Congratulations to Erika Briones Winner of the 2011 San Diego Salsa Bachata Ritmo Bello YouTube Contest!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ritmo Bello and the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival congratulate Erika Briones for winning the 2011 Full VIP event pass! A local San Diego salsa dancer, Erika’s YouTube video submission presented the best creativity and overall impact as you’ll see below:

Thank you to everyone that submitted their video entries. If you still need to purchase your passes for the 5th Annual 2011 San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival don’t procrastinate, get yours today before they sell out of tickets and hotel rooms!

You can find out more information about the upcoming festival on the special RitmoBello.com guide I created for the event (click here).

See you all at the 5th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2011!

John ;-)

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DRESS IN WHITE First Thursday of the Month with Meetup.com at Cafe Sevilla September 1st

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If you are new to the San Diego salsa scene you won’t want to miss this event.  The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group along with RitmoBello.com are hosting this year’s second Meetup.com night at Cafe Sevilla.

This event will have a dress in all white theme to celebrate the end of summer.  If you have a white shirt, pants, hat, etc this is the night to wear it!

Cafe Sevilla is offering drink specials only to our Meetup.com members. Also members will get 1/2 off the cover price if you arrive before 9:30pm.  The restaurant is giving away a gift certificate in a raffle but you’ll have to come early at 8pm to be entered to win (plus you can take the FREE salsa lesson which starts at 8:30pm).

Here is a short video from our last event with a  preview of what you can expect to see:

If you are new to The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group you can learn more about it in this post I wrote about the benefits of joining the group.

To find out more information about the event and to RSVP please visit this page (click here) on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.

See you all at 1st Thursdays of the Month with Meetup.com!

John ;-)

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Ooh La La Dance Company Hosts Dancers For Humanity at Spin Nightclub to Benefit San Diego Homeless

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dancers for Humanity is collecting donations for San Diego’s homeless and Ooh La La Dance Company will be hosting a special event called BOMBS AWAY! 1940’s Pin-Up PARTY to help.

Come dressed in 1940’s pin up dresses or mobster attire. The video below explains in more detail what the event will be all about:

The best part of about this event is that with a donation to San Diego’s homeless it is absolutely FREE to attend before 10pm!  Here is a list of items Dancers for Humanity is requesting that you please donate:

TOILET PAPER

TAMPONS

MAXI PADS

BABY WIPES

FLASHLIGHT

BATTERIES

SOCKS

WATER

PORTABLE RADIO

TRASH BAGS

SUN BLOCK

SUNGLASSES

BAND-AIDS

For more information please visit the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group event page (click here).

Don’t forget your donations and see you next Tuesday August 30th at Spin Nightclub!

John ;-)

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RitmoBello.com’s San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2011 Updated Schedule & Guide

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival is coming up September 15th through the 18th and the schedule of events has been recently updated.  In order to make it easy to follow the various events we’ve added the events to the calendar of the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup group.  Here are some of the main points of interest:

September 15th, Thursday Night Registration and Pre-Party (Click here to see event and RSVP)

September 16th, Friday night WELCOME PARTY (Click here to see event and RSVP)

September 16th, Friday night Main Event Shows and Social Dancing! (Click here to see event and RSVP)

September 17th, Saturday night World Latin Dance Cup Competition and Dancing (Click here to see event and RSVP)

September 18th, Sunday night Pro Salsa Footwork Showdown and Social Dancing (Click here to see event and RSVP)

Don’t forget that there will be workshops ongoing throughout the event with some of salsa dancing’s finest giving instruction.

Of course you will need to purchase your passes to each of these events (you can purchase them here).  There is still time, though, to get a FREE full access pass to all these days events by entering in the RitmoBello.com YouTube contest (ends Friday August 26th, 2011!!!)

Keep your eyes on RitmoBello.com and the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group for more updates on San Diego’s biggest salsa bachata event of the year!

John :-)

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Dance Around the World Multi-Cultural Event at Citrus Lounge to Benefit San Diego Homeless

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dancers for Humanity is presenting another opportunity to help the homeless.  The event is dubbed “Dance Around the World” and will have a multi-cultural dance theme.  Attendees are encouraged to represent their country and cultures of origin by wearing traditional dress and costumes.  The goal of the event is to collect essential items from the following list of items for the homeless people:

BOTTLED WATER, HAND RADIOs, BATTERIES, TAMPONS, FEMALE PRODUCT PADS, SOCKS, TOILER PAPER, SUNBLOCK, BAND AIDS, SMALL BOX OF BABY WIPES, FLASH LIGHT WITH BATTERIES, TRASH BAGS, SUNGLASSES, GREETING AND THANK YOU CARDS, ETC.

Along with the donations drive there will be giveaways including free music CD’s, free dance shoes, dance lessons and a host of other items that will be raffled.

Ritmo Bello and The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group will be on hand to support this great cause.  To join us please visit the RSVP page on the San Diego Salsa and Latin dancing meetup group (click here).

See you at Citrus Lounge!

John ;-)

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The Ritmo Bello San Diego Salsa Bachata 2011 VIP Giveaway and YouTube Contest

Friday, August 5, 2011

The 5th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2011 is September 15 – 19 and Ritmo Bello is giving away a full access VIP pass! The Full access VIP event pass will give you access to all evening and day shows, competitions, and social dancing starting September 15th. The passes are normally $189 but here is your chance to get one FREE. This year we will be using YouTube to help pick the winner just as we did last year.  As you may remember, the winning video submission last year was by Franklin Liranzo and you can see it here:

To be considered for the 2011 full event pass simply:

1. Create a 2 minute or less YouTube video

2. that explains why you choose to dance and why you would love to attend the Festival, all at no cost to you

3. and makes mention of Ritmo Bello in the video submission.

The winner will be chosen based on:

1. Creativity

2. Message clarity and relevance

3. Motivation and inspiration

4. Overall impact

To be eligible for the contest please submit your YouTube video link to bello_jf@ritmobello.com by Friday, August 26th, 2010. The winner will be announced on RitmoBello.com Monday, August 29th, 2011.

Good luck to all of you and don’t forget to submit your YouTube videos by the deadline!

John ;-)

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Sabor on the Bay Yacht Party Set to Launch September 3rd Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Brazilian Carnaval is coming to San Diego on September 3rd in the form of Sabor on the Bay, the ever growing Yacht party hosted by Alma Marketing Group.  Formerly Sevilla on the Bay, this new iteration of the same great Latin themed party is sure to be a fun night.  Some highlights of the Yacht experience will include 3 floors of music (Live Salsa Band, Top 40 DJ’s & Live Brazilian Trio), 1,000 capacity luxury yacht, 5 fully-stocked bars, 1 Massive Outdoor deck w/ Cigar Lounge sponsored by Excalibur Cigars and of course salsa lessons by A Time to Dance Studio.  To see a glimpse of what your night will be like check out this video of the last yacht party:

The night will feature RUMBANKETE, The newly formed 11 member Salsa band from Los Angeles who will be playing music inspired from the Caribbean islands of Cuba & Puerto Rico.  Chris Springer will be the host of the night  (you can learn more about him in this recent RitmoBello.com Interview) and of course there will be plenty of Brazilian dancers and music to match the overall theme of the party.

This event will sell out so make sure you get your tickets early!  You can find out more information about the event on the RSVP page for the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup group (click here).  We will have a special VIP table set out for members so make sure to join the group and come meet new people at our table.

See you all at the Sabor on the Bay Yacht Party September 3rd!

John ;-)

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