Save The Date! Ryan & Sidney(Rueda Con Ritmo) are Coming to San Deigo To Do Workshops Nov 15-16

Greetings Casineros
GREAT NEWS! I am bringing two stellar Cuban dance instructors from the Bay Area, Ryan and Sidney from Rueda Con Ritmo, to come teach musicality and rueda workshops. You do not want to miss these incredible instructors. At rueda congresses, participants pack in and fill up their workshop rooms.
 My personal experience learning from them, back in Seattle, is that they are excellent teachers to teach Cuban dancing to the many polyrhythmic beats and accents to timba music. Their performances are by far the most challenging and well orchestrated. For American-born learners, like myself, who was new to rueda and casino, they have a way of breaking down the music and teaching how to dance changing time utilizing visual aids and crafting music that help the Salsero On-1 dancers to pick up the time change on the footwork. Ryan brings in his years of knowledge of Cuban music and Sidney brings her years of knowledge of Cuban Salsa and rueda. She is so creative in her choreography, all their dancers are incredible casineros. Personally, I aspire to be like them as an instructor. Some of my best learning moments have been with Ryan and Sidney in Seattle.

Check out their website and watch their performance videos. They were the first instructors who helped me to navigate changing time from dancing On-1 to On-4 and back to on-1 in the same move.  Be on the lookout for their workshop information forthcoming! Just SAVE the date! Sat & Sun Nov 15th & 16th. We will celebrate and party with Ryan and Sidney that weekend!!

FREE Cuban Salsa (Casino) Lesson and a Dance Social @ Studio K in Kearny Mesa This FRIDAY, Sept 12th!

Casineros have been asking for a one-on-one casino lesson to expand beyond the rueda de casino that we all love. We listened. Tim Snedeker and I (Maritza) are hosting a FREE casino lesson and hosting a Cuban salsa social thereafter.  Come learn a fun basic casino pattern (beginner and intermediate level) to get you started dancing casino socially.
PLEASE bring some prospective leads!! We are short in leads so if you want to learn with a partner, bring a willing learner who wants to lead.The social is a personal invitation to stay and dance. It is also an opportunity for seasoned casineros to come dance where you will hear timba, son and Cubaton. It is a Cuban salsa-friendly environment. COME DANCE WITH US! UNA BULLA!
Details are listed below:
WHAT: Casino (Cuban Salsa) Lesson & Cuban Salsa Social
WHEN: Friday, September 12, 2014
  • 8pm FREE Cuban Salsa (Casino) Lesson
  • 9pm Cuban Salsa Social
WHERE: Studio K & Fitness 9340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite F, San Diego, CA 92123
COST: Cuban Salsa (Casino) Lesson FREE
           Cuban Salsa Casinero Social $5 person (cash only)

Rumba Columbia Percussion & Dance Classes with Juan Carlos Blanco


Sundays, August 31st - September 21st
Percussion: 12 - 1 PM
Dance: 1 - 2 PM
$7/each class
World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, SD, CA 92101 (Balboa Park)

Learn to play and/or dance Rumba Columbia, an Afro-Cuban rhythm & dance derived from African & Spanish traditions. Accompanied by this dynamic rhythm, the dancer demonstrates their agility, strength, confidence, even sense of humor while always maintaining a strong connection to the drum. The drummer must also maintain a connection to the dancer's spontaneous changes in movement whenever they occur. Classes are taught in a fun, ensemble setting. All levels are welcome - No previous experience needed.

Taught by Master Artist Juan Carlos Blanco

Rueda de Casino in Kearny Mesa! Two FREE classes, A Cuban Salsa Social & New Rueda de Casino Class Series!!

YES! The North County San Diego dynamic teaching duo (Maritza Baida & Tim Snedeker) are back for a second round to teach RUEDA DE CASINO at Studio K in Kearny Mesa Area. 

Here is the line-up of events and classes:
Friday, Sept 12th – FREE rueda de casino class at 8pm; Cuban Salsa Social begins at 9pm $5/person. Cash only please!

Wednesday, Sept 17th - 2nd FREE Rueda de Casino at 8pm, if you did not make on Friday, come and join the following Wednesday and learn the funnest salsa style that brings people wanting more! People just can't get enough rueda.

Wednesday Sept 24th - NEW 6-week Rueda de casino class series begins
Instructor: Maritza Baida & Tim Snedeker; any questions, our contact info can be found on the "Instructor" tab of this blog.
Location: Studio K, 9340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite F, San Diego, CA 92123
When: Wednesdays, 8:00pm-9:30pm 
DATES: Sept 24th – Oct 29th(six consecutive Wednesdays).
Price: $60 for all 6 sessions(**this is a progressive series, no drop-ins after 1st session)
Pay cash or online with PayPal below by clicking the "Add to Cart" button. 

List of September 2014 Upcoming Cuban Dance Events for Mobile Devise Users

In an effort to provide easy access to mobile devise users, I copied the Upcoming Events Widget List below, not accessible on mobile devises. Una bulla!!

Links to Upcoming Events

Rueda in the Park - Santa Ana, Sat. Sept 13th

¡WEPA! Come join us in the beautiful Centennial Regional Park for Rueda de Casino! Enjoy the scenery, the music and the fun as you learn this Cuban social dance. Learn the fundamental basic elements, lots of variations and the combinations that make up “Rueda de Casino.


Our next class will be Saturday, September 13th. Beginner level starts at 11:30am. We will cover basic steps and patterns, partnering technique, and the basic calls of Rueda de Casino. Intermediate level starts at 12:30pm. The Intermediate level is for participants who have worked on the fundamentals and are ready for more fun, fast patterns. Suggested donation of $5/person.

Spread the word, be sure to tell a friend or two and invite them to join the fun. We will see you there. Una Bulla!!!

Curuye Cuban Dance Party - Sun. Sept 14th

SEPTEMBER 14 MARKS THE DATE OF CURUYE’s NEXT CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY at THE GRANADA! CUBAN SALSA-TIMBA-SON-REGGGAETÓN from 5-10 PM We’ll be saying goodbye to summer with DEEJAY WARAPO doing the honors, and KATI HERNÁNDEZ’s class today will pay tribute to LAS DOS AGUAS, the deities
Here are the details:
WHAT: Curuye's Cuban Dance Party in LA (The best Cuban dance party in SoCal!)
WHEN: Sunday, September 14, 5pm-10pm
WHERE: The Granada - 17 So. First St.., Alhambra, CA 91801
COST:$10 cover includes class
Fun Dress Code: Wear anything blue or yellow in honor of the two Orisha dieties Las Dos Aguas: Yemaya and Ochun