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I'm not much in to politics and until now have NEVER contributed to a political campaign (not even the $1 on my tax return), but did anyone catch the Presidential news conference last Monday (only the third one in 3 years)?  I did, and all I could do is shake my head in disgust! Okay, this is supposed to me an e-zine about Salsa, so how is that relevant?  Salsa has become a world-wide activity of peace and cultural exchange, something that our illustrious war-monger special-interest puppet-in-charge seems to have no clue about (nor anything else if you ask me).  Thus, SalsaBoston is hereby officially endorsing John Kerry for President.  I say Salsa & Kerry for a better World!

If you'd like to contribute to the Kerry campaign, visit


and click on "contribute" under GET INVOLVED on the left side menu. They accept ATM & credit cards and it's very simple.  The "other" campaign has raised over $200M in special interest money, while the real people are here in the trenches, losing elections despite the popular vote.  This has got to stop.  Money is such a crucial thing in campaigns these days because media is such a powerful tool of persuasion.  If everybody that cares--which ought to be just about everybody these days--gives $10 or $50, this ought to be a no-brainer.  Salsero citizens unite!  And tell all your friends! 

   **** THIS MATTERS! ****

See you on the kinder gentler dance floor.

Salsa notes: 

- Next week, BCCA on Sat. April 24 will be closed on account of a special event at BCCA
- El Bembe tonight

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) Salsa Potluck May 2 with Masacote
3) El Bembe tonight, April 16
4) Hips on Fire classes
5) Salsa Night Band on Cape Cod April 17th
6) La Alianza Party, April 17
7) Cinco de Mayo benefit at Sophia's, Wed. May 5
8) Aguare Update with Isadora

1) (From Havana Club)
Dear Friends,

    Friday night we will be adding a cultural treat. The evening will
begin with a Brazilian workshop from 8-9:30pm. Juliana Melo's
friends Andri Carvalho & Kirlley Costa will teach: Samba of
Gafieira - a variation of samba danced with a partner. Originally from
Rio de Janeiro, this dance brings up the sensuality of its roots;
and Forrs - originally from Northeastern of Brazil. Its a very popular
dance in Brazil and in the Brazilian Community of New England.

   Following the Brazilian workshop, the dynamic duo of Joel and
Ana Massicot will teach the intermediate salsa lesson, and
Juliana and I will teach the beginner lesson. (Johnny and Andres
Giraldo will be in Texas giving a workshop.)

   The evening will also feature special Brazilian and salsa
improvizational dances. We hope you can join us on Friday.

    Also, Mambo Monday was HOT!  A bunch of folks from Harvard
B-School celebrated Martin's birthday party in style.

    This week at Mambo Monday, as a taste of things to come in the
congress, April and Ahmed will be giving a special showcase
salsa dance improvizational performance.

Havana Club events this week:

   Friday Fiesta, April 16th 
   Brazilian Workshop w/ Andre and Kirlley 8:00-9:30pm
   Beg. and Int. Salsa lessons w. Joel & Ana 9:30-10:30pm
   Beginner and Intermediate Rueda lessons 10:45-11:45pm
   Dance 10:30-1:30am. All ages
   Admission is $10; $12 w. lesson.; $15 w. lesson and workshop
   BCCA, 14 Green Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline

   Saturday KidsDay, April 17th
   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 19th
   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 


Jeff Robinson

Please note that the BCCA is in a residential neighborhood, and be
quiet when leaving the building during the late evening. Also, make sure
you park at a metered space on the street or in the parking lot behind the

From Ana and Joel:

So Joel and I have finally settled in to our apartment, we're happy to be in Boston, and we're excited for many new things to come. However, with everything as hectic as it has been lately, we've had little time to do much else other than work, and we've finally said "Enough Already!" We want to spend a day maxing and relaxing with our friends outside of the salsa scene...So few of us really take the time to get to know one another!

SO...............Under the pretense of food, a little dancing, and more food.....We will be hosting a salsa potluck at our place (in our apartment's penthouse) on Sunday, May 2nd from 3-9pm. Please invite your friends...Also, there is NO COST! Just please bring one food item to share...We hope you guys will join us! Visit the website for more information.


