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Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 5:09 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #218: Ritmo Con Calor this Saturday! Big Salsa Party/Benefit!

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This issue:
- Ritmo con Calor at BCCA this Sat, it's HOT!
- LA Salsa Congress Info (also, see info about Salsa/Hustle in April in Miami, see mailbag)
- Salsaboston's other events
   Wed: Sophia's Salsa Night, now with Casino Rueda
   Thur: "Salsa for Gringos!"
- Sponsor News
- This Week's Mailbag

*** Have you heard about it?  "Ritmo con Calor"?  Do you have your tickets yet?!  Today is the last day for the advance purchase discount!  This is one of the best Salsa Parties of the Year--DON'T MISS IT!  Scroll down for more details.

(If you were having problems with the online store yesterday, we have corrected the problem for the time being, please try again.  www.salsaboston.com/store)

*** Also, have you joined us for Salsa Night at Sophia's lately?  It's HOPPING!  Check out the VERY POPULAR casino rueda lessons from 8-9, plus the regular lesson with Johnny and Kelly from 9-10.  Dancing until 2 as usual with SalsaBoston's DJ's.

Details and discounts:  www.salsaboston.com/sophias

See you tonight!

*** Have you eaten at Sophia's lately? The food is AMAZING!  About 4 months ago Sophia's committed to reformulating its restaurant, hired a new 4 star chef, did some renovating, and put together a fabulous new menu.  It's a tapas style menu with a variety of excellent Spanish dishes augmented by Chef's personal touches, and complemented by a selection of wines and cordials. Plan to spend a little money, but it's well worth it! (You get what you pay for as they say).

We are working on putting together a "dinner and dancing" menu with Sophia's currently, that will be available Wednesdays and Thursdays between 6 and 8 pm.  Stay tuned for details.

Benefit and dance for JAM'NASTICS and BCCA

Brookline Community Center for the Arts (BCCA)
14 Green Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004
-workshops all afternoon with JAM'NASTICS and Ana Tinajero
-beginner lesson

-food and drinks will be available

In the ballroom at BCCA!

Get your tickets online now!

More info, Event details, schedule, and pricing:
Directions to BCCA and Public Transportation/Parking info



Mark Your Calendars:
Saturday, March 20
   - 5th annual Fiesta de Baile
       tickets:  www.salsaboston.com/store

 Noche de la Salsa @ BCCA

If you haven't heard, it's a whole new concept and it will feature all of BCCA's fabulous instructors dancing there each week and giving the lessons.  In other words, you can expect to see JAM'NASTICS, Hacha Y Machete, Salsa Y Control (with Johnny and Kelly), and SALSAlort there on a regular basis with many of their students and dance company members. Lessons are month by month, so you can develop a sense of continuity with each instructor.

The lessons schedule:
   February: JAM'NASTICS
   March:    Johnny and Kelly (Salsa Y Control)
   April:    Hacha Y Machete (tentatively)
   May:      SALSAlort (tentatively)

*** Noche de la Salsa, @ the BCCA ***
  BCCA  14 Green Street, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
  9:30-10:30 Salsa lessons, all levels, no partner needed.
  10:30-2am, dancing, upstairs with DJ's D. Martinez and Hernan,
           and periodic guest DJ's

Q: Why all this?

A: Well, we have been listening to the feedback from many people for the last 8 months since the BCCA opened, and observed what people want and like, and we came up with this format to put together Boston's ONLY Saturday Salsa Night, and not only that, in a spacious facility with Boston's best dance floors and without all the nightclub hassle.  This is truly an event "by Salseros for Salseros".

Q: Will there be people there?

A: Absolutely!  This night is being put together by four dance companies, two DJ's, SalsaBoston, the BCCA, and many friends.  We intend that this will be the premier Salsa Night on a weekend in Boston with a full house every week!

Q: Where can I find more info about the night, parking, lessons, etc.?

A: Several places:
- Scroll down to the Mailbag item 1 for more reopening info
- Check out www.salsaboston.com/bcca
- Check out the BCCA website www.bccaonline.com
- Call Olaf at 617-513-9841 to make group reservations and if you have specific
- Call BCCA at 617-738-2800 for general information about BCCA, classes, workshops, sponsorship and contributions, and studio rentals for private parties and workshops.

