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Message From: Salsa Update [olaf@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2003 11:52 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #201: Bembe reopens tonight

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- Important Announcements
  El Bembe reopens tonight
  Congress Dates, Oct. 24-26, call for volunteers
  Sophia's Classes--time change (8pm Rueda, 9pm Salsa, 10pm dancing!  Sharp!)
- Salsaboston Events (BCCA, Sophia's with Casino Rueda)
- Sponsor News
- This Week's Mailbag

See some of ya'll at the Miami Congress this weekend!

Announcement details:

El Bembe reopens tonight with Grupo Fantasia, 21+. $10  see mailbag for more details

As previously announced, and contrary to rumors, the Boston Congress will be on October 24-26 with the following tentative schedule:
  Friday night: workshops and classes at El Bembe
  Saturday: workshops at MIT
  Saturday evening: party and performances at MIT (possible band)
  Sunday: workshops at BCCA, possible social dance Sunday night at BCCA
  *** these locations may change
Volunteer brunch meetings will begin next weekend!  If you're interested in volunteering on the organizational committee, please email kelly@salsaboston.com.

  Salsa Night at the BCCA
      Every Saturday!

BCCA's Salsa Night is now open with a modest crowd but very fun! 

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
  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

PROPER DRESS REQUIRED, no tshirts, jeans, caps

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) El Bembe restarts, Friday Sept. 19
3) National Ballroom Dance Week Event, next Wed. w/ April
4) Salsalegre this Sat.
5) Johnny and Kelly Schedule
6) Springfield Salsa Mini-congress
7) Latino Consortium Film Series at the Strand Theatre
8) Bachata lovers, Monchy at Lido, sept. 28
9) JamNastics Salsa Boot Camp next Thursday
10) Noche Latina Schedule
11) MIT Casino Rueda Workshop Sun. Sept. 28

- ! Viernes Con Clave !

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

Sep 19, Salsa Lesson By Salsalort Dance Company         

Sep 26, Salsa Lesson by Hacha y Machete
        AND Special Performance with their
        Newest choreography.

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


Greetings from the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center!

E L   B E M B É    R e t u r n s!!!!!

We are extremely pleased to announce the return of El Bembé, Boston's best Latin music and dance night! El Bembé resumes FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19th with LIVE Salsa from Grupo Fantasia!  

El Bembé happens every Friday Night at 9:00 pm from September 19th through December 19th (except Halloween), featuring:

*  Complimentary Salsa/Merengue Dance Lessons with "HIPS ON FIRE TEAM"
*  Live music by the best Salsa/Merengue bands in the region
*  Salsa/Merengue Disc Jockey
*  Full Bar Service
* Off-site parking with shuttle service to and from a supervised parking lot for just $5.00!

8 El Bembe is from 9:00pm - 1:30am Admission is only $10.00, 21+ event, Off-site parking available for only $5.00 * There will be no El Bembé Halloween night -- Friday, October 31st

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


A National Ballroom Dance Week Event   
Join AprilOn2 at this Boston event!

Wednesday, September 24, 2003
11:30am - 1:30pm
at Boston's South Station's Grand Concourse

AprilOn2 and the Fred Astaire Dance Studio sponsors the
festivities with classes, performances, and dancing.


**Performance by Aprilon2 Dancers

**Special guest performance by
2003 Amateur German Latin Finalists,
Christian Polanc and Petra Kostovcikova,
arriving in the U.S. exclusively for this event.

**Also, free mini lessons in salsa, ballroom and hip hop with some of the
best professionals in the Boston area.
For more information, visit :


Weee're Baaaaack!
SATURDAY September 20, is SALSALEGRE! Metro West's once-a-month Salsa Social Dance. THIS WILL BE OUR FIRST DANCE BACK AT THE SONS OF ITALY SINCE THE  SUMMER!!!!!!

The Sons of Italy Lodge 1411 37 Washington AVENUE (not Washington St) Natick, MA (DIRECTIONS FOLLOW) 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

Johnny and I are back from the NY Salsa Congress, where Salsa Y Control dazzled once again.  (If you missed them, stay tuned for their performance at the 3rd Annual New England Salsa Congress.)  The air is getting crisp and the city is full of students…  so it’s time for the fall session! Johnny and Kelly’s fall session starts THIS week.

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.

