Maritza's Summer 2019 Beginner Level 1 Class registration now open - Starts Tues. Jun 4th

Greetings Amigos & Casineros,
I have just opened registration for my Beginner Level 1 Series from brand new dancers and anyone who wants to go through it again to hone in on the footwork and dance communication with your partner. The series is the beginning series of a 4 to 5-month commitment all the way to basic intermediate. Each month is a level and the teaching build off the previous month of training. So if you are ready to jump in, this is your one chance this year as this will be the only entrance to learn as a beginner for the remaining of the year, so don't procrastinate.

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Maritza's Beginner Level 1 Class Series for Summer 2019 ( Last one of the year)
WHEN:  Starts Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7pm to 8:30pm  (June 4th, 11th,18th & 25th)
WHERE: Doug's Studio: 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
REGISTRATION: Click this link to register for Maritza's Rueda de casino Beg. Level 1 class
COST: $40 a person - Please bring Cash or Venmo  is accepted (Maritza Baida)

Maritza's Beginner Level 3 Registration Now Open - Starts Mar. 5th

Greetings Casineros,
I have the registration for my Beginner Level 3 class ready to go for anyone who wants to keep going into my next series level (LEVEL 3 BEGINNERS). 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, Echeverria, Matala series, Un Fly series and a few add-on's to the above mentioned moves).

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Maritza's Beginner Level 3 Class Registration Sign-Up
WHEN: Series starts Tuesday, March 5th from 7-8:30pm includes Friday Rueda Practice from 7pm-8:30pm -
WHERE:  California Center for the Arts Escondido -
REGISTRATION & COST: $40 per person please bring cash or you can Venmo me at Maritza Baida (on the note what the payment is for, just write dance). You can find me on Venmo through my cell number at  (206)300-4523 or my name, Maritza Baida. (3 hours a week - now that's a deal!) Click this link to register for the Level 3 Beginner Series.  No drop-ins after March 2nd.

BailAtlanta - Full Weekend of Cuban Music & Dance - June 14-16

I am so excited about this event because it is their 10th year anniversary and they are making it BIG! I am hoping all of you consider going to this event because they have incredible dance instructors who teach with technique on casino and rueda. I have gone in the past to their 3-Day Cuban parties and it just seems that every dancer is sooo good, and it is a reflection of their teachers. I plan to go! so if anyone is interested, please let me know so we can look at flights together and plan accommodations as well. It's cheaper to share expenses for traveling if we do this together.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Three-Day Cuban Dance Party, Dance Workshops and Performances
A weekend of great Cuban music, dance, workshops and friends in Atlanta.
3 DJs, 7 professional dance instructors, 10 dance workshops, dance performances and 3 salsa parties.WHEN: June 14th - 16th, 2019.
WHERE: Academic Ballroom in Altanta, GA - 800 Miami Cir NE #140, Atlanta, GA 30324 
ACCOMMODATIONS: To be Announced - last year they used The Quality Suites Buckhead Village -  505 Pharr Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 30305, US. It  was conveniently located within a mile from Academy Ballroom. Stay tuned for more info to come.
COST: To be announced soon - to stay updated on this event, go to their website

Seattle Cuban Dance Fest - July 11-14th

Greetings Casineros,
For those of you looking to travel to learn to dance Cuban, here is a festival that is on its 3rd round of offering dance workshops and dance parties in the beautiful Seattle location of the University of Washington Seattle. This is the best time to travel out to the Northwest because of all the long daylight each day offers. The sun goes down at 10:30pm!!!! I know, right!??? This is where I modeled our Casino on Cardboard idea that I implemented in San Diego. They do Casino on Cardboard every Friday in the summer and it will be there during this festival. Start saving your vacation accrual for work or if you have the time and $$, you should make a trip to check this out.  I already have my pass. Last year, I went for the first time and I absolutely loved it!! They offer dorm accommodations on the campus to make it convenient for walking to the workshops. Ask me (Maritza) about this event because I can tell you how to prepare.

Here are the details:
WHAT:  Cuban Dance Festival - Workshops, dance parties, rueda parties outside!
WHEN: July 11-14, 2019
 WHERE:  University of Washington Seattle Campus -
 COST: $30-$170 as of 2/24/2019. Click this link to purchase online

Asere! A Fiesta Cubana ft. The Havana Cuban All Stars in San Diego - Thurs. Apr 4th

Greetings Casineros, 
Wow! We are finally getting some love from Cuba! This is happening in San Diego at the Music Box!! Get your tickets now!! Back by popular demand, this high-energy group is a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance styles. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Havana Cuban All Stars Music Concert
WHEN: Thursday, Aril 4, 2019 
               Doors/Show: 7:00/8:00pm
WHERE: The Music Box - 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
COST:  Tickets:  $35 Advanced / $35 Day of Show - To purchase your ticket online, go to this link.
Ages: 21+ 

PARKING:  Street parking and paid lot parking available.
Table Reservation/VIP: / (619) 836-1847

Follow Us  - Music Box:
Twitter + Instagram: @musicboxsd
The Music Box (619) 795-1337
Box Office Hours Monday - Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm

Cuban Dance Workshops in San Diego Hansel Meglares - Sat. Mar. 2nd

Greetings Everyone! We have a great surprise for you here in San Diego!! You do NOT want to miss this! Paula Warren, our good friend, is hosting Hansel Melgares in his first time San Diego/México tour. Experience authentic Cuban dance workshops with Hansel Melgares in San Diego! 

A huge THANK YOU to Paula Warren 
for making this happen. 

Hansel will teach three (3) workshops on March 2 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido - Studio 3.

