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Message Subject: FW: Salsa Update #188: Salsa at the BCCA Sat FREE!, and AfroCuban All Stars Wed.!

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- Headline Announcements
- SalsaBoston events
- Sponsor news
- This week's mailbag

- plus JD's Corner:  Instructor Night review!


A) This Saturday!  Grand Opening Party at the BCCA, followed by Salsa Night!  All ages! This week it's FREE because of the Center's opening week.  Suggested donation, $10

B) Afro-Cuban All-Stars on Wed. April 23 at Paradise Rock Club
    with Official AfterParty at Sophia's!  Buy tickets at SalsaBoston.com

C) Grupo Niche and El Grand Combo at Salsa at Symphony, Sunday April 27

  Salsa Night at the BCCA
      Every Saturday!

BCCA's Salsa Night opened Sat. April 5, with a modest crowd but very fun!  This will be a weekly event, and because it is not a nightclub, stays OPEN LATE!

This week:  GRAND OPENING PARTY AT THE BCCA  reception 5:30-6:30, and international dance and martial arts performances, and international dance until 11pm, followed by Salsa Night!  No lesson this week.

FREE!  Suggested donation for the evening, $10.

Featuring DJ D. Martinez

14 Green Street, right in the heart of Coolidge Corner.
Lessons at 9pm
Dancing until 2am+
$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.

  AfroCuban All-Starts Concert
    and Afterparty (at Sophias with DJ Hernan)
  Wednesday, April 23, 2003
  Paradise Rock Club (concert 8-10pm)

SalsaBoston has been asked by www.latinconcerts.com to host the official after party at Salsa Night at Sophia's!  The band members are expected to attend.

Tickets are available online at www.SalsaBoston.com/store, $22 incl. $2 charge fee (compared to $5.50 at NEXT TICKETS  yo!!).

Afterparty is only $8 with ticket stub, but if you buy in advance, you can get the whole package (ticket, afterparty, and service charges) for $28.50, which saves you about $5.  Advance tickets on sale until Tuesday, April 22.

Concert web page: www.salsaboston.com/acallstars


  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/

    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) April 26, Salsa Y Sabor with MIT Casino Rueda
2) New Lessons Schedule with Johnny and Kelly
3) El Bembe with Hips on Fire tonight
4) Salsahappens in Providence
5) Salsalegre next Friday

Plus, J.D.'s Corner: Instructor Night Review


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:


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

El Bembe with Hips on Fire tonight

Another Party this Friday!
9pm - 10pm - Salsa, Merengue & Bachata Lesson by yours truly Hips On Fire 10pm - 1:30am- DJ Music - Dance, Dance, Dance until you can't move anymore!

Full Bar available
Shuttle parking also available

And now with FOOD every Friday!

Admission ONLY $10!!!!!!
Can anyone else beat that???

Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center
85 West Newton,
South End, Boston

Salsahappens at Providence Tango…

For those with some basics in traditional salsa and beginning
Taught by Pamela Slavsky

DATES: Tuesdays for 6 weeks, April 22 – May 27
TIME:  8:15 - 9:30
LOCATION: Providence Tango, Taft St., Providence, RI (directions
SPECIAL INTRO PRICE: $10 per class/ $50 for series

In New York they call it mambo--come learn the smooth, sexy style of
salsa that was born in the boogie-down-Bronx.  You'll learn both
partnering and freestyle, and discover a whole new way to move to
the clave.

For those of you not familiar with the Providence Tango studio, it's
a great place with a friendly community of dancers who bring a
playful and adventurous approach to dancing. Who knows, they might
even convince you to try tango!

For more info about Providence Tango visit www.providencetango.com

Greetings Salsa Lovers,

Friday April 25, is SALSALEGRE! Metro West's
once-a-month Salsa Social Dance.
Don't miss a "SPECIAL PERFORMANCE" by Hacha Y Machete

We had such a great turnout at our last dance! A
special thanks to everyone who came and shared the
night with us. We were overwhelmed by the 50+ people
who joined us in our Beginner class that night.We hope
all of you had a great time and return soon!

Tracey & Guillermo
Salsalegre! Friday April 25
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!

e-mail: salsalegre@salsalegre.com
call: Guillermo at 617-522-2524
         Tracey at 508-655-7142

 J.D.'s Corner

Boston Area Instructors Blaze the Oak!
By J.D. Smith

Last Wednesday night at Sofia’s, Boston’s top Latin dance instructors set the dance floor ablaze with demonstrations of their respective dance stylings. In what has become an eagerly awaited annual event at one of Beantowns’ top latin dance venues, the areas talented pros came to the fore in high style.
  Aprils’ on “2” bunch was fully charged as they came out in pairs to blister the dance floor. Johnny& Kelly were on hand to give an exciting demonstration of hardcore salsa style.  Casino Rueda in an amazing display of improvised moves, thoroughly wowed the crowd and left this writer, and others I’m sure, eager to have a try at this exciting group style salsa.
  Ruben and Lisa AKA “Mambo Slaves”, raised classic New York style to dizzying heights with their smooth, and extremely sensual performance.  Representing Jamnastics,  Andres & Anna almost stole the show with their spirited offering . These two were an absolute joy to watch, as they managed to pull off some moves that totally justified their reputations as two of this areas’ top dance stylists. 
  Seemore and Christina, what more can I say about their sensuality, their connection, the way they move, and oh my God, those daring closely timed moves! Chantal, Javier, and all the rest who showed up to demonstrate.
  The Salsa community of Beantown is grateful for the leadership you’ve shown as you continue to inspire us all to dance with joy and abandon.  You showed that no matter what style you choose, on 1 on 2 or whatever, it’s the spirit of fun and community and passion for dance that matters above all else.  So everyone, choose your partners and hit the oak! It’s time to dance!

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