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Message From: Salsa Update [sbclist@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 5:09 PM
Subject: Salsa Update #230: A busy week of Salsa!

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A fairly exciting week coming up in Boston's Salsa Land!  This Saturday at Jorge Hernandez, the location of "el bembe", Puerto Rican Salsa stars Viti Ruiz and Anthony Cruz will be performing live. 

Note, there is no Salsa Night at BCCA this Saturday due to a special event; but, join Havana Club this Friday as usual.  We'll also resume next Saturday at BCCA with Hacha Y Machete's "Summer Salsa Party!"  Check out the mailbag for more on that one.

Tuesday, Havana Club kicks off a new "latin night" at Ryles which will showcase a variety of latin dances and music on a regular basis.  The opening night is a fundraising benefit for the Dominican and Haitian flood victims, $20, with a lesson by Hips on Fire.  See Havana Club in the mailbag.

For those on the other side of the "pond", Aguare Dance Co. has started a new night Tuesdays in the Copley Sq. area.  See mailbag.

Wednesday, the City of Cambridge is hosting a free Willie Colon concert, down at the Kendall Square end of MIT.  8-10:30.  Afterwords, the party will continue at Sophia's!  Details in the Havana Club announcement in the mailbag.

The next Salsa Cruise will be on August 1, on account of all the DNC craziness.  We figured we'll sit this one out on the sidelines, and get drunk with the politicians!  Check out the writeup in yesterday's Globe Calendar!

OH! And most importantly, Suzanne turns 40!  Special party and no doubt mega-circle dance at Ryles Thursday.

BCCA is also in the news:  Jeff Robinson has been hired as the executive director, and promises an exciting new dawn for the Center!  Dan Marshall will continue as artistic director.  Jeff anticipates major expansion of the programs, facility improvements, and *much more fun*!  Check out the BCCA at www.bccaonline.com

This issue:
- Salsaboston's events
   Sundays: Salsa Vruises
   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

Check out the cruise website and order tickets 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!
- All ages

(Regular cruises: $20 at the dock, $15.75 online advance)

Departing Long Warf

 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:
   July:    Johnny and Kelly (Salsa Y Control)
   August:    Hacha Y Machete (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

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.

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    DJ Jose Baron
2nd    DJ Antonio Ortiz
3rd    DJ D. Martinez
4th    DJ Hernan
5th    Guest (when there is a 5th Wed.)

Also, we have a rotation of DJ's in the basement Rumba Room

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) Suzanne turns 40!
3) Hacha Summer Salsa Party, Sat. July 24 at BCCA
4) Mango Blue @Gardener Museum, Thur. July 22
5) Boston Latin Band update, Newburyport, etc.
6) Frankie Ruiz and Anthony Cruz at Jorge Hernandez, Sat. July 17
7) Masacote Intensive salsa training in Aug. at BCCA
8) Masacote Auditions Aug 28
9) MIT Ballroom party this Sat.
10) JAM'NASTICS summer schedule
11) Hankie Party with La Timba Loca at Scullers, Aug. 5
12) Aguare's new Tueday night in Copley

1) From Havana Club:

I am pleased to make some cool announcements:

-This Friday we will be at the BCCA
-This Tuesday we start a new Latin Night at Ryles
-I have accepted the position as Executive Director at BCCA
-Havana Club Salsa Lesson at Willie Colon Concert July 21st

   This Friday, we will be at the BCCA.  I expect an excellent crowd of between
80 and 100. We have a new atmosphere in the ballroom - new tables, tablecloths,
candles, and... food!

This Tuesday, we kick off Latin Night at Ryles with a fundraising benefit
for the Dominican and Haitian flood victims.

   Havana Club Tuesday Latin Night
July 20th @ Ryles Dance Hall, 212 Hampshire St., Inman Sq., Cambridge
8-9pm Salsa, Merengue, Bachata lesson with Seemore and Cristina of Hips on Fire
9-1am Latin Dance Party w/ DJ Seemore and DJ Cuban Jeff
$20. All proceeds to benefit Dominican and Haitian flood victims. All ages.

