CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN! Casino on Concrete at Moonlight Beach - Sat. Jan 9th

CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN: Casino on Concrete at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas

Sorry everyone, but the forecast says there is rain for Saturday. However there is a great alternative dance event we can go to! A brand New Cuban band called Q-ban Street with musicians you might know from Palomar College and from Kimba Light and from La Farandula de Cuba. Click this link to see the event post I just made!


Here are the details:
WHAT: Casino on Concrete: Casineros social dance meet-up to dance casino/rueda/salsa suelta
WHEN: Saturday, January 9 2016 from 3pm-6pm CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
WHERE: Moonlight State Beach; click here for Google directions
HOW TO PREPARE: Dress in layers; if it rains we will announce an indoor location. Bring a snack to share. Bring water.

Cubaneando (Kati & Curuye) Party in LA - Sun. Jan 3rd

SPREAD THE WORD! KATI & CURUYE’s first CUBANEANDO CUBAN DANCE PARTY of the NEW YEAR is SUNDAY JANUARY 3-- START 2016 DANCING to the LIVE CUBAN SOUNDS of SITARA SON, and DEEJAY WARAPO dropping those CUBAN SALSA, TIMBA, REGGAETÓN, RUMBA BEATS at TRATTORIA 25, 5-10 PM!

KATI will kick off the party with a CUBAN AFRO TIMBA DANCE CLASS,. During the evening there will be a Tribute to ELEGGUA, deity from Cuba’s Yoruba tradition, to open the new year with health and good energy, ACHÉ. We’ll be celebrating JANUARY BIRTHDAYS of DETRA ROSE, SHERMAN SMITH (so far!) with the birthday dance and some cake! (Message Curuye if you’re a January baby who’d like to join in on the fun!)
You’ll want to sample something from Chef Simon’s varied menu. 

BRING SOME FRIENDS & LET's DANCE TO 2016!

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Cubaneando Timba Dance Party (brought to you by Kati Hernandez & Curuye)
              Kati's Afro Timba dance class included
WHEN:  Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 5pm-10pm
COST:   $12 cover includes Kati’s dance class.  
Reserve a table by calling 323 587-1494. All ages are welcome (including supervised children!)

Casino/Rueda Workshop with Alex Ruiz (Salsa Mia of South Beach Miami) in Carlsbad- Sun. Jan 17th

SAVE THE DATE Sunday, January 17th! 
Alex Ruiz, Rueda de casino instructor and Director of Salsa Mia from South Beach Miami will be coming to Carlsbad to teach casino/rueda dance workshops on Sunday, January 17th from 12noon-4:15pm. 

To learn more about Alex Ruiz, check out his Salsa Mia website by clicking here. He has permanently moved to Orange County and we are so lucky to have a great rueda instructor accessible to us in San Diego!

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casino Rueda Workshops with Alex Ruiz (Salsa Mia South Beach Miami)

WHEN: Sunday, January 17, 2016  12:00-4:15pm; See below for workshop breakdown


12:00noon - 1:15pm  Workshop #1 - Beginner level; non-dancer level. Miami style rueda                                                               
1:30pm - 2:45pm   Workshop #2 - Already a casino/rueda beginner level dancer; Casino 1-on-1 technique and hand communication. Miami style casino 

3:00pm - 4:15pm   Workshop # 3 - Intermediate level (Click here to see if you have mastered the beginner level competency); Miami style rueda

WHERE: Dancessense Studios in Carlsbad - 2441 Impala Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92010

HOW TO REGISTER: Click this Google Form to RSVP

COST: Pre-Sale registration will be final Saturday, January 16th 11:59pm; Bring cash the day of the workshop (no credit card please)
1 workshop is $15.00 Pre-Sale/$20 at the door
2 workshops are $30.00 Pre-Sale/$40 at the door
3 workshops are $45.00 Pre-Sale/$60 at the door

For more information, please contact Maritza Baida at sandiegorueda@gmail.com or contact her via cell phone at (206)300-4523.














The 8th Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival - Feb 11th - 14th

It's not too late to get your tickets for the largest Salsa/casino/rueda festival in the US. Incredible dance instructors, the dancing parties are out of this world and the live music is awesome. 

