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:
WHAT:  San Diego OPENING NIGHT AFTER PARTY & MAMBO CONCERT
WHEN: THURS, MARCH 14, 2019  8:00pm – 12:30am
WHERE: Bread and Salt - 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
COST:  Purchase tickets here -  https://2019.sdlatinofilm.com/openingnight/
             $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 GetAround.com

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

CALLING ALL CASINEROS!!
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: https://goo.gl/maps/2J9cvdAGZuB2


INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAIL
Link to the trail info:
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/los-penasquitos-canyon-trail
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

Greetings Everyone!   SAVE THE DATE! PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR!
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
http://www.salsacasino.com/index.php/events/bailatlanta

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
MUSIC BOX IS STANDING ROOM ONLY UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
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: vip@musicboxsd.com / (619) 836-1847

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The Music Box (619) 795-1337
Box Office Hours Monday - Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm

Cuban Dance Workshops in San Diego Hansel Meglares - Sat. Mar. 2nd

Greetings Everyone! We have a great surprise for you here in San Diego!! You do NOT want to miss this! Paula Warren, our good friend, is hosting Hansel Melgares in his first time San Diego/México tour. Experience authentic Cuban dance workshops with Hansel Melgares in San Diego! 


A huge THANK YOU to Paula Warren 
for making this happen. 

Hansel will teach three (3) workshops on March 2 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido - Studio 3.


PRICE:
One class: $15 pre-reg / $20 door
Two classes: $25 pre-reg / $35 door
All Three package: $40 pre-reg/$50 door

WHERE: California Center for the Arts Escondido in Studio Room 3
10:30-11 onsite registration
11-12 Session 1 - Casino basics and footwork drills
12:15-1:15 Session 2 - Rueda moves part 1 - Just getting started beginner moves
1:30-2:30 Session 3 - Rueda moves part 2
Intermediate level

Cost: PRE-SALE: Venmo to MamboQueen (Paula Warren - 760.519.2542)

After the workshops @ 4:30pm join Hansel and the crew for food and drinks at Plan 9 Alehouse where we will refuel and get ready to keep dancing the night away at “La Gozadera”. (You will be responsible for your own tab at Plan 9 Alehouse)


BUT WAIT! There's MORE!!

Also, EnRuédaMe Más is having their Timba Party “La Gozadera” with DJ Warapo 
Location for the party is STUDIO ROOM  1 - California Center for the Arts. 
Doors open at 6pm, $10 at the door with dancing all night until 10pm. Click this link to learn more details!

Hansel Melgares was born in La Vibora «barrio» of Havana, Cuba. He is a master Cuban instructor, DJ, performer of traditional Cuban dances such as rumba, son, timba, casino, and folkloric Afro Yoruba dances.

He built his own dance academies (3) in Sardinia, Italy, where he has taught for twelve years. In 2009 he participated in Timbalaye, a biannual international festival in his hometown of Havana. There he taught alongside other master instructors like Domingo Pau, Ulises Mora, and Irma Castillo.

In 2010 he performed at Sistina Theatre in Rome with Clave de Son Academy. He taught from 2005 to 2013 at the event «De Cuba para el mundo» in Sardinia. He has taught at the San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival from 2015 to 2019 and Albuquerque Latin Festival 2017.

La Gozadera Cuban Nights in Escondido - Sat. Mar 2nd

Here we go again! Join us for the only Timba Party in North County, where we always guarantee you a good time! San Diego Casineros have joined 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.

Special Guest Instructor Hansel Melgares in the house. Hansel will be leading a salsa suelta class at 6:30pm and performing for us, don’t miss it! For Hansel’s bio click here. He is leading dance workshops in Escondido before the party, so come learn from this amazing master instructor.

