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Message Subject: SalsaUpdate176

Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 12:27 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #176: Now, Casino Rueda at Sophia's! Weekly.

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- Announcements and other orders of old/new business
- SalsaBoston events
- Sponsor news
- This week's mailbag
- THIS WEEK: Guest Salsa Editorial, "The Five Minute Blind Date"


If you're staying at home on account of the cold these days, I can't say I blame you, but let me just say that Sophia's has been hopping on Wednesdays the past couple of weeks.  Last night the windows FROSTED OVER!  So I encourage everyone to make the run to and from the car and come on out!

Also, you heard correctly!  Starting next Wed., Jan. 29, Salsa Night at Sophia's will include a Casino Rueda class from 7:45 to 9:15, as part of the night.  We're doing this because casino rueda is a blast and we don't see much of it around here.  In other words, we want to get it going in this area!  The lessons will be taught by members of the MIT Casino Rueda Group.  There will be an introductory lesson concurrent with an ongoing intermediate level class.  If you've never done Casino Rueda but know basic Salsa, take the introductory class once or twice and graduate up to the intermediate level.  If you've never danced Salsa at all, Johnny and Kelly's regular Salsa class will still be happening as usual from 9:15-10:15.  $12 covers you for the whole night ($10 after 10:15).  If you're an expert and don't plan to take Johnny and Kelly's class, you will have an hour inbetween to practice, have a drink, or get a bite to eat downstairs.

If you've never heard of Casino Rueda, it's an "exhilarating" dance that comes from Cuba via Miami, that can best be described as "Salsa meets square dancing", or "sychronized Salsa".  It's a group Salsa dance, with partners in a circle, there's a caller and and a bunch of moves that everyone knows.  As the dance progresses, everyone does the same moves together, often trading partners as part of it.  The whole thing is a blast!  If you ever danced in Miami, it's extremely popular down there.  JAM'NASTICS teaches some of it as well in Boston.

More details will be posted in www.salsaboston.com/sophias, and I'm hoping to put a little video clip up there as well for the novices.  (It's not there yet, wait a couple days...)


Old business:

Last Friday night at the Roxy was a bit of a disappointment to many (including myself).  The particular group performing was a popular latin house group and the DJ was very light on the Salsa.  I was asked by the management what I thought, and I pretty much told them, "we want Salsa", and they said that some of the acts will be that.  It is of course difficult to be all things to all people.  They also said they would like to hear your feedback, so if you have an opinion you'd like to share, please send email to roxyrsvp@salsaboston.com and it will reach them (your opinions will remain anonymous).  I have not heard what the act this week is.

LA Congress:  I have heard back from various people, thanks.  I am waiting for Albert Torres to get back to me on registration details.  Stay tuned.  If you have already registered or plan to go, please send a note to lacongress@salsaboston.com so we can keep track of who all is going from the area.


New Business:

* This Saturday will be the 2nd MIT January Casino Rueda Workshop, 2-5 at MIT Walker Memorial.  See mailbag for details.

* Also, Feb. 8, there will be three parties:
1) Abakua and Pabon at Knights of Columbus Hall www.salsaboston.com/pabon
  TiTo P Productions Presents Second Annual Valentine's Day Salsa Party
  live from new york the spectacurlar dance group" ABAKUA DANCERS"
  also featuring" Aprilon2 dance co." HIPS on FIRE" special guest "AnnA Tinajiro"
  feb 8, Knights of columbus hall in charlestown 75 west school st salsa
  work shop by ABAKUA 8 pm 9 pm for advance tickets 617-524-0457  ($20)

2) MIT Casino Rueda Group's "SALSA PICANTE!!!!!" Dance party.  Details in the mailbag
  also featuring various local performers.

3) Club Lido, Wonderland
  Grupo Miel (Bachata), Grupo Sorpresa ('por primera ves Industria Amor Tropical')
  $25 Advance
  for details email Barnecett@aol.com

* Latin night at The Pointe has been put on hold by the management for various reasons.  Hopefully they will sort it out soon.