If you are looking to learn casino, they have a beginner's track taught by amazing casino/rueda instructors from all over the US. If you are a salsero, this bootcamp is for you! If you have never tried casino but you always wanted to learn, it's like getting the cream of the crop for teachers to teach you. It's a small investment for a lifetime of dancing socially. Below is a snapshot of their website. I am smack-dab in the middle of this photo! I go every year. It's a tradition like a national casinero reunion holiday weekend. Come join this timba haven at least once in your life!


The information below is directly from the festival website. Click the screenshot above to access the website.
Here are the details:
WHAT: The 8th Annual Salsa Rueda Festival - Salsa Casino Rueda Dance Congress (Workshops; Parties, Performances & Live Concerts)
WHEN: February 11th -14th 2016
WHERE: Hotel Whitcomb (Civic Center area of San Francisco) - 1231 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
COST: 
Full Pass is $270.00 before Jan. 1st 2016
Limited Access Pass $230.00 before Jan. 1st 2016
Party Animal Pass $110.00 before Jan 1st 2016
Performer Full Pass $155.00 
To learn more about each package, click this link for online purchasing on the Eventbrite website
LODGING: Hotel Whitcomb or Holiday Inn next door. Details about how to reserve with the festival hotel price, click here

Charlie Chavez & Su AfroTruko Playing LIVE at Music Box (Downtown SD) - Sat. Dec 19th

Brought to you by Chereve Entertainment, Charlie Chavez y Su AfroTruko are playing live at a newly opened music venue in Downtown San Diego. If you remember Anthology which closed a few years ago? This is the same place with a new owner and new name Music Box. Come celebrate the holidays dancing inside a chic new music venue with one of our favorite bands. Casineros will be in the da'house! We'll be coming from Casino on AstroTurf in Solana Beach, ready for Round 2 for dancing.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Casineros dance meet up at Charlie Chavez y Su AfroTruko concert 
WHEN: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:00pm - 2am
WHERE: Music Box - 1337 India St., San Diego, CA 92101
COST: $10.00 when bought online (pre-sale) Click here to buy online; $15 at the door

Rueda at Balboa Park - Sun. Dec 20th

Casineros have been asking for this in San Diego! Ruchi and I are going to lead this effort. Come dance with us for a couple of hours in Balboa Park next to the Bea Everson Fountain on the Prado Walk side (See Picture below). Consider this a rueda "practice" not so much as a class for beginners, but a review of rueda moves, for all. We will let you know if a rueda is a beginner level or an intermediate level. We just want to dance as much as possible to warm up on some cold days to come this winter.

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Rueda at the Park - Balboa Park (A Rueda Practice)
WHEN:  Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 1pm-3pm
WHERE: Balboa Park - next to the Bea Everson Fountain on the Prado Walk side
Click this link for Google directions
 HOW TO PREPARE: Layer up, it's going to be cold but as long as we are consistently dancing then we will stay warm. Bring some water and snacks if you like.
PARKING: Park near the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Casino on Astroturf in Solana Beach - Sat. Dec 19th

Keep Warm & Dance Rueda this Winter!
We are back on the AstroTurf for December installment of Casino on Cardboard (AstroTurf)  in Solana Beach at our favorite spot on Saturday, December 19th! Join us for some fun ruedas, salsa suelta and just plain old on-on-one casino dancing. Bring your camera to capture the sunset while we dance. 

Here are the details:
What: Casino on AstroTurf at Solana Beach
When: Saturday, January 10th  3:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Fletcher Cove Beach Park in Solana Beach: 111 South Sierra Avenue Solana Beach, CA 92075
What to bring: a snack to share and something to drink. This is a family-friendly event.  Layer up as the sun goes down, so does the temperature. If you dance a lot you will be peeling off layers, if you don't come with layers and bring blankets and chairs. 

Casinero Invasion of Salsa Under The Stars at the Seaport Village The Headquarters Plaza - Fri. Dec 18th

 Happy Holidays Everyone!
If you have not attended one of these events, put it on your calendar to come and dance salsa literally under the stars, outside with natural air-conditioning from the San Diego Bay. Manny Cepeda Orchestra will be out there playing live and then DJ music played in between breaks. Summer may be over and so will Fall but....it's San Diego....we can still dance outside and work up a good sweat.  Casineros will be in the crowd. 
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Salsa Under the Stars (Casinero invasion; live music)
WHEN:  Friday, December 18th, 2015 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  The Headquarters at Seaport Village: 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
COST: Free!

