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Message From: SalsaBoston [list@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 2:56 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #198: 4 Nights of Competition this Week! + Cruise on Sunday

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- announcements: Salsa Competition final schedule, 4 dates this week!
                 Salsa Soiree at Bomboa Aug 5
                 Cruise update
- Salsaboston events (BCCA, Sophia's with Casino Rueda)
- Sponsor news
- This week's mailbag
- (Editorial) JD's Corner: "Count Those Blessings"


This week and next are the primary weeks for the 3rd Annual Salsa Competition! So far we've had three prelim's and 6 couples advancing (if you missed last Sunday at Platforms in Providence, dangit, what a night!)  This week:

  Thursday:  Punto Final in Lawrence
  Friday:    Viernes con Clave with DJ Hernan in Cambridge/Somerville
  Saturday:  Liquid Sky in Worcester
  Sunday:    Wepa Salsa Sunday with April (and cruise beforehand!)

Well, looks like I have a busy weekend...!  Also coming up, don't miss Cache in Lynn and Union St. plus a last chance round at Sophia's.  Want to host a round yourself?  Some dates still sort of open.  Contact us!

Scroll down for venue notes (like directions) in the competition details.  If you always wanted to explore some clubs in the outskirts, here's a great chance!

Anyway, more details below or at http://salsaboston.com/competition, but if you want to compete, or if you have competed and you want to try again, preregister so we can get you into the club for free!  Registration form on the website, or email kelly@salsaboston.com with your names.  Note: you must be amateur status, which most people in the grey area so far have been.  Contact Kelly if you're not sure.

Salsa Notes this week:

- 3rd Salsa Cruise this Sunday!  Looks like great weather again!
- if you haven't head, the Air Conditioning is FIXED at Sophia's! In fact, they patched the old one but are putting in BRAND NEW BIGGER AC's as we speak.  Be careful of frostbite...  Ha! Also, don't forget to come early for Casino Rueda with JAM'NASTICS!  We want to start seeing it in the clubs!  www.salsaboston.com/sophias
- Cash bar again this Saturday at BCCA
- NB: both Sophias and Ryles are going to be opening earlier in the next few weeks in response to the survey (all you early risers, thank Jeff!)
- come support Viernes con Clave with DJ Hernan every Friday!  www.bostonsalsero.com
- tickets on sale now for the Salsa Soiree at Bomboa benefitting the BCCA!  See below.


7 more preliminaries confirmed around the area!!  Enter now for free admission to the competition.  Email kelly@salsaboston.com http://www.salsaboston.com/competition

This week's notes on the venues:

- Punto with Hacha Y Machete in Lawrence!  A great little club in the heart of town.  About a 45 min drive from Boston.  Punto Final - 272 Broadway St., Lawrence  Take 93 N to 495N, looks like exit 41b, then follow S. Union to the north for several blocks, bear left at fork on South St. which then merges onto S. Broadway for about 2 miles over the Merrimac River, then about another 1/2 mile on the left.  More on Burju's site:  www.hymstyle.com

- Viernes con Clave with DJ Hernan at the Brazillian Cultural Center Webster Ave on the Cambridge/Somerville line (near inman and union sq.)
Directions: www.bostonsalsero.com

- Liquid Sky in Worcester!  Another big/new Salsa Night in the outskirts! 144 Commercial Street near the Centrum (big coliseum).  Take Mass Pike to I290 going North (is that I290 east or west?!), take exit 16, left on E. Central under highway, over tracks and second left is Commercial.  Looks like one way so go a block past, left for about 3 blocks and double back.  The club is a block from the Centrum. http://www.liquidskyworcester.com/home.html

- Wepa Salsa Sundays at Fred Astaire Studio near South Station: directions and info at www.Aprilon2.com

Coming up rounds:

Punto Final, Lawrence Thursday July 17
"Viernes Con Clave", Somerville Friday July 18
Liquid Sky, Worcester Saturday July 19
Wepa Salsa Sundays, Boston Sunday July 20

El Caney(free buffet and champagne), Lynn Thursday July 24

Union Street, Newton Tuesday July 29
Sophia's, Boston Wednesday July 30  (last chance round!)

