Don’t Forget to Subscribe to the NEW Ritmo Bello

Friday, June 27, 2008

Just a reminder that the new improved Ritmo Bello will be launching by July 1st!

What this means is that the current feed will expire and you will need to subscribe to this new feed for Ritmo Bello.

(For those of you not familiar with subscribing or RSS feeds I found this useful Google Reader tutorial created by Andy Wibbels that will help.)

Along with the new feed, you’ll also notice that the new address for the site will be . (Note: The old site address of will still get you to the new site as well once the changes take effect.) This is in line with my efforts to start adding in more Latin dance information covering samba, tango, cha cha, merengue, and bachata along with the same San Diego salsa dancing information you’ve come to enjoy reading on my website.

If anybody has any questions feel free to contact me direct at . You can still find me on on my Twitter page for Ritmo Bello as well.

Thanks for all your support!!!

John ;-)

Need to learn Bachata for the San Diego Monchy Bachata Concert?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hope you are all

doing well. Well, the Monchy and Alexandra Bachata concert is coming up here this Saturday in San Diego and for all those wanting to learn or brush up on their bachata dancing I found the perfect resource for you.

Bachata Fusion , managed by Jorge Elizando, is an online resource for all things bachata. As he puts in his own words his mission is to "spread the love of bachata all over the world and encourage people to live a healthier, more active lifestyle." In keeping with this mission, Bachata Fusion has many resources geared towards making bachata dance that much more accessible to the general public. Most notably, Jorge has produced a number of bachata instructional videos and written a number of articles helpful to the learning of bachata dance. Other online salsa resources, like the Wandering Salsero , point out that Jorge is well traveled in spreading bachata dance around the world.

Now when you show up for the concert Saturday there is no excuse for you all not to go out and dance bachata.

Have fun and keep dancing!

San Diego Fire Victims To Receive Assistance via the Salsa Marathon

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hello Everyone!

Come dance the day away to help fundraise $10,000 to benefit the Southern California Wildfire Recovery Program presented by Rebuild, the San Diego chapter of Architecture for Humanity .

Rebuild is a non-profit organization promoting architectural and design solutions to global, social, and humanitarian problems.

The idea is to have have your friends, relatives, and companies sponsor the dancing participants for the fundraiser. Of course, you yourself can be a dance participant in the event. Space is limited though for those who want to dance to only the first 100 dance participants.

The event will take place on July 19th, 2008 from 1pm to 11pm at 220 University Avenue, San Diego CA 92104. There is an application that you’ll need to fill out, just email the contact below to have one sent to you.

To participate or help sponsor a dancer please contact Angie Zerna at 619-794-3054 (email: or visit the Rebuild website for more information.

Please come out and dance to help your community!!!

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Want to have your car washed by a San Diego Salsa Diva?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Believe it or not, there is another new salsa dance company here in San Diego! This time around, though, the focus is 100% on training women for salsa competitions. Say hello to Salsa Divas Dance Company!

Their website describes their association as a dance company "created by best friends, teaching women to dance with style and confidence" and all their instructors are women. Boasting representation both on the West coast and East Coast, this unique dance company adds yet another flavor of salsa dance experience to the expanding San Diego salsa scene.

If you want to check out who these lovely divas are in person the perfect opportunity is coming up this weekend. Salsa Divas is hosting a carwash in Point Loma at the Walgreens located at 3005 Midway Drive (corner of Rosecrans and Midway) from 9am to 2pm on Saturday June 21st. They are accepting donations to help them raise funds to attend and perform at the New York Salsa Congress .

For those of you unfamiliar with dance competitions, raising the necessary funds for traveling and performing can be a daunting task. Come out and support your local salsa talent…hey you can get a nice car wash too!

Dominican Republic’s King and Queen of Bachata to Perform in San Diego June 28th!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father’s day everyone!

The Blue Agave nightclub is presenting direct from the Dominican Republic Monchy and Alexandra performing live at the Spreckels Theatre on June 28th .

The show will be an all ages event with tickets available via Ticket Master .

Monchy and Alexandra are credited with creating a resurgence of interest in bachata music. The video accompanying this post shows a short glimpse of why their music is heard over Spanish language radio stations worldwide.

New Ritmo Bello website to launch soon!

Friday, June 13, 2008

If you follow me on Twitter you know that I’ve been busy planning a new upgrade to Ritmo Bello. I’ve provided a preview of the new website here in the picture I posted. The concept of Ritmo Bello has always been to provide quality, relevant information to anyone interested in learning more about the Latin dance scene here in San Diego, California.

I’ve received multiple emails since the inception of the site for more Latin dance information related to dances such as Argentine tango, samba, cha cha, merengue and everything else you could imagine aside from the general interest in salsa. The initial focus on San Diego salsa dancing has been great for Ritmo Bello, but the time is right to expand out to all forms of Latin dance.

Starting on July 1st, 2008, Ritmo Bello will have a new look to match the new focus on all types of Latin dance here in San Diego. Salsa dance information will still be found here, but you’ll start noticing more of an openness to posts regarding other local Latin dance events.

If you subscribe to Ritmo Bello please note that the feed changes permanently on July 1st. The new feed can be accessed on this RSS Feed for the new Ritmo Bello. Make sure to subscribe to the new feed before July 1st in order to not miss any posts.

If anyone has any questions or ideas for the new revised site don’t hesitate to email me at . I’m always open to new ways to improve the website and want to make sure I provide information you are all interested in seeing.

Thanks for all your support and I look forward to providing even more dance information for the San Diego dance community.

John ;-)

One Hour Tango Dance Workshop with Susan Lake Friday June 20

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hello again… for all those interested in improving their tango dancing there will be a one hour workshop taught by Susan Lake this upcoming Friday June 20th from 6:30 to 7:30 at Synergy Dance Zone on Miramar Road .

Susan has been instructing tango for many years now and wants everyone who is interested in learning more about the dance to attend. Basic moves and combinations will be the focus for the hour. The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup group will be in attendance as well.

For more information contact Susan directly at Susan Lake Productions . Have fun and keep dancing!!!

John F. Bello

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