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Hopefully you had the pleasure of making it out to Brookline Tai Chi last Saturday for the Lena Salsa Social, a veritable mini-congress in its own right! What great energy! Kudos to Willie and the Lena team for organizing it, and choosing SalsaBoston to help make it happen. It was a party in grand style! In Willie's kind words:

In particular, I would especially like to thank SalsaBoston, and the very professional logistics and operations team - Olaf & Roberto - for setting the mood and providing their unconditional support and investment of energy into the success of the event, as well as keeping you all hydrated throughout the event!

Thanks Wille, we're definitely looking forward to the next one.

Valentine's Week Edition!

Lots of romance is going on this week in Salsa-Land, not the least of which will be a much rumored appearance of Cupid himself at...

"Cupido en Caribé!" Thursday

at Club Caribé, in the Courtyard Marriott/Cambridge. This week in addition to the finest Salsa, we're going to feature the mas Sexy dance of Love, namely Bachata, with...

- Bachata Lessons by Masha and Felix
- Special Bachata performance by Rumba Y Timbal
- Sizzling guest DJ Serg of Power800 radio!
- Resident DJ D. Martinez will be in the house
- Free appetizers, Free parking, All ages welcome

Come check out this new hot spot on Memorial Drive in the River! RSVP on FaceBook for additional details about Club Caribé or scroll down.

Book a room for your Valentine's date: The Courtyard is offering an unheard of $89 rate for Club Caribé attendees. Call the hotel and mention SalsaBoston.

An Tua Nua Salsa Wednesdays, HOT!

Join us of course at An Tua Nua this Wednesday. Always hopping, always fun, always Salsa! Casino Rueda Lessons at 8pm, and Salsa with Johnny and Kelly at 9pm. No partner needed! A great way to meet people.

Special Guest Bachata Star in Town Saturday

This Saturday we also have Bachata Star Lee Edward Smith from the DC area in town, teaching a Bachata Workshop from 1-5pm (at An Tua Nua), followed by a guest DJ appearance, lesson, and performance at Havana Saturday (JHCC)! Scroll down for details on that.

Concert Friday in Lynn: Conjunto Classico

Cafe Tropicana is proud to present this not-to-be-missed 30th anniversary tour concert – only presentation in Massachusetts - which features one of Latin music’s most popular bands, Ray Castro’s Conjunto Clasico, (Los Rodriguez) an orchestra Ray Castro founded in the late ‘70s with vocalist/composer Ramon Rodriguez. Scroll down for more.

Havana on Fridays/Saturdays round out your weekend

Live Band Saturday plus Lee Edward Smith in the house.
Both Havana Club Fridays in Central Square and Saturdays at JHCC are back in full operation, after waaayyyy too long of a hiatus, so weekends are finally back to normal! Havana Club update below.

See you on the dance floor!


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Issue #429
February 10, 2009
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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.

Club Caribé Thursdays
Every Thursday at the Courtyard Marriott, Cambridge

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Welcome to Club Caribé, Boston's newest upscale Salsa/Latin hotspot! Resident DJ's Hernan and D. Martinez are in the house spinning the best of Salsa, plus frequent special night and promotions. The party is hopping! If you hadn't heard already, something like 400-450 people made it to the opening, and we've been going strong ever since.

- $10 cover, but visit the website for promotions and discounts.
- The beginner salsa lesson each week. Forthcoming we are organizing regular beginner and intermediate drop-in lessons.
- Free appetizers
- Coat check & Cash Bar
- Big space, so no line to get in.
- Free Parking: if the hotel lot is full, the hotel has an agreement with Trader Joe's, so there is plenty of additional parking there.

Club Caribé
at the Courtyard Marriott/Cambridge
777 Memorial Drive
overlooking the Charles River
(adjacent to the MicroCenter and Trader Joe's)
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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.

