Bulevar Descarga in Pacific Beach - Fri. April 13th

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Join us for a night of dancing and live music with Bulevar Descarga. DJ Saul Timba will be on the 1's and 2's!

WHAT: Bulevar Descarga concert and dancing.  $5 cover!!
WHEN: 9 pm to 1 am
WHERE: 710 Beach Club @ 710 Garnett Ave, San Dievo, CA 92109

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Rumba Descarga: Afro-Cuban Rumba Jam - Tues. April 3rd

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Timba played by DJ Saul Timba in between sets!

Afron-Cuban RUmba led by:
Paul M Lopez
Plus special guests
Vocals by @Jimmy Peña

If you're a professional salsero/rumbero drummer around town, come sign up to sit in!

* Now serving soft drinks, snacks, and beer

Jam starts at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Free admsiion; open to all ages

La Bodega Callery
2196 Logan Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113

Rueda en la Playa at Moonlight Beach - Sun. Apr. 1st

Hola Casineros!

Rueda en la Playa is back!! Now that the construction at Moonlight Beach has finally ended we can resume with our monthly classes at the beach. We will be hosting our regular beginner & intermediate class following with some social dancing on April 1st. It's a potluck to celebrate Easter Sunday so bring a snack to share. Come Dance in front of a beautiful ocean front scene. This is a family friendly event.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda en la Playa - Tim's regular rueda class goes outside
WHEN: Sunday, April 1, 2018
       Beginners at 4pm
       Intermediate at 5pm
       Social Dancing at 6pm
WHERE: Moonlihgt State Beach
COST:  $10 per class/Social dancing FREE
HOW TO PREPARE: It's an Easter Potluck so bring some food/drinks, beach chiars and dress in layers

Hike-n-Rueda Monserate Mtn in Fallbrook - Sun Apr. 1st

Greetings Casineros & Amigos!
We are doing a hike up Monserate Mtn on Easter Morning. It will be an early start as many have Easter Sunday commitments.  This is Maritza's favorite hike but it's intense for its inclines, there are 7 inclines on this hike, excellent for training. This is not for the weak at heart. It will certainly kick your butt. Who wants a challenge?!! 

Here are the details:
WHAT: Casinero Meet Up to dance rueda de casino and go hiking
WHEN: Sunday, March 31st 2018 
Get there at 7:30am for stretching preparing and a few ruedas before. We're not waiting. 8 am sharp we're walking up. It's a 2+ hour hike. 
WHERE: Monserate Mountain Reserve in Fallbrook
Link to Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/9yCAmBkFJ622 
Distance: 4.1 miles RT
Difficulty: Hard
Elevation Gain: 1381 ft.
Check out this trail on AllTrails.

Workshops/Flash Mob Fun with Ryan & Sidney from Rueda Con Ritmo in San Diego - Fri-Sun June 2nd-4th

Hey Everyone! 
Just wanted to get this out even if the workshops descriptions have not yet been posted but to get this on your calendar for the first weekend in June. Back by popular demand and to promote the Cuba trip in December, we are bringing back Ryan Mead & Sidney Weaverling (directors of Rueda Con Ritmo) back to San Diego. 
SATURDAY - June 2nd
Movement Dance Center
1255 W Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
Workshop #1:
4pm - 5:10pm - Clave & Musicality: Listening Lecture & Footwork Exercises to help you dance more rhythmically (All levels)

Workshop # 2:
5:15pm - 6:25pm Dancing Son Cubano - how to use contratiempo and Son movements in your social dancing (Beg/Int)

Workshop #3:
6:30pm-7:40pm - Casino/Rueda: Santiago All Stars' Style: Beg/Int & Int/Adv (Separate Groups Taught Simultaneously by Ryan & Sidney, Different Material will be taught Saturday & Sunday)

9pm-1am Club Cuba - San Diego’s Cuban Dance Experience (Social dance party)

SUNDAY - June 3rd
Movement Dance Center
1255 W Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

Workshop #4:
11am - 12:10pm - Body Movement & Style (Salsa Workout): Individual

Workshop #5:
12:15pm -1:25pm Timba Musicality: Dancing to accents and ponches in the music (All Levels)

Workshop #6:
1:30pm - 2:40pm Casino/Rueda: Santiago All Stars' Style: Beg/Int & Int/Adv (Separate Groups Taught Simultaneously by Ryan & Sidney, Different Material will be taught Saturday & Sunday)

2:50pm - 3:30pm - Late Lunch/Early Dinner - Food Truck - Grab food and take it on the bus;

3:30pm - Get on the Timba Mob Bus

4pm-7:30pm - TIMBA MOB BUS - all over San Diego

7:30 pm - Return to the Movement Dance Center
*Please be on time, the bus will be leaving promptly at 3:30 pm. We will not wait, if you are late. This not fair to others.

