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Message From: Salsa Update [sbclist@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 1:07 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #206: Back to business! New: Havana Club opens Monday & Salsa Sprint!

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- Important Announcements
   Salsa Sprint Dance-a-thon next Thursday at Ryles for Shriners Hospitals
      *** check out the online pledging!
        See below for more details or pledge/register now at
   Havana Club opens Monday in Union Square, Somerville
   3rd Anniversary Party, Salsa at Sophia's, Wed. Nov. 26
   SalsaBoston has brand new guayaberas for sale. Only $20!!
   Friday at Sophia's, new instructor--Check out details in Sponsor News
- Salsaboston Events (BCCA, Sophia's with Casino Rueda)
- Sponsor News
- This Week's Mailbag

Hi all!  After a few weeks post-congreso hiatus, we're back "in the office" so to speak!  If you missed the Congress, it was a GREAT TIME and many people have provided excellent feedback on the survey.  If you have not taken the survey, please do so!

Also, check out the pix at http://www.mamboston2.com/photogallery.htm

I have to say it was a real joy working with everyone to put this event together, much more so than in past years.  Things really went off smoothly and everyone worked really hard to take care of the things they committed to doing.  There are in my estimation over 100 people that contributed time and effort to make the event happen.  THANK YOU ALL!  Particularly I'd like to mention Sid and Faye from MIT Casino Rueda Group, Roberto Terrones, and of course Kelly Silfies.  These people made up the core organization and worked their "hienies" off the week of the congress!

Additionally, we have tentative commitments from several people to begin planning the 2004 Boston Congress starting next month, and to make it a national/international caliber event.  Stay tuned for that announcement soon!

In the meantime, tickets for LA 2004 are on sale already, and the rock bottom prices are available until Nov. 30.  See mailbag for more details.  Be sure to register under SalsaBoston.  http://www.alberttorresevents.com/news/wcsc04_102903.htm

Important Announcements

Temporada Latina (@ Ryles, Thursdays) is hosting the "Salsa Sprint" fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals this coming Thursday.  What it is, is a 3 hour dance-a-thon, wherein anyone that wants to is requested to seek sponsors who will pay say $5-$10/hour.  Dancers will be checked in and out of the dance floor I believe, during the 3 hour period, and sponsors will basically donate an amount equal to the hours danced x the amount pledged.  You can also sponsor a fixed amount.

In support of the event, I have developed a little online pledge program!


Here's how it works.  You can either:
1) Sign up as a dancer and have people sponsor you
2) Sign up to sponsor someone
3) Both! (ex. sponsor yourself)

You can also pay online if you want, either in advance or afterwords!  The page also lists who is dancing and how much money we've raised through this program so far.  Please contribute!

Also, if you find any problems with the form, please let me know.  info@salsaboston.com

Suzanne told me there are a lot of people willing to sponsor someone, but very few dancers!  So sign up now!  Right now you can sponsor **me**!  Select Olaf "El Gringo de la Salsa"  But as soon as some other people add themselves, you can sponsor them too.  So if there's anyone you want to sponsor, let them know right away!

Also, here's the link for the event.  http://www.tlsalsa.com/salsasprint
Or see the mailbag for the latest.


The Havana Club presents Mambo Mondays, opens Nov 17th
@ Toast, Union Square, Somerville

The Havana Club provides a casually elegant evening (Mambo Mondays!) for beginning and serious Salsa dancers.  The night features a beginner lesson from 8-9, followed by an open Salsa dance from 9-12. Havana Club is located at Toast, an upscale restaurant and bar which can luxuriously seat 75 while 150 dance Salsa. (Yeah, Baby!)  The restaurant serves gourmet food and the bar makes authentic Mojitos! Free Valet Parking is available for women traveling alone. Club Code of Conduct: Treat her like a lady! Admission is $10. Opening night is Monday, November 17th!

Toast is located at 70 Union Square in Somerville. To drive there from Cambridge's central square, go 1 mile up Prospect St., take a left at the Dunkin Donuts and look for the sign "Toast" on your right. There are free public parking lots next to and behind the restaurant. Bus routes 85, 86, 87, and 91 have Union Square stops.

