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This issue:
- Announcements
- SalsaBoston events
- Sponsor news
- This week's mailbag
- *** EDITORIAL  "J.D.'s Corner"  This week: "Step Up to the Plate"

Hi all!  No editorailizing today since we have not one, but two guest editorials today.  Thanks!  What I will say though is that I had a blast last week, so thanks to all that were out there!  Of course I was hosting Ricardo Loaiza who can't get enough partying... Plus Fiesta de Baile.  Hope everyone enjoyed it all as well.

** If you haven't heard about it already, there's a new dance space in town:
  Brookline Community Center for the Arts (BCCA)
  Opening April, 2003
  in Coolidge Corner, Brookline
The BCCA website is being updated daily.  Please log in to www.bccaonline.com and add yourself to the mail/email list to get all the latest info.


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.

** Heads up!  "Afro-Cuban All-Stars" are coming in late April on a Wednesday night at the Paradise on Comm. Ave.   Official after-party will be that night at Sophia's.  Details TBA

** Wed. April 9, INSTRUCTOR NIGHT at Sophia's!  Come and meet all the regional Salsa instructors.  This is always a grand party each year.  We may do it again on Fri. April 11 at El Bembe.  Instructors, please send email to kelly@salsaboston.com to be included.

    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!

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             Sponsor News
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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
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)

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) Hacha Update: benefits for LA
2) Salsalegre next Sat.
3) Tropical Rhythm at the Strand Theater, March 22
4) El Bembe this week
5) *** March 23rd, LeClub's annual Oscar's private party!
6) Nutrament Latin Dance Team Championships, NYC, Sunday June 1
7) SALSA Y SABOR!!! Sat. April 26, MIT
9) Royal Palace Dance Studio, Manchester, NH
10) Thank you from Temporada Latina

Plus Editorials

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

EL BEMBÉ  - BOSTON'S HOTTEST LATIN NIGHT Continues this Friday March 21st with "Hips On Fire" Dance Team Seemore Johnson and Cristina Pujol.  Seemore Johnson is a professional dancer, choreographer and highly sought-after instructor of many different dances from Latin America.  Cristina Pujol is a veteran professional dancer and is also a teacher of other dancing styles such as the Spanish folkloric dance Sevillanas.

El Bembé runs every Friday Night through June 27th, featuring:

* Complimentary Salsa/Merengue Dance Lessons
* Salsa/Merengue Disc Jockey
* Full Bar Service
* Shuttle Service to and from attended parking lot
* Please note: Their will be No El Bembé on May 16, 2003

This season, El Bembé will only have a live band once every month. The other evenings will have special features such as dance performances, more specialized instruction, guest DJ's and other attractions.

El Bembe is from 9:00 pm - 1:30 am, Tickets: $10.00, 21+ Event.
Shuttle Service will be $5.00, all proceeds from parking service will go to the
South End Youth Baseball. No Jeans, Sneakers nor Caps allowed.

For more information on these or any JHCC Event, call 617-927-0061 / 617-927-1730 or visit us at: www.iba-etc.org

 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

6) Submitter:
Harvey Light


2004 Nutrament Latin Dance Team Championships
Sunday June 1 at NYC's South Street Seaport
Visit teambaile.com for further information

Hey everyone, mark your calendars for our next big dance party, SALSA Y SABOR!!! April 26.  See announcement below.

And don't forget, MIT Casino Rueda EVERY WEDNESDAY at Sophia's, for more info see www.salsaboston.com/sophia/rueda.html

Your friends at the MIT Casino Rueda Group proudly present

          SALSA Y SABOR!!!
   Salsa Dance Party and Showcase
        Saturday, April 26


And SIZZLING Performances by:
  Hacha Y Machete Dance Co.
  Salsa Y Control Dance Co.
  MIT Casino Rueda Group

*Beginners' Salsa LESSON: 7-8
*DANCING 8-1 with DJ HERNAN spinning the BEST salsa for dancers!!!

Party, Lesson, and Performances FREE with MIT ID,
Non-MIT $5 before 9PM, $10 after 9 PM

WHERE:  La Sala De Puerto Rico
        2nd floor MIT Student Center (building W20)
        84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
        for a map click here:

See you all there!!

        The MIT Casino Rueda Group

This event is funded by weekends@mit and The MIT Fund

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


- The new World Rhythms(TM) Dance,
Health & Fitness Center will offer a
variety of adult and youth Dance courses
including Latin (Salsa/Mambo, Merengue,
Bachata, etc.), Brazilian Samba, Belly
Dancing, African Dancing, Argentine Tango,
Swing, Hip-hop, Folkloric Dances and more!

- Besides Dance courses, the World Rhythms(TM)
Dance, Health & Fitness Center will also
offer the popular SALSA!Workout(TM) and
other dance workout classes!.  Counseling in
Fitness including Nutrition, Weight Loss,
Body Building, etc., will be offered by
Certified Fitness Trainers.  ALSO ... our
incredible, StretchAssist(TM) program for
pain management and reduction and overall
flexibility will be starting soon!
-Look out for our 90 Day Personal Fitness
Challenge!  More to come ...

