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Message From: Olaf Bleck [olaf@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2004 12:16 PM
Subject: #242: Cuban Night at Sophia's Tonight, plus Salsa Holiday Party Tickets available now

Hola Salseros!
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Tonight is our second special night with the addition of Hector downstairs at Sophia's, spinning Cuban style.  Upstairs will be Salsa as usual!  Casino Rueda lessons at 8pm, Salsa at 9, and also Hector will teach a Cuban style lesson at 9 as well.  When you come to the club, if you're not on Hector's list, please go to the cashier upstairs to get your stamp.


DEC. 18 SALSA HOLIDAY PARTY  www.salsaboston.com/holidayparty
(scroll down for general details, or visit the website, but here's the updates:)

** WORKSHOPS with Troy Anthony and Georgette from New Orleans, Sat. Schedule on the website.  If you're interested in Private Lessons with them while they are here, let me know.  Also, additional wprkshops may be booked based on demand, on Sunday.

** TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!  Online on the website
  also available at:
  - BCCA
  - Sophia's Wed.
  - from any JAM'NASTICS member or the office in Cambridge
  - by phone, 617-513-9841

We need more items for the silent auction, so please let us know if you can contribute.  Anything any Salsero would want is great!  Gift Certificates, trips to Cuba, lessons, passes to clubs, DJ services, spare weeks to timeshares in Aruba, etc. etc.!  Donors will be well publicized.

Proceeds go to BCCA.  Please give generously if you can, the BCCA needs every penny you can spare.  If you don’t have the budget, consider buying the VIP ticket which gets you free drinks and food from 8-10. Additional donations may be made on the website as well when you buy your tickets.

In This issue:
- 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

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.

 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

1) SalsaHappens update (Providence)
2) Hips on Fire special workshop series
3) "Miami Beach" Salsa and Hip-Hop Party at Harvard, Harvard Ballroom Club
4) Thursday Nights at Masa, check it out!

 From SalsaHappens (Providence)

  *** New salsa mini-session starts Wed, Dec 1st

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: Make it beautiful 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.

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

   *** Workshops Dec 12th with Ana & Joel in Providence

Famous for their richly eclectic choreography and style, Ana & Joel have performed and taught across the country and internationally. Drawing on their combined wealth of technique and sizzling creativity, these workshops will have lots of material for everyone. This is a special opportunity to learn from this talented and warm-hearted pair.

Sunday, December 12th

2:00-3:00pm  Spinning - All Levels
3:15-4:15pm  Footwork - All Levels
4:30-5:30pm  Partnering - Adv Beg and up

1 class - $25
2 classes - $45
3 classes - $60

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

To register or for more information:
Email tinajero@mit.edu AND ana@masacoteentertainment.com
or call 617-577-5725.
You can also register at the door but please come a few minutes early to do so.

From Hips on Fire
New series of workshops coming up  during December Month on Wednesdays. First one: Learn to hear the Salsa beat!!

DEC 1st -> Learn to hear the Salsa beat!

Lots of you have requested a workshop like this to learn to follow better the salsa beat!!! So here it is, we are going to be bringing instruments like: la clave, bongo, maracas, chekere, cow bell, conga, to learn to hear them in the music and distinguish better the Salsa beat.

DEC 8th -> Latino Motion

In this class we are going to be working on isolating and then combining the move of different parts of the body: shoulders, hips, torso... to improve your dance skills not only for Latino Dancing but for many other dances.

DEC 15th-> Latino Mix

In this class we are going to be teaching a combination of Latino Rhythms, like Salsa, merengue, Cumbia, Socca, Reggae, Lambada, Samba and others... in a fun, energetic class, so get ready for some sweat and lost of fun.

Wednesdays 7:30pm-9pm
VFW, 299 Green St., Central Sq., Cambridge


Friday December 3rd
Adams Dining Hall

Salsa lesson starts at 8pm, dancing at 8:45
Amazing Performances by the Ballroom Dance Team!!


Salsa will heat it up and hip-hop will keep you moving...
Dress to Impress!

Don't know how to SALSA?
Come to the lesson at 8 and brush up on Salsa basics!

Want a more in-depth review?
Come to Beginner or Advanced Salsa class on Thursday evening! For details, see www.harvardballroom.org!

mohamad el zein

To whom it may concern,
         We have started a Latin night over at Masa Restaurant.  Every Thursday 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 Thursday 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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