Huntington Beach Casino on Concrete - Sat. Jan 16th

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 at this location 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: Casino Dance Party at the beach - Casino on Concrete in Huntingon Beach (OC)
WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 2016
WHERE: Next to Huntington Beach Pier; Use this link for Google Map directions.
HOW TO PREPARE: Come layered up as the weather can get chilly. Bring a snack if you like and comfortable shoes to dance on concrete. 

Casinero Invasion at Club M Thurs. Dec 17th

Greetings Casineros and Soneros,
Combo Libertad, North County San Diego's very own "son" band is playing again at Club M at the Hotel Grand Del Mar on Thursday, December 17th! Combo Libertad will be playing live that night so you can get your "son" on. DJ will play regular salsa and bachata, probably no timba but its a chance to dance casino with some friends. This is also Isela's birthday soiree meet up so come wish her a happy birthday. 


Below are the details:
What: Live Music from Combo Libertad, DJ salsa music
When: Thursday, Thursday, December 17th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm
            Salsa lesson from 7-8pm; Social dancing after 8pm
Where: Grand Hotel Del Mar at Club M
5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free concert but there is valet parking ($10) OR you can walk a couple of minutes from the FREE hotel parking lot and you have the whole experience for free....unless you order a drink. All Night Happy Hour and specialty rum drinks at the bar for purchase.

Casinero Invasion at Super Salsa Sunday - Sun Dec 6th

The casineros will be in da' house tonight for Super Salsa Sunday at Dancessense Studios in Carlsbad. Come join our meet-up there for some casino-dancing fun!

DRUMMING TRIBUTE to CHANGÓ & CUBAN DANCE PARTY at CUBANEANDO in L.A.

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!

ALL AGES WELCOME!

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.


PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

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
COST: FREE

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

CUBANEANDO in L.A. @ CURUYE & KATI HERNÁNDEZ's CUBAN DANCE PARTY!

                                                            CUBANEANDO in L.A.                                      

                                           SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8,  5:00-10:00 PM



CUBANEANDO with CURUYE & KATI HERNÁNDEZ offers you an EVENING of CUBAN MUSIC & DANCE : from SON TO TIMBA! ... featuring the LIVE SOUNDS of LÁZARO GALARRAGA & SITARA SON with special guest JOSIEL PÉREZ! DEEJAY WARAPO will be playing our fave CUBAN DANCE BEATS between the live sets. All this happening back at TRATTORIA 25!

KATI will start the evening with a CASINO CUBAN SALSA dance class with her PA'LA ORILLA DANCE TEAM at 5:30 PM to get you in the groove. This month we'll be dancing the BIRTHDAY DANCE with ELEANOR ESPINEL, GABI TORRES, GLORIA HERRERA, KIANGA FORD, LIZETTE HERNÁNDEZ, ROSANNA MARTÍNEZ, FREDDY CARRILLO (so far!)...

Try some of the delicious offerings of TRATTORIA and CHEF SIMON! If you'd like a table, call ahead and reserve your spot at 323 587-1494.

ALL AGES WELCOME!

SPREAD THE WORD! LET's DANCE!

$12 cover includes dance class!


TRATTORIA 25 is located in the SANTA FE PLAZA (peachy pink complex on corner of Santa Fe & 25th St., LA 90058) FREE PARKING BEHIND RESTUARANT!

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

SAVE the DATE Saturday, Nov 28th! Burn some calories after Thanksgiving and dance it off dancing rueda de casino with us outside in front of the gorgeous beach-view in Carlsbad. We are going to try 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 on the Green in Carlsbad (Cuban Salsa Dance Party at the Beach)
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.

