SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6  -  5:00-10:00 PM
at TRATTORIA 25, 2501 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA 90058

CUBANEANDO in L.A. with CURUYE & KATI HERNÁNDEZ presents a special CUBAN DANCE PARTY that will include a DRUMMING TRIBUTE to CHANGÓ, powerful deity of the drum, dancer par excellence, in Cuba’s Yoruba tradition whose day is celebrated this week! Featured will be master percussionists LÁZARO GALARRAGA (Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba), and coming down from the Bay, SANDY PÉREZ (Afro Cuba de Matanzas)!

There also will be plenty of CUBAN SON, TIMBA, REGGAETÓN, & RUMBA to keep you on the dance floor during the evening! DEEJAY WARAPO will be on hand on his birthday eve to maintain the energy! We’ll be celebrating the December birthdays of BRIAN ROSENBAUM, CHIQUITA FLOWERS, LARRY THOMAS, WILLA STEVENSON, DEEJAY WARAPO (so far!), and ZEAL HARRIS' SEND OFF for her CARIBBEAN RESEARCH PROJECT at this year-end dance party! 

KATI will start the evening off with an AFRO TIMBA dance class dedicated to CHANGÓ.

Consider wearing CHANGÓ's COLORS tonight: RED & WHITE!


You’ll want to try one of Chef Simon’s delicious dishes, so be sure to make a table reservation by calling TRATTORIA 25 at 323 587-1494

TRATTORIA 25 is located in the Santa Fe Plaza on the corner of 25th & Santa Fe, L.A. 90058. Free parking behind the restaurant!

$12 cover includes Kati's dance class.


Casino in Carlsbad at the Boardwalk - Sat. Nov 28th

Burn some calories after Thanksgiving by dancing it off with rueda de casino outside in front of the gorgeous beach-view in Carlsbad. Trying out a new spot for the Casino on Concrete series, but we will be on the grass. Same place where we had the very first San Diego Rueda Flash Mob which took place two years ago. The picture below is where it will be.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Casino in Carlsbad (Cuban Salsa Dance Party at the Beach) at the Boardwalk
WHEN: Saturday, November 28th from 3:30pm-6:30pm
WHERE: THE GRASSY PATCH IN FRONT of The Harbor Fish Cafe: 3179 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
COST: Just bring a snack to share. Layer up as it could get cold. If you dance though, you'll be taking off the layers.

Cuban Dance Workshops with Rainer Valdez from Seattle - Sat. Nov 14th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos! 
We have a guest casino/rueda instructor from Seattle coming into town!!  My former home, the place of my formative years in learning casino/rueda, has a great instructor coming to San Diego, guest of Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez, our San Diego master instructor, has brought Rainier Valdez over from Seattle to teach casino/rueda workshops. See the flyer below:
Here are the details:
WHAT: Casino Rueda Workshops with Rainier Valdez from Seattle
WHEN: Saturday, November 14th, 1-6pm (See flyer above for workshop time-frame)
WHERE: Dancing Unlimited - 4569 30th., San Diego, CA 92116
COST: 1 Workshop $15 if pre-paid, $20 at the door
2 Workshops $25 if pre-paid, $30.00 at the door 
*space is limited

Maritza's NEW & IMPROVED Beginners and Intermediate Level Rueda de Casino Class at Dancessense Studios - STARTS Wed Nov 11th

Maritza's New Beginner Level Cuban Salsa: Casino Dancing 
Wednesdays, 7-8pm
Dancessense Studios - Part of the Dancessense Studio website. Package deal for $60 month (4 Wednesdays) $75 for a 5-week month)
2441 Impala Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92010

Beginners Cuban Salsa class has a new structure now. It will be a casino footwork/partner work class. There may be some time for rueda at the end of the class, but the idea is to dance one-on-one to achieve technique. I will have the list of the 9 basic moves on the wall and use video recordings of you to assess and offer feedback. Each session will be focused on 1 to 3 of the moves listed below until it can be done with 1-hand connection, 2-hand connection, no-hand connection, finding the beat, effective dance communication for both lead and follow and arriving in the right positioning for casino and rueda de casino. If I see you have mastered all the 9 moves listed below, have found the beat, mastered good dance communication with your partner, I will invite you to the intermediate level class.
Criteria for Beginners to master before entering intermediate level casino/rueda:
- Leads & Follows walking forward (minimizing the BACK STEP)
- Keeping time with the music
- Leads & Follows need to know the 9 basic steps and know their positioning in the rueda with the following moves:

