Kimba Light - Explosive sound of Cuban Timba-Salsa & Reggae at the Turquoise Bar (PB) - Sat. Jan. 31st

Kimba Light will be at the Turquoise Bar/Cafe in Pacific Beach on January 31st.  Come listen to the fun poly-rhythmic Cuban timba-Salsa & Reggae tunes of Kimba Light. 
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live Cuban Music from Kimba Light
WHEN: Saturday, January 31st 9pm-1am
WHERE: The Turquoise Bar - 873 Tourquoise St., San Diego, CA 92109
COST: Just buy some food and drinks.

Combo Libertad at Club M in Hotel Grand Del Mar - Thurs. Jan 29th

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, January 29th! If you are a fan of live Cuban music, you have to come check out this amazing son orchestra. It's only from 7pm to 11pm, so get there on time so you can enjoy the music longer.  In addition, they have also let us play Cuban salsa during the breaks. So there will sure be an opportunity to dance casino that night. I want to introduce Ruchi Sinha, casinera from NYC who just recently moved to SD. She will be in attendance. Please welcome her to our casino-dancing family.

Below are the details:
When: Thursday, Thursday, January 29th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm
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.

Rueda In The Park Santa Ana - Sat. 24th

¡Regresamos con mas fuerza!!! Come join Rueda in the Park - Santa Ana in beautiful Centennial Regional Park for Rueda de Casino! (Salsa Cubana) Enjoy the scenery, the music and the fun as you learn this Cuban social dance. Rueda de Casino is a super-fun upbeat and high energy group Cuban salsa dance (but it can be danced by individual couples as well!) Come learn the fundamental basic elements, lots of variations and the combinations that make up “Rueda de Casino".
Our next class will be Saturday, January 24th. Beginner level starts at 11:30am and Intermediate level starts at 12:30pm. Suggested donation of $5/person.

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

Una Bulla!!!
Robert Morales

Open House at Dancessense Studios in Carlsbad - Salsa Cubana class is FREE by Maritza - Sun. Jan 18th


The dance studio where I teach my beginners salsa (Cuban Style) class is having an Open House where all the classes (including salsa) are free for that day. Sunday, January 18th
You can come take 5 different kinds of dance classes or exercise class for FREE that day. 

To give participants a chance try these classes for a month, They will sell a punch card, only offered that day, where you can just pay $25 to use for a month (Monday, Jan 19 through Sunday, February 15th) and take 5 classes of your choice. That's $5 a class. That's a steal! 

Here are your options:
DANCE CLASSES: AMS Tango, East Coast Swing, Hustle, Lindy Hop, Hip Hop, Afro-Brazilian, International Waltz, International Cha Cha, Argentine tango, Salsa (C.S.), AMS Fox Trot, Youth DanceSport, Junior DanceSport, Kids DanceSport, West Coast Swing; Senior Social Lesson & Dance.

EXERCISE CLASSES: Nia, Gentle Zumba, and Zumba
Here are the Googlemap Directions to the studio. (Thereis still construction going on  so best to 

Son Pa Ti (Latin Band) Playing at the Turquiose Bar - Sat. Jan 24th

Great news! We have a new band we can follow that plays son cubano, salsa, chachacha, Latin jazz and boleros. They have a regular slot at the Turquoise Bar in Pacific Beach. They are called Son Pa Ti. They have their own website. A group of us stumbled onto this band right after another live band event at the Turquoise Bar. If you haven't been to this place, you must put it on your bucket list to have a drink and listen to some great music. Here is a link to the Cafe Bar Europa Turquoise Bar. We found their music to be authentic and fun. Let's go and dance to our beloved son cubano music by Son Pa Ti.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Son Pa Ti Plays live music (to include son cubano)
WHEN: Saturday, January 24, 2105 from 9pm-1:00am
WHERE: Cafe Bar Europa Turquoise Bar - 873 Tourquoise St., San Diego, CA 92109
COST: Just some food and drinks. ALWAYS FREE PARKING at La Jolla Car Wash next door or Ace Hardware (after they close).

