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It's been a great week in Salsaland, now that spring has a hope of showing up...!  I was in Miami myself working on my tan, but word is that the Hacha Spring Party at BCCA last Saturday was a fantastic success!  This month Noche de Salsa at BCCA (every Saturday) features Burju and Victor for the classes, and it should be a great month!  If you've been at the Salsa night a few months back when the attendance was light, things are DIFFERENT NOW!  Join us again this Saturday night.

Additionally, a GREAT PARTY this past week at Sophia's, featuring Wanda's "Salsera Night" with Celia's World.  Thanks to all the performers and models!  The dancing is HOT of course each Wednesday at Sophia's.  Very shortly we are introducing a "Dinner and Dance" package, which features dinner, a drink, lessons, and dancing at Sophia's for one low prepaid price.  Stay tuned for that!

Lastly, HARBOR CRUISES are back again for the 4th year, this year EVERY SUNDAY, starting June 20!  Details will be on the website soon, but we will have a "season pass" for those hard core cruise attendees!  Have a company outing to plan or a group party, wedding, or birthday?  For group discounts, call Olaf at 617-513-9841

This issue:
- Salsaboston's events
   Saturday: Noche de Salsa at BCCA
   Wednesday: Sophia's Salsa Night, now with Casino Rueda
   Thursday: "Salsa for Gringos!"
- Sponsor News
- This Week's Mailbag

 Noche de 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) La Timba Loca at Regattabar, Thur. April 15, with Casino Rueda
3) Salsalegre Social Dance, April 10
5) Salsa Night Band on Cape Cod April 17th
6) La Alianza Party, April 17
7) Somos Latinos LGBT Coalition, Pageant May 15

Dear Friends,

   Thanks to everyone who attended this week's Mambo Monday and
made it so much fun - Ana Tinajero Massicot's sister was in town and
visited us.  Ana and Joel gave an amazing showcase dance to Joe
Cuba's "La Palomilla."  

   We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday.  As usual, the
all-stars from Salsa y Control will do the lessons. Johnny Giraldo and
Felicita Santiago will teach the intermediate lesson, while Andres
Giraldo and Yvonne Cano teach the beginner lesson. Also now
included are Beginner and Intermediate Rueda Lessons.  Led by Ivan
Skopovi and Sylvie Garneu, the rueda lessons take place right
after the salsa lessons.  

   And KidsDay has been a lot of fun and is off to a great start. Thanks
to everyone who has helped!

   Also, this week is open house at the BCCA and all classes are free.
Be sure to stop by and try some new things!

Havana Club events this week:

   Friday Fiesta, April 9th 
   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, April 10th
   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

   Mambo Monday, April 12th
   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 

Please feel free to forward this information to your friends!


Jeff Robinson

La Timba Loca at Regattabar
Live rueda with Jamnastics and the MIT Rueda Group!

Thursday, April 15, 2004
Doors: Shows: 7:30pm, 9:30pm
$12 Cover
Charles Hotel One Bennett Street Cambridge, MA
Tickets at 617.876.777 www.regattabar.com

"This ain't your mama's salsa, but rather your 20-something sister's." -James Reed, The Boston Globe

"If salsa is salsa, then timba would have to be barbecue sauce becasue it's thicker, richer, heavier and packs a more flavorful punch!"
- N. Kozmo Miller www.mundoafrolatino.com

"An eclectic collection of musicians produces a sound that takes salsa in a whole new direction."
The Boston Globe

Upcoming Salsalegre Social Dance at the Longfellow Club in Wayland

             Cha-Cha, Salsa, Merengue, and Rumba

Hola Salseros! We hope to see you at Salsalegre's next dance this Saturday.

Saturday April,10th at 7:30pm

There will be two rooms for dancing. One room for Latin and one room for West Coast Swing.

Salsalegre will be offering two 45 minute Salsa classes. Each class will start with a review of basic material and will progress into intermediate turn combinations and freestyle moves. The first class will begin at 7:30pm.

Admission to the dance is $10 per person.

We look forward to seeing you!   Tracey, Mike and Guillermo

Directions to the Longfellow Club in Wayland  524 Boston Post Rd. Wayland, Ma.

Take Rt. 9 east or west to Rt. 27 North in Natick
Go 4.5 miles to Rt. 20 west in Wayland
Take a left and go 1.5 miles
Take a right onto Minuteman Drive
The Longfellow Club building is the last building on the left
( You will have past the Longfellow Club if you see a sign that says Entering Sudbury. Turn around and Minuteman Drive will be on your left.)

Liliana Bermudez


Festival Link: http://www.rpi.edu/~bermul/festival_latino/


 I'm pleased to announce the 9th annual FESTIVAL LATINO celebration on October 2, 2004!  As Berkshire County’s only Latin Festival, we showcase both local talent and dancers and musicians who are well known in cities across the United States.  This festive celebration begins with our participation in the Founder’s Day Parade followed by an afternoon filled with free folkloric entertainment and an evening of Latin dancing. 

: The Festival exposes Berkshire residents to the artistic traditions of Latin culture through music and dance.  This cultural event, held during Founder’s Day Weekend, allows Latinos to take pride in their heritage and educates people whose families have lived here for generations about the vibrant diversity of our changing community.  With more of 1,000 participants annually, we have been successful drawing families and individuals of all ages from throughout Berkshire County.

We’re interested in any Latin-American artists who would be interested in performing at the Festival, should call Liliana Bermudez. At 413-243-3961

See you Saturday, October 2, 2004 from 4:00 -9:00PM
Lee,   MA exit 2 I-90

Javier Arroyo


Salsa Night Band's performance on Cape Cod.  Saturday April 17th.  Salsa dancing lessons before the live performance.  Don't miss this great event.  8 to 12:30 A M . Blue Anchor Cafe, 453 Main St. Hyannis MA. For more info. & tickets call (508) 778-9293, (508 394-7196 or visit our web site at www.salsanightband.com


Veronica Relea


What: La Alianza of Harvard Law School's Famous Semiannual Salsa Party!!!
When: Saturday, April 17th (9PM - 1AM)
Where: Harkness Commons, 14 Everett St., Cambridge
Cover: $8 (includes all-you-can-drink beer and sangria, the music of 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 or Veronica Relea at vrelea@law.harvard.edu.


We are Somos Latinos LGBT Coalition and we are holding
first big event since our establishment but the only event in the Boston
area where the Latino and LGBT cultures are combined.
We will be holding OUR 1st Pride of Latin@s LGBT Reception and our 6th
Annual Miss.
Mass. Gay Latina Pageant on Saturday, May 15, 2004
Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the new Casa De La Cultura of Boston
and the pageant starting at 8 p.m. at Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center,
at 85 W. Newton Street in South End.  Your hostess for the evening is
Josephine Baker, 2003 Miss. Mass. Gay Latina.

During the Reception we will be honoring those who have assisted the
community in the last year and who have supported the legislature for our
rights to Marry.  We will have special guests: the comedian Marga Gomez,
Latina singer Ralina, and more surprises..... We will have lots of
dancing too! So buy your tickets now at We
Think the World of YOu Bookstore in Boston, at Fran's Place in Lynn, and
pre-ordering your tickets by emailing somoslatinoslgbt@hotmail.com and
sending payment to PO BOX 990707, Boston, MA 02199  Reception/Pageant
$50; Pageant, $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

SO please support the only group by and for Latin@s LGBT in the area and
join us as we celebrate with our community who we are and the rights to

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