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Message From: Olaf Bleck [olaf@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 1:02 PM
Subject: #241: Salsa Sprint Thur, plus Salsa at Sophia's 4th anniv. party! and Holidays!

Hola Salseros!
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Salseros!  Been a few weeks, sorry!

Tomorrow, Thursday, is the Annual Salsa Sprint at Temporada Latina/Ryles, to raise money for Shriners Hospitals.  Please go and support this event!  You can pledge money to your friends in the dancathon, or you can seek pledges and dance yourself.  I heard someone raised $1000 already in pledges!  More details on signing up and pledging below in the mailbag.  Prize for most funds raised, 1 year free dancing!

Salseros, Mark you calendar now for the Holiday Salsa Party at BCCA Sat. Dec. 18!  Benefitting BCCA, workshops with Troy Anthony and Georgette from New Orleans, Silent Auction, VIP Reception, and more!  Beer and Wine available.  Read on below.  Hosted by SalsaBoston and Jam'Nastics.  Seeking volunteers and silent auction donations.  See below.  Also! Please take the poll!

In This issue:
- Club notes: SalsaBoston at Sophia's, 4th Anniversary Party! Plus more.
- SalsaBoston and Jam'Nastics HOLIDAY SALSA PARTY!  Benefit at BCCA for BCCA, by Salseros for Salseros! Dec. 18
- Salsaboston's events
   Dec. 1, Cuban Night at Sophia's #2
   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

Club Notes:
Wed. Nov. 24 is the 4th ANNIVERSARY PARTY, Salsa Night at Sophia's!  That's the day before Thanksgiving.  2 DJ's, the club will be open on every floor.  Don't miss da pahty!!!  We'll have a short show as well.

Tonight at Sophia's, DJ D. Martinez, and DJ Hernan "on call" for the basement--let's get busy and we'll open it!

Also, don't forget to check out Havana Club Fridays now at the YWCA in Cambridge (Mass Ave, Central Square, up by the city hall)

Sadly, Tumbao Tuesdays is cancelled until further notice.  It may come back in the spring.

Check out Masa on Thursdays!  Live latin band, great eats, a nice "hangout".  Dancing later usually.  My review in the mailbag.

Sat. Dec. 18, Mark your calendars!

Coming up on Sat. December 18th at BCCA, SalsaBoston and Jam'Nastics, with Troy Anthony and DJ D. Martinez are hosting a benefit for the BCCA!  This is going to be the holiday party of the season, so plan ahead!  Flyers are coming out today, so pick one up.

Can you make it?  Please let us know!  http://salsaboston.com/poll.shtml

Tickets available starting later this week.  Please support the BCCA!


***Proceeds Benefit the BCCA***

- Workshops with Congress MC/Star Troy Anthony and Georgette Alcocer of New Orleans, Saturday from 1-5:30, Sunday TBA
- Doors open at 8pm, with a VIP reception and 2 lessons, Casino Rueda and Salsa
- Party from 10-1
- Beer and Wine available (pending license approval by the Town)
- Performances by Jam'Nastics, Troy and Georgette, and others TBA

$10 advance, $15 at the door
$5 for age 12 and under; $10 for 12 to college (with ID)

VIP Private Reception, $25, 8-10pm, includes bar and food.  Cash bar to follow.

We're going to try this out.  We are having some great items donated, both Salsa and otherwise, which will be up for auction.  If you're not familiar with a silent auction, there will be tables with the items displayed, and an auction sheet for each item.  You write your name and your bid amount, and the next person along can outbid you and soforth, until the end of the night, at which point the highest bidder wins.  It's a lot more fun than a raffle!  And of course all the proceeds go to BCCA

WE NEED AUCTION DONATIONS!  Private or group lesson passes, DJ Parties, Shoes, Clothes, DVD's and Video's, Gift Certificate, etc!  Donations are Tax Deductible. Please contact Olaf at 617-513-9841.

 Salsa Cubana Night at Sophia's, Wed. Dec. 1
Salsa Night at Sophia's welcomes a new addition in the basement this night!

Experience a new flavor with new exciting rythms designed to move your feet !!!!! Hector will spin  you the Best of the Cuban music danced all over the world!

Downstairs at the Sophia's
Wednesday Dec. 1, 2004

    Cuba style lesson with  Hector and Linda at 9pm
    $12 with lesson
    $10 after 10 pm   & dance all the night !

    21 and over, Please mention at the door that you
    are there for the Cuban Salsa and go downstairs !!!!!

    Let's burn  up the dance floor with the best of
    Los Van Van, Manolito,Charanga, Paulito, Bamboleo and more......
    SALSA  &   TIMBA AND more
    the other way to dance salsa !!!!!!!!
    Casino style , cuban style, rueda de casino !!!

    1270 boylston st, kenmore sq 617 351 7001

    "Camina pa la pista que la pista no tiene espinas "

    questions and info : Linda@timba.com
    Hector 617 731 2847

 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, ratty jeans, caps

Salsa Night at Sophia's includes a Casino Rueda class from 8:00 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


Hello all!

There is a special event this Thursday at Temporada Latina, but THE 

Special hours: 8:30 PM - 1:00 AM.
No lessons.
The reason is Salsa Spirit - a fundraiser for Shriners Hospital for 

When you are looking for a dance partner, please look for the people 
with white ribbons! They are raising money for Shriners Hospital for 
Children and need to keep dancing!

