Back To School Social Alma Latina San Diego - Sat. Aug 27th

Alma Latina Dance Company San Diego will be having their 2nd social at their new studio location! The first one was a success and everyone gave them great reviews about their new location! So, if you missed the first social, come check it out for yourself in your favorite school boy/girl attire!

We will be having a Jack & Jill contest where two lucky winners will be winning a ticket, each, to next month's Carnival Boat Cruise party in San Diego (a ticket value of $59 each!!!) No partner required for contest!

Performances by rueda casino team. enRuedame Mas, Majesty In Motion, and special presentation by Ivette Bogarin one of her young students, Isabella, have been confirmed! Awesome!!! Yours truly, as DJ Nox, will be in the mix! Save the date and please share!
Alma Latina San Diego will be having a guest instructor for Saturday's social. Our guest will be Maritza Baida from the team, enRuedame Mas. Maritza will be teaching a Basic Fundamentals de Casino class from 8pm to 9pm! Welcome Maritza!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Salsa/Rueda Social Meet Up (Rueda class for beginners led by Maritza)
WHERE: Alma Latina Dance Company San Diego - 4255 Ruffin Rd, Ste 200, San Diego, California 92120
COST: $10.00 a person
HOW TO PLAN: Optional - dress in Back to School Harry Potter themed attire. 

Casino on Concrete at Moonlight Beach - Sat. August 27th

We are taking it outside to dance to Cuban music at Moonlight Beach. Our August installment of Casino on AstroTurf will be on Saturday, August 27th at Moonlight Beach. Join us for some fun ruedas, salsa suelta and  on-on-one casino dancing. Bring your camera to capture the sunset while we dance. 
Come join the salsa suelta line dances and rueda de casino and just one-on-one casino dancing.

Detail are listed below:
What: Casino on Concrete at Moonlight Beach (Casinero Meet Up)
When: Saturday, August 27th 4:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Moonlight State Beach near the concession stand. Click this link for Google Direction
What to bring: a snack to share and something to drink. 

Friday Rueda Practice Meet Up at Oceanside Pier - Fri Aug 26th

Greetings San Diego Casineros!
Come dance outside with us in Oceanside. Rueda at the Oeanside pier. This is a public rueda practice and a social time. Come join our fun North County group. All casineros are welcome no matter what level. Just come for some dancing.

Here are the details
WHAT: Rueda Practice Meet Up....San Diego Style....OUTSIDE
WHEN: Friday, August 26th, 2016 6:30pm-8:30pm+
WHERE: 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. We will go have a late dinner together afterwards!  Come dance and break bread together. Free rueda class at Level 3 beginner level/Intermediate Level 1.

Havana Nights II at Monte de Oro Winery - Sat. Sept 3rd

Back by popular demand "Havana Nights II" will take place again at Monte de Oro Winery in Temecula. The winery is a hidden jewel and a spectacular winery. The four hour event will include: One hr. of Salsa dancing instruction, Two wood dance floors, Brazilian dancers, Rueda de Casino dancers, one free glass of wine, and live salsa music from Ruben V and the Latin Sounds. Come dance and support the Escondido Rueda Group as they perform a rueda demo during the event

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casinero Meet up at a Latin Dance Night at the Monte de Oro Winery
WHEN:  Saturday, Sept 3, 2016 6pm-10pm,
WHERE: Monte de Oro Winery 35820 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, California 92591
COST:  Admission fee is $15.00 buy your tickets online by clicking this link.

Cubamania - SitaraSon & Robert Morales Birthday Party! Sunday August 21st

***We will celebrate the Co-Host of Cubamania, Robert Morales' BIRTHDAY!!!
*** He will teach a Rueda de Casino Class and we will also do a mega rueda!!!
*** LIVE MUSIC BY SitaraSon including Lazaro Galarraga!