Sexteto Sonero del Caribe Playing LIVE at Liezo Charro in Temecula - Sat. Nov 14th

SEXTETO SONERO DEL CARIBE LIVE in TEMECULA, CA
Sexteto Sonero Del Caribe will be performing LIVE for all our North County Rumberos, Salseros and Casineros on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2015 at LIENZO CHARRO Mexican Grill in TEMECULA!  Come hang out with the us as we perform our very best in Salsa, Son Cubano, Afro-Cuban and Cha Cha music LIVE and take part in the Salsa Fama reunion AND Casinero invasion on the dancefloor!!! Let's PARTY - SEXTETO STYLE!!!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live Music from Sexteto Sonero del Caribe - Dinner-Dancing-Casino-Ruedas
WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Live music begins at 8:00 pm...dance 'til 1:00 am
WHERE: Lienzo Charro Mexican Grill:  29000 Old Town Front St., Temecula, CA 92590
COST: Cover - $10 per person, includes a delicious Mexican buffet (drinks not included); Free Salsa & Bachata dance class! Casineros will be wine tasting earlier in the day and doing rueda flash mobs at selected Temecula wineries. More info on that on another blog post. 

Casinero Invasion at Super Salsa Sunday at Dancessense Studios in Carlsbad - Sun. Nov 1st

Dancessense Studios presents Super Salsa Sunday!
The first Sunday of every month. Salsa Dancing is back in North County!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Casineros Meet Up at Super Salsa Sunday; 
WHEN: Sunday, November 1, 2015 
    There is salsa class taught by Alex of Torch Tuesday 7:30 to 8:30pm
    During the dance party there will be a special show by Violeta Salsera of Afro Y Pasion.
    Dance Party starts at 8:30pm till 12:30am with DJ Martin "EL TRAVIESO".
WHERE: Dancessense Studios in Carlsbad: 2441 Impala Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92010
COST:  All night $5 per person

Noche Cubana at the Irvine Marriott Hotel - Fri. Nov 13th

AZUCAR!!! Join us Friday November 13th for “NOCHE CUBANA” brought to you by Esteban Conde at the beautiful Marriott Hotel in Irvine. Robert Morales and Laura Cristina from Rueda in the Park - Santa Ana will be teaching a Rueda de Casino class and will showcase a Rueda de Casino group performance. Salsa and Bachata Class, Beginner level with Heather, Intermediate/Advance level with Esteban.

Enjoy dancing Salsa, Bachata, Casino and Timba Cubana all night!! Come show your support as we bring a touch of Cuban flavor to Orange County. 

Here are the details:
WHAT: Noche Cubana - Salsa, Bachata, Timba Cubana casino/rueda class, performances & social dance party
WHEN: Friday, November 13th 8:00pm to 1:00am
WHERE: Irvine Marriott Hotel 18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612
COST:  $15 includes class, $10 without the class. … Dress to Impress; Dress Classy, Shine your Dance Shoes, and don’t forget to wear your Fedora’s! 

Rueda In The Park Santa Ana - Sat. Oct 24th

SUENALO!!! Come join Rueda in the Park - Santa Ana in beautiful Centennial Regional Park for Rueda de Casino! (Salsa Cubana) Come learn the fundamental basic elements, lots of variations and the combinations that make up “Rueda de Casino".

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Weekly Rueda de  Casino class, Social and Practice

WHEN: Saturday, October 24th, 2015 - Beginner level starts at 11:30am and 
Intermediate level starts at 12:30pm. 

WHERE: Centennial Regiona Park;  3000 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704

COST: Suggested donation $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!!!

BEGINNER AFRO-CUBAN CLASS SERIES IN ENCINITAS!!!


Beginner Afro-Cuban Dance


TUESDAYS in OCTOBER: 6, 13, 20 & 27
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

This series of classes is designed for newcomers to Afro-Cuban dance as well as any intermediate/adv. who wish to improve their form.  Come explore movements from ancient traditions of West African ethnic groups as preserved in Cuba for 500+ years as you strengthen and invigorate your body.
Accompanied by Live Drumming!
Taught by Juan Carlos Blanco

Cost: $15 per class

DANCE NORTH COUNTY
535 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA. 92024


NOCHE CUBANA THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 10th. . .Y Se Formo La Gozadera!!!


 
Fresh off their German Tour, Feliciano Arango y Su AMISTAD CUBANA from Habana, Cuba
will be delighting us with their Son & Timba repertoire featuring a full orchestra and a whole lot of Sabor Cubano!!