Recently, floods and landslides destroyed communities all over the island joining the
two nations. Over 2000 people are reported to have died and thousands more to
have been displaced and affected by the situation in life threatening ways. We have an
opportunity to contribute to the restoration and rehabilitation of the lives of thousands
of people on the island. The proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross disaster fund
for Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 

Moving forward, our Tuesday Latin Night at Ryles will feature Latin Dancing upstairs
and Live Latin Music downstairs. More details next week!
  Effective immediately, I am the Executive Director for the BCCA. I believe
strongly that we should have a community center for arts, and that the vision for the
BCCA should become a reality. Dan Marshall will continue to lead the development
of our artistic programs. Olaf Bleck will be the finance director. Vlad Selsky will
continue to head community relations and fundraising. If you would like to
volunteer and help the center, please send me a note at jeff@bccaonline.com

   On July 21st, The City of Cambridge is presenting Willie Colon for a free,
outdoor concert! One of salsa's living legends, Willie Colon has fused his musical
talent, a passion for humanity and political activism into an extraordinary, multi-
faceted career. As he says, "It's not just the music. It's also about our collective
aspirations to make this a better world. Havana Club is organizing the free salsa
lesson and performances, from 7-8pm, which will feature many of Boston's most well
known instructors, including  Salsa y Control, Jamnastics, MIT Rueda Group, and
Hips on Fire. The concert will run from 8-10:30pm and will be held at the corner of
Vassar and Main Streets in Cambridge.

From Suzanne Steele:

"Get carded! Please join Suzanne in celebrating her 40th birthday on
Thursday, July 22nd at Temporada Latina/Ryles. If you are over 40, get
carded, and get in after 9:30 for $5.00 (regularly $8.00)!

Hacha Y Machete Presents...

Summer Salsa Party!!

Join us for a wonderful night of spectacular performances, great
music, and lots of dancing with your favorite hosts, Hacha Y Machete.
Featuring performances by the Hacha Y Machete Dance Company with
their newest and most sought after routine fresh off the stages of
the Boston and L.A. congresses. If you missed it before you don't
want to miss it again!
Saturday July 24th
Brookline Community Center For the Arts (BCCA)
14 Green Street, Brookline, MA
9:30 Lesson
10:30 Party starts
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Includes 9:30pm all levels salsa lesson, and a limited edition
collectable Dancing in Unison postcard.

Also that day...
3-4:25pm Footwork, body movement and styling for men and women.
Levels 2 & 3
4:35-6pm How to use style and technique while partnering. Level 2 &
3. For details please call 617-733-6592.
Cost: 1 workshop $15 in advance $20 at the door: 2 workshops $30 in
advance $35 at the door;
Take any workshop and get into party for $10

More info www.hymstyle.com

M A N G O    B L U E


Appearing at:

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
THURSDAY JULY 22, 6:00 pm
Free Admission!!

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is located at 280 The Fenway, Boston

On the MBTA Green Line (E train to "Museum" stop).

Metered parking is available nearby the Museum. Paid parking is also nearby, at the lot and garage on Museum Road, off of Huntington Avenue, near the Museum of Fine Arts.

Solamente Salsa! Hector Cuevas Combo   AUGUST 28
Romantic sunset salsa latin cruise "con comida" (dinner!). August 28, 7-19 p.m. sailing from Plum Island Point, Newburyport. Call 978-462-3141 (charge), 978-462-3971(cash or checks). RESERVE SOON!

COME SALSA to celebrate your birthday, engagement, courtship or anniversary!

Hector Cuevas & The Boston Latin Band  AUGUST 6, 2004
Puerto Rican Festival, Franklin Park, Boston, Ma. August 6, 2004, 7 p.m.