SEMIFINALS: BCCA, Brookline Saturday, August 2 (THE BIG PARTY part I!)
FINALS    : Knights of Columbus Hall Charlestown
            Saturday August 16 (THE BIG PARTY part II!)

  Semi's and finals are all ages events

We still are looking for a TITLE SPONSOR!  If you would like to associate your business with the competition, please contact us asap.

Also, pictures from the preliminary competitions:
Sophia's:  http://www.mamboston2.com/Images/index24.htm
Platforms: http://www.mamboston2.com/Images/index4.htm

  **** Results: congratulations to the winners of the preliminaries!

El Bembe 6/13:  Roberto Figueroa and Lindy McQueen
                Mark Szretter and Rita Kraner
Sophias 6/25:   Michael Black and Sara Halpert
                Brian Somoano and Leah Velazquez
Platforms 7/12: Fredy Trejos-Donahue and Diana Torres
                Arismendy Oisla and Michelle

 Salsa Soire at Bomboa
 benefit for the BCCA
 Tuesday, Aug. 5

SAVE THE DATE: TUESDAY, August 5th, 7pm

The hot weather is finally here!
And... so is this Summer's Sizzling


WHAT:           Bomboa restaurant will host a benefit to raise money for the newly opened Brookline Community Center for the Arts (BCCA).  Proceeds will also support youth dance programs produced by JAM'NASTICS and conducted at the BCCA, a culturally integrated venue where members of all ages and abilities can participate in world dance forms, martial arts, fitness, acting, music, and other arts.*

BCCA??:      Tell me more...
Boston's hottest new DANCE CENTER in Coolidge Corner, Brookline All kinds of domestic and international Dance, Fitness, Martial Arts, Yoga, Health, Music, and more.  Visit the BCCA website to learn more about taking classes, attending events, or even teaching.


Ajay Bam M,  Carlos Hidalgo John Ryan
Olaf Bleck Jerry Johnson Amy Salzhauer
Doug Brown Karen Krause Samantha von Sperling
Jay Essner Dan Marshall The Brothers White (Dave  & Sam)
Anara Frank Laura Mather Melissa Yakel 
Michael Goldstein Ana Morales  

WHERE:       Bomboa, 35 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA, Back Bay, 617.236.6363

WHEN:           Tuesday, August 5th, 2003

                7:00 – 8:00pm             Mojito sampling and light bites offering

                8:15 & 10:30 pm           Dance Performances

                8:30 – 9:30pm             Salsa Lessons: Group lessons for
                                                            beginners and advanced

                9:30 – 2:00am             Dancing & Open Lounge


TICKETS:     Call Sharon or Alicia at the BCCA (617-738-2800) to reserve your advance tickets with payment. We accept MobileLime payments at the Door.  Online tickets available at http://www.bccaonline.com/registration.html

QUESTIONS:   Olaf @ (617)513-9841 or email KRAUSTER2000@YAHOO.COM

BOMBOA ( www.Bomboa.com ) -- has been recognized as one of five notable Nuevo Latino restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit, as well as recognized in the Top 10 Best New Chefs in the Country issue by Food & Wine Magazine, featured in the “Place to be Seen in Boston” column by People Magazine, and given the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.

BCCA ( www.bccaonline.com ) -- a non-profit organization, is a newly renovated, state of the art cultural center located in Brookline, MA.  The center offers world dance forms, martial arts, fitness, acting, music, and other arts for children and adults.  The center supports the development of artists by providing continuing education, practice facilities, instructor training and new teaching opportunities.