PRICING: Click this link to purchase your package or tickets:


Full packet Saturday w/ Club Cuba - $50
Full Packet Sunday w/ Timba Mob Bus - $55
Full weekend w/ Club Cuba & Timba Mob Bus - $105
PRE-SALE Workshop Prices are:
1 Class $18
2 Classes $30
3 Classes(Full packet) $40

AT THE DOOR Prices are:
1 Class $20
2 Classes $35
3 Classes (Full Packet) $45

Club Cuba Dance Party - $10
Timba Mob Bus $15 pre-sale; $20 at the door

International Rueda de Casino Flashmob in Oceanside - Sat. Apr. 7th

Greetings Casineros and Amigos!
On April 7th at 4:00pm ALL AROUND THE WORLD, there will be a scheduled rueda de casino flash mob in major cities in just about every country around the globe. If you don't believe me, check out the website titled International Rueda De Casino Multi Flash Mob Day

I have registered our San Diego based rueda de casino flash mob participation for Oceanside. Our flash mob location is in the busiest part of Oceanside by the beach. Tons of tourists walk around this place especially because there is an Ironman race happening. THE FLASH MOB LOCATION IS A SECRET. 


Here are the details:

What: Rehearsal for Rueda de Casino Flash Mob in Oceanside
Where: Pacific Street Linear Park, click this link for Google Map directions
When: Picnic will begin at noon, it's a potluck bring some snacks to share, we will have the sound system set up so we can get started warming up and social dancing
Rehearsal time is 2:00pm and the Flash Mob is at 4:00pm

TIMBA SONG is 5 minutes and 30 seconds

Everyone MUST be paired. No solo dancers this time. 
The First 1/3 - Advanced group -preselected
The 2nd 1/3 - Intermediate group - identified
The 3rd 1/3 - Beginners - identified
THREE Callers for each level

We will need a couple of videographers because we need a few folks to videotape. 

Contact me if you have questions or are interested in participating by e-mail: sbdiva32@yahoo.com or by phone (206)300-4523. We want this flash mob to be evenly paired so it looks good. 

Below is a map with markers to tell you where we plan to be for the pre-party/picnic & flash mob practice as well as the flash mob sites.

Here is the scheduled itinerary:
12noon-2pm Pre-party picnic/Potluck & some dancing; warm up
2pm-3:30pm - Flashmob practice
3:30pm-4pm - "flash mobbers" walk to the site #1 and Pretend to do the following typical pier-going activities: fishing, take pictures like a tourist, watch the surfers on the water, eat some ice cream, hang out with friends talking about the movie you just saw, play hacky sack, skateboard down the ramp or just bring a skateboard, take your dog for walk, etc. You get the idea.

This is NOT for brand new people who have not taken a rueda class yet. It is a flash mob for casineros taking classes already and know basic beginner moves and intermediate moves.

Here is the list of moves, if you do not recognize some of the calls do not worry we will be going over them on Saturday at 2pm sharp. Everything is fairly simple to allow an opportunity for all levels to join us.

*Intermediate group will be pre-selected on Saturday. Intermediate group will begin approaching the Rueda after El space needle con vuelta, at the DQN point, you will jump into the Rueda while the advance group is in son montuno, the advance group will demonstrate on Saturday*

• El uno
• El Dos
• 70
• vacilala con entrada
• Dedo
• Montana
• Juana la cubana
• Enchufla con giro
• Un gordo, otro gordo
(Beginners jump in, listen for the que in the song “Quimbala, Quimbala, Quila Quim bala”)
• Un fly, sonido, dos flys, y una bulla
• Matala
• Dame directo
• Dame directo echeverria

• Enchufla
• Dame la loca con bulla
Enchufla con Manolin
• Dame con Ambulancia
• Enchufla doble
• Dame con despelote
• Adios

• Un Fly Maniquin (Freeze, hold for three seconds and disperse into the crowd)

NOCHE CUBANA - Sat April 7th

WHAT:  San Diego's favorite Cuban Music & Dance Party returns for the first installment of 2018 with the hottest new Cuban band, Septeto Son Havana!  Kick off the night with Tambores de Mi Cuba's pulsating Cuban percussion grooves!  Enjoy a complementary Salsa lesson with Master Dancer Juan Carlos Blanco and spend the rest of the night dancing to the best Cuban music in San Diego!  Authentic Cuban food & beverages available for purchase.  All Ages, Family-friendly!

