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


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. 


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 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
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'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!