Kimba Light (Cuban Band) Playing Live at the Turquoise Bar in Pacific Beach - Sat. Jan 31st

Kimba Light will be playing at the Turquoise Bar/Cafe in Pacific Beach on January 31st. Come listen to the fun poly-rhythmic Cuban tunes of Kimba Light.  They play many Latin genres of music such as timba, chachacha, son Cubano, pop en Espanol, rock en Espanol and bachata night an they throw their own timba spin to many of the songs you hear that are not timba.  It appears they have a regular slot beginning February to play the 2nd Saturday of the month. Last time in between their breaks, they let us play some timba from my playlist. So there is more of an incentive to support this event more regularly. 
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live Cuban Music from Kimba Light
WHEN: Saturday, January 31st 9pm-1am
WHERE: The Turquoise Bar - 873 Tourquoise St., San Diego, CA 92109
COST: Just buy some food and drinks. It's a great menu and great prices

Percussion & Body Movement Workshop with Silfredo La O - Sat. Jan 31st

Our wonderful friends and casineros in Tijuana (Guayaberos Tijuana) are hosting a workshop event on Saturday January 31st with San Diego Master Dance Instructor Silfredo La O Vigo

Here are the details:
WHAT: Percussion & Cuban Body Movement Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, January 31st - 4-5pm Percussion & Cuban Body Movement 5-7pm
WHERE: at Antigua Bodega de Papel Bar/Cafe
COST: Percussion class $10;  Cuban Body Movement Class $20: Both classes (promotional) $25.00

Maritza's Intermediate Level Rueda de Casino Class Starts Monday Jan. 5th

I am starting a 7-Week Intermediate Rueda de Casino Class in Carlsbad through the City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation. Here is the info:
Class Title: Cuban Salsa: Rueda De Casino
Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm
To be intermediate level, you must know the following basic footwork moves. Dame, Enchufla (walking forward - no back step), Dile Que No, Setenta, Adios, Ronde, Translado, Guapea, Coca Cola, Sombrero, Dame, and Vacilela.

Starts Monday, Jan 5, 2015 to Mar 2, 2015
Except: Mo, Jan 19, 2015 & Mo, Feb 16, 2015
LOCATION: Calavera Hills Community Center & Park - Activity Room
2997 Glasgow Drive
Carlsbad, CA, 92010
Phone: (760) 602-4680 Fax: (760) 729-6813
Price: Resident: $58.50
Non-resident: $65.00 (if you don't live in Carlsbad, this is your price. That ends up being $9.29 a class if you register online only.
Use this link to register online
Hope to see you there. i will be teaching intermediate moves from Seattle, WA and a lot of group moves.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 5:00-10 PM
The Granada, 17 South First St., Alhambra 91801

HAPPY NEW YEAR! LET's KICK OFF 2015 at CURUYE's FIRST CUBAN SALSA TIMBA of THE YEAR! Deejay WARAPO will be  spinning CUBAN SALSA, TIMBA, SON, REGGAETÓN!  KATI HERNÁNDEZ is teaching AFRO TIMBA steps to help open the roads for the new year, moves that you can also incorporate into your dancing. CONSIDER WEARING  WHITE FOR LIGHT & PEACE for the NEW YEAR!

We also have a lot of January birthdays this month, so let's help our friends celebrate on the dance floor! (If you'd like to celebrate your January birthday, message Curuye so we can put your name on the cake!)

Chef Israel  serves up some tasty dishes, so you might want to sample a dish from his varied menu!!



$10 cover includes Kati's class. 

Free 4-hr parking in the structure across the street from the Granada.


Upcoming Events in January 2015 for Mobile Devise Users

Happy New Year to All! 
Want to know whats going on in San Diego and beyond? I have cut and pasted the Upcoming Events Widget info from the blog and added it as it's own post so that Mobile Devise Users can access what is going on and directions to take you to these events. So here we go!!

