Rueda Que Se Mueva in San Diego (Workshops, Dance Party & Food) - Sat. May 20th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos!

We are super excited to launch the first of many Rueda Que Se Mueva Weekend of workshops, food, dancing, and rueda games.

Purpose: To bring two Cuban dance communities separated by geographic distance together by hosting each other with a place to stay, share a meal together(Potluck style), socialize with each other, dance together, and learn rueda in a fun environment.

Here is the Weekend Itinerary

FRIDAY May 19th 

Friday Rueda Practice at Grape Day Park 
6:00-8:00pm in 
Escondido (next to Center for the Arts)
On the Train Depot Platform

Welcome - Meet & Greet our LA Casineros to Esco! 
Plan 9 Ale House in Escondido
155 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025                   

Casino/Rueda Bootcamp 

Aside from learning standard and fun new moves, These workshops will focus on strengthening the basics of Casino (Cuban Style Salsa).

Session 1: Ladies/Men's styling for casino social dancing 
w/ Kati & Wilfredo
12 noon -1:00pm - 
This includes body movement drills. AUTHENTIC CUBAN body movement, musicality and styling for gentlemen and ladies. When and how to add AFRO-CUBAN or RUMBA to your social dance.

Session 2: Cleaning up the basics in casino and rueda
w/ Maritza & Kati
We will work on Lead and Follow technique, timing drills, partner connection, footwork drills giving you the tools to become a better social dancers. You will get tips for casino social dancing and rueda etiquette. Lastly we will learn how to practice safe Cuban dancing on the dance floor.

Session 3: Rueda Que Se Mueva RUEDA GAMES
w/ Maritza & Kati

This will be our culminating rueda experience taking everything we learned and applying it to rueda de casino and 1-on-1 casino. There will be three casino/rueda games to keep you sharp, creative and knowledgeable.

Cost: $45 - all workshops & entrance to the party
$15 per session
$10 for the party

Dinner at TJ Tacos in Escondido This place is considered one of the               best places for their street tacos

802 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025

Timba Dance Party with DJ Warapo at
California Center for the Arts Escondido - Studio 1 Room

340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
$10 for the party

SUNDAY May 22nd 

San Diego Send Off Breakfast 
Location to be Announced




WARAPO PRODUCTIONS brings CUBA’s hottest band, ALEXANDER ABREU & HAVANA D’ PRIMERA, to L.A. featuring MAYITO RIVERA, former singer with Los Van Van! DJ MELAO will be visiting from MIAMI to co-dj with WARAPO for this special night!  A 21+ event.

When: SUNDAY MAY 28 (doors open 8 PM)
Location: The GLOBE THEATRE 740 S Broadway, Los Angeles, 90014

TIX: $40 TICKETON.COM. Discount using CURUYE (all caps) as PROMO CODE. (Also, see Warapo,   Curuye, Kati have tix!)
VIP TIX: Call 310 989-4817 or  310 989-0143.



RUMBANKETE’s CD RELEASE PARTY for ARCO IRIS will be happening at L.A.’s newest music venue, ZEBULON! COME OUT TO DANCE IT UP and CELEBRATE with the BAND! DJ WALT DIGZ will be coming down from the BAY to jam between the LIVE SETS! KATI HERNÁNDEZ & the PA’ LA ORILLA dancers will be present to add to the festivities! $10. 21+ 

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 8 PM
WHERE: ZEBULON, 2478 Fletcher Drive, LA 90039

Friday Rueda Practice at the Carlsbad Flower Fields Lookout Point - Fri., Apr. 28th

Greetings San Diego Casineros!
It's rueda practice time. This time its in Carsbad. This marks the beginning of my birthday weekend. We will start with Friday Rueda Practice, the practice will start with one hour for beginners and the last hour for intermediate. Dress up or keep some fancy clothes in your car for the next location after rueda practice to Havana Grill and then off to Torch.

