In Memoriam: Albert Torres June 15, 1956 – May 25, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

The salsa community worldwide is in mourning with news of Albert Torres‘ passing.  As you may know Albert was a great supporter of salsa music, dance and culture with his many Salsa Congresses and events he hosted worldwide.

Although I didn’t know him that well personally I had the honor of receiving an award from him back in 2010 that really had an impact on my own work in our salsa community.

It was through little things like this that he touched the lives of many of the people in our local dance community.  I know his salsa festivals and events will live on but they will definitely not be the same without him.

Please say a prayer for the repose of his soul and his family during this time.

RIP

John ;-)

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6th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival Finds a New Home for Labor Day Weekend 2012

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival has found a new home at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.  Located on San Diego bay, the venue will allow dancers visiting San Diego the opportunity to not just have spectacular panoramic views of the San Diego skyline but easy access to the airport and many San Diego attractions such as Balboa Park.

The redesigned hotel offers five restaurants, three swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa and jogging trails to allow dancers to relax a little in between events.  Here is a short video highlighting the new venue and what it offers to guests:

Although the event is a year away, it is not too early to save money and get your VIP all access passes before the prices go up.  You can find out more information about the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival and the new venue on the official website for the event.

See you all on the dance floor!

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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UPDATED SCHEDULE: 1st Annual World Latin Dance Cup in San Diego December 14 -18 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The 1st Annual World Latin Dance Cup is coming soon to San Diego and the organizers have come out with a new updated schedule for the event.  Wednesday December 15th is the first qualifying night with Thursday and Friday slated as semi final competition nights.  The final competition will take place on Saturday December 18th.

To access the complete schedule and to find out more information about the event visit the Official 1st Annual World Latin Dance Cup website.

See you all at the event!

John ;-)

@RitmoBello

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 ;-)

@RitmoBello

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 ;-)

@RitmoBello

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 ;-)

@RitmoBello

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

2010 SDSBF VOLUNTEERS

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

workshops.

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:

– MEETING DAY, LOCATION, AND TIME –

This Sunday Sept 12, 2010 at 5pm

LOCATION:

TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT

500 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, Ca 92108

“NEXT TO THE GOLDEN PACIFIC BALLROOM”

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:

[1]Volunteers@sandiegosalsafestival.com

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

Sincerely

Angel, Tulane & Albert

San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival Organizers

http://www.sandiegosalsafestival.com/

John F. Bello

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