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Message From: Olaf Bleck [bleck@salsaboston.com] on behalf of Olaf Bleck [olaf@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 2:30 PM
Subject: #246: Spring is in the air?

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Well, how many more snowstorms followed by nice sunny days can we have?!  At least it makes for good skiing.  Salsa/Ski weekend?  Hmmm...  Anyway, enough blathering... 

March 18 we're opening up a new Friday Latin Night at Vertigo!  That's a neat club down on State St. right near Quincy Market.  Every Friday Night, with a latin mix by DJ Guy, one of Sophia's hot DJ's.  It'll be a good mix of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Raggaeton, Latin House, and requests.  Vertigo is a swanky joint, very nicely decorated with a lounge and a downstairs club/dancefloor.  Latin on both floors.  Easy by T, and there's modest validated garage.  The grand opening party will be with LeClub and !Avive! Productions, so it'll be a grand night!  Stay tuned for RSVP's.  For more details scroll down or visit www.salsaboston.com/vertigo

Speaking of Spring, Sat, March 19m SalsaBoston and JamNastics team up again to bring you the SPRING SALSA BASH!  At the BCCA, all the usual festivities!  Stay tuned for that or visit www.salsaboston.com/springbash Mark your calendar. 

Also, a couple of interesting-sounding events coming up in Hartford and Rochester.  See mailbag.

In this issue:
- SalsaBoston event notes:  Cruises, Competition
- Salsa Night on Wednesdays moved to An Tua Nua (Note: new class times, 15 min. earlier)
- Latin Fridays at VERTIGO, GRAND OPENING March 18
- Mailbag

** SalsaBoston's 5th Annual New England Salsa Competition begins in March.  Stay tuned.  This year there will be amateur and "semi-pro", the later of which is designed for all of you out there in the dance companies.

** Salsa Cruises are BACK!  Season 5, every Sunday this summer starting mid-June.  We are currently scheduling corporate and group reservations, so let your people know.  Season tickets will go on sale in April.  www.salsaboston.com/cruise05  July 4th tentatively will be a cruise as well.

Salsa Night at An Tua Nua with SalsaBoston
every Wednesday

Have you checked out our new home yet?!!  It's a great space, and we are going to get the floor redone, as well as other improvements!

835 Beacon St., 1 block outbound from Kenmore Square, near Fenway Park
SalsaBoston: (617) 513-9841
An Tua Nua: (617) 262-2121 (for directions only)
More details and directions: www.salsaboston.com/antuanua

7:45pm: Casino Rueda Lessons with Jam'Nastics, all levels
8:45pm: Salsa with Johnny and Kelly, beginner and intermediate NOTE!!! Classes start 15 minutes earlier now because we have to close at 1am.

10pm-1am: Salsa Dance with DJ Hernan and DJ D. Martinez

$10 cover, $12 with lessons, 21+
Call 617-513-9841 for details about Salsa Night
For a discount coupon, visit the website.

An Tua Nua is a great contemporary Irish bar & grill on Beacon Street just outside of Kenmore Square (only about 3 blocks from Sophia's).  In the back they have a dance club about the same size as the upstairs at Sophia's, with a sizable dance floor that holds about 150 people, a bar, and plenty of lounge seating. 

Close to the green line (St. Mary's on the C train), plenty of street and lot parking.

Irish/America/Bar food available until 10pm.  I have eaten there, it is tasty and modestly priced.

Note: they have Karaoke in the front portion of the bar when you walk in, but don't let that scare you... Salsa is in the back room!  Full Bar.  Please check your coat.

