Tito Puente Jr. to Appear LIVE at San Diego’s Dia De San Juan Salsa and Bachata Festival 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

San Diego’s Dia de San Juan Salsa and Bachata Festival is coming up soon and with it a great opportunity to experience Puerto Rican culture here locally.  The Dia de San Juan has its roots in the Catholic feast day of St. John, commemorating the birth of St. John the Baptist 6 months before Jesus’ birth (which is why it falls on June 24th.)

This year we are fortunate to have none other than Tito Puente Jr. performing live at the event.  A Tribute to El Rey Tito Puente Featuring his son and Honoring the great Timbalero from the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra, Mr. Pat Rodriguez will be some of the highlights this year.

Presented by Tommy Rosas’ Latin Flavor Productions, the event will be hosted by Chris Springer of Jazz 88.3 fame.  There will be a salsa and bachata emphasis with 2 stages of great music for all those interested in celebrating the holiday.

For more information and to find out how to purchase tickets please visit the event page on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group (click here).

See you all at San Diego’s Dia de San Juan Salsa and Bachata Festival!

John ;-)


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Salsa Wednesdays at Cafe Sevilla hosted by Majesty in Motion Starting December 7th

Friday, December 2, 2011

It’s official Cafe Sevilla will be hosting Wednesday night Salsa once again!!!

Before Cafe Sevilla relocated to the new Fifth Avenue location,  Wednesday nights were known as the “dancers night” within the San Diego salsa community.

Now with a new location and newly remodeled look, Sevilla is bringing it back better than ever! Every Wednesday night will now be  hosted by Majesty in Motion Dance Company. Every week they will be rotating in San Diego’s top instructors including David &  Jennifer Stein from Majesty In Motion, Alma Latina Dance Company, Ooh La La Dance Company, Juan Carlos and A Time to Dance Studio.

Salsa Wednesdays begins this upcoming Wednesday December 7th and we already have an RSVP page up for those that would like to attend on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup calendar.

See you all for the new Salsa Wednesdays at Cafe Sevilla!

John ;-)


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San Diego’s Newest Tuesday Night Salsa Venue Premieres March 8: BarFly La Jolla

Thursday, February 17, 2011

San Diego’s Salsa and Latin dance scene is exploding with new venues and La Jolla is the lucky locale for San Diego’s newest Tuesday night spot.  Hosted by A Time To Dance & Rivera Entertainment, San Diego’s newest weekly salsa club is set to premiere at BarFly La Jolla (Formerly “Hard Rock Cafe La Jolla”) on Prospect March 8th.

The grand opening celebration will feature a number of great items including free appetizers, drink specials, state of the art sound system, and a great wooden floor for dancing.

To find out more information about this new Tuesday night venue please visit the event page on The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.

See you all at the grand opening of BarFly La Jolla March 8th!

John ;-)


GRAND OPENING: San Diego’s Newest Friday Night Salsa Venue Opens January 7, 2011

Sunday, December 19, 2010

San Diego’s ever expanding salsa dance scene is gaining a new salsa dance club beginning Friday, January 7, 2011.  Presented by David & Jennifer Stein  of Majesty in Motion and Angel & Tulane of A Time to Dance Studio, the new salsa spot finds it new home at the Citrus Restaurant located inside the Four Points Sheraton Resort.

The new salsa dance venue boasts a huge dance floor, full bar, dinner/drink specials and free parking around the hotel every Friday night.  The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup group along with Ritmo Bello will be there to start the new year off right with some great salsa dancing.

See you all on Friday, January 7, 2010!

John ;-)


Two San Diego Salsa Powerhouses Join Forces to Host the San Diego Christmas Salsa Jam

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What do you get when two of San Diego’s largest salsa dance companies join together for the greater good?  The first ever San Diego Christmas Salsa Jam!

A Time to Dance and Majesty in Motion, two highly respected and premier dance companies in San Diego, are presenting this unique event at the newly remodeled Four Points Sheraton.  The event is unique because it is the first time there will be two different dance companies coming together to do a joint salsa class.  The event will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in going to experience a class with David, Jennifer, Angel and Tulane all together.

Other good reasons to go are the live band that will be performing, dance performances, a Jack & Jill contest where you can compete for some holiday cash and free parking.

The event is sure to sell out since there are options to partake in a 3 course meal or to come dance the night away only.  You can find out more details on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group’s event page that’s been set up (click here).

There are also rumors that a new salsa dance venue will be opening soon with the announcement to be made at the San Diego Christmas Salsa Jam so don’t miss out!

See you all at the 1st ever San Diego Christmas Salsa Jam Friday December 10th!

John ;-)


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 ;-)

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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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