Get ready for Master Artist Juan Carlos Blanco's FreeStyle / Salsa Suelta Lesson.  Nothing warms you up for the rest of the night like getting down on the dance floor!

 Also featuring performances by Omo Ache. . .taking you from Carnaval to Rumba AND Catch a sizzling Cubaton performance by the ladies of Divas In Heels!
Get those dancing shoes ready! DJ PIRITO will be playing the best Cuban dance jams for all you Casineros, Soneros, Timberos, & Music Lovers who enjoy watching the dance as you tap your feet!

Plus, enjoy electrifying artwork by featured Cuban artist, Nicolae Pedro Valera!! A real visual treat!!

Delicious Cuban food & beverages available for purchase.


What: Noche Cubana
When: Sat. Oct. 10, 2015,  7pm - 12am
Where: World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. SD, CA. 92101
This is an All Ages Event!  Bring the familia and friends!
Cover: $20


Rueda (Cuban Salsa) at the Huntington Beach Pier - Sat. Oct. 17


We are doing it again. Join us at the Huntington Beach Pier for social Rueda de Casino dancing! Let's dance Casino and Rueda (Cuban Salsa) as we watch the sunset! Anyone interested meet us on the north side of the pier at 5:30 pm
 
For more details go to our facebook event: Rueda de Casino at HB Pier





Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda (Cuban Salsa) at the Huntington Beach Pier
WHEN: Saturday, October 17, 2015 5:30pm
WHERE: Huntington Beach Pier Plaza  
Look for us at the North side of the pier.
HOW TO PREPARE: Walking/dancing shoes, snacks to share. Drinks to share as well!

In L.A.: RUMBANKETE & DJ WALT DIGZ ft CURUYE's DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY CUBAN DANCE PARTY-GRANADA MAIN BALLROOM!

YOU'RE INVITED to CURUYE's BIGGEST DANCE PARTY of the YEAR! ... 

CURUYE'S DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY CUBAN DANCE PARTY!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 11 - 5 PM-10 PM
featuring
RUMBANKETE - LIVE!
DJ WALT DIGZ from the BAY
The GRANADA's Main Ballroom 


CURUYE WANTS YOU TO HELP CELEBRATE 12 YEARS of the Southern California cultural website CURUYE.COM, and 6 YEARS of CURUYE's CUBAN DANCE PARTIES by DANCING TO THE LIVE SOUNDS of RUMBANKETE in The GRANADA's Main Ballroom!  DJ WALT DIGZ from the BAY is bringing his peeps down to So Cal to party hardy to the  CUBAN DANCE MUSIC we love in Cali north and south! CUBAN TIMBA, SON, RUMBA, REGGAETÓN is what we’ll be dancing to!

KATI HERNÁNDEZ will be teaching her sizzling AFRO TIMBA dance moves to warm us up for the evening at 5:30 PM, and we’ll have plenty of room in The GRANADA's Main Ballroom to dance some big RUEDAS de CASINO! 

We'll be having raffles for dance classes, events, and more …!

If you ever found a concert/dance party/film/class you enjoyed on Curuye.com, had your event announced on the website, enjoyed a great night of dancing. or made a new friend at a Curuye Cuban Dance Party, please come out to have fun and support future events Curuye has planned for you!

The GRANADA's Chef Israel is adding some new Cuban dishes to his varied menu that you might like to sample!

We have a limited amount of tables for the evening, but if you’d like to reserve one for your group, message curuye@yahoo.com.

$15 cover includes Kati’s class.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD TO CELEBRATE with CURUYE, and to HELP PUT in MOTION
SOME FUTURE CURUYE HAPPENINGS!

WEAR YOUR CURUYE TEE or HAT (or both!) for the special occasion!

ALL AGES WELCOME!

The GRANADA, 17 South First Street, Alhambra 91801. Free parking in structure across the street.