- In the near future, the World Rhythms(TM)
Dance, Health & Fitness Center will offer
Massage, Martial Arts, Musical Instruction,
Guided Meditation Sessions and more.

- Space will also be available for musicians/
bands to practice by the hour.

WHERE:  Keystone Plaza, 221 Chandler Street,
Worcester, MA 01609.  This is near the intersection
of Park Avenue, in the same lot as Standard Electric.
If you are coming from Main Street, the Center
will be on your right just before you come to
Park Avenue.

WHEN:  Latin Dance courses will start on April 3.
Other courses will be scheduled soon.  Please check
website for updates.
CONTACT:  (508) 792-0263, WorldRhythms@SALSAlort.com,
www.WorldRhythmsCenter.com (currently this domain re-directs
 to www.SALSAlort.com ... we will have the new World
Rhythms(TM) web site up soon!)

Thanks to all that have supported me in this and
other endeavors.  I TRULY could not have done it
without you!  Thank you for your efforts!  PEACE!

Miah Trost


The Royal Palace Dance Studio offers private Salsa Dance Lessons 6 days per week. Salsa Group Dance Lessons are also available every Friday night from 7:00pm to 8:00pm for only $10 per person (and no partner required). Every Friday is Latin Night - Latin Dance Party from 8pm to 10pm - RSVP required. The studio is located at 657 Elm St, 2nd Floor, Mancehster, NH 03101 (Left of Verizon Wireless Arena and upstairs from Belisle's Music). For more information or to RSVP please call 603.621.9119.

As you know, yesterday (Thursday, March 13th) I dedicated the evening at Temporada Latina @ Ryles to the memory of Arlyne Litvin - a friend and avid salsa lover. I would like to thank everyone that attended for their kind words, their generosity, and for dancing salsa with her in their hearts. I also publicly thank Raul Nieves and Eileen Herman-Haase for their beautiful tango and salsa tribute. For those individuals who could not attend, but would like to honor Arlyne's memory, the family asks that you make a donation in her name to a charity of your choice.

Thank you again, Suzanne Steele, Organizer of Temporada Latina @ Ryles.

 "JD's Corner"

Step Up to the Plate

Recently in New York city there was a news item some of you may have noticed. Broadway Musicians struck in protest of the increasing trend to lower minimums for orchestra personnel.  Theirs was a successful negotiation  in that this trend has been for the time being, halted. Their argument basically was that Broadway musicals should represent something approaching the highest musical experience and that electronically synthesized orchestras simply do not deliver the “right stuff”.  This brings me to a thought this week, the shrinking presence of live bands on the Latin scene.  I’m just old enough to remember my youth in NYC when the stars of Latin music regularly played venues like The Palladium, The Cheetah, Latin Quarter, and many others. Dances and pick-up engagements were a cottage industry for scores of part-time weekend musicians as well. The latter was certainly true in the New England area even up to recent years. But now, even as the Salsa scene has grown to embrace a wider audience, live music venues have suffered. I have heard that top bands want top dollar for their services.  This in my opinion is as it should be. With no disrespect meant to our talented pool of DJs’, for me the live music experience is just so much better and, I’m willing to pay for it. What are we talking here, an extra $4,$5, at the door? Come on guys let’s not let our live music venues slip away so cheaply. It’s time to step up to the plate and support live bands, there’s nothing like it!

[Editor's comment:  if it were only $4,$5, that would be great, but the reality is it's way more.  Even a moderately talented local band requires $1500 for a decent show, plus a sound man and usually more equipment.  A DJ gets around $200, which means that you need 260 people to pay $5 more to make up the difference just for the band.  Sad but true.  Even El Bembe on a packed night only got 200 people.  Of course there is a chicken and egg game, but in this economy the DJ's win.]


By Susan Taylor

I moved to Boston 3 years ago, and within 4 months I
had put on 25 pounds.  I would tell people that I was
used to being a beautiful woman, a thin blond southern
creature with high cheekbones.  Of course, no one
would believe me until I showed them a picture of my
former life in the South, and they would invariably
reply, “That’s you???”.  The situation to say the
least was not good.   I attribute the weight gain to
several factors; an allergic reaction to a series of vaccinations I was asked to take by my work (medical products field), a high stress job, lack of exercise,
and food allergies.  Because of the weather differences,
I was used to walking outside 4 days a week 10 months out
of the year in the south, and I could not do that for 6
months out of the year in Boston as I am highly allergic
to cold weather. No matter what I did, the weight would
not come off.  I purchased a lot of black clothes,
and made an effort to live with it.