If you would like join in the rueda we would love to have you! We are practicing moves taught in this wee's classes such as adios a la abuelasetenta, seiz y nueve, paseala, and coca cola and a lot of "festival" moves for repetition purposes.  Below are a few pictures of the place in front of the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad where we will practice. 

Here are the details:
What: Carlsbad Rueda Practice
When: Friday, April 28th from 6pm-7;30pmpm
                 6pm to 6:45pm - Beginners Rueda Practice
                 6:45-7:30pm - Intermediate Rueda Practice
Where: In front of the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad (on Armada Drive)
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
What better way to enjoy than dancing in front of the flower fields overlooking the ocean. This location is awesome!

Una bulla!

Taurus Timba B-Day Birthday Bash - Sunday, May 7th

Hello Friends! 

The last party was a great turn out so we have decided to do it again. This time around we are celebrating all the Taurus birthdays! If you came last time you know what a great time we had so please spread the word and bring some friends.  To satisfy all those Taurus out there we will be playing primarily timba with a splash of salsa and bachata. 

Here are the details:
WHAT: Social dancing, Ruedas and Birthday Celebration for all Taurus Peeps
WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2017
           Casino Rueda for beginners starts at 5pm
           Intermediate will begin at 6pm
           Party starts at 7pm
COST:Classes are $10
Party only $5 (in an effort to cover studio fees)
*As always if you feel like bringing a dish to share, food is always welcome 😉

Cubamanía Dance Matinée with Deejay Warapo/Pirito Cordova

Facebook: Cubamanía Dance Matinée with Deejay Warapo/Pirito Cordova

AGUAAA!!! APRIL 23 CUBAMANIA DANCE MATINEE with Deejay Warapo, El maestro de la Timba, playing the BEST of CUBAN SALSA/TIMBA, SON, RUMBA, CUBATON, and more!


✮✮CELEBRATING Laura Cristina's BIRTHDAYYYY!!! Join the festivity if your birthday is in APRIL - your entrance is complimentary!



✮✮PRICE: $10 includes Rueda de Casino dance lesson and after Cubamania event ends, enjoy from 9p.m.-1a.m. ✮✮FREE ACCESS TO SALSA & BACHATA ROOMS. Just show your wristband!


✮✮NO CHARGE for CHILDREN UNDER 16 years old

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Robert Morales & Laura Cristina

When: April 23

Where: 5332 Stevens Pl, Commerce, CA 90040

Maritza's Vista Rueda de Casino Series Beginner Level 3.1 begins tonight! April 17th

Greetings Everyone!
I am starting a new rueda de casino series and slowing it down to best cater to my students learning. This series will be a review of Beginner level rueda de casino basic moves and add-ons. As always I tried to keep it interesting and add new moves at beginner level so you have something to practice for your social dancing.

If you have taken a break from rueda de casino and want to see if you got it, this is a great series to check on your technique, your body movement, connection to your partner, and improve your casino moves that 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 improve memory retention, and you will learn some Cuban Spanish along the way. Biggest reason people love it is because you meet people from all walks of life, people you would have never imagined The diversity awareness factor is huge in this dance. WATCH, you will be addicted!!

WHEN: Monday nights 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/Summer Semester Vista Rueda Class Series Dates:
STARTS TONIGHT! Beginner Level 3.1: Apr. 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th
See below for the next upcoming series:
Beginner Level 3.2: May 15th, 22nd, 29th, and Jun 5th 
Rueda de Casino Performance Training Intensive: June 19th, June 26th, July 6th, July 7th
Ticitozaa Recital at Center for the Arts Escondido: July 8, 2017

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

COST: $40 Annual Membership fee + $25 for the class = $65
If you paid the Annual Membership with Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts, then each following calendar month is $25 a month. Membership will be good for one calendar year. 

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!

