Club Cuba - San Diego Cuban Dance Experience Social - Sat. Aug 5th

San Diego's Cuban Dance Social - This is happening 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month. 

Here are the details:
WHAT: Cuban dance social with a rueda class with Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez
WHEN:  Saturday, August 5, 2017
Doors open @ 8:30pm, animation and Cuban dance lesson @ 9:30pm with Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez, Cuban rumba and social dancing all night until 1:00am.
WHERE: The Movement Dance Center - 1255 W. Moreno Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110
COST:  Cover charge $10 @ the door; FREE parking! Street and behind the facility.

Rueda in the Park's 13th Anniversary Beach Party in LA - Sun. July 23rd

Come celebrate RITP's 13th year of bringing casino/rueda de casino to the community. Dance, eat, sing along to music and enjoy the great company of all our favorite casineros/salseros/timberos, etc.  We can't take you all to cuba to celebrate Rueda in the Park's 13th Year in being, but we can bring la fiesta cubana to Santa Monica/Los Angeles. All Casineros/Salseros welcome.  LADIES get ready for the annual women lead the men rueda that we do every year(la tradicion)...I hope you have been practicing..same goes for the men...time to follow.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda in the Park 13th Anniversary Dance Party at the Beach

WHEN: Sunday, July 23, 2017; 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. o hasta no sacan(or until they kick us out)!!
At 11 a.m class will be taught by Tania, which will be a refresher course of some of the moves we have done in the past. 

WHERE: Show Map   2000 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1012

HOW TO PREPARE: Please bring something to share as this is a potluck...make sure it is cooked as we can't cook there. Try to bring enough for 15-20 people for whatever dish, drink, etc you are bringing. And no alcohol is allowed as this is Santa Monica. We will have a List so people know what to bring or what others are bringing that way we don't have 50 bags of chips or cookies. Please add what you will bring when you RSVP on the Facebook event page.  Plates, Cups, napkins and utensils ARE covered......

Note: You might want to bring change for parking meters or just park where there is flat rate parking. See you there!

Potluck List:
Tania - anniversary fruit torta from portos....of course

**We need side dishes (potatoes, frijoles negros, rice, yucca, salads, international dishes are great as well etc); main dishes (meats -porks, chicken, beef, etc); drinks (water, juice, soda, lemondate etc).

Club Cuba - San Diego Cuban Dance Social - Sat. July 22nd

Greeting Everyone!
Her is our one opportuntity to not have to drive long distances to dance to some good timba. Right here in our own backyard (a.k.a San Diego). Let support this social event by making an appearance and dancing with friends. This is happening now on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month - except for July.

Here are the details:
WHAT: San Diego's very own Cuban Dance Social 
WHEN: Sat. July 22, 2017  Doors open @ 8:30pm - social dancing all night.
WHERE: The Movement Dance Center (upstairs) 1255 W. Moreno Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110
COST: Cover charge $10 @ the door
FREE parking! Street and behind the facility.



Maritza's Level 2 Beginner Rueda de Casino Series in Escondido Begins Tues, August 1st

Greeting Casineros & Amigos,
Registration is now open for my Level 2 beginner rueda class series in Escondido.
Participants who have taken Level 1 should come into level 2 with the following moves:
  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 etc
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, August 1, 2017 6:30pm-8pm
COST: Please register using This Online Form $40.00 per person; Please bring cash
LOCATION: California Center for the Arts Escondido -
- 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025 Studio Room #4
WEBSITE: See Maritza's curriculum in the Casino Rueda Links tab

Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts - Rueda de Casino FREE Promo class - Monday, July 31st

Greetings Everyone!!
For all new dancers who are interested and habr never tried dancing  Rueda de Casino (a.k.a. Cuban salsa in a rueda "wheel" formation), this is your chance to try it out and then consider taking the 4-week series each Monday there after through the Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts. 
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!!

Here are the details:
WHAT: FREE PROMO Rueda de Casino Class
WHEN: Monday, July 31st, 2017 7:30pm-9pm
WHERE: Vista Community Center - 642 Vista Village Drive, Vista, CA 92084

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR Maritza's  1-Month Level 1 Beginners in August - Come to the FREE promo rueda de casino class to sign up a week before. 
COST: Annual Membership is a one-time a year $40 fee + $25 for the Rueda de casino 1-month class. A total of $65 for Level 1, then its $25 for Level 2 , and $25 for Level 3 thereafter. Registration forms will be available a the promo class.

