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Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- Announcements:
- SalsaBoston events
- Sponsor news
- This week's mailbag
- *** EDITORIAL!  J.D.'s Corner

Tonight!  DJ Ricardo Loaiza at Sophias!  Plus, this FRIDAY, SalsaBoston is hosting El Bembe, with lessons at ~9pm with Ricardo and he'll be DJ'ing as well.  More details below.

** If you haven't heard about it already, there's a new dance space in town, the
  Brookline Community Center for the Arts
  Opening April, 2003
  in Coolidge Corner, Brookline

    BCCA Benefit PARTY!
  Sunday, March 16.  11am - 11pm
  Dance, Marshall Arts, Yoga, Fitness
  Workshops, performances, food, and festivities all day
  Read the program details at http://salsaboston.com/bcca/
    also, read below for more details about the center.

** This Saturday, 4th annual FIESTA DE BAILE at the Nahant Country Club, one of the hottest Salsa Parties of each year.  DJ Antonio Ortiz.  visit   http://salsaboston.com/marblehead/fiesta.html

** LA Congress Attendees!  REGISTER NOW!  Albert Torres has agreed again this year to a special deal for New England Salseros.  Through March 15th, the early bird prices will still be in effect, but you have to register now and live in New England.  After that, full price, over $100 more.  Rates are:

Event Pass: $250, Nights only, $95
  Single $110.00 $110.00
  Double $110.00 $55.00
  Triple $126.00 $42.00
  Quad $140.00 $35.00

The website has been updated now.  The special registration form is available at http://salsaboston.com/lacongress  Scroll down to the bottom to the registration section. To register, you will need to fill that out and fax it in, and also pay the balance.  After March 15, prices will go up to the regular price.  ALSO!  In light of this discount I have to ask that any registrees please respect how busy the ATP office is, and keep the changes, requests, and correspondence to a minimum.  Preferably if you have a question, ask me and I will get you the answer.  Last year evidently, "Boston was the worst"....

NEED A CONGRESS ROOMMATE?  Email me your name, dates you plan to be there, preferences, and contact info, and I will share it with anyone who is also looking.

** DJ Ricardo Loiaza will be back in town!  Wed. March 12 at Sophias, and Friday March 14 at El Bembe! Next week, SalsaBoston will be hosting "El Bembe" on Fri. March 14 as part of the new format they are trying out.  International DJ Ricardo Loaiza will be back for that, spinning really hot stuff, and teaching his always highly entertaining class.  Don't miss it!  Only $10.  Of course catch him at Sophia's next Wed. too!  Private lessons available.  Send email to olaf@salsaboston.com

** March 16, (rescheduled from March 8) Benefit for the brand new Brookline Community Center for the arts (BCCA). BCCA is Boston's hottest, biggest, and newest dance facility, right in Coolidge Corner. Featuring six state of the art modern studios and a 2500 square foot dance hall.

Sunday, March 16.  11am - 11pm
Dance, Marshall Arts, Yoga, Fitness
Workshops, performances, food, and festivities all day
Read the program details at http://salsaboston.com/bcca/

More details about the center daily, and the website is being feverishly updated.  www.bccaonline.com  Most of the information there now is still old, but check back soon.  The Center will be opening in late April.

The BCCA is interviewing instructors (dance, yoga, marshall arts, dance fitness) If you're interested in a new place to instruct, or better hours, contact the center at bcca@salsaboston.com

Investment opportunities are available.  If interested, please contact bms_llc@salsaboston.com for more info.

    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)

Every Wed:
NEW!  Casino Rueda classes with MIT Casino Rueda Group, 7:45-9:15, introductory and intermediate.  Reuda Details: www.salsaboston.com/sophias/rueda.html or scroll down a bit

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 (i.e. $12 before 9pm, $10 after) http://salsaboston.com/sophias

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.

 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
1sth Thursday   Feb. 6  DJ Latino (Antonio Ortiz)
2nd Thursday    Feb. 13 DJ Jose Barron
3rd Thursday    Feb. 20 DJ Nik (Nik Caswell)
4th Thursday    Feb. 27 DJ Rubio (Tim Shea)

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

First and foremost...