One class: $15 pre-reg / $20 door
Two classes: $25 pre-reg / $35 door
All Three package: $40 pre-reg/$50 door

WHERE: California Center for the Arts Escondido in Studio Room 3
10:30-11 onsite registration
11-12 Session 1 - Casino basics and footwork drills
12:15-1:15 Session 2 - Rueda moves part 1 - Just getting started beginner moves
1:30-2:30 Session 3 - Rueda moves part 2
Intermediate level

Cost: PRE-SALE: Venmo to MamboQueen (Paula Warren - 760.519.2542)

After the workshops @ 4:30pm join Hansel and the crew for food and drinks at Plan 9 Alehouse where we will refuel and get ready to keep dancing the night away at “La Gozadera”. (You will be responsible for your own tab at Plan 9 Alehouse)

BUT WAIT! There's MORE!!

Also, EnRuédaMe Más is having their Timba Party “La Gozadera” with DJ Warapo 
Location for the party is STUDIO ROOM  1 - California Center for the Arts. 
Doors open at 6pm, $10 at the door with dancing all night until 10pm. Click this link to learn more details!

Hansel Melgares was born in La Vibora «barrio» of Havana, Cuba. He is a master Cuban instructor, DJ, performer of traditional Cuban dances such as rumba, son, timba, casino, and folkloric Afro Yoruba dances.

He built his own dance academies (3) in Sardinia, Italy, where he has taught for twelve years. In 2009 he participated in Timbalaye, a biannual international festival in his hometown of Havana. There he taught alongside other master instructors like Domingo Pau, Ulises Mora, and Irma Castillo.

In 2010 he performed at Sistina Theatre in Rome with Clave de Son Academy. He taught from 2005 to 2013 at the event «De Cuba para el mundo» in Sardinia. He has taught at the San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival from 2015 to 2019 and Albuquerque Latin Festival 2017.

La Gozadera Cuban Nights in Escondido - Sat. Mar 2nd

Here we go again! Join us for the only Timba Party in North County, where we always guarantee you a good time! San Diego Casineros have joined forces to bring north county just what everyone has been asking for.  DJ Warapo from LA will be spinning the latest in Cuban music with some good ol’ classics. Warapo has DJ from Local events to all over the world including the largest festival in Cuba.

Special Guest Instructor Hansel Melgares in the house. Hansel will be leading a salsa suelta class at 6:30pm and performing for us, don’t miss it! For Hansel’s bio click here. He is leading dance workshops in Escondido before the party, so come learn from this amazing master instructor.

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Here are the details:
WHAT: Timba dance party and salsa suelta lesson with guest Cuban master instructor(Social event)
WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019 6pm-10pm 
WHERE: California Center for the Arts - Studio Room 1
340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Use Center for the Arts campus map below to find your way to Studio Room 1
COST:  $10 entry fee at the door

Friday Rueda Practice Beginner Level 2 at Grape Day Park - Fri. Feb. 8th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos,
Layer up! The temperature may be dropping but that won't stop us for raising our own body temperature while dancing rueda outside. Our first week in Beginner level 2. Come practice what I taught on Tuesday night (Adios/Prima, Adios con la Hermana, Adios Doble, & Adios con la Familia.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda de casino practice 
WHEN: Friday, February 8, 2019 from 7-8:30pm
Breakdown of the practice:
WHERE: Grape Day Park at the old Santa Fe Train Depot in Escondido. Also known as the Escondido History Museum
340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Look for the green building on this weblink as your visual aid guide to find us. We will be there!

WHERE TO PARK: Park in the big parking lot off Woodward Ave. Once you park, then click this link to find your way to us. If you enter at the Center for the Arts and go towards the grass to the Train Depot. You will see us there on the wooden platform as on the picture above.

Una Bulla!

Maritza's Beginner Level 2 Class Series Starts Tues. Feb 5th

Greetings Everyone!

Beginner Level 2 of Rueda de Casino will start tomorrow. Same bat time! Same bat channel! To Enter Level 2, you must already know pa'l medio, caminamos, Un tarro,  dile que no, enchufla, & enchufla doble, Un fly, matala, & chequendengue (at minimum)

Beginner Level 2 will be focused on basic turn patterns (Adios/Prima, Pa'bajo, Exhibela and, if there is time, Vacilala

Here are the details:
Tuesday nights
at the California Center for the Arts Escondido - Rehearsal Room
340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Click this link to get Google Map directions

Just come early (15 minutes before) so we can handle the payment and use up the actual time dancing and learning. No registration needed. There is a sign in sheet at the door to sign up for the class series.

$40.00 cash, check or Venmo (If you use Venmo please just write "Dance class" for use the little dance icon. )

Parking: Park in the big parking lot off of Woodward Ave and Escondido Blvd. walk over the foot-bridge and you will see our crew waiting for you. See the circled area on this map.

See you tomorrow at 6:45pm
If you have questions, please call or text me before 6:45pm.
(206) 300-4523


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019  -  5:00-10:00 PM
The Granada L.A., 17 So First St., Alhambra 91801


Birthday girl KATI HERNÁNDEZ, will add some Cuban flavor to your dancing by kicking off the party with a dance class at 5:30 PM, so come early! 

February is another big birthday month, and SO FAR we will be celebrating the birthdays of KATI HERNÁNDEZ, AKANE NELSON,  ANA PATRICA TÉLLEZ, BRIANA THORPE, CHUL HEE KIM, JUDLY LAM, LULU VÁSQUEZ, MARINA RIVAS, MIREILLE MOURET, PAULA WARD… They’ll be dancing the birthday dance, and sharing some cake with you! (Message Curuye if you too will be celebrating a birthday this month.)

Since we’re celebrating community and friendship, plan on sharing a meal with friends from the Granada’s  kitchen!  Message Curuye if you’d like to reserve a table.


The GRANADA 17 So First Street, Alhambra 91801. Free parking in the structure across the street.

$10 cover includes dance class.