Swing Dance at Swing City Fridays

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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"


Bachata Workshop Sat. with Guest Star Lee Edward Smith & Presents.....
The Blazing Bachata Boot Camp Workshop International Tour
Saturday Feb 14, 2009
Register today! Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Lee "El Gringuito" & Nohelia right here in Boston!
Workshops, demonstration, and dancing....!

To enroll: email or call 617-513-9841

Workshops are at:
835 Beacon St.
Kenmore Square/Boston
Bar and Restaurant will be open

"Two of the hottest Dancers in the country" Fox Television

Lee & Nohelia have taught over 100,000 people in 47 States how to dance Bachata in The USA!

"You can't find a better class, from barely holding hands to drop-dead dirty moves to get your pulse pounding." Washington Post

Workshop Description 4x 50 Minute Workshops

(1-2pm) Bachata Foundation/Dominican Style Bachata -
Get ready to learn a great foundation of moves including Bachata motion, turns, half turns and Dominican motion. This class sets the foundation of the entire workshop. This workshop focuses on material taught on our Level I Bachata DVD.

(2-3pm) Bachata Hot Combinations -
Get ready to learn amazing Signature Lee "El Gringuito" Bachata moves. This class will utilize many of the principles taught in Bachata Foundations. You will start to develop your Domincan Style Bachata step with moves like La Dominicana and then be ready for exciting combinations like Extreme Bachata. This workshop focuses on moves taught on our Level II Bachata DVD.

(3-4pm) Bridging the Gap Between Bachata & Salsa-
In this class you will learn how to take Salsa combinations and convert them into Bachata moves. Both dances share some basic musicalities. You will learn a number of Salsa combinations and then we will convert them into Hot Bachata Moves

(4-5pm) Bachata Tricks and Dips
Get ready to Spice Up Your Bachata with amazing tricks and dips. This "LA Style Flair" can be added at key moments in songs to give that extra "punch." You will learn Bachata Dip, Tango Lift and Dip and Hypnotic Bachata! We will also dicuss safety and common elements among moves. This workshop focuses on moves taught on our Level III Bahata DVD.

Followed that night by Dancing at Havana Club/Saturday!
At the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center, 85. W. Newton St. Details
Social dancing plus Performance to a mix of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue & Cha Cha with DJ "El Gringito" from DC

Enrollment Fee:

$20 per class per person - All four classes for $50.

4 Classes $85 (two people)

More about LEE Edward Smith Jr. ...................

Lee has traveled around the world performing his exciting Latin dance and magic shows. Over the past eleven years he has performed in over 47 States and six countries. In fact, in the last two years alone Lee has taught over 100,000 people to Latin dance throughout the United States. Throughout his career, he has taught more College Students to Latin dance and taught more students Bachata than anyone in the World!

Recently he has appeared in episodes of Ambush Makeover, FOX Television, NBC, ABC Univision, Telemundo as well as the final episode of America's Got Talent. In 2005, he was nominated Salsa Instructor of the year. In 2006, he was chosen to represent Latin America at the World Bank International Showcase of Talent seen in over a hundred countries around the world. In 2007, Lee taught over 6,000 Microsoft employees to dance at Coors Field in Denver Colorado and was nominated as Novelty Act of the Year by the APCA Entertainment Bureau. He has won countless awards and competitions including the Natura Park Dance Competition, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic as well as being a Finalist in the DC Ortanique Salsa Competition. In 2007, Lee debuted his first Instructional DVD, which is being called "the most comprehensive beginner Salsa DVD ever made!" In 2008, he released his much anticipated 3 DVD Bachata Set.

Every Flirting On The Floor show creates "exhilarating passion" as you are transported to a tropical paradise through hot Latin music, amazing Latin dance routines and cutting edge magic. Dance Like Magic's combination of Latin dancing and magic has been called… "Amazing from beginning to end," Reno Hilton and Fox Television's Ambush Makeover calls Lee "One of the Hottest Dancer's in the country." Lee brings a fun, sexy form of entertainment that will leave your audience breathless…………

To enroll: email or call 617-513-9841

Masacote Class Schedule

Learn to Salsa, Merengue, & Bachata with Masacote! Starting Feb 17

Registration is now Open! VISIT LINK TO SIGN UP!

