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Message Subject: Salsa Update #186: Salsa Saturdays at the BCCA

Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 2:03 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #186: Salsa Saturdays at the BCCA

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- Announcements
- SalsaBoston events
- Sponsor news
- This week's mailbag
- EDITORIAL  "J.D.'s Corner"  This week:  "I Keep On Dancin’"


GOOD DAY!!  Okay, four important/immediate announcements!

A) BIG CONCERT!!! Grupo Niche and El Grand Combo at Salsa at Symphony, Sunday April 27
B) BCCA Saturday Salsa Nights kick off this weekend!  All ages.
C) BCCA needs Volunteers this weekend!
D) Instructor nights, @Sophia's, Wed. April 9, @El Bembe, Fri. April 1

  Salsa at Symphony Hall
  Grupo Niche y El Grand Combo
This is 2nd year of this big event, last year featuring Celia Cruz and Gilberto Santa Rosa!  I saw about 200 "regulars" there amongst about 1200, pretty full house.  Don't miss this!

  Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 8pm.
  Celebrating 60 years of Salsa:

  El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico (celebrating 40 years)
  El Grupo Niche de Colombia (celebrating 20 years)

  Performing at Boston's Symphony Hall

  Ticket prices are $40.00, $55.00 & $65.00*

  You may purchase tickets at:
  by calling 617-931-2000 (TicketMaster)
  by calling 617-266-1200 (Symphony Hall)
  or by visiting any Filenes Department Stores
  *To avoid service and mail order fee, please check the local stores:
  Franklin CD, JP
  Musicentro, Lynn
  Las Princesitas, Chelsea
  Telepaisa, E. Boston
  Concert Website:  http://www.salsaatsymphony.com/

  Salsa Night at the BCCA
      Every Saturday!

14 Green Street, right in the heart of Coolidge Corner.
Lessons at 9pm
Dancing until 2
$10/$12 with lessons
Plenty of parking
All ages
More info and directions: http://salsaboston.com/bcca

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.

  -- Burju and Victor (Hacha y Machete)
  -- Johnny and Kelly
  -- Dan Marshall

Schedules and registration online

The BCCA is interviewing instructors (dance, yoga, martial 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.



Brookline Community Center for the Arts (BCCA) is in urgent need of
volunteers to help distribute our brochures and flyers around town this
weekend. Our Grand Opening week is April 13, and our spring classes start
April 21, so time is of the essence. We need students to start registering
for classes ASAP.

We are meeting this Saturday 10 am at the BCCA (14 Green St. in Coolidge
Corner). We'll continue our efforts Sunday.

Please come and help. Bring a friend. Spread the word.


Vlad Selsky
BCCA Co-Director
(617-738-2803, cell 617-233-4647)

p.s. Drop me a line at kosmicvibe@yahoo.com if you can make it.

  Instructor Nights

April 9 at Sophia's, and April 11 at El Bembe...

3rd annual event.  What we have done for you is brought in as many of Boston's instructors as we could, into one place, so you can meet them all, see their dance styles, and have a great party!

Lined up we have:

Instructor                      Company         Wed. 4/9        Fri. 4/11

Johnny & Kelly                                  yes             yes
Ana & Andres            Jamnastics              yes             yes
April                           April on 2              invited invited
Burju & Victor          Hacha Y Machete yes             no
Ruben & Lisa            Mamboslaves             yes             no
MIT Rueda Group                                 yes
Seemore & Cristina      Hips on Fire    yes             yes
Edwin Pabon                     Salsamix                invited invited
guillermo & Tracey      Salsalegre              invited invited
Javier Salort           Camb CAE/               yes             tba   
Dan Marshall            Freemotion              yes
Uche Amichi                                             invited
Michelle Cloutier               Brookline AE    invited
Ernie Garcia            Boston CAE              invited
Stuart                  Sophia's                invited
Hedwidge & Melissa      Noche Latina    yes             no
Samantha Sperling               Social Image    invited

Not on the list? Sorry!  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!

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

World Rhythms(TM) Dance, Health & Fitness Center
 and Salsalort.com

-Martial Arts
-World Dance

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.

(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!)

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) New Lessons Schedule with Johnny and Kelly
3) Friday, April 4, Latin Party at Bently College
4) April Super Saturday
5) April Class schedule
6) East meets west casbah at Karoun
7) Sol Y Canto at Scullers, April 9

Plus Editorial: J.D.'s Corner

Hacha Y Machete Dance Stylists presents

 -- 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.


