SD Latino Film Festival Opening After Party & Concert - Thurs. Mar 14th

OPENING AFTER PARTY & CONCERT WITH LEGENDARY ORQUESTA BI-NACIONAL DE MAMBO  - Casineros! Come see some of our casineros in the band and dance some casino.
About the band:
This group is a 20-piece band dedicated to performing and promoting Latin big band music from the 1950's to the present. The band's dazzling performances celebrate a wide range of musical styles including mambo, bolero, cha cha cha, salsa, and other forms of Latin Jazz. Led by versatile trumpeter Bill Caballero, Orquesta Bi-Nacional de Mambo features some of the best cross-cultural musicians from the San Diego-Tijuana border region. The band's sizzling live shows have gained them a devoted following and reputation for passion and authenticity. Since its inception in 2000, the band has performed for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, the San Diego Museum of Art, the California Center for the Performing Arts in Escondido, the Adams Avenue Street Fair, the Centro Cultural de Tijuana, Tijuana's Casa de la Cultura, Dizzy's, and the KSDS Jazz Live radio program.

About the DJ:
One of San Diego's Premiere DJ's. Ukeim plays everything from Latin Music (Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Bachata), Funk, 80’s, 90’s, Dance Music and Top 40’s.

Join us for a special night as we kick off our 2019 San Diego Latino Film Festival in style at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan! Be prepared to mambo the night away!  Brought to you by Bread and Salt, Univision TV, Azteca TV, Radio Latina, La Cocina 35, Cine Latino, & Stella Artois.

Here are the details:
WHEN: THURS, MARCH 14, 2019  8:00pm – 12:30am
WHERE: Bread and Salt - 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
COST:  Purchase tickets here -
             $15 (before March 8th)
             $20 (March 9th-March 14th)
             $25 (at the door)
The ticket includes the following:
           1 Free Movie ticket to be used throughout 11-day fest!
           1 Free Stella Artois drink ticket
           20-piece live Mambo Orchestra
           Red Carpet & Photo Booth
           DJ Ukeim
           Silent auction
           All proceeds benefit Media Arts Center San Diego‘s education programs The chance to mingle w/ guest filmmakers & actors from the hit NETFLIX show EL DESCONOCIDO, y más!
PARKING: Street parking only. We encourage you to take public transportation, Lyft, Uber or support our sponsor

Hike & Rueda at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Trail - Sat. Mar. 23

Grab your hiking boots, get your moves ready and JOIN US! Let's get out in nature and do some Ruedas. 

WHAT: Meet up that combines two loves - hiking and rueda de casino
WHEN: Trailhead Meet-Up Time: 9:30am 
WHERE: 12020 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, California 92129
DIRECTIONS: Link to Directions:

Link to the trail info:
Distance: 6.8 miles RT
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation gain: 178 ft.

Maritza's Summer 2019 Beginner Level 1 Class registration now open - Starts Tues. Jun 4th

Greetings Amigos & Casineros,
I have just opened registration for my Beginner Level 1 Series from brand new dancers and anyone who wants to go through it again to hone in on the footwork and dance communication with your partner. The series is the beginning series of a 4 to 5-month commitment all the way to basic intermediate. Each month is a level and the teaching build off the previous month of training. So if you are ready to jump in, this is your one chance this year as this will be the only entrance to learn as a beginner for the remaining of the year, so don't procrastinate.

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Maritza's Beginner Level 1 Class Series for the Summer 2019
WHEN:  Starts Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7pm to 8:30pm  (June 4th, 11th,18th & 25th)
WHERE: California Center for the Arts Escondido - 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
REGISTRATION: Click this link to register for Maritza's Rueda de casino Beg. Level 1 class
COST: $40 a person - Please bring Cash or Venmo  is accepted (Maritza Baida)

Maritza's Beginner Level 3 Registration Now Open - Starts Mar. 5th

Greetings Casineros,
I have the registration for my Beginner Level 3 class ready to go for anyone who wants to keep going into my next series level (LEVEL 3 BEGINNERS). This one-month rueda class series is set up for Beginner Level 2 Cuban salsa dancers. This mean, dancers have completed Beginner Levels 1 and 2 and already know the following dance commands: Guapea, Dame, Dile Que No, Enchufla, Exhibela, Adios/Prima, Pa'l Medio, Pa'bajo, Echeverria, Matala series, Un Fly series and a few add-on's to the above mentioned moves).

