Cafe Sevilla Dress in Red Party at 1st Wednesdays of the Month w/Meetup.com!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Just a quick reminder that this upcoming Wednesday February 3rd is our 1st Wednesdays of the Month Meetup event at Cafe Sevilla.

The theme for this February edition is “Dress in Red” so if you have a favorite red dress, pants, shoes, whatever this will be the night to wear it.  Last year when we held this event at Cafe Sevilla the whole club was filled with people dressed in red and we hope to do the same this year.

This monthly event held at Café Sevilla is a great way to break the ice with new people in a safe and friendly environment. Don’t forget the event is FREE to attend!

For those of you unfamiliar with Café Sevilla, the venue is known for its great Spanish Cuisine and as a great salsa dance venue.

The event is open to everyone so feel free to come alone or bring any friends. We’ll meet downstairs at 8pm in the VIP area of club that will be reserved for our group.  Just look for the Meetup.com signs.  Valerie will give a free salsa lesson starting at 8:30pm.

For full details and to RSVP please check out the special event page here on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup group. If you have additional questions feel free to contact me on Twitter @RitmoBello.  Don’t forget to wear red!

John ;-)

Ritmo Bello

San Diego, CA: Land of Salsa Dance Competition Teams

Friday, January 22, 2010

At first glance you probably wouldn’t think that San Diego has much going on apart from the traditional surfing and other recreational diversions for which this place is known. It takes a simple look under that well known surface to see that San Diego is a teeming hot bed of salsa dance talent.

Much of that dance talent is due in part to the myriad of salsa dance competition teams that offer a wide array of styles and philosophies of salsa dance. San Diego is fortunate to have a salsa scene influenced by such a great group of performers that help inspire those new to the scene to learn more about the dance.  Here at Ritmo Bello I’ve been privileged to get to know these performance groups over the years and I wanted to highlight some of them here.

Well known performance groups like Majesty in Motion and dancers from A Time To Dance Studio have excited audiences through the years through innovative dance. Newer dance companies such as Alma Latina and Salsa Susie’s Cosabellas & Hot Tamales have done a great job of expanding salsa dancing to a wider group of people. Some local San Diego talent has seen great national exposure such as Junior & Emily’s Amicitia Dance Company and Serena Cuevas Deseo Dance.

These and many other dance teams which I haven’t mentioned here all deserve to be recognized for the great exposure they give salsa dancing to the general public. For many people here in San Diego, joining a dance team is a great way to accelerate your learning of salsa dance while expressing yourself through performance.

If you’ve had a good experience with a local San Diego dance team feel free to leave a comment on this post.

John ;-)

Ritmo Bello

Great Video Resources Online to Learn About the History of Tango

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I love history, especially when it deals with dance.   I wanted to share some video resources out there with those of you wanting to learn more about Argentine Tango.

This first video has a short overview of the history of Argentine Tango by a Florida based Tango Instructor.  I think it serves as a good intro to the subject:

This second video explains in more detail the history of the dance itself and its influences:

This next video is actually one in a series of videos that does a great job of breaking down the history of Tango according to the development of orchestras in the genre:

I’m sure there are many other good videos out there concerning the subject, so if you have one to share please do so by leaving a comment on this post.  Thanks!

Connect with the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dance Scene Through the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group

Sunday, January 10, 2010

For those of you new to San Diego and/or new to the dance scene here, check out the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.  The 1,000 + member group offers a wide variety of events that are posted by many of the dance studios and instructors that make up our dance community.

You’ll find everything from dance auditions for performance teams, latin dance themed house parties, and simply getting together for a night of dancing at all of San Diego’s great venues.

The group is made possible through our many Meetup.com sponsors and through member donations (the group is free to join though!).  Come check out the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group!

Interested in Performing at the 2010 San Diego Salsa Festival?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Even though the 2010 San Diego Salsa Festival is not until September of this year, it is not too early to submit your entry to perform at the event.  The organizers for the event are accepting video submissions via YouTube and Facebook for anyone that might be interested in performing.

To submit your entries simply email the links to info@sandiegosalsafestival.com.

For more information on the event keep checking Ritmo Bello and the official website for the 2010 San Diego Salsa Festival at www.sandiegosalsafestival.com.

John F. Bello

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