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salsaupdate 170

Sent: Monday, December 31, 2001 3:12 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #170: Birthdays at Vincent's tonight


Hola Salseros!


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This issue:

- highlights

- Birthdays this week: Merle turns 21!! Kristie parties down!

- New Years Parties

- Claim your raffle prizes!  Last week!

- SalsaBoston events

- Sponsor news

- This week's mailbag


Congreso folks!  Volunteer wrap-up/holiday brunch next week tentatively (Sat. Dec. 14) Details TBA.  Email to olaf@salsaboston.com if you aren't on the volunteer list.


Question of the week:  Should I be flattered that there is a certain segment out there that incessantly tries to hack, imitate, copy, slander, skew and/or otherwise defame or sections of SalsaBoston?  Come on guys, CEASE!  Especially those of you on mindspring.

(Well, at least it's entertaining.  The funniest one was Mr. E.M. who said on the message board once, "you'll never catch me 'cause I know computers...")


Seriously though, I'm not interested in "Salsa Politics" like it exists in many cities.  There are plenty of websites and stuff around now and the more power to the people that started them, but please don't stoop so low as to feel the incessant need to make a name for yourself through this sort of thing, on my site or anyone else's.  We don't need that in Boston.  Go somewhere else please.


Alright, enough pontification...  on to the FUN!!




 Highlights this weekend



- Vincent's tonight, various birthday celebrations

- Dunster House, Harvard,

- Last night of El Bembe for the season tonight

- Sunday: La Mega 4th anniv. Party with EL Canario Jose Alberto, Diplomat

- Sunday Dec, 8, Integrated Awareness "Latin Motion/Emotion" Workshop at Supershag

(see mailbag)

- Sunday, Dec. 13, save the date: Debut of THE New BOSTON SALSA Band CURUBANDE, Knights of Columbus






The "SalseraLoca" herself has asked me to let you all know, and Kristie is also continuing her annual celebrations.  Don't miss it tonight!  Vincent's is off I93 Exit 5A, in Randolph, about 20 minutes south of downtown.  $10 cover, last I heard ladies free before 10:30 (don't show up at 10:31 with expectations...)  Should be a good showing of Salseros.



  New Year's Salsa Planning



Temporada Latina at Ryles is having their annual New Year's Salsa Party again this year.  Official announcement:


"Please join DJ Latino (Antonio Ortiz) on New Year's Eve at Ryles for a wonderful salsa party. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast! Five hours of dancing: 8:00 pm - 1:00 am! $25.00. Tickets on sale thru Ryles

- at the door or by phone: (617) 876-9330."


Sophia's no doubt will be having a party of some sort, but SalsaBoston is taking the night off to do some partying of it's own...


There is also a Grupo Fantasia Party in Beverly as part of what seems to be a first night sort of thing, PURCHASE A BADGE AT "CASA DE MODA" GIFT SHOP (978-922-8100)






Here are the winners.  Congratulations, and many thanks to the prize donors.  Proceeds go to Burju's student dance groups.


Email winner@salsaboston.com to claim your prizes.  You must have your ticket stub.


Grand Prize: Party with DJ Hernan:  085956

Teddy Shoes, $25 Gift Certificate:  085919  claimed

SalsaBoston T-shirt:                085957

4 Passes to Johnny D's:             085913  claimed!

4 Passes to Johnny D's:             085856

Pass for 2 to Sophia's Wed. Nights: 085861

Pass for 2 to Sophia's Wed. Nights: 085906

$15 certificate to La Princesita:   085960  claimed (one or the other...)

$15 certificate to La Princesita:   085768 

Class series with Johnny and Kelly: 085770



    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 D. Martinez

    DJ Antonio Ortiz

    DJ Nik

    DJ Hernan

21+ Proper ID and Dress

$10 Cover, $2 extra for lesson




 SalsaBoston T-Shirts are in!



T-shirts are in stock again!  Thanks to all who have made purchases!


Just in time for the holidays, SalsaBoston.com T-shirts are in, and

they look great!  Check them out at http://salsaboston.com/shirt  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


Ryles ¡Temporada Latina! is OPEN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE! Please join DJ Latino (Antonio Ortiz) on New Year's Eve at Ryles for a wonderful salsa party. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast! Five hours of dancing: 8:00 pm - 1:00 am! $25.00. Tickets on sale thru Ryles

- at the door or by phone: (617) 876-9330.




SuperShag Mega Dance Complex

406 Moody Street

Waltham, MA 02453

781-894-7424 (SHAG)



Salsa Night 3rd Sat. each month!




Pabon El Salsero!