* Also, Salsalegre this Sat.  See mailbag.

* And lastly, Sat. Feb. 1, JAM'NASTICS Fundraiser for scholarships: Salsa Social!  See mailbag.

    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)

NEW!  Casino Rueda classes with MIT Casino Rueda Group, 7:45-9:15, introductory and intermediate.

Follwing that, Salsa Lessons with Johnny and Kelly at 9:15, beginnner and intermediate, no partner necessary.

Salsa until 2am!  Featuring each Wed. each month:
1st    DJ Nik
2nd    DJ Antonio Ortiz
3rd    DJ D. Martinez
4th    DJ Hernan
5th    Guest (when there is a 5th Wed.)
21+ Proper ID and Dress
$10 Cover, $2 extra for lesson

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

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 http://salsaboston.com/temporada

DJ Schedule 2003
1st Thursday (and 5th Thursday: October 30th)    Antonio Ortiz
2nd Thursday (and 5th Thursday: January 31st)    DJ Nik
3rd Thursday (and 5th Thursday: May 29th)        Jose Barron
4th Thursday (and 5th Thursday: July 31st)       DJ Rubio

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 www.pabonelsalsero.com Spontaneous Celebrations 45 Danforth Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-524-0457

 This Week's Mailbag

1) JAM'NASTICS Salsa Social, Sat. Feb. 1
2) Salsalegre next Sat. Jan 25
3) MIT Casino Rueda workshop this Sat.
4) 7 Minute Date: JJ Productions (not Salsa, but a good time!)
5) The Boston Latin Band, live at Regatta Bar, March 20, save the date.
6) Burlington, VT, Valentine's Dance, and Ski Trip, Feb. 14
7) Hips on Fire update, classes moved
8) Classes with Hedwige plus new night at Union Bar and Grill, Newton, Tuesdays
9) SALSA PICANTE!!!  MIT Dance Party Feb. 8, classes and performances included

Hi Olaf,
Can you please list this event for us?  As you know, the economy has been hitting non-profits like ours pretty hard, and we are still struggling to be able to keep serving low income youth.  We are trying to fundraise $4,000 more dollars for scholarships over the next month.  We thought this would be the most fun way to achieve our goal! 

Thanks again for your continuing support of our organization. Sincerely yours, Anara

Dear Friends,

Back by popular demand!  For one night only!
The JAM'NASTICS Salsa Social!

Come join us on "Ground Hog's Eve" to dance away the shadows and bring an
early spring to this frrrrreeeezing city!

WHAT:     An enjoyable evening of Latin Dance, Music & Refreshments!

          An opportunity to support JAM'NASTICS' work with youth!

WHERE:    The Brazilian Cultural Center, 310 Webster Ave. in Cambridge

WHEN:     Saturday, February 1st

9:00 PM   Salsa lessons for all levels (on 1 and on 2)

10:00 PM  Dancing begins with DJ Hernan

Featuring special performances by Ana Tinajero & Andres Giraldo (JAM'NASTICS
instructors), Joel Massicott (direct from LA), Hacha y Machete Dance
Stylists, and two youth groups:  Ritmo en Accion and JAM'NASTICS!

Admission is just $10, and all proceeds will benefit scholarships and dance
programs for youth.

For more information, please call us at (617) 354-5780 or visit our website
at www.jamnastics.org

SATURDAY, January 25th, is SALSALEGRE!, Metro
West's once-a-month salsa social dance.

We had a fantastic Holiday season, ESPECIALLY our
Holiday dance in December. Big fat thank you's to:
DJ's Gangsta' Hernan and Sugar Roy for keeping
everyone dancing all night long, and to all the folks
who came and made it such a great party! This could
definitely become a holiday tradition!

So come get yourself more salsa happiness at:

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)

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

Note: The February date for Salsalegre has CHANGED to:
    FRIDAY, February 21
    Different night, same great dance party!


Salsalegre presents...