Solamente Salsa! Hector Cuevas Combo AUGUST 27th
August 27, 2004. Citizen's Park, Main Street,Woburn, Ma. 7 p.m.

We are exploring alternatives for playing for our North Shore Salseros. Will let you know when and where we will be there! We had a MARVELOUS TWO MONTH RUN at Michael's Harborside. Thanks to Rico and Donna White and our new loyal Monday nighters!..

We are booking private and public weddings, parties, festivals, cruises, resorts through the end of 2005. Call 781-861-9847 or 617-256-5954 to book YOUR EVENT. Or email: Millerwise@aol.com

Recordando a Frankie Ruiz
(Remembering Frankie Ruiz)

SATURDAY JULY 17th, 9:30pm to 1:30am.
9:30 Dance Lesson
After, dancing, dancing, dancing

Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at door 21+

Live Salsa Band featuring Puerto Rican Salsa stars
Viti Ruiz and Anthony Cruz, celebrating the life and music
of Frankie Ruiz. Fund raising event to benefit IBA programming.

For more information, please call 617.927.1930.

Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center
at the Center for Latino Arts
85 West Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118

Masacote Entertainment
Special 4-week Intensive August Session!

Wednesdays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25


This class will cover a little bit of everything: Spinning, Styling, Body Movement, Music Interpretation, Footwork, Partnering, and MORE!!!

--Advanced Beginner to Advanced Dancers
--(Basic Cross Body Lead, Timing, etc is a prerequisite)
--No Partner Necessary
--All Timings Welcome
--Please arrive early for registration and bring comfortable shoes and ENERGY TO SPARE.


$30 per workshop
$100 for full session
--Attendance of Full Session is strongly encouraged, as we will build off of the previous classes.  Feel free to email us with questions.

*Student Discount: $25 per workshop;  $80 for full session* (Must bring Student ID)


Studio 2; BCCA
14 Green St.
Brookline, MA 02446


Visit www.MasacoteEntertainment.com
Email Ana at ana@masacoteentertainment.com
or Call her at 617-939-3515.

Private Lessons are Also Available.


Masacote Entertainment Dance Company Auditions!
It's been in the works for over 2 years now, and it's finally time to make it happen...Masacote Entertainment is curently looking for a small team of dancers of  ALL STYLES -- Hip-Hop, Tango, Jazz, Ballet, Breakdancing, Gymnastics, Flamenco, YOU NAME IT -- to form part of a professional salsa dance company.


If you're ready and willing to work intensively and grace stages both domestically and internationally, give us a call!  Opportunities for paid work in the future.

Studio 1; BCCA
14 Green St.
Brookline, MA 02446

20 min -- Presentation About the Dance Company/Q&A
30 min -- Warm up and Short Class
60 min (or less) -- Individual Auditions/Dance Showcases

To RSVP or inquire about further information, including what to bring, prepare, etc., please email us (ana@masacoteentertainment.com) or call us at 617-577-5725.

To learn more about us, or see us in action, please visit the website at www.MasacoteEntertainment.com

