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Message Subject: Salsa Update #203: Call for Congress Volunteers! Plus Hartford Sat.

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- Important Announcements
   Call for Congress Volunteers
   Sunday: Congress Planning Meeting #2! 4pm
   Preliminary Boston Congress details are out! 
   Saturday: Hartford mini-congress
   Oct. 17: JamNastics/Morenawear Benefit (see item 1 in the mailbag)
- Salsaboston Events (BCCA, Sophia's with Casino Rueda)
- Sponsor News
- This Week's Mailbag

Hi everyone!  Congress planning is heating up!  If you have time or are interested in volunteering for the Congress, both in planning stages and in executions, please let me know.  If you have NOT received an email from the volunteers list, then you are not on the list!  Please send me an email with "add me to volunteers" to olaf@salsaboston.com and include your email address and phone number.  Also if you can give us some idea of your availabilty and interests.  Congress volunteers will get significantly reduced or free event passes depending on level of involvement.

*** THIS SUNDAY: CONGRESS PLANNING MEETING #2  4pm, 24 Breakwater Dr. Chelsea

Since many people will be going to the Hartford mini-congress, this one won't be a brunch, but there will be food.  For directions email me!

Oct. 24-26
MIT/Cambridge (Fri/Sat. day)
BCCA/Brookline (Sat. eve/Sunday)
This year, in addition to many of the people from last year, we have invited Luis and Joby Vasquez, founders of LA's famous Salsa Brava dance company, and Juan Matos, the hottest dancer in New York.  Additionally, World Champion Salsera Olivia Dasso will be back again for an expanded workshop schedule.

There will be workshops Friday-Sunday, and Parties/Performances at least Friday and Saturday, and probably a social dance on Sunday.

Prices tba, but the earlybird event pass is only going to be around $110 and will be available next week.  Prices will go up the following week, so plan ahead!

The website is up, though there is still some information from last year peppered here and there.  www.salsaboston.com/congreso  New information will be posted daily so check back often.  Tickets go on sale next week.

*** VENDORS! ***
Interested in selling things at the Congress?  Vendors from last year did quite well.  Email kelly@salsaboston.com for details.


[note: this event was originally scheduled in Springfield but was moved.  Sorry for the confusion)

H.A. Productions Presents..

The New England Salsa Dance Fest.
Saturday October 4, 2003

An all day event with Salsa classes, workshops, performances and dance competitions with a $200.00 cash prize!! Everything starts at 1:00pm and ends at 3:00am. Complete chedule of events is TBA.*Dance Contest open to amateurs only.

Wayne Gorbea Orchestra (NYC)
Nuevo Estilo (Ct.)

DJ D.Martinez (Boston)

Confirmed Dance Groups:
Salsa y Control, Melaza Dance Group, Salsalort Dance Company, Jam’Nastics Dance Company, Hacha y Machete Dance Company (From Boston).

Latin Rhythm Dancers, Latin Move Dancers
Alisa's House of Salsa Dancers, Connecticut Dancers (From Connecticut).
Con Sazon Dance Company (From New York).

Club Pyramid - 3155 Main St. Hartford Ct.
For tickets, prices and all other info call: 413.747.2146

  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 9:30pm
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 9:00, 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 9:00-10:00.  $12 covers you for the whole night ($10 after 10:00).  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.

 This Week's Mailbag

1) JamNastics/Morenawear Benefit Fri. Oct. 17
2) Latin Film Festival
3) Hips on Fire:  El Bembe and Rueda de Bachata
4) Salsa classes in Providence
5) La Orquesta El Salvador at Lion's Den Oct. 11
6) Lessons in Lexington


**ONE NIGHT ONLY...FRIDAY OCTOBER 17th**Click below. www.morenawear.com

Morenawear.com celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month through the diversity of of Latin Music and dance.

Come see the sensational performances from Boston's hottest Salsa dancers, enjoy drink specials, and be one of the lucky winners to receive spectacular prizes.

2 of Boston Best DJ's will keep this event happening.

In Room # 1 - DJ's Antonio Ortiz A.K.A. DJ Latino spins the best in Salsa, Merengue and bachata. (You heard him play at Sophia's, Ryles and Club Mangos)

In Room # 2 - DJ Tito A. Spins the best in freestyle, dance and hip hop. (You heard him play at Club Mangos and the Big Boston events.)

A portion of the proceeds goes to Jam'nastics Scholarship Fund which services a diverse population of local youth

H. Fernando  Bossa


Strand Theatre Boston 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125 617-282-5230 www.Strand theatreboston .com


The Latino Film Consortium Series Sunday, October 5th at 7:00 PM doors open at 5:30 PM

"NO Turning Back" featuring: Jesus Nebot

The film portrays an event, which could happen to anyone, and the moral dilemma that follows. An English literature professor(Jesus Nebot) from Honduras with strong ethics, when in the heat of the moment, is confronted with the most difficult decision he has ever had to make, chooses a path that could cost him his life.

