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This issue:
- This week's highlight/summary
- 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

This Saturday at BCCA, is the much awaited Yamulee Dance Company's appearance with DJ Hernan and SalsaBoston.  It's going to be another fine night!  There are workshops in the afternoon, and that evening will be a special edition of "Noche de Salsa" at BCCA, with performances by Yamulee and some yet to be seen acts from the area!
Visit http://www.salsaboston.com/bcca/yamulee.cgi for all the info, but more importantly, get your tickets NOW at the SalsaBoston store!  www.salsaboston.com/store

Here's the quick summary:

Sat. March 27th
The BCCA SALSA SATURDAYS & DJ Hernan & SalsaBoston present...Yamulee Dance Co. from New York
Night lesson by Salsa y Control at 9:30pm Party Only $15
also all NEW Performances by Salsa con Clase and Comenzar de Nuevo
BCCA @ 14 Green St, Brookline Music By DJ HERNAN
visit http://www.salsaboston.com/bcca/yamulee.cgi for workshops information and pricing.

Yamulee Workshops 3p-7p
3 workshops, Spinning, ladies styling, partnering
!!! Pre-Registration for the Workshops is recomended...send an email to

-- Also, next Saturday, April 3, is the Hacha Y Machete Spring Salsa Party, also at the BCCA!  See mailbag for more info.  Plus that afternoon, MIT Casino Rueda Workshop.

-- On Wed. April 7, there will be a special Salsa Night at Sophia's featuring the Ladies of Salsa, with a show being coordinated by Wanda Rosario!  And believe me, she's cooking up something...!  If interested, there is a meeting this weekend for participants.


-- As usual, join us at Fiesta Fridays at the BCCA with Havana Club and Jeff Robinson.

-- This Fri. also is the now monthly El Bembe.  See mailbag.

-- Tonight, check out the Boston Latin Band at Regatta Bar, see mailbag

-- Final note, I will be going to Miami the weekend of Salsa/Hustle (see mailbag).  Let me know if you're down there!

 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) Havana Club update
2) Boston Latin Band at Regatta Bar Tonight!
3) DJ Hernan at Ryles now
4) April 3, Hacha Y Machete Spring Salsa Party @BCCA!
5) FREE SALSA: Jamnastics Open house March 30
6) El Bembe back, monthly (this week)
7) Salsalegre Party at Supershag tonight
8) MIT Casino Rueda Workshop, Sat.
April 3
9) International Hustle and Salsa Competition in Miami, April 1-4

Dear Friends,

Wow. I'd like to thank everyone for giving Juliana such a
wonderful birthday party at last week's Mambo Monday.  Havana
Club's development has been - like our parties - a lot of fun, and I
am pleased to make the following announcements:

   Every Saturday is KidsDay with Havana Club at the BCCA!!! 
Free for children ages 6-12, KidsDay will initially feature a salsa
lesson from 1-2pm, taught by Juliana, followed by an open dance from 2-
4:15. And in a few weeks, we will be joined by the MIT Casino
Rueda Group, who will teach a rueda lesson and add a big
brother/sister dimension to the afternoon. Adults are still welcome to
come and enjoy the social dance and (separate) lesson.

   Beginning this week, Friday Fiestas will include Beginner and
Intermediate Rueda Lessons!  Led by Ivan Skopovi and Sylvie Garneu,
the lessons will take place about 15 minutes after the end of Salsa y
Control's salsa lessons.  

Havana Club events this week:

   Mambo Monday, March 22nd
   Beg Salsa lesson 9:30-10:15pm. Beg Rueda lesson 10:30-11:30pm
   Dance 10:00-1am. Admission is $8; $10 with lesson. Ages: 21+
   Green Street Grill, 280 Green Street, Central Square, Cambridge

   Friday Fiesta, March 26th
   Beg. and Int. Salsa lessons w. Salsa y Control 9:30-10:30pm
   Beginner and Intermediate Rueda lessons 10:45-11:45pm
   Dance 10:30-1:30am. Admission is $10; $12 w. lesson. All ages
   BCCA, 14 Green Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline

   Saturday KidsDay, March 27th
   Beginner Salsa lesson 1:00-2:00pm. Dance 2:00-4:15pm
   Admission is free for kids ages 6-12
   Admission for teens and adults is $5; $10 with lesson 
   BCCA, 14 Green Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline

Jeff Robinson

Directions: Green Street Grill 617-876-1655; BCCA 617-738-2800 

Hector Cuevas and The Boston Latin Band
  at the
March 25, 8:30pm & 10 pm, $16

Tickets can be ordered:
By Phone: 617-876-7777
By mail: Concertix, 12 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
In person at: Concertix, 12 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Hector Cuevas & The Boston Latin Band is Boston's biggest and most elegant Latin Band, delighting lovers of Latin Music, listeners and dancer's alike. The CD "Cubarengue" reviewed with four stars **** by Impacto, Denver's Art's Review Magazine, illustrates originally composed salsas, traditional salsa, merengue, romantic bolero's and merengue jazz. No event is too small or large. We custom-design your wedding, birthday party, concert show, festival, ocean cruise, bar or bat mitzwah, in keeping with your tastes, ethnicity, preferences. For an event or press kit contact Millerwise@aol.com.

Led by music director Hector Cuevas, the 12-piece Boston Latin Band plays sinuous salsas, merengues, and boleros, delighting listeners and dancers alike. Ana Morales, reviewing its CD, Cubarengue, in The Boston Globe, wrote that the band “has the Bronx naughtiness I like in salsa.” The Regattabar will again provide a dance floor for patrons who wish to move to the music.

March 25, 2004, 8:30pm & 10 pm, $16, at the Regattabar, Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA.

Hello everyone.

As you make your plans for the week, I hope you will plan to join us
this Thursday at Temporada Latina @ Ryles. It is Hernan's first night.
Please join me in welcoming him.

See you there.


Hacha Y Machete Presents...

Spring Salsa Party!!

Come and get your dance on with the members
of Hacha Y Machete Dance Company.
Saturday April 3rd
Brookline Community Center For the Arts (BCCA)
14 Green Street, Brookline, MA
9:30 Lesson
10:30 Party starts
Performances at midnight (groups TBA)
Cost $12 in advance $15 at the door (See anyone of the HYM dancers for advance tickets or contact info@hymstyle.com)


Members of dance companies get in for $10
Participants of the Masacote Entertainment Workshops on April 3rd with Ana and Joel get in for $10
Young people 18 and younger get in for $10


Prizes:  CDs, T-shirts, Private Lessons, certificates for Burju and Victor’s classes, and more...
Tickets can be purchased at any date before the event or during the event (see HYM dancers).
Cost for raffle ticket $2.

See attached Flyer.

We look forward to dancing with you!!

Burju and Victor

HYM Style

From www.jamnastics.org
The date of the Open House has been changed due to last week's weather condition.  The new date is on March 30th.  Introduce friends to salsa and start with JAM'NASTICS with the Open House. 

Have them take advantage of this opportunity!!

7 Temple St
Cambridge, Central Square
6:00PM Class

This offer only applies to new people!


The Center for Latino Arts/Casa de la Cultura announces
the return of El Bembé, Boston’s best Latin music and dance party

Friday, March 26, Kick-Off
Friday, April 16
Friday, May 7
Friday, June 11

9:00 p.m. Salsa/Merengue Dance Lesson
10:00 p.m. Salsa/Merengue DJ and Live Music
21-Plus Event.  No jeans, sneakers nor caps.
 Tickets: $12.00
Information: 617-927-1730    www.claboston.org

Salsalegre goes to Supershag this Thursday!

Salsalegre would like to invite our Latin dancing friends to the Bentley College Latin dance class field trip. Salsalegre hosts this event semi annually, and we fill Supershag's large dance floor! Also come check out Supershag's awesome demos.

The dance will be held this Thursday March 25th at the Supershag Ballroom. Located at 406 Moody street Waltham from 9:00pm to 12:00am.

If you have any questions please contact Guillermo at griverapagan@salsacontigo.com (617-522-2524)
or Tracey at salsa@dattron.com (508-333-2259)

Hey everybody!  It's time for another

                     MIT CASINO RUEDA GROUP
                    SALSA AND RUEDA WORKSHOP!!

Reserve your spot today!

              SATURDAY, April 3, 2004  3-6 PM
              Lobdell Cafeteria (2nd floor, MIT Student Center)
              84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
              for a map click here:

COST:  $10, $8 w/ student ID !

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:

Which workshop(s):
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


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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