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'Nother major Salsa Weekend coming at you!

Tonight (Fri)!  BCCA/Havana Club/SalsaYControl/SalsaBoston bring you another famed benefit party for SalsaYControl!  Wepa!!!

Saturday:  Head down to Waterfire for Salsa Night!  Or, if you're staying in town, come dancing at BCCA as usual.

Sunday:  Salsa Cruise #6  Last week, over 315 sailed and partied hard!  Come rock the boat again this week!

Check out the details on all these below and in the mailbag.

Announcing the 4th Annual New England/Boston Salsa Congress hosted by SalsaBoston!  It will be October 15-17 at SpringStep, in Medford Square, just off I-93, 4 mi. north of downtown Boston.  SpringStep is a beautiful new $4M dance center, with two fabulous sprung wood ballrooms, a gorgeous atrium, free parking, and all the ammenities that any congress could ever wish for, plus it's at the height of New England's fall folliage for the travelers.  It's also right next door to the AmeriSuites Hotel, where we are negotiating rooms right now.  Looks like about $118/night with tax for a *suite* (HOW SWEET! Maybe less actually, we're still talking.  And the pool will be open late.)  This will be a Congress like no other.  (Note: we're having a bit of naming confusion on account of the "1st Annual Boston International Salsa Congress" that was put on by New York promoters at the Logan Airport last April, but this is the 4th annual real thing.)  Full details will be announced next week but the congress website will be at www.salsaboston.com/congress  Bookmark it now!  For group rates, sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please call Olaf at 617-513-9841 or email congress@salsaboston.com.
DANCE TEAMS AND INSTRUCTORS, contact us if you would like to participate.

This issue:
- Salsaboston's events
   Sundays: Salsa Cruises
   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.

    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) Salsa Night Band, at Puffebellies in Hyannis tonight
3) Hector Cuervas Combo, party and cruise
4) Salsalegre on Aug. 28
5) Waterfire and Hacha Workshop in Providence


  1. Tuesday, check out our new Latin Night at Ryles.  Last week, 40 people
took Hips on Fire's high energy Latin Lesson. And 80 people participated in
the dance. Join us this week!  

   Havana Club Tuesday Latin Night - every Tuesday
August 17th @ Ryles Dance Hall, 212 Hampshire St., Inman Sq., Cambridge
8-9pm Rueda Lesson with Sylvie Garneau
9-10pm Salsa, Merengue, Bachata lesson with Seemore and Cristina of Hips on Fire
10-1am Latin Dance Party w/ DJ Cuban Jeff
$10. All ages.

   2. This Friday at the BCCA - Come out and support Boston's finest salseros!

   Salsa y Control Extravaganza!
August 13th @ BCCA, 14 Green St, Coolidge Corner, Brookline
9-10pm Salsa Lessons w/ Salsa y Control
10pm-1am DJ Dance Party. Special Performances at 11pm!
$15. All ages.

   3. Mambo Mondays is a cool, salsa community event!  Starting this week,
everyone who has dinner (w/ an entree) at the Green St Grill can dance for free! 

   4. Samba Sundays is a lot of fun!  The Brazilian Tango is an easy, elegant,
and sensual dance. Check it out!

 Havana Club events this week:

   Mambo Monday, August 16th
   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 

   Tuesday Latin Night, August 17th
   Rueda Lesson 8-9pm. Latin Dance lesson 9-10pm
   Dance 10pm-1am. Admission is $10. All ages.
   Ryles Dance Hall, 212 Hampshire St, Inman Sq, Cambridge

   Salsa y Control Extravaganza!, Friday, August 13th
   Salsa lessons 9-10. Dance 10-1. All ages.  $15.
   BCCA, 14 Green St, Coolidge Corner, Brookline

   Sunday KidsDay,  (re-opens soon)
   Kids Beginner lesson 2-3pm. Salsa Dance 3-5pm. Free.
   JFK Fountains area in JFK Park, Memorial Drive, Cambridge
   Samba Sunday, August 15th
   Beginner Samba de Gafieira lesson 7-8:30pm
   Dance 8:30pm-11pm. Admission is $8/$10 w/ lesson. All ages. 
   BCCA, 14 Green Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline 


Jeff Robinson
2) Salsa Night Band
We are continuing the Salsa Fridays at Pufferbellies Night Club in Hyannis, tommorrow Friday 13th don't be spooked by the date now .  Every second week we'll have Salsa Night Band and another group to spice up the nights with some variety. Coming up tommorow DJ and salsa dancing lessons.  Next Friday Salsa Night Band, we hope you can make it on both nights so that we can keep these nights as our own.  Thank you, and see you at the dance floor.

3) Boston Latin Band
AUGUST 27th SOLAMENTE SALSA! Hector Cuevas Combo. Citizen's Park (next to Citizen's Bank, Main Street) 7 p.m. HOT LATIN COMBO. FREE. INTERNATIONAL BAND BASED IN LEXINGTON.

August 28th SUNSET LATIN DANCE CRUISE, with SOLAMENTE SALSA! Hector Cuevas Combo, 7-10 p.m. dinner cruise sailing from Plum Island Point, Newburyport. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. 978-462-3141 charge, 978-462-3971 cash or check. $30 with dinner. INTERNATIONAL BAND BASED IN LEXINGTON.


Salsalegre's dance in August has been changed to August 28th.

Upcoming Salsalegre Social Dance at the Longfellow Club in Wayland

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

Saturday, August,28th   7:30-1130pm

There will be two rooms for dancing. One room for Salsa 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 and advanced turn combinations and freestyle moves. The first class will begin at 6pm.

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.)

Saturday night August 14th...

Salsa WaterFire in downtown Providence.
at Sovereign Square , starts at 7:00 pm. with a free Salsa
lesson with Jose Figueroa from Connecticut. Live music by Grupo Sazon and
D.J. Tony Felix.  Performances by Latin Rhythm Dancers, Hacha Y Machete, and Ana Tinjero and Joel Masacote at about 10:00 p.m.
Waterfire website: http://www.waterfire.com/

On Sunday, August 15th, there is a 3 hour workshop with Hacha y Machete
at Platforms Nightclub in Providence, from 3-6 p.m...Total cost is
$25.00 however YOU MUST SIGN UP for this as space is limited.  This time a beginners class will be added to the workshop in addition to all other

For confirmation on workshop please contact JEANNE OKI at
My computer is down so it will be faster to contact me by phone.

(Thanks Jeanne!)


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