Escondido Intermediate Level 3 w/ Tim Snedeker Series Begins Tuesday, April 11th

Greeting Casineros y Amigos,
Very happy to announce that Tim has agreed to teach the next level of intermediate. (LEVEL 3) This means you need to know the following moves already:
Candado Cubano + El Cero,  El Dos + Abanico, Montana y El Dedo, Balsero, Vacilala con Entrada, Ponche on 8, Camina la rueda, Pa'dentro y Pa'fuera + Escapate, Caramelo y Chocolate + Escapate, Enchufla con giro, Enrosca + Damce con Cuba, Enchulfa con Cadena.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Intermediate Level 3 Rueda de Casino 4-week class series begins
WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6pm-8pm
COST: Please register using this link for Tim's Series. $40.00 per person; Please bring cash
LOCATION: Doug's studio in Escondido - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026

Maritza's Level 2 Beginner Rueda Series in Escondido Begins Tues, April 11th

Greeting Casineros & Amigos,
Registration is now open for my Level 2 beginner rueda class series.
Participants who have taken Level 1 should come into level 2 with the following knowledge:
  1. Guapea/Basico Cubano (Beginner level 1): camina la rueda, chequendengue
  2. Pal-Medio (Beginner level 1): add-ons included Flaco/gordo, sacal' agua de pozo, caminamos, tarro)
  3. Enchufla (Beginner level 1): add-ons included con mambo, camara lenta, manolin, 1 y 5, festival)
  4. Dile que no (Beginner level 1): dame, dame directo
  5. Other moves taught in Level 1: Un fly series, echeverria, ping pong un vez & ping pong triple
Level 2 will focus on the following moves:
  1. Adios /Prima (Beginner level 2): add-ons include con la hermana, la abuela, la familia
  2. Exhibela (Beginner level 2): add-ons include saca la vecina, con dos manos
  3. Vacilela (Beginner level 2); add-ons sombrero, sombero con una mano, 
Here are the details:
WHAT: Beginner Level 2 Rueda de Casino 4-week class series Begins
WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6pm-8pm
COST: Please register using this link.  $40.00 per person; Please bring cash
LOCATION: Doug's studio in Escondido - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026

Tierra Caliente Timba Dance Party Fundraiser - Friday April 21st

Greeting Everyone,
The non-profit organization who I work for, Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts,  and I will be hosting a Timba Dance Party to raise money for their organization. Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts was founded in 2005 by Jose Jaimes under the discipline of Folklorico Dance. Over the years, it started developing and branching out into an academy representative of the cultural arts. Today, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it offers various levels and ages of Folklorico dance, Cuban Rueda de casino, Teatro en Espanol, Fitness “Soy Bella”, Music, sewing classes, drawing and painting (with Cultural Emphasis) and currently working into opening more programs. Tierra Caliente offers kids, young people, adults in the community to partake in the arts.  To learn more about Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts, click this link.  Please come and help out a great resource providing access to the arts for the local community.

This is a potluck as we have a kitchen in the community center so bring drinks and food to share. Tell your friends to come as there is a beginner level mini lesson of rueda de casino. Mega rueda's that are going to be sprinkled through out the night share fun rueda moves to make people smile.  I am very happy to announce that Carmen Mejia, one of my EscoRueda Team Dance Team Members and her husband will be djing the party (dj Sonido Yare) with your favorite timba with a little sprinkle Cumbia/"Cuban" mambo (Sonidero) and Bachata mixed in. 

So come out and dance. There will be a rueda class for everyone and I will lead some Cuban Salsa Suelta.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Timba Dance Party Potluck fundraiser for Tierra Caliente with a free rueda de casino dance lesson
WHEN: Friday, April 21, 2017  from 7pm to 10pm
WHERE: Vista Community Center - 642 Vista Village Drive, Vista, CA 92084
COST: $5.00 donation fee includes Rueda de Casino dance lesson. Feel free to donate more to this great community resource to converse the cultural arts.

p.s. After the party, we are walking across the street to have some food and drinks at Mother Earth's Brew Company in Old Town Vista. They open until 11pm, so let's dance, clean up quick and head over together.