 JAM'NASTICS ( www.jamnastics.org ) ­­-- a non-profit organization, offers dance and gymnastics instruction to cultivate self-esteem, life skills, health, non-violence and drug prevention for youths. JAM'NASTICS also offers a wide range of dance programs for adults.



Harbor Cruise Tickets are now on sale.  www.salsaboston.com/cruise   3rd cruise leaves the dock at 8:15pm, Sunday July 20!  Wrap up your weekend with some Mambo under the Stars!  Every other Sunday this summer.

6-8 Preparty at "The Landing", Dockside!  Lessons with Johnny and Kelly from 7-8 7:45, boarding begins 8:15, THE BOAT LEAVES!  Don't be swimming at 8:16! Return around 10:30 Afterparty at either Il Panino or The Point, TBA at the cruise.

Upstairs, Salsa Deck with DJ D. Martinez
Downstairs, Latin Mix with DJ Mike Mercado

Tickets, $15 advance or 4/$55, $20 each at the dock.
Lessons #2 extra, pay at the dock.
Tickets online at www.salsaboston.com/store

Note: block of 4 tickets can be used on one or several nights (as a group on one cruise or as individual on several).

  Salsa Night at the BCCA
      Every Saturday!

BCCA's Salsa Night is now open with a modest crowd but very fun!  This is a new a weekly event, plus it stays OPEN LATE, afterhours!

14 Green Street, right in the heart of Coolidge Corner.
Lessons at 9pm
Dancing until 2am+
$10/$12 with lessons
Plenty of street parking
1 block from Green Line
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
  -- SalSalort
  -- 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

    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 JAM'NASTICS 7:45-9:15, introductory and intermediate.  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

Salsa Night at Sophia's new includes 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 JAM'NASTICS.  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 of course 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.

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

- ! Viernes Con Clave !
Salsa Social/Party at the Brazilian Cultural Center.
DJ Hernan and the BCCNE invite you to this all salsa event Every other Friday

BCCNE is located at 310 Webster Ave, Cambridge
Ph. 617 547 5343 email bccne@mindspring.com
Near Inman Square, 1/2 block off Cambridge St. Depending
where you are coming from turn left or right at the Shell Station.
subway Red Line (Harvard) or Green (Lechmere) followed
by a walk or short ride on the 69 bus.
bus Stops include CT2, 83& 91.
Parking Free street parking is available.

Look for Hernan for Free Passes Hernan@bostonsalsero.com
Details: www.bostonsalsero.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!)

 This Week's Mailbag

1) "Viernes Con Clave", Fridays
2) Waterfire in Providence, Sat. July 26
3) Temporada Latina time change
4) SalsaWorkout with SalSalort
5) Pabon and Orchestra, Saturday July 19 in Stoneham
6) Mondo Sweetie back in Boston
7) "Alexander Y Orchestra" performance Schedule
8) 7 Minute Date (not Salsa, but fun!)

Plus, JD's Corner "Count Those Blessings"

- ! Viernes Con Clave !

Salsa Social/Party at the Brazilian Cultural Center.
         Every Friday

July 18,  Salsa Competition…!!!    www.salsaboston.com                 
                Lesson By Jamnastics      www.jamnastics.com

July 25,  Salsa Lesson By Javier Salort and Jen Brown
                from Salsalort Dance Company

Coming in August... Salsa y Control, Melaza Dance Co. and others.....

Lesson 9:00PM - 10PM 
Latin Party ‘Till ... the last dancer goes home...promise.
Cost $10  CASH BAR

BCCNE is located at 310 Webster Ave, Cambridge
Ph. 617 547 5343 email bccne@mindspring.com
Near Inman Square, 1/2 block off Cambridge St. Depending
where you are coming from turn left or right at the Shell Station.

subway  Red Line (Harvard) or Green (Lechmere) followed
              by a walk or short ride on the 69 bus.
bus         Stops include CT2, 83& 91.
Parking  Free street parking is available.