Cha Cha Cha: Beyond the Basics
A special 4-week class with Tracey and Guillermo
Saturdays, January 25th - February 15th, 3-4 pm

This class is for people who are familiar with the
basics but want to add a little spice to their Cha

Location: 17 Winslow Rd, Natick

Cost: $50 per person for 4 week course
      $15 for drop-ins

Classes limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is
encouraged to save your spot.

For more information and to register call:
Tracey at 508-655-7142 or
Guillermo at 617-522-2524

Don't forget, THIS SATURDAY is Workshop II of the

                     MIT CASINO RUEDA GROUP
                    JANUARY WORKSHOP SERIES!!

It's not too late to register.  See you guys there!!

WHEN:   Workshop I: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, 2 PM to 5 PM
        Workshop II: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, 2 PM to 5 PM

WHERE:  Walker Memorial Hall, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
        for a map click here:

Cost: $10 per workshop

No partner is necessary!  You can sign up for either workshop or both! Participants will be split up into three levels: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Intermediate/Advanced. Note that these levels are designated in terms of rueda rather than salsa.  If you dance salsa but have never danced rueda, you should start at the Beginner level.

Beginner: No experience neccessary! Teaches the basics of Salsa and
  Rueda, lead/follow technique.
Advanced Beginner: Assumes a knowledge of basic Rueda moves, teaches
  intermediate-level rueda moves.
Intermediate/Advanced: Assumes the dancer is comfortable with beginner
  and intermediate rueda moves and has a good lead/follow technique.
  Teaches advanced moves.

Remember, workshops are formal instruction, so be sure to bring comfortable clothes, your jazz sneakers/dancing shoes, your water bottles, and plenty of energy to burn for 3 hours straight!  With that said, we hope to see you all there!!

SPACE IS LIMITED! PLEASE RSVP by sending an email to Faye (vfm@mit.edu) with the following information:

Which workshop(s) (Jan 18 and/or Jan 25):
Estimated Level:
Leader or Follower**:

(** note that the leader is typically the male and the follower is typically the female, particularly at the beginner level.  More advanced students may choose to learn either role if they wish.)

Feel free to visit our web page for more details about the group:

As Valentine's Day is approaching, everyone is getting excited about our next 7 Minute Date for Professionals at Pizzeria Uno Chicago Bar & Grill in Boston on Tuesday, Feb. 4th!  Several event facilitators are spreading the word in different circles to bring in new and exciting people.  Don't get left out in this record cold weather!  Tickets are limited and the price will go up after 1/29/03 (if available).

Details, registration and tickets at www.JJProductions.NET

At this event we will raffle off
one 6-month standard membership from SuccessfulSingles.com
and two $25 gift certificates for Uno's!

If you like to help organize events, have a lot of friends and associates, enjoy meeting lots of singles and make some extra cash, then contact us by email (enclosure of resume preferred but not required) at EventFacilitator@JJProductions.NET

If you would just like to volunteer prior to or at the event, please email us at: Volunteer@JJProductions.NET

Event details are below.  If you would like a flyer to post or give to a friend, please email us at PromotionalMaterial @JJProductions.NET

Stay warm,

JJ and staff

James J. Williams
JJ Productions, 28 Warren Ave., Suite 2, Somerville, MA  02143-3030 Follow me voice: 617-623-7571, Web address: www.JJProductions.NET

Friends of Hector Cuevas
and Janet Miller Wiseman de Cuevas

Hector Cuevas & The Boston Latin Band

Salsa ~ Merengue ~  Romantic Boleros

March 20 - 8:30 or 10 p.m.

Regatta Bar in the Charles Hotel

Lovers of Latin Music and Dance come
Listen and/or Dance!

