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Message From: Salsa Update [sbclist@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 3:40 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #212: Happy New Year!

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- general musings and the BCCA
- Guayaberas!  A few left...
- Salsaboston Events (BCCA, Sophia's with Casino Rueda)
- Sponsor News
- This Week's Mailbag

Well friends, Happy New Year to all!  Time to start out the new year with a bang, so hopefully see you at Sophia's tonight with DJ Nik!  I for one need to dance off a few pounds...  By the way, pictures from the New Year's Party at Sophia's:  http://www.djdmartinez.com/pictures/archive18.htm

Some people have been asking about the LA Congress at the end of May, which has been well attended by Boston Salseros in the past few years.  Ticket prices go up again at the end of January.  Through Jan.31, event passes are only $300, and rooms are $95.  Evening only passes are also available.
  General info: http://alberttorresevents.com/congress/2004/
  Registration form:
  Be sure to write "SalsaBoston" in the "referred by" section for
  their attendence records!

Speaking of starting out with a bang, I've been over at BCCA a fair bit this week working on various things, and I noticed a lot of new energy out there!  Thanks to all that have been attending events at the Center.  The revenue from events goes a long way toward paying the rent at the Center, which as you may have read, was on the edge of the fiscal abyss last month.  Fortunately with all the recent support it's not quite on the edge anymore, but definitely not out of danger.  Please spread the word that the dancing at BCCA is HOT!  Right now there are Salsa events Friday night and Saturday afternoon with Jeff Robinson's Havana Club, and of course Noche de la Salsa on Saturday night with SalsaBoston (see further down).

  This from Havana Club:

  Friday evening, January 9th, there will be a beginner salsa lesson
  from 9-10pm followed by a salsa dance from 10-1am. Admission is $10.

  Saturday afternoon, January 10th, there will be a beginner salsa
  lesson from 1-2pm, followed by a salsa dance from 2-4:15pm. Admission
  is $5 for the dance, and $10 with the lesson. 

  Please note that the Saturday Socials are regular events and the
  Friday Fiestas will be held until El Bembe is back in session.

  BCCA  14 Green Street, Brookline (Coolidge Corner) 
  For directions to the BCCA:
  http://www.bccaonline.com/directions.html   617-738-2800
  All ages welcome.

Tentatively, we will be relaunching the Saturday night with JAM'NASTICS, SALSAlort, Hacha y Machete, and Johnny and Kelly, on Saturday Jan. 17th.  This is a slightly revised format, and hopefully we'll have them ALL dancing with you each week at THE ONLY PLACE FOR SALSA ON SATURDAYS!!


And, keep your eyes out for upcoming workshops with Salsa Y Control (Jan 24, see mailbag), and Ana Tinajero Massicot (Jan 31, tentative, details TBA). 

BY THE WAY:  this week is open house at BCCA, so FREE CLASSES ALL WEEK. Check it out at www.bccaonline.com or scroll down to the mailbag.

Enough for now!

See you on the dancefloor.


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 sleeved, 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 greens and black left.  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, 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) Greetings from Havana Club: Dances Fridays and Saturdays at BCCA
2) DJ Nik at Temporada Latina
3) Lessons in Providence with SalsaHappens start this week
4) Salsa in Hyannis!  Two bands at the Blue Anchor this month
5) Pabon: Valentine's party
6) Noche Latina update, Newton
7) BCCA: Open house, FREE CLASSES this week
8) Salsalegre Update
9) Salsa Y Control: Special workshop on Jan. 24 and AUDITIONS

Once again I'd like to thank everyone who attended the recent salsa dance fundraisers in support of the BCCA.  We had a great time and definitely made a difference. Friday night about 80 people danced, and the boogeying continued 'til 1:30am; about 20 people participated in Saturday's social.

This week, Havana Club will be running two events at the BCCA.

Friday evening, January 9th, there will be a beginner salsa lesson from 9-10pm followed by a salsa dance from 10-1am. Admission is $10.

Saturday afternoon, January 10th, there will be a beginner salsa lesson from 1-2pm, followed by a salsa dance from 2-4:15pm. Admission is $5 for the dance, and $10 with the lesson. 

Please note that the Saturday Socials are regular events and the Friday Fiestas will be held until El Bembe is back in session.

Also, Mambo Mondays are being moved from Toast to a new location and the new venue and re-start date are still being worked on.  Why the move from Toast? That place was designed for 100-200 people. And though Mambo Mondays has had a nice start, we averged 50-80 attendees. Don't worry though- we'll be back, and in style.

Best regards,

Jeff Robinson 617.312.5550

For directions to the BCCA: http://www.bccaonline.com/directions.html

Hello everyone! Happy New Year!
This week's DJ at Temporada Latina is DJ NIK!
Beginner and Intermediate classes: 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Dancing: 9:30 PM - 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $12.00 before 9:30 PM; $8.00 after
For more information: visit www.tlsalsa.com
I look forward to sharing the dance floor with you.
-Suzanne Steele
Creator/Promoter of Temporada Latina and Salsa Spirit Salsathon d.b.a. Assorted Affairs PO Box 1297 Sagamore Beach, MA 02562 suzanne@tlsalsa.com 508-224-5120

Greetings Salsa Lovers!

The next Salsa session at Providence Tango starts TOMORROW, January
7. It will be the usual 6-week session.

