1st Annual World Latin Dance Cup Arrives in San Diego December 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

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.

As it gets closer to December I’ll be writing more about this great upcoming event, but in the meantime you can find out more information on the official website for the 1st Annual World Latin Dance Cup.  Thanks to Albert Torres for bringing another great event to San Diego!

See you all at the 1st Annual World Latin Dance Cup in San Diego this December!

John ;-)


VIDEO: New Latin Tuesdays at Sway Nightclub Heats Up Nights in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Our good friend Salsa Susie from Ooh La La Dance Company launched a video today showcasing some of the best from the recently opened Latin Tuesday at Sway Nightclub.  Located in the Keating Hotel, the venue is a nice Tuesday night option for those looking for salsa dancing in San Diego’s popular downtown Gaslamp Quarter.  For more information about the venue check out this post I wrote about the hotel when it launched (click here).

See you at Latin Tuesdays!

John ;-)


Salsa Sonero Victor Manuelle & Merengue King Elvis Crespo LIVE Together in San Diego November 10th!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

That’s right!  Blue Agave Nightclub once again brings the biggest names in salsa, bachata, and even merengue here to San Diego. This time it’s salsa sonero Victor Manuelle, merengue king Elvis Crespo, Bachata Heightz and a number of great artists coming to San Diego for the Invaders Tour 2010.  Victor Manuelle has been to San Diego a number of times and you may have enjoyed seeing him in concert courtesy of Blue Agave Nightclub last year (check out the Ritmo Bello YouTube video below):

The concert will be at 4th and B on November 10th with Ritmo Bello and the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group in attendance at the event.  To find out more information about the concert and find tickets please visit the RSVP page on the Meetup calendar (click here please).

See you all at this salsa, bachata, merengue and Latin dance concert!

John ;-)


SATIRE: Is It Really this Bad for New Salsa Dancers Who Join Salsa Dance Teams?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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?

Leave a comment here and please feel free to add to the discussion.  Thanks!

John ;-)


Brick by Brick: Follow Cafe Sevilla’s Progress As They Move to 5th Avenue

Saturday, October 9, 2010

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.

John ;-)


VIDEO: Manuel Dos Santos Performing LIVE at the 4th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

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).

See you all on the dance floor!

John ;-)


Cafe Sevilla is Alive! Sevilla’s Halloween Salsa Bachata Party October 29th

Friday, October 1, 2010

As you may already know,  Cafe Sevilla is closed at the old 4th Avenue location as it moves to a bigger location in the Gaslamp.  While the physical restaurant and dance club is closed temporarily, the actual organization is hard at work bringing events to San Diego’s dancers.

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.

The party will feature 2 bands, a Halloween costume contest with a $300 giveaway and plenty of salsa/bachata music throughout the night.  Ritmo Bello and the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group will be there (in costume of course) to enjoy the event with you.  To RSVP for the party and to find out more information please visit the event page set up on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group calendar (click here).

Can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes!

John ;-)


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