Flamenco Jazz and Rumba Concert at Anthology this Sunday

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Giovanni, a personal friend of mine that I know from Salsa dancing at Cafe Sevilla, asked me to spread the word regarding a concert he is headlining at Anthology downtown this Sunday. His group is called Nadro John

A fusion of Flamenco Jazz and Rumba, Nadro John combines the spirit and energy that spans from California to Italy, Montreal to Madrid. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to him before in concert and the music is great.

The actual concert begins at 7:30 pm but I’ll be there early at 7pm with Biz to connect with Salsa Meetup members.

For more information Visit the The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group

Salsa Dancing with Jenn, Claire, and ESL students!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hello everyone. Jenn, the main organizer for the San Diego International/ English as a Second Language Meetup Group is hosting a salsa dancing night at Cafe Sevilla this Wednesday, November 28th. The ESL Meetup group is an interesting crowd that is primarily interested in cultural and language exchanges (as well as salsa dancing of course).

Wednesday night you should be able to meet both native English speakers as well as many English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) speakers. I’ve been to Salsa Meetup Events where the ESL group is present and it always makes for an interesting and memorable time.

For more information about the event please click here at the The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group

Buena Vista Social Club Video from Mission Valley Hilton Salsa Event

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hi everyone. Looks like Blogger listened to my plight regarding the video not working properly and is now allowing video from youtube to be posted here. Here is the same video from before, enjoy.

Member of the Buena Vista Social Club?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Here is some video from the Mission Valley Hilton Salsa Dance Event of the singer who had a cameo appearance. Again I’m still working on the sound quality of the video through Blogger but you can hear it just fine on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CudGfTpzZuo

There was buzz that he is a member of the original Buena Vista Social Club group. I did some research and I think it was Julienne Oviedo Sanchez, who played on timbales with the original ensemble. For more information about the Buena Vista Social Club go here:

Review of Pre-Thanksgiving Salsa Extravaganza at the Mission Valley Hilton

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hello Everyone! The Pre-Thanksgiving Salsa Extravaganza at the Mission Valley Hilton was a great event. Biz and I arrived sometime after 9pm and we came just in time for the beginning of general dancing. To be honest with you, I was really surprised to see so many familiar faces at the event given it was the day before Thanksgiving. It was nice to catch up with old friends, be mistakenly identified as my brother (which by the way happens quite a bit in the Salsa scene here in San Diego), and enjoy the great music of Johnny Polanco. We were also treated with some dance performances (see video above -the sound quality is not the best though, my apology) and even caught a cameo appearance of an original member of the Buena Vista Social Club (not 100% sure on this but Biz thinks he was, so I believe her ;-D).

All in all, it was a great event and I’ll be sure to visit the Mission Valley Hilton for Salsa in the future.

Don’t Forget Salsa @ Mission Valley Hilton – Wednesday (Nov 21)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I can’t believe its Wednesday already! Tonight is the Pre-Thanksgiving Salsa Extravaganza at the Mission Valley Hilton. I probably won’t arrive until after 9pm tonight but it should be lots of fun. If you see me at the event feel free to stop me and say hello. There should be lots of meetup members there as well so don’t be a stranger. Take time to meet the other meetup members and make a new friend. Below is some repeat information regarding the event:

Mission Valley Hilton
901 Camino del Rio South, 92108

Ages 18 and over

Live Band: Johnny Polanco

Spectacular Dance Shows!

FREE Salsa lessons @ 8:30 pm by: Michael & Camille

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 8:30 PM

Event fee:
USD12.00 per person
For More info go to this link: http://salsa.meetup.com/150/calendar/6730522/

Salsa Friends in the UK

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Apparently I’m not the only one in the world thinking about Salsa dancing all the time. I was recently contacted by Stuart (aka the Salsadaddy ) from the UK (United Kingdom for those not used to acronyms) who found my blog during some surfing on the Internet . He has a blog set up as well that is dedicated to Salsa Dancing throughout the UK. His blog address is:

Unfortunately when I visited the UK last time I was not able to go dancing due to time constraints. There was Salsa dancing, though, in Ireland that wasn’t too bad. I danced primarily in Dublin and met up with a dance company called Afrimania . I met Dr. Rumba who was nice enough to give me an overview of Dublin’s Salsa scene. The one thing I remember about it all was that the Salsa was heavily influenced from its African roots. Many of the songs were actually in various African languages and it made for an interesting dance experience given I usually understand all the Spanish language Salsa.

If anyone has any Salsa travels or experiences to share please feel free to post on this blog topic.

Thanks and God Bless.

John F. Bello

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