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Message From: Salsa Update [sbclist@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 5:09 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #226: Salsa Cruises start and Juan Matos coming to Boston

Hola Salseros!
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Welcome back everyone from the LA congress!  Boston was definitely well represented.  Congratulations to all the performance groups as well, and I also want to thank all of Boston myself for the award I received from Albert Torres--it is ultimately all of you out there that made it all possible.  Incidentally, those of you that want to go next year, right now Albert is offering passes for ony $200 for a limited time!  (This is in part to offset the unfortunate losses of a major ticket forgery scandal that unfolded this year--read more on Albert's website.  See mailbag for more details on this offer.)

A lot of great stuff is coming up this next week!

SalsaBoston's 4th Annual Salsa Harbor Cruise Series kicks off a week from Sunday (June 20) for our biggest season yet!  The harbor cruises, if you haven't been to one, are every Sunday this summer and go like this:
  6:00pm:  Pre-Party begins at The Landing (Long Warf)
  7:00pm:  Salsa Lesson on the dock with Johnny and Kelly
  7:30pm:  Boarding begins, dancing on board at the dock
  8:00pm:  Departure--dancing on two decks, Salsa with D. Martinez, and Latin Mix
           with Mike Mercado.  Latin Buffet and Cash Bar available.
  ~10:15pm: Return to dock, FREE afterparty at Sanctuary until 2am, a great new
           place we found only one block away

We expect about 300 people each week this year.  Don't miss the excitement!
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the dock.  Lesson is $2 extra as usual.
SEASON PASS (new this year): $100, gets you on 11 cruises!

JULY 4th Salsa Cruise with Fireworks!  Stay tuned for more details for that evening.

The new Salsa Cruise website is up!  Check out all the details, press releases, online ticket ordering, and more.  www.salsaboston.com/cruise04


Also, DJ Hernan with SalsaBoston and BCCA bring you a day with Juan Matos, one of New York's finest dancers.  Some great workshops, plus party that night!

Saturday June 19th
DJ Hernan and Noches De Salsa @the BCCA present...
Juan "Pachanga" Matos, w/special guest Hacha y Machete
Salsa lesson 9pm party 'till 1a $15 Open to all ages ***
BCCA - 14 green st. Brookline info bostonsalsero.com

  *** Workshops Workshops with Juan Matos *** @ the BCCA
(see mailbag for descriptions)
3pm - On2 Partnering Int.
4pm - On2 Styling and Footwork
5pm - ** On-Juan Special **
          On 1 partnering Int.

More info, tickets, and workshop prices at http://salsaboston.com/bcca/juanmatos.cgi

This issue:
- This week
- 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

Couple of quick notes:

- La India and El Gran Combo this Sat. at Lido, $40 advance
- Fiesta Fridays moves to Greek American Club on Green St, Cambridge, a new place,
   next Friday.  See mailbag
- Last 'El Bembe' for the summer tonight.  See mailbag
- Thur. June 24, Ryles 8th Anniversary Party!

And, don't forget, 2 Floors of Salsa Each Week, now at Sophia's on Wednesdays!

 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.

    SalsaBoston.com presents
    Salsa Night at Sophia's
       Every Wednesday

"Boston's original all Salsa, 'by Salseros for Salseros' hotspot!"

  Boston's first All Salsa club night is now Boston's first
  TWO FLOORS All Salsa club night!
  2 DJ's, 2 Floors, 2 Lessons, Twice the fun!

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

Following that, Salsa Lessons with Johnny and Kelly at 9:15, beginnner and intermediate, no partner necessary.

NEW NEW NEW!  Starting at 9pm, the basement lounge will be open for dancing with a second DJ!  So if you are an early riser, here's your chance!

Salsa until 2am!  Featuring each Wed. each month:
1st    TBA
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) Juan Matos at BCCA June 19
3) El Bembe tonight, final night for summer
4) April On2 Update
5) Boston Latin Band Mondays in Newburyport
6) Boston Tango Society Tango/Salsa Cruise, Fri. June 25
7) Hips on Fire Class schedule
8) "Café con Leche" at Lido, this Sat.
9) Noche Latina update
10) LA Congress Discount tix for 2005

Dear Friends,

   It is my pleasure to inform you that Havana Club has found an amazing new
venue for our Friday Night Salsa parties! Located right next door to the Green
St. Grill, The Greek American Political Club has a beautiful 5400 square foot
ballroom. That is enough space to fit 300 salseros! And in addition to its great
location, all-wood dancefloor, and huge raised performance stage, we have
restaurant and bar facilities.  That means that our cultural events can feature
traditional food dishes and drinks! I have taken Johnny Giraldo, Juliana Melo, and
Ivan Skopovi by to see the place and they love it as much as I do. On behalf of the
team at Havana Club, please join us for the grand opening of Friday Night Salsa!

