8-9pm    New York Style "On2" Salsa Class for all levels with
         April Genovese of the Eddie Torres Dance Company

9-12pm  Salsa Dance Party with Dj Nik  playing the very best music for
        dancers ( Salsa Clasica, Salsa de hoy, Mambo and Cha Cha)!!

Place:  Fred Astaire Dance Studio
        100 Massachusetts Avenue - 4th floor - Boston, MA

Price:  1) $10.00 for 8pm class and Dance Party
        2) $8.00 for guest with Full Costumes (not just a mask)
        3) $5.00 with this email and Full Costumes (not just a mask)

Prizes for the Best costumes:
        1) Certificate for "One four week class of your choice free"
        1) Certificate "Buy a for a four week class and get one four 
           week for free class free"
        1) Certificate for "One month free admission to Wepa Sundays"
        1) Certificate for a  "One hour private with April"
        1) Certificate for a  "One hour private with Dwayne"
        1) Certificate for a  "One hour private with Wanda"
        1) Certificate for a  "One hour private with Kate"
        1) Certificate for a  "One hour private with Ruben"

                         WEPA SALSA SUNDAY
               PLEASE keep supporting our Wepa Salsa events!
                     If we don't, then who will?
NO Dress Code...  NO I.D. Required...  NO Age Limit... NO EXCUSES!!!!!

     For more info and regular class schedule click on url below.



Mark your calendars.  The AprilOn2 Dancers will make their debut on
Sunday, November 3 at the Wepa Salsa Sundays social.

The AprilOn2 Dancers is a student performing group training with April
Genovese de La Rosa.  Their first routine is a long and challenging
choreography to Johnny Colon's "Merencumbe".

You don't want to miss this performance!  Come and bring your fellow

About April:

April is a New York based dancer and instructor who has also been
teaching in Boston for the past 6 years.  She is a member of the Eddie
Torres Dance company and has previously danced with other professional
New York companies such as Descarga Latina, Santo Rico, and Razz M'Tazz.
 More information about April is available at http://www.aprilon2.com.

About Wepa Salsa Sundays:

Wepa Salsa Sundays is a weekly gathering of new and long time Salsa
dancers.  In the tradition of New York dance "socials" it provides a
memorable and healthy dance experience to dancers of all levels and
backgrounds.  It regularly attracts dancers from New Hampshire, western
Massachusetts and Rhode Island.   April and other visiting instructors
teach a class at 8:00 pm before the dance.  Wepa Salsa Sundays is held
at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boston (4th floor, 100 Mass Ave -
corner of Newbury St).  The cover is $10 and includes the class and
dancing till midnight.



Starting in November, April will have classes in Boston on Sundays and
in Cambridge on Mondays.  The Boston classes will be at the Fred Astaire
Studio, 100 Mass Ave.  The Cambridge classes will continue at the VFW in
Central Square.

Here is the schedule for the Sunday and Monday classes, please note the
new discount for taking more than one class.  The November session
starts November 3rd and 4th.

SUNDAYS (Fred Astaire Studio, 4th Floor, 100 Mass Ave at Newbury St,

2:00-3:00 pm
Level 1 (Partnering & Footwork)
Fundamentals of leading and following, timing, connection, and basic

3:15-4:15 pm
Level 2 (Partnering & Footwork)
Turn combinations, body movement, and coordination of open shines.

4:30-5:30 pm
Levels 2 & 3 (Footwork & Styling)
60 minute workout of Salsa footwork and upper body movement and styling.

5:45-6:45 pm
Level 3 (Partnering & Footwork)
Fine tune leading and following technique, multiple turns, coordination
of open shines.

MONDAYS (VFW Post, 288 Greet St, Central Square, Cambridge):

6:00-7:00 pm
Level 1 (Partnering & Footwork)
Fundamentals of leading and following, timing, connection, and basic

7:15-8:15 pm
Level 2 (Partnering & Footwork)
Turn combinations, body movement, and coordination of open shines.

8:30-9:30 pm
Levels 3 & 4 (Partnering & Footwork)
Class NY turn patterns, expanding the repertoire, creativity while

4-week sessions start every month.


One course per session: $50      Full time students: $45
Two courses per session: $90     Full time students: $85
Three courses per session: $120  Full time students: $110

Drop-in classes: $15

For more info: www.aprilon2.com > aprilon2@aol.com > 617-388-0925

Juan Matos is coming to Punto Final for special all day Workshops on
Saturday November 2nd, 2002
Including other new york dancers from Eddie Torres and Abakua as special

Beginning 1:30 until 10pm including a "Jam Session" Salsa Party!!!

All levels are welcome!!!

Location: Punto Final Night Club - 272 Broadway Lawrence, MA
Take 93 North exit number 46- towards LAWRENCE/DRACUT.
Enter rotary and take 1st exit onto LOWELL ST/MA-110 E/MA-113 E
Stay to the RIGHT of the fork onto HAVERHILL ST. Stay on this road for
about 2 miles.
Turn LEFT onto BROADWAY/MA-28.  The club will be on the left hand side.
Look for green building.

For more info and to schedule privates with Juan Matos or Carlos Ximenes
(from Eddie Torres) Call Burju 978-828-9946 or email mamboturk@yahoo.com

1:30-3:00 Level 1
3:00-4:30 Level 1.5
5:00-6:30 Level 2
6:30-7:30 Shines and Styling for all levels
7:30-10:00 Jam Session
To schedule private lessons or more information contact Burju 978-828-9946
or mamboturk@yahoo.com

1 class $20
2 classes $35
3 classes $50
4 classes- all day pass including "Jam Session" $65 ($60 in advance)
Jam Session $10; $5 with 1 class, free with 2 or more classes

Lobster Dinner and salsa dancing friday Oct 25,  spontaneous celebrations 45 danforth streets, in Jamaica Plain (near the stony brook T stop on the oreage line) Lobster Dinner $20  fish Dinner $10 Dinner down stairs from 7 to 9 pm, Dancing upstairs from 9 pm to midnight call for reservations 617-524-0457

This FRIDAY, October 25th, is SALSALEGRE!
Metro West's once-a-month salsa social dance.

It may be getting cooler outside, but things are
heating up inside at the Sons of Italy in Natick!!
Come dance to DJ Nik's super-fine salsa mix for

The Sons of Italy Lodge 1411
37 Washington AVENUE (not Washington St)

   8-9pm   beginner Salsa Lesson
   9pm-12  dance to Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha,
           and just a little bit of Merengue!

$10 per person, includes lesson
Cash Bar
18+ (younger welcome with adult)
(must show ID 21+ at bar)

e-mail: salsalegre@yahoo.com
Guillermo: 617-522-2524
Tracey: 508-655-7142
Pamela: 508-561-4798 (try this # if you get lost)

Directions:  http://salsaboston.com/salsalegre

                                 AT THE KAROUN
      Your weekly hotspot for Salsa in the metrowest!
     Great dance floor! Great music! Great people! Great fun! 
              Learn Salsa in Seconds .... simple as l,2,3
             Dance Lessons - 7:45 - 9:l5pm
Beginners-7:45-8:30pm - Basic Salsa & Turns, Cuban Motion
Intermediate -8:30-9:l5pm-Advanced Combinations, Styling
             9:l5pm-Dance Party  - Salsa! Salsa! Salsa!
                        Merengue!  Cha-Cha-Cha!
$l0 per person
$7 after 9:l5pm
Join us for dinner ...Salsa lessons & dancing only $5 plus cost of
dinner..(.You will love the food!)
 at the.......
Karoun Restaurant & Bar
839 Washington Street
Newtonville, 6l7-964-3400
Questions? Comments?
Please contact Vera at Dance2latin@aol.com
If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, please respond with
'remove' in the subject line and return.
Happy dancing!
Nu Yu, Inc.

Salsa Beat
Experience The Rhythms - Halloween Festival
October 26th & 27th
kids, families and adults
Learn to dance salsa and merengue - Weekend Workshops

with Master Teachers
Guillermo ~ Raul ~ Donna
at the The Studio of Performing Arts & Fitness
240 trapelo rd. Belmont, ma.. 02478
info contact: Donna White 617-484-6311

Saturday Oct 26
Basics - Beginner                                    
3:00  PM -- Basics for kids           
4:00  PM -- Basics / family
5:00  PM -- Basics / Teens    
6:00  PM -- Basics / Adult          

Sunday Oct 27
Get Some Experience with the Basics youve learned!
3:00  PM -- Basic turns & styling
4:00  PM -- Partnering
5:00  PM -- Free style with Raul
6:00  PM -- History & open discussion

Have fun with what you learned!
7:00 ~ 10:00 PM

Saturdays Workshops
    SINGLE workshop ~ $10.-- 
    FAMILY workshop ~ 2 for 1 ( parent & child) - $10
Sundays Workshop ~ cost includes Masquerade Party at 7:00 pm
    SINGLE workshop ~ $18.--    double ~ $27.---     triple ~ $36.--
Masquerade Dance Party ~ $10.00

 9PM-1230AM     $5.00
BEVERLY, MA   978-232-0100

[WHAT DAY IS THIS?  PLEASE POST ON THE MESSAGE BOARD  http://salsaboston.com/wwwboard -Ed.]

Brandeis University AHORA presents:

Latino Revelations
Mi Vida, Mi Sangre, Mi Reflejo
My Life, My Blood, My Reflection

THE MAIN EVENT: Cultural Show
Performers, Dancing, Poetry, Games, and CULTURA!
All in one night!

Doors open 6pm!
$3 off campus
Free with Brandeis ID!
Levin Ballroom
Brandeis University
directions: http://www.brandeis.edu/overview/directions.html

   *****FIESTA CALIENTE*****
da fiesta of da semesta-
Live Band "RumbaNaMa" playing Salsa & Merengue
Dj "It Bees Like that Entertainment" spinning Hip Hop, Reggae, and R&B

10pm- 2am
$5 before 11pm, $7 after 11!
$3 with Brandeis ID!
Schwartz Aud.

9)Hi everyone!

I figured I would send this out in case anyone was interested.......

Ana :)


 Are you interested in adding rumba and Afro-Cuban movement to your dance repertoire?
 Are you interested in taking part in a cultural exchange?
 Are you interested in learning some dance history?


 Well, here's your chance!
JAM'NASTICS, in association with the Cambridge/Cienfuegos Sister City Project, is coordinating a week-long trip that includes both Havana and Cienfuegos, November 23-30, 2002.  We have a specific license from the US Department of the Treasury, so it is an approved, legal cultural exchange, and we will be able to fly directly from the US!  All travel arrangements are through Common Ground Education & Travel in Inman Square.
 The trip will include...
--   Workshops in Rumba, Afro-Cuban, Salsa and Rueda with top Cuban instructors!
--   Attend performances by Cuban dance companies!
--   Experience the famous “Cuban Nightlife” first-hand!                                             
--   Percussion classes for those who are interested
--   Go to the famous Callejon de Hamer (where the best local rumberos gather for on-going impromptu performances)
--   Meet and get to know “regular” Cuban people who love dance, just like you
--   Meet and get to know professional Cuban dancers and musicians
--   As part of the exchange, some members of our group will demonstrate and teach styles of dance which developed or evolved in the US, including, but not limited to, NY & LA styles of salsa, hip-hop, jazz, tap among others
--   Beaches, Museums, visits to schools, health centers and community programs
--   Day Sight-Seeing tours in Havana and Cienfuegos
--   Parties and dancing
The cost of the trip is $2000, which includes airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, breakfast, dinner, sight seeing tours, entrance fees, dance & percussion workshops, Cuban translators and guides, etc.  Discounts are available for people who are interested in volunteering in some aspects of the tour.

There will be an in depth, informational meeting on Friday, October 18, at 7 PM in the JAM'NASTICS office.

Refer to the website (www.jamnastics.org) for directions.

Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact Ana Tinajero at tinajero@mit.edu  or  call 617-821-5164


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