Before They are Sold Out
Call Concert Tiks Soon
M-F 10-5
Saturday 11-3

Hector Cuevas, Director
Janet Miller Wiseman de Cuevas

PLEASE Forward to Your Friends and
Reserve a Table for All of You

(If anyone wants to go up there for this, please let me know.  I am considering it.  -Olaf)

February 14th, 2003
Alexander Y Orquesta- Latin Band
13 piece Salsa & Merengue & Bachata Band
Location: Radisson Hotel, Burlington VT
Date: Friday: February 14, 2003
Time: 8:00pm - 1:00am
Tickets: $15.00 tickets on sale Now! @ Club Higher Ground or online http://www.ticketweb.com/user/?region=vt&query=detail&event=404013

Celebrate this Valentine's Day with the Romantic Boleros, Smooth Salsa and Hot Merengues performed LIVE by "Alexander y Su Orquesta".  Dance the night away with the music of Alexander y Su Orquesta, a 13 piece HOT LATIN: Salsa/Merengue/Bachata/Boleros Band.

Energetic, vibrant and incredible sound! This Band plays Salsa, Merengue, Bolero, Bachata, Son, Porros, and Cumbia! The musicians in this diverse group hail from all over the world: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Japan, US, Venezuela and Colombia.

Alexander y Orquesta was nominated for the Boston’s Music Award 2002 in the category of world music.  Alexander y Su Orquesta has been participating in Latin, Puerto Rican and Dominican festivals in the East Coast and have shared the stage with renowned Latin artists such as Tono Rosario, Tito Rojas, Milly Quezada, Ruby Perez and Charlie Cruz among others. They perform for the annual concerts at the Berklee Performance Center with well-known artists like Giovanni Hidalgo, Bob Doezema and Phil Wilson.  Recently they opened for Puerto Rican Power.

An incredible show! Don' t miss this special performance!

Prior to commencement of event, Burlington's Top Salsa & Merengue Instructors, David Larson & Rebecca Brookes will teach Salsa & Merengue. Intro to Latin Dance. Learn the most popular Latin Dances:  Salsa and Merengue! They will cover basic footwork, leading and following techniques, and basic turn patterns.  Come ready to have a great time! Don't miss the opportunity to learn this dance. 8:00 - 9:00pm @ The Radisson Hotel

Keeping it HOT! Hector "El Salsero" Cobeo will DJ between sets. El Salsero provides us with the hottest and latest LATIN sounds. His music is guaranteed to get you dancing and asking for more!

We also have rooms at discounted prices for those who want to stay overnight.  Special overnight packages and SKI WEEKEND PASSES at the Radisson Hotel(800.333-3333) and the Best Western(800.863-1125).   Call them or check our website for more details.  Remember to book early and ask for the Hermanos Productions Valentines' Package!

Event Produced by Hermanos Productions

for more information on this event please contact................. Hector Cobeo - 802-862-5082 or check our Valentine's WebPage http://www.hermanosproductions.com/Valentines.htm
or print our flyer:  http://www.hermanosproductions.com/HP_Valentine-Ski.PDF

From Hips on Fire
As some of you know, the VFW had an electrical fire last week and we had to move the classes to another location. They haven't finnished reparing the building so Wednesday and Thursday classes will be held again at the YWCA in Central Sq. See you all there! and sorry for any inconvenience these changes may cause!

Wednesday Jan 22nd & Thursday Jan 23rd Classes this week at the YWCA -

Wednesday and Thursday classes will be help at the YWCA in Central Sq 7 Temple St Cambridge

Ask at the front desk for the Salsa Class Room.
For directions go to our web page:

Latino Motion Workshop goes on this Thursday !

Per request of our students we are having another series of Latino Motion
Workshop this month. If you missed the first class, don't worry, you can still join us.

Salsa Merengue and Bachata, among others, are Latino rhythms. For us, Latinos, the way you move is probably the most important component of your dance. Learn to dance with "SABORRRRR", adding movements to other parts of you body besides your feet and hands: hips, torso, shoulders, pelvis and butt. All of them,
nicely combined, can make a huge difference when you jump to the dance floor. So
what do you think?? Do you want to try it out and see how much you can improve??
Even if you don't take your dance that seriously, come over and join us, we
guarantee you will have a lot of fun and, you will find lost parts of your body.
Come and learn with real Latino dancers.

