Maritza and Dania's Bon Voyage to Cuba Mega Rueda Potluck Night - Tues. Dec 6th

Greetings Everyone!
It's down to the last week before Maritza and Dania take off to Cuba for the rest of the year (3 weeks with Rueda con Ritmo Dance Company from the Bay Area). We want to celebrate the holidays and dance rueda de casino and one-on-one casino with each other. Let's get together after Maritza's last rueda class before she and Dania take off to Cuba the next day!

Here are the details:
WHAT: Holiday Potluck Dance Celebration for the Year's End & Maritza & Dania's Send Off to Cuba - Dance Party
WHEN: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 8:30pm to 11pm
WHERE: Doug's Studio in Escondido - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
HOW TO PREPARE: Bring a dish/drinks/snacks.

Friday Rueda Practice at Grape Day Park and TJ Tacos - Fri Dec 2nd

Can you believe it's already December!?? Come dance and practice your rueda moves this Friday at Grape Day Park. This will be the LAST RUEDA PRACTICE of the year. Don't miss out on our chance to get together to dance and do a taco run. Right after the rueda practice, we are heading to TJ Tacos in Escondido to eat up all the calories we just burned.
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Friday Rueda Practice for all of Maritza's student and seasoned casineros
WHERE:  Grape Day Park - 321 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
at the Train Depot Platform
WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6-8:30pm
HOW TO PREPARE:  Layer up your clothing and bring water for yourself. After rueda practice we will be going to TJ Tacos - 802 E. Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025 so bring some money with you for the tacos. :)

Rueda in the Park in Orange County - Sat. Dec 3rd

¡AGUAAA!!!! We are back from our short recess and our trip to Cuba!! Our next class will be this Saturday, December 1st. Beginner level starts at 11:30am and Intermediate level starts at 12:30pm. Come join us in TeWinkle 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. Come learn the fundamental basic elements, lots of variations and the combinations that make up “Rueda de Casino".  Check out our Thursday classes too at QD Dance Hall!!   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!!!

Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda Lesson Opportunity outside with Casineros from Orange County
WHEN: Saturday, Dec 3, 2016  11:30am-2:30pm
COST: $5 donation

San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival - Feb 16-19

Greetings Everyone, You still have time to get your pass to the biggest rueda festival around. A group of us are going to be there from San Diego so please consider going. If its your first time, I will be hosting 2 orientations for new folks who have never been to this festival. Let's make this a huge San Diego casinero meet up and take workshops together, eat together, dance together, party together!
DEADLINE before the price goes up is tonight!
Here are the details:
WHAT: San Diego Casineros Meet Up at the largest Rueda Festival in the US in San Francisco
WHEN:  February 16th-19th, 2017 Thursday thru Sunday
WHERE:  Hotel Whitcomb - 1231 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103
COST: Click this link to see and purchase your tickets

Maritza's Rueda Practice in Escondido (Doug's Studio) - Sun. Nov 27th

In an effort to keep you dancing and burning the calories from Thanksgiving dinner, I am hosting a long rueda practice. We were going to meet outside but because of the rain, we will need to do it indoors. Also Tim's rueda de casino classes is cancelled so we can still meet for a structured time for beginners and intermediates to review the moves from this last week's instruction.

Here are the Details:
WHAT:  Thanksgiving Weekend Sunday Rueda Practice (don't let the rain stop you!)
WHEN: Sunday, November 27, 2016
     Schedule:  3:00pm-5:00pm Beginner's rueda and practice
                     5:00pm-7:00pm Intermediate rueda and practice
WHERE: Doug's Studio - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
HOW TO PREPARE: wear comfortable clothes to sweat in, bring a water bottle with water, and a hand towel. FREE!!

Casinero Meet Up at the La Jolla Marriott Salsa Night - Sat. Nov 26th

Greetings Everyone,
Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Holidays! Since we had no Friday Rueda Practice, we hope you can make this social meet up at the regular La Jolla Marriott Salsa Night  - TONIGHT!
Abril Zuniga and I are organizing a meet up to invite all who have been taking my rueda de casino classes and casino-dancing friends to come out and dance this holiday weekend to bun some calories from the thanksgiving dinners we all had.

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Casinero Meet-Up at the regular Salsa Saturday at the La Jolla Marriott
WHEN: Saturday, November 26, 2016 9pm and thereafter
WHERE: La Jolla Marriott - 4240 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
COST: $10.00 cover



The CONGA ROOM has invited CURUYE.COM to host  a PRE VAN VAN CUBAN DANCE HAPPENING featuring CUBAN DANCERS on tour with the esteemed HAVANA-based dance and music company, BAN RRA RRA!