Casinero Invasion at Super Salsa Sunday in Carlsbad's Dancessense Studios - Sun. Oct. 4th

Oye Mi Gente!
Remember the times of Salsa Sundays at the Ocean House and Q Bar? Well, there is an effort to revive this at Dancessense Studios in Carlsbad. There is no entertainment production involved, just Dancessense Studio taking the lead to make something happen. There will be a salsa lesson by William Valencia and DJ Martin El Travieso will be spinning the music. There is no guarantee if DJ Travieso will play timba,  but you can surely ask him to play. I have already reached out to him with an offer to bring him some Cuban salsa on MP3's. It's up to him if he plays it. Regardless of what music the DJ plays, we should support this effort because it's a heartfelt effort to make something happen in North County. 
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Salsa Dance Party & Lesson
WHEN: Sunday, October 4, 2015 7:30pm Salsa Lesson; 8:30pm-1:30am Dance Party (DJ music)
WHERE: Dancessense Studios, 2441 Impala Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92010
COST: $5 Cover for all evening

Casino on Concrete at Oceanside Pier Amphitheater - Sat. Oct 3rd





Que Bola Mi Gente!
Ready to cool off outside again and dance at sunset? We are taking it all the way up to North County San Diego at Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. We had to change the location because Maritza's car broke down for good so there is no way to carry the cardboard floor. BUT, we are still dancing....on concrete. The amphitheatre has a lot of space to dance and great for pictures.


Here are the details:
What: Casino on Concrete (Cuban dance party)
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 5pm-7:30pm
Where: Oceanside Pier Amphitheater - 200 N the Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
There is parking just across the street  for $6-$8 for the day so carpool together if you can.

This is a free event and it is family friendly. So bring the kids!
It is a snack-luck, so bring something to share and bring some water or any beverage you like. 

I'll be leading salsa suelta lines and calling some ruedas. So come and enjoy dancing outside to natural air-conditioning. The sun will set around 6:30pm on that day.

Una Bulla!!!

Casinero Invasion at Musical en la Plaza at Center for the Arts Escondido - Fri. Sept 25th

If you did not go last Friday, you have a chance to go this coming Friday. Finally something in North County (Escondido). Manny Cepeda is playing salsa at the Center for the Arts as part of the Latino Heritage Month. To see more about what is going on at the Center for the Arts, click this link. Casineros, let's invade the place and support this event! Get ready for some rueda de casino in Escondido!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live salsa music from Manny Cepeda's Orquestra
WHEN: Friday, September 25th, 2015 7:00pm to 10:00pm
WHERE: Center for the Arts - 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
COST: FREE

Casinero Invasion at the FREE Salsa Party Before & After Buena Vista Social Club Concert in OC - Sun. Oct 11th

 ★ FREE End of Summer Salsa Party ★ Come dance salsa outdoors at this FREE event sponsored by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts ★ ALL AGES WELCOME ~ Bring the kids!

 Orange County meets San Diego, Los Angeles and Inland Empire Dancers at this FREE Salsa event. There are no restrictions on bringing food or drinks so let's make this a big potluck picnic. 

There will also be food trucks available that day and I was told that they will provide a dance floor. If not, it is very smooth concrete. 

This is part of the Jazz Weekend Series, so there is dancing Friday, Saturday & Sunday. This invite is specifically for Sunday as the Buena Vista Social Club will be having their concert. For info click this link.
There are also two very good Cuban restaurants very close by if you want to get take out. 
Bella Cuba Restaurant and Habana

Here are the details:
WHAT: DJ, outdoor Salsa dancing and Buena Vista Social Club Concert
WHEN: Sunday, October 11, 2015  
         4:00pm -6:45 DJ, Salsa Dancing, & food trucks on plaza
WHERE: Seagerstrom Plaza - 
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, California 92626
 (see pictures above)
COST: DJ and dance party is FREE; Buena Vista Social Club Tickets start at $49.00 to $139; Tickets available online so, if you are interested buy your tickets on this link.

Concert Info: 
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® is performing at 7pm at the Segerstrom Music Hall. This event is optional. There is salsa dancing in the lobby after the show.

Casinero Invasion at Salsa Under The Stars at the Headquarters in Seaport Village - Fri. Oct 16th

It still feels like summer. If you have not attended one of these events, put it on your calendar to come and dance salsa literally under the stars, outside with natural air-conditioning from the San Diego Bay. Manny Cepeda Orchestra will be out there playing live and then DJ music played in between breaks. Over 200 people were at the last one and it was a lot of fun. Casineros will be in the crowd. 
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Salsa Under the Stars (Casinero invasion; live music)
WHEN:  Friday, August 21, 2015 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  The Headquarters at Seaport Village: 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


COST: Free!

