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Greetings from Panama! Yes, I'm taking a little "vaca" in the equatorial climes, and is it great! There's Salsa coming out of every nook and cranny, fabulous weather, and a city that is simply exploding since the country took over the Panama Canal in 2000. In fact, Rubén Blades' villa is just up the road, balcony doors wide open the night we walked by. How great is that?! Of course, the magic of the internet brings you this edition of Salsa Update, and the party in Boston continues at An Tua Nua Tonight! Click or scroll down for details.

See you on the dance floor!


New Salsa Night Thursdays
Riverside, at the Charles River Courtyard Marriott
777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
FREE Grand Opening, Thursday, Jan. 29

We're super excited about this new place--in fact, they called us!
It's a newly renovated space, very classy and elegant, nice bar and lounge areas with terrific atmosphere, huge windows looking over the river, and a decent sized dance floor. The opening night will be free, with complementary eats, free garage/lot parking at the hotel, 10 min. walk from BU/Green Line, MIT, and close to Harvard, etc.

By popular demand, "SALSA FOR GRINGOS" beginner Salsa Lesson will be taught on opening night.

Contest! Help us come up with a good name for the club and win a $100 SalsaBoston Gift Certificate! Just send us your suggestions at

More highlights:
- All ages!
- Coming from out of town? We have a special $109 room rate!
- Free lot/garage parking

Stay tuned for more details, flyers, and ongoing promotions.

And of course, join us each week at Havana Saturdays!
Boston's biggest Salsa venue right now, with 200-300 people each week, a cool classy vibe at one of Boston's neatest dance spaces. Live bands periodically, and set in the heart of the South End. Scroll down for more details.

Facebook Group Growing: Please join
The SalsaBoston Facebook groups continues to grow! If you're not familiar with Facebook, it's the premier internet way to keep up with your friends and what's going on--literally keep up with the Jones'...! With over 10,000 people on the SalsaUpdate list, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. Click here to join.

Issue #425
January 14, 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.

SaturdayHavana Saturdays at JHCC


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

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"


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

"Latin Fire" Lena Salsa Social, Feb. 7

Presented in conjunction with SalsaBoston

Saturday, Feb. 7 at Brookline Tai Chi
Beacon St. at Washington Corner, Brookline
Another great new spot we discovered.
Save the date, more details forthcoming!

Leominster: Food Drive & Salsa Jan 19
There is a fun FOOD DRIVE being scheduled as part of the National Day of Service effort. It is a celebration of community, dance, music and food, being sponsored by Four Points by Sheraton in Leominster and being run in conjunction with the Montachusett Opportunity Council.

Admission is a bag of non-perishable food. In exchange for helping food banks in the area, you are treated to a junior dance exhibition (4- 5:30), adult dance exhibition and salsa lessons (6:30-7:30) and music, dancing and food throughout the event (3:00-9:00)!

Please bring a bag of non-perishable food and several (how about 5?) friends and neighbors. If you don't want to or can't take part in the festivities, please feel free to just stop by to drop of the bag of food and grab some chips and salsa!

Monday, January 19th at the Four Points Sheraton in Leominster, MA
(off Rt. 2, about 15 min. west of Rt. 495)

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:
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

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.)

Noche Latina Intensive Training & Classes
8-Week Salsa Intensive Training Workshop
January 18th we will be kicking off the first session of the year of our 8-Week Salsa Intensive Training Workshop.

If you want to transform the way you look on the dance floor and develop more confidence in your dancing, come to our Salsa Intensive Training Workshops. We will teach you how to dance with your whole body, with styling, by focusing on body movement and isolation (hips, rib cage, shoulders and arms). We will also be working on different spin styles, fancy footwork, ladies' and men's styling, and combinations with styling. No partner necessary, drop-ins are not allowed.

Location: Studio 665, 17 Campbell St., Woburn MA

Date: Sundays starting January 18th, 2009
Session 1: January 18th - February 8th
Break: February 15th
Session 2: February 22nd - March 15th

Time: 2:00 to 4:30 PM (includes 2 hours of workshop class plus 30 minutes of supervised practice time after class.)

Cost: $70 per 4 week session or save $10 by prepaying for the full 8
weeks at $130.

Hedwige J Louis
Director/Lead Instructor
Noche Latina Dance Company
Phone: 857-928-3616

We are back to our regular schedule at the Village Green in Danvers on Thursday with 2 levels of classes from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and the Latin Dance Party till midnight in the Barn. [call for details. ed.]

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

Are we missing anything?
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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