Dancers YASELIS SÁNCHEZ and JUSTO CERUTO, featured dancers with Cuba’s internationally renown BAN RRA RRA, come to Los Angeles after performance tours of  Miami, and San Francisco. They’ll be demonstrating some of their favorite Cuban dances at the PRE VAN VAN party!

Deejay WARAPO will be playing all the latest CUBAN DANCE MUSIC from CUBAN SALSA! SON! TIMBA! SON! REGGAETÓN! RUMBA! to keep the flow on the dance floor, and KATI HERNANDEZ will amp up our dance energy to welcome Cuba’s favorite dance band, LOS VAN VAN!

$25 gets you into the pre-concert dance party, AND concert! (This specially priced ticket requires you to be in the Conga Room before the end of the pre-concert party.)

The Conga Room’s BOCA restaurant will be open from 5 PM. Reservations can be made at 213 745-0162.


Hike & Rueda at Monserate Mtn. in Fallbrook - Sat. Nov 19th

If you are crazy like me, that can't just get one workout with just rueda de casino but double the workout with an intense hike, then try this challenge. We are meeting up at 9am at Monserate Mtn Trailhead in Fallbrook to go on a 3 hours hike. Seven inclines, incredible views and rueda any chance we get.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Casinero Meet Up for a Morning Hike & Rueda
WHEN: Sat. Nov 19, 2016 at 9am (will start climbing the mountain at 9:20am, first rueda opportunity at 9:15am)
WHERE: Monserate Mtn Trailhead, clickthis link to see where to park
HOW TO PREPARE: Bring 3 bottles of water, hiking shoes, a hat, light coverall (sweatshirt) , sunscreen, and hiking stick if you need it. Bring a backpack for snacks, camera and your water.

Casinero Invasion at Salsa on the Beach - Sun. Nov 20th

We are collaborating with the host of Salsa on the Beach to participate. So if you want to dance rueda de casino or just dance one-on-one casino, then this a great opportunity to get your dance on! There is a possibility we will bring the cardboard for a casino-on-cardboard timba section at this party. More details to come if we need your help!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Casinero Invasion at Salsa on the Beach
WHEN: Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 12-7pm
WHERE: Mission Bay - 3502 Crownpoint Drive, San Diego, CA
HOW TO PREPARE: Bring your beach blankets, beach chairs, a hat for shade, umbrellas, wear layers as it will get cold that night, bring some food and drinks.

Friday Rueda Practice at Oceanside Pier - Fri. Nov 18th

Greetings San Diego Casineros!
It FUN-DAY Friday which means we are taking it outside as usual. Destination rueda practice is  at Oceanside Pier on the north side.  This is a public rueda practice and a social time; a chance to practice all the moves we did in Maritza & Vidal's classes.

Here are the details
WHAT: Rueda Practice Meet Up
WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2016 6:30pm-8:30pm+
WHERE: Meet us on the 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. Bring water and a snacks to share. We will go have dinner together afterwards. 

Maritza's Monday Beginner's Rueda de Casino Level One 4-Week Class Series. Starts Up Mon. Nov. 14th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos!
Yes, it's true! I have a new beginners rueda de casino class starting up in Vista.  My class is integrated with the Soy Bella Fitness Program. This is a Level One Beginners Track for the next four Mondays. To learn more about Maritza's class curriculum, click this link.
SOY BELLA Fitness Program is a collaboration between Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts in partnership with Vista Community Clinic. Soy Bella Fitness Program Mission: cultural and health awareness
Soy Bella membership benefits are:
  • tracking (weight and measurements)
  • nutrition workshops 
  • pedometers and more resources vista community clinic will donate. 
  • free soy Bella shirt 
  • and much more!

WHAT IS RUEDA DE CASINO?  This is Cuban-style salsa in a circle switching partners. If you have never seen this dance before, click this video link to see a random, not choreographed,  rueda de casino circle lead by Maritza Baida when she was in Seattle. This dance will give you a workout, and actually prevents Alzhiemer's. The dance does improves your memory, and you will learn some Cuban Spanish,  and the biggest reason people love it is because people you meet are from all walks of life, people you would have never imagined you would meet (the diversity awareness is huge in this dance. WATCH, you will be addicted!!