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Here are the details:
WHAT: Timba dance party and salsa suelta lesson with guest Cuban master instructor(Social event)
WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019 6pm-10pm 
WHERE: California Center for the Arts - Studio Room 1
340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Use Center for the Arts campus map below to find your way to Studio Room 1
COST:  $10 entry fee at the door


Friday Rueda Practice Beginner Level 2 at Grape Day Park - Fri. Feb. 8th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos,
Layer up! The temperature may be dropping but that won't stop us for raising our own body temperature while dancing rueda outside. Our first week in Beginner level 2. Come practice what I taught on Tuesday night (Adios/Prima, Adios con la Hermana, Adios Doble, & Adios con la Familia.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda de casino practice 
WHEN: Friday, February 8, 2019 from 7-8:30pm
Breakdown of the practice:
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 us. We will be there!

WHERE TO PARK: Park in the big parking lot off Woodward Ave. Once you park, then click this link to find your way to us. If you enter at the Center for the Arts and go towards the grass to the Train Depot. You will see us there on the wooden platform as on the picture above.

Una Bulla!
Maritza

Maritza's Beginner Level 2 Class Series Starts Tues. Feb 5th

Greetings Everyone!

Beginner Level 2 of Rueda de Casino will start tomorrow. Same bat time! Same bat channel! To Enter Level 2, you must already know pa'l medio, caminamos, Un tarro,  dile que no, enchufla, & enchufla doble, Un fly, matala, & chequendengue (at minimum)

Beginner Level 2 will be focused on basic turn patterns (Adios/Prima, Pa'bajo, Exhibela and, if there is time, Vacilala

Here are the details:
Tuesday nights
7-8:30pm
at the California Center for the Arts Escondido - Rehearsal Room
340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Click this link to get Google Map directions

Just come early (15 minutes before) so we can handle the payment and use up the actual time dancing and learning. No registration needed. There is a sign in sheet at the door to sign up for the class series.

$40.00 cash, check or Venmo (If you use Venmo please just write "Dance class" for use the little dance icon. )

Parking: Park in the big parking lot off of Woodward Ave and Escondido Blvd. walk over the foot-bridge and you will see our crew waiting for you. See the circled area on this map.

See you tomorrow at 6:45pm
If you have questions, please call or text me before 6:45pm.
(206) 300-4523

CURUYE's FEB CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY!

CURUYE's CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019  -  5:00-10:00 PM
The Granada L.A., 17 So First St., Alhambra 91801

     FAMILIA! COME OUT to CELEBRATE LOVE! COMMUNITY! FRIENDSHIP! CUBAN MUSIC & DANCE! SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10 at CURUYE’s CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY!  The one and only DEEJAY WARAPO will be keeping us smoking the dance floor all night dancing to CUBAN SALSA! SON! TIMBA! & REGGAETÓN! 

Birthday girl KATI HERNÁNDEZ, will add some Cuban flavor to your dancing by kicking off the party with a dance class at 5:30 PM, so come early! 

February is another big birthday month, and SO FAR we will be celebrating the birthdays of KATI HERNÁNDEZ, AKANE NELSON,  ANA PATRICA TÉLLEZ, BRIANA THORPE, CHUL HEE KIM, JUDLY LAM, LULU VÁSQUEZ, MARINA RIVAS, MIREILLE MOURET, PAULA WARD… They’ll be dancing the birthday dance, and sharing some cake with you! (Message Curuye if you too will be celebrating a birthday this month.)

Since we’re celebrating community and friendship, plan on sharing a meal with friends from the Granada’s  kitchen!  Message Curuye if you’d like to reserve a table.

ALL AGES WELCOME! BRING YOUR LOVED ONES & FRIENDS, & LET’s CELEBRATE OUR CUBAN DANCE COMMUNITY ON THE DANCE FLOOR of The GRANADA’s BALLROOM!

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

$10 cover includes dance class.