Facebook Event: Cubamanía with SitaraSon & DJ Warapo - Sunday August 21st

Buy Raffle tickets here
- Rueda de Casino class with Robert Morales
- Cuban BOCADITOS until supplies last
- After Cubamania ends at 9PM, FREE ACCESS to keep dancing until 2a.m. in the
* Just show your wristband *
✔FULL BAR & FOOD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE in the Cubamania Ballroom. Just ask one of the servers :)
Steven's Restaurant has a dress code
✮✮ THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING local instructors and musicians by attending this monthly event ✮✮

Pay for admission in advance here

Robert & Laura Cristina

Harborfest Chula Vista Casinero Meet Up for Manny Cepeda Orquesta Concert - Sat. Aug 20th

Let's get together to dance when Manny is playing at Harborfest and ge our rueda on!!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Casineros/Ruedista Meet Up at Harborfest when Manny Cepeda, Perla Negra, and Charlie Chavez y Su Afrotruko are playing
WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 2016;  Click the schedule link for exact time details To be posted
WHERE: 999 Bayside Parkway in Chula Vista. View Google Map
Click this link to see the Harborfest map layout of the park.
COST: FREE for the concerts but if you want to partake in:
     Taco & Spirits Revolution, $25 in advance; $30 day of the event, click this link for tickets
     Tacos Only, $20.00, click this link for tickets; $25 day of the event
     Craft Beer Uprising, $20, click this link for tickets
     Chula Vista Baja Wine Tour, $10 for 2 ounce samples and a wine glass, click this link for tickets
PARKING: There is a free shuttle if you park in certain areas and there is also parking closest to the festival for $10. Click this link to get details.

FREE Rueda de Casino Beginners Class, Hangout & Potluck in Chula Vista - Sun. Aug 21st

Rodrigo Tamayo, former rueda instructor is now looking to start up a new Rueda de Casino class in Chula Vista, for anyone interested, Sunday Aug 21 at 3pm J St Marina (North side) this class will be FREE but want everyone to bring something to share (potluck) drinks and snacks. Looking to have fun with you all and primarily want to do a beginner's class, Great time to get started for all those folks that have been requesting this, and if its been a while, then come on back to the crazy Cuban madness and fun. Back to basics and fun. Like the good old days.  See you next Sunday / Funday!!!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda de Casino Beginners Class, Hangout  & Potluck
WHEN: Sunday, August 21, 2016 3pm
WHERE:  J Street Park:  The north side of  J Street Park, Bayside Marina ,Chula Vista, California 91910

HOW TO PREPARE: Wear comfortable flat shoes, old sneakers work, bring a dish to share, sunblock a hat and water.

Salsa/Timba/Bachata/Merengue Night at Vintana - Wed Sept. 7th

Come join us! Salsa,Timba, Bachata, Merengue. Come for Happy Hour (the food and drinks are sooo good). $7 drinks and $7 appetizers! Click this link for the menu.  The last one we had was so much fun and there was way more timba played so it will happen again. There will be a rueda de casino beginners basics class led by Maritza Baida. We know you wanted timba so Maritza and DJ Ortega have assured there will be more timba this time.
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Happy Hour, Dance Lesson and Social Dancing at Vintana Wine & Dine
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept 7, 2016 
     2:30pm - 6:30pm Happy Hour
     6:30pm -7:30 Rueda de casino class
     7:30pm - 9:00pm Social Dancing
COST: Free but definitely helps to buy some drinks and appetizers to keep our dance place alive with business for the restaurant. It is really a beautiful place to dance.

Musica en La Plaza feat. Manny Cepeda Orchestra at the Center for the Arts in Escondido - Fri Sept 2nd

Last year was the first year they had this event and it was a blast. It's free to the public so we plan to have our rueda practice at this place. Get ready to do some awesome ruedas and capture the fun happy vibe in Esco (Escondido). 
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live salsa music from Manny Cepeda's Orquestra
WHEN: Friday, September 2, 2016 7:00pm to 10:00pm
WHERE: Center for the Arts - 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
COST: FREE but go to the Center for the Arts website to claim your free ticket

Candi Sosa LIVE with Sexteto Sonero del Caribe At 98 Bottles - Sat Aug 20th

Come and see a rare San Diego appearance by The Amazing Cuban Singer Candi Sosa!! Backed up by Sexteto Sonero Del Caribe! Playing some great traditional Son Cubano!! Come dance the night away! This will sellout! This is a Chevere Productions event.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Live Performance Feat. Candi Sosa with Sexteto Sonero del Caribe
WHEN: August 20, 2016 8pm-11pm
WHERE: 98 Bottles (Downtown SD Little Italy) 2400 Kettner Blvd, Ste 110, San Diego, California 92101
COST: $20 ($21.69 w/service fee) online tickets are available at until 5PM PST on the evening of the event. If the show has not reached full capacity, the remaining tickets will be available at the door for $25. 21+ only.