IMPORTANT: If you want to participate and raise money for the hospital 
1) Register at www.tlsalsa.com/register.html
2) Print out a pledge form at www.tlsalsa.com/pledgeformemail.html
3) Ask your colleagues, friends and family to sponsor you!
4) Then join us on Thursday!

I hope you will join us. Every little bit helps!
More info than you ever wanted at www.tlsalsa.com/salsaspirit.html

Oops! I almost forgot to mention: The grand prizes (2) are a ONE YEAR 




WHEN:        Sunday, November 21, 2004
                 Noon - 3 PM

WHERE:  Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, 1st floor, 142 Memorial Drive ,  Cambridge… for a map click here:

COST: $10 ($8 with student ID)

No partner is necessary!  Participants will be split up into three levels: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Intermediate/Advanced. Note that these levels are designated in terms of rueda rather than salsa.  If you dance salsa but have never danced rueda, you should start at the Beginner level.

Beginner: No experience necessary! Teaches the basics of Salsa and  Rueda, lead/follow technique. Advanced Beginner: Assumes a knowledge of basic Rueda moves (e.g.
  Enchufla, Dame Una, Adios/Prima), teaches advanced beginner-level Rueda
Intermediate/Advanced: Assumes the dancer has knowledge of beginner and
  advanced beginner-level Rueda moves and has a good lead/follow
  technique.  Students in this group should be comfortable
  leading/following moves 'on the tap' such as Siete.  Teaches advanced

Remember, workshops are formal instruction, so be sure to bring comfortable clothes, your jazz sneakers/dancing shoes, your water bottles, and plenty of energy to burn for 3 hours straight!

RSVP requested (but not required).  RSVP by sending an email to zarixia@mit.edu with the following information:

Estimated Level:
Leader or Follower**:

(** note that the leader is typically the male and the follower is typically the female, particularly at the beginner level.  More advanced students may choose to learn either role if they wish, as balance permits.)

Feel free to visit our web page for more information about the group and rueda in general:



                              MIT Casino Rueda Group


(from Salsahappens)

Sunday, November 21
   3 pm   Workshop at the Cabana Nightclub in Providence
   10 pm  Performance at Platforms in Providence.
               Doors open 7:30, dance lesson at that time. 
              (That night cover charge will be $10.00)

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn from and meet Cuban Pete!! He's the real thing, from the days of the Palladium in NYC, famous internationally for his role in spreading the love of Mambo and keeping it alive. He has choreographed for film, including the Mambo Kings, and performed for presidents.  He won 63 first prizes at the Palladium with his creation of over 100 steps, still the standards of today in Mambo and Salsa. Go to www.salsapower.com to learn more about him and his partner Barbara Craddock who will teach and perform with him.

CALL Jeannie Oki at 401-941-8008 for more info, directions, and to register in advance for the workshop.


3-Week Mini-Session
   Wed's, Dec 1st thru Dec 15th
   6:00—6:30  Warm-up & practice time
   6:30—8:00  Intro to Salsa, 2 styles

One-night Cross Body Clinic!!!
   Wed, Dec 15th
   8:00—9:15  Cross Body Lead: Beautify it and cool variations
              Beginner thru intermediate levels, On 1 and On 2 styles
   9:15—10:00 Stay and practice your new moves

  The Cross-body lead is the move that makes the dance! Sure, you may do them all the time, but make yours fantastic and instantly boost the quality of your dancing. Then learn styling and surprise variations that you can easily work into any repertoire or use to spice up your beginner moves.

3-week session: $35; Drop in per class $15 (classes are 1.5 hours) Cross Body Clinic & Practice: $15 HALF PRICE to repeat/review Intro to Salsa class: $17.50 (available only to those who have previously registered in and completed the Intro to Salsa Class)

Providence Tango Dance Studio (1 block fr McCoy Stad)
99 South Bend St, Pawtucket, RI
DIRECTIONS: www.providencetango.com

MORE INFO ON CLASSES: www.salsahappens.com


mohamad el zein

To whom it may concern,
         We have started a Latin night over at Masa Restaurant.  Every Tuesday at 9:30 we have Manolo's band  performing live till 1:00 am.  There's salsa dancing, tapas, margarita's, sangria, mojitos, and more.  Great night, lots of energy, and a perfect playground for those who want to display their Salsa skills.

439 Tremont st.
Boston, MA

Phone: 617-338-8884
Fax: 617-338-6019
Website: www.masarestaurant.com

[SalsaBoston's Review]
Check out Masa on Tuesday nights!  Featuring live latin jazz starting around 10pm, which "decays" into Salsa later.  It's a great place in the south end, a "high end" southwestern (meaning somewhat spicy latin and american food) restaurant.  However, they serve $1 Tapas until 11pm--I tried a selection and they are AWESOME!  Order about 5-8 or so, and it's a decent meal.  They also serve a variety of house specialty Mojitos and Margaritas for about $8-$12 as well, a little pricy, but the Tapas make up for it.  No cover.  If you're willing to spend about $25-$20 in a nice loungee atmosphere, have a few drinks, eat some great food, and some latin music and dance, check it out.  Tell them you heard it here.


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