Lots of New Events and Members at the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dance Meetup!

Friday, February 29, 2008


Whew its been a busy week but thank God for Fridays! There are a whole range of new events posted on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup for you all to attend. Also, there are LOTS of new members that have just joined up to the group so please check out their profiles and make some new dancing connections.

See you all on the dance floor.

John ;-)

Juanes Performing Saturday May 3rd here in San Diego!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Hello everyone!

A Colombian friend of mine named Andres informed me that Juanes is performing here in San Diego on May 3rd. For those of you not familiar with him check out this video of him in concert in London.

To find out more information about the concert in May please visit the website for the San Diego Sports Arena.

What the heck is the Salsa Meetup all about?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hope you are all doing well. I often get questions related to my connection with the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup group here in San Diego, CA.

Meetup is a vehicle to help people meet other people who share the same interests, whatever that interest may be. I’ve seen meetups ranging from political groups to learning how to knit . The one I help organize deals specifically with Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Tango and other types of Latin dancing that might interest people here locally in the San Diego area.

As the main Meetup organizer of the Salsa group, I act as the main contact for all of the Meetup’s activities and events. Along with Assistant Organizers , I help set the time and place for the Meetup to hold our events. In addition to that, Organizers like myself:

  • Email Meetup members through the Meetup
  • Poll members about anything, from what to name the Meetup to where to have their meetings
  • Tell people what the Meetup’s about by managing the name, description, photos and agenda
  • Spread the word using custom Meetup signs, flyers, business cards and email
  • Select additional Assistant Organizers to help in the running of the Meetup
  • Control membership by approving and removing members
  • Pay for the meetup and collect donations to cover costs.

If you have a passion for dancing and want to help feel free to email me at bello_jf@ritmobello.com and I can arrange for you to become an Assistant Organizer.

Take care and have fun dancing!

Salsa Sundays Start February 17, 2008 6:30 PM at Café Sevilla!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Hello Everyone! I’m really excited to announce that Café Sevilla is now offering Salsa on Sunday nights beginning February 17th. Here are the details about it:

Doors open at 6:30pm (the idea is to start early so that you can enjoy the night and be ready for Monday morning work the next day)

$8.00 cover that includes a Light Spanish Buffet.

Dance class at 6:45pm with Valerie and her Siempre Salsa Gang (a variety of Latin dances will be taught from week to week)

Top nationally recognized Salsa Orchestras (like San Diego’s own Orquesta Primo) start at 8:00PM Sharp

Sometime in March I plan on organizing a Meetup event to take advantage of the dinner and dancing now available on Sunday Nights.

Its great to know that we all have a new Sunday night venue available for us all. Have fun dancing!

What do Salsa Dancers do on Valentines Day?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hello Everyone and Happy Valentines Day!

Not sure what people have planned for Valentines Day but I received information from Rumba Entertainment concerning some events going on for February 14th. Whatever you end up doing, I hope you all have a great Valentines Day!!!

This Thursday, Feb. 14, ’08 – Hilton, Mission Valley
901 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Alma Latina dance co.
Body Poets
Diana Sanchez & Roy
Positive Energy
Yukiko & Aldo
Guest Stars: SAKARA (two shows)

meet SAKARA, “ON 2” Stylists: www.SAKARA.us
admission $ 12 (does not include dinner)
children under 14….. $ 6 (must be accompanied by an adult)

A delicious three course plated dinner available, specially prepared by Hilton’s executive chef, Nicholas Villamil.
Free admission with dinner and proof of purchase. Reservations needed:
(619) 543-9000 x 354

to view menu: www.RumbaEntertainment.com
to be removed from our list, please reply with “remove” on the subject line. thank you!

lessons at: 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.
DJ Robby at 9:30 p.m. – Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, & Cha cha cha.
Orquesta Primo at: 10 p.m.
Shows at: 11:30 p.m.
Dancing till 2:00 a.m.

Spotlight on Salsa Artists: Tony Succar

Friday, February 8, 2008

Hello everyone,

I recently was contacted by a Salsa Artist out of the Miami area who is interested in performing in the San Diego area. His name is Tony Succar and his music is great!

Tony has collaborated several times with the great trumpet player Arturo Sandoval from Cuba and with the Puerto Rican flutist and Grammy winner, Néstor Torres . Tony has also played with great artists such as Tania Libertad, Gilberto Santa Rosa , Victor Manuelle and has recorded with Peruvian guitarist Richie Zello.

Influenced by salsa greats including Ray Barreto , Fania All-Stars , Chucho Valdez, Juan Luis Guerra , Miami Sound Machine, Los Van Van, Perú Negro, and many others his music has a unique sound that pays homage to them all.

Tony Succar y el Grupo Mixtura." Check out the group!

Mardi Gras New Orleans 2008

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Whew! I returned from New Orleans intact but with many great memories.

I was able to briefly go to Ray’s Boom Boom Room to see the salsa band play but unfortunately there were not many dancers in attendance. Most people were out and about enjoying the jazz, floats, and more typical attractions of the "Big Easy."

I took some video of the floats I saw and you can see them here in this post.

In any case, I hope to return to New Orleans in the future to see and enjoy the rich musical traditions the city boasts.

John ;-)

John F. Bello

Meet John ;-)

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