For more information call Jeff Robinson at 617.312.5550 or email havanaclubsalsa@yahoo.com


3rd Anniversary Party, Salsa Night at Sophia's, Wednesday, November 26
    (the night before Thanksgiving)  Last year, SOLD OUT!!  This year,
    planning on 2 floors!  2 DJ's!  More party!


Guayaberas for sale!

We managed to get ahold of a bunch of nice ones wholesale from Miami for the Congress but were too busy to sell them, so we have some left!  If you don't know, these are short sleaved, embroidered men's shirts based on the casual Cuban style.  They have a straight cut bottom and are worn loosely.  These have retail tags on them for $30-$50, but this batch we're selling for $20 each!!!!

Colors are across the board, mostly black, blue, pastels, cream, and white, but a few others.  Various sizes.  If interested, email size and color preference to info@salsaboston.com and I'll let you know what we have left in stock.

Here is a picture of a typical one: http://www.suavecito.com/images/Shirts/BlueGuayaberra.jpg

Great Holiday Gift for your "DANCIN' MAN!"

 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.

  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.

Sponsor News:

Sangria & Salsa is HOT - Red Hot!
Every Friday, salsa your way over to the best social party in town.
Our professional dance teacher Rix brings years of experience offering
beginner and advanced Salsa, Merengue and Bachata.
The fun starts at 7:30pm and NO partner necessary!
Optional salsa lessons begin at 8:00pm
(8-9 Beginner 9-10 Intermediate)
Bring your friends, sip sangria and get ready to salsa all night long. THIS EVENT IS GREAT FOR GROUPS, BACHELOR-ETTE PARTIES,


 This Week's Mailbag

1) La Alianza Latin Party at Harvard Law, Sat.
2) Salsa workshop Sat. in Kenmore with Hector, Cuban Style
3) Jamnastics update  T^2 Two for Tuesdays
4) Pabon: Party on Sat.
5) MIT Casino Rueda Workshop Saturday
6) Center for Latino Arts opens Thurs. Nov 20
7) Salsa Sprint, EXPLAINED
8) La Timba Loca opens for MI PUERTO RICO, Latino Film
9) Venezuelan Night, at Knights of Columbus in Brighton, Nov 28

Joanne Jackson


What: La Alianza of Harvard Law School’s Famous Seminannual
      SALSA PARTY!!!!!!

Fun begins: Saturday, Nov. 15, 9pm – 1am

Where: Harkness Commons Student Recreation Center
(Take Mass. Ave past Harvard Sq. and turn right on Jarvis St.)

Goodies: All-you-can drink delicious sangria and cold beer with $8 cover,  DJ Hernan, and free salsa lessons during the first hour of the party!

Come shake your booty, or watch other people shake theirs!

If you have any questions, please contact alianza@law.harvard.edu


                                    FROM 10 AM TO 2 PM

                                         with HECTOR
                     ( SALSATKENMORE @YAHOO.FR )

                                     CUBAN STYLE

          from 10 am to 11:30 am  beginners ( basics steps,timming,1st position,1st figure, leading &following )
         from 11:30 am to 1: 00 pm  intermediate ( 2nd position{dile que no}, connections and timming, figures)
         from 1:00 pm to 2 :00 pm practice and social dance (dj hector)

                1 LEVEL $15 + PRACTICE
                2 LEVELS $ 25 +PRACTICE
                PRACTICE ONLY $ 10

               in the CITY GYM CLUB

     (  also available classes every monday,tuesday,and friday
       monday:beg from 9pm to 11 pm class+practice $10
       tuesday inter from 9pm to 11 pm  class+practice $10
        friday  from 7 pm to 8 pm inter $10;
                    from 8 pm to 9 pm beg $10)
       6 lessons card $50, 12 lessons card $100
       no membership necessary, no partner needed !

        private salsa lessons starting from $40

        email salsatkenmore@yahoo.fr
               tel 617 731 2847 /857 939 8009
              !  CALIENTE !