Coming Soon at the California Center for the Arts Escondido: Combo Libertad Playing Live - Wed. Nov 4th

Greetings Casineros,

There is a growing list of new venues for getting you casino dancing on.  At the California Center for the Arts Escondido, they are now making a first Wednesday of the month live music of all genres night. Guess who is playing on November 4th? Combo Libertad is playing live inside the Center Theatre( it will not be outside). See the details from the main website on this link.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Combo Libertad concert for 1st Wednesday Series at the Cal Center for the Arts

WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 two concert times: 4pm and 7pm

WHERE: California Center for the Arts Escondido - Center Theater venue
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

COST: FREE - This is either a "ticketless" free event, or an event where free tickets are handed out at the door — simply show up and enjoy. Early arrival is STRONGLY recommended as seats fill up quickly. If you’d like to beat the line, reserved seats are also available for $12 ($10 for Center Members) and can be purchased on this link and scroll down to the bottom to chose your preferred concert time. Reserved seats must be purchased a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

Musica En La Plaza! Manny Cepeda Orquestra playing Salsa at Center for the Arts Escondido - Fri. Sept 18th

LOOK! Finally something in North County (Escondido). Manny Cepeda is playing salsa at the Center for the Arts as part of the Latino Heritage Month. To see more about what is going on at the Center for the Arts, click this link. Casineros, let's invade the place and support this event! Get ready for some rueda de casino in Escondido!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live salsa music from Manny Cepeda's Orquestra
WHEN: Friday, September 18, 2015 7:00pm to 10:00pm
WHERE: Center for the Arts - 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
COST: FREE

Curuye & Kati's Summer Dance Party with Sitara Son/DJ Walt Digz

CUBANEANDO in L.A. with CURUYE and KATI HERNÁNDEZ . Honoring "Las dos Aguas"--Yemayá & Ochún

Feautring:
SITARASON & LAZARO GALARRAGA playing live Cuban Music.
DJ WALT DIGZ all the way from the Bay Area.
KATI HERNANDEZ performing Ochun.

Get your END-OF-SUMMER GROOVE ON ‘A LO CUBANO’ with some SIZZLING CUBAN MUSIC & DANCE at the TRATTORIA 25 RESTAURANT! 

And YES! WE’LL BE CELEBRATING the SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS of ALMA ALVAREZ SALAZAR! CRISTINA BAÑUELOS! DAÑYA SCHWARTZ, KAREN POWELL! MAIA RICCI! MUÑECO PEDRO AGUILAR! AFIMAYE GALARRAGA, ROI BRIGNAC!
Here are the Details:
WHAT: September Installment of LA's Curuye Timba Dance Party

WHEN: Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 5pm-10pm
5:15 PM - Casino  (CUBAN SALSA) calss, w/ KATI HERNÁNDEZ & her DANCE TEAM
6:00 PM and in between live music - DJ Walt Digz spinning Timba, Cubaton, Son & Rumba
7:30 PM - LIVE MUSIC with SITARASON & MAESTRO LAZARO GALARRAGA. 

WHERE: TRATTORIA 25, 2501 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles 90058 located in the SANTA FE PLAZA (peachy pink building on corner of Santa Fe & 25th St.) FREE PARKING BEHIND RESTUARANT! 

COST: $12 cover includes KATI’s dance class. 
BE SURE TO MAKE A TABLE RESERVATION for DINNER! (323) 587-1494

ALL AGES WELCOME!   A KATI HERNÁNDEZ/CURUYE EVENT!

Y Se Formo La Gozadera!!! Sat. October, 10th



Noche Cubana,  Saturday October 10th,  7pm - 12am


Y Se Formo la Gozadera. . .

with Live Cuban Music by Feliciano Arango y su AMISTAD CUBANA! 

A Hot CUBATON performance by Divas in Heels

DJ Pirito playing the best Cuban jams for your dancing pleasure

And More. . .  check it out omoachecubanculture.org

Cover: $20
All Ages Event!
WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. SD, CA 92101