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Friday Rueda Practice at Grape Day Park - Fri. Feb 1st

Greetings Everyone!
Come rain, sleet or snow! Layer up and let's dance outside under a covered awning in Esco. Don't let the weather stop you from an opportunity to practice your rueda basics. We are finishing up with a full month of Beginner level 1 training. Next week, we start up again with Level 2 - turn patterns. So let's make sure your basics are solid so you can keep adding to your basics.
Here are the names of the moves we covered in Beg level 1 (January 2019) 
Pa'l Medio - Gordo-Flaco - Saca'l agua del Pozo - Caminamos
Dile que no 
Guapea
Menea (New Santiago move from Maritza's Cuba trip)
Enchufla
Enchufla doble
Enchufla con Manolin (pa' mi/pa ti)
Enchulfa doble y Quedate (New Santiago move from Maritza's Cuba trip)
Un Fly series
Aguarachar con la vecina
Un hi-5 a la vecina




Here are the details:
WHAT: rueda de casino practice (beginner level 1 only)
WHEN: Friday, February 1, 2019 from 7:00pm-8:30pm
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 us. We will be there!

WHERE TO PARK: Park in the big parking lot off Woodward Ave. Once you park, then click this link to find your way to us. If you enter at the Center for the Arts and go towards the grass to the Train Depot. You will see us there on the wooden platform as on the picture above.

Una Bulla!
Maritza

Friday's Quick Refresher Rueda Practice before Musica en la Plaza - Fri. Jan. 25th

Greetings Everyone!
Start the weekend right dancing rueda de casino at our Friday Rueda Practice for 45 minutes before we  go to the Musica en la Plaza event featuring Kimba Light. Come refresh on the moves we learned in class this week and what I plan to call in the ruedas at Musica en la Plaza. The picture below is where we will be in Grape Day Park for our practice. 


Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda de casino practice 
WHEN: Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6:15pm-7pm
At 7pm, we will walk together to the Lyric Plaza where Manny Cepeda is playing
Breakdown of the practice:
6:15pm - Beginner Level 1 and for beginners footwork drills and pal'medio, caminamos, Un tarro, guapea, un fly, matala, menea, 


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 us. We will be there!

WHERE TO PARK: Park in the big parking lot off Woodward Ave. Once you park, then click this link to find your way to us. If you enter at the Center for the Arts and go towards the grass to the Train Depot. You will see us there on the wooden platform as on the picture above.

Una Bulla!
Maritza

Musica en la Plaza in Escondido FEAT. Kimba Light - Fri. Jan 25th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos!
Great news to share! Musica en la plaza is now going to be offered once a month and they are starting it off with Kimba Light which means we can do a full-on rueda flashmob that night! Let's make this our biggest casinero meet yet!! Musica en la plaza is presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Bring your dancing shoes and join us for live music, tacos, and tequila in our beautiful Lyric Court at Música en la Plaza, now taking place the last Friday of every month year round!
From Cumbia and Huapango, to Salsa and Norteña, these rhythms will move you to get up and dance under the stars. Everyone is welcome, so don’t miss out!
Here's a small bio about Kimba Light:
The three-year-old band based out of San Diego brings its unique sound of salsa, timba, merenge, bachata, reggaeton, cumbia, and chachacha with a funky twist. The band is made up of five members: Yorly Quintero (piano and vocals) from Cienfuego, Cuba; Daniel Feldman (conga/percussion); Rene Campos (trombone) from Havana, Cuba; and native Californians Michael Atesalp (drums) and Fernando Garcia (bass and vocals).

