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CUBANEANDO CUBAN DANCE PARTY!SUNDAY APRIL 10, 5:00-10:00 PMTrattoria 25, 2501 S Santa Fe, Los Angeles 90058


SITARA SON with MAESTRO LÁZARO GALARRAGA at the helm will be providing the LIVE MUSIC, and DEEJAY WARAPO keeping the dance flow happening all evening with plenty of TIMBA!, SON! REGGAETÓN! RUMBA!

KATI HERNÁNDEZ will teach an AFRO TIMBA class at 5:30 PM, and her PA’ LA ORILLA DANCE TEAM will be leading the funky line dances throughout the evening!

COME DANCE the BIRTHDAY DANCE and share some BIRTHDAY CAKE with KARINA HURTADO, ZEAL HARRIS, KENNY WILLIAMS! (If you have a March birthday, message!).

CHEF SIMON offers a varied menu of tasty dishes, so sample a new dish!

$12 cover includes dance class.  Supervised children welcome!


TRATTORIA 25, 2501 S. Santa Fe, Los Angeles 90058



RUEDA in the PARK CULVER CITY announces SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 4-6 PM casineros will be 'invading' the THIRD STREET PROMENADE between Arizona and Wilshire, Santa Monica in honor of INTERNATIONAL RUEDA FLASH MOB DAY. Non-stop CUBAN TIMBA! ALL DANCERS WELCOME. NO PARTNER NECESSARY. 90 min FREE parking lots in area ($1 after 90 min). More info: 

Casino on AstroTurf in Solana Beach - Sat. Apr. 9th

We are taking it outside to dance to Cuban music outside in Solana Beach. Our April installment of Casino on AstroTurf will be on Saturday, April 9th at our favorite spot (Fletcher Cove Beach Park on the AstroTurf) Join us for some fun ruedas, salsa suelta and  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, May 30th 5:00pm-8:00pm
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. 

International Flash Mob Rueda de Casino PRACTICE PREP at Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre - Fri. Apr 1st

Greetings San Diego Casineros!
Are you ruedy to join us for the annual rueda flashmob? Since we have been leading the flashmob these last two years and Orange County and Riverside has been a HUGE support to participate with us. This year, Orange County's wonderful dynamic duo, Robert and Laura Cristina Morales, will be leading us in this year's efforts, so the 2016 International Rueda Flash Mob will be in South Orange County, so those who want to join, Maritza will be providing the Flash Mob instructions and teaching the rueda moves to you this Friday in Oceanside at 6:30pm-8:30pm. Below is the location for the practice.

Here are the details
WHAT: Rueda de Casino International Flash Mob Practice
WHEN: 6:30pm-8:30pm+
WHERE: LOCATION CHANGE! There is an event going on at the amphitheater. Meet us in front of Wheel Fun Rentals on the other side (NORTH side) of the Pier. Click this map link for directions.

HOW TO PREPARE: Wear layers, flat shoes you don't mind scuffing. We will be on concrete with some sand. Bring water and some snacks to share. 

March Installment of Cubamania at Steven's Steakhouse in LA - Sun. Mar 27th

This month we will have live music by Daniel y La Guajira playing great Cuban salsa tunes! El maestro de la Timba, Deejay Warapo, will keep el fiestón going with the BEST of CUBAN SALSA/TIMBA, SON, CUBATON, RUMBA, and everything in between!

It is our honor to have the talented and internationally known Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez as our guest instructor. He will teach an intermediate-advanced Rueda de Casino class!

Robert Morales, Co-host of Cubamanía and Rueda in the park-Santa Ana, is already popular for his fun and patient style of teaching. Friends from LA, San Diego, and Riverside counties drive to OC to take his class! He will teach a beginner level Rueda de Casino class!

LOCATION: Steven's Steakhouse: 5332 Stevens Place, Commerce, CA 90040 
COST:  $12 cover charge includes:
- The evening’s event
- Cuban Pastelitos from Porto's Bakery
- Dance class
- Access to Steven's salsa/bachata lounge for more dancing (at no additional charge) after CUBAMANIA ends at 9 p.m.
* FREE PARKING on back of restaurant + street parking.
* Free entrance for children under 16.

