Rumba Guaguanco Workshop w/ Master Instructor, Kati Hernandez in LA - Tues. Oct 16th

A very SPECIAL 2 hrs Rumba Workshop with LIVE MUSIC accompaniment. Featuring the amazing virtuoso percussionist Khalil Cummings. Men & Ladies will come together for this special Intensive focusing on RUMBA GUAGUANCO.  We will be working on Body movement and musicality drills and transitions between steps. When and how to fusion with Afro-Cuban elements. Ways of executing and blocking the Vacunao. Nuances to help you bring more authenticity to the dance floor. Entwine with history and cultural aspects to help you understand this complex yet beautiful Cuban dance.  Not to be missed! See you on the dance floor!

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Here are the details:
WHAT: Rumba Guaguanco dance training with Kati Hernandez, Master Afro-Cuban Instructor in LA
WHEN:  TUESDAY, OCT. 16TH @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
WHERE:  SOHO DANCE LA - 1618 Cotner St., Los Angeles, CA
COST: $30 PrePaid (via Venmo: Kati-Hernandez); $35 Drop-in

Omo Ache's Afro-Cuban Music & Dance Party!!! - Sat. Oct 20th


WHAT:  Omo Aché celebrates 20 years of AFRO-CUBAN culture here in San Diego!
What better way to commemorate our mission to preserve & perform this heritage than sharing it with you!  
Join us for this party featuring Live Drumming & Dance Performances by Omo Aché 
as well as former company members & Special Guests as they showcase Afro-Cuban Folklore from Orisha, Congo & Franco-Haitian traditions! 
Enjoy a traditional RUMBA! And a wide-Open DANCE floor for all of the Casineros 
& Ruedas de Casino when we jam to the best Cuban dance music!
RAFFLES - Including 2 Tickets to see Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor
in concert at the 2018 SD Cuban Dance Congress!
*Cuban Food & Drinks will be available for purchase. 

All Ages
Admission: $15
Cash Only
Children 12 & Under are FREE!

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 20th
7pm -11pm
WHERE: Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Blvd. SD. 92101

Info: omoachecubanculture.org OR Ph# (619) 520-8353



CURUYE's DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY! - Sun. Oct 14th

CURUYE's ANNIVERSARY CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 5:00-10:00 pm
The GRANADA, 17 South First Street, Alhambra 91801




PA' GOZAR Y CELEBRAR! COME DANCE & CELEBRATE CURUYE’s DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY CUBAN DANCE PARTY- 15 YEARS of CURUYE.COM, and 9 YEARS of CUBAN DANCE PARTIES in L.A.! SITARA SON led by Master LÁZARO GALARRAGA will lead a set of LIVE MUSIC at 7:15 PM.  DEEJAY WARAPO will be keeping the energy up with the latest and hottest CUBAN DANCE MUSIC! An evening of CUBAN SALSA! SON! TIMBA! REGGAETÓN! RUMBA! RUEDAS! RAFFLES! GIFTS!  CELEBRATION!

MARTIZA BAÍDA will be back by popular demand to teach a 5:30 PM RUEDA de CASINO class!

We’ll also be celebrating OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS! So message Curuye if you’d like to have your name on the cake!. 

FOR THE OCCASION, WEAR YOUR CURUYE TEE SHIRTS! HATS! (& you’ll get an extra raffle ticket!)

You’ll want to fuel up with some of Chef Israel’s tasty offerings from his varied menu! If you're coming in a group, message Curuye if you'd like to reserve a table.

ALL AGES WELCOME! $12 cover includes dance class! 

The GRANADA’s MAIN BALLROOM, 17 South First Street, Alhambra 91801. FREE PARKING in structure across the street!

TELL ONE! TELL ALL! LET's DANCE & CELEBRATE!

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Noche Havana - World Dance Festival a Palomar College - Fri. Oct 19th

Join Palomar College Dance Department for the 21st Anniversary celebration of the Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Drum and Dance Ensemble, Agogo and the World Drum and Dance Program.  Founded and directed by Patriceann Mead.  An evening of live Cuban/Brazilian music and dance, features Kimba Light, a fabulous Salsa band. Includes open dance floor.
Here are the details:
WHAT:  An evening of live Cuban/Brazilian music and dance, features Kimba Light, a fabulous Salsa band. Includes open dance floor.
WHEN: Friday, October 19, 2018         
              Doors open at 7:00pm
              Salsa Dance class with Patriceann Mead at 7:30pm
WHERE: Palomar College Performing Arts - Studio Theatre
COST: $15 General Public
            $10 College Students - purchase your tickets online here





GRAND OPENING: Havana in Hollywood Dance Party - Friday, Oct 5th

GRAND OPENING of Havana in Hollywood Featuring DJ Warapo & Kati Hernandez! We will have awesome Cuban-style line dances throughout the night and also have great Cuban Music vibes. Don't miss this awesome event! 

Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban Dance Party bring Havana to Hollywood 
WHEN: Friday, October 5, 2018 9pm-2am
WHERE: Station 1640 - 1640 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
COST: They will have a *FREE GUEST LIST*
Please send names to DJ Warapo or Kati Hernandez before FRIDAY!

Cachito Y su Son Plays Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe - Thurs. Oct 4th

Cachito y Su Son brings you a deluxe lineup for this event. Don't miss this out!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live Cuban Son music by Cachito y Su Son - Dancing Meet -Up
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2018 5:30pm-7:45pm
WHERE: Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe: 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
COST:  Free but please buy some coffee or food. (Kid-friendly)

1st Annual Changui Festival in Los Angeles - Sat. Oct. 6th


Here are the details:
WHAT: 1st Annual Changüí Festival
WHEN: Saturday, October 6 @ 3:00PM
WHERE: The Debonair Cigar Lounge - 6908, 1111 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
COST: General Admissions Tickets are $35 Click here to purchase  
INCLUDES LIVE MUSIC BY CHANGÜÍ MAJADERO FEAT. JOSE ANDRES "EL SINSONTE" & LOS HERMANOS ARANGO

TICKET OPTIONS:

LECHÓN ASADO TICKET $45: https://bit.ly/lechonasado_changuifest
Lechón Asado ticket includes - General Admission, 1 food dish by Cienfuegos Cuban Cafe & 1 drink.

FORBIDDEN FRUIT TICKETS $65 (Limited): https://bit.ly/forbiddenfruit_changuifest
Forbidden Fruit tickets includes: General Admission & 1 complimentary Qban Cigar (Cohiba Esplendidos, Partagas, or Romeo y Julieta) imported directly from the forbidden island.

CHANGÜÍ VIP TICKETS $100 (Limited): https://bit.ly/vip_changuifestival
Changüí VIP tickets includes: General Admission, 1 VIP Parking, Access to VIP canopy/shaded area with chairs, 2 drinks, 1 cigar (Debonair cigar, NOT CUBAN) & 1 food dish by Cienfuegos Cuban Cafe.

HIGH ROLLERS PLATINUM $1,000 (Limited): https://bit.ly/hirollersplatinum_changuifest
High Rollers Platinum $1,000 includes: 5 General Admission, 1 VIP Parking, Access to your own canopy/shaded area with chairs, 1 complimentary BOX of Qban Cohiba Esplendidos (25 in a box), 1 complimentary bottle of imported Havana Club (cups & ice included), 5 food dishes by Cienfuegos Cuban Cafe, & 5 drink tickets. Please email info@changuimajadero or call (619)730-8180 to purchase the HighRollersPlatinum ticket at $1,000. If you buy the ticket online you will have to pay an extra processing fee of $30.

Cuban Rumba Workshops in San Diego with Juan Carlos Blanco & Freila Merencio - Thurs-Sun Oct 11th-14th

Here are the details:
WHAT: Experience a Cuban Rumba Dance Workshop here in San Diego! 'La Rumba' is the epitome of Cuban Dance and the precursor to 'Son', This important rhythm is the basis for a lot of Cuban dance. It is the original fusion of African & Spanish cultural heritage as you will see, feel and hear in this workshop! Learn various genres of Rumba including Guaguanco, Yambu & Columbia with professional Cuban dancers. Learn authentic movement, styling and technique accompanied by Live Cuban Percussion for a truly authentic experience. Workshop classes are appropriate for all levels - from 'never tried it & curious' to 'I love me some Rumba'. No experience needed; only a desire to dance & learn! Que viva la rumba!

WHERE : Stage 7 School of Dance - 3980 30th Street, San Diego, CA. 92104

WHEN: 
            THURSDAY 11th - 7:15pm - 8:45pm, Guaguancó I
            FRIDAY 12th - 7:15pm - 8:45pm, Guagancó II
            SATURDAY 13th - 3:30pm - 5:00pm, Columbia
            SUNDAY 14th - 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Rumba Trio: Guaguancó, Columbia & Yambú
                                        2:00pm - 3:00pm, Rumba Percussion
**Guagancó I & II do NOT represent levels (ex: beginner nor intermediate). Rather, each day will cover different aspects of Guaguancó. In addition to learning various movements, you will also connect to a specific African ethnic influence on each day (Guaguancó I will connect the Bantú influence and Guaguancó II will highlight the Yoruba influence)

PARKING: Located in the heart of North Park,STAGE 7 has only street parking available. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you arrive early and give yourself time for parking. Don't have time or feel like searching for parking? There is an Ace Parking Structure 1 block away from the studio, located at 3829 29th Street (Btwn University Ave. & North Park Way). Their daytime rate is $1/1hr with a daily max of $5; Their evening rate is a flat rate of $5.

