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SalsaBoston Presents...

Club Caribé Grand Opening!

Thursday, January 29
at the Courtyard Marriott/Cambridge
777 Memorial Drive
overlooking the Charles River
(adjacent to the MicroCenter and Trader Joe's)

Congratulations to Gabriela De Leon who wins the $100 SalsaBoston gift certificate for choosing the winning name!

Admission to the grand opening is FREE!

We are super excited about this new night in a new location. The hotel used to be the Radisson and a club called "Dionysus" was in the space, but the hotel was sold and they have totally renovated the space into a very classy & elegant bar/lounge overlooking the Charles River. It's on the second floor with huge windows. Some years ago we looked at this space but we weren't able to close a deal with the old management. That was then... This time they called us!

The Courtyard Marriott has a free parking garage and lot, there will be free appetizers provided (cash bar), and the dancing will be hot, provided of course by DJ's Hernan, D. Martinez, and others.

Beginner "Salsa for Gringos" Lesson at 8:30pm on the opening night, by popular demand. In future weeks we will have lessons taught by one of the local dance companies. Stay tuned to find out which one!

Flyers and more will be out by this weekend, so look for them! There will also be an RSVP for priority admission. If we anticipate an overflow crowd, the good news is there is another ballroom on the 3rd floor, and of course the hotel lobby (which is where the entrance to the club is) will be open.

Hotel Rooms: $109 Special Rate
The Courtyard Marriott has created a special rate for rooms for those coming from out of town and wishing to make a full night of it.

Stay tuned for a special email with more details.

Havana Club Fridays is back, with a special performance this week! Plus "Cinco Son" live on Saturday at JHCC

That's right, Havana Club Fridays on Green Street/Central Square is back in full swing, now with expanded capacity. There will also be a special Afro-Cuban performance (and workshop on Sat.)

Of course Havana Saturdays at the Jorge Hernandez Center in the South End is a hopping party every week with tons of people there, occasional live bands ("Cinco Son" this week), and tons of fun dancing. Scroll down for details on all these items.

NORTH SHORE: Latin/Salsa Saturdays on the Lynnway at Cafe Tropicana

Are you up in the Revere/Lynn/Marblehead/Cape Anne area? Check out this place in Lynn that's starting up. There will be lots of Colombian Salsa influence, and expect to see lessons with SalsaBoston offered there as well. Details in the mailbag.

Have a great weekend and see you on the dance floor!


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Issue #426
January 22, 2009
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Contents of this Issue:

SalsaBoston Events

Havana Fridays and Saturdays
News from Havana Club:

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Friday Night Salsa on Green St in Central Square is BACK! It's a legendary party in an excellent, convenient location - tell your friends, bring your friends, and get ready for one heckuva party this Friday!

Please note that the capacity for Friday Night Salsa has increased- so you don't have to worry about waiting in line!

And this Havana Saturday in Boston is a Live Edition as the Cinco Son Band will take the stage and play their virtuoso takes on some great salsa, merengue and cha cha classic.

This week's parties:
. Friday Night Salsa - Great, Big, Fun Party w/ 300+ People . Havana Saturdays - Live Music w. Cinco Son, 250+ People

Photos and Videos from last week's parties can be seen online at

Rock on salseros,


Friday Night Salsa in Central Square
288 Green Street, Central Square, Cambridge .
8:00-9:00 Beg & Int Rueda Lessons w/ Jeff, Juliana, and Ivan . 9:00-10:00pm Beg & Int Salsa Lesson w/ Salsa y Control . 10:00pm-1am Salsa Dance Party w/ DJ Cuban Jeff and DJ Sonerito . $12 Ages: 21+ Full Bar. Dress: Smart Casual to Fashionable.

Friday Night Salsa is Boston's salsa hot spot! Friday Night Salsa brings together 300+ cool, classy people of all skills levels.


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

The perfect follow-up to Friday Night Salsa, Havana Saturdays features 250+ dancers, live music, and a cool, classy atmosphere.

Salsa 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.

Swing 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"


Special Performance at Havana Club this Friday
Don't miss an amazing demonstration of Afro-Cuban Dance at Havana Club this Friday!!

Yesenia Fernandez-Selier hails from Havana, Cuba and for over 17 years she has studied all aspects of Afro Cuban cultural expressions from history to dance & music, and from religion to social identities. She has been recognized for her work, awarded with fellowships from CLACSO and Hunter College. An inspired dancer, teacher and performer, she brings the spirit and passion of her culture to all of her audiences and students.

On Friday she will be performing "Oshun" the dance of the goddess of beauty and sweet waters. She will also be giving a demonstration of traditional Afro-Cuban Rumba.

Havana Club is located at 288 Green St, in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge. It's just a one minute walk from the Central Sq Red Line T stop, and right next door to an inexpensive parking garage. Havana Club Admission is $12. Doors open at 8 pm. Rueda & Salsa Lessons til 10 pm; Salsa party from 10 pm-1 am. Two brief performances will take place sometime between 11:30 and 12:15.

Yesenia will also be offering a special workshop series in Cambridge on Saturday. Please feel free to contact or call (617) 905-3276 to register for the workshops.

Lynn: Latin/Salsa Saturdays at Cafe Tropicana

Café Tropicana
649 Lynnway, Lynn MA. (Next to Atlantic Toyota in the Lynnway)
(781) 477-4242 (house phone, for directions only)


Lessons and Schedule:
8:30pm – 9:30pm: Salsa Lessons
10:00 pm-1am: Dance to DJ Gilligan’s Latin Beat.
$10 cover before 10:00pm. $5.00 after 10:00pm
Ladies Free
Lessons: $2.00 additional

- 21+ ID

Tropicana is a Latin night club & grill is located on the Lynnway in Lynn, 15 minutes driving from Boston. Its capacity is of 250+ people, Full bar and seating. Hispanic/American appetizers available. Prices range from $8-$15. Kitchen is open until 11pm.

Parking: Available ON-SITE and FREE!


"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!

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.)

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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