2 more weeks: January 23rd, 30th

Location for January 23rd: YWCA
7 Temple St,
Central Sq,

A deal: $12/1 class, $30/3 classes.

All levels welcomed. No partners needed. Dress comfortably. No problem if you miss a week, although always better to come to all.

Take Note: Tuesday MIT Beginner Salsa Class is back soon
Phone: 617-627-9988
E-mail: hipsonfire@yahoo.com



 Noche Latina Dance Company, Boston, brings you the hottest steps from beginners to advanced and everything in between.Learn both Salsa and Cha/Cha in one hour!!

Sunday Nights @ Club Choices, 381 Somerville Ave., Somerville.

NO CLASSES ON JAN.26TH (Superbowl Sunday)
 Beginners Class: 6:00pm-7:00pm
 Intermediate Class: 7:00pm-8:00pm
 Advanced Class: 8:00pm-9:00pm
Club opens at 9:00pm for dancing. Full bar available. Ladies 19+, Men 21+. Noche Latina Dance Company, Boston, in conjunction with Union Street Restaurant & Bar proudly presents...

TUESDAYS in Newton
Salsa Classes:
Beginners Class-6:45pm-7:45pm
Advanced Class-8:00pm-9:00pm
General Dancing from 9:00pm-12:00am, only $4 cover charge (free with lesson).

Full Menu and Bar Available, and Plenty of Free Parking
Union Street Bar & Restaurant, 107 R Union St. Newton Ctr.,Newton Don't forget to check out our great group, private, or semi-private packages. Call Melissa for more info: (617) 461-5100 or E-mail us at nochelatina2002@yahoo.com.

Your friends at the MIT Casino Rueda Group proudly present

                SALSA PICANTE!!!!!
        Salsa dance party, Saturday Feb. 8

*Beginners Salsa LESSON 8-9
*DANCING 9-1, with DJ Hernan spinning the BEST salsa for dancers!!! *Latin BUFFET *Featuring SIZZLING PERFORMANCES by
        April & Ahmed  (Eddie Torres Dance Company, NY)
        Johnny & Andres (Salsa y Control)
        Burju & Victor (Hacha y Machete Dance Company)
        Ana & Joel
        AprilOn2 Dance Company
        MIT Casino Rueda Group

Party, lesson, performances, and buffet are ONLY $5, or FREE with MIT ID!!

WHERE: Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room
       70 Pacific St. Cambridge, MA 02139
       for a map, click here:

See you all there!!

        The MIT Casino Rueda Group

This event is funded by weekends@mit.

Feel free to visit our web page for more details about the group:

 Guest Editorial, by J.D.

I have often compared the invitation to dance, to a "five minute blind date". On many occasions we have not danced with, or related to our partners previously and know little about them other than what they present to us visually in terms of appearance and dance style. Like a date with someone new, I try to keep an open mind and approach the situation with a spirit of adventure and cooperation.  In other words, my objective is simply to try and have a good time for the next five minutes or so by relating pleasantly with my partner. On most occasions, we share this spirit of good will, trying our best to compliment one anothers' style, forgive mistakes with grace and good nature and to simply have fun! There are those occasions however when the person who accepts my invitation meets me with indifference and/ or a critical attitude around the occasional mistake or dropped beat. This in my opinion sours the encounter greatly and I will very likely not invite this individual to dance again.  On many occasions I have invited a lady to dance and found her skills wanting. When this happens, I do my best to help her feel at ease and not to seem put out. If a cue gets missed, I will attempt it again with a stronger lead, or if neccesary, a verbal cue or suggestion. In this type of situation, almost 100% of the time, gentle helpfulness seems not to go unappreciated.  As leader, I was not always as smooth and assertive as I was to become with practice.  I thank the many ladies who gently offered their feedback, as it helped me to improve without eroding my confidence.  It's really nice when we all try to promote an atmosphere of congeniality with what amounts to simple kindness and manners, it makes this dance scene we all enjoy so much nicer.

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