WHEN: Monday 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, and 12/5 7:30pm-9pm
To register, please arrive at 7pm to complete the membership form and pay. Class starts promptly at 7:30pm
with your membership it includes the following classes:
        - Zumba Saturdays 6:30pm at the Main Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts Studio
        - Toning & Strength Saturday's 9:30am

2017 Spring Semester Rueda Class Series Dates:
Beginners Level One class series: January 9th, (Jan 16th - no class MLK B-Day), 23rd, 30th,  & Feb 2nd.
Beginners Level Two class series: Feb 13th, (Feb 20th - no class Presidents Day), 27th, Mar 6th & 13th
Beginners Level Three class series: Mar 20th, 27th, Apr 3rd, & 10th
Intermediate Level One series: Apr. 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th
Rueda Performance Training for Ticitozaa Recital at Center for the Arts: May 15th, 22nd, 29th, and Jun 5th (More dates and times during each week in this series will be posted for rehearsals)
Ticitozaa Recital at Center for the Arts Escondido: June 11, 2016

WHERE: Vista Community Center - 642 Vista Village Drive, Vista, CA 92084

COST for Nov 14th-Dec 5th series: $40.00 for the 4 weeks class series. This fee will pay your 4 week rueda class & membership to the Soy Bella Fitness program for the year. It's a 2-in-1 deal. Then in the next series per month, it is $25 a calendar month This is ONLY if you pay for this particular series(ex. $25 for January, $25 for February, etc. for one year). The $25 a month may not match up to the rueda class series. No DROP IN.

Brand NEW dancers starting in January 2017 will need to pay $40 membership (required), PLUS $25 for the Rueda class - TOTAL $65, then each following calendar month is $25 a month. Membership will be good for one calendar year.

Friday Rueda Practice at Grape Day Park - Fri. Nov 11th

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 and an intermediate level practice from this week's instruction. Come ready to sweat and repeat repeat repeat the footwork.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Meet-Up for a rueda de casino practice (beginner level and intermediate level hopefully two callers; two circles)
WHEN: Friday, November 11, 2016 from 6:00pm-8:00pm 
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's Beginner Level 2 Rueda de Casino Registration Now Open- Starts Tues. Nov 15th

This one-month rueda de casino class series in Escondido is for dancers who have excelled in Beginner Level 1. If you have not yet found the beat, or feel your footwork is not automatic muscle memory for guapea, dame, dile que no, enchufla and adios, then take the Monday class in Vista for more training and do NOT sign up for Level 2 yet.
LEVEL 2 BEGINNERS MUST have strong proficiency and timing down for the following rueda commands: Guapea, Dile Que No, Dame, Enchufla, Adios(Prima), Echeverria, Matala series, Un Fly series and a few enchufla add-on's). This registration form is for the following dates: WE'RE MOVING IT A HALF HOUR EARLY!!!
Tuesday nights from 6:00pm-8:00pm; includes a public rueda practice on another day after class)
LEVEL TWO CLASS SERIES DATES:  Due to the Holiday Week in November & December, practice sessions are different days and times after class instruction.
See the schedule dates below:
Tues Nov. 15th - class instruction; Fri. Nov 18th  - rueda practice from Tuesday's instruction @ Oceanside Pier (North side)
Tues. Nov 22nd - class instruction; Sun. Nov 26th - rueda practice at Oceanside Pier 5pm-7pm. Burn your thanksgiving calories!
Tues. Nov. 29th - class instruction;  Wed. Nov 30th - rueda practice at Doug's Studio 6:00pm-8:00pm
Tues. Dec. 6th - class instruction; Wed. Dec. 7th - rueda practice Location TBA - last practice of the year. Maritza is going to Cuba for the rest of year. This will be a potluck, social dancing holiday party with a rueda practice. More details to come.
There are NO Drop-ins and  NO make up classes for this series. We are moving forward to BEGINNER LEVEL THREE once this series is over in January 10, 2017 - February 3, 2017 6pm-8pm
COST: $40.00 person - Please bring cash or check on the first day of class.
Click this link to register for the Level 2 series.

Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) workshop with Dame Salsa Cubana

Dame Salsa Cubana invites you to this fun 3-hour Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) workshop with instructor Robert Morales and assistant instructor Laura Cristina.