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

Beginner:          Thursdays at 8:00pm – 9:30pm 

(starting Sept. 18th)

                        Dance Complex

                        536 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge

                        Studio 5

                        Near the Central Square T stop on the Red Line

            Public parking lots or street parking available

Beginner:          Mondays at 7:00pm – 8:30pm

NEW!              (starting Sept. 15th)

                        Brookline Community Center for the Arts (BCCA)

                        14 Green St. in Brookline

                        Near the Coolidge Corner T stop on the Green Line

                        Public parking lots or street parking available


Beginner:          Mondays at 9:15pm – 10:45pm

                        (starting Sept. 15th)

            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


Advanced:        Tuesdays at 9:00pm – 10:30pm

                        (starting Sept. 16th)

            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

Classes are $15 each or five classes for $60 (within the fall session).  The session lasts 13-14 weeks, depending on the level. Please e-mail or call with any questions. 
Kelly:  kelly@salsaboston.com, (617) 522-7443
Johnny:  salsumba1@aol.com, (617) 312-6464
We look forward to dancing with you!




3155 Mian St. Hartford, CT.




Group Confirmed

From Boston, MA.
Salsa y Control
Melaza Dance Group
Salsalort Dance Company
Jamnastics Dance Company

From Connecticut
Latin Rhythm Dancers
Latin Move Dancers
Alisa's House of Salsa Dancers
Connecticut Dancers

From New York
Con Sazon Dance Company

salsa dance contest for amateurs only

todo el sabado 4 de octubre desde las 1:30pm a 8:30pm clases de baile y excibiciones de bailes para todo el publico en general

entrada general
$25.00/clases y shows 1:30pm a 8:00pm
live band $15.00 antes de las 11.00pm $20.00 despues.
package: live/band, shows and classes $35.00
open on till 3:00am every Saturday
with two dance floor

Music by Wayne Gorbea from New York
and Nuevo Estilo from Connecticut

for more info. please call at


For Immediate Release                   Contact: Lisa C. Jones 617-282-5230 xt107
Date: September 9, 2003                

Latino Consortium Film Series at the Strand Theatre

The Latino Film Consortium of Boston will host a series of Latino Films at the Historical Strand Theatre in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner.  The Film Series begins on Sunday, October 5, 2003 at 7:00pm.  The first film “No Turning Back” will be followed by Q&A of Writer, Director, Producer and Actor “Jesus Nebot”. Also live music by “Radhy Montero Twelve Piece Orchestra”.   “No Turning Back” is a film about an illegal immigrant from Honduras, living in the United States working on a tomato farm, who gets in trouble when he accidentally hits a girl with his employer’s truck.  Deciding to try to escape the law, Pablo goes on the run with his young daughter Christina.  As he flees from the law, his experience is recorded in print and on video by a mysterious “Guerilla Journalist.  http://www.noturningback.com/ 

Having the film series at the Strand Theatre is an idea venue; the Strand opened its doors in 1918 as a vaudeville movie palace and since 2002 has been featuring national and international independent films.  The Latin Film Consortium based out of the Strand Theatre members are Victoria Jones, Executive Director of the Strand Theatre, Fernando Bosso, Marketing Manager-Producer, Blanca Bonilla, Independent filmmaker/writer, Josefina Bonilla-Ruiz, Screenwriter/producer, Alberto Vasallo, CEO El Mundo Newspaper and Digna Gerena, Independent/Filmmaker/television producer. 

The mission of the Film Consortium is to fill a void for films not usually seen in the Boston theaters.  The Latin Film Consortium would like to continue to provide films by, for and/or about the Latino community to be shown at the Strand Theatre.  The result is a series of five interesting and captivating films shown in the heart of the community each film night will feature live music, ethnic food and interactive sessions with the movie producers, actors and directors.  

The second film of the series is “Blue Diner”, Sunday, October 26, 2003 @ 7:00pm.  “Blue Diner” is one of the few fully bilingual American Independent films today.  The story speaks of a Puerto Rican mother and daughter dealing with the loss of a father/husband, lost language and lost love.  Presentation by Natatcha Estebanez.  http://www.bluediner.com/

The third film of the series is “Down the Road”, Saturday, November 8, 2003 @ 8:00pm.  This movie is not yet rated (sexuality, rape and some violence).  “Down the Road” A young Korean War Veteran returns home to find his parents have died and his wife has left him for another man.  He leaves California roots for Middle America in search of a distant cousin; his cousin has been missing for four years, leaving behind a wife and five daughters living in a small town full of secrets, blackmail and murder.  http://www.midcoast-pictures.com/dtrqt.html