WHEN:  Saturday, April 7th
             7PM - 12AM

WHERE:  WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. SD 92101

COST: $20 (At door, day-of) 
           Children 12 & Under FREE!

Info: OmoAcheCubanCulture.Org / (619) 520-8353 /

Hike-n-Rueda at Stonewall Peak Trail - Sat. March 31st

Greetings Casineros & Amigos,

Grab your hiking boats and your moves, and JOIN US! Let's get out in nature and do some Ruedas.

This is the first of the 7 hikes we posted for the Spring. This one will also take the longest to drive to, so be ready to carpool. We organized two carpool locations. See below. We know you will have been partying at Temecula the night before but will do this hike regardless, right, BECAUSE we're crazy like that!! 
Distance: 3.8 miles RT
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation gain: 813 ft.
Link to the trail info:

Here are the Details:
WHAT: Casinero meet up for hiking and dancing rueda
WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2018
WHERE:Stonewall Peak Trail, Julian, CA 92036
Link to Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ymKy1e6dfg62 
North County Carpool Meet Up Location: California Center for the Arts
Depart Time: 7am (commute time 1 hour 20 minutes)

South County Carpool Meet-Up Location: Starbucks: 4262 Camino del Rio N., San Diego, CA 92108
Depart Time: 7:30am (commute time: 1 hours)

Fees: There is a $10 fee for the day use parking

Hike-n-Rueda at Kwaay Paay Peak Trail - Sat. April 14th


Grab your hiking boats and your moves, and JOIN US! Let's get out in nature and do some Ruedas.

Let's go check out one of the many hiking opportunities from the Missions Trails Map.

Kwaay Paay Peak is the shortest hike from all the others we are doing AND we have Casino on AstrTurf that afternoon, so be ready to hydrate and rest before our dance party at the beach that afternoon.
Distance: 2.3 miles RT
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation gain: 875 ft. 

Here are the details:

WHAT: Meet up to dance rueda and hike together
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Get there at 8:30pm to prep and do a couple of ruedas
Starting the hike at 9am

WHERE: This is on Google Maps as 10335 Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee, CA 92071
Link to Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/VLsGpGyep682

Link to the trail info on Alltrails.com:

Casinero Invasion at Sposito's in Temecula - Fri. March 30th

Attention all Casineros and Amigos,
Looks like our dream has come true! An integrated timba/salsa/bachata night is happening in Temecula! A NEW dance spot is having their grand opening. It's a Cuban & Italian Restaurant called Sposito's. The producers of La Jolla Marriott Salsa nights in San Diego, is now starting a new venue in Temecula and they are asking me to help with doing a demo for their Grand Opening. If you are interested in doing the demo, contact me on Facebook or through my contact info listed on the instructors page.
HERE THE BEST PART. The producer, Evelio, is going to let me provide timba music to the DJ!! So you know this is going to be integrated with salsa & bachata. FINALLY and INTEGRATED playlist for all. Let's definitely support this event and their future dance night offerings.
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Casinero Invasion on the dance floor - Salsa/Timba/Bachata Night in Temecula
WHEN:  Friday, March 31, 2018 9pm - Free salsa lesson; dancing starts at 10pm
 COST: $10 Free before 9pm

Closing Night Party for SD Latino Film Festival at Bread & Salt - Sat. March 24th

Hello Mi Gente!!
This is the time to show your support for timba music and casino. We needs all hands on deck for this event! Come support the grassroots effort from DJ Saul Timba who has been trying to get a timba dj gig out there to the masses. This  event will be a combination crowd of salsero and casineros. 

I ask you personally for your support to be there to dance and participate in our ruedas and dancing casino AND invite salseros to dance. Show the friendly side of our timba loving community. I will help you all with learning the lyrics for some of the music DJ Saul timba will play. One of the best parts of our dance community is that we know the music, even down to the choro (chorus) in the lyrics. We sing them LOUD when we dance! That's how much we LOVE timba! Let's get out there and sing as we dance. 

Below are the details copied from the Facebook event page for this event. Get your ticket now and use the promo code 2018FRIENDSANDFAMILY you can save $5.

