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See you at An Tua Nua Tonight!

Welcome, welcome, 2009!!!

I for one am officially writing off 2008 a "bad year", and thus I'm genuinely excited for this new one, in ways I can't begin to list. Lots of new stuff is happening here at SalsaBoston HQ, and 2009 promises to be a great new era!

A quick thumbs up on one item: SALSA BOOTCAMP plus STYLING WORKSHOP! This Weekend with Edie the Salsa Freak, one of the "original" Salsa Dance Greats, co-founder of, a truly inspiring person, and great friend & colleague of mine for 10+ years. Presented by Masacote and Metamovements. See mailbag for that!

To touch on some things we're working on:

- We've partnered with Havana Saturdays at JHCC, to bring you Boston's hottest Salsa/Latin/Live music party each week, in what's always been one of my favorite venues.

- Feb. 7, we're debuting a new venue with Lena Dance Company's Social Dance, at Brookline Tai Chi, a superb dance hall in Washington Square/Brookline (Beacon St. outbound from Coolidge Corner). We may launch a series of socials there following.

- We're working with An Tua Nua's management to get some much needed upgrades to the place finished.

- SalsaBoston Instructor Field Trip Program: Instructors, get paid to bring your new students to some dances! It's a program we invented some time ago, and we're now finally implementing it. (Instructors, email us for details.)

- Salsa Thursdays, relaunch at City Club, or possibly another great new venue we've discovered.

- We're teaching lessons at a bunch of new places, and bringing in lots of fun new people into the scene. If you're interested in teaching beginner Salsa lessons with us as part of a program, drop me a line.

- We're expanding! If you're interested in a marketing internship, drop us a line. We don't have any formal description, but we need people!

- We have a whole host of invitations from various venues and events to help out their nights, and look forward to being able to do that.

- Plus a whole lot more!

(to "drop us a line," email

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Issue #424
January 7, 2009
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Contents of this Issue:

SalsaBoston Events

WednesdaySalsa Wednesdays at An Tua Nua

Boston's original "All Salsa by Salseros for Salseros" party, for nine years running!

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

7pm: Personalized Salsa Instruction (AKA "How'd They Do That?!")
8pm: Casino Rueda Lesson (w/ Anara and the Gang, beginner through
advanced levels)
9pm: Salsa Lesson (w/ Johnny and Kelly, beginner and intermediate levels)
10:15pm-1am: Salsa!

$10 cover, $2 per lesson additional, 21+
**Note: +$6 for 7pm class (i.e $20 for the whole night) Call 617-513-9841 for details about Salsa Night For a discount coupon, please 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, Fenway on the D, Kenmore on the B), plenty of street and lot parking.

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

Note: they have Karaoke with my man Kev-Mac Daddy 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.

FridaySwing Dance at Swing City Fridays

Details »

Boston's Swing Dancing scene since 1994! New England's best swing and blues bands and orchestras every Friday night at the Swing City Ballroom at the Somerville City Club. All ages welcome. Free lessons from 7:30-8:45, and dancing until 1am. Full bar, 21+ to drink.

Somerville City Club
20 InnerBelt Rd. (across from the Holiday Inn)
Sullivan Square/Somerville, MA 02143
617-513-9841 or visit"


SaturdayHavana Club News


Hey Salseros!

Havana Saturdays Live in Boston
85 West Newton Street, South End, Boston . 9:30-10:30 Beginner Salsa Lesson
w/ Ivan . 10:30-2am Salsa Dance Party,
DJ Cuban Jeff . $15 Ages: 21+ Full Cash Bar. Dress: Smart Casual to

* Havana Saturdays - in Boston's South End*

Photos and Videos from recent parties party can be seen online at


Havana Saturdays Live in Boston
85 West Newton Street, South End, Boston
9:30-10:30 Beginner Salsa Lesson w/ Ivan
10:30-2am Salsa Dance Party with DJ Cuban Jeff and/or live music .
$15 Ages: 21+
Full Cash Bar. Dress: Smart Casual to Fashionable

Masacote presents "Salsa Boot Camp" with Edie, the Salsa Freak


Learn to Salsa in Just 1 Day!
Men & Women All Day BEGINNER SALSA Bootcamp
with World Famous Edie the Salsa Freak
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Men & Women All Day
No Partner necessary!
Grrrrrrreat way to meet new people!
Free Breakfast & Lunch!

Register in Advance and Save $30! Student Discounts Available. Last Day to Register Online is Jan 8 @ 10pm

Location: Jackson Gym; Tufts Campus; 40 Talbot Ave.; Medford, MA 02155

Brought to you by Masacote Entertaiment, Metamovements, & the Boston/Cambridge Salsa Meetup Group.

Ladies' Styling & Spinning Bootcamp
with World Famous Edie the Salsa Freak
Sunday, January 11, 2009
8 Hours of SEXY Salsa Styling!
Men Are FREE today! We need you to help the ladies out!

More info:

Salsa Y Control Dance Company Classes
Salsa Y Control Dance Company

- Tuesday January 13th
8pm - 9pm Intermediate Level Class
Join us, for a fun hour of Footwork and Partnering.
Instructors, Andres and Leah.
Come and get a taste of our Training Session!!!
(Studio Address Below)

Intensive Training Session
Intermediate Levels
With Andres & Leah
Starts Tuesday January 20th

The Purpose of this Session is to help you improve your salsa dancing skills significantly in a small, fun, and intensive setting. You will be sure to get more individual attention, and a curriculum that’s based primarily on your needs. This will be a great experience!!