PLEASE DRESS CASUAL-FORMAL (please avoid dressing like you are going jogging or to the gym. Lol :)

HAVE A BIRTHDAY IN MARCH? LET US KNOW SO WE CAN CELEBRATE YOU!!! Birthday people get complimentary entrance

The Restaurant offers a wide selection of seafood/steak dinners, wine and cocktail drinks available for purchase. YES, YOU CAN ORDER DINNER in the Cubamania ballroom. Just ask one of the servers. Steven’s Steak House and Cubamanía appreciate your support by leaving all your personal beverages at home.

We are GRATEFUL for you and for supporting our local instructors and musicians AND for the opportunity to bring you this monthly!!

Una Bulla!!!
Robert & Laura Cristina

Timba Dance Party, Rueda Workshop & Mega-Rueda in San Diego (Carlsbad)- Sat. Mar. 26

GET READY MI GENTE! Saturday, March 26th IS OUR FIRST EVER CUBAN SALSA NIGHT in North County San Diego with music from the DJ booth playing the new Timba/Son/Cubaton/Cuban Chachacha PLUS there will be a casino/rueda de casino technique workshop lead by guest instructor, Ercan Derekoy. In addition, there will be a Mega-Rueda lead by Maritza and few local and visiting instructors.

Ercan Derekoy is known on the other side of the world as a well-known rueda de casino instructor. He moved to San Diego in early 2014; Maritza and Orlando's neighbor in Vista coincidentally!! He has his own YouTube Channel with samples of his instruction,  leading a rueda, teaching a casino workshop and dancing socially in Cuba. He trained and studied casino in Cuba academically on the history and dance form with Barbara Balbuena. His passion lies in the casino dances of the 30's, 40's & 50's. He is also a musician (pianist) his rueda expertise is in teaching technique (body positioning, partner-hand communication and dance form). 

Here are the details:
WHAT: Timba Dance Party in Carlsbad with Rueda de Casino workshop with Ercan Derekoy
 (Rueda trainer from Turkey) DJ playing timba & Mega-Rueda
WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2016 7pm-1am 
                       7:00pm-8:30pm - Rueda de Casino Technique Workshop with Ercan Derekoy
                       8:30pm-1:00am - DJ spinning timba music all night long
                       9:30pm-10:30pm - Mega Rueda led by Maritza and other rueda instructors
WHERE: Dancessence Studios - 2441 Impala Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92010
COST: $10.00 - Light refreshments and water provided

In L.A.: Cuba's LOS VAN VAN at the 28th Annual PLAYBOY JAZZ FEST!


LOS VAN VAN, direct from CUBA, are featured on the first day of the 38th  Annual PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL! The legendary CUBAN DANCE BAND is just one of the many music greats performing at this two-day festival.


SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 7:30 PMThe PEDRITO MARTÍNEZ GROUPThe Broad Theater, Santa Monica

A night of JAZZ and AFRO CUBAN RHYTHMS with the sensational PEDRITO MARTÍNEZ GROUP at The BROAD Stage in Santa Monica. The BROAD STAGE is part of the SANTA MONICA COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 1310 11TH STREET 1310 11th St., Santa Monica 90401.  Tix $65-$105., with the possible discount tix available on



Film screening of HAVANA RUMBA SESSIONS: LA CLAVE, and CONCERT by Cuba’s DAYMÉ AROCENA! Direct from Cuba, DAYMÉ is a singer, composer, arranger, choir director, band director renown for her ‘net-soul’ music and jazz vocalizations. The feature-length film on RUMBA in Cuba today, includes interviews with famed rumberos LOS MUÑEQUITOS de MATANZAS, CLAVE y GUAGUANCÓ, TIMBALAYÉ, OSAÍN de MONTE, RAÍCES PROFUNDAS makes it’s debut here on the West Coast! WHAT A NIGHT!

Casinero Invasion at Torch 1st Anniversary Party (DJ plays Timba) - Fri. Mar 25th

It's already been one full year with Torch Tuesday nights where the DJ Farley and DJ Robbie integrate timba into their playlist. It's not just false promises either as timberos in San Diego know so well.  Torch events really play timba and will play MORE than just one song. Let's honor the hard work Alex Torch, the  hosts for Torch Tuesday, with celebrating their 1st Year anniversary on FRIDAY, MARCH 25th. They have a live salsa band as well, Conjunto Oye from LA.
Below are the details:
WHAT: Casinero Meet-Up for Casino Dancing and Ruedas  at Torch's 1st Anniversary Party