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casinero Meet-Up for Rueda Flash Mobs at the Musica en la Plaza event with Kimba Light
WHEN: Friday, January 25, 2019   7pm-10pm
WHERE:  California Center for the Arts Escondido - Lyric Court
                     340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
COST: FREE

Noche Cubana at the Riviera in Orange County - Wed. Mar. 13th

Welcome to Noche Cubana hosted by OC Salsa and Dame Salsa Cubana at the Golden Rose (ex Riviera)






















Here are the details:
WHAT:  Cuban Dance Party (timba music, rueda, and more!)  18+
WHEN:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019  -----Also April 10 & May 8 (second wed of the month)-------
Schedule:
   7:30pm Beginner Casino Rueda Class (must know salsa basics, cross body lead and basic turns)
   8:30pm Intermediate Casino Rueda by Robert and Christina from Dame Salsa Cubana!
   9:30pm-1am Music By DJ Nestor with the best mix (Mostly timbas, with a mix of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue)

WHERE: The Riviera Restaurant & Lounge - 7115 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
COST:  $15 per class, $10 for Social dancing Only at the door. $15 PRE PAID includes both classes + Party! Click this link to purchase your tickets online
HOW TO PREPARE:
Description: Wear white and fedoras optional night, but encouraged. Big patio, you can smoke your cigars (you must bring your own, we won't be selling there). Dj will be playing a mix of timba then alternating with bachata, merengue, and salsa, then back to timba (Cuban salsa as well). Lots of folks to dance Cuban salsa and casino rueda with!!!

Beginner Casino Rueda is for intermediate Salsa on-1 students. Basic won't be covered at this class. No Intermediate Bachata Class That night.


Cubamania 3rd Anniversary Timba Dance Party - Sun. Jan 27th

☆♡ CELEBRATING OUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY ☆♡ LIVE TIMBA BAND CLAVE DURA!!! It's a DANCE MATINEE - 4p.m.-9p.m. Arrive early! MUSICA with your favorite DEEJAY WARAPO!!! Playing the best of Cuban Salsa/Cuban Son, Timba, Rumba, Cubaton (Cuban Reggaetón), and more!  ☆♡ DRESS TO IMPRESS☆♡

** CELEBRATING JANUARY'S BIRTHDAYS ** FREE ENTRANCE FOR THE BIRTHDAY FESTEJADOS & BIRTHDAY CAKE!!! Must send a message to DameSalsaCubana@gmail.com to add your name to the birthday guest list.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Cubamania 3rd Year Anniversary Timba Dance Party FEAT. Clave Dura (local timba band)
WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2019 4pm-9pm
              4 P.M - Rueda de Casino dance lesson by Robert Morales and Laura Cristina 
WHERE: El Floridita - 1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
COST: $12 cover includes Rueda de Casino class

PLEASE NOTE the Restaurant offers a wide selection of dinners, wine and cocktail drinks available for purchase. El Floridita Cuban Restaurant and Cubamanía team appreciate your support by LEAVING ALL YOUR PERSONAL BEVERAGES AT HOME. It is by supporting venues that they can remain open for years to come and enjoy dancing. THANK YOU for supporting the Venue, Cuban Music, Deejay Warapo, our local instructors and the opportunity to bring this event to you monthly.

Una Bulla!!!
Robert & Laura Cristina from Dame Salsa Cubana
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Mardi Gras A Lo Cubano: The Carnival Exchange Project 2019 in New Orleans- Mar. 1st - 5th

Join Cuban dancers from around the world in New Orleans as we celebrate "Mardi Gras... A Lo Cubano!"  Get ready for 5 days of activities, including workshops, parades, parties, and the grand finale march in The Big Easy's famous Zulu parade on Mardi Gras day.

Every year The Carnival Exchange Project and Dile Que NOLA organize community bonding experiences, including group rehearsals, a rueda de casino performance at the Mardi Gras Festival seen by 1k+ local spectators, workshops, and our contingent of 80+ local and visiting dancers marching in the Mardi Gras Day Parade!




































Here are the details:
WHAT:  Dance Rueda; Salsa Suelta, Conga/Comparsas at the Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans
WHEN: Friday-Tuesday March 1st thru 5th, 2019
WHERE: New Orleans, Louisiana
COST: From $12.00 to $250.00 - click this link to see the pricing details







Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez at ArtPower (UC San Diego) - Wed. Mar 13th

Now, this IS a big treat to have Cuban accomplished music artists in San Diego. Don't miss out on this amazing music concert. Grammy-nominated artists, pianist Alfredo Rodríguez and percussionist Pedrito Martinez first worked together on Rodríguez’s 2012 release The Invasion Parade. Since that initial recording session, they have had the rare occasion to perform together as a duo, leaving audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing.

