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Message From: Salsa Update [sbclist@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 5:09 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #227: Salsa Cruises start Sunday!

Hola Salseros!
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This issue:
- This week:
    Juan Matos at BCCA
    New Night in Cambridge (see mailbag item 1)
- 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

  SalsaBoston's 4th Annual Salsa Harbor Cruise Series
Looks like a great weekend weather for the innaugural harbor cruise this Sunday!  Also, this year the cruises are ALL AGES!

  .Sunday...Mostly sunny. Not as warm with highs in the upper 70s.
  Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.
  .Sunday night and Monday...Partly cloudy. Lows around 60. Highs
  around 80.

If you don’t have tickets yet, click straight through to www.salsaboston.com/store

Or, check out the cruise website at www.salsaboston.com/cruise04

What's new this year?
- Every Sunday through Sept. 12
- Dockside Party starts at 6pm
- Lessons with Johnny and Kelly at 7pm-8pm
- Boarding and dancing begins at 7:30, 2 floors, DJ D. Martinez spinning Salsa,
  DJ Michael Mercado with a latin mix of Salsa/Merengue/Bachata/Reggaton/House
- Cruise: 8:15-10:30
- Food onboard, $10 for a plate
- Cash bar
- FREE Afterparty at Sanctuary (across the street)--we found a beautiful lounge with a nice dance floor--DJ Hernan in 'da house!

$20 at the dock, $15.75 online advance

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


This Saturday:

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

 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 Bembi Italiano in Medfor, opening Fri. with HOF
4) Aguare Dance Company update
5) Johnny and Kelly, class schedule
6) Festival Betances at Villa Victoria

Dear Friends,

   This Friday is the grand opening of our Friday Night Salsa parties! Located right next door to the Green St. Grill and the VFW, 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 (open next week) and bar facilities.  That means that our cultural events can feature traditional food dishes and drinks!  On behalf of the team at Havana Club, please join us for the grand opening of Friday Night Salsa!

   Special Performances by-
. Salsa y Control
. Jamnastics

   If you want to have a beautiful place to dance on Friday evenings, come out to support the new venue! And invite your friends who like to drink! As in any new venture, the first couple of weeks are critical. And the establishment needs to cover their costs. And next week bring your appetites because we will have amazing food.

   Havana Club Friday Night Salsa!
   June 18th @ GAPC Ballroom, 288 Green St, Central Sq, Cambridge
   8-9pm Rueda Lessons w/ the MIT Rueda Team, Anara Frank of Jamnastics, and Havana Club's Ivan Skopovi and Sylvie Garneau
   9-10pm Salsa Lessons w/ Salsa y Control
   10-1am Dance Party w/ DJ D Martinez
   $10. Ages: 18+ (21 to drink)

  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 includes 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 is the coolest.  Great people, great dancing, and a cool, relaxed atmosphere! 



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


EL BEMBI Italiano Opening

Friday, June 18th
9:30 p.m. Dance Lesson
by yours truly Hips On Fire

DJ Music until 1:30am
With Air conditioning

Admission: $8.00

Bocelli's Restaurant

374 Main St., Medford,
Harvard St. and Main St. intersection
Across from Oasis Restaurant
Parking all around Main and side streets


Aguare Dance Company
"The Evolution of Latin Dance"

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The level 2 class at MassArt this Thursday is still happening. Enter through the rear 'public safety' door in the Tower Building. The other doors will be locked for 'Bunker Hill Day'. Thanks!

Hello Salsa Addicts!!!

My finals are finally over, the L.A. congress was awesome, and we're ready to get a fresh start on our summer class schedule. Check out the new schedule, and the upcoming events listed below.

-Isadora :)


Aguare has a great new lineup of salsa classes being held in
Boston and Brookline. This summer we bring you level 1
salsa on Mondays, level 2 salsa on Thursdays, and salsa for
kids on Wednesdays.

click for class schedule and descriptions (http://411.salsafrenzy.com/isadora)


For directions to Massachusetts College of Art, see
www.massart.edu/about and click on 'how to get here'.