Here's the upcoming schedule FOR ALL CLASSES:

Jan 7 through Feb 11

FREE Practice/Review Time 5:30-6:15 pm
Intro to Salsa & NY Style salsa L1 6:15-7:30 pm
Continuing NY Style (aka mambo) L2/3 7:30-8:30 pm
Continuing Salsa (aka "on 1") L2/3 8:30-9:30 pm

(class and level descriptions below)

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

First class for 6-week session $50
Second class for same session: $40
drop in per class $10; $8 if registered in a class

For more info
visit www.salsahappens.com
write salsahappens@yahoo.com
or call Pamela at 508-820-9828

JoHanna Flacks


Heads up on the South Shore Salseros: Blue Anchor (pan-Asian and Italian restaurant and bar) at 453 Main Street in Hyannis has booked a live salsa band for two dates in January: Saturday the 10th and Saturday the 31st.  The salsa night on December 6th was a hit so they've booked the two dates this month and salsa fans South of Boston are hoping this will become a regular event with our support.  Lessons at 9:00.  Dancing 10:00 to close. Call (508) 771-9464 for more information.  Hope to see you there!  p.s. Coming from Boston? Make it a safe and fun weekend: The off-season rates at Hyannis motels are a steal!

Tito P Productions Presents                                                                                          
" 3rd Annual Valentines Day  Salsa Party"  
Featuring: Giovanni Hildalgo Worlds Greatest Conga Player.
                Edwin Pabon & Orchestra
Special Guests: Local Salsa Dance Companies. 
Date: Saturday February 14th 2004
Time: 8pm - 1am   $20  Advance  $25 Door
Location: Knights Of Columbus Hall 75 West School St. Charlestown MA
Next to Restaurant 99

After Party at Spontaneous Celebrations  For more information call 617-524-0457 
Website www.pabonelsalsero.com

From Noche Latina:
The current class schedule is:

Every Tuesday
Beginner/Intermediate: 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Advanced:  8pm to 9pm
Salsa Night: 9pm to 12am
Classes are $10 and salsa night is $4 at the door, free with class

Please remember that we do offer private classes and this is a great way to improve on those diffucults moves or to catch up when you can't make it on Tuesdays!  Please call Melissa to schedule a time at 617-461-5100.

Email nochelatina2002@yahoo.com
Phone  617-461-5100

Dear Friends:

On behalf of the BCCA organization, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to our recent fundraising appeal. Through donations, Multi-Pass purchases, class registrations, and fundraising events, the BCCA was able to raise $8000 in 8 days and make our December rent and loan payments! However, we still need to raise $10,000 to meet the remainder of our obligations. Please give. Every little amount counts. You have already proven that we can reach our goal. Contributing is easy:

On-line: www.bccaonline.com/support/IndividualGiving.htm
Mail: Brookline Community Center for the Arts, 14 Green Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: 617-738-2800. Call us or stop by to purchase a Multi-Pass or gift certificate, register for a class, book a private lesson, or to rent studio/event space.

Your support is helping to make our Winter session of classes our best yet! As a special treat, we invite you to attend our week-long open house January 5th through 11th. Last year's open house was full of great fun and energy, so you don't want to miss this one. Next week's open house includes over 200 free trial & demo classes, events, and workshops. It features our BCCA staff & faculty who make up over 100 expert artists from the Greater Boston Area and the International scene, many of which have their own dance and/or theater companies. For a schedule of this week's open house, please visit our web site. Our Winter session class schedule will be updated online by Monday and may be browsed at http://www.bccaonline.com/cgi/weekly.php

The classes for the latter part of the week will be posted no later than Tuesday morning. Most classes and times will remain the same as in the Fall session, so if you have a Fall brochure, you may still effectively reference it. In any case, you can't miss - just show up at the BCCA for up to 6 simultaneous class offerings.

Also, please contact us if you are interested in volunteering at the center. For more information, visit our web site and click on 'We Need Volunteers!'

If you have any questions, please call us at 617-738-2800. We are grateful for your enthusiasm and support, and we look forward to seeing you at our open house classes and events.


Directions to the BCCA at http://www.BCCAonline.com/directions.html
Find Parking at http://www.BCCAonline.com/contact.html
Website Home Page at http://www.BCCAonline.com
Online Donations at http://www.bccaonline.com/support/IndividualGiving.htm

Salsalegre update:
8:00 - 8:45 BEG. CHA- CHA
8:45 - 9:30 INT. SALSA



Salsa Friends,

   First of all, Salsa y Control Dance Company would like to THANK each and everyone who attended our event on December 5th considering the snow storm that we received unexpectedly. Thank you all you supporting us over the years, especially now on our...NEW BEGINNING!!! We also want to wish you a wonderful, and very happy, but most importantly a very healthy NEW YEAR!!!!!
                           Salsa Y Control Dance Company.

*Salsa Y Control is proud to present the FIRST of our monthly workshop series. Each month, we will be focusing on different areas that will challenge and improve your dance skills. So, don't miss out on the opportunity to learn new moves and feel as one with the music!!!


               SALSA Y CONTROL STYLE "ON1"

Learn the technique and secrets behind salsa y control's unique footwork and turn combinations. This workshop will focus on isolation drills and dance combinations that will allow you to connect with the music every time.
DATE: January 24, 2004
TIME: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
WHERE: BCCA- Brookline Community Center for the Arts
       14 Green St Brookline, Near Coolidge Corner T stop
PRICE: $20



Salsa y Control is seeking male and female dancers to join the professional dance team as well as those interested in training with us. We are looking for talented and committed individuals with a passion for salsa music and dance. Background and experience in other dances is a plus, but not necessary.

Auditions will be held January 24th at the BCCA starting promptly at 5:00pm.(after the workshop)

For more information, call (617) 312-6464 or (508) 951-1298 or visit www.salsaycontrol.com  

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