I am Cuba - The film playing at the San Diego Museum of Art - Fri. Feb 9th

I am Cuba is a Soviet propaganda film that has been rediscovered and restored in the 1990s, with the support of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, due to the startling lyricism of its cinematography. (Cuba, 1964) Not rated, recommended for mature audiences

This film is presented as a part of the Latin American Film Series, a series of five films that bring to life characters, stories, issues, and themes portrayed or evoked in "Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection." sdmart.org/film

Here are the details:
WHAT: I am Cuba - a movie showing
WHEN: Friday, February 9, 2018 8pm-10pm
WHERE: San Diego Museum of Art - 1450 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101
The screening will be held in the James S. Copley Auditorium at the San Diego Museum of Art.
$10 general admission / $7.50 seniors and military / $5 members and students
Click this link to buy your tickets
Show your film screening ticket for free Museum admission during Art After Hours from 5:00–8:00 p.m. 

Rumba Descarga Jam in San Diego (Logan Heights) - Tues. Feb 6th

Join us for an evening of Afro - Cuban Rumba.
Led by: Paul M Lopez plus special guests

If youre a professional salsero / rumbero drummer around town come sign up to sit in!!
* Now serving soft drinks, snacks and beer (Id required to purchase beer)

WHEN:  Tuesday Feb. 6, 2018,  7:00pm to 10:00pm
WHERE: La Bodega Gallery - 2196 Logan Ave., San Diego, CA 92113
COST: Free admission / Open to all ages

La Rumba - Celebration - Juan Carlos's Birthday at the WorldBeat Center - Sat. Feb 3rd

Hola CommUnity!
La Rumba is a Cuban celebration of music, dance & percussion. Join Juan Carlos Blanco Saturday Feb. 3rd as he brings 'la rumba' back to WBC! A little history: In 1998, Juan Carlos started 'la Rumba' at the WorldBeat Center in San Diego. His intention was to create a space where the Cuban commUnity could meet and enjoy our music and culture. He also wanted his culture to reach other members of the commUnity; the diverse groups of Latinos in San Diego, and really any and everybody who appreciates good Cuban music. Now, 20 years later Juan Carlos is celebrating the anniversary of that Rumba and relaunching this tradition at the WorldBeat Center.

Come experience a traditional Cuban Rumba featuring myself, Juan Carlos Blanco & my musical guests! I'll be teaching a Rumba Lesson starting at 7:30pm. This will get you warmed up and for those who are new to Rumba, you'll get some moves that will come in handy throughout the night.
Also added an Open Rumba segment...where you can join in and play! Come on Rumberos and Rumberas and jam with us!

Sat. Feb. 3rd at WBC! 7-11pm.
Admission: $5
All Ages/ Family-friendly
Food & Beverages by One World Café available for purchase.
LOCATION: WorldBeat Center - 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Sexteto Sonero del Caribe at Bel Vino Winery in Temecula - Fri. Feb 2nd

The Bel Vino Winery's Friday Nite Live event presents Sexteto Sonero Del Caribe!
Start your weekend off "Sexteto Style" as you watch them perform their blend of rhythmic tropical music from Cuba and Puerto Rico! Dancing 'til 10pm - Charanga, Salsa, Timba, Merengue, Bachata. Come on over for good music, food, friends...and plenty of good wine!

Here are the details:
WHAT: Live Cuban Music & Dancing with San Diego's finest Son Band
WHEN: Friday, Feb 2, 2018 6pm-10pm
WHERE: Bel Vino Winery in Temecula 33515 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
COST: FREE just buy some wine and food

Casino on Concrete at Oceanside Pier - Sun. Feb 4th

Greeting Casineros & Amigos!!
This weekend in San Diego, we have Rueda Con Ritmo (Ryan & Sidney) coming down to party with us. Saturday are their workshops, click this link to see their workshops. On Sunday, we are doing the February installment of Casino on Concrete happen at the Oceanside Pier. See the picture below.
This is a snack-luck event outside, so dress accordingly, I will bring the boom box and we will dance rueda de casino with Ryan & Sidney calling all kinds of ruedas!! Don't miss out on the fun.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda de casino dance meet up at Oceanside Pier
WHEN: Sunday, February 4, 2018 11am-2pm
WHERE: The north side of the Oceanside Pier down the right side of the stairs
300 The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054

Spring 2017 Beginner Level 1 Rueda de Casino Series Begins Tues. March 6th

Is Rueda de Casino part of your Bucket List for 2018? Did you make it a New Years Resolution to sign up to learn this fun Cuban dance in 2018? Here is your chance to sign up. Maritza only opens the door once every 4 months for people to learn as it is a cohort lock-step class series. The purpose is to advance the level of the brand new dancer within 4 months.

