Casinero Meet-Up at 2nd Annual South Bay Salsa Festival - Sunday, July 9th

Summer is going to be packed with wonderful rueda and casino dancing opportunities. We were invited to perform a rueda performance at this event. See our picture below in the flyer. We will be there to call some ruedas and take in the beautiful view of the South Bay in Chula Vista. Get your tickets now as they are going fast for this event.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casineros Meet Up at the 2nd Annual South Bay Salsa Festival
WHEN: Sunday, July 9th 12pm-6:30pm
WHERE: 550 Marina Bayside North, J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
COST: General $30; $40 at the door;  VIP (Reserved Seats) go for $60; $70 at the door
21& over (ID Required);   CLICK THIS LINK to buy your tickets.

Ticitozaa - Dance Recital feat. New EscoRueda Performance - Sat. July 8th

Our Tierra Caliente Academy Annual dance recital to be presented July 8th, 2017 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Doors to theater open 6:30pm, show starts 7pm. Our dance recital will include our folklorico programs and salsa "rueda de casino". Family event whose main purpose is embracing the cultural arts and sharing it with the community. Cultural Appreciation and Cultivating Education through the Arts.
* Tierra Caliente Academy a 501 c3 non-profit and your purchased ticket will benefit our current and new upcoming programs. 
Nuestro recital bajo Tierra Caliente Academy se presentará el 8 de Julio, 2017 en El Centro de Artes de Escondido. Las puertas del teatro se abren a las 6:30pm y el show comienza a las 7pm.

Nuestro recital incluye todas las clases de Folklorico y el de Salsa "Rueda de Casino". Evento familiar con el propósito principal de difundir las artes culturales y compartirlas con nuestra comunidad. Apreciación Cultural y Cultivando Educación a travez de las Artes.

Tierra Caliente Academy es una organización sin fines de lucro 501c3 y la al comprar su boleto estará apoyando nuestro programas actuales y los que se vienen en camino. Gracias!

Friday Rueda Practice at Oceanside Pier - Fri. May 26th

It's the start of the Summer!! We are taking it outside to Oceanside Pier for our Friday Rueda Practice. The weather is perfect to be dancing outside. If you miss Casino on Concrete this last weekend, you have a chance to make it up by coming to the rueda practice.  Then we can go afterwards to the Local Tap House for food and drinks.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Friday Rueda Practice at Oceanside Pier
WHEN: Friday, May, 2017 6:30pm-8:30pm
                                            8:30pmish - we will go to the Local Tap House for a drink & food
WHERE: The north side of the Oceanside Pier down the right side of the stairs
300 The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054

Club Cuba -San Diego Cuban Dance Social - Sat. June 3rd

San Diego's Cuban Dance Social - This is happening 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month. 
Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban Dance Social feat. Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez to teach a Cuban dance lesson
WHEN: Saturday, June 3rd 2017
              Doors open @ 8:30pm, 
              Cuban dance lesson @ 9:00pm with Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez, 
              Cuban rumba and social dancing all night until 1:00am.
WHERE: The Movement Dance Center - 125 W. Moreno Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110
COST: Cover charge $10 @ the door
FREE parking! Street and behind the facility.

Direct From Cuba- Havana D' Primera Feat. Mayito Rivera in L.A - Sun. May 28th


Direct from Cuba - Havana de Primera Featuring Mayito Rivera & DJ Melao direct from Miami. Don't miss this unforgettable event with the best current orchestra from Cuba.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Concert with best Cuban Orchestra - Havana de Primera
WHEN: Sunday (of Memorial Day Weekend) , May 28, 2017 
Doors open at 8pm
COST: $40.00 before the day off. Fee will increase at the door. Click here to buy online.
For VIP Please Call (310) 989-0143 or (310) 989-4817
Más información 1800-668-8080
Comprar Online:

NOCHE CUBANA Sat. June 10th


The Summer Installment of Noche Cubana is here with a night of Live Cuban Music, Dance, Culture & Cuisine!  Transport yourself to Havana with a Live RUMBA show!  Dance to the classic & contemporary sounds of Cuban band, SAOCO SON!  Enjoy a complementary Salsa suelta lesson! And dance the night away with DJ WARAPO playing all the best Cuban dance music for all you casineros and Cuban music lovers. Ruedas welcome on this dance floor!  Authentic cuisine & beverages available for purchase.  ALL AGES Event!