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Maritza's Beginner Level 3 Class Registration Sign-Up
WHEN: Series starts Tuesday, March 5th from 7-8:30pm includes Friday Rueda Practice from 7pm-8:30pm -
WHERE:  California Center for the Arts Escondido -
REGISTRATION & COST: $40 per person please bring cash or you can Venmo me at Maritza Baida (on the note what the payment is for, just write dance). You can find me on Venmo through my cell number at  (206)300-4523 or my name, Maritza Baida. (3 hours a week - now that's a deal!) Click this link to register for the Level 3 Beginner Series.  No drop-ins after March 2nd.

BailAtlanta - Full Weekend of Cuban Music & Dance - June 14-16

I am so excited about this event because it is their 10th year anniversary and they are making it BIG! I am hoping all of you consider going to this event because they have incredible dance instructors who teach with technique on casino and rueda. I have gone in the past to their 3-Day Cuban parties and it just seems that every dancer is sooo good, and it is a reflection of their teachers. I plan to go! so if anyone is interested, please let me know so we can look at flights together and plan accommodations as well. It's cheaper to share expenses for traveling if we do this together.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Three-Day Cuban Dance Party, Dance Workshops and Performances
A weekend of great Cuban music, dance, workshops and friends in Atlanta.
3 DJs, 7 professional dance instructors, 10 dance workshops, dance performances and 3 salsa parties.WHEN: June 14th - 16th, 2019.
WHERE: Academic Ballroom in Altanta, GA - 800 Miami Cir NE #140, Atlanta, GA 30324 
ACCOMMODATIONS: To be Announced - last year they used The Quality Suites Buckhead Village -  505 Pharr Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 30305, US. It  was conveniently located within a mile from Academy Ballroom. Stay tuned for more info to come.
COST: To be announced soon - to stay updated on this event, go to their website

Seattle Cuban Dance Fest - July 11-14th

Greetings Casineros,
For those of you looking to travel to learn to dance Cuban, here is a festival that is on its 3rd round of offering dance workshops and dance parties in the beautiful Seattle location of the University of Washington Seattle. This is the best time to travel out to the Northwest because of all the long daylight each day offers. The sun goes down at 10:30pm!!!! I know, right!??? This is where I modeled our Casino on Cardboard idea that I implemented in San Diego. They do Casino on Cardboard every Friday in the summer and it will be there during this festival. Start saving your vacation accrual for work or if you have the time and $$, you should make a trip to check this out.  I already have my pass. Last year, I went for the first time and I absolutely loved it!! They offer dorm accommodations on the campus to make it convenient for walking to the workshops. Ask me (Maritza) about this event because I can tell you how to prepare.

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Cuban Dance Festival - Workshops, dance parties, rueda parties outside!
WHEN: July 11-14, 2019
 WHERE:  University of Washington Seattle Campus -
 COST: $30-$170 as of 2/24/2019. Click this link to purchase online

Asere! A Fiesta Cubana ft. The Havana Cuban All Stars in San Diego - Thurs. Apr 4th

Greetings Casineros, 
Wow! We are finally getting some love from Cuba! This is happening in San Diego at the Music Box!! Get your tickets now!! Back by popular demand, this high-energy group is a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance styles. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Havana Cuban All Stars Music Concert
WHEN: Thursday, Aril 4, 2019 
               Doors/Show: 7:00/8:00pm
WHERE: The Music Box - 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
COST:  Tickets:  $35 Advanced / $35 Day of Show - To purchase your ticket online, go to this link.
Ages: 21+ 

PARKING:  Street parking and paid lot parking available.
Table Reservation/VIP: / (619) 836-1847

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