A protégé of Quincy Jones, Rodríguez was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, while Martinez’s musical training came directly from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana, where he was raised. Bringing different approaches to their joint performance, the master musicians take listeners on a unique and exciting journey.


Here are the details:
WHAT: Music Concert with Acclaimed Cuban Artists Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez
WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 2019   8pm-10pm
WHERE: The Loft @ UCSD - 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093
  The Loft is on Lyman Ln, La Jolla, CA 92093
COST:   Sec A $30;  Sec B $23;  GA $18;  UCSD Student $9 - Click here to buy your tickets
WEBSITE: Click here for more info on the concert


















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

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 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 Cuba All-Stars Musc Concert - 
Ages: 21+
WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 2019 - 
            Doors open at 7:00pm
            Show starts at 8:00pm
WHERE: The Music Box - 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
COST:  Tickets:$35 Advanced / $35 Day of Show
           Purchase your tickets online by clicking this link
PARKING:  Parking: Street parking and paid lot parking available
More Info: Table Reservation/VIP: vip@musicboxsd.com / (619) 836-1847
Facebook: facebook.com/MusicBoxSD or MusicBoxSD.com
The Music Box (619) 795-1337
Box Office Hours Monday - Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm
MUSIC BOX IS STANDING ROOM ONLY UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

From the Buena Vista Social Club™ Omara Portuondo: The Farewell Tour at The Regent Theater - Fri. Apr 19th

An Amazing and great Cuban artist is coming to LA. Omara Portuondo from the Buena Vista Social Club is going to be giving a concert at the Regent Theater in Downtown LA.
Here are the details: 
WHAT: Omara Portuondo Concert
WHEN: Friday, April 19, 2019
WHERE:  Regent Theater DTLA - 448 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
COST: $32.50 Advance / $45 Day of Show / $65 VIP

Click this link to purchase your tickets

El Gran Festival de Musica Cubana in LA - Fri. May 24th

El Gran Festival de Musica Cubana presents Juan De Marcos, Eliades Ochoa y Cuarteto Patria, Barbarito Torres y su Piquete Cubano, Jesus Aguaje Ramos y su Orquesta Buena Vista, y Los Van Van

El Gran Festival de Musica Cubana is a celebration of Cuban Music and its rich history! This gathering of legendary and GRAMMY-award-winning musicians will bring you the classic sounds of Son, Mambo, Guajira and Jazz, while ushering in a new generation of artists through the fusion of Cuban roots, Hip Hop, R&B and Soul.


Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban Music Festival in Los Angeles
Open to all ages
WHEN:  Friday, May 24, 2019 
WHERE:  Greek Theatre - 2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
COST:  Ticket Price is between $65.00 - $135.00.
Buy Tickets on this link
Tickets on sale Friday, January 18th at 10am; get them while they're hot!








Maritza's Thursday Rueda Practice Beg. Level 1 in Escondido - Thurs. Jan. 17th

Greetings Casineros,
Come and join us at Grape Day Park in Escondido for a rueda practice meet up. The Park is located next to the Center for the Arts. This is an outdoor rueda practice with the beginner's rueda. Come ready to sweat and have fun practicing the moves we learned this last Tuesday!



Here are the details:
WHAT: Meet-Up for a rueda de casino practice (beginner level only from Tuesdays class)
WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019  from 7:00pm-8:30pm 
WHERE: 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!

WHERE TO PARK: Park in the big Center for the Arts parking lot off of Escondido Blvd and Woodward Ave. Once you park, then click this link to find your way to us. Enter the Center for the Arts and go left towards the grass to the Train Depot. You will see us there on the wooden platform on the picture above.