Omo Ashe 20th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego


WHEN: Saturday, OCT. 20th 7pm - 11pm

WHERE: Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA. 92101

WHAT: Omo Aché celebrates 20 years of performing & preserving Afro-Cuban Music, Dance & Culture! Featuring Live Afro-Cuban Dance Performances & Percussion, Traditional Rumba & Dance Party featuring the best Cuban dance music!

COST: Admission: $15 (Cash only) All Ages, Family-friendly Event!

Direct from Cuba: Mixael Cabrera Exclusive Concert - Sat. Oct. 27th

ATTENTION - ATTENTION - ATTENTION

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT MIXAEL CABRERA, EXCLUSIVE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PERFORMANCE AT THE SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL CUBAN CONGRESS PROMOTING HIS 2018 ALBUM - ORIG3N. Click this link to see his Facebook page

"Soy de la nueva generación de músicos cubanos que defiende nuestra cultura y tradición ." ~Mixael Cabrera. 

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS AMAZING CONCERT!

Be sure to LIKE our Facebook pages as we will be posting latest happenings and information to keep you up to date on the Congress. View our Facebook page.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Direct from Cuba - Concert feat. Mixael Cabrera 
WHEN: Saturday, October 27th 11pm-1am
WHERE: Town & Country Resort and Convention Center - Golden Pacific Ballroom
COST: $40.00 plus $5.00 processing fee if purchased online OR $50 at the Door

Direct from Cuba - Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor Exclusive Concert - Fri. Oct 26th

Asho Productions & Ritmo Cubano Events LLC Present:

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MAYKEL BLANCO Y SU SALSA MAYOR
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Join us for a night full of Cuban salsa from one of Cuba's best dance bands, Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor. They will also be promoting their new album "Que Tiene Que Te Mueve"! If you love high energy Latin music, especially from Cuba, then YOU want to attend this upcoming show in San Diego. Tickets are $40 online, or $50 at door day of event.

Maykel Blanco is one of the most talented musicians in Cuba today. An excellent percussionist and pianist, he is also a talented composer and producer, and he is the director of one of the hottest bands on the Timba scene: Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor.
*Follow them on FB at:
https://www.facebook.com/maykelblancosalsamayor/
*Follow them on IG at: @maykelblanco
*Website: http://www.maykelblanco.com/

Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban Salsa Orquestra Concert with Maykel Blanco Y Su Salsa Mayor
WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2018 11pm-2am
WHERE: Town & Country Resort & Convention Center  - Golden Pacific Ballroom
500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108
COST: $40 + $5 process fee online or $50 at the door. You can contact Maritza Baida for tickets - $40 (no processing fee) cash only or Venmo - Please contact her first at (206)300-4523.  




MegaRueda at Musica en la Plaza with Kimba Light!

We Doin' it Again! One LAST time for the Year! MegaRueda at the last Musica en la Plaza in Escondido. 

If you were there at the beginning of September for the first Musica en la Plaza, and enjoyed dancing in the MegaRueda, we're do that again this Friday!! Please wear your San Deigo Rueda T-shirt to promote the blog for all Cuban dance events, dance instruction, and Cuban music in San Diego and nearby. We are having a MegaRueda Practice just before the event starts.



Here are the details:
WHAT: Mega Rueda at Sept 7th's Musica en la Plaza w/ Sexteto Sonero del Caribe
WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2018  
6:15-7pm - MegaRueda practice at Grape Day Park at the old Santa Fe Train Depot in Escondido. 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Look for the green building on this weblink as your visual aid guide to find us. We will be there! 

7pm -10pm:  Musica en la Plaza at the Lyric Court. Three Mega-ruedas
WHERE: California Center for The Arts, Escondido - 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
HOW TO PREPARE: Wear your San Diego Rueda t-shirt. You can purchase the SDR T-shirts with Maritza at the Mega-Rueda Practice.  $15 a t-shirt. Below are the options:


RUEDA MOVES FOR THE MEGA RUEDA - the ones highlighted are Maritza's regular moves now
Pal-medio
Caminamos pa-rriba
Pegale un tarro
Un tarro - mentira!
Pa-bajo - exhibela dos veces - escapate
enchufla
enchufla doble
dame con despelote
dame con tembleque
damce con ambulancia
dame con azucar
dame la loca con bulla
exibela pa-fuera
saca la vecina
el corto con la bola
enchufla con manolin - pa-mi/pa ti
vacilala
vacilala con una mano
Sombero
Sombrero con vuelta (y caminala)
enchufla con mambo
adios doble
adios - adios con la hermana - adios con la familia
enchverria
una bulla - dos bullas, con Celia - Uy Yui Yui!
Matala - Sta'vivo - Aplastala
Ping Pong Triple
Chequendengue
Un fly
Dos flys y una bulla