Beginner Salsa (4 weeks):
Starts Feb 18 -- Wednesdays & Fridays 8:30-10pm

Merengue/Bachata (4 weeks):
(1st time ever session in Boston!)
Starts Feb 17 -- Tuesdays & Thursdays 8-9pm

Spins for Men & Women (4 weeks):
Starts Feb 18 -- Wednesdays & Fridays 8:30-9:30pm

Open Practices (4 weeks):
Starts Feb 20 -- Fridays 9:30-10:30pm

Advanced Beginner Salsa (5 weeks):
Starts Feb 17 -- Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10pm

Beginner Salsa (4 weeks):
Starts April 7 -- Tuesdays 8-10pm

Advanced Beginner Salsa (4 weeks):
Starts April 7 -- Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10pm

Beginner & Adv Beginner Ladies' Styling (4 weeks):
Starts April 7 -- Tuesdays & Thursdays 8-9pm

Intermediate/Advanced Salsa (4 weeks):
Starts April 7 -- Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10pm

Advanced Salsa (5 weeks):
Starts April 7 -- Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30-10pm

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!


Concert: Conjunto Clasico at Cafe Tropicana Friday

Concierto Salsero - Cafe Tropicana is proud to present this not-to-be-missed 30th anniversary tour concert – only presentation in Massachusetts - which features one of Latin music’s most popular bands, Ray Castro’s Conjunto Clasico, (Los Rodriguez) an orchestra Ray Castro founded in the late ‘70s with vocalist/composer Ramon Rodriguez.

February 13, 2009 - 21+ ID
Café Tropicana
649 Lynnway, Lynn MA
For Information 617.821.0707 or email
Doors open at 8:30pm.
$30.00 in advance or $40.00 at the door.

Tickets online at

Must show ID to claim tickets at door - NO EXCEPTIONS –

Ritmo Salsero Show
"Evolution of Salsa" on Thursday, February 12 at 10:30pm, with Host Johnny Giraldo.

"Don't forget to tune in this Thurday from 10:30pm to 11:30pm on for a special show on the evolution of Salsa!!!! Que Viva La Salsa....".

Event: Ritmo Salsero Show -- Evolution of Salsa
"Journey through the evolution of what we call Salsa today!"
What: Listening Party
Host: Ritmo Salsero Radio Show
Start Time: Thursday, February 12 at 10:30pm End Time: Thursday, February 12 at 11:30pm
Where: or via itunes, wmp, or winamp

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

New Hampshire: Salsa Social Feb. 21
Hey everyone, This is an opportunity to help spread salsa across the border. I am starting a social in Merrimack NH. It is an hour outside of Boston at a ballroom called Paper Moon Dance Center. It is a huge studio with an amazing floor. Please come and help support me and the Paper Moon Dance Center bring salsa to New Hampshire. Lets show them what salsa really is! The workshops will be taught by me and my partner Darlin Garcia from Art In Motion based out of Philadelphia. There will also be a performance with special guest appearances from Lena Dance Company, Estilo Dance (philadelphia), Juan Chavez, Darlin Garcia and myself, as well as several others to be announced. Here is how it will run time wise:

Feb. 21:
5:15 - Body Movement
6:00 - Ladies Styling
6:00 - Men's Footwork
6:45 - Salsa Partnering
7:30 - Drop in Beginner lesson
8:15 - Social

Please come and support. It is going to be a lot of fun. Great people to dance with, great music, and a huge dance floor! What could be better. $10 at the door. Plenty of free parking. We are going to party all night! See you there.

For questions call 917-667=0800. For additional info check out

-Vera Rowe

Pabon Valentine's Dance at KofC

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009
Knights of Columbus Hall, Charlestown

"Sugar & Spice": preValentine's benefit at Hard Rock Feb. 12
A fun benefit for Project Smile on Thur., Feb. 12. Free Salsa lesson included, plus lots of fun stuff!

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