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!

SAVE THE DATE! Curuye Timba Dance Party - Sunday Aug. 13th

Hey Everyone!
SAVE THE DATE! We are heading to LA for the Curuye Timba dance party!! Get your dance shoes ready. Kay has asked Maritza to teach a rueda de casino class for the party. So lets caravan a bunch of people to dance with our LA amigos and casineros. If you have never been to a Curuye party before, you have to at least try it once in your life.
Here are the tentative details:
WHAT: San Diego Casineros go to LA for a timba dance party
WHEN: Sunday, August 13th 5pm -10pm Rueda de casino class starts at 5:30pm
WHERE: The Granada LA - 17 S. 1st Street, Alhambra, CA
COST: $10 per person; if you have a birthday in August, please let Maritza know so she can tell Kay to organizer to put your name on the cake.  Maritza's contact is listed in the Dance Instructor's tab on this blog.

Gente de Zona - Visualizate US Tour Concert in San Diego -

Hey Everyone!
Gente de Zona is going to be in San Diego next month. This is a treat to see that they will be in our neck of the desert! Ha! Don't forget to purchase your tickets!!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Gente de Zona Concert (Direct of Cuba)
WHEN:  Friday, August 11, 2017
Doors: 7PM
Show: 8PM
All support acts are subject to change without notice. All ages welcome. All persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or by a responsible adult 25 years of age or older who has written authorization from a parent or guardian.
WHERE: San Diego House of Blues - 1055 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
TICKETS: $35 for General admission (standing only) plus $11.50 online fee = $46.50 total
Click this link to purchase your ticket

Friday Rueda Practice at Oceanside Pier - Friday, July 14th

Now that all the performances are done, we can get back to our regular routine events like Friday Rueda Practice, this is for anyone who took my class and all casinero friends who jsut want to dance and hang out. We can go get some yummy Mexican food at Colima's in Oceanside afterwards.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Friday Rueda Practice at Oceanside Pier
WHEN: Friday, May, 2017 6:30pm-8:30pm
                                            8:30pm-ish - we will go to the Stone Brewery in Oceanside
WHERE: The north side of the Oceanside Pier down the right side of the stairs
300 The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054

Casinero Meet Up at Salsa on the Beach Event - Sat. July 15th

Let's meet up with our Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, friends at the Salsa on the Beach event this Saturday. As if we didn't get enough from last weeks dance festejon in Chula Vista.  I already miss you all. Some of us are going to be dancing in the San Diego Pride Parade which finishes at 3pm. We will head over to Mission Bay to join in one the fun time dancing at the beach. If you are heading to the Salsa on the Beach event early, please bring duct tape as they are setting up a cardboard dance floor. Josh Gordon the organizer also traveled to Cuba recently and is hooked on Cuban salsa suelta and will be leading some of the suelta lines at the event.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casinero Meet-Up at the "Salsa on the Beach" event 
WHEN: Saturday, July 15th from 3pm to 830pm (the event goes from 1pm to 8:30pm); Maritza will arrive after 3pm. 
WHERE: 3502 Crown Point Drive San Diego, CA 92109,
HOW TO PREPARE: Bring beach chairs, food/drinks to share as this is a potluck style event, Umbrellas, beach towels. Bring a swimsuit because it will be hot and we can cool off doing a rueda in the water. 


SUNDAY, JULY 9,  5:00-10:00 PM


PREPÁRENSE! Since July is the month of Santiago de Cuba’s famous carnival, throughout the night, between dancing CASINO (Cuban salsa), RUEDAS de CASINO, and REGGAETÓN LINES, KATI will lead us in some carnival ‘conga lines’ Santiago style! DEEJAY WARAPO will keep us on the dance floor playing CUBAN SALSA! SON! TIMBA! REGGAETON! RUMBA!


Arrive early to take KATI HERNÁNDEZ & DAMON WEBBER’s 5:15 PM RUEDA de CASINO class! 

Raffle tonight for drink tix and RUMBANKETE’s new cd ‘ARCO IRIS’!

The Granada serves up a variety of tasty dishes from sandwiches to entrees for hungry dancers! 

$10 cover includes dance class. All ages welcome. 

The GRANADA, 17 So First Street, Alhambra 91801. FREE PARKING in structure across from The Granada.