Casino on Grass at Embarcadero Marina Park North - Sat. Oct. 13th

Hello Friends and Casineros!
We are trying out a new spot for October's installment of Casino on Whatever. This time it's Casino on Grass and we have selected a new spot. We are going to try out the Emarcadero Marina Park North.   See the picture below for a visual reference of this park:
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Here are the details:
WHAT: Monthly Casinero Meet-Up to dance outside near the water (timba music provided)
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 4-7pm
4pm-7pm Social Dancing - no lesson just a chance to meet up , catch up do some ruedas and hang out.
WHERE: Emarcadero Marina Park North - 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
HOW TO PREPARE: Bring beach chairs, beach blankets, we may dance barefoot since we are on the grass, so bring wipes for your feet, band-aids, and a pair of comfortable shoes, layered clothing as it will get dark and colder sooner. Bring a flashlight. 7pm will be dark, Bring your camera for pictures. This is a SNACK-LUCK, so bring something to share (food and drinks).
PARKING: Give yourself some time to find parking which will be challenging. Suggest taking a Lyft or Uber to the location (drop-off point would be Seaport Village and walk over). Or, take the train to Seaport Village then walk over.

Casino on Grass at Coroando Cays Park - Sat. Nov. 10th

Queirdos Amguitos & Casineros,
We are heading outside to dance at our October's installment of Casino-on-Whatever! Yay! A new place this time! It is going to be on the grass at a new spot called Coronado Cay Park. This place is really nice. This is one of those chances to dance barefoot on the grass.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casinero Meet-Up to Dance Outside on Grass - Casino on Grass
WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2018  3pm -7pm
WHERE: Coronado Cays Park
HOW TO PREPARE: Family-Friendly gathering;  Bring beach chairs, any kind of shade. Please bring snacks and drinks to share. Layer up as it might be hot during the day but cold as the sun goes down. Also, bring your camera for pictures. Nos Fuimos!!!

Friday Rueda Practice at Maple Street Plaza - Fri. Sept 21st

Greetings Everyone!
We are doing it again at Maple Street Plaza for our Friday rueda practice. Come hang out with us as we dance during the Cruisin' Grand (Classic Car show). Now that we have 2 levels going the practice is extended for two hours. Don't be late! 

Here are the details:
WHAT: Meet Up for a Rueda de casino practice and social dancing; Open to all.
WHEN: Friday, Sept 21, 2018 
          6:30pm-7:30pm = Beginners Level 1
          7:30pm-8:30pm Beginners Level 3/Intermediate practice - working on                                       setenta, el uno, el dos,  & Kentucky.

WHERE: Maple Street Plaza in Escondido: Click here for Google directions
(see pictures above for reference)

WHERE TO PARK: Two Options
Option #1: Park across from US Bank in the parking lot next to Maple Street Plaza - Here is the US Bank address: 125 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
or
Option #2: Park across from Maple Street Plaza in the Center for the Arts Parking Lot off of W. Valley Parkway (a one-way street only going west). Use this link to help you guide yourself to this parking lot. There is plenty of parking there even with Cruisin' Grand Classic Car show going on.

La Gozadera Cuban Nights Dance Party in San Diego - Sun. Sept 30th

Here we go again! Join us for another awesome night of dancing, last time was a hit and this time it will be even better! San Diego Casineros are joining forces to bring north county just what everyone has been asking for.  DJ Warapo from LA will be spinning the latest in Cuban music with some good ol’ classics. Warapo has DJ from Local events to all over the world including the largest festival in Cuba. He will play some hits from the latest Yasser CD which he’s producing, you do not want to miss it!

***Free Casino Rueda Class taught by our local North County Instructors***

Maritza Baida- Will be teaching a beginner class ( No Experience Needed)

Tim Snedeker- Will be teaching an Intermediate/Advance Class

Both Tim and Maritza have spent some time in Cuba training with the Santiago All-Stars as well as training with some of the best Cuban Instructors in the US. They both have had a continuous effort in keeping the Cuban Culture alive here in San Diego. You don’t want to miss their contagious energy!



Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban Dance Party in San Diego
WHEN: Sunday, September 30, 2018  Doors open at 5pm
WHERE: Dance North County - 535 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024
COST:  $10 entry fee; Students get in for free before 6pm with student ID.

