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Message From: Salsa Update [sbclist@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 4:03 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #209: Salsa Y Control Art Show opens Fri. @BCCA, BIG SALSA PARTY

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- Pick of the Week
   Fri. Dec. 5th, Salsa Party to celebrate the opening of
      SALSA ART, exhibit by Andres Giraldo.  At the BCCA. Scroll down
- Important Announcements
   SalsaBoston has brand new guayaberas for sale. Only $20!!
   Friday at Sophia's, new instructor
        --Check out details in Sponsor News
   Havana Club open Mondays in Union Square, Somerville
        --Details in Sponsor News
- Salsaboston Events (BCCA, Sophia's with Casino Rueda)
- Sponsor News
- This Week's Mailbag

Hi all!  If you missed the 3rd anniversary party last week, it was PHAT!  364 in attendance, 2 floors, Boston Salsa at it's Finest!  Look for more happening at Sophia's with SalsaBoston soon and thanks to all for THREE *HOT* YEARS!

   Photos: http://mamboston2.com/xboard/photog/SBA

** New Years Eve planning guide:

We're being pulled in every direction on what to do that night.  For sure:
  - Boston Event Guide's Resolution Ball
        If you're looking for a Black Tie Gala (non-Salsa), check that out.
  - Salsa Party with Temporada Latina at Ryles.  See mailbag for details

Additionally, we are finalizing plans for one or both:
  - Salsa New Year's at Sophia's
  - Latin New Year's party at Wonderland/Lido (upstairs, live music)

If you've got your druthers on one or the other of these last two, please let me know!

Pick of the Week



Inspiring Others to Dance!!!!
Join us December 5th and be part of the new beginning!

Featuring an exhibit of SALSA ART by Andres Giraldo, founding member of Salsa y Control.

 *Dancing to the hottest salsa till 2:00am with DJ D Martinez!  *Learn new moves with Salsa y Control!  *complimentary Hors d'oeuvres! *Performances by Special Guests!!!
           -Hacha y Machete Dance Stylists
           -Hips on Fire
           -Jamnastics Dance Company
           -Melaza Dancers
           -Salsalort Latin Dance Company
 *and many more surprises!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 5th 2003. 
Brookline Community Center for the Arts (BCCA)
14 Green St. Near Coolidge Corner T Stop
Doors Open at 8:00pm

Tickets: $20
All Ages Welcome

For more Info call 617 312-6464 or 508 951-1298 or visit us at www.salsaycontrol.com

Important Announcements

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.


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, SINGLES or COUPLES ON A DATE.



The Havana Club presents Mambo Mondays
@ 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

 This Week's Mailbag

1) New Years at Ryles
2) Enclave (Latin Jazz) at Gardner Museum, Dec. 6
3) MIT Casino Rueda Group January Workshops
4) Christmas Party at Platforms (RI), Dec. 21
5) Salsa Night Band performing in Hyannis and El Bembe this week
6) April Update (long)


Hello all.
Great News!

-DJ Latino (Antonio Ortiz) will be spinning on New Years Eve at Temporada Latina/Ryles. -Five hours of fantastic salsa with a little merengue and bachata in the mix. -Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres and Champagne Toast at midnight.

If you love to dance salsa, and want to end the year with a wonderful salsa celebration, dress up and join us at Temporada Latina!

December 31, 2003
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Tickets: $30.00;  Available online (soon) at www.RylesJazz.com or by calling Ryles at (617) 876-9330

See you there!

Reminder: Temporada Latina is closed on Christmas (Thurs., Dec. 25) and New Years DAY (Thurs., Jan. 1)

Hi Everyone,

This is a reminder about Enclave's Latin jazz concert
at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum this Saturday,
Dec. 6 at 1:30 PM.  The venue was awarded "Best
Concert Setting" by Boston Magazine, and is the
perfect place to enjoy an afternoon of music and art.

I still have a fair amount of free tickets left, so
please contact me if you would like for me to drop
some in the mail for you. Otherwise, any remaining
comp tickets will be given away at the door, first
come, first served.  You may purchase tickets at http://www.gardnermuseum.org/music/Concertmain.asp

Enclave, original Latin jazz quartet

Hilary Noble, saxes and percussion
Rebecca Cline, piano
Fernando Huergo, electric bass
Pablo Bencid, drums

Hey everybody!  Before your leave for the holidays, mark your calendars for the

                     MIT CASINO RUEDA GROUP
                    JANUARY WORKSHOP SERIES!!

Check out the special pricing scheme!

WORKSHOP I:   Saturday, January 17, 2004  2-5 PM
              La Sala de Puerto Rico (2nd floor, MIT Student Center)
              84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
              for a map click here:

WORKSHOP II:  Saturday, January 24, 2004  2-5 PM
              Walker Memorial Hall, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
              for a map click here:

WORKSHOP III: Saturday, January 31, 2004  2-5 PM
              Walker Memorial Hall, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
              for a map click here:

COST:  $10/workshop, $25 for all three workshops!
       with student ID:  $8/workshop, $20 for all three workshops!