NEW Venue/GREAT Cuban Band: Q-Ban Street Band Live at The Loading Dock in SD Fri. April 7th

Rumba Entertainment, the host of the 20-year-span of La Jolla Marriot's Salsa Nights, has moved to another venue and they are launching it with a great timba band. Q-Ban Street Band.  YES! They play incredible Cuban music. They are the best for timba in San Diego. I know because I heard them live at the Escondido Library last year and they had the stage presence of Charanga Habanera. They play a lot of cover band music from the timba greats such as Elito Reve Y Su Charangon, Los Van Van, Maykel Blanco, Havana D'Primera. Now, this is a salsa social so I am not sure how much timba they will play. It will depend on the crowd.  Don't miss out! It should be a great night of music regardless. The new salsa night is called Little Italy's Loading Dock. NEW location!

Here are the details:
WHAT: Salsa Night - New Venue - with live music from Q-Ban Street Band.
WHEN: Friday, April 7, 2017 8:30pm Free Salsa Lesson & Bachata;
WHERE: Little Italy's Loading Dock - 2400 Kettner Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
COST: $10 GUEST LIST, for a limited time only. Please reply with first and last names, 619.865.7474. Guest list good till 10:30pm this Friday

Sabor on the Bay 9th Annual All White Cruise: A Tribute to Cuba - Sat. May 27th

Greetings Everyone!
There is a Cuban themed All White Boat dance party happening in San Diego during Memorial Weekend. They are featuring an awesome Cuban band. They were featured at Kati Hernandez's Cuban Ganga's opening night. This is so great to see a live Cuban band and they play Son Cubano. The flyer says timba, as well. Omo Ache Cuban Cultural Arts is performing. Who wants to go dressed in White on a boat and dance casino? To learn more about this event, click this link.
  • 3 hour cruise w/ breathtaking views of San Diego Harbor by night
  • 3 Floors of Music (Live Salsa Band, Top 40 DJ’s + Cuban Afro Dancers on Rooftop)
  • 1000 guests dressed in White (tribute to Cuba)
  • Multi million dollar luxury yacht
  • 5 fully stocked Bars
  • Massive outdoor deck w/ Cuban Cigar + Hookah Lounge
  • Cuba Libre + Mojito drink specials all night
  • Photographers

Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban-Themed Salsa Dance Party on a Boat in the San Diego Bay (Casinero Meet-Up)
WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 8pm 
WHERE: The Hornblower Cruise Dock - 1800 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
COST: $70 General Admission online + $5.85 Service fee; click this link to get your ticket
  • $70 (only 300 tickets available)
  • $80 (last 100 tickets left)
  • $125 VIP Tables (each table seats 10 people)

Taurus Birthday Bash in Encinitas - Sun May 7th

Hello Friends! 
The last party was a great turn out so we have decided to do it again. This time around we are celebrating all the Taurus birthdays! If you came last time you know what a great time we had so please spread the word and bring some friends.  To satisfy all those Tauruses out there we will be playing primarily timba with a splash of salsa and bachata.

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Casineros Birthday Dance Party to Celebrate the Taurus birthdays
WHEN: Sun May 7th, 2017 from 5pm - 9pm
     5pm - Beginner's Rueda de Casino Class with Tim Snedeker
     6pm - Intermediate Rueda de Casino Class with Tim
     7pm - Dance Party
WHERE: Dance North County - 535 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100, Encinitas, CA 92024
COST: Classes are $10;  Party only $5 (in an effort to cover studio fees)
*As always if you feel like bringing a dish to share, food is always welcome 😉