This event is open to all ages, enjoy dancing with the whole family just like in the streets of Cuba.
Enjoy authentic delicious Cuban cuisine and of course, Cuban Drinks that will be available for purchase, don’t miss a true Cuban Experience.

Ahí na ma!

Maritza's Beginner Level 3 Series of Rueda de casino now open - Starts Tues. Sept 4th

Greetings Amigos y Casineros, 
I am starting Beginner level 3 Rueda de Casino on Tuesday, Sept 4th. Just show up on the first day. 
Level 3 Beginner's Series is now open and taking people. 
REGISTRATION: Just show up on the first day (Sept 4th)
TIME & DATES: 7pm-8:30pm;   
COST: $40.00 per person
LOCATION:  Doug's Studio 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
WEBSITE: See Maritza's curriculum in the Casino Rueda Links tab 
REQUIREMENTS: Dancers entering this series must already know the following moves:  Pa'l Medio, Caminamos, the Tarro series of moves, Dile Que No, Guapea, Matala (series of moves), Fly (series of moves), Dame (and a few variations), Botala Pa'tras, Enchufla (and a few variations) and Echevarria, Pa'bajo, exhibela, vacilala, sombrero and vacilala variations). There are NO Drop-in's and NO make up classes for this series. The purpose of a closed series is to raise the level of the dancer's knowledge/skill to the next level as a group. All the levels are described on this link

CURUYE's SEPT 9 CUBAN SALSA TIMBA honors 'LAS AGUAS' ...

CURUYE's CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2018  - 5:00-10:00 PM
The Granada, 17 So First Street, Alhambra 91801 


CURUYE’s CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY returns SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 and pays tribute to  the deities of ‘las aguas’: the deity of lakes and rivers, and the deity of the ocean from Yoruba tradition celebrated this month in Cuba. Consider wearing their colors, yellow or blue! 


DEEJAY WARAPO is the music man of the evening, making sure we’ll be keeping the dance floor hot! Hopefully he’ll be featuring music from his label’s hot-off-the-press cd: LA RESISTENCIA by YASSER RAMOS! (By the way, now available on iTUNES!)

KATI HERNÁNDEZ will be teaching a fun and funky AFRO TIMBA dance class to add some Cuban spice to your freestyle dancing! Come early (5:30 pm) so you can warm up for the rest of the evening!

September birthdays will be celebrated with a dance and a birthday cake! So far ALYSE KORN, ALMA ALVAREZ, and PEDRO ‘MUÑECO’ AGUILAR’s name will be on the cake! Are you a September baby? Let Curuye know if you want to be part of the celebration!

Chef Israel offers a great menu for hungry dancers: everything from tasty appetizers and sandwiches, to wonderful entrées! Consider sharing a meal with your friends.

All ages are welcome!

$10 cover includes Kati’s dance class.

Free parking in the structure across from the Granada!

GET OUT YOUR DANCE SHOES, TELL A FRIEND, & JOIN IN ON THE DANCE FUN!
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Friday Rueda Practice at Oceanside Pier - Fri. Aug 31st

Greetings Casineros & Amigos,
Going back to our other regular spot Friday Rueda practice locally. This time we are heading to Oceanside Pier to practice the moves for the Mega Rueda for the first Musica en la Plaza event. Come learn the moves I will be calling next week for the Musica en la Plaza.   Practice! Practice! Practice! We will have a great time dancing outside to cool off from the heat. Check out this picture below as to where we will be in reference to the Oceanside Pier.


Here are the details:
WHAT: Friday Rueda Practice at Oceanside Pier - Preparing for Mega Rueda on Sept 7th
WHEN: Friday, August 31, 2018 7pm-9pm                                 
WHERE: The north side of the Oceanside Pier down the right side of the stairs
300 The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054


RUEDA MOVES FOR THE MEGA RUEDA:
Pal-medio
Caminamos pa-rriba
Pegale un tarro
Un tarro - mentira!
Pa-bajo - exhibela dos veces - escapate
Enchufla
Enchfula + DQN + Y Dicelo!!!
Enchufla doble
Dame con despelote
Dame con ambulancia
Dame con azucar
Dame la loca con bulla
Exibela pa-fuera
Saca la vecina
El corto con la bola
Enchufla con manolin - pa-mi/pa ti
Vacilala
Vacilala con una mano
Sombero
Sombrero con Vuelta
Sombrero y Caminala
Enchufla con mambo
Adios - adios con la hermana - adios con la familia
Enchverria
Una bulla - dos bullas, con Celia - Uy Yui Yui!
Matala - Sta'vivo - Aplastala
Ping Pong Triple
Chequendengue
Un fly
Dos flys y una bulla

Bulevar Descarga w/ DJ Saul Timba - Sat. Sept 1st

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Bulevar Descarga musical ensemble has been formed to create a fusion of unique sound, which includes a variety of genres such as traditional Latin American rhythms, funk, soul, rock, reggae, and more.
Nothing is better than Labor Day Weekend in PB!! 

Special SAUL TIMBA DJ SET will feature:
Cuban Salsa
Reggaetón 
Cumbia
and Top 40 to get the party started!!!

Special guest DJ:
Saul Timba! 
(Timba, Cumbia, Latín Top 40)

WHAT: Bulevar Descarga back in action! $5 cover
WHERE: 710 Beach Club, Pacific Beach
WHEN: Saturday, Sep 1, 2018


Friday Rueda Practice at Maple Street Plaza - Fri. August 24th

Greetings Everyone!
We are doing it again at Maple Street Plaza for our Friday rueda practice. Come hang out with us as we dance during the Cruisin' Grand (Classic Car show). We are working on vacilala and sombrero moves (Beginner level 2 required)



Here are the details:
WHAT: Meet Up for a Rueda de casino practice and social dancing; Open to all.
WHEN: Friday, August 24, 2018 from 7pm-9pm
7-8pm Beginner Level 2 (vacilala, vacila con una mano, sombrero & add-ons)
8-9pm intermediate level 2 (balsero, 71, consorte, setenta complicado caminando)
WHERE: Maple Street Plaza in Escondido: Click here for Google directions
(see pictures above for reference)

WHERE TO PARK: Two Options
Option #1: Park across from US Bank in the parking lot next to Maple Street Plaza - Here is the US Bank address: 125 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
or
Option #2: Park across from Maple Street Plaza in the Center for the Arts Parking Lot off of W. Valley Parkway (a one-way street only going west). Use this link to help you guide yourself to this parking lot. There is plenty of parking there even with Cruisin' Grand Classic Car show going on.

Casino on Cardboard Coronado Beach - Sat. Sept 8th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos!
We are taking it back to our favorite spot in Coronado Beach. This is a family friendly event so please bring the kids y los abuelos. We still call it Casino on Cardboard to always honor where how we started our dance parties at the beach. Now that we have the snap together dance floor, we actually have a dance floor.


Here are the details:
WHAT: Casino on Cardboard (Snap-together dance floor) Cuban Dance Party at the Beach
WHEN:  Saturday, September 8, 2018 3pm-8pm  
           3pm - 4pm  - Dance floor set up - I've got new wood planks to help speed up the dance floor set up
           4pm - 5pm - Dance lesson for beginners
           5pm - 8pm - Social Dancing
           8pm-8:30pm - Takedown of the dance floor
WHERE:Coronado Beach across from Sunset Park in Coronado Sunset Park address is 101 Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118

HOW TO HELP: I need 8 volunteers to help me unload and carry the floor to our dance spot at 3pm. I'll meet you at Sunset Park in Coronado Beach (same place we had it before). We also need a portable table for food and some coolers with ice for drinks.

HOW TO PREPARE: Bring some snacks and drinks to share. Bring your beach towels, beach chairs, a sweater or sweatshirt and a camera as it will get cold later as the sun goes down. We have a lot of new people in our Cuban dance community so let's welcome all of them.

Kimba Light at Musica en la Plaza - California Center for the Arts in Escondido - Fri. Sept 28th

Oye Mi Gente!
Guess who is playing at Musica en la Plaza at the end of the September month? Kimba Light! And I did ask if they would play some timba and they will! So get your dance shoes ready and your San Diego Rueda t-shirts for this free dance event.
All ages welcome and it is FREE!

WHAT: Música En La Plaza - (Feat. Kimba Light) - Casinero Meet-Up Friday Rueda Practice

WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2018. 7:00 - 10:00 PM

WHERE: Center for The Arts, Escondido, CA

COST: Free Admission

A Mega-Rueda will take place at the event, contact Maritza Baida (contact info on Dance Instructor page of this blog). Ruedistas need to wear the new San Diego Rueda T-shirt. Click this link to learn more about the Mega Rueda.

Click this link to learn more about ordering the t-shirt
More info: http://artcenter.org/event/musica-en-la-plaza-kimba-light/ 

Cuba Trip - Rueda con Ritmo December 2018 trip - Early Bird Special deadline Sept 1st to register for the trip

Greetings Everyone!
We are about to enter into the Fall season which means, time to make a decision (yes or no) on going to Cuba with me, Ryan & Sidney. I already paid for my flight to Ft Lauderdale from San Diego. Registration for the December trip is the thing you need to do if you are going. 

You have the choice to go 1, 2 or 3 weeks:
Week 1 - December 9th-16th - Gibara, Santiago, and Guantánamo*
Week 2 - December 16th -23rd - Santiago, Buey Arriba, and Bayamo - Oriente Rueda Festival*
Week 3 - December 23rd - 30th - Havana
Here is the link to details of the December trip (two festival!!) You can choose whichever week you would like to do.