The fourth film of the series is “MI PUERTO RICO”, Saturday, November 15, 2003 @ 8:00pm. “MI PUERTO RICO” is a Documentary by the National Latino Communications Center Educational Media, 1996.  This documentary follows a Spanish woman who grows up in New York and goes to Puerto Rico to find her roots.  http://ucmedia.berkeley.edu/sales/socialsci05/socimain4.html#movie38485

The fifth film of this series “Almost a Woman”, Saturday, December 20, 2003 @ 8pm.  “Almost a Woman” is an inspiring story of a teenage girl who overcomes language and cultural barriers to achieve her dreams.  “Almost a Woman” was adapted by Esmeralda Santiago from her novel of the same title.  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/americancollection/woman/synopsis.html

Tickets are available for $10 adult and children under 12 $5.  For more information contact the Strand Theatre at (617) 282-8000 or Para informacion en espanol llame Fernando Bossa @ 617-265-0363

Parking is safe, free, and easily accessible.  Please visit our WEB sites at www.strandtheatreboston.com

Sunday, September 28
El Bachatazo with Monchy y Alexandra, El Prodigio Y
Raulin Rodriguez Live!
Club Lido Nightclub
1380 North Shore Road, Revere

Thursday, September 25th @ the BCCA

Salsa Boot Camp [offered in beginner, intermediate & advanced levels] Training todays dancers for tomorrows socials

JAMNASTICS wants YOU--to dance salsa!
6-6:30 Footwork til you drop  a footwork challenge + a 5 min. stretch at end 6:30-7 Be all the partner you can be  leading & following technique 7:30-8 Spin like the best, or get dizzy like the rest  spinning drills & advice 8-8:30 The few, the proud, the stylish  ladies & mens styling & body movement 8:30-9 United we social dance
9-10 AUDITION for the JAMNASTICS Dance Company or Training Group

$8.00 for any 30 minute workshop
$5.00 for the social dance and the audition
$25.00 for the entire Salsa Boot Camp!

Tuesday, September 30 Open House Salsa Party @ the YWCA
meet the instructors, see our new dance space
6-8 free mini dance social includes:
6-6:45 complimentary sample classes
-salsa basics (level 1)
-salsa with style (levels 2-4)
(instructor will demo & explain our various classes and teach a sample of each) 6:45-7 performances by the JAMNASTICS Salsa Encendida dance company and training group 7-8 free hour of social dancing!

For more information please contact the JAM’NASTICS,
Inc. Office at 617-354-5780 and/or feel free to visit
the website

Noche Latina Dance Company, Boston
Featuring the Dance Styles of Hedwige Louis

Salsa Tuesdays...
Beginners: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Intermediate: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Advanced: 8:30pm-9:30pm
Fabulous Salsa Night from 9:30pm-Midnight
107 R Union Street, Newton Ctr, behind Fleet Bank
Call Melissa  617-461-5100

Salsa Sundays...
Beginner & Intermediate from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Advanced from 7:00pm-8:00pm
Free Cha-Cha Lessons (with salsa lesson) from 8:00pm-8:30pm Sensational Salsa Night from 8:30pm-Midnight at Club Mambo, located in TJ's Roadhouse 131 Exchange St. Malden (across from Super Fitness on Rt 60) Call Melissa 617-461-5100

Salsa Thursdays...
Beginner & Intermediate from 8:45pm-10:00pm
Fantastic Latin Night from 10:00pm-2:00am
Club Mambo, located in TJ's Roadhouse 131 Exchange St. Malden (across from Super Fitness on Rt 60) Call Melissa 617-461-5100

Noche Latina also offers private and semi-private lessons which can be schedule by calling Melissa at 617-461-5100 or emailing nochelatina2002@yahoo.com

                    SALSA AND RUEDA WORKSHOP!!

Don't miss the FIRST workshop of the school year!

WHEN:   Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, 1 PM to 4 PM

WHERE:  Walker Memorial Hall, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
        for a map click here:

Cost: $10 per workshop

No partner is necessary!  Participants 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 (e.g.
  Enchufla, Dame Una, Adios/Prima), teaches advanced beginner-level Rueda
Intermediate/Advanced: Assumes the dancer has knowledge of beginner and
  advanced beginner-level Rueda moves and has a good lead/follow
  technique.  Students in this group should be comfortable
  leading/following moves 'on the tap' such as Siete.  Teaches advanced

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!

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, as balance permits.)

Feel free to visit our web page for more information about the group and rueda in general:

                              MIT Casino Rueda Group

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