WHEN: Friday, March 25th 8:00pm-2:00am  (Doors open at 8:00pm)

WHERE: Dance for 2 Studio - 7528 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111

COST: $23.25 (includes SRV Fee) Pre-sale tickets ($25 at the door)/ $34.75 (includes SRV Fee) VIP Pre-sale ($35 at the door)    Click here to purchase pre-sale tickets
For ticket info, call (619)632-3080
Free Parking - Full Bar - Catered Food - Drink Specials - Social Dancing - Ages 21+ - No Personal Drinks Allowed

Registration Now Open for Maritza's Level 2 Beginners Rueda de Casino Class Series - Mar 22nd-Apr 12th

Maritza is finishing up the Level I Beginners Rueda de Casino Series this week. It's time to register for Level 2 Beginner Class Series. 
Here are the details:
WHAT: LEVEL TWO Beginners Rueda Series: Mar 22, 2016 - Apr 12, 2016

WHEN: Tuesdays & Fridays (part of the series) 6:00pm-7:30pm Tuesdays are instruction; and Fridays are a rueda practice of the Tuesday's instruction; 

LOCATION: Private dance studio in Escondido! 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026

HOW TO REGISTER FOR LEVEL 2: Click and complete this Google Form Registration and then pay cash or check on the first day of the class. Registrations accepted until the day of the first class. LEVEL 1 Beginners in session (ends March 11th) 
COST: $40.00 person - Please bring cash or check on the first day of class. 

This one-month rueda class series is set up for casino/rueda dancers who have completed Level 1 rueda and already know the following knowledge & rueda moves:

  • Finding the beat in timba music
  • Hand connection for leading and following and positioning in the rueda
  • Guapea 
  • Dame 
  • Enchufla 
  • Adios 
  • Vacilela - beginning stage of footwork for this, not the move itself)
  • In addition, Echeverria, Matala series(a.k.a. Suena or Pise), Fly series and a few add-on's to the five mentioned rueda basic moves
  • Vacilela footwork and hand communication (Sombrero)
  • Pal'medio (closed position rueda moves (Un tarro series)
  • Exhibela
  • Ronde footwork
  • Cleaning up enchufla walking and follows marking time
  • Cuban Body movement training
LEVEL 3 Beginners Rueda Class Series: Apr 26, 2016 - May 17, 2016 
Registration will open in early May
  • Level 1 and Level 2 rueda footwork/moves knowledge & mastery
  • Setenta footwork and hand communication
  • CocaCola (Juancola) footwork and hand communication
  • Traslado footwork 
  • Group moves training (marking time, hand connections, footwork) 
  • Cleaning up footwork from Level 1 & 2 before entering Intermediate Level 1

Casinero Meet Up/Flash Mob at SD Latino Film Festival Showing of "We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo" - Sun. Mar 13th

Geetings Mi Gente!
Let's get together and meet up at the San Diego Latino Film Festival! Not only is there a Huge Cuban Film Series, but there are some other great movies in the line up for this years San Diego Film Festival, as well as a Baja Beer Wine & Food Fest, opening night party, etc.

Here is the description about this movie: Latin Boogaloo is New York. It is a product of the melting pot, a colorful expression of the 1960's Latino soul, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx and Brooklyn. Featuring Latin boogaloo legends like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon and Pete Rodriguez, We Like It Like That looks at a fascinating moment in Latin music history from its origins to its recent resurgence in popularity - the sound that redefined a generation and was too funky to keep down.

For salsa movies this year, We Like It Like That, the story of Latin Boogaloo music is screening & is showing Fri March 11 at 6:30pm and Sun March 13 at 5pm. Since most of us won't be able to make the Friday showing, Let's meet up on SUNDAY, MARCH 13TH. 

We are in for a big treat this year because one of the San Diego Latino Film Festival organizers (Saul Silva a.k.a. Saul Timba on Facebook), is organizing the Sonido Latino program of music and events is having a Timba band play just after the Sunday showing of Latin Boogaloo. Not to mention there will be a DJ playing timba at his request.  BIG THANKS to Saul Silva! Our dream is finally coming true!!

Here is the line-up of event details:
Sunday, March 13th
11:30am  - Be present with your ticket in the waiting line for the film Havana Motor Club; see the blog post with trailer and ticket link for this movie. 