20.00$$ presale online
25.00$$ door

¡Cubanismo! at UCSD Price Center Sponsored by ArtPower - Thurs. Oct. 27th

Jesús Alemañy, founder of Latin orchestra ¡Cubanismo!, achieved fame as the brilliant 15-year-old trumpet player for the iconic Cuban son group Sierra Maestra. His all-star band performs sizzling dance tunes that recall the vintage big-band sound, traditional rumba, cha-cha, danzon, and pa’ca rhythms arranged in the descarga (jam) tradition developed by Cuban jazz players of the 1940s.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live music from ¡Cubanismo!
WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2016 Doors open at 7pm; Concert starts at 8pm

Join us for an After Party at The Loft. Beverages will be available to purchase from Zanzibar
Arrive early at 7 pm and enjoy a free Latin dance lesson included in your ticket purchase
WHERE: UCSD Price Center (Ballroom West) 9500 Gilman Dr, San Diego, CA 92093
COST: $25 (UCSD student $9)
PARKING: Hopkins Parking Structure on Voigt Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093. Parking permit pay stations are located on every level.

Beginner Level 1 Crash Rueda Course Workshop - Saturday, August 13th

We are loving the strong interest for learning rueda de casino here in San Diego. People have been asking me when am I going to teach a beginner level 1 for brand new dancers. Because I teach in a cohort lock-step format, newbies have to wait at least 4 month if they don't get on the rueda dance train. One month for level 1, one month for Level 2, one month for level 3 one month for performance training. See my curriculum in my CasinoRueda Links page on the blog. So for those who want to learn the basics in a rueda (to include guapea, dile que no, pal medio, and enchufla footwork drills), then come to this 2-hour crash course. This is not to substitute for formal training but at last you can get some footwork ready for San Diego Cuban Dance Congress On October 13-16, 2016 where they offer a Beginners Track for 3 days taught by a variety of Casino/rueda instructors from all over the US and the local instructors of SD. This is a catch-up session and I treat it as a workout session using repetition and coaching you to walk forward in your initial steps and basic body movements for Cuban dancing.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda Basics Crash Course Workshop for Beginner Level 1 footwork
WHEN: Saturday, August 13th from 9am-11am
WHERE: Doug's Private Home Studio - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
COST: $20.00 per person
Highly Encouraged to take the San Diego Cuban Dance Congress Beginner's Track click this link for purchasing the Congress Beginner's track

Timba in North County!! Q-Ban Street Playing Live at Club Tropics in San Marcos - Thurs. Aug 11th

Hey Everyone!
Great news!! A new local timba band is going to play in San Marcos this Thursday! So excited. I heard them play a few weeks ago and they were really good! Great sounds and you will definitely feel like breaking out into salsa suelta, dance casino and rueda on the dance floor. There is another group playing as well, Sonora Dynamita a famous cumbia band so expect an integrated night of music. Come support this Q-Ban Street Band. I think you will all like their sound a lot! One of their band members grew up with Maykel Blanco and is an incredible musician. Their singers are awesome, has the flavor of Charanga Habanera so they have great stage presence.
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Integrated live timba band playing timba/salsa/cumbia with a timba swag
WHEN:  Thursday, August 11, 2016  9pm-10pm is a bachata class, then the DJ music plays bachata/cumbia, when Q-Ban Street Band plays , that is when the timba will happen.
WHERE: Club Tropics - 740 Nordahl Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069
COST: $15 before 10pm then $20 thereafter

Maritza's Beginners Level 3/Intermediate Level 1 (Aug 16 to Sept 9) Registration Opens

It's that time to self-register for Maritza's Beginner Level 3/Intermediate Level 1 class. Yes, this is a combination class because of the level that has already started, they are picking it up fast. This class will bring together the 11 basic footwork/casino moves and add-on moves to make group moves and social dancing moves, keeping it basic so you can apply it to social settings.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Maritza's Rueda de Casino Class Series - This is lock-step series, Tuesdays is instruction & Fridays is a practice of Tuesdays instruction and maybe some new stuff.
WHEN: Series begins Tuesdays and Fridays, August 16th thru Sept 9th from 6pm-8pm
WHERE: Doug's Private Studio - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026 on Tuesdays and at Grape Day Park -  340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025 on Fridays
COST: $40.00 please register on this link and pay on the first day of class (cash only please). The registration helps to determine an accurate head count of leads and follows.