About a year ago, I decided I could not take the extra
weight anymore, and being the good engineer that I am,
I took this on as an investigative project.  I began
doing some serious reading on food allergies, health
and exercise, with the follow through commitment of
making the necessary changes.  What I did helped shed
the first 5 pounds and I felt better, but the rest of
the weight stubbornly held on.  Then, in the Fall of
2002, I found Salsa.

How would a woman describe Salsa?  It has all the
attributes of a 3 hour aerobics class, an emphasis on
grace, form, skill and beauty, and a lot of non
threatening male interaction with a group of guys that
are just as serious about the dance as you.  So much
time is spent laughing, moving, concentrating on the
steps, that the time passes quickly and with grace,
ease and fun.  Done consistently, Salsa will firm the
hips, flatten the tummy, put a smile on your face, and
force the female of the species to buy that cool
feminine wardrobe she has always wanted.   Any serious
lover of Salsa needs to make a commitment to taking
some dance lessons; attempting to pick the dance up
simply on the floor usually fails woefully.  The dance
takes skill and is a 3 beat, pause and another 3 beat
and pause, or a 4 and 4 rhythm.  When I decided I
wanted to master this enigma of beautiful patterns,
steps, thythm, styling (not mastered yet) and look
like some of the women and men I had seen at events,
then taking lessons became an obvious choice.  There
are lessons all over town, and Olaf’s website is an
excellent resource for finding the one right for you.
Before I knew it, I was trying to take lessons two
nights a week, and dancing on a third.  The movements
are intense and non stop for the duration of the song,
and the events usually last 3 hours.  My first month
into Salsa, my clothes were getting loose.  The next
month into it, I had to buy new pants to dance in,
because the old ones were so loose they were falling
off.  Even though I was still chunky, I was feeling
pretty and feminine again, and that alone was
wonderful.  Girls, if you have a good male lead in
Salsa (and in the end it all goes back to the male
lead), for the time period of the dance you are the
woman of his world.  There is a lot of smiling,
flirting, and fun, but all held in innocence.  It is
bad form to dance more than two dances with any one
partner; in the salsa scene one is expected to mix it
up.  It was tonic for the heart and soul.  The third
month into Salsa, I got on my bathroom scales one day
and realized the 20 pounds were gone, simply gone,
without obsessing about it, without worrying about it,
without thinking about it.  True, I had made some
serious modifications in dietary patterns with the
help of friends in the know, but I was eating more
than I was used to eating, I was healthier than I had
been in a long time, and I was never hungry.  The
weight did not truly leave until I found the joy in
the dance, and I was simply happy to be in my body

Will the 20 pounds come back?  I don’t think so.  I
have spent 20 years of my life (since I was 14) at the
smaller size, and only two years at the much larger
size, so the last two years were the exception not the
rule.  However, the New England winters almost killed
me, and I needed to find an interesting exercise
outlet.  Would I want to go being that large again?
NO!  It wasn’t good for my health, my heart or my
soul.  Everyone knows that a key ingredient in any
weight loss program is Exercise.  Period.  Everyone
also knows that the secret to a happy life in addition
to work and love is a good social life.  Salsa
provides exercise, a social life, and a flat tummy if
used consistently.  What more could a girl ask for? 

Since the weight loss which seems to have stabilized
over the last two months, men are looking at me again
the way I am used to being looked at, and I have to
say I am relieved.  Because I have committed to salsa
lessons and salsa dancing, even though I am still not
dating anyone seriously, I have plenty of male
buddies, male attention and positive male interaction.
 I am a flirt, and I have to say I am loving it.  I
have now become obsessed with Salsa.  My male friends
who are good dancers tell me if I keep my learning
curve up, I should be quite good in a year.  That is
what happens; Salsa will hook you in.
The salsa scene has the added benefit of being a
friendly crowd.  If you find yourself in the situation
I was in - all my Back Bay friends refusing to go with
me to find some salsa - it is more than ok to go by
yourself.  You will meet people through the lessons,
and no one thinks anything if you show up by yourself.

Dietary changes and exercise
Salsa:  at least one lesson and one night out a week
to start with, building up to more with time, practice
your dance steps, it is good to get addicted
Food:  Read the books on Nutrition to find what works
for you, but what worked for me follows
·4 small meals a day, never skip a meal, food every at
least every 4 hours (you have to eat!)
·Start the day with a protein
·Eat nothing after 7pm, ever, never, ever – your body
cannot digest anything eaten after 7pm
·Drink 8 8oz glasses of water a day, without fail
·Eliminate all refined sugar, bread, yeast and wheat
products for the duration of the weight loss period
·No Alcohol for the duration of the weight loss
·Only Healthy Whole food snacks (no chips – eat
walnuts or pecans instead)
·Investigate different nutritional offerings such as
the eat for your Blood Type Philosophy
·A useful mantra to be repeated:  Lean Cuisine is a
Beautiful Thing
·Exercise at least 30 minutes every single day – if
you are taking your salsa lessons, and going salsa
dancing, this counts
·Body and Soul – liberally partake in Salsa – it is
tonic for both

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