12:45pm - Havana Motor Club - runs 84 minutes

2:30pm - Lunch in the Fashion Valley food court after the movie. Lunch location TBD with attendees of the Havana Motor Club Movie.  We can discuss the the movie and practice for the flash mob! (Optional)

4:00pm - Be present at the AMC Fashion Valley Theatre with your movie tickets in the waiting line for the Boogaloo movie. If you get there at 5:00pm, you will not be able to get in to see the movie. That happened last year, was not fun. To purchase your ticket, click this link

5:00pmWe Like It Like That Movies will start - runs 82 minutes

6:30pm - Music Concert with Zaraguey (Cuban/timba band with Yorly from Kimba Light) is scheduled to play right after the movie. The stage for the band is in front of Macy's in Fashion Valley main courtyard. See picture below as a reference for the stage location. DJ music will playing in between the band's sets. 

A selected timba song will be played (song to be announced-stay tuned) and and Maritza will form a three couples rueda. Don't step in yet until you hear "Una Bulla" and a pre-selected set of three couples will step in. Maritza will call another "Una Bulla, and three more couples will step in and so on and so on.    This flash mob requires even couples. So select your partner now. When we get out of the movie, we will huddle to talk specifics of the 3 set couples and who goes first etc. 

After the Flash Mob - -If the music keeps on playing, let's stay until they kick us out! When in San Diego will we ever get this opportunity to dance to timba? Let's support Saul Timba's efforts! 

Una bulla!


Early bird pricing on advance passes are still available online right now, but this offer is supposed to end soon (like today...)
  • $40 for 5 films
  • $100 for 11 films with VIP access

I highlighted some other dance/Cuba/food & wine movies below

Here are the details

Casinero Invasion at Super Salsa Sunday - Sun. Mar 6th

Do you feel the need to dance on a rainy day? Come meet up with local casineros in Carlsbad to dance at the Super Salsa Sunday. We will be there after Tim's rueda class in Encinitas. Come meet up with us!!!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Casineros (Cuban salsa dancers) Meet-Up at Super Salsa Sunday
WHEN: Sunday, March 6th  8:30pm -12 midnight
WHERE: Dancessense Studios - 4221 Impala Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92010
COST: $8.00 per person - includes water and refreshments


Curuye & Kati invite you to ...

 Trattoria 25
SUNDAY, MARCH 13   5:00-10 PM


SITARA SON will be providing the LIVE MUSIC with guest musicians AFIMAYE GALARRAGA (vocals), JOSIEL PÉREZ (trumpet), and JOEY DeLEÓN (percussion)! DEEJAY WARAPO keeps 'the flow on the floor' with those CUBAN DANCE BEATS from past and present we can't resist! 

KATI HERNÁNDEZ and her PA' LA ORILLA dance team will kick off the party at 5:30 PM with a dance class, and some funky line dances to warm us up.

DONNA WILLIAMS, QUANITTA COTTON, MATHIEU VEDEL will be dancing the birthday dance this month! (Message Curuye if you'd like celebrate as well.) 

Consider trying Chef Simon's tasty offerings! For a table reservation call 323 587-1494. 

$12 cover includes dance class.

Supervised children welcome! 


TRATTORIA 25, 2501 S Santa Fe Ave, (in Santa Fe Plaza), L.A. 90058 (parking behind restaurant).

San Diego Latino Film Festival Cuban Movies and Dance Events - March 10th-20th

It's that time of the year to get ready to see and experience Latino culture on film. The San Diego Latino Film Festival is filled with some awesome movies this year and the entertainment around these events have some Cuban flair.  Kimba Light is playing live one of the nights and there will be an organizing a rueda flash mob while they play. More information to come.   Check out the listing of Cuban movies!!! Incredible!! Buy Your tickets now!

Here is the listing of Cuban Movies:
To look at the Cuban Film Showcase, click this link. But there are more Cuban movies listed below.

All the movies take place at:
AMC Fashion Valley  18 - 7037 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108 
The Digital Gym Cinema - 2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
Check the San Diego Latino Film Festival website for all locations.  Below are specific links to purchasing tickets for each individual movie and where it will be located so please read on below. 

To buy tickets, go to this link for ticket packages. 

Boardwalk Musico - Ritmo y Cine
Wed, Mar 16 6:00 PM
A young trombonist dreams of touring the world as he plays his heart out on Havana's iconic seaside boardwalk.