Dance Classes, Live Orchestra, Promotions


Spontaneous Celebrations

45 Danforth Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130





 This Week's Mailbag



1) Sangria & Salsa Fridays at Sophia's with bostoneventguide

2) Latin Dance Party at Dunster House, Harvard, Fri Dec. 6

3) Last night for the season at El Bembe, details

4) Latin Motion/Emotion IA workshop at Supershag, Dec. 8

5) Sol Y Canto back in Boston--schedule

6) Debut of Boston’s New Latino Band: "Curubande", Sun. Dec. 13

7) April Update

8) New JamNastics workshop schedule





Sangria & Salsa Friday's has expanded and has a special offer for you!


We just celebrated our 2 yr anniversary party and we invite you to share Sangria & Salsa Fridays at Sophia's with your friends. Every Friday, salsa your way over to the best social party in town. Our professional dance teacher Stuart brings years of experience offering beginner and advanced Salsa, Meringue and Bachatta. The fun starts at 7 pm. Optional salsa lessons begin at 7:45 - 9:30. No partner necessary! Bring your friends, sip sangria and get ready to salsa all night long. Normally $10, Bring this ad & a friend and get in for $5 each for December & January! For more information visit http://www.bostoneventguide.com/ss.htm


What are you going to do when the clock strikes 12?


Join the best New Year's party in Boston! Attend the 6th annual The Resolution Ball, December 31, 2002 at The Colonnade Hotel, 8:30 pm - 2 am. This unforgettable evening includes a hosted champagne bar (8:30-9:30pm), complimentary hors d'oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, Godiva chocolate buffet, live band Dick n' Jane(Mixfest), DJ, dancing all night long, party favors & huge silent auction benefiting The Ellie Fund. This event sells out every year! Reserve a spot online now and save before prices go up. For tickets and info visit http://www.bostoneventguide.com/nye.htm





 Friday                           Featuring                      LATIN

 December 6            Special Latin Dance Exhibitions!!

Dunster House Dining Hall, Harvard Yard                          SWING

8 PM - 1:00 AM         

FREE LESSON  8 - 9                                            BALLROOM

with admission        

  $5 students with ID/    

  $10 non-students   

Especially for beginners!


Dress to impress



3) Greetings from the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center!


The 2002 El Bembé season concludes this Friday night with" Selección Perfecta ".  La Selección Perfecta is an outstanding, 12-piece Salsa orchestra led by Harold Cruz and composed of some of the best Salsa musicians in the region. The band has been extremely active in the New England Latin music scene and offers a varied repertoire of original compositions and arrangements. 


Come join us for the last El BEMBE of the season.  Prin this email and bring it with you for a $2.00 discount off of the full admission price!


*  Complimentary Salsa/Merengue Dance Lessons with "HIPS ON FIRE TEAM"

*  Live music by the best Salsa/Merengue bands in the region

*  Salsa/Merengue Disc Jockey

*  Full Bar Service

*  Shuttle service to and from attended parking lot


El Bembe is from 9:00pm - 1:30am

Admission is only $12.00, 21+ event, Off-site parking and shuttle service available for only $5.00

For more information on these or any JHCC Event, call 617-927-1744 / 617-927-1730 or visit us at: www.iba-etc.org




Sunday Dec. 8

Latin Motion, Latin Emotion

"Increase your freedom of expression in dance - and in life!"


Are you a social or competitive dancer? Have you ever:

* Had difficulty making a dance movement that looks like it should be easy?

* Felt that you have to strain to perform dance techniques correctly?

* Wished that you had more fluidity and ease to your dance movements?

* Wished that you were more relaxed and could enjoy dancing more?

* Yearned for more freedom of expression in dance (and in life)?

If your answer to any of these is "Yes", then this workshop was designed for you.


From 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. $75 for workshop only ($70 for SuperShag members), $125 for workshop plus an individual Integrated Awareness session ($115 for SuperShag members). For more information visit http://www.mfourman.com/SuperShag.htm




Queridos amigos de Sol y Canto,


Here's hoping that all of you had a terrific holiday weekend.  We were blessed to be able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Puerto Rico, with family & friends, though we were kept quite busy performing for some very appreciative audiences.  Please join us for these concerts listed below. Thank you, always for your support. Gracias mil!


All the best,

Rosi, Sol y Canto  www.solycanto.com



with special guest singer/flautist Sue Kranz*

El Tremedal Coffeehouse

(Benefit for El Salvador )

80 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, MA



*We're very happy to have talented vocalist/flautist, Sue Kranz joining us  on Dec. 13th at El Tremedal Coffeehouse in Watertown. We fell in love again with Sue's voice, flute-playing and sparkling personality when we collaborated recently for a performance for the Cambridge Peace Commission's anniversary and invited her to join us in Watertown on the spot. Please join us for this musical celebration which raises money for the Watertown - El Salvador Sister City Project. Proceeds after expenses support Watertown's sister community in El Salvador, Nueva Esperanza, and regional projects in Chalatenango Province, particularly educational


scholarship .  This is their 11th season and they are still enthusiastically bringing great music, delicious refreshments, and unique Salvadoran crafts to the local community.