[From Jamnastics  www.jamnastics.org]

Do the T2 to power up your Salsa!

Get the 2's on Tuesday Discount!!

For this November Session only, take advantage of these great discounts.

Bring Two friends*, and have them register (sign-up for an entire session) for any of the Tuesday classes, and get $25 off on any regular Tuesday class session. For example, if your Two friends register, one class session will cost you $25 instead of $50. If you take two classes for the session then it will cost you $65 instead of $90.
Bring Two friends to a Tuesday class and take one Tuesday class for free.
Bring your college ID and take Two of the Tuesday classes for the price of one. This offer is only opened to college students.
Salseros, dont be mean! Allow others to join the Salsa Fun. Include all of your friends in the salsa adventure.
Definitely do the Twos on Tuesday; T2 all the way!!!!

* Friends or anyone you bring must be a first timer. In other words, they have never taken any salsa class with JAMNASTICS.

Compare the T Square (T2) discounts to our normal prices And Hurry.

1 Class $14
2 Class $25

1 Class $50
2 Class $90

all you salseros and salseras come and dance
to the best salsa in town with "Edwin Pabon and orchestra"
you can also purchase his new CD "solo un tiempo"

spinning hot salsa DJ "Pedro Santiago" saturday nov 15,
9pm to 11pm $20 @the door     Dinner 8pm promptly!!
Morgen Memorial Building roxbury ma, at the corner of
harrison ave and melnea cass blvd.
.. Rt 93 south or north
get off eixt 18, right into melnea cass blvd four stop lights
morgen memorial bluiding is on your left hand side info 617-524-0457 www.pabonelsalsero.com


Hey everybody!! It's time for another

                     MIT CASINO RUEDA GROUP
                    SALSA AND RUEDA WORKSHOP!!

Register now to reserve a spot!

WHEN:   Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, 2 PM to 5 PM

WHERE:  Lobdell Cafeteria
        2nd floor Stratton Student Center (building W20)
        84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
        for a map click here:

COST: $10

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 necessary! 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 moves.

Intermediate/Advanced: Assumes the dancer is comfortable with beginner
  and advanced beginner 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 moves.

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

You are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration of
The Center for Latino Arts / Casa de la Cultura

Keeping Latino Arts Alive in Boston

85 West Newton St.      Boston MA 02118 
(Adjacent to the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center)
p. 617 927 1730
f. 617 927 1714

Join us on Thursday, November 20
3:00 to 3:30 pm: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Mayor Thomas Menino
5:00 to 7:00 pm: Tapas Reception catered by The Catered Affair
Featuring performances with
Juanito Pascual, Flamenco Guitarist
Celia Ayala y su ballet folclórico
Art Exhibition in our new gallery featuring artwork by:
Juan José Barboza Gubo
Debora Huacuja
Esther García Eder
Suggested donation: $25.00 per person
We hope to see you there!

The opening of the Center for Latino Arts/Casa de la Cultura will be the realization of a long-held dream - the creation of a cutting edge, multi-functional community arts complex with a unique Latino flavor. Celebrating Boston's growing diversity, the Center for Latino Arts will become a new fixture in the cultural life of the city, serving as a link between cultures and as an advocate for Latino arts and artists.   Please RSVP to Ileanna Lanzo at 617 927 1730 or via email at ilanzo@iba-etc.org.

Hello Everyone.

Here comes Salsa Sprint! Below are lots of details broken down into easy to access categories. Feel free to contact me if you need any additional information.

Thank  you:
First I would like to thank you for participating in Salsa Sprint. It will be great fun for an even greater cause! Can you believe it is next week?! Wow! November 20th is coming fast!

Make sure you've registered so you are on the guest list:
As "sprinters" you will enter Ryles for free. If you have not registered yet, please do so at www.tlsalsa.com/salsasprint so your name will be at the door. Everyone else pays $8.00.

  [  go here for pledging!! http://salsaboston.com/sprint/ ]

Bring pledge sheet:
Please bring a copy of your pledge sheet with you. You will need your original to assist you in collecting your pledges.