More info and directions: www.salsaboston.com/antuanua

Latin Fridays at Vertigo


with "DJ Guy" of Sophia's spinning the best of Latin music
- Salsa
- Merengue
- Bachata
- Reggaeton
- Latin House
- and more

126 State St. Downtown Boston
(adjacent to Quincy Market, 1 Block from the clock tower)

Two Levels:  Lounge and Dance Club

Hosted by SalsaBoston.com
Every Friday, 9pm-2am
21+, $10 cover
Dance Lesson at 8:30pm

MBTA Accessible
 - Aquarium or State on the Blue Line
 - State on the Orange Line
 - Govt. Center on the Green Line
PARKING: $9 Validated at 75 State St. Garage (entrance on Broad St.) Valet Available

More info: 617-513-9841
En Espanol: 617-290-5917

 This Week's Mailbag

1) Havana Club Update
2) Hartford SOULSA, March 12
3) Salsa Happens update
4) Obbini Tumbao--Latin Groove featuring hips on fire, Regatta Bar, Mar 1
5) Harvard Ballroom Classes
6) Rochester Salsa Weekend  April 15-17

Dear Salsa Community,

The highly anticipated grand opening of Friday Night Salsa at the Greek Club in Central Square was, as expected…. a great, big, fun dance party done Havana Club style: con gusto, alma y sabor. With well over 300 cool classy salseros, amazing performances, tight tunes, high energy levels, and a supurb setting – I can’t wait ‘til this Friday so we can take everything to the next level!

And please know that we are working very hard to make sure that every week there will be 250+ great people to party with so that Boston has a Friday Night Salsa event we can all be excited about. This Thursday, for example, the Globe Calendar section will have pictures from the opening and a profile of our party. This Friday, another media outlet will be visiting us. And, as always, please forward this email along to friends and relevant lists.

Also know that we are thinking hard about how to scale our approach to match the scale of the event.  And we are seeking and implementing recommendations on how to best run the party and make it as fun as possible. You’ll see a consistency in the quality of our operations and noticeable improvements each and every week. This week we'll have: an optional coat check at the entrance ($1), drinks priced reasonably ($2 water, $4 beer, $5/6 mixed drinks), the a/c turned on earlier, hor's deouvres, and wireless mics for the teachers (hopefully, pending logistics). 

This Friday we welcome back Johnny and Andres Giraldo, who are two of the finest salseros and people I have ever met in my life. The team and community at Havana Club is special and means a lot to me.  I hope to see you this week, and I promise you it will be another great, big, fun party. 

This week - Friday Night Salsa at the Greek Club's stunning 2nd Floor Ballroom!

Friday Night Salsa    *****February 25, 2005*****
Greek Club, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 288 Green Street, Central Square, Cambridge Parking garage next door ($1/hr). One block from Public Transport on Mass Ave

Rueda Lessons: 8:30-9:30 Beginner & Intermediate Lessons w/ MIT Rueda Group Salsa Lessons: 9:30-10:30 Beginner & Intermediate Lessons w/ Salsa y Control Salsa Dance Party: 10:30pm - 2am w/ DJs Cuban Jeff, Sonerito, and D. Martinez
21+ (with some exceptions for 18+).  $12 cover (includes lessons). No
21+ partner required.

    **********Special Dance by Salsa y Control's Johnny & Felicita**********

The Greek Club is a stunning venue with a spacious 5400 sq. ft. wood dancefloor, raised performance stage, club lighting, excellent sound system, and full bar. 

We expect an excellent crowd of 250+ salseros - come and checkout Boston's new salsa hotspot!

And if Mambo Mondays is Boston’s salsa “house party,” then Green Street Grill is the unofficial living room of Boston’s Salsa Community.  Learn salsa or work on your craft in a very relaxed, chill environment.  

Mambo Mondays
Green Street Grill, 280 Green Street, Central Square, Cambridge
9:30-10:15pm: Beginner Salsa Lesson w/ Jeff
Salsa Dance Party: 10:00-1am  w/ DJ Jeff & DJ Sonerito
18+ (21 to drink);   $8 cover ($10 w/ lesson)

Best Regards,

For more information, and to see videos of Havana Club in action, visit:


David Greer


Event Name:  SOULSA!

Question:  What is Salsa & Chicago-style Steppin' Lessons & Performances by NYC, Boston, & Hartford Instructors/ Performers with a DJ Dance Party, Networking, & Cocktails at an Upscale Venue?

Answer:  SOULSA!