This includes a Friday rueda practice from 6:30pm-8:00pm to be announced weekly on the main blog page. 
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/skill to the next level. There are 3 levels of beginner in learning rueda de casino.  

    Rueda de Casino Beginner Level 1 Series NOW CLOSED 
    full to capacity!! 
    REGISTRATION: Registration Form is now closed
    TIME & DATES: 7pm-8:30pm, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 2018
    This is a 4-month commitment to complete Beginner Level 1, 2, 3 and a month of clean up for performance.
    COST: $40.00 per person
    LOCATION:  California Center for the Arts Escondido: 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
    WEBSITE: See Maritza's curriculum in the Casino Rueda Links tab 
    REQUIREMENTS: no experience needed. 

    Rueda Con Ritmo Cuba Trip Info Session & Workshops - Sat. Feb. 3rd

    ATTENTION CASINEROS! Ryan Mead and Sidney Weaverling, co-directors of RUEDA CON RITMO Dance Company(Bay Area) are coming down to San Diego this coming weekend to entice you to come with them and Maritza to Cuba in December 2018. They are offering 1-week, 2-week or 3 week trips to Santiago & Havana plus other places while you are there.
    While they are in town, they are offering some cool workshops for the up and coming casinero. With so many beginners here, this is your chance to learn about dancing to accents in the music. You know how much we love their classes at Cuban Dance congresses. To learn more about Sidney & Ryan, please check out their bios and videos on their website titled http://www.ruedaconritmo.com/index.html or Google Rueda Con Ritmo 

    Below is the schedule for the Saturday events:
    WORKSHOP #1: 3:30pm - Power of the Ponche: How to listen & dance to the music to nail the accents and breaks
    WORKSHOP #2: 4:30pm - Musicality: Son & Changing Time (a tiempo ‘on 1’ and contratiempo ‘on 2’)
    WORKSHOP #3: 5:30pm - Fun Rueda Moves: Beg/Int & Int/Adv (Separate Groups Taught Simultaneously by Ryan & Sidney)
    PRE-SALE Workshop Prices:
    1 class $15 (At-the-door $20)
    2 classes $25 (At-the-door $35)
    3 classes(Full packet) $40 (At-the-door $45)
    You must complete this registration form for the pre-sale price

    INFO SESSION CUBA TRIP: 6:30pm - 8pm - Wine & Cheese Social Cuba Trip Info Session/Slideshow (FREE but bring some wine and cheese or other snacks)

    Noche de Timba at Cafe Bar Europa The Turquoise w/ DJ Sandunga - Fri. Jan 26th

    Enjoy a night of timba, casino, rueda, and dominoes with DJ Sandunga! Locals unite!!! Let's support our local bar that welcomes timba and casino.This event is part of the kick-off and welcome party for La Rueda Que Se Mueve Weekend.  For more information on this weekend-long event, please click this link 

    Here are the details:
    WHAT: Casinero Meet Up at the end of the month for dancing
    WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2018 10pm-1am
    WHERE: Cafe Bar Europa The Turquoise - 873 Turquoise St, San Diego, California 92109
    COST: $10 cover charge at the door. 

    HOW TO PREPARE:  Bring $10 cash OR bring your phones to pay the cover charge on your phone. If you use your cellphone to pay for the cover charge, you are privi to the special drink discounts. You purchase drinks and food worth over $20, you get your cover charge back. It does not apply if you pay cash.
    Important to know
    Use this website to order your food and drinks: https://www.opendining.net/menu/594a027c505ee9096b7b23d5

    Casino On Concrete at Tuna Harbor Park (San Diego Bay) - Sun. Jan 28th

    Greetings Casineros & Amigos!
    We are launching the first of our monthly Casino on Cardboard/Concrete/AstroTurf/Grass where we get together to dance casino and rueda de casino outside in San Diego with our friends. This year we are trying out new & different parks with waterfront views. 