Here are the Beginners Level 1 moves so far - updated 1-16-2019:
Closed Position moves: 
Pa'l Medio - Step touch step touch, start outside the circle, the inside the circle
Flaco - compress the circle to be skinny
Gordo - expand the circle to be fat

Saca'l agua del pozo - take the water out of the well
Caminamos pa'rriba - walk forward on the "parrim-poom-pah...parrim-poom-pah" rhythm

Open position moves:
Guapea - Cuban Basic - a.k.a. paso basico
Matala - kill it! (the cockroach) 
Esta Vivo - It's alive! (the cockroach)
Aplastala - Smash it! (the cockroach)

Un Fly - A flyball in baseball
Dos Flies - 2 fly balls
Una Bulla! - Response: "Heeeyy!!"
Un High Fly - Jump and catch the fly ball. 
Pasale Con Las Manos - Pass her with the hands
Connecting moves:
Dile Que No - The Cuban cross-body Lead
Dame - Give me one

Warapeando & Cubaneando Cuban Dance Party in LA - Sat. Jan 19th

If had a good time at the Curuye Part in LA, then you are going to have a blast at THIS party too. Come get your casino on!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban Salsa Dance Party in LA led by Kati Hernandez
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019  10pm
WHERE: Los Globos 3040 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
COST: $10  - You can purchase online by clicking here

Casino (Cuban Style Salsa) w/ Duane Wrenn/Kati & San Miguel - Sat. Jan 19th

Greetings Casineros and Amigos!
This is happening this weekend on Saturday. Those of you who took Duane Wrenn's workshops at the San Deigo Cuban dance Congress know that he's REAL good at cleaning up your technique as a casinero. Well, he's baaaaaaack in LA! Yes, he's teaching with Kati this weekend. Come get your casino technique fix with this dynamic duo. But wait....there's more!
If you have ever wanted to learn the different musicality Cuban rhythms, this is your chance to learn with the experts and acclaimed teachers and artists. Acclaimed dance Instructor Duane Wrenn all the way from Michigan and Cuban maestra Kati Hernandez teaching together in LA. Second stop of their West coast tour/dance intensive weekends. Join them for a 4 hrs of Casino, Son, Changüi and musicality for dancers Workshop. Featuring renowned Cuban tres player and composer San Miguel Pérez.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casino (Cuban Style Salsa) Workshops with Kati/Duane Wrenn 7 San Miguel Perez
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019   ---see schedule below---

SCHEDULE
11:00 am-12:00pm  Workshop #1 - Ataca! w/ Kati & Duane
Cuban body movement and musicality drills for social dancers; Ladies/Men's styling for Casino social dancing. Following and Leading technique. Cleaning up and spicing up your basics.

12:05pm - 1:05pm Workshop #2 - What makes it Cuban? Having a conversation on the dance floor. Following and leading technique for ganchos and more complex Casino moves. Casino partner work - New moves & fun combinations. Adding the Cuban flavor such as rumba and Mozambique (Cuban popular dance) and mixing them with casino. Emphasizing on Lead and Follow intermediate styling and technique.

15 min brake there will be delicious healthy snacks and refreshment

1:20pm - 2:20pm Workshop #3 - Finding the Beat Without the Numbers - learn more about the CLAVE and the difference between TimBa, Son and Changüi - Interactive musicality discussion lecture with acclaimed Cuban tres player San Miguel Perez. Recognizing the Changüi and Son feeling while dancing to timba.

2:25pm - 3:25pm Workshop #4 - Dancing tempo and contratiempo - Kati & Duane
Applying to the dance floor elements from the musicality lecture. Adding Son and Changüi to your Casino dance. 