***  Brookline Community Center for the Arts Benefit
***    Coolidge Corner, Brookline

Sunday, March 16.  11am - 11pm
Dance, Marshall Arts, Yoga, Fitness
Workshops, performances, food, and festivities all day
Read the program details at http://salsaboston.com/bcca/

1) Hacha Update: benefits for LA
2) Salsalegre next Sat.
3) Tropical Rhythm at the Strand Theater, March 22
4) Tonight, Timba Loca at Scullers
5) *** March 23rd, LeClub's annual Oscar's private party!
6) JAM'NASTICS classes
7) MIT Casino Rueda Workshop, March 15th
8) Salsa Classes Hips on Fire

Plus, EDITORIAL  "Building Bridges" by JD Smith

Hacha Y Machete Dance Stylists presents


 -- HYM Benefit Social and Debut Performance Party

Saturday March 29th, 2003  10pm-1am (with classes for all levels from 9pm-10pm) @ Punto Final Night Club 272 Broadway St. Lawrence, MA

Hacha Y Machete Dance Stylists proudly presents the debut of their entire PROFESSIONAL ON 2 DANCE COMPANY: Victor Perez, Burju Hurturk, Josue Toyosato, Susy Ismatul, Wilfredo Ceballo, and Waleska Melendez Come watch all three couples perform that incredible number that everyone cant stop talking about, and support the WHOLE team as they get ready for the West Coast Salsa Congress in May. We kidnapped the DJ and are holding him ransom so he will be playing mostly (75%) salsa and mambo!

More info: 617-733-6592,  hymstyle@yahoo.com

 -- From JP to LA...

Help Ritmo en Accisn (the first and only ON 2 youth dance troop from Mass) take the west coast salsa stage!

Saturday April 5th from 2-6pm--  Ritmo en Accisn will host a Salsa Social fundraising event at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain.  Learn Salsa, practice your steps, listen to music, sit back and enjoy.  Featuring performances by Ritmo en Accion, Hacha Y Machete Dance Stylists, Floor Lords and more to be announced!  Tickets are on sale please call or email Burju @ 617-733-6592 hymstyle@yahoo.com

If you cant make it and would like to make a contribution please go to the following link:


 In less than one year, a team of teenagers from the Hyde Square Task Force has turned what was only a passion for dance into a dream come true.  With formal instruction from Burju and Victor from the Hacha Y Machete Dance Stylists, this team of teenagers has choreographed and practiced a variety of Latin and hip hop dance routines with such dedication that they never fail to dazzle audiences throughout Boston and Massachusetts.  Now the team has found out that they are one of two youth groups out of hundreds of applicants to be accepted to perform at the 5th Annual Salsa Congress, a professional venue to showcase salsa dance talent from around the world.  In order to participate Ritmo en Accion is asking for your support.  Help make this dream come true for 14 hard! working and dedicated teenagers.

2) Greetings Salsa Lovers,

SATURDAY, March 22nd, is SALSALEGRE! Metro West's
once-a-month Salsa Social Dance.

Come warm your blood!! Come feel the heat at

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

   8-9pm   Beginner Salsa Lesson
   9pm-12  Dance to Salsa, Cha-Cha
           and Merengue!

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

visit www.salsalegre.com for more information!
or e-mail: salsalegre@salsalegre.com
or call: Guillermo at 617-522-2524
         Tracey at 508-655-7142

Upham's Corner Main Street Presents

                          A Concert
                        Tropical Rhythm
  Latin, Cape verdean and West Indian Music, Dance and Drama

                     Saturday, March 22, 2003
                              7:30 PM
                        The Strand Theatre
                        543 Columbia Road
                           Dorchester, Ma
                           617- 282-5230

      Tickets: $15 reserved and $10 general admission
               Children under 14 year's old $5

                        Performance include
     The Rhady Montero Orchestra-------- Zerui Band
     Trevor Lewis----------- Disastab------- Evergreen
     Hips on Fire----------Like So-------- Tabanca
     Jab Jab Drummers--------

We would like every one to come bring your family and friends to this
Community Event!!