El Bembe is back this Friday April 16th with Alexander Y su Orquesta and Dance Lesson by Hips On Fire

Friday, April 16th
9:00 p.m. Salsa/Merengue Dance Lesson by yours truly Hips On Fire
10:00 p.m. Salsa/Merengue DJ and LIVE Music by
21-Plus Event.  No jeans, sneakers nor caps.
 Tickets: $12.00
Information: 617-927-1730    www.claboston.org

Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center
85 West Newton,  South End, Boston.
Hips on Fire Class Schedule

- Regular Class Schedule.

MONDAY: 8pm- 9:30pm - BEGINNER SALSA -
Dance Complex
536 Mass Av., Central Sq, Cambridge

TUESDAY: Beginner/Interm. 8:30-10pm
Sloan E52 Building lobby, 50 Memorial Drive

WEDNESDAY: 7:30pm-9pm - Salsa Intermediate

299 Green st, Central Sq, Cambridge

7pm-8:30pm- Workshop of the month
8:30-9:30pm - Salsa Adv.

299 Green st, Central Sq, Cambridge


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.

Keri Aulita


Celebrate Cinco at Sophia’s
May 5th, 6:00 – 10:00pm
1270 Boylston Street, near Fenway Park
Proper dress & ID required, valet parking available

At Sophia's, salsa is more than a condiment for your tortilla chips, it's an attitude! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with Boston Young Professionals Association and Rogerson Communities.  A $40 donation entitles you to tongue-tantalizing tapas straight from the kitchen of Sophia's Executive Chef, two Jose Cuervo Tradicional cocktails, and, of course, professional Salsa dance lessons.

And don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets to win fantastic prizes such as premium seats in the Red Sox .406 Club.

No tickets will be sold at the door, so RSVP today at www.BostonYPA.com or call (617) 591-1400.... and don't forget your dancing shoes!

Proceeds from Cinco at Sophia’s will support the Rogerson Communities Elder Assistance Fund.  The fund provides grants to elders in need of one-time emergency assistance to pay for items such as heating fuel, moving costs, hearing aids, wheelchairs and other health related equipment.  To learn more about Rogerson Communities visit www.rogerson.org.

8) Aguare update

Class Schedule
Aguare teaches New York Style salsa 'on2'
every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!
Mon., Tue., and Thu. classes are held
at Massachusetts College of Art, 621 Huntington Ave.,
Boston, in the Tower Building rm.539. See below for
directions. The Wed. parents & kids class meets at the
BCCA - http://www.bccaonline.com for directions.

[Beginners: Mondays 7-8, Tuesdays 7-8] .......
[Advanced Beginners: Tuesdays 8-9] .......
[Intermediate/Advanced: Thursdays 7-9] .......
[Salsa for parents & kids: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30]

click here for the full schedule & descriptions >> http://411.salsafrenzy.com/isadora

Ladies' Styling Workshop
This week's workshop is Ladies' Styling. Learn all
about body movement and technique: from spin preps, to
leg flicks, to hip swivels, to shoulder rolls, to head
whips, to finding the absolute best way to connect
with your partner and comfortably add style to your

Evolve your styling this Thursday, April 22nd, 7:00pm-
9:00pm at MassArt, Tower Building rm.539. See below
for directions. This workshop will be taught 'on2' and
is open to intermediate and advanced level dancers.

New Class for Parents & Kids
Aguare is teaching a new class at the Brookline
Community Center for the Arts (aka. the BCCA). This
class is open to all ages, with a focus on youth. This

beginner level class meets every Wednesday from 5:30-
6:30 at the BCCA, Coolidge Corner, in Brookline. See
the link below for more info.

Also, if you or someone you know is interested in
joining the youth performance group, "Goticas de
Aguare", email isadora_williams@yahoo.com or call
617.522.4983. Goticas de Aguare has rehearsals at
MassArt every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:45-7:00.

click for BCCA parents & kids class
  >> http://www.bccaonline.com/class_detail.php?classID=WD062

Contact Information ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
email: isadora_williams@yahoo.com
voice: 617.522.4983

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