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

Jeanne Oki


Annual Christmas Party at Strictly Salsa Sunday on December 21st at Platforms Nightclub in Providence R.I. Lesson from 7:30 p.m sha rp to 8:00 p.m.  There will be food served after the lesson.  Dancing until 1:00 a.m. Enjoy some dance demonstrations by our local
Salseros and Salseras. Great floor, friendly atmosphere and dancing on 1 and 2. 
come and join us in Providence. Take Rt.95 South from Boston to Exit 18..Thurbers Avenue.. Take a left at the end of exit.. Allens
Avenue and then the 3rd left..Oxford Street...you can see the club from Allens Avenue..pull into our free parking lot.  Entrance fe e for this night only is $7.00 Hope to see all our Boston area friends. For more information contact JEANNE OKI AT okisalsa@netzero .com

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Hi guys,
   thought I let you guys know that Salsa Night band is going to perform at;  The Blue Anchor Cafe, Main St. Hyannis Dec 6th 2003.  Jorge hernandez Cultural Center ("El Bembe") South End Boston, Dec 5th 2003. Hope to see you guys there.


Salseros de Corazon!!

Thanks to all who came to Salsa Sundays to celebrate Thanksgiving! Special thanks to those who cooked up a storm and contributed to the feast!

  **New Classes**


The December Salsa session will feature 2 new classes (starting next week, Monday Dec. 8th, and Tuesday December 9th).

starting Dec.8th: Mondays, 6pm: Intro to Merengue, Bachata, and Cha-Cha (nightclub style). This class is for All levels. You will master the basics of Latin social dancing while improving your lead and following techniques. This class will especially focus on improving body movement and style.

starting Dec. 9th: Tuesdays, 6pm: Salsa Choreography Class for Level 2 (perfor! mance class). Come challenge your brain and body! You are not required to perform! The salsa choreography learned in this class will be used for the Aprilon2 student dance team which will perform in 2004. The class is open to any level 2 student who is interested in learning about performance technique and increasing confidence on the dance floor.

Contact April at 917-776-1325 for more info about the new student amateur group.

**Class schedule for December below or check www.AprilOn2.com

  -- SIZZLIN' SALSA Saturdays!! DECEMBER 13th!!

I know we kept you waitin'! We're back!!

Our December Saturday Party will feature Amaryllis Cintron and her new group MamboSon!
The group will feature 5 top female dancers from NYC, and one Papi Chulo from Jersey! This is a night you do not want to miss!

**Ladie's Styling and Spinning Workshops with Amaryllis **Performances! More info coming soon!

  --WEPA HOLIDAY PARTY, Sunday December 14th!!

**Secret Santa!
** Christmas Salsa and Goodies (coquito y mas!)
** DJ Hernan celebrates the big 3,0 (put it together, but don't say it out loud to the gangsta). Other December babies: *Miguelito, Michelle, Franny, Eddie and Ahmed! Come celebrate with us!

Save the date!

Hope y'all had a Happy Thanksgiving!! MUAH!


Learn Salsa with April and Ahmed, professional dancers/instructors from NYC! The new Salsa session begins Monday, December 1st, and Tuesday, December 2nd.

   ********** NEW CLASS SCHEDULE ***********

New 4-week Session starts every month.
You get a DISCOUNT for registering for more than one
class. DROP-INS WELCOME! No pre-registration required!

   **Get your Salsa! Gold Card for unlimited classes and socials!

   ************ MONDAYS in Cambridge
Starting Monday, December 1st
VFW POST 299, 288 Green St. Central Square, Cambridge (Publ! ic Parking Lot next door) DIRECTIONS and Parking info at Aprilon2.com

7-8 pm AND 8-9pm
Level I Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)
Fundamentals of leading and following, timing, connection, and
basic turns.

7-8 pm
Level II Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)
Turn combinations, body movement, and coordination of open

8-9 pm ** MEN'S Styling and Spin Technique **  ALL LEVELS
Body isolations, arm and head detailing, footwork and creativity
while partnering. Partner drills with female followers to
incorporate styling techniques learned in class.

8-9 pm ** Ladies Styling & Spin Technique ** All Levels
Isolations, head whips, elegant arms, spin drills and more!
Partner drills with male leads to incorporate styling techniques
learned in class.

9-10 pm
Levels III & IV Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)
Classic NY turn patterns, expanding the repertoire, open shine
challenge, creativity while partnering.

  *********** TUESDAYS in CAMBRIDGE
Starting Tuesday, December 2nd
VFW Post 299, 288 Green St, Central Square, Cambridge

7-8pm AND 8-9pm
Level I Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)
Fundamentals of leading and following, timing, connection, and
basic turns.

Levels II & III
This 2 hour class will include open shines, partner work, SPIN TECHNIQUE and
DRILLS, styling and creativity while partnering, as well as fine-tune
fundamental leading and following techniques that are essential to NY Style dancing.
Get rid of bad habits! Guaranteed to improve your dancing at ANY level!!
(followed by an hour of social dancing from 9-10pm!!! !!!!!) 9-10pm SOCIAL DANCE PRACTICE & PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Free for all Aprilon2 Registered Students $2 for drop-in's

UNLIMITED GOLD CARD (includes unlimited classes + WEPA SUNDAY SOCIALS!) UNLIMITED CLASSES + WEPA SALSA SUNDAY SOCIALS. All the classes you want to take, plus Sunday Dance Parties! YOUR GOLD CARD $125. (Good for one month of classes and socials. Can be purchased at any time in the month and used if overlaps into the next session.) For more info: WWW.aprilon2.com 617-388-0925 aprilon2@aol.com

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