Q: Is there alcohol?

A: No, not at present due to licensing.  However, we don't intend to let that detract from the party, as past experience has shown!  Furthermore that allows the night to be open to all ages, particularly the college people who are left out in the dark by the nightclubs.  BCCA is in the process of seeking a liquor license so that patrons may enjoy some drinks, but this is a long and involved process.  Juice, soda, and water are available, as well as some snacks.  If there is demand, we will be looking into light food service like pizza slices and empanadas, etc.

More Salsa at BCCA!

In addition to Saturday nights, check out what else is going on Salsa-wise at the BCCA:

- Friday Fiestas with Havana Club, Fridays, 9:30-1:30am
- Saturday Salsa Socials with Havana Club, 1-4:15pm Saturdays

Havana Club Presents Salsa @ BCCA:

Friday Fiestas
Beginner and Intermediate lessons 9:30-10:30pm,
taught by Salsa y Control's Johnny and Andres Giraldo.
Dance 10:30-1:30am.
Admission is $10; $12 with lesson.

Saturday Socials
Beginner lesson 1-2pm. Dance 2-4:15pm.
Admission is $5; $10 with lesson.

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


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!

    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.com presents
    "Salsa Salsa for Gringos"
    A dance lesson for... Um....

Thursday night at Sophia's

A lesson designed for true beginners, ESPECIALLY those with two left feet. Learn basic dance fundamentals in addition to Salsa basics.  Taught by Yours truly (Olaf), who was once in your shoes!  We have a good time!

Don't be late!  The first five minutes are the MOST IMPORTANT! Drinks and Tapas at Sophia's 4 star restaurant, 6-9. Come early and have a drink and a bite to eat, makes the lesson more fun!

For group reservations call 617-351-7001 and mention SalsaBoston.


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.



 This Week's Mailbag

1) JamNastics presents "Ritmo con Calor"
2) Portland, ME: Salsa At Bubba's!
3) Havana Club
4) Special show at Ryles this Thur.
5) Salsa Wednesdays in Providence Cancelled.
6) March 20, 5th annual Fiesta de Baile benefit for North Shore Civic Ballet
7) March 6: Live Salsa in Hyannis
8) Flamenco Show at Tasca Restaurant, Mar. 1
9) South Street Seaport Festival, June 6
10) International Hustle and Salsa Competition in Miami, April 1-4

Salseros of all types...

Mark your Calendar for Ritmo Con Calor Event happening Feb 28th!!! This event is huge and there is limited space!!! Act now and act fast...

Ritmo Con Calor Latin Party

with DJ Hernan
Performances by Salsa Encendida and Comenzar De Nuevo!
Ritmo Con Calor Workshops
Dips & Stunts, Footwork & Styling, Partnering Challenge and much more!

Workshops are taught by Salsa Encendida's Instructors (from JAM'NASTICS Inc) and Ana Tinajero Massicot from Masacote Entertainment...

Get the All Day Ritmo Package for a very discounted price!
Let the Salsa Begin...

For more information, please visit http://www.jamnastics.org/Latin/RitmoConCalor.html




Attention Salsa Dancers!.. Feeling salsa deprived lately? Salsamaine,along with DJ's Omar and Johnny Mambo can fix you right up this Thursday, 02/26,at Bubba's Sulky Lounge  92 Portland St., Portland. I'll start the music at 8:00 for the early birds,we have a lesson around 9:00,and we keep the beat going till 1:00. $6 door  21+ ,positive ID. Salsa night at Bubba's then continues every other Thursday(March 11,25 April 8,22,May 6,20 etc.) C'mon down and help build the Portland salsa scene again!

Havana Club

Dear Friends,

I'm pleased to announce that beginning this Monday, in addition to our regular format of beginner salsa lesson and salsa dance, Havana Club will be offering Rueda de Casino lessons at Mambo Mondays from 10:30-11:30pm!

Why the new addition? Rueda de Casino is great fun and is a dance with Cuban origins, so it's a natural fit in the Havana Club. Plus, some beginners leave dances shortly after a salsa lesson because they don't yet feel comfortable in an open dance. This gives beginners an additional reason to come out to dance, and gives them another reason to stay, have fun, and develop their skills.

