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Join us at An Tua Nua tonight! Info and discounts or scroll down. Comprehensive lessons from 7-10 (choice of three), and hot dancing 'til 1am.

Trip Report: Boulder, CO. I just spent two weeks in Colorado (...almost didn't come back, LOL!) and was tremendously surprised to see the huge scene there, this in a town of only several 100k people. Thursday night consisted of a social-type dance in a massive new ballroom, bigger than any of Boston's venues. A good number had left already but the place was comfortably packed with 200-300 people maybe, mostly advanced beginner level. I gotta say the music left to be desired... I'd love to roll in there sometime with our guys-- Look out, Boulder!

Fridays: I missed the correct night, but a great local Salsa band plays periodically in new 5-star hotel, catering to the non-college crowd. It's kind of like the Liberty Hotel here, but with dancing. They had a Samba band the night I went, but a great vibe, full house, bars were 3 deep, etc. The Salsa nights are even bigger I'm told. Good times!

Highlights this week:
- Caribe has been hopping! Free again this Thursday
- Havana Club will be in Cambridge Saturday this week on account of a special event at JHCC
- Mamboston2's fundraiser at ATN is this Sunday. Details in the Mailbag

Club Caribé Free this Thursday

Club Caribé is FREE this week and all of March. Just come in before 10pm (only $5 after 10pm). This Thursday DJ D. Martinez in the house.

The party has been hopping! All this month we're in the very cool 2nd floor lounge called the "Great Room", the area the opening night was in. Come check it out!

Of course there will be lots of fun cool people to meet and dance with, lessons at 8:30, cocktails, free appetizers, and all in the beautifully renovated Courtyard Marriott on the Charles River. Scroll down or Click »

Havana Saturday in Cambridge this Week

This weekend the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center is hosting its annual gala fundraiser, "Cultura Viva," and this Havana Saturdays will be at the Green Street location (same as Fridays) this week only.

Havana Sat's Live at the JHCC will return next week with:
-"Cinco Son" April 4th
-"Rumba na Ma" April 11th
-"Salsa Night Band" CD Release Party April 18th
-"Manguito" April 25th.

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See you on the dance floor!

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Issue #435
March 25, 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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Book a room for $89: The Courtyard is offering an unheard of $89 rate for Club Caribé attendees! Call the hotel and mention SalsaBoston.

Havana Fridays and Saturdays in Cambridge this Week

News from Havana Club:

Friday Night Salsa rocks so hard that we are going to "double down" this weekend and throw Friday and Saturday parties at 288 Green Street in Central Square!

The main reason is that this weekend the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center
- our home for Havana Saturdays Live in Boston - is having its annual gala fundraiser, "Cultura Viva." Havana Saturdays Live at the JHCC will return with Cinco Son on April 4th, Rumba na Ma on the 11th, Salsa Night Band the 18th, and Manguito the 25th.

So join us this Friday for Friday Night Salsa in Central Square! And join us this Saturday for Saturday Night Salsa in Central Square!

This week's parties:


. Friday Night Salsa - Great, Big, Fun Party w/ 300+ People


. Saturday Night Salsa - Same as FNS, only on Saturday too!

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.

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

The perfect follow-up to Friday Night Salsa, Saturday Night Salsa features 250+ dancers, live music, and a cool, classy atmosphere.
Cruise Season Starts June 19


The 2009 Salsa Cruise Season Opens Friday, June 19th!

Consider booking a corporate or group cruise now! Call 617-513-9841 or email for details.

The 2009 season will be entirely on Fridays, by popular demand.

- Dockside Lessons
- Genuine Latin Buffet Served
- 2 Decks of Dancing: Salsa on the 2nd Deck with DJ D.Martinez and Latin on the 1st Deck with Mike Mercado and the Mojitos Crew
- Only $20 advance, Boston's best harbor cruise deal!

Stay tuned for more details or call us.
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"

Note: SalsaBoston does not explicity recommend or endorse events listed in the mailbag. We just print what we get that may be of interest. Some organizations buy advertising with us as well. Please exercise your own judgement, and be sure to let us know what you find. -ed.
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!


Salsa Benefit to help a child in D.R.

Learn to Dance Salsa and Help a Great Cause!

This fundraiser will help make a difference in the life of a child.

This event is to help Maria “Morena” Rodriguez. Morena is a 13 year old female born and raised in Maguey, La Vega, Dominican Republic. She is strong and beautiful like most kids with the exception of having 6 fingers in each hand. Maria’s only wish is to not to standout amongst the other kids. In order for that to happen she needs two operations to remove the extra finger from each of her hand. Your presence at this event is the first step in helping her fulfill her wish.
Fun, friendly activity for the entire family

Guest Instructors:
Andres & Leah (Salsa y Control Dance Company)
March 29, 2009
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Salsa Lesson @ 2:00 pm
An Tua Nua Restaurant Bar
835 Beacon Street Boston, MA
1 block from Kenmore Square towards Brookline
The recommended adult donation without children is the same
Adults +1 Child $20.00
Couples +2 Children $35.00
Teens Ages 13–18 $10.00
Additional Children 12 & under $5.00

This event is intended to be a family event. So we encourage you to share it with your children. There will be a children's mini workshop if there is enough support.

Call (617) 794-2461 for additional information
100% of the proceeds will go towards the operation & post-operation expenses.

Salsa Community Sponsors:
Andres's SalsaArt
Ladies Styling & Mechanics with Kelly

Starting Monday...


Designed for ladies who have a good understanding of salsa timing, basic steps & turns. ACCENTUATE YOUR FEMININE ATTITUDE & ATTRIBUTES in your dancing!

* Move fluidly during the basic. (Think slink!)
* Add graceful arms and hands.
* Accentuate your shoulder movement.
* Coordinate your arms & shoulders in new styling options.

WHEN: 7 Mondays, 7:00- 8:00pm, 3/30 - 5/11
WHAT: Focus will be on arm & shoulder movement
WHERE: Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre, Studio 4
400 Harvard St., Cambridge INSIDE the
Old Cambridge Baptist Church (1151 Mass. Ave.) Near the Harvard Square T stop on the Red Line Church parking lot ($5) or street parking available (Studio entrance on the side facing the Inn at Harvard)
COST: $15/ class or $85/ 6-class package
CONTACT: Kelly 617-522-7443;

Boston Salsa Congress April 3-5


Check out the "Honorees" link and lo and behold, I'm being honored. Thanks Choco!

Click on the banner for all the details on the Congress.

Historical Note: This event is organized by some folks from New York (who remain nameless here) who used to teach in Boston, ran some dances, and through a series of actions arguably were the original instigators of "Boston Salsa Politics" that still exist today. This event was originally called the "Boston _International_ Salsa Congress", since SalsaBoston already organized a "Boston Salsa Congress". However, the New York folks changed their name in a move characteristic of their conflict-generating ways, and for a while there were two Boston Salsa Congresses, our 5th Annual one having been held in the fall of 2005. However, we stopped doing these events, and thus the New York based Boston Salsa Congress caught up in the annual count so that we're now having the 2nd 5th Annual Boston Salsa Congress.

Confused? Hah! Don't care? Even better.

Anyway, a great fellow named "Choco", who is the man behind the On2 and On1 t-shirt line and a supporter for years of the SalsaBoston congresses, is now co-director of the New York based Boston congress, and in a nice gesture selected me as an honoree. I'm not about tooting my own horn, but again, I'm flattered.


P.S. I haven't heard from the other two organizers.

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