When: SAT. June 10th, 7PM - 12AM

Where: WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. SD, CA. 92101

Cost: $20 (admission sold at door/ day-of)
*Children 12 & Under FREE

Rueda Que Se Mueve Project in San Diego - May 20th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos!

Kati Hernàndez & I are super excited to launch the first of many Rueda Que Se Mueve Weekend of Casino/Rueda/Cuban dance styling bootcamp sessions, food, dancing, and rueda games.

Purpose: To bring two Cuban dance communities separated by geographic distance together by hosting each other,share a meal together, socialize with each other, dance together, learn rueda in a fun environment and working together on techniques to become a better Cuban style dancer.

On the weekend of May 20th - San Diego will host Los Angeles casineros and Cuban dance lovers.




PACKAGE DEAL! $45 for all 3 workshops & entrance to the party (saves you $10!)
Workshop Pass: $15 per session
Timba Dance Party Pass: $10


PACKAGE DEAL! $50 for all 3 workshops & entrance to the party (saves you $5)
Workshop Pass: $17 per session
Timba Dance Party Pass: $12

Friday - May 19th

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday Rueda Practice led by Kati!

Grape Day Park in Escondido (next to Center for the Arts) on the Train Depot Platform (No cost to practice!)

321 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

8:30 - 10:00 pm

Welcome LA Casineros to Esco!
Meet and greet our LA casineros for drinks at Plan 9 Ale House in Escondido. (Cost not covered.)

155 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

10:00 pm+

Welcome Party continued! (and it's $FREE!)

Meet for an evening of music, dance, drinks, dominoes, etc at a small local dance studio. Bring your own beer, rum, wine, and food. :)

1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026

***Parking is limited, please plan to carpool if you can.

Saturday - May 20th

Casino/Rueda Bootcamp with Kati & Maritza

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

340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

***** IMPORTANT ****** Shoe types allowed for the workshops are ONLY leather soled shoes or soft rubber soled jazz shoes. Dance socks that cover the ENTIRE shoe are allowed. NO HARD soled shoes are allowed unless they are dress shoes. Shoes with nails are NOT permitted. Socks are allowed :) 

12 noon - 1:00 pm - Session 1: Ladies/Men's styling for casino social dancing w/ Kati & Maritza

LEVEL: All levels welcome!
Room: Studio 4
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.

*No food allowed in the room. Water bottles or drinks with lids are OK.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Session 2: Cleaning up the basics in casino and rueda w/ Kati & Maritza

LEVEL: Requires basic rueda de casino knowledge.
Room: Studio 4
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.

*No food allowed in the room. Water bottles or drinks with lids are OK.

2:30 pm - 4 pm - Session 3: Rueda Que Se Mueve RUEDA GAMES w/ Kati & Maritza

LEVEL: Requires basic rueda de casino knowledge.
Room: Studio 4
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.

*No food allowed in the room. Water bottles or drinks with lids are OK.

6:00 pm

Dinner at TJ Tacos in Escondido (Cost not covered.)

802 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025


Alcohol is not provided nor allowed inside the dance party (Center for the Arts rules), BUT, there are many spots close by that provide tasty libations! Grand Ave has many places to explore :)

Timba Dance Party with DJ Warapo 

8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Room: Studio 1

California Center for the Arts Escondido
340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

*** ALL shoe types are allowed at the party :) ***

*Food and beverage are allowed for the party. NO ALCOHOL is allowed in the space.

Sunday - May 21st


There are many great breakfast options in Oceanside near the pier. (Cost not covered.)

11:00 am

Casino on Concrete @ Oceanside Pier for a final dance practice. (No cost to practice!)

The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054

Beginner Level 1 Rueda de Casino Series to Starts June 6th

Greetings Everyone!
Due to a high demand of requests, I am opening registration for my One-Month Summer Beginners Series for Level 1. This is series is for anyone who has never danced Cuban salsa before. If this describes you, then this class is for you.