To Purchase tickets, click this link

Havana Motor Club (USA/Cuba)
Sun, Mar 13 12:45 PM
Sun, Mar 20 2:30 PM

Horizontes (Switzerland/Cuba)
Sun, Mar 13 11:30 AM
Wed, Mar 16 6:05 PM
Auto racing was a Cuban tradition for decades, until Fidel Castro declared the practice elitist and outlawed racing indefinitely. However, a vibrant, underground group of enthusiasts and gear-heads have kept the sport going for years. Now, set to a lively Cuban soundtrack, the underground clubs are preparing for the first sanctioned drag race in Cuba since 1960.

To purchase tickets, click this link

In the run-down rehearsal rooms of the infamous Grand Theatre of Havana, Amanda and Viengsay dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their demanding routine: classical ballet. Their every step and aspiration echo the great achievements of their predecessor, Alicia Alonso, the prima ballerina assoluta, still invincible at the grand age of 90.

To purchase tickets, click this link

Sin Alas (Cuba/USA)
Fri, Mar 11 4:45 PM
Tue, Mar 15 8:45 PM
The first American film shot in Havana since 1959, centers on Luis Vargas, an old writer who, as a young man, chose the excitement and possibilities of the revolution over the wealth of his family. He fell in love with a young ballerina, the wife of a military commander. After the death of his former lover, he begins to see visions of her and has to come to terms with lost love and the choices he has made in his life.

To purchase tickets, click this link

Viva (Cuba/Ireland)

Sat, Mar 19 7:00 PM
Viva stars Hector Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto Garcia), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorria) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. Cine Gay Showcase.

To purchase tickets, click this link

La Obra del Siglo (Cuba/Argentina/Germany/Switzerland)
Wed, Mar 16 8:00 PM
Sat, Mar 19 9:25 PM
Amidst a mosquito plague, Leonardo, struggling with the breakdown of his relationship, moves back to live with a grandfather who fights with everyone and everything, and a father living with the melancholy of the unfinished. In a city once promised to become the hub of the Soviet nuclear project in the Caribbean, the scant remains of this world weigh down on these three solitary men, who, unlike their pet fish Benjamin, have yet to learn how to breathe under water.

To purchase tickets, click this link

La Cosa Humana (Cuba)
Sun, Mar 13 7:30 PM
Tue, Mar 15 4:15 PM
Sun, Mar 20 2:00 PM
Acclaimed Cuban director Gerardo Chijona (Sundance favorite Boleto al Paraiso) latest is a darkly comic and vastly enjoyable film about a burglar and aspiring writer who accidentally steals a manuscript – a masterpiece belonging to a renowned author (Vladimir Cruz). Short on money, the offender plagiarizes the story and sends it to a contest. Without knowing it, the thief and the writer become rivals, each competing for the prize.

To purchase tickets, click this link

Estela (Cuba) - Relatos Latino

Thu, Mar 17 6:00 PM
Estela lives alone and avoids contact with the outside world. Nonetheless, she breaks into her neighbor's house to check up on the old man who suffers from senile dementia. What she finds there will change how she sees life.

To purchase tickets, click this link

Relu (Cuba)  - Docu-Shorts
Sun, Mar 13 1:45 PM
Hernan is a shoe shiner. His everyday chats with his clients provides a stark description of the economic and political situation in Cuba.

To purchase tickets, click this link

Tocando La Luz (Cuba)
Sun, Mar 13 1:05 PM
Tue, Mar 15 4:05 PM
Sun, Mar 20 9:35 PM
Lily, Mily, and Margarita, three blind women living in Havana, face family problems and heartbreak as they begin to realize their dependence on others is a double-edged sword. From the music halls of Havana to a cinema club for the blind, their stories reveal both the pain and the joys of fighting for yourself.

To purchase tickets, click this link

Un Hombre Nuevo (Cuba) -  Relatos Latino (Comedias)
Fri, Mar 18 6:15 PM
After a jarring defeat in the ring, Dany Falcon quits boxing and turns to painting to make a living. When he re-encounters Misleydis, his old massagist, she is surprised and attracted to his new lifestyle and personality.

To purchase tickets, click this link

When I Get Home - Cine Gay
Sat, Mar 19 3:30 PM
Tomás and Luis built a home on their own terms. After 28 years together the couple still lives under the same roof, but do not seem to fit in the same room anymore.

To purchase tickets, click this link

RUEDA FLASH MOB details: to be announced shortly