Deseo Dance Company Expands to Include Samba Dance: Auditions

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hello Everyone!  San Diego’s own Deseo Dance company is expanding to include a new focus on samba dance.  Serena Cuevas joined forces with Melanie Riveira to bring to San Diego some of the best Samba dancing to be found in America’s finest City.

Here is a short intro video to the recent changes with Deseo Dance and auditions for the new teams if you are interested:

Good luck to all of you auditioning for this great dance organization!

John ;-)


Salsa Sensation Jerry Rivera Coming to San Diego’s Blue Agave Nightclub October 1st!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

For the first time in San Diego salsa sensation Jerry Rivera will be performing live at the Blue Agave Nightclub!  Rivera, a Grammy Award and Grammy award nominated Puerto Rican Salsa Sonero, will be singing a number of his hit songs including some in these videos below:

Ritmo Bello and the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group will be there to see him live in concert at Blue Agave on October 1st.  For information on the event and to RSVP please go to the SD Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Event page for the concert.

See you all at Blue Agave Nightclub Oct 1st!

John ;-)


RECAP: 4th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

The 4th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival is now in the history books and if you are like me your legs are still recovering from all the dancing (and you are catching up on lost sleep!).  I want to take the opportunity to thank Angel and Tulane, Albert Torres, and the whole San Diego Salsa/Latin dance community for honoring not just Ritmo Bello but also Dan Delino and Tommy Rosas.

I received some emails and twitter messages asking me what the award I received looked like so I posted it here for you to check out.

Congratulations to all the dance show participants, especially the local dance studios, who went above and beyond to show San Diego’s true dance talent.

See you all on the dance floor!

John ;-)


VIDEO: Cuban Son Ensemble Septeto Nacional LIVE in San Diego, CA

Sunday, September 19, 2010

This is a quick video of the legendary Septeto Nacional as they performed live here in San Diego.  They are a great example of Cuban Son, hope you enjoy.

John ;-)


4th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2010: Update to Schedule, Including Bachata Documentary Screening

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Just a quick update.  The organizers for the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival released a revised schedule of events and I’ve posted it above in this post.  You’ll notice that there is now the addition of Adam Taub’s documentary “El Duque De La Bachata” which will screen on Saturday night for attendees to enjoy.  If you haven’t heard about the film it  is a great behind the scenes look at the life of up and coming Bachata music artist Joan Soriano.  To see this new schedule of events and other important information please check the official San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival website.

See you at the 4th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2010!

John ;-)


4th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2010: Schedule of Events and other Important Info

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hello everyone!

It’s hard to believe but the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival is this week and I wanted to share with you the schedule of events.  As you may know the festival runs this Thursday September 16th through Sunday September 19th.  As you’ll see below there is not only social dancing but plenty of shows, workshops and even a pool party to take advantage of this week.  If anyone has any questions you can find out more information on the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival website or feel free to contact me via email or on twitter @RitmoBello.

See you all at the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival!

John ;-)


San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival Update: Volunteer in Exchange for FREE Entry!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The 4th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival is finally here this week and this is the first of some important updates concerning the event.

If you haven’t bought your passes for the event there is a great opportunity to get in for free in exchange for volunteering at the event.   Below is the email from the event organizers concerning the offer and how to take advantage of it.

John ;-)



Subject: Volunteer Update: Become A Volunteer At The 2010 SD Salsa Bachata Festival


Please read the information below and if you qualify email us back and attend the meeting date listed below.

Please only attend the meeting if you qualify by answering “YES” to all questions below:

1) Do you understand that as a volunteer you have 2 options:

a) Volunteer 12 hrs to receive a FULL EVENT PASS

b) Volunteer 4 evening hrs to receive a free night pass for that evening.

No HALF DAY or ONE DAY PASS volunteering hrs available.

2) Are able to stand for up to 4 hours at your post when needed?

3) Are you willing to accept any volunteer job assigned to you?

(Based on your schedule of availability)

a) Security assistant

b) Show Coordinator

c) Workshop Coordinator

d) General assistant ( Runs errands for SDSF )

e) Dressing Room Security

4) Will you be willing to sign an “HONESTY” contract agreeing to a

$1,000 fine if found knowingly allowing any unregistered persons in to shows or


5) Will you check in for volunteer shift 15 minutes prior to post at the

registration desk.

(Failure to do so will result in the loss of your shift and therefore) your full or evening pass

6) Are you available for Volunteer staff meeting that will be set on:


This Sunday Sept 12, 2010 at 5pm



500 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, Ca 92108


We will see you at the first meeting if you answered “YES” to all of the above questions.

At the meeting all shifts will be assigned to you based upon your availability.

Each shift is 4 hrs long.

Email Your RSVP To:


Thank you in advance for your generosity in volunteering your time.


Angel, Tulane & Albert

San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival Organizers

John F. Bello

Meet John ;-)

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