  Look for Hernan for Free Passes Hernan@bostonsalsero.com


2)  Hi Olaf,

How are you? I met you at BCCA a few weeks ago.  I just wanted to let you know there is a Waterfire event in Providence on Sat. July 26th, and the featured style that night is, what else, but salsa!  For anyone who has never been to waterfire, it is a very cool free outdoor event along the
downtown area of Providence.   See www.waterfire.com  for more info on the
waterfire itself.  In addition, on certain occasions of waterfire, Sovereign Bank sponsors a dance night.  They drop a dance floor in the middle of the street, hire a live band, and then there are lessons, demonstrations, and open dancing under the stars until midnight!  And all for FREE!  What could be better than that?!

Happy dancing!

During the month of August, salsa dancing at Temporada Latina will begin at 9:00 p.m.!!! At this point everyone that loves to salsa dance on Thursdays but needs to function at work on Fridays is rejoicing! Now you can do both!!

The month of August is a test - if it is successful, we'll make a 9:00 p.m. start permanent! Yeah!! So, please support this time change by coming early and often during August!!!

Please help spread the word - email your friends and tell your dance partners.

The August schedule:
Beginner and Intermediate dance lessons 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Classes run
Salsa Dancing 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

NOTE: For the remainder of July the schedule remains: Intermediate salsa class at 8:30 pm, Beginner salsa class at 9:15 p.m. and Salsa dancing from 10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

-Suzanne Steele
Temporada Latina @ Ryles

4) ==========================================================

- Learn to Dance, Have Fun & get Fit with SALSAlort(TM)!
- No experience necessary ... for Dancers and non-Dancers!
- Improve your timing!
- Learn more footwork!

  --------  BROOKLINE  --------
= Mondays, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, 6 weeks, starting July 14!
@ the Brookline Community Center for the Arts,
14 Green St, Green line/Coolidge Corner

To REGISTER and for more information visit us at www.SALSAlort.com

  --------  WORCESTER  --------
= Wednesdays, 5:45 - 6:45 PM, 6 weeks, starting July 16!
@ the World Rhythms Dance, Health & Fitness Center,
221 Chandler St. (in the SAME building as Standard Electric)

To REGISTER and for more information visit us at www.WorldRhythmsCenter.com

COST:  $75 per person.
-- $5 OFF for full-time students with VALID ID.*
-- $5 OFF for SALSAlort students currently registered in at least one other of our dance courses.*
-- $10 ADDITIONAL OFF for EACH and EVERY new student you refer and registers for the SALSA!Workout(TM)!*

I'll see you tonight!

Javier / SALSAlort Latin Dance & Fitness Company

ps.  !Hagan Bulla!

*Restrictions may apply.

5) for all you salseros and salseras "TiTo Puente jr and Edwin Pabon and orchestra"

together for the first time.. battle of the timbales and singers.. saturday july 19, 6-pm to 9-pm at the stoneham theater on main st stoneham ma info 617-524-0457 www.pabonelsalsero.com

MondoSweetie will be coming to Boston and surrounding areas this month summer in support of our new CD "Infusion", available this month at the shows and soon on-line at CDBaby.com, or through our website http://mondosweetie.net

July 17th - Adam's Cafe / Lawrence, MA.
July 20th - Green St. Grille / Central Square, Cambridge, MA. July 26th - Private Wedding July 27th - Return to Miami

August 22nd - Offshore Ale House / Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA

September 3rd - Club Pasim/Children's Museum concert. 12:00 PM
September 5th - Providence, RI.
September 6th - Private Wedding
September 7th - Return to Miami

If you would like us to play your party or at a venue near you, send an email to;