On Thursday, November 20th the doors open and the music begins at 8:30 p.m. There will be dancing until 1:00 a.m.! Remember, the night is open to all.

Salsa Sprint begins promptly at 9:30 p.m. so please arrive early.

Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge.

Who do I dance with?
You can dance with anyone you wish during the evening. "Non-sprinters" are being encouraged to come and dance with us "sprinters" to make sure no one is left without a partner.

Have fun and take care of you:
Please remember, the purpose of the event is to help a hospital, not fill it with salsa dancers. It is supposed to be a fun, relaxed time of dancing for a good cause. Keep that in mind. You know your body; please listen to it. Rest when you need to. It's not only allowed, it is encouraged.

It's not too late for your friends to join in:
Please encourage your friends to join us. It is never too late to join! They don't have to worry that they only have a week left to raise money -  even a little bit helps!

The Grand Prize:
Salsa classes and private lessons have been donated by local instructors!
Two Grand Prizes will be awarded: One to the person that raises the most money and one to the person with the greatest number of sponsors. The more money the winners raise, the greater their prize! Log on to www.tlsalsa.com/grandprizes for more details.

Thank you to local instructors!
As organizer of the event, I, Suzanne Steele, thank all of the instructors that have given so generously. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the services they offer. Contact information and links to their web sites are at www.tlsalsa.com/grandprizes.

How does Salsa-Sprint work?:
If you have never participated in a walk-a-thon or dance-a-thon, here is how it works:

First you register to dance at www.tlsalsa.com/salsasprint and print out a pledge/donation sheet.

Second, ask your friends, family, colleagues, and employer to either make a flat donation or sponsor you (definitions below). Send out a general e-mail to your friends and family and tell them what you are doing.

There are no minimum sponsorship amounts, nor maximum amounts. Donations of all sizes are great. Let people donate/sponsor you according to what they can give.

Third, come on the 20th to Temporada Latina and dance! Enjoy!

Last, collect the money (checks made payable directly to Shriners Hospital for Children) pledged/donated and bring it to me, Suzanne, at Temporada Latina. Once it is all collected, I'll bring it to the hospital.


Flat Donation means a person or company will donate a set amount of money to shriners Hospital for Children whether you dance all 3 hours or just 3 minutes. For example, if a friend says they will make a $10.00 donation, they will write a check for $10.00 no matter how much or little you dance. You can collect this money in advance.

Pledge per half hour means a person or company will pay you a set amount of money for each half hour that you dance. For example, a company might sponsor you $10.00 per half hour. If you dance an hour and a half, they would write a check to Shriners Hospital for $30.00. If you dance all three hours, they would write a check for $60.00

Matching Funds policy: If you work for a large company, ask if they have a policy where they will match funds. This means that for every dollar you raise, they will donate a dollar, or maybe for every dollar you raise they will donate .50¢ - it will depend upon their policy.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I look forward to sharing the dance floor with you.

-Suzanne Steele
Organizer of Temporada Latina and Salsa Sprint

Suzanne Steele d.b.a. Assorted Affairs
PO Box 1297, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562
Phone: 508-224-5120

La Timba Loca

in collaboration with Boston Latin theatre troupe Escena Latina
opens for...

The Latino Film Consortium presents the fourth film of their film festival series.MI PUERTO RICO

This documentary follows a Latina who grows up in New York and goes to Puerto Rico to find her roots.  She finds not only her history but the untold history of an island.

Presentation and Q&A with director Raquel Ortiz.
If you missed our collaboration with Escena Latina at Scullers earlier this year or if you want to catch our new scenes don't miss this rare LTL appearance at the LFC Film Festival!

Saturday, November 15, 2003
8:00 pm SHARP!
$10 adults children 12 and under $5
For More Information call 617-282-8000
(Para informacion en español llame 617-265-0363)
Cash Bar, Latin Food Vendors, Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible

Jesus Balza



I just want to inform you of an event happening on
November 28th. It's a venezuelan night and I'm trying
to promote it. The event would be at:

Knights of Columbus
323 Washington St.
Brighton, MA
info: 617-232-8470

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