  Havana Club Friday Night Salsa!
June 18th @ GAPC Ballroom, 288 Green St, Central Sq, Cambridge
8-9pm Rueda Lessons. 9-10pm Salsa Lessons w/ Salsa y Control
10-1am Dance Party w/ DJ D Martinez
$10. Ages: 18+ (21 to drink)

   Last week we had a nice turnout for the Friday KidsNight. Salsa con Clase gave
tremendous performances and, as Johnny Giraldo put it, they showed that they are
more than the future of salsa- they are the present!

   This week, we will have our final Friday Fiesta at the BCCA. In recognition of his
sponsorship of and ongoing relationship with Havana Club, Dan Marshall will
conduct a special workshop this week. Dan's passion for dance is clear to
everyone, and his trademark ballroom/cumbia traveling salsa style is a joy to watch.
During the workshop, Dan will teach new techniques for moving around the

  Sunday afternoon, Juliana and I teach a free kids lesson from 2-3pm at the
fountains area of JFK Park, Memorial Drive, Cambridge. However, given the work
to do in launching the Friday Night Salsa party, we will be putting this event on hold
during the month of June.

   Juliana Melo's Samba Sundays is a hit! The evening features instruction on
Samba de Gafieira (the authentic partnering Samba) and Forro from 9:30 to 11pm,
and an upscale Brazilian dance party from 11 to 1am. 

    Mambo Mondays has it all.  Great people, great dancing, and a cool, relaxed atmosphere!


Jeff Robinson

Juan Matos  Workshops in Boston.

Juan Matos one of New York's most revered Dancers from NYC is coming to Boston. Juan is known for his playfulness great lead and unmistakable presence in the dance floor. The workshops are geared to the intermediate/adv Inter student. Juan will also be available for privates between 6 and 9

3pm - On2 Partnering Int.
          Tricks and new partner moves from Juan "pachanga" matos
          learn not only a new move but also, gracefulness, presence
          and the correct lead.

4pm - On2 Styling and Footwork
          Have you ever been shinned out. No more. Juan will teach you
          simple and advance solo moves and footwork to really shine
          in the dance floor. 

5pm - ** On-Juan Special **  On 1 partnering Int.
          You have to see this one. Having been one of the most experience dancers on2
          Juan is breaking new ground by introducing an On1 class. Learn the moves,
          smoothness, and style, all geared for the On1dancer.

Purchase you workshops passes at www.salsaboston.com/store


Last EL BEMBE for the season with MANGUITO

Friday, June 11th
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

(one of the best bands in New England and
the one band that started
EL Bembe back in 1998)

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

From April

WEPA SALSA SUNDAY this SUNDAY, June 13th. Come welcome our new DJ--DJ ROY! DJ Roy will be spinning the hottest Salsa and Latino mix, while his lovely wife Denise burns the floor! :)

6pm SALSA Class for ALL Levels with Ahmed and Melaza Dancers ($12, includes party)

7-10pm  SALSA PARTY w/ DJ Roy

Ryles Dance Hall
212 Hampshire, Inman Sq.
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday

  REMINDER: Tuesday NIGHTS at the Dance Complex

Our Tuesday night Mega workshop and beginners class is now at the Dance Complex. 536 Mass Ave, studio 2.


**the choreography class is meeting Tuesdays at 6pm at the VFW Post (288 Green St.)

Solamente Salsa ~Hector Cuevas Combo
   un grupo de The Boston Latin Band

Performs salsa only, seaside with  seafood EACH Monday eve. 8:30
Michael's Harborside, Newburyport. Dance instruction and SALSA contest.

directions: www.thebostonlatinband.com.
or www.Michaelsharborside.com

Dear Friends of MIchael's Harborside in Newburyport, Ma.
~ and lovers of Latin music and dance:

You absolutely will not want to miss this LATIN SALSA Combo ~ with seafood and seabreezes every Monday eve at 8:30 p.m. Come for dinner and sunset  on the porch and then listen and dance!