For directions to BCCA, see www.bccaonline.com/ directions.html.

click for full directions listing (http://411.salsafrenzy.com/isadora)

Join Johnny and Kelly This Summer for Some On1 Fun!!!!!


Thursdays - starts June 10th
Dance Complex
536 Mass Ave. Studio 5 near Central Sq. T stop
8:00p - 9:30p

Mondays - starts June 14th
B.C.C.A (Brookilne Community Center for the Arts)
14 Green St. Brookline near Coolidge Corner T stop
7:00p - 8:30p 

Mondays - starts June 14th
Boston Dance company
550 Mass Ave. 3rd Floor near Central Sq. T stop
9:15p - 10:45p

Tuesdays - starts June 15th
Boston Dance company
550 Mass Ave. 3rd Floor near Central Sq. T stop
9:00p - 10:30p

Classes are $15 drop-in or sign up for a series of 5 classes and save !!!

For more info e-mail us at
salsumba1@aol.com  or kelly@salsaboston.com
Or call
617-312-6464 or 617-522-7443

6)Casa de la Cultura / Center for Latino Arts

Dear Friend,

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acci?n (IBA), the residents of Villa Victoria, and the Center for Latino Arts/Casa de la Cultura, we hope you will consider supporting this year’s Festival Betances held from July 16-18, 2004. The Festival, located in Boston’s South End, is the oldest Latino folk arts and culture celebration in New England!  To view some festival pictures, please click on

 www.iba-etc.org/JHCCOnline/Fb2002.htm or http://www.lib.neu.edu/archives/voices/l-cultural1.htm.     

By sponsoring the Festival through a tax-deductible donation, you will help ensure that our 31st year of the Festival is the liveliest, most exciting and successful in our agency’s history. All contributions (both small and large) are important to us and your support will be greatly appreciated. This year we are trying a new method to allow supporters to contribute easily through a secure charity web-site: www.networkforgood.org. To contribute to IBA and Festival Betances, all you have to do is to follow the easy to use contribution directions after you click on   http://www.southend.org/betances.php which will link you to the secure Network for Good web site. With your help, we will meet our fundraising goals during these challenging financial times.

Established in 1973, Festival Betances, commemorates the life and achievements of Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances, a 19th-century Puerto Rican patriot, poet, medical doctor, abolitionist, and artist.  In addition to music and dance performances, the Festival offers youth and family activities in O’Day Park and at the newly renovated Center for Latino Arts. Organized annually by the residents of Villa Victoria, the festival brings over 10,000 people from diverse backgrounds to the South End to celebrate the music, dance, food and locally made crafts that showcase the vibrancy of Latin American cultural expression.

We are determined to make this year’s multi-cultural Festival the best ever to celebrate IBA’s fulfillment of a long-awaited community dream—the opening of a new community arts center called the Center for Latino Arts/Casa de la Cultura. Celebrating Boston’s growing diversity, the Center will transcend Villa Victoria and the Latino community and become a fixture engraved into the cultural life of Boston. With the Center for Latino Arts, we are creating a vibrant cultural complex that will Keep Latino Arts Alive in Boston!

So it is with great enthusiasm and pride that we invite you to join our families, friends and neighbors in celebrating our rich artistic heritage and our community’s achievements. If you feel more comfortable, you may also send a check to us at: Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, c/o Festival Betances, 405 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.

If you have any questions regarding Festival Betances or Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, please feel free to contact Sabrina at (617) 927-1730 or saviles@iba-etc.org. You may also contact David Kay, IBA’s Associate Director of Development at 617-927-1719 or dkay@iba-etc.org.

Thank you in advance, and we look forward to celebrating with you this summer at Festival Betances! Muchas gracias,

Sabrina Avilés                                                   Vanessa Calderón-Rosado
Director, Center for Latino Arts                         Acting Executive Director, IBA

PS.  The Center for Latino Arts/Casa de la Cultura is a program of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), a dynamic community building agency dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of individuals and families through education, economic development, technology and arts programming that builds safe vibrant and culturally diverse affordable housing communities. IBA is a nonprofit organization under the IRS’s 501© (3) status, and all tax-deductible donations will be used to support the festival and IBA’s critical social service programs.  Tax ID#23-7102740


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