Program Details
Start Date January 20th, End Date: February 17th 2009

8:00 - 10:00pm
-2 hours per week
-5 weeks of intensive training on the following areas of dancing
- Partnering Technique: Proper hands hold techniques, space control, partner connection, timing, and turn patterns.
- Spinning Technique: proper feet position, body control, spotting technique, drills, and timing -
- Footwork & Ladies Styling.

Added Benefits
- Free Raffles - Club Passes and Salsa CD's, each week.
- You can record what you have learned after each class.
- $40 Privates, (Full session students only).
- Meet new people and make new friends.
- Great & fun Instructors.


Cost: $110 per person If you register by January 13th, $120 after January 13th
(At least 50% or full payment must be made at the first day(Jan 20th).)
If paying 50%, remaining balance must be paid on the 3rd week.
No refunds or make up classes for individual absent.
Drop Ins are Welcome: $25 for 2 hours.

Studio Address
Dance Republic Dance Studio
20 Linden St. 3rd Floor, Allston/Brighton, MA 02134
Close to BU, Brighton and the Mass Pike
Free Parking Lot.
For more info e-mail or call (617) 755-6920


Are YOU ready to heat things up this winter?
Johnny & Kelly's Winter Session starts the week of January 5th!
Learn sexy salsa moves, turn patterns, and funky freestyle footwork.
Practice your body movement, isolations, and styling.
Classes offered at three levels: Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Intermediate.

BODY MECHANICS AND STYLING FOR LADIES- the weekly class will be starting Monday, January 19th. Learn to dance fluidly and gracefully, moving your shoulders, ribcage, arms, and hips harmoniously. Incorporate these basic movements into your styling and build on them. The Winter Session for the Ladies' class will focus on LOWER BODY MOVEMENT & SPINNING. Classes are Mondays from 7:00pm- 8:00pm at Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre. Stay tuned for more details!

MONTHLY WORKSHOPS are resuming! If you would like to request a particular topic, let us know. January workshop details coming soon...


BEGINNER: Tuesdays at 7:00pm- 8:30pm, starting January 6th
Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre in the Old Cambridge Baptist Church
400 Harvard St. in Cambridge, Studio 3
(Church faces Mass. Ave., near intersection with Harvard St.)
(Studio entrance on the side facing the Inn at Harvard.)
Near the Harvard Square T stop on the Red Line
Street parking or parking lot pass ($5) available from Kelly
or the Front Desk.

BEGINNER: Thursdays at 8:00pm- 9:30pm, starting January 8th
Dance Complex
536 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, Studio 5
Near the Central Square T stop on the Red Line
Public parking lots or street parking available

ADVANCED BEGINNER: Mondays at 8:30pm- 10:00pm, starting January 5th
Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre in the Old Cambridge Baptist Church
Studio 2
(See above for details.)

INTERMEDIATE: Tuesdays at 8:45pm- 10:15pm, starting January 6th
Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre in the Old Cambridge Baptist Church
Studio 3
(See above for details.)

Classes are $15 each or five classes for $60. All 5 classes of a Partnering Class package must be taken within the Winter Session, which lasts 10 weeks. Ladies' class packages must be used within the same session and are separate from Partnering Class packages.

Please e-mail or call with any questions.
We look forward to dancing with you and happy holidays!
Kelly:, (617) 522-7443
Johnny:, (617) 312-6464

SalsaUpdate Writers Competition, win $$
Each month we're going to give away up to $50 in gift certificates as well as other prizes we collect, for stories people send us to publish in SalsaUpdate. If you have a story, some thoughts, artwork, or anything creative that you'd like to share with the Salsa community, send it to us. It doesn't have to be about Salsa necessarily, but it should be relevant to Boston's Salsa community. (Be sure to include your "pen name" that will appear online, and some way to contact you.)

Classes in Arlington with Karen Leeds
Salsa starts 1/14

What better way to have fun than by learning to Salsa? Sign up now for Salsa dance lessons! Salsa is a very popular Latin dance and there are many venues for dancing salsa in the Boston area. One student said "Karen Leeds is the best teacher I've had in any subject." I strive to make the class a lot of fun so you won't even notice if you struggle picking up the footwork.

Make your New Year's Resolution come true! Join a group of remarkable folks in learning to Salsa this January:

All information about my classes is on my new website -

- Class will run four Wednesdays from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
- January 14, 21, 28 and February 4
- Arlington Knights of Columbus (amazing hall with lots of space - fairly centrally located - easy to find)
- Cost is $75 for the 6 hours of class (what a deal!)
- Group goes out afterward to Not Your Average Joe's (food and conversation just one block away)
- No partner required (bringing/dragging a partner is optional...)
- Field trip likely Saturday January 1/17

Sign up by Monday 1/12 - email Karen or best idea is to send a check to:
Karen Leeds, P.O. Box 812393, Wellesley, MA 02481

Karen Leeds
(781) 235-9556 home

MIT Casino Rueda January (IAP) Workshops
Dear Salsalovers,

Join MIT Casino Rueda as we ring in the new year with our annual January workshop series!

The workshop dates are Sundays 1/11, 1/18, and 1/25.
They will be in the Lobdell dining hall (2nd floor of MIT student center), 12-3pm.

We have a special offer: if you attend the first 2 workshops, the 3rd one is FREE!!!

So join us,
THIS Sunday, January 11th
Time 12-2pm lessons, 2-3pm social dancing
Location: Lobdell, MIT student center (2nd floor)

$5 MIT Students
$8 Students
$10 General Admission

All levels welcome! No partner necessary!

Email if you have any questions.
-MIT Casino Rueda

Are we missing something?
Some other things going on you heard about that we missed for the mailbag?

Send it to us for the next issue and also be sure to tell the organizers to let us know for the future.

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