Deadline to pay the $800 deposit is September 1st for any of the December weeks. You get the best deal if you pay the deposit now. Check the Rueda con Ritmo Cuba Trip December 2018 webpage for the prices of 1 week, for 2 weeks, or for 3 weeks depending on your accommodations (double room or single room). You decide which week and how many weeks.

In 2016, I did all 3 weeks and it was the best trip I ever took out of the country. Cuba in December...the people, music and dance training...priceless. All you need to do is register. Here is the actual link to the registration form for the trip.  Una bulla!!

Cachito y su son Live music every first Thursday - Thurs. Sept. 6th

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First Thursday of each month, come out to hear Cachito y su son!

WHAT: Live music during dinner!
WHEN: 5:30 to 7:45 pm
WHERE: Buena Vista Social Club & Cafe, 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

Rumba Descarga: Afro-Cuban Rumba Jam - Tues. Sept. 4th

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Timba played by DJ Saul Timba in between sets!

Afron-Cuban RUmba led by:
Paul M Lopez
Plus special guests
Vocals by @Jimmy Peña

If you're a professional salsero/rumbero drummer around town, come sign up to sit in!

* Now serving soft drinks, snacks, and beer

WHAT: Free Rumba Jam, with Timba in between sets.  Lots of dance space! All ages.
WHEN:Jam starts at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE:La Bodega Gallery, 2196 Logan Ave., San Diego, CA 92113



Mega Rueda at Musica en la Plaza w/ Sexteto Sonero del Caribe - Sept 7th

Greetings Everyone!

It's now becoming a tradition to make the biggest rueda (MegaRueda) at the Musica en la Plaza when there is a salsa band. Last year we had two concentric circles in the rueda. This year, I hope to make it bigger. I am also launching the new San Deigo Rueda T-shirt to promote the blog for all Cuban dance events, dance instruction, and Cuban music in San Diego and nearby. 



Here are the details:
WHAT: Mega Rueda at Sept 7th's Musica en la Plaza w/ Sexteto Sonero del Caribe
WHEN: Friday, September 7, 2018  
6:15-7pm - MegaRueda practice at Grape Day Park at the old Santa Fe Train Depot in Escondido. 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Look for the green building on this weblink as your visual aid guide to find us. We will be there! 

7pm -10pm:  Musica en la Plaza at the Lyric Court. Three Mega-ruedas
WHERE: California Center for The Arts, Escondido - 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
HOW TO PREPARE: Purchase the SDR T-shirts & go to the Mega-Rueda Practice.  $15 a t-shirt. Below are the options:


RUEDA MOVES FOR THE MEGA RUEDA - the ones highlighted are Maritza's regular moves now
Pal-medio
Caminamos pa-rriba
Pegale un tarro
Un tarro - mentira!
Pa-bajo - exhibela dos veces - escapate
enchufla
enchufla doble
dame con despelote
dame con tembleque
damce con ambulancia
dame con azucar
dame la loca con bulla
exibela pa-fuera
saca la vecina
el corto con la bola
enchufla con manolin - pa-mi/pa ti
vacilala
vacilala con una mano
Sombero
Sombrero con vuelta (y caminala)
enchufla con mambo
adios doble
adios - adios con la hermana - adios con la familia
enchverria
una bulla - dos bullas, con Celia - Uy Yui Yui!
Matala - Sta'vivo - Aplastala
Ping Pong Triple
Chequendengue
Un fly
Dos flys y una bulla

NEW San Diego Rueda T-Shirts - ready for purchasing on Sept 7th

Greeting Amigos & Casineros,

This t-shirt sale has been a project I have had ever since I moved out here. I finally got it off the ground and had the screenprinting company set it up. Now it's a matter of making the order and selling them to help promote the blog and to show unity in our dance community.

The t-shirts will be showcased for the first time at the Sept 7th Musica en la Plaza Latin concert where casineros who participate in the Mega-Rueda will wear them for the first time.

                         Front of the shirt                                                  Back of the shirt


COST: $15 each
AVAILABLE TO BUY ON SEPT 7TH before Musica en la Plaza event
WHEN:  PICK UP the T-SHIRT: 6:15pm -7pm
WHERE: Grape Day Park at the Old Santa Fe Train Depot in Escondido. Also known as the Escondido History Museum
340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Look for the green building on this weblink as your visual aid guide to find me.

Friday Rueda Practice at Maple Street Plaza in Escondido - Fri Aug 10th

Greetings Everyone!
We are doing it again at Maple Street Plaza for our Friday rueda practice. Come hang out with us as we dance during the Cruisin' Grand (Classic Car show). Now that we have 2 levels going the practice is extended for two hours. Don't be late! 