Links to Upcoming Events

Sat. Jan 3rd - Live timba music at the Turquoise Bar in Pacific Beach
Sun. Jan 4th - Orisha Therapy: Afro-Cuban Song & Dance Workshop in LA
Wed. Jan 7th - Maritza's Beginners Cuban Salsa Partnering Class begins
Sat. Jan 10th - Casino on AstroTurf at Solana Beach
Sun. Jan 11th - Curuye Timba Dance Party
Thur-Sun Feb 19-22 - San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival

Beginners Cuban Salsa Class Starts Wednesday, Jan.7th

Good things are going to happen in 2015. I already feel it! I have a new class series for beginners starting Wednesday, January 7th who want to learn one-on-one casino in Carlsbad at Dancessense Studios. In the Dancessense Studios website it is titled "Salsa (C.S.)" from 7pm-8pm at 2441 Impala Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92010. 

There is a special going on for one month of Cuban salsa for $40.00 for the month (just for January 2015.) The emphasis in this class is one-on-one casino (Cuban salsa partnering) then in the last 15 minutes of the class, people will learn how to dance this in a rueda. They put my bio in the "about" page of their website. I am at the very end of the page (in color)!! ---Maritza

Orisha Therapy: Afro-Cuban Percussion Song & Dance Workshop/Class in LA- Sun. Jan 4th

Legendary Master Lazaro Galarrga world renowned percussionist of the Afro-Cuban folklore join Cuban choreographer & Dancer Kati Hernandez to open the first Oricha Therapy dance class of 2015 in L.A!  You will learn and explore the intimate relationship between Lucumi songs, rhythms and dance. Come out to dance and let your spirit free to the sound of the sacred Batà drums.

10am-11am Percussion/Song with El maestro Galarraga.
11:15- 11:45 Dance/Song Kati Hernandez y el maestro Galarraga.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Afro-Cuban Song and Dance Class with Kati Hernandez & Lazaro Galarranga
WHEN: Sunday, January 4, 2015
10am-11am Percussion/Song with El maestro Galarraga.
11:15- 11:45 Dance/Song Kati Hernandez y el maestro Galarraga.
WHERE: Crenshaw Yoga & Dance Studio: 5426 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043
COST:$20.00 per person

Casino on Astroturf at Solana Beach - Sat. Jan 10th

Keep Calm & Dance Rueda this Winter!
We are back on the AstroTurf for January's installment of Casino on Cardboard (AstroTurf)  in Solana Beach at our favorite spot on Saturday, January 10th! Come listen to the music that gives us that "tarantismo" from listening to timba, cubaton, and son music!! 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-7:00pm
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. 
Cost: This is a donation event, in an effort to buy a snap-together dance floor for future Casino on Cardboard events at the beach.  We will have a donation box next to the food and drinks. Let's complete our goal of buying this well needed snap together dance floor. 

January 2015 Curuye Timba Dance Party in LA - Sun. Jan 11th


Translation: Everyone come to Curuye on Jan 11th get the strong tarantismo of timba going and celebrate 2015!! If you have not been to one of these timba parties, make it a New years resolution to attend this year. Celebrate you birthday month and get danced "a lo Cubano" style.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Timba Dance Party in LA
WHEN: Sunday, January 11, 2015 5pm-10pm
WHERE: The Granada in Alhambra: 17 South 1st Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
COST: $10 a person

Live timba at the Turquoise Bar in Pacific Beach - Sat Jan. 3rd

Greetings Casineros & Amigos! Happy New Year! We are already starting the new year with live music and it's timba music! What a gift!! Kimba Light is playing at the Turquoise Bar tonight. 
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live Cuban Music from Kimba Light
WHEN: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:30pm
WHERE: Cafe Bar Europa Turquoise Bar - 873 Tourquoise St., San Diego, CA 92109
COST: Just buy some food and drinks.