"Level 1: Never danced at all, brand new to the Cuban style dances, 2 left-feet;don't know how to find the beat, Salsa on-1(LA style, Mambo) dancers wanting to try casino/rueda de casino for the first time or you took one rueda class; did it one time but forgot it all "

Register for the Series: please complete this Online Google Form as this helps to determine how many leads and follows there will be in the class.  Please pay cash on the first day of the class. Registrations accepted until the day of the 1st class.
WHEN: Tuesdays 6pm to 7:30pm and additional Friday Rueda Practice
LOCATION:  1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92081; turn left. 
This is a private dance studio in Doug Simon's property. The studio is a yellow-painted separate garage-turned-dance-studio. There will be an A-frame sign that says: Rueda De Casino a.k.a. Cuban Salsa class at the entrance of their drive way.  Look for the "BLUE reflector lights" off of Iris Lane.  Go past the first house on the left side. Please park on the other side of the street from the studio

WHAT TO BRING: Water bottle, small towel, comfortable sneakers or suede-bottom dance shoes. 

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? Contact Maritza directly: or Phone: 206-300-4523

COST: $40.00 for the whole series. Do not miss a class, there is no make up class. The purpose of a closed series is to raise the level of casino rueda dance knowledge to the next level. There are 3 levels of Beginner level. This is LEVEL 1. To read more about Maritza's curriculum, click this link.

Rueda Practice Turns Dance Party Celebration for Cinco de Mayo in Escondido - Fri. May 5th

Hello My Familia!
Great news. Instead of a rueda practice at one of our outside spots, we are going to have rueda practice and a dance party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Doug's Studio. This is a potluck/snack-luck and yes, bring your favorite favorite beverage.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Combined Rueda Practice & Cinco de Mayo Celebration Dance Party
WHEN: Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 6:30pm+
WHERE: Doug's Studio (Private Residence) 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
HOW TO PREPARE: This is casual and all the potluck items will be set on tables outside the studio room. Bring covers for your potluck items and or bring a cooler with your drinks to share. Also Bring some beach chairs or lawn chairs so you have a place to sit out in the driveway. The studio is a perfect size for dancing and the outside is a driveway - where all the food and beverages will be.
DONATION: $2 or $3 to help with electricity bill and maintenance for the studio.

New Rueda de Casino 4-week Series in Escondido begins Tues. May 9th

Register Now for 
Beginner Level 3 Rueda de Casino with Maritza 
from 6pm to 8pm

Intermediate Level 3.1 Rueda de Casino with Tim & Rocio 
from 8pm to 9:30pm

When: Tuesdays & Fridays 6:00pm-8:00pm
Tuesdays are instruction; 
Fridays are rueda practices to review what was covered in Tuesday class and a more social time to practice one-on-one casino using rueda moves.

Beginner Level 3 Rueda de Casino Series: May 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th
This one-month rueda class series is set up for Beginner Level 2 Cuban salsa dancers. This mean, dancers have completed Beginner Levels 1 and 2 and already know the following dance commands: Guapea, Dame, Dile Que No, Enchufla, Exhibela, Adios Prima, Pa'l Medio, Pa'bajo, Vacilala and Setenta (in addition to Echeverria, Matala series, Un Fly series and a few add-on's to the above mentioned moves). This series will take you into add-on moves and group moves plus moves Maritza learned in Cuba plus footworks and body movement drills for social dancing.

REGISTRATION for Beginner Level 3 Rueda Series: 
Please complete this online registration form. This helps us figure out how many leads and follows we have in the group.
COST: $40.00 per person; Please bring cash
LOCATION: Doug's studio in Escondido - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
WEBSITE: See Maritza's curriculum in the Casino Rueda Links tab

Intermediate Level 3.1 Rueda de Casino Series: 
May 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th
Expands the learning of intermediate level rueda de casino moves as there are so many. This will be a continuation from the previous series and adding more complicated moves. Student must be proficient in the following moves: 
Dedo, Montana, Balsero, 70 Complicada, 71, 72, Abanico, Juana La Cubana, Amistad, Rotorno, Caramelo Y Chocolate, Escapate, Enrosca, Dame con Cuba, Dame con giro, Patin, Ponle Sabor, Siete Moderno, Candado Cubano and all basic rueda moves. This series will add more intermediate/advanced moves.

REGISTRATION for Intermediate Level 3.1 Rueda Series
Please complete this online form to register
COST: $40.00 per person; Please bring cash
LOCATION:  Doug's studio in Escondido - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
There are NO Drop-ins and NO make up classes for this series. Do not miss a class or you will have to wing it! The purpose of a closed series is to raise the level of casino rueda dance knowledge to the next level. There are 3 levels of intermediate in learning rueda de casino.  

Contact Info:
Maritza Baida
Vista and Escondido, CA
Beginner Casino/Rueda
Facebook: Baila Cubano San Diego, Inc.