San Diego’s Biggest Salsa Dance Company Announces Auditions: Majesty in Motion!!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Majesty in Motion announced that it will be holding auditions for their various teams.

Specifically, there are spots open on all teams. Majesty offers ON1 and ON2 training. They currently have 2 ladies teams and 1 men’s team.

The auditions will be held on Sunday July 6th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Cheek2Cheek Dance Studio in Pacific Beach.

Make sure to bring your dance shoes (or jazz shoes), water, their application which you should print out, and dress comfortably (gym clothes are fine).

Everyone is welcome (yes this includes beginners as well).

For more information visit Majesty in Motion.

Salsa at the San Diego Convention Center, ESPN Super-stars…a Last minute udate.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Albert, the event coordinater, wanted to get some last minute information regarding the salsa social out to those attending. Below is what he wrote. For more information about the event please visit the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dance Meetup:

Party is in Ballroom 6C (second floor, middle of the Convention Center.)

Show schedule:

  • Doors open 6:30pm
  • Free Workshop/Class from 7-8pm
  • !!!First set of shows at 9:15pm!!!
  • !!!Second set of shows at 11:15pm!!!
  • Dancing everywhere in between!

Any questions, feel free to email or call Albert at (858) 344-9499.

There is a Padres homegame against the Rockies — there will still be lots of parking at the Convention Center (Rockies games are not highly attended, and the SDCC has assured us plenty of capacity.) To circumvent traffic, consider taking Harbor via airport/Little Italy or coming up from the South by exiting Cesar Chavez off the 5.

Tomorrow is going to be a blast!!! Hoooray for SoCal Salsa!

Sincere Thanks for All the Wonderful Support,
Albert, Junior, Emily, & The Amicitia Family

PS. For those who already paid for tickets or requested will-call, no worries — we have our lists and you are taken care of :-)

Amicitia Dance Company Announces Auditions for Salsa Dance Training, Semi Pro Teams.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Junior & Emily of Amicitia Dance Company announced a new opportunity for auditions coming up in June.

The auditions for their training and Semi Pro Teams will be held at Dance Place San Diego on Sunday June 8th, 2008 from 12 to 2pm for the training team and 2-4 for the Semi Pro team.

No partner is necessary and they stress that the audition will begin promptly at the designated times.

Please note that Amicitia trains their teams On beat 2.

For more information you can contact them at

An Interview with Sakara Dance Company

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hello everyone! The San Diego Salsa dance scene is fortunate to have another new dance company, but this time with a different twist. As you see below in a recent interview, Sakara Dance Company presents a different vision for other dance companies to follow.


Sakara: John, first Sakara Dance Company (Choreographers – Violeta Anderson and Lesley Washington) would like to say thank-you for this interview opportunity to share our thoughts and ideas toward a passion we love, "The Fluidity and Body Movement of Dance!"

Ritmo Bello: What is your Mission and Vision for your dance company?

Mission Statement:
The mission for Sakara Dance Company is to utilize the art of dance to express personal emotion, opinions and a love for movement by stepping outside of the numeric cadence of dancing salsa. As artistic directors for Sakara Dance Company Lesley Washington and Violeta Anderson will continue to challenge not only our bodies, but our minds, rhythmically in choreography and social dancing. We choose to take a simple eight count of music and physically attempt to use as much organic body opposition as possible.

Vision Statement : Sakara will constantly challenge and develop our troupe to have a technically solid foundation and become overall "students of all dance forms" that extends beyond salsa dancing. Our number one belief for the Sakara Dance Troupe is: "The ever evolving fluidity and transition of movement" where challenge and hard work is the key to success!. Sakara Dance Company will offer dance education to people of all abilities from amateur to professional. If you can feel the emotion, you can express it through this art form. As a result of the Company’s performances, and the artistic vision and direction that serve as its foundation, Sakara strives to both preserve and continually contribute to the body of work in this art form.

Ritmo Bello: What are the origins of your dance troupe?

Sakara: The Origins of our dance troupe come from our African roots, in addition to a ballet, modern and jazz foundation. ‘Sakkara’ is best known for the Step Pyramid, the oldest known of Egypt ‘s 97 pyramids. It was built for King Djoser of the 3rd Dynasty by the architect and genius Imhotep, who designed it and its surrounding complex to be as grand as it was unique and revolutionary. The Sakara dance troupe’s main focus is about building your foundation based on the many unique levels/steps of all dance forms, to become grand and revolutionary dancers. We have had extensive experience in various types of dance, with the opportunity to work with one of the top choreographers in the world Seaon "Stylist" Dance Company as part of his core traveling performers.

