San Diego’s Latin dance scene has been expanding over the years and nothing is a better indicator of this growth than the 1st Annual World Latin Dance Cup. The event, hosted by Albert Torres Productions, is a great tribute to not just different styles of salsa dance (from Cuban style to Colombian style) but also other Latin dances like cumbia and bachata. Teams from all over the world will converge on San Diego to compete in dance categories ranging from amateur to pro teams. Those groups will vie for more than $50,000 worth of cash prizes and the chance to be dubbed #1 in their respective dance categories. It should be very exciting to watch, if not perform in the event for sure.
Recently I ran across these videos created by Jake, a bay area salsa dance instructor, that gives one man’s perspective on the state of salsa dancing for new dancers to the scene. As you’ll see in the video it pokes fun at the world of salsa, specifically critiquing how dancers interested in joining dance troops are treated by some performance teams.
I’ve never been on a salsa performance dance team myself but I’d be interested to see reader reactions to the videos. Are they accurate? Have any of you had similar experiences?
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Cafe Sevilla is currently moving from their old 4th Avenue location to the new venue at 353 5th Avenue. Although we won’t be able to enjoy the restaurant and dance club during this time, we can still follow their developments online. A new blog was recently launched by Sevilla that tracks everything you need to know about how their move is going and when the new club will open for salsa dancing.
Check out their new blog and let me know what you all think in your comments here on Ritmo Bello.
If you ever want to see the possibilities of salsa styling and footwork look no further than Manuel Dos Santos. The Toronto based salsa instructor and performer recently showcased his talents at the 4th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2010 which you can see here in this Ritmo Bello YouTube video. I hope you enjoy the new 1080p High Definition video viewing option which is now enabled in our videos (just pick that setting when you view for HD).
One event you should not miss is coming up at the end of the month, the Cafe Sevilla Halloween Salsa Bachata Party on October 29th. The party will be held nearby at The Abbey, a 100 year old venue with 50 foot ceilings and definitely a great spooky place for a Halloween party.