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Message Subject: SalsaUpdate177

Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 11:53 AM
Subject: Salsa Update #177: Casino Rueda starts TONIGHT at Sophia's!

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- Announcements and other orders of old/new business
- SalsaBoston events
- Sponsor news
- This week's mailbag

Okay, opening night of Casino Rueda tonight at Sophia's!  It's a balmy day today (relatively speaking, though it's supposed to snow a little this afternoon) and tonight should be great! Come on out and join in with MIT Casino Rueda Group for the inaugural classes.  Read down for more details.

In addition, DJ Steve T. makes his debut tonight.  Come dance to some new DJ talent!

One notable event coming up, a Salsa Competition down at Foxwoods.  See the mailbag.

<sorry, this bit is recycled from last week>

Starting 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/rueda.html, with a video clip as well.


LA Congress:  I am finalizing details with Albert Torres.  Stay tuned.  Announcement next week.  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.

Upcoming events

* Sat. Feb. 1, JAM'NASTICS Fundraiser for scholarships: Salsa Social at Brazillian Cultural Center.  See mailbag.

* Fri. Feb. 7:  Supershag first anniversary party  (details in the mailbag)

* Sat. Feb. 8, there will be three parties in Boston and one in Newport, RI:

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

4) Island Moving Co. Salsa Extravaganza/Fundraiser,  Newport RI at the Newport Elks
  (details in the mailbag)

* Thur. Feb. 13, Salsa Party at Club BB-King, Foxwoods Resort & Casino
        Feb. 20/27 Salsa Competition, $2000 cash purse
  details in the 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

 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,

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) Feb. 8: Salsa in Newport, RI
3) Feb. 13, 20, 27 Salsa & Competition at BB-King Nightclub, Foxwoods
4) 7 Minute Date: JJ Productions (not Salsa, but a good time!)
   6:45 to 8:30, Thursday, January 30
6) Burlington, VT, Valentine's Dance, and Ski Trip, Feb. 14
7) Supershag 1st Anniversary Party. Feb. 7
8) April On2 Class Schedule

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

Island Moving Co.


Island Moving Co. Salsa Extravaganza
Saturday, February 8, 2003
Newport RI at the Newport Elks, corner of Bellevue & Pelham 8-9pm Lesson with Sarah Chanel 9-1am  Dancing to live music by Clave Logic Fundraiser for Newport's professional dance company, tickets are $25 apiece; $60 ticket includes dinner and a complimentary rum drink at the Salvation Cafe in Newport.
Hotel discounts available at Howard Johnson's and the Beechtree Inn -- mention Island Moving Co. Information & reservations: 401 847-4470


Latin Thursdays
Valentine Show Giveaway
February 13, 2003

with El Grupo "Melodias"
singing the best in
Salsa, Merengue y Mas
Win a romantic weekend getaway for two.
Prize includes 2 tickets to El Gran Combo concert and one night hotel accommodations  at Foxwoods Resort & Casino. Join us for the month of February for giveaways and
A Dance contest with over $2,000 in prizes

February 20
First round of BB-King Latin Thursday Dance Contest
5 couples will compete to advance to the finals
each couple will receive a $100 cash prize.

February 27
Salsa dance show with the world famous
Copacabana Dancers (logo)
Jai & Candie 
And the finals of the couples dance contest with a $500 first place

Club BB-King, Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Contact RXMedina@4sure.com

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


6:45 to 8:30, Thursday, January 30
Robert Kennedy School
158 Spring Street in Cambridge.

Bring comfortable dance shoes, a smileand a great attitude!

For More information, please call JAM'NASTICS, Inc. at 617-354-5780 or
speak with any of the JAM'NASTICS instructors: Ana Tinajero, Andres
Giraldo, Anara Frank

(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

SuperShag Mega Dance Complex first anniversary

February 7, 2003

The event will include a Samba Master Class by Diana
McDonald, SuperShag shows and the Boston premiere of
Olga and Sasha's new exhibition number
Refreshments will be served.
General dancing from 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Show begins at 10:00.
All levels welcome. No partner required.
MEMBERS with ACTIVE membership card
Admission is FREE
Diana's Samba Class is FREE

GUEST admission $20
Diana's Class   $20

Get your tickets early--call 781-894-7424 or e-mail rachel@supershag.com

April's Class Schedule:

     ***********SUNDAYS in BOSTON***********
Starting Sunday, February 2nd
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 *** NEW CLASS***  ***NEW CLASS***
Levels II & III INTERMEDIATE ABC's (including spin technique) This class is designed for Advanced beginners who are ready to make
the transition to the Intermediate class. Intermediate students are
encouraged to fine-tune fundamental leading and following techniques
that are essential to NY Style dancing(including swing turn, back spot
turn, double turns, spin technique, etc.) Get rid of bad habits!
Guarunteed to improve your dancing at ANY level!!

8pm SALSA for ALL levels (April & Ahmed)


Wepa Salsa Sundays (Class and Party for $10)
Weekly gathering of new and long time Salsa dancers
for non-stop music and dance.

      ***********MONDAYS in CAMBRIDGE***********
Starting Monday, February 3rd
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  ***NEW CLASS***   ***NEW CLASS***
MEN'S Styling and Spin Technique(with AHMED of the Eddie Torres Dance
Company). ALL LEVELS
Body isolations, arm and head detailing, footwork and creativity while
partnering. Partner drills with female followers to incorporate
styling techniques learned in class.

8-9pm *** Ladies' Styling & Spin Technique***  All Levels
Isolations, head whips, elegant arms, spin drills and more!
Partner drills with male leads to incorporate styling techniques
learned in class.

9–10 pm
Levels III & IV Salsa (Partnering and Footwork) Classic NY turn
patterns, expanding the repertoire, open shine challenge, 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

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