Ritmo Bello: What sets your group apart from the other local dance troupes?

Sakara: Our group is set apart from the other local dance troupes by a few distinct characteristics. Our commitment to the technical growth and development of our dancer’s first, before teaching them a choreography and putting them on stage. We base our foundation on the principles of dancing on2, New York style salsa, and have danced with the Seaon Stylist Dance Company, choreographed by Seaon Bristol, who was one of the former Eddie Torres dancers. Not only did we learn Seaon’s intricate body movements, styling, traveled around the world teaching his male and female technique, and performed some of the most memorable salsa routines ever, but, we have further evolved and pushed ourselves to do more with our salsa dancing. As choreographers we are well versed in other forms of dance (jazz, ballet, contemporary modern, various African forms, and funk) that we can effortlessly challenge our bodies to do more than ever before. Sakara is also set apart from the other groups by staying neutral in the salsa scene.

We have no allegiance to anyone but to ourselves. Sakara will work, create choreograph for individuals, couples or teams, and collaborate with any and everyone when time, communication and organization are effortless. Most importantly, as Directors we are blessed to have such a beautiful working relationship with each other as it allows us to think cohesively as a unit. Sakara promises to provide everyone with the love and quality of professionalism you deserve on all levels.

Ritmo Bello: If somebody wants to participate how can they contact your group?

Sakara: If anyone wants to have an overall challenge on and off the dance floor they can take a look at our website: and/ or email us at .If all else fails, please contact either Lesley Washington at 1(562) 824-5443 or Violeta Anderson at 1(310) 351-6751.

Ritmo Bello: Anything else you’d like to share with the San Diego salsa dance community?

Sakara: We are looking forward to creating an environment of dancers that want to continually learn and strive to be their absolute best, with the ability to stay humble and remember that everyone started from the same place. We are looking forward to enhancing the unity of dancers and artists that would like to work with each other and offer students a variety of knowledge in San Diego and its surrounding communities and schools. We would like to pay tribute to our numerous friends around the world that consistently challenge us to be the best at our craft and as "stylist", and even some who like to officially challenge and battle us on the dance floor when we see them. (You know who you are! Leon Rose – LOL) It was asked by Leon Rose (London Choreographer, Director, Performer and Instructor) a few years ago in the La Voz Magazine who were your favorite females to dance with in the world to which he responded (paraphrased) for "styling and body movements" Lesley and Violeta from Los Angeles.

Sakara has started a new San Diego on2 Dance Company and welcomes anyone that would like to join or just come by and check us out. We meet Saturday: 11am-1pm, and Wednesday: 8:45pm-10:15. Location: Absolutely Dancesport Dance Studio, 930 W. Washington, San Diego, CA 92103.


We love you San Diego, Los Angeles, and all of those distant countries near and far.

Lesley Washington and Violeta Anderson
Sakara Dance Company
(562) 824-5443: Lesley (310) 351-6751: Violeta

New Salsa Dance Troupe Recruits in San Diego for Salsa Performers: Amicitia Dance Co.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hello everyone. Hope you are well. I wanted to let you know about another dance company that is recruiting in the San Diego area.

Junior and Emily of Amicitia Dance Co. is recruiting for their training team.

There is a specific rehearsal event being held on May 6th from 9pm to 11pm at Dance Place San Diego.

Junior and Emily are world renowned for their salsa skills in the competitive salsa arena. They have traveled the world and competed in all sorts of competitions. Most notably, they are 8 time National and International Salsa Dance Champions. They also tout the title of being the youngest international solo team.

If you watch TV you’ll probably recognize them from the show “So You Think You Can Dance” where they choreographed the Mambo.

As you can see in the video shown here, the brother and sister duo will certainly add a new fresh element to the San Diego Salsa scene.

There will also be a Meetup Event soon where you can check them out. The information is posted on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup.

See you all on the dance floor!

John ;-)

Thinking about joining a Salsa Dance Troupe?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Recently we’ve seen a growth in local salsa dance competition groups here in San Diego. Many people decide to go the route of joining a competitive group for a number of reasons.

Some salsa dancers do so out of pleasure while others for promotion of their particular style of dance. Others also do it for the financial gains that are possible through exposure at different competitions. Although I myself have never been a part of a salsa dance troupe (For me its all about the social dancing), I know that locally here in San Diego there are many different types of studios and approaches available for someone interested in joining such a salsa group.

Here are some tips and issues to consider if you decide to pursue life as a salsa dance troupe member:

1) What’s your Reason for Joining?

I think it is smart to ask this before you pursue joining a salsa dance troupe. Of course there is the possