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From: Olaf Bleck [olaf@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 1:50 PM
To: bleck@ai.mit.edu
Subject: SalsaUpdate166

Hola Salseros!

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

Halloween parties:
Wed:    SalsaBoston's Halloween Party is Wed. Nov. 30 at Sophia's!  Cash prizes for best costumes in the contest.  International DJ Ricardo Loaiza in da house!
Thur:   Temporada Latina/Ryles Halloween Party!  DJ Antonio Ortiz

NOTE: due to the upcoming Congreso, holiday season, and the vibe, Miami club will unfortunately be closed until further notice.  We will be looking for a more ideal location soon.  Please send any comments or suggestions to miamiclub@salsaboston.com.


- Like what you hear?  or maybe aren't interested?  Please send us any feedback so far about how we might make the event best suited to you!  congreso@salsaboston.com

- Volunteer brunch meeting this Sat., noon.  Call me for directions! 617-513-9841

- World Salsa Champion Olivia Dasso from LA is confirmed!  Ladies Styling, and performance workshops tentative. (Olivia among other things is of "Johnny and Olivia" fame--Johnny Vasquez, little brother of Los Rumberos' Fransisco and Salsa Brava's Luis--she's an amazaing street Salsera!)

- Locations are all confirmed!  (Fri: El Bembe, Sat: Knights of Columbus, Sun: Wonderland) We are setting up the detailed schedule in the next few days, including workshops.  Check the website!

- Website tickets and prices are up!   There's also cute little ticket option calculator that will figure out for you what the best options are if you're only coming to part of it.

- Check out the flyer on the website!  If you need flyers to distribute, call me!

- Sponsorship opportunities are still open, please contact kelly@salsaboston.com or me.

PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR $99 EVENT PASSES NOW!  Includes the whole deal, 3 nights, all workshops, and Puerto Rican Power concert!

http://salsaboston.com/congreso  Register now!

By the way, of you find a problem or error on the Congreso website, please call me 617-513-9841

(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:

Oliva Dasso, World Salsa Champion, LA
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!

Register 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

 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!

- 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
      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) April's Dancers Debut on Sunday, plus new class locations/schedule
2) Juan Matos at Punto Final for special all day Workshops, Saturday November 2nd, 2002
3) Halloween at Karoun, Thur.


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 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

                                 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
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