Join Johnny and Kelly for some “On 1” fun!

New Beginner session starting now!  Just getting into the salsa groove? 
Now is a great time to learn those basics.  Already in the groove?  Advanced Beginner and Intermediate levels are continuing and welcome newcomers.

Learn sexy salsa moves, turn patterns and funky freestyle footwork. Practice your body movement and isolations. Classes offered at three levels—Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced.

The Intermediate class will be changing location to Central Sq. on April 29th.  Impulse’s studio space is being sold [and Adrienne is moving her program to the BCCA!  -ed].  We’ll miss Adrienne and wish Impulse Dance all the best!  

Beginner:    Thursdays at 8:00pm – 9:30pm 
New               Dance Complex
Session!                536 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge
                        Studio 5
                        Near the Central Square T stop on the Red Line
                        Public parking lots or street parking available Advanced
Beginner:    Mondays at 9:15pm – 10:45pm
             Boston Dance Company
                        550 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge
                        3rd floor
                        Near the Central Square T stop on the Red Line
                        Public parking lots or street parking available Intermediate/
Advanced:         Tuesdays at 9:00pm – 10:30pm
                        Impulse Dance Studio (until 4/22)
                        181 Mass. Ave. in Boston
                        3rd floor
                        Near the Hynes Convention Center T stop on the Green Line
                        and Berklee College
                        Street parking or parking garages available

New               Boston Dance Company (starting 4/29)
Location!         550 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge
                        3rd floor
                        Near the Central Square T stop on the Red Line
                        Public parking lots or street parking available

Classes are $15 each or five classes for $60 (All 5 classes must be taken before Memorial Day weekend.)

Please e-mail or call with any questions. 
Kelly:  kelly@salsaboston.com, (617) 522-7443
Johnny:  salsumba1@aol.com, (617) 312-6464

Eric Filkins


Prepare Yourselves for the Largest College Party Thrown in BOSTON!!! 
Featuring the Hottest Djs...

Presents: THE 4 ROOM Party
Featuring the HOTTEST Salsa, Merengue, Bachata & much more!!!

WHEN: Friday April 4, 2003
TIME: 10:00PM - 2:00AM
PLACE: Bentley College's LaCava 3rd Floor
DAMAGE: $7 B4 11pm, $10 AFTER
Proper College Picture ID A MUST!!!


Gabriel, the "turn pattern whiz kid", is an instructor at the On2 Studio in Manhattan.  He previously danced with the Eddie Torres and the Santo Rico dance companies.  Kimberly is a dancer with Estilo Clasico (Jai and Candy).


**April 12th**April 12th**April2th**April12th**April12th**April 12th**April

Please join us SATURDAY, April 12th for Workshops, Salsa Party + Dance
PERFORMANCE with two of NY's hottest dancers.

CLASSES: (1pm to 6pm) VFW Post, 288 Green St. in Central Square,
Cambridge. One block from red line. Public Parking Available.

PARTY & PERFORMANCE (10pm-3am): 100 Mass Ave, 4th floor.
Corner of Newbury St. Above Urban Outfitters.


1-2:30 pm Advanced BEGINNERS/Intermediate SALSA DANCERS--footwork and    
    turn patterns

3-4pm LADIES and MEN's STYLING for ALL LEVELS--Learn all the NY
      tricks to spicing up your freestyle AND partner work.

4:30-6pm INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SALSA DANCERS--footwork and turn      

Cost: $20 per workshop, 2 classes for $35, 3 classes for $50

ALL CLASSES will be filled with impressive material!! Don't miss out!!


10pm-3am--SALSA DANCE PARTY with DJ NIK!

Performance at Midnight.

***the very best music for DANCERS!!!!


100 Mass Ave, 4th floor.
Corner of Newbury St. Above Urban Outfitters.

$12 all night

18+, ID needed for bar

For more info, please contact APRIL at 617-388-0925, aprilon2@aol.com,


Learn Salsa with April and Ahmed of New York's Eddie Torres
Dance Company!

The new Salsa session begins April 6th and 7th.

     *********** NEW CLASS SCHEDULE ***********

April has classes in TWO LOCATIONS!


