Celebrate Colombia’s Independence Day with the Casa De Colombia and Cafe Sevilla!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Colombian Independence Day

Colombia’s Independence day is this Sunday July 20th and there are a number of events around San Diego to celebrate the event.

First, The Casa de Colombia will be hosting a dance and food exhibition at Balboa Park’s International Cottages .  For those of you familiar with the International Cottages, you know that the organization is a consortium of "houses" that represent 32 countries here in San Diego.  The idea behind the International Cottages is to give a glimpse of the member countries culture, history, and traditions.  For Colombian Independence Day, there will be a lawn program on Sunday including performances by a dance and ballet group, Colombian musicians, and vocal entertainment all in the Colombian tradition.  The event begins at 11am.  I’ll be at this event wearing my traditional colombian vueltiao sombrero , so say hello if you see me.

The Casa de Colombia is later hosting an event at Cafe Sevilla , with featured guest Yari More and his orquesta, a dance class beginning at 6:45pm, complimentary Tapas Buffet until 7:30pm and DJ’s spinning Colombian salsa music throughout the night.  If you miss the event at Balboa Park, you can still learn about the Casa de Colombia and what they do for the local San Diego community at the information table they will be hosting at Cafe Sevilla.   I heard through my sources that there will be Aguardiente drink specials throughout the night…not to be missed!

Cover is only $8.00 but i heard you can get a discount entry if you wear anything with Colombian pride (T-shirts, paint your face, etc.), making it only $5.00.

For more information about these events please visit the Casa de Colombia website or Cafe Sevilla .

Colombian and Peruvian Salsa Festival Coming Soon to San Diego

Friday, July 11, 2008

As we approach Colombia’s independence day I’ll be posting information about local celebrations here in San Diego.  One of the larger ones will be hosted by Rumba Entertainment at the Mission Valley Hilton on Sunday July 27, 2008.

The event (which doesn’t fall on the actual independence day for Colombia ) will be a combined festival to celebrate not only Colombia’s independence but also Peru’s.

There will be a live band, Orquesta Ritmo Caliente, and DJ Farley will be spinning Colombian style salsa. Oh and for all the Colombians out there the event will have Aguardiente Cristal.

To Find out more information about the event visit Rumba Entertainment .

Colombian style Salsa FAQ

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

From Wikipedia re Colombian Style Salsa (Vive Colombia!)

Colombian Style Salsa is the style danced in South and Central America. In the Colombian style basic-step, partners dance side-to-side and mirror each other’s movements. In Colombian style, the break is on the three and the "spare beat" is always used for a tap or other embellishment.

Colombian Style can be danced not only to Salsa music, but also to Cumbia music which is frequently played in Latin nightclubs.

In advanced Colombian style, danced for example in Cali, the upper body is kept still, poised, and relaxed while executing endless intricacies in the feet.

This style is especially appropriate on packed nightclub dance floors where space is limited. Most of the steps danced during the Merengue , another Latin dance which is popular in Salsa clubs, have been carried over from Colombian style Salsa.

It is said that Colombian salsa evolved during the big band swing era, when swing dance steps were danced to Cumbia music. Cumbia was traditionally danced in folkloric ensembles without holding one’s partner.

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