"Alexander" Performance Schedule

Events July - August 2003

Saturday, July 19
Salem Hispanic Festival
Common Park

Galaxia Night Club
"Reinado del desfile Dominicana"
9 Appleton St, Lawrence

Sunday, July 20
"Colombian Independence Celebration"
Plaza Garibaldi
Revere, Ma

Saturday, July 26
"Señorita Colombia 2003"
Club Lido
Revere, MA

Friday, August 1
Opening Festival Dominicano
Club Lido
Revere, MA
7 pm

Saturday, August 2
Dominican Beauty Pageant
Club Lido

Friday, August 8
"Alexander in Bachata"
Dominican Festival
Franklin Park

Saturday, August 9
"Alexander in Bachata"
Fitchburg Hispanic Festival
Fitchburg Municipal Airport

Sunday, Augut 10
"Alexander & Band"
Dominican Festival
Franklin Park, Boston

Sunday, August 17
"Alexander in Bachata"
Festival Centro Las Americas
Worcester, MA

Saturday, August 23
Hispanic Festival of Lynn
Common PArk
Lynn, MA

Sunday, August 24
Brockton Latin Festival

Tickets have just gone on sale for our next...
7 Minute Date
Three age groups for the "dating" portion of the evening.
Women  A - 22 to 32;    B - 30 to 40;     C - 39 to 49
Men     A - 24 to 35;    B - 33 to 44;     C - 42 to 54
If you fall between two age groups, you may elect either group! Save $20: If anyone (even a male) signs up with a male friend, you will receive a total $20 discount (limited time offer)!!! Regular pricing: $35 or $46 after 7/30 (if available)

It's all going to take place Tuesday, August 5th at the newly renovated
George: An American Tavern (old Rattlesnake) on Boylston St.!

Sponsored by
One 6-month Deluxe Membership will be raffled off at this event. Successful Singles wants you to enjoy your summer and will also raffle off two $25 gift cards to Starbucks! Tickets, details and registration at www.JJProductions.NET

JD's Corner
By JD Smith

Count Those Blessings

  So, what’s with all this “malaise” I’ve been hearing talked about? Let’s just take a step back and get a little perspective here.  My mom used to call it “counting one’s blessings”.

  First off, we are fortunate to be located in an area culturally diverse enough to even entertain the idea of a Latin dance scene. As well, our close proximity to NYC allows us to avail ourselves of the immensely vital Latin scene present there. From what I see, the Apple’s salsa crowd doesn’t mind coming up this way to party in the Bean from time to time either, kind of sister cities so to speak.

  Let’s talk a minute about the fantastically talented pool of instructors who give so generously of their time and energies to help us all progress and enjoy our dancing at higher levels. There are also the numerous venues that continually open their doors to our crowd, despite what I am told are painfully thin profit margins. In fact, there are enough places to dance to keep any salsero in clave six nights a week!  Then there are the various flavors of latin music that each have their respective venues and followers, Latin jazz, merangue, salsa, house latin etc.there appears to be a considerable variety of styles as well as presentation formats to choose from. And let’s not forget the frequent visits from great acts like Celia Cruz, Gilberto Santa Rosa,. El Gran Combo, Rueben Blades, Cubanismo, Arturo Sandoval, et al. who bring their prodigious talents right to our door steps in our concert halls and public venues.

  As for myself, between lessons, rehearsals, hangin’ out and dancing, my salsa week is pretty full indeed, as a matter of fact, I could stand to back off just a bit to make time to take care of other kinds of business. As far as I’m concerned, the fact there are now existing several online newsletters and forums, is indication of a good deal of vitality in the scene, any controversies not withstanding.

  I believe as well that controversy encourages a healthy exchange of ideas and opinions so necessary to the health of any movement or community and up to this point at least it’s all being handled in a mature and respectful fashion. No, it’s not perfect and I’m sure many of us can see lots of ways our little scene here could improve, but personally, I don’t think I’m quite ready to think of it in terms of “malaise”, on the contrary it seems to me quite healthy indeed.  So, tonight, if you can, count those blessings instead of sheep, you’ll sleep better knowing your salsa world is just fine.


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