New 4-week Session starts every month.

April session starts April 6th and 7th

You now get a DISCOUNT for registering for more than one

    ************ SUNDAYS in BOSTON ************

Starting Sunday, April 6th

100 Mass Ave, 4th floor, Back Bay, Boston (corner Mass Ave &
Newbury St, above Urban Outfitters). DIRECTIONS at end of

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

5-6 pm
This class is designed for Advanced beginners who are ready to
make the transition to the Intermediate class. Learn and
fine-tune fundamental leading and following techniques that are
essential to NY Style dancing. Get rid of bad habits! Guaranteed
to improve your dancing at ANY level!!

7-11 pm
Wepa Salsa Sundays (Class and Party for $10):

* 7-8 pm Wepa Salsa class for ALL levels (April--Level 1,
Ruben--Level 2, Ahmed--Level 3)

* 8-11 pm Wepa Salsa party
Weekly gathering of new and long time Salsa dancers for
non-stop music and dance.

        *********** MONDAYS in CAMBRIDGE ***********

Starting Monday, April 7th

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

8-9 pm ** 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.

8-9 pm ** 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:
www.aprilon2.com >aprilon2@aol.com >617-388-0925

6)  From Reynaldo:

 East Meets West
 Arabia American Style
 Upcoming Cabaret Show
 Tuesday April8th 7pm

 A Retro Belly Dance Extravaganza!
 Featuring 19 dancers, new choreography by Johara, video show by
 Produkt, a rare dance performance by Garo, live music, open dancing,
 colorful costumes,
 slave boys, and the great sultan, snor Rey.
 Don't miss this final performance.

 Make your reservations below.

 Location: The Karoun Restaurant 839 Washington Street, Newton Corner
 in Newton, MA (corner of Walnut &Washington

 Price: $30 Includes entre (chicken, meat, or vegetarian)
 Time: 7pm live music by Kostas, Mike gregian and Garo
 730 Showtime during dinner
 9 live music and dancing

 Reservations Required: If you have access to email, fill out the form below  and pay at the door the day of show. Otherwise, call the number below.

 Ebail: eastmeetswest@attbi.com
 Or Johara@SnakeDance.com
 Call: 617 730-3733

Sol Y Canto at Scullers, April 9
Reserve tickets now *Reserve su boleto ahora*
Sol y Canto & special guest, Katie Viqueira (tango) on April 9th!

 TICKETS   $18    BOLETOS *   www.solycanto.com      www.katieviqueira.com
 TO BUY:  617.562.4111  SCULLER JAZZ CLUB    www.scullersjazz.com
Rosi Amador, Lead Singer/Company Director, SOL Y CANTO

- 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!

 "J.D.'s Corner"

I Keep On Dancin’

Well it’s official, spring is here .  The days are longer, the Sox are back, taxes are due, and on alternate Tuesdays, they‘ve begun cleaning my side of the street again  In the next few months I’ll be doing some travelling that will take me to the far corners of the globe.  For most normal people, the thought of traveling these days is filled with concerns over exchange rates, communicable diseases, terrorism, social environments hostile to Americans and so forth.

  Sure, I think about that stuff in passing, but you know what my main concern is right? 
Can I dance when I get there? But I need not fear, World Salsa Net to the rescue!  I may now plan my itinerary with confident assurance that my salsa rights will not be abridged.  St. Petersburg and Moscow have between them no fewer than 23 salsa venues! Seoul Korea, 16! And little Eugene Oregon, 3 salsa clubs! The travelwise salsero need never be left “jones’n” for salsa wherever he may roam.

  The rise in popularity of this music is meteoric to be sure, which to me, speaks volumes about its’ universals appeal and power. Who knows, maybe it will become the “lingua franca” for all travelers someday.  Yeah, I’m trippin’, but I can dream can’t I? These days when one hears the news, there seems so little to be hopeful for. With so many merchants of death peddling their vile product around the world, my spirit is gladdened to find others in exotic destinations willing to surrender to the seduction of  Latin music and dance.

   I’ve spoken before of  the connections I feel through dance and to me it is no small thing that it’s now being shared on a truly global scale. We’re all empowered to be “ambassadors of salsa”, so if any of you out there are making travel plans it would be great if you could take some time to enjoy the local salsa venues.

   It’s a mad, mad, world out there, so for now I just keep on dancin’.

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