Live Music by: The Radhy Montero 12 piece Orchestra

Latino Food Cash Bar and Vendors

Cost: $10.00 adults $5.00 children 12 under

Special introduction of the film by the Director/Producer/Writer Jesus Nebot followed by Question and answer session with the audience participation.

Tickets now availabile:

The Strand Theatre Box Office
Merenque Restaurant in Roxbury
Franklin CD in Jamica Plain
Upham's Corner Main Street in Dorchester 617-265-0363

From Hips on Fire:

E L   B E M B E    is back until Dec 19th!!! But only once a month with Live Band so don't miss this coming Friday with Live Band!

El Bembe happens every Friday Night at 9:00 pm featuring:

*  Complimentary Salsa/Merengue Dance Lessons with yours truly "HIPS ON FIRE TEAM"
*  Live music by the best Salsa/Merengue bands in the region every first of the month.
*  Salsa/Merengue DJ
*  Full Bar Service

* Off-site parking with shuttle service to and from a supervised parking lot for just $5.00!

El Bembe runs  from 9:00pm - 1:30am
Admission is only $10.00, 21+ event

* There will be no El Bembe Halloween night -- Friday, October 31st

- Thursday special workshop October 2nd: RUEDA DE BACHATA!! This Thursday we are teaching Rueda the Bachata!!! The new dance in town!!! Come and learn a fun way to dance bachata !!! All levels welcomed. 
8:30-9:30pm - Salsa Adv.

299 Green st, Central Sq, Cambridge

New Salsa Session Starts in Providence this Wednesday, Oct. 1st.
Don't worry if you miss the first class, you can jump right in the
second week!

Oct 1 through Nov 5

CONTINUING NY STYLE SALSA       7:30-8:30 pm

(class descriptions below)

Alternate Wed's:
Oct 8 & 22; Nov 5, After class, 8:30-10 pm

Cost: 6-week session $50
drop in per class $10
Practice nights
   FREE for students reg'd in 6-week session.
   $3 for drop-ins.

Location: Providence Tango Studio
  99 S Bend St
  Pawtucket, RI
  for directions: www.providencetango.com

For more info:
  or call Pamela at 508-820-9828


INTRO to Salsa & NY Style Salsa
The fundamentals and building blocks for creating a dance and
enjoying salsa. Includes the basic steps and turns for two popular
club styles. Emphasis is given to timing, the lead and follow
connection, and quality of movement.

Builds on the basics, based on NY Stlye Salsa (also known as Mambo).
More advanced turns are introduced as well as ways of combining
turns. Additional emphasis is given to freestyle footwork and body

Linda Villanueva


La Orquesta El Salvador will be playing live at the Lion's Den October 11th at 9:00pm.  General Admission is $10.00

Sue Katz


Latin Dance Lessons for Beginners & Improvers

(1) A Taste of Latin Dance for Beginners

Have you always wanted to learn partner dancing?
Are you ready to enjoy some hip action to your favorite music?

Here’s your chance to experience the invigorating and sensuous exercise of Latin American Dancing.

Start with the most basic steps in four of the greatest Latin dances. Learn how to lead or follow – your choice. Absolutely no need to bring a partner. Singles, couples and groups are welcome.

The dances we will sample are:
q       Salsa
q       Merengue
q       BossaNova
q       Cha Cha

Each Latin dance has its own narrative: Merengue is energetic and friendly. Salsa is fast and exhilarating. Bossa Nova is sexy and unhurried. Cha Cha is highly rhythmic.

Sue Katz performed and taught Latin American Dance for 10 years in Britain before moving to Somerville in 2000.

(2) A Taste of Latin Dance for Improvers

Have you done a beginner’s course in Latin dance?
Or do you have experience in partner dancing (ballroom, swing, tango, salsa)?

You don’t have to be an expert, but if you have tried the basic steps, join us in improving your Latin dancing.

You already know that it is terrific exercise to fabulous music. Build your skills in leading or following (your choice). Learn a variety of fancy moves to impress your friends. Get in shape with four of the greatest Latin dances:

q       Salsa (exhilerating)
q       Merengue (energetic)
q       BossaNova (sensuous)
q       Cha Cha (rhythmic)

Absolutely no need to bring a partner. Singles, couples and groups are welcome.

Sue Katz performed and taught Latin American Dance for 10 years in Britain before moving to Somerville in 2000.

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