WHERE: QD Dance Studio
           7724 Garden Grove Blvd
           Westminster, CA 92683
WHEN: Sunday November 13th
SCHEDULE: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

1:00 PM (Beginners) - Building your foundation.
Price: $10 Online $15 at the door

2:00 PM (Beginner/Intermediate) - Basic Pattern Moves
Price: $10 Online $15 at the door

3:00 PM (Intermediate) - Variations and combination moves
Price: $10 Online $15 at the door

You can buy one hour, two hours or all three hours of class!

Highly suggested and be prepared to share your partner with everyone. :) All dancers will be in a circle changing partners frequently during the dance.

DON'T MISS THIS FUN CUBAN DANCE WORKSHOP so you can JUMP INTO A RUEDA next time you see one at a night club or social event!

Water and snacks will be provided.

PRICE: $30 pre-paid (until Sunday, Nov.13th 10am) or $45 after 10am. You may also buy one or two hours of class. $10 per class pre-paid or $15 per class after 10am Sunday, Nov.13th. 

TO PRE-PAY and secure your spot ONLINE, click here: DameSalsaCubana - Rueda de Casino Workshop

TO PRE-PAY in person, contact Robert or Laura Cristina
You can visit our website or visit our like on facebook to learn about other Cuban Salsa events/Classes!



Help celebrate 13 YEARS of CURUYE.COM, the So Cal cultural website, and 7 YEARS of CURUYE’s CUBAN DANCE PARTIES in L.A., featuring an evening of CUBAN SALSA! SON! TIMBA! REGGAETÓN! RUMBA! RUEDAS de CASINO! RAFFLES! The ever popular DJ WALT DIGZ from SAN FRANCISCO joins L.A.’s fave DEEJAY WARAPO to keep the dance floor hot at the BIG CELEBRATION! 

KATI HERNÁNDEZ will be teaching her AFRO TIMBA dance moves to warm us up for the evening, and her PA’ LA ORILLA DANCE TEAM will be leading line dances, carnival congas, and comparsas throughout the night. We’ll have plenty of room to dance those big ruedas de casino! So far we have ELEANOR ESPINEL, GABI TORRES, HERA KWON, ROSSANA MARTÍNEZ celebrating their November birthdays to add to the festivities! The Granada's CHEF ISRAEL has some special Cuban eats on his varied menu for hungry dancers! 

WEAR YOUR CURUYE T-SHIRT for an extra treat! $12. 


The GRANADA’s MAIN BALLROOM, 17 South First Street, Alhambra 91801. FREE PARKING in structure across the street!

In Orange County: Havana Cuba All-Stars Concert - Wed. Nov 9th

¡Mi Gente! JUST IN from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County | The Havana Cuba All-Stars CONCERT November 9 2016. From the Philharmonic Society website here is the description of the concert:
"Cuban Nights"

Drawing their inspiration from traditional Cuban Son, Cuba’s greatest musicians have created and maintained the songs and music of the rich culture of the Cuban people in the program, “Cuban Nights.” Staying true to an acoustic base, they have developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting, and have preserved the traditions of the Cuban musical art form. The Cuban Nights program is representative of the extraordinary musical legacy of this wonderful country.

The Havana Cuba All-Stars, comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, are devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. The origin of the Havana Cuba All-Stars began when it was created to exemplify the great musical traditions of the Cuban people. This is the debut tour of Cuba’s greatest musicians in the United States and Canada.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Havana Cuba All-Stars Concert
WHEN: Wednesday November 9, 2016 at 8pm
WHERE: Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa  
       South Coast Plaza, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
       Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
COST: Can go from $20-150 depending on seat. Click this link to check seating prices.

Omo Ache 's Special Afro-Cuban Dance Class Series - Starts Nov. 12th

Four Saturdays of Female Orishas of the Yoruba tradition at Juan Carlos Blanco's Afro-Cuban Dance Class @ Stage 7!!!! Classes will be taught by Guest Teacher Lorainis Guerra Baez of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba; This is one of Cuba's renowned and historic folkoric dance companies. Learn dances for Oshun, Oya & Yemaya with Lorainis accompanied by Live drumming!
Here are the details:
WHAT: AfroCuban Dance Series Covering the Female Orishas w/ Guest instructor Lorainis Guerra Baez
WHEN: Saturdays November 12, 19, 26 & December 3rd 3:30pm-5:00pm
WHERE: Stage 7 School of Dance - 3980 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92014
COST: $15 each class
*Skirts not required but recommended. There will be a limited amount of skirts available to use for class.  If you have one, you are encouraged to bring it.