H.Fernando Bossa
Business Recruitment Specialist
Upham's Corner Main Street
594 Columbia Road, Suite 302
Dorchester,Ma 02125

4) La Timba Loca @ Scullers Jazz Club

La Timba Loca will be bringing timba to Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club, on
Wednesday March 12, 2003 in a show  for their faithful home audience who
first put them on the map.  Scullers, voted Boston’s #1 Jazz Club, will be
the stage for La Timba Loca’s first ever collaboration with local Spanish
theater company “Escena Latina”.  Come see how La Timba Loca’s infectious
rhythms and song story lines set the stage for improv interventions by the
cities most talented “actores latinos” .  Help us sell out this first jazz
club engagement in our very own home court!

 Scullers Jazz Club
Tickets for the performance are $12 with shows at 8:00pm and 10:00pm. 400 Soldiers Field Road in Boston More information (617) 562-4111 info@scullersjazz.com

Thank you,
Frances Colon
manager LTL

 LE CLUB's 2nd Annual Champagne Awards party is Sunday, March 23rd @ News. Sponsored by Moet & Chandon, Racetrack Rick & Ira Porsche, and Platinum Magazine. Featuring the Academy Awards Oscar® presentations on Boston's biggest selection of hi-definition plasma flat screens, the Clubettes, LE CLUB Model of the Month, Boston media & Press coverage, sushi and full service menu, Champagne specials, four bars on two levels with no waiting, comfy leather VIP lounges, marble and stainless powder rooms. http://www.leclub.ws/boston/events.php to find out more and to RSVP. This is a LE CLUB private event closed to the general public you must be on the exclusive guest list to attend. CLICK HERE for latest pix. This email is sponsored by News and Ira Porsche. Thanks,

Garry (617) 899-9500
Peter (617) 816-0333



1) La Rueda de Casino--the Salsa Game from Cuba!
Introductory:  Thursdays at 7:45
Experienced:  Thursdays at 6:45
5 week session begins this Thursday, March 6th!
Cost:  $59 ($44 for those registered in another JAM'NASTICS class!)

2) Salsa Footwork & Partnering with Andres Giraldo!
Tuesdays at 6:45
4 week session begins next Tuesday, March 11th!
Cost:  $48 ($36 for those registered in another JAM'NASTICS class!) www.Jamnastics.org

7)Mark your calendars everybody, it's time for another

                     MIT CASINO RUEDA GROUP
                    SALSA AND RUEDA WORKSHOP!!

WHEN:   Saturday, Mar. 15, 2002, 2 PM to 5 PM

WHERE:  Lobdell Cafeteria
        2nd floor Stratton Student Center (building W20)
        84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
        for a map click here:

Damage: $10

No partner is necessary!  People 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 vfm@mit.edu with the following information:
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:

                              MIT Casino Rueda Group

From Hips on Fire:

Dance Complex
526 Mass Av., Central Sq, Cambridge

Sloan Building at MIT
50 Memorial Dr,
Kendall Sq, Cambridge

WEDNESDAY: 7:30pm-9pm - Salsa Intermediate

299 Green st, Central Sq, Cambridge

7pm-8:30pm- Applied Latino Motion Workshop
8:30-9:30pm - Salsa Adv.

299 Green st, Central Sq, Cambridge

Hips On Fire
Phone: 617-627-9988
E-mail: hipsonfire@yahoo.com

 "JD's Corner"

Building Bridges    by JD Smith

On any given night at any one of the local Boston  salsa venues, one can find the true spirit of multiculturalism in full practice. Men and women of all ages and backgrounds come together and are united by our mutual love, Latin dance.  A more or less simple thing when you think about it , but is it really? To me it seems a minor miracle that so varied a group of individuals are willing to relate joyfully around a single purpose.  That purpose as far as I can tell is to seek an ecstatic experience through music and movement. Imagine that, a perfect blending of the physical and the spiritual  easily accessible to all. It almost sounds too good to be true. Like many other simple things, the wonderful perfection contained in something so seemingly ordinary may be taken for granted.  That is until one considers how difficult it is to get a large group of individuals to agree on anything, and then follow through with near perfect clarity of purpose. And what a purpose, just good clean fun. Through our shared love of music and movement with a Latin flavor, we get to enjoy a sense of community that overcomes the perceived differences of race, class and ethnicity.  On the contrary these differences are embraced and celebrated leaving all with a greater feeling of  being connected. So the next time you lace up your dancing shoes, take a moment to reflect on the bridges we build when dancing.

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