Also, I'm happy to mention again that this and every Friday, New England's finest salsa artists, Salsa y Control will be teaching at Friday Fiestas. Johnny Giraldo and Felicita Santiago will teach the intermediate lesson, while Andres Giraldo and Yvonne Cano teach the beginner lesson.

Havana Club's weekly events:

   Friday Fiesta,
   Beginner and intermediate lessons with Salsa y Control 9:30-10:30pm
   Dance 10:30-1:30am
   Admission is $10; $12 with lesson. All ages
   BCCA, 14 Green Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline

   Saturday Social,
   Beginner Salsa lesson 1-2pm. Dance 2-4:15pm
   Admission is $5; $10 with lesson. All ages
   BCCA, 14 Green Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline

   Mambo Monday, 
   Beginner Salsa lesson 9:30ish-10:15pm. Dance 10:00-1am
   Beginner Rueda de Casino lesson 10:30-11:30pm
   Admission is $8; $10 with lesson. Come earlier and have dinner!
   Green Street Grill, 280 Green Street, Central Square, Cambridge

Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who has made Friday Fiestas and Mambo Mondays so much fun. Please tell your dance loving friends about our events so that we can grow (I know space is getting a little tight on Mondays, but we can move more tables!) and keep the same spirit and community.

Best regards,

Jeff Robinson

From Suzzane, Temporada Latina

Hello! I am back from vacation and ready to SALSA!!! Join me, and DJ Rubio, this Thursday at Temporada Latina/Ryles.

Remember, to come early because we have a SPECIAL EVENT at 10:30 PM: a wonderful dance performance by, JAM'NASTICS' training group, Comenzar de Nuevo (A New Beginning). When you are there, look for flyers regarding JAM'NASTICS' fundraising event (details below) scheduled for the following Saturday.

I'll see you at Temporada Latina!


From Jeanne Oki

"Strictly Salsa Wednesdays" has been cancelled till further notice! Jean Lynch

  > A

Paula  K. Shiff


4th Annual
Fiesta de Baile

Salsa the Night Away!
DJ Antonio Ortiz

Saturday, March 20
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Salsa lesson 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Nahant Country Club, Nahant

$25 per person if paid by March 10th
$35 therafter
bring your friends, reserve a table of ten for $25 complimentary hors d'oeuvres & cash bar

Fundraiser for the North Shore Civic Ballet
Donations are tax deductible

Jo Hanna


South Shore Salseros & spring jonesin' Bostonians, dance on down to the Cape Saturday March 6, 2004!  We're still trying to make a salsa night stick.  Here are the details:
What: Javier Arroyo's Salsa Night Band
Where: Blue Anchor Cafe, 453 Main Street Hyannis, MA
When: Sat. 3/6/04, lesson from 9-10PM, dancing from 10-12:30
Why?: Because your Cape getaway will be more fun this summer if you can get your salsa fix down here. How much: $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door.  Contact me for advance tickets: 617-872-5041 or jo411@go.com Thanks!!!

We at Tasca are pleased to inform you of our upcoming events:

On Monday, March 1st, the Roberto Rios Flamenco Troupe will perform live at Tasca. Two performances ($5 cover charge per person) of traditional style flamenco will take place during dinner.  Regular menu is on offer for the evening. 

Reservations for either Flamenco show may be made by return email:  Please state the number in your party, whether you want the 6:45 or 8:30 reservation time, and if you require a valet space.  

Renowned guitarist Eric Anthony will be performing classical Spanish guitar music from 7 to 10 pm in the main dining room on Thursday nights (no cover charge).  Reservations are accepted and suggested. 

Every Sunday we offer a prix-fixe three course Sunday dinner for $21.95 per person. Entrees include a roast rack of New Zealand spring lamb. We now open at 4pm on Sundays.

Thanks and hope to see you soon!