  • Guapea/Basico Cubano
  • Enchufla
  • Exhibela
  • Vacilela
  • Coca Cola
  • Adios /Prima
  • Traslado
  • Setenta
  • Ronde footwork
Maritza's New Intermediate/Advanced Level Class:
Wednesdays 8-9pm
$10.00 per person; pay directly to Maritza
at Dancessense Studios in Carlsbad
2441 Impala Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92010
There will be no announcement about it on the Dancessense Studios webpage as I am only renting the space for a specialized level of casino/rueda.

If you have done casino/rueda before but you are rusty, please do not enter the intermediate level until I have given you the green light to enter. If I see you struggling in the intermediate level class, I will kindly ask you to step out of the rueda and sit it out and will provide you feedback what you need to improve on. I may ask you to return to the beginners rueda class. My rationale for this strict rule is to improve the transition from beginner to intermediate level of casino. Plus, it disrespects the intermediate level casino dancer who paid me a fee to be challenged. My hope is that we as a San Diego Casino dance community can truly improve our technique with casino.

Contact information is listed on the Dance Instructor's Tab of this blog.

Cuban Salsa Dance Social w/ Alex Ruiz in Costa Mesa (Orange County)- Sat. Nov 7th

Come join us at the beautiful Astoria Ballroom in Costa Mesa for a Cuban Salsa class with Alex Ruiz followed by a night of social dancing. Alex is new to the LA & OC scene and bringing nearly 20 years of dance instruction direct from Miami. Come check out the elegant Astoria Ballroom and enjoy free convenient parking, a large wooden dance floor, air conditioning, a kitchen and cozy seating area. Feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks to enjoy during the social. DJ Sazon will be playing your favorite Timba music for ruedas and casino style dancing. Other crowd pleasing requests (i.e. salsa, bachata, kizomba, zouk, etc.) may also be played.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban Salsa Dance Social with guest instructor, Alex Ruiz
WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2015
8pm Beginner class & Intermediate/Advanced Class
9pm Social 
WHERE: Astoria Ballroom Dance Studio of Costa Mesa 369 E. 17th St. #10, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
COST: See below
            8PM Beginner class $10
            8PM Intermediate/ Advanced class with Alex $10
            9PM Social $5
             Class and social $15
             Dance shoes or floor safe footwear required

Honoring Our Hispanic Veterans; Salsa Party with Combo Libertad & Manny Cepeda Orquestra - Sat. Nov 7th

SAVE THE DATE!!! *** Music Therapy for Veterans Fundraiser *** 

Here are the details:
WHAT: Salsa Dancing to Live music from Combo Libertad & The Manny Cepeda Orchestra Sextet  "Honoring Our Hispanic Veterans"
WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8:30pm-1:30pm
WHERE: Four Points Sheraton - 8117 Aero Dr., San Diego, CA 92123
COST: $20.00 at the door; $15 Pre-Purchase; click this link for pre-purchase tickets. Dresscode: Smart casual; No sportswear; 21 & over; ID or no entry.  For more information call: (619) 884-8833

Rueda de Casino Huntington Beach Pier (Cuban Salsa Dancing Meet Up) - Sat. Nov 21st

Come on down to Huntington Beach pier and join in on the fun as we dance Cuban salsa and rueda de casino! We play non stop timba from sundown until...? Pretty much until the feet just don't want to move anymore. Plenty of lights and excitement to keep us going. There is no class given this day but there are always instructors on hand that can recommend a class. Look for us on the North side of the pier just in front of the grassy area. Una bulla!

Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban Salsa Dancing Social Meet Up at the Huntington Beach Pier
WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE: Huntington Beach Pier - Click this link for Google directions