Here are the details:
WHAT: Meet Up for a Rueda de casino practice and social dancing; Open to all.
WHEN: Friday, August 10, 2018 
          7pm-8pm Beginners Level 2 practice (we could use 4 more leads)
          8pm-7pm Intermediate Level 2 practice (we could use 4 more leads)

WHERE: Maple Street Plaza in Escondido: Click here for Google directions
(see pictures above for reference)

WHERE TO PARK: Two Options
Option #1: Park across from US Bank in the parking lot next to Maple Street Plaza - Here is the US Bank address: 125 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
or
Option #2: Park across from Maple Street Plaza in the Center for the Arts Parking Lot off of W. Valley Parkway (a one-way street only going west). Use this link to help you guide yourself to this parking lot. There is plenty of parking there even with Cruisin' Grand Classic Car show going on.

Sexteto Sonero del Caribe @ Música En La Plaza - Fri. Sept. 7th

Bring your dancing shoes and join Sexteto Sonero del Caribe for live music, tracos, and tequila in the beautiful Lyric Court at Center for The Arts.  All ages welcome and it is FREE!A 

WHAT: Música En La Plaza

WHEN: Friday, September 7, 2018.   7:00 - 10:00 PM

WHERE: Center for The Arts, Escondido, CA

COST: Free Admission

A Mega-Rueda will take place at the event, contact Maritza Baida (contact info on Dance Instructor page of this blog).  Ruedistas need to wear the new San Diego Rueda T-shirt. Click this link to learn more about the Mega Rueda.

Click this link to learn more about ordering the t-shirt
More info: http://artcenter.org/event/musica-en-la-plaza-sexteto-sonero-del-caribe/


La Noche de Timba in Pacific Beach - Saturday, August 25th




It's BACK!!!!  Fourth Saturday of the month Timba, Casino, and Rueda de Casino part!!!
Let's hang out in PB for amazing tapas, drinks, and dancing at our local Timba-supporting-bar-and-restaurant!  Come early for great food and most likely live music playing!

WHAT: $10 cover at door.  If you purchase $20 in food/drink, you get your cover charge back.
Please pay the $10 cover using this online link to the menu, look for "cover".
WHEN: Saturday, August 25th. 9pm - 1 am.
WHERE: Cafe Bar Europa, 873 Turquoise St., San Diego, CA 92109

Casinero Meet Up at Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Park FEAT. Poncho Sanchez - Fri. Aug 17th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos!
Thanks to community members who spoke up about having a Latin band play at the City of Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Park, our wish is going to come true. (FYI, they had not had a Latin band  that played in 2 years).  Poncho Sanchez is playing!!!  It had been a tradition that anytime there was a Latin band that played any kind of salsa music, casineros would meet up and dance rueda, do Cuban salsa suelta and dance with everyone. It was such a great time. So happy it's finally going to happen again this one time only this summer, so don't miss out!

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casinero Meet-Up/Friday Rueda Practice at TGIF Concerts in the Park - Featuring Poncho Sanchez
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2018 6-8pm
Get there early around 4pm to claim a spot on the grass.
WHERE: Algo Norte Community Park - 6565 Alicante Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009
HOW TO PREPARE: Concert venues open at 4 p.m., performances from 6 - 8 p.m. and concert venues close at 9 p.m. All concerts are outdoors and free to attend. Rocio will be getting there early to claim a spot on the grass, so contact her where everyone will be. We usually find a spot on the grass nearest 1st base on the baseball field (if you were to face the stage, on the left side. 
PARKING: There are hundreds of people at these free concerts, so get there early enough to allow time to find parking and or take the shuttle to the park. They have a shuttle service at these events.
Click this link and scroll down to the Alga Norte Parking/Shuttle details.

Friday Rueda Practice at Oceanside Pier - Fri. Aug. 3rd

Greetings Casineros & Amigos,
Going back to regular scheduled Friday Rueda practice locally, we are meeting up at Oceanside Pier to practice the moves I taught on Tuesday's last Level 1 Beginners class and to add some new add-on enchufla moves. Come for the fun of it. Anyone's invited. It won't be a formal class, just a practice to clean up some moves and to call some fun ruedas.  Practice! Practice! Practice! We will have a great time dancing outside to cool off from the heat. Check out this picture below to where we will be in reference to the Oceanside Pier.


Here are the details:
WHAT: Friday Rueda Practice at Oceanside Pier - FREE
WHEN: Friday, August 3, 2018 7pm-8:30pm                                 
WHERE: The north side of the Oceanside Pier down the right side of the stairs