The Boston Latin Band Combo is a 7 member genuine Latin combo with Hector Cuevas on congas, Tony Castillo on keyboard.

Hector, a well-known percussionist,  played with  Cachao, Hanzel and Raul in Miami, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri..many Latin greats and is the director of the 14 member "Hector Cuevas and The Boston Latin Band".

 Hear excerpts from "Cubarengue" at www.thebostonlatinband.com. Email: millerwise@aol.com for information or to arrange for music at your wedding, cruise, party, nightclub. See the site for upcoming events.

Directions to Michael's Harborside in Newburyport: Take Rt. 128 North to Exit 57, take 113 pass the high school, cross the bridge, two streets to the left, take a left on Market Street, proceed ALL THE WAY to the WATERFRONT on the ocean. Call 978-462-7785.

Clifton Chow


Tango/Salsa Cruise on Friday, 25 June 2004, 9:30pm - 1:00 am.  There will be a special Tango/Salsa cruise as part of our first Boston Tango Festival, sponsored by the Tango Society of Boston.  Unlike the previous Tango/Salsa crise, this year we have charted a bigger boat (capacity to hold 250+) and one deck of the ship will be dedicated exclusively to Salsa, and another to Tango.  A local Salsa DJ will be playing his mix.  Please help us get the word out.  Tickets for the cruise must be reserved in advanced by contacting Vicky at 617-721-4872 or by sending an e-mail to info@bostontango.org. Thanks!  Please visit our website at www.bostontangofestival.com



Dance Complex
536 Mass Av., Central Sq, Cambridge

WEDNESDAY: 7:30pm-9pm - Salsa Intermediate/Adv.
299 Green st, Central Sq, Cambridge

7pm-8:30pm- Workshop of the month
8:30-9:30pm - Salsa Adv. Beginner to Intermediate.
299 Green st, Central Sq, Cambridge

Hips On Fire  Keeping Your Hips On Fire!!!

Web Site: http://www.hipsonfire.com
E-mail: hipsonfire@yahoo.com
Phone: 781-393-6996

Don't miss "Cafe Con Leche" Lounge this Saturday June 12.. It's going to be GREAT !!!

Those who get there by 11 p.m. get a FREE DRINK ..... ON THE HOUSE !!!!! (paying customers)

Feel free to check our your pics SOON at www.cafeconlechelounge.com !!!!

If you want to reserve any of our VIP booths for a party of 5 or more, (receive a complimentary bottle of champagne) contact me at jmpez@hotmail.com.

If you want to be on our guest list this week contact me at jmpez@hotmail.com by Friday  @ 5:00 p.m. (Guest list is until 11 p.m.) 

And for those of you attending "El Gran Combo & India" @ Club Lido, Saturday June 12, your admission to "Cafe Con Leche" Lounge is $5.00 p/p.

Tune in to Aqui y Alla on Supercanal Caribe this Sunday 8p-9p and check out last weeks party @ "Cafe Con Leche" Lounge ..

Noche Latina Dance Company
Featuring the dance styles of Hedwige Louis

Don't forget about our new location in Woburn, Ma at Studio 665 every Friday!
Beginner/Intermediate: 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
Salsa Night with DJ Ali to follow from 8:30pm to 12am. 

Classes and Salsa Night are $10, salsa night free with class. 

Union St Restaurant in Newton Center behind Fleet Bank

Beginner/Intermediate: 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Advanced:  8pm to 9pm
Salsa Night with DJ Ali from 9pm to 12am.

Classes are $10 each, salsa night free with class price.  Admission to salsa night without class is $4. 

We also offer private classes which can be scheduled by calling us at 617-461-5100. 

2005 Salsa Congress Offer You Can't Refuse!!!!

Albert Torres Productions is offering a $200.00 Full Event Pass For next year's West Coast Salsa Congress (Value $350.00). This pass can be given as a gift or can be transferred to another person until January 1, 2005. This Offer is only good to the first 400 that take advantage of it or until June 30, 2004. Help keep the movement alive!

Register today online at: http://www.atpevents.com/congress/2005

Albert Torres Productions team
(310) 445 9705


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