Also, this weekend, we'll perform four songs, along with numerous other performers to benefit Community Works:


Friday, December 6, 7pm DUO

*Sol y Canto will play 4 songs*

Community Works BENEFIT

Old South Church

645 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston www.communityworks.com 617-262-1831 Community Works is a partnership of 27 progressive grassroots organizations -5th Annual Benefit Concert- "Home for the Holidays", celebrating Boston's Diversity




Debut of Boston’s New Latino Band: "Curubande"

(Manolo Mairena's Band)

 Brought to you by Hips On Fire PRODUCTIONS




9PM-9:45PM SALSA DIPS LESSON by Hips On Fire

9:45PM-1AM – DANCE, DANCE to the best Live and DJ

Music, & Performances by the best dancers in town.


And all that for only $12


Knights of Columbus Hall

75 West School St, Charlestown, Boston


For more information or directions to the place:

(617) 627-9988,





From April:


HOLA SALSEROS de Corazon!!!!


This Sunday, December 8th, the EnMotion Dance Company will perform a

special Hip Hop number with a Latin flair for Wepa Salsa Sunday!


Wepa Salsa Socials are held every Sunday at the Fred Astaire Studio

in Boston--with great hardwood floors, mirrors, two rooms, and a

view. Salsa class with sections for beginners and intermediates from

8-9 pm; Dance party, frequently with performances, from 9 to

midnight. The location is:


    100 Mass Ave, Back Bay, Boston

    (corner of Mass. Ave. and Newbury St.,

    above Urban Outfitters).




    New 4-week Sessions start every month.




Starting Sunday, December 1st

100 Mass Ave, 4th floor, Back Bay, Boston

(crnr Mass Ave & Newbury St, above Urban Outfitters)

DIRECTIONS at end of e-mail


3–4 pm

Level I Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Fundamentals of leading and following, timing,

connection, and basic turns.


4–5 pm

Level II Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Turn combinations, body movement, and coordination of

open shines.


5–6 pm

Levels II & III Salsa Shines (Footwork and Styling)

60 minute workout of Salsa footwork and upper body

movement and styling.


6–7 pm

Level III Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Fine tune leading and following technique, multiple

turns, coordination of open shines.



Wepa Salsa Sundays (Class and Party for $10)

Weekly gathering of new and long time Salsa dancers

for non-stop music and dance.




Starting Monday, Dec 2nd

VFW Post, 288 Green St, Central Square, Cambridge


6–7 pm

Level I Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Fundamentals of leading and following, timing,

connection, and basic turns.


7–8 pm

Level II Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Turn combinations, body movement, and coordination of

open shines.


8–9 pm

Ladies' Styling & Spin Technique All Levels

Isolations, head whips, elegant arms, spin drills, and

much more!


9–10 pm

Levels III & IV Salsa (Partnering and Footwork) Classic NY turn

patterns, expanding the repertoire,

creativity while partnering.


Cost for 4-week session:


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:

aprilon2@aol.com >617-388-0925




JAM'NASTICS exciting inter-session workshops!

7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Kennedy School, 158 Spring St.

in Cambridge, call 617-354-5780 for directions to the



Come learn from Ana, Andres, and Merle, the dancers

you saw perform at the Boston Salsa Congress on all

three nights! Also, Anara will be teaching again

during select workshops and the January session!


All workshops contain new material and are open to all

levels. $15 for one workshop, $25 for two workshops.


Cha Cha Cha

Thursday 11/21, Tuesday 11/26

an exciting dance that is a slow replica of the salsa

dance step and a great way to practice difficult salsa

footwork and turn patterns


Latin Styling for men and women

Tuesday 12/3, Thursday 12/5

this class will focus on styling and body movement for followers and leaders in salsa footwork and partnering


Salsa Spinning and partnering technique

Tuesday 12/10, Thursday 12/12

work on improving your turns and partnering technique

through spinning drills, exercises for following and

leading, and new turn patterns


La Rueda de Casino

Tuesday 12/17, Thursday 12/19

this unique twist on salsa originated in Cuba as a

game in which couples dance in a circle and the women

are passed from partner to partner as steps, turns and

jokes are announced spontaneously by "the caller"

if you are already an experienced Rueda dancer, come

learn brand new calls direct from the JAM'NASTICS



JAM'NASTICS, INC. ... a non-profit organization

dance and gymnastics for ages 2 to 102


199 Columbia Rd.

Cambridge, MA


classes held at the Kennedy School, 158 Spring St.








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