Baila Para La Causa 2.0 in San Diego - Sat. May 13th

Loved Baila Para La Causa and dancing salsa, bachata, and merengue for a good cause? *SAVE THE DATE* for Round 2 and please share so we can make this one even bigger and better. Live music, DJ, beginner dance class, delicious food, and drinks to support "Train for Change" -- a teacher training program that is working to improve education for 1 million children in the most impoverished areas across Honduras.  See you there with your dance shoes! Casineros will meet to dance rueda at this event.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Dance Party for a Cause (Supporting Education for impoverished kids in Honduras)
WHEN: Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 8pm to 1am
WHERE: WorldBeat Cultural Center - 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
COST:  Online Presale click this link
        General Entry $18 + $1.98 service fee
        VIP Booth (Seat 2 + first 2 drinks) $60 + $4.29 service fee
        VIP Table (Seats 6 + Bottle service) $250 + $14.74 service fee
        Donations to support a child's education (optional but appreciated)

Salsa Night for Leukemia & Lymphona Society (LLS) - Sun. Apr 30th in Encinitas

FUN, FUN, FUN - SALSA night on April 30th!
Come out and help us raise funds for local families dealing with blood cancers. Salsa lesson by Jemadean! DJ Farley in the house! Prizes, Opportunity Drawings, snacks and GREAT music! There will be rueda at this event. Tim Snedeker teaches during this time so they combining forces and Tim will be there plus other ruedistas to dance rueda at this event.  $10 at the door. If you cannot make it, we would still appreciate you support! You can donate by clicking here.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Salsa/Rueda Dance Night for a great cause (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
WHEN: Sunday, April 30th, 2017 5:30pm - 9pm
WHERE: Dance North County - 535 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100, Encinitas, CA 92024
COST: $10 at the door

Friday Rueda Practice at Double Peak Park in San Marcos - Fri. April 7th

Hey Everyone! We are changing it up for Friday Rueda Practice. Let's meet up for a rueda de casino practica at the top of Double Peaks Park in San Marcos. This will be a short practica for an hour so come a little early and be ready to go at 6:00pm.  It is gorgeous at the top with a full view of the ocean and the North County San Diego valley. Below are some pictures to help you find your way:
Here are the details:
WHAT: Friday Rueda Practice at Double Peaks Park in San Marcos
WHEN:  Friday, April 28th 6:00-7:30pm
WHERE: Double Peak Park - 900 Double Peak Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078 at the amphitheatre

Havana Grill Night Sexteto Sonero del Caribe Live Every Friday Night

Hey Everyone! Finally a night we are guaranteed some Cuban Son live with Sexteto Sonero del Caribe playing every Friday. They are now considered the house band. So they ahvea weekly debut playing son, chachacha, danzon, boleros while you dine at Havana Grill in Clairemont Mesa.

Any special event (date night, birthday celebration, graduation, anniversaries, just getting together with your dancing family). Sexteto is awesome.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Live Cuban music while dining at a Cuban retaurant
WHEN: Every Friday nights (this week - will be Friday, April 7th) from 9pm-11pm
WHERE: Havana Grill - 5450 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste G, San Diego, California 92117
COST:  They have a limited menu for that night but everything is great. You must buy something from their menu. Here is the link to the menu. Their sangria is awesome.

Casino on Cardboard at Imperial Beach - Sat. Apr 29th

Greetings Casineros,
Let's dance outside on concrete and grass near the Imperial Beach Pier. We haven't been here in a while but you remember how beautiful it was out there. So bring your beach supplies and concrete dancing shoes because this is going to be a lot of fun. What is even more exciting is that our casinero friends from Tijuana can come without having to drive long distances to join us.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casino on Concrete (Cuban salsa dancing on concrete by the beach)
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 4:00pm to 7:00pm
WHERE: Imperial Beach Pier Plaza:  10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Look for us nearest the corner of Seacoast and Elder street and listen for the music and people dancing on the concrete. 
HOW TO PREPARE: Bring beach chairs, sunscreen, walking/dancing shoes, snacks to share. Drinks to share as well! 

Una bulla!