COST: See Package deals below - Click this link to make your online purchase
FULL PACKAGE - All 3 dance Workshops & Musicality for dancers interactive lecture with San Miguel
$45 PRE-SALE
$50 AT-THE-DOOR

WORKSHOPS - w/ Duane Wrenn, Kati Hernandez.
$20 each AT-THE-DOOR

MUSICALITY- w/ San Miguel
$20 AT-THE-DOOR

BUT WAIT!!! THERE's MORE   There's a Dance Party that follows the workshops later that evening
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10:00 pm -2:00 am WARAPEANDO & CUBANEANDO
DJ WArapo and Kati Hernandez’s Timba night @ Los Globos.
Join them and the Casineros visiting from other cities. You don’t want to missed Duane calling many fun ruedas. Kati and the Kimbambula dancers leading some fun dance lines during the evening!

Cost : $10 at the door

LOCATION: Los Globos - 3040 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026



















Beginner Level 1 Rueda Practice in Escondido - Thurs. Jan. 10th

Greetings Casineros,
Come and join us at Grape Day Park in Escondido for a rueda practice meet up. The Park is located next to the Center for the Arts. This is an outdoor rueda practice with the beginner's rueda. Come ready to sweat and have fun practicing the moves we learned this last Tuesday!
Beginners Level 1 moves:
Closed Position moves: 
Pa'l Medio - Step touch step touch, start outside the circle, the inside the circle
Flaco - compress the circle to be skinny
Gordo - widen the circle to be fat
Caminamos pa'rriba - walk forward on the "parrim-poom-pah...parrim-poom-pah" rhythm

Open position moves:
Guapea - Cuban Basic - a.k.a. paso basico
Matala - kill it! (the cockroach) 
Esta Vivo - It's alive! (the cockroach)
Aplastala - Smash it! (the cockroach)
Un Fly - A flyball in baseball


Here are the details:
WHAT: Meet-Up for a rueda de casino practice (beginner level only from Tuesdays class)
WHEN: Thursday, January 10th from 7:00pm-8:30pm 
WHERE: 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!

WHERE TO PARK: Park in the big Center for the Arts parking lot off of Escondido Blvd and Woodward Ave. Once you park, then click this link to find your way to us. Enter the Center for the Arts and go left towards the grass to the Train Depot. You will see us there on the wooden platform on the picture above.

Una Bulla!
Maritza

CURUYE'S JAN 13 CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY CELEBRATES 2019!

CURUYE'S CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019  5:00-10:00 PM
The GRANADA L.A. 17 South First St., Alhambra 91801

LET’s CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR at CURUYE’s CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY with DEEJAY WARAPO playing those irresistible Cuban dance beats! We are entering CURUYE’s 10th YEAR of CUBAN DANCE PARTIES in L.A.!



MARITZA BAÍDA is hot back from Santiago de Cuba, training with the SANTIAGO ALL STARS, and wants to share some new moves in her RUEDA de CASINO class that will kick off the party! The rest of the evening you’ll be dancing to CUBAN SALSA! SON! TIMBA! REGGAETÓN! KIMBAMBULA dancers will be leading some fun and funky line dances throughout the night as well! 

CONSIDER WEARING WHITE to bring light to our Cuban dance/music community in 2019! 

January birthday babies want to share the birthday dance with you!  So far DIANE PAYLOR, JERRI NACHMAN, JUDITH DAVIES, MARCELA LEYTON, MARK SHAW, MICHELLE GREEN, NICAN ROBINSON, SHAUNA DEL REED, SHERMAN SMITH will be celebrating their birthdays at the party! Message Curuye if you’d like your name on the cake too! Dancing cake cutters are a very special part of Curuye birthday celebrations!

The Granada’s Chef Israel is ready to serve up some tasty dishes for us, so consider sharing a meal with your friends during the evening!

All ages are welcome!

$10 cover includes Maritza’s dance class!

LET’s DANCE in THE NEW YEAR WITH JOY & ACHÉ! 

The GRANADA L.A. 17 So First Street, Alhambra, 91801. Free parking in structure across from the Granada!
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