    This January 2018 installment of Casino on "Whatever" (Ha!) will be at Tuna Harbor Park near Downtown San Diego. This is the send off event for Rueda Que Se Mueve Weekend where we share a bit of our San Diego Rueda culture with our visiting casineros who stayed the weekend to take workshops and party with us the nights before. To learn more click this link.

    Here are the details:
    WHAT: Casino on Concrete at Tuna Harbor Park
    WHEN: Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
    WHERE: Tuna Harbor Park in the San Diego Bay,  3 Tuna Ln, San Diego, CA 92101
    WEBSITE about this park, click this link
    PARKING: Parking is a bit difficult: there are meters and some parking lots as well. 
    HOW TO PREPARE: Bring beach chairs and blankets to lay on the grass, sneakers with arch supports for the dancing on concrete. 
    San Diego casineros: please bring a potluck/snack-luck item

    Rueda Que Se Mueve in San Diego - Fri-Sun Jan 26-28th

    Greetings Casineros & Amigos!

    Kati Hernandez & Maritza Baida are hosting the 3rd of many Rueda Que Se Mueve weekends, this time in San Diego! Be ready for a full weekend of Casino/Rueda/Cuban dance styling workshops, food, dance parties, and rueda games. Let the dancing begin!!

    SCHEDULE and TICKET Info Below!
    If you are visiting and have not yet reserved a place to stay in San Diego scroll all the way down for accommodation suggestions.

    FRIDAY - January 26th

    Meet and Greet with our visiting casineros!
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    (NOT included in Eventbrite tickets)
    Havana Grill
    5450 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117

    Website: havanagrillrestaurants.com



    w/ DJ Sandunga of San Diego! Dancing, Drinks, Dominoes, and Timba!
    10:00 pm - 1:00 am
    $10 cover charge at the door
    (NOT included in Eventbrite tickets)
    Cafe Bar Europa The Turquoise
    873 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109

    Website: theturquoise.com

    Bring you cell phones charged so you can order drinks and food online to your table.

    SATURDAY - January 27th
    Included in the Eventbrite ticket, (full package,or a la carte workshops or just dance party)
    PACKAGE - All 3 Workshops & Saturday Night Party w/ DJ Walt Digz
    $45 PRE-SALE
    $50 AT-THE-DOOR

    WORKSHOPS - w/ Kati Hernandez, Wilfredo Guilbiac, and Maritza Baida
    $15 each PRE-SALE
    $17 each AT-THE-DOOR

    TIMBA DANCE PARTY - w/ DJ Walt Digz of San Francisco
    $8 PRE-SALE
    $10 AT-THE-DOOR

    BUY YOUR TICKETS on EVENTBRITE by clicking this link
    Dancing Unlimited Studio
    4569 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92116
    w/ Kati Hernandez, Wilfredo Guilbiac, and Maritza Baida
    Pre-register on this Eventbrite link

    Objectives: to offer something that you don't find at a congress. To expand more time to really learn a lot of technique in casino and rueda de casino

    Ataca! Groove the Cuban Way
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Learn Connection to your partner, follow and leading techniques -
    Led by Kati. This includes body movement drills and musicality drills, and styling for gentlemen and ladies. That will help you with your social dancing.

    Rumba: Casino con Rumba
    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm -
    Led by Kati & Wilfredo
    Casino patterns, rumba & mixing Casino with Rumba

    Cubanisate con La Rueda
    4:00 pm - 5:00pm
    Lead by Kati & Wilfredo, Rueda games with Maritza

    This class will be led my Kati and Wilfredo class applying what we learned in previous classes, adding fun Cuban moves to the rueda. Followed by rueda games to keep practicing and have fun in the rueda.


    w/ DJ Walt Digz from San Francisco! Dominoes tables will be set up as well.
    Pre-register on this Eventbrite link
    9:00 pm - 1:00 am
    Bring your own food and
    LOCATION: A Time To Dance Studio
    Get there 1/2 hour early to find in the neighborhood as it is a challenge
    3982 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

    SUNDAY - January 28th

    Breakfast On-Your-Own Options:

    Snooze an AM Eatery in Hillcrest - this place gets packed so get in line early. Food is awesome! Best breakfast place in SD3940 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
    Website: snoozeeatery.com

    Hash House a Go Go - also in Hillcrest can have a big line to get in but the food is amazing.3628 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
    Website: hashhouseagogo.com

    Cafe Bassam - Haven't been here but it has 4.5 stars
    3088 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
    Website: cafe-bassam.cafes-city.com

    A SAN DIEGO TRADITION: Casino on Concrete at Tuna Harbor Park (San Diego Bay)
    Taking the dance party continuing the rueda games 
    outside with a great view of the bay
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Website about this park, click this link
    This is a FREE event except for parking, Parking is a bit difficult: there are meters and some parking lots as well. San Diego casineros: please bring a potluck/snack-luck item

    Where are people staying? 
    Here are few options and resources. Where are people staying for this event so far? There are no specific Rueda Que Se Mueve hotel deals, these are just where people happen to be reserving a room. You can check on Google, Orbitz, Booking.com, Kayak.com etc to find deals. 

    USA San Diego Hostel Downtown - 726 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
    Website: usahostels.com
    Phone: (619) 232-3100
    Rated the best hostel in SD and affordable

    Courtyard Marriott Mission Valley San Diego (Hotel Circle)
    595 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108

    To stay close to all activities: Look for hotels within Hotel Circle and Downtown SD
    Suggestions, see below:
    Super 8 San Diego Hotel Circle
    Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle near Seaworld
    Atwood Hotel
    Hotel Iris
    Best Western Seven Seas
    Kings Inn San Diego
    Handlery Hotel San Diego
    La Quinta Inn and Suites San Diego Mission Valley
    Courtyard by Mariott San Diego
    Quality Suites San Diego Sea World Area

    For hostels, explore www.hostelworld.com
    And of course, www.airbnb.com

    Resource: Add this app to your phone (available for iPhones and Androids and GooglePlay): 
    Hotel Tonight - Amazing Deals - you can get great deals for hotels in SD. 


    SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 5-10 PM
    The GRANADA, 17 So First Street, Alhambra 91801



    DEEJAY WARAPO will be playing the best and latest contemporary Cuban dance music!  By popular demand, MARITZA BAÍDA will be back up from San Diego to keep the RUEDA de CASINO flowing with a 5:30 PM class! KATI HERNÁNDEZ will be leading some AFRO TIMBA  to bring the good energy of Cuba’s Yoruba tradition to our celebration!

    Get a taste of Chef Israel’s varied culinary delights: from salads, to sandwiches, to full entrees! Fuel for a night of dancing!


    $10 cover includes dance class!


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


    Maritza's Beginner Level 3 Series begins Tuesday, Jan. 9th

    Greetings Everyone!!
    My Level 3 Rueda de Casino One month Series is about to begin. If you are well versed in the following moves, you can enter the class:

    • Closed position moves - Pa'l Medio, Pa'bajo, Un Tarro and add-ons to these moves(flaco/gordo, un tarro pero no la dejes, exhibela; dos-con-una)
    • Open position moves - Guapea, Dame, Dame Directo, Dame La loca con Bulla, dame con despelote,  Dile Que No,   Adios/Prima (con la hermana, con la familia), Vacilala (con una mano, sobrero, sombrero con una mano),  Echeverria, Matala, Un Fly series; enchufla (con manolin; con mambo; con ronde, dile que no y dicelo)
    Here are the details:
    REGISTRATION: Please complete this Registration Form as it helps me to back-fill leads and follows so everyone is paired.
    TIME & DATES: 7pm-8:30pm
    COST: $40.00 per person
    LOCATION: California Center for the Arts Escondido - 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

    SAVE THE DATE! International Rueda de Casino Flashmob for San Diego - Sat. Apr 7th

    SAVE THE DATE!  That's right! We will be doing our flash mob in San Diego. This time , it will be choreographed for all levels. To register for the flash mob, it will be a formal process so we know how many even pairs we have for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. 
    There will be a fee to participate for the training of this choreography with set times and dates to go over the choreography. 

    We are taking this flash mob to the next level. You must register for the flash mob this time. 

    More information to come!!!

    Una Bulla!!