Date:  Saturday, March 12, 2005

Time:  7PM - 2AM

Where:  The Bond Ballroom, 338 Asylum St., Downtown Hartford, Connecticut


-Salsa lesson & performance by Boston's Joel & Ana Massicot of Massicot Entertainment
-Chicago-style Steppin' lesson & performance by NYC's Reginald Holmes & Danielle Thomas of MAK3 Dance Kompany
-Salsa performance by Hartford's Salsa Fuego

Call 860.463.4348 or 313.377.6563

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Brought to you by One World Epic
www.oneworldepic.com site available 2/21/05


Now SalsaHappens on

We hope you'll find the new night convenient. Studio 2 is located NEXT TO PROVIDENCE TANGO. Same building, same parking lot, but the next set of doors to the right.

6-WEEK SESSIONS are divided into 3-week segments. It is highly recommended that beginners take parts A and B of the Intro class, and often find it helpful to repeat B before moving on to the intermediate level. Graduates of the intro class may repeat either or both parts for half-price. In intermediate classes, material builds over the 3 classes in the segment.

3 Tuesdays (first segment)
March 8 thru 22
    Intro to Salsa & Mambo (NY Style) Part A  6:30-7:45 pm
    Intermed MAMBO (aka NY Style Salsa)       7:45-8:45 pm
3 Tuesdays (second segment)
March 29 thru April 12
    Intro to Salsa & Mambo/NY Style Part B    6:30-7:45 pm
    Intermed SALSA (aka "on 1")               7:45-8:45 pm

Special Workshop
April 12
    Cross Body Lead Clinic                    9:00-10:00
    Perfect your CBL, learn lots of variations!
    Studio 2, the doors to the right of Providence Tango studio
    99 S Bend St (one block from McCoy Stadium)
    Pawtucket, RI
    for directions: www.providencetango.com

    3-week segment: $35 (good for any 3 classes in a 6-week session)
    6-week session: $60
    Drop in per class $15
    One-night workshop: $15; $12 for those registered in session
    Repeat a beginner segment or session for half-price!
       Available only to students who have registered in and
       completed a complete session of Intro to Salsa.

For more info
    or call Pamela at 508-820-9828  www.salsahappens.com

Calling all dancers...

Obbini Tumbao--Latin Groove
(Featuring Hips on Fire)
Tuesday, March 1
Cover $10

Manolo Mairena-vocals and percussion
Angel Subero-trombone
Rebecca Cline-piano
Luis "Gemelo" Rodriguez-baby bass
Gregorio Vento-percussion
Ana Norgaard-percussion

[Cristina and
Seemore of Hips on Fire will be performing as part of
our show, and we hope to have the entire audience
dancing with them.  A dance floor will be provided at
the Regattabar.]


Polina Glezer


To whom to may concern:

Harvard Ballroom is offering spring social dance classes this semester, and as always, Salsa tends to be the most popular of our offerings. Please do post our dance classes (perhaps under the "lessons" category) since they will be starting next week.

All classes are targeted toward beginners. No partner or experience is necessary, and classes are open for the public!

Tuesdays, Lowell House JCR
8 - 9 PM: Waltz
9 - 10 PM: Swing

Thursdays, Adams House Dining Hall
8 - 9   PM: Argentine Tango
9 - 10 PM: Beginner Salsa

The cost is $7 per class, $38 for 6, or $45 for 8 classes.

All classes run for 8 weeks, except for Argentine Tango, which will run for 6 weeks. For much more information and a complete schedule, please see www.harvardballroom.org/club.html.


Rochester Salsa Weekend
April 15 - 17, '05
List of Performers/Instructors
Rochester Salsa Weekend
List of Out-of-Town Performers/Instructors
1. Sekou & Descarga Caribe Dance Company (Chicago)
2. Pawel & Dora, MamboDreamTeam (Toronto)
3. Art in Motion Dance Company (Philadelphia)
4. Magna Gopal (Toronto)

Plus 2 kids groups:
The Sweethearts (New York City)
The Heartbreak Boyz (New York City)

What You Need To Do Today
Out-of-Town guests: RSVP - info@rocsalsa.com
Tickets will be available soon, will go in order of RSVP list. Out-of-Town guests, Full Pass: $50 (all workshops and all parties)

www.rocsalsa.com (585) 415-9646
Please forward to your friends.


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