Tasca Restaurant
1612 Commonwealth Ave
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 730-8002
B train, Washington Street Stop

Harvey  Light


On June 6, 2004 we take the stage at NYC's South Street Seaport and present some of the best Latin Dance groups and schools found in the metropolitan area.  Would love to have a Boston group come down and strut their stuff.  This is a great day as there is dancing from 1 to 5 and then a free concert.  Past performers have included George Lamond, Jose Alberto, Jimmy Bosch, Fulanito and Puerto Rican Power.  It is a free day.....and obviously I invite all your supporters to take a road trip and join us.  If there is a group interested please give me a call so that we can discuss their participation.

Best regards,
Harvey Light
VP, Event Management
Arts For Business

International Hustle and Salsa Competition

Deauville Resort Hotel, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach Directly on the Atlantic Ocean Minutes away from exciting South Beach

The Radisson Deauville Resort was sold to a new group of hoteliers and the reservations system will be changing after January 31st! The Radisson chain will no longer be handling reservations for rooms, and from this point forward we ask  you to please call the toll free or local number directly to the hotel (now called the Deauville Resort). We are at 80% of our room block as of Jan. 20th, and need for you to be sure that you have a room! CALL RISK FREE NOW TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM AT 800-327-6656, 305-865-8511

Event Directors

Billy Fajardo, Katie Marlow, Randy Atlas
(954) 927-9010 Fax (954) 927-1995Salsa Session Schedule for the Month of February

56 North Federal Highway Dania, Florida 33004
web: http://www.hustleandsalsa.com/toc_test.htm
email: ratlas@ix.netcom.com


Our web is up and we have finalized our event schedule and our workshops with the best instructors in hustle and salsa. Registration and competition forms are at: http://www.hustleandsalsa.com/event_forms.htm  You must have your competition entry forms submitted no later than March 22, 2004. No exceptions.

On Saturday night of IHSC you will be entertained by the Dance Dimensions Show. Imagine if you could see a musical dance review on Broadway, or see a multi-talented dance show in Vegas, but not have to travel to these expensive cities, or pay outrageous ticket prices! You could be at the IHSC Saturday Night Dance Dimensions Show, the most talked about and sought out ticket in South Florida and any dance convention in the country!

The show is produced by World Dance Champions Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlow and directed and choreographed by Broadway Dance Star Arte Phillips. Reservations are a must, and the sooner you get your registration package in, the better the seats you will get. A limited number of dinner tickets will be sold. After the show enjoy social dancing to Henry Knowles in the Napoleon ballroom playing the best salsa and Latin dance music. Bobby Morales will be playing the best hustle ad disco music in the Richelieu Ballroom and Marc Fisher and guest DJ–s will be playing a mixed variety of swing dance music in the Lejardin Ballroom. Dancing will go on until 4 am. At midnight the finals of the Van McCoy Hustle Contest will take place in the Napoleon Ballroom with $5000 in cash and prizes.

*Come dance in our 30,000 and 15,000 square foot ballroom spaces! *The party starts Thursday  with our Moon Over Miami Pool Dance party! *Friday night Copa Cabana hustle and salsa parties and shows! *Watch the Broadway caliber Saturday dinner show!
*Special Saturday night Swing dance room with national DJ’s!

We will also be producing our own videos and dvd’s of the IHSC this year, edited by us personally, and shot by famed videotographer George Winchell. Go to your registration package and sign up for your videos ahead of time.

On a Local scene:

Want to learn how to dance hustle? Billy and Katie have top-rated videos for persons wanting to learn the basics through advanced techniques. Call Katie at 954-927-9010 or go to http://www.billyandkatie.com  for videos of hustle. Katie Marlow and Billy Fajardo teach hustle every Monday night at Dancesation 56 N. Fed. Hwy. in Dania, with a beginner class at 7pm and intermediate/advanced at 8pm.  Also, on Wednesday nights, Henry Herrera & Zumel, IHSC 2003 salsa champions, from the Salsa Racing Studios, teach at 8pm an all levels casino style salsa class at Dancesation.

On the National scene:

In 2004, IHSC will be hosting the regional contests for the Van McCoy World Hustle contest in 10 locations around the United States. For Contest results, locations, and rules go to:http://www.hustleandsalsa.com/van_mcoy_open.htm  The finals of the Van McCoy Contest will be at IHSC on Saturday April 3rd.

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