Media Arts Center San Diego’s 25th Anniversary San Diego Latino Film Festival presents…

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY – “A Tribute To Cine Mujer”

Brought to you by Diego 99.3, Hoy San Diego, Bread & Salt, & Stella Artois

Join us as we close the film festival with a bang on honor Latino films, actresses, and filmmakers! To be held at San Diego’s one-of-a-kind Bread & Salt art gallery/studio, and event space in Logan Heights. We’re rolling out the red carpet in celebration of the talent, passion, and achievements of Latina filmmakers y Cine Mujer! Live music, appetizers, drinks, Djs, auction, fashion, guest celebrities y mas! Plus, best dressed wins a Festival Pass to next year’s 2019 San Diego Latino Film Festival!

The evening includes:
1 Free Movie ticket to be used throughout 11 day fest!
2 free drink tickets (Stella Artois & more, to be used prior to 10pm)
Ready to eat! MG Beyer Seafood By the Park will be serving some delicious fish tacos!
Photo booth by “ShutterBooth San Diego”
Mexitreat Candy Giveaways
World Salsa champions, Alma Latina San Diego, special dance performances (salsa dance class & more)
Fashion show!
Silent auction!

Line up:
Bulevar Descarga LIVE!!!
DJ Viejo Lowbo y El Ritmo Global (Afro Latin, Cumbia, Salsa)
DJ Saul Timba (Afro Cuban Salsa)
Dj Magic Mike (Bachata, Reggaeton)

All proceeds benefit Media Arts Center San Diego‘s education programs
VIP Celebrity Lounge Sponsored by STELLA ARTOIS

The chance to mingle w/ guest filmmakers & actors, y más!

TICKETS: Click this link to buy your tickets
$20 Ticket before March 15
$25 Ticket between March 15 – March 23, 2018
$30 Ticket at door March 24th, 2018

LOCATION: Bread & Salt - 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

INFO:  619-230-1938 / info@mediaartscenter.org

Casino on AstroTurf at Solana Beach - Sat. April 14th

Are You Ruedy Casineros?!
That's right mi gente! It's the April installment of Casino on Cardboard but this time on AstroTurf and back in Solana Beach at our favorite spot. Let's dance and catch up on some of my new rueda moves I have been teaching my level 1 and 2 casineros.

Come dance with us to our favorite music and join in on some ruedas, salsa suelta and just plain on-on-one casino dancing. The sun will set a little after 7:15pm so there will be plenty of sunshine and a cool Pacific breeze to enjoy. We had so many people at our last Solana Beach dance party, let's do that again!!

Here are the details:
What: Casino on AstroTurf at Solana Beach
When: Saturday, April 14th 5pm-8pm
Where: Fletcher Cove Beach Park in Solana Beach: 111 South Sierra Avenue Solana Beach, CA 92075
What to bring: a snack to share and something to drink. This is a family-friendly event. 

Friday Rueda Practice at Maple Street Plaza in Escondido - Fri. March 9th

Greetings Amigos Y Casineros,
We are having our Friday Rueda Practice in a different place given the size of our group. Maple Street Plaza will be a good place to have a large rueda practice. Come layered up. Once we get the rueda going, you will be peeling off the layers. This is a beginner's level rueda practice for Tuesday's Rueda class.  
Here are the details:
What: Friday Rueda Practice to review Tuesday's class, no instruction, just clean up repetition and fun ruedas.
When: Friday, March 9 from 7pm-8:30pm
Where: Maple Street Plaza in Escondido: Click here for Google directions 
(see pictures above for reference)
WHERE TO PARK: Park across from US Bank next to Maple Street Plaza - 125 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

Sitara Son LIVE and DJ Warapo in LA - Fri. March 9th

Come listen to the beautiful music of Sitara Son, lead by Lazaro Galarraga.  DJ Warapo will be playing your favorite cuban hits. Dance lesson by Cuba Swift.

Rock It Lounge.  14239 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne CA 90250
Doors open at 8 pm.
$20 Cover.

Rumba Descarga: Afro Cuban Jam and DJ Saul Timba - Tues. March 6th

DJ Saul Timba will be playing timba music in between live afro-cuban jam sets!  Doors open at 7:30 with timba, the jam starts at 8 pm.   FREE!!

La Bodega Gallery in Barrio Logan
2196 Logan Ave., San Diego, CA 92113

Beverages on sale.

Bring cash to tip the musicians!