Hello dancers -
The MIT Ballroom Dance Club invites you to its

~~~***** MIDSUMMER DANCE PARTY *****~~~

     8 - 12pm, Saturday, July 17th
with a complementary dance lesson at 7:30pm

       at La Sala de Puerto Rico,
  2nd floor of the MIT Student Center

      Refreshments will be served.

Admission is $6 students/$8 BDC members/$10 others.

Visit our website for more information: http://mit.edu/bdclub/

See you there!

Hello Salsa Lovers,

We are excited to announce a new class curriculum that will promote
growth and style to your salsa journey. Beginning in the fall we will
implement a curriculum made up of four distinct levels. Each level
will consist of salsa skill sets, which will build on each other from
week to week. If you miss a class, no worries, there will continue to
be reviews at the beginning of each class.

For those of you currently taking classes you may have noticed a
change in our schedule. Below is a copy of the new schedule for the
summer. The levels 1 and 2 of the new curriculum have already begun
to be introduced with peeks into level 3 and 4.


6-7PM   Getting Started with Salsa      I       $14     Murat Sahin
        Salsa Partnering with Style     II-III  $14     Andres Giraldo
7-8PM   Latin Party     I       $14     Wiliie Sanchez
        Salsa Technique II-III  $14     Anara Frank/Ractharit
        Adv. Salsa Technique    IV      $14     Andres Giraldo

6:30-7PM        Intro to Salsa  I       $7      Darnell Kemp
        Ladies Styling  II-III  $7      Erin Banks
7-8PM   Getting Started with Salsa      I       $14     Darnell
Kemp/Maribel Santos
        Spinning and Partnering II-III  $14     Andres Giraldo/Erin
8-8:30PM        Salsa Movement  I-II    $7      Erin Gerry
        Advanced Body Movement  III-IV  $7      Andres Giraldo
8:30-9PM        Footwork Challenge      I-II    $7      Erin Banks
        Footwork Challenge      III-IV  $7      Andres Giraldo


Per Night       $
1.5 classes     $18
2 classes       $25
3 classes       $30
Students $10/class with ID

Per Month       $       Save
1 class/week    $50     $6
1.5 classes/week        $70     $14
2 classes/ week $90     $22
3 classes/week  $130    $38
4 classes/ week $170    $54

For more details check us out 

Scullers Jazz Club, August 5, 2004, 8 and 10 pm

In Cuban street tradition, the pañuelo (handkerchief) has long symbolized the provocative chase between a lady and her admirer. The chase is incorporated into the seductive dance of percussion dominated by the sound of a rhythmic drum. With this hankie the man playfully pleads with the woman and she coyly turns him down.


All across Europe and the West Coast, have been whipping out their pañuelos on the dance floor. Now it's your turn to live timba to the extreme with your own pañuelo...compliments of LTL! Living up to its reputation of surprise theatrics, musical excellence and ingenious audience interactions, LTL now brings you the Hankie Party (La Fiesta del Pañuelo), a night of exciting music that will chase you, court, and seduce you until you just can't resist. 

At Scullers, voted #1 in the Boston area by the TAB Readers' Choice Award. The jazz hub will once more host the 11-piece salsa sensation that, as Kozmo Miller from mundoafrolatino.com puts it, "you you just have to hear to believe that you won't believe what you are hearing."

The Hankie Party (La Fiesta del Pañuelo)
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston.
8 and 10 pm
Tickets $14

Hello Salsa Friends,

I'm writing to you because I know you through the
salsa scene and you are in my yahoo email address
book. Some of you may have already heard the good news
about the new salsa night in Boston, but I wanted to
make sure I didn't leave anyone out!

Here's the info about the new Tuesday salsa night by
Isadora & Aguare Dance Company:

Finally, a Tuesday Salsa night right in Downtown
Boston (Copley Square) at a classy Japanese restaurant
with a beautiful wooden dance floor, and plenty of
room for salsa! This event is brought to you by
Isadora & Aguare Dance Company.

Tumbao Tuesdays - where Sushi meets Salsa!

Friends Japanese Restaurant (event room)
545 Boylston St., Copley Square, Boston

Take the T to Copley on the green line, or parking in
garages throughout out Copley area (or Boylston St.

9pm-10pm: Salsa lesson with Isadora & Aguare.
10pm-1am: DJ's D. Martinez, & Antonio Ortiz spinning
the best salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha-cha.

$10 cover, $12 with lesson

Full bar, exotic drinks, and Japanese cuisine
available. With enough people, we may also have a
buffet later on in the night!

Thanks to everyone for all of your salsa love and
continued support. I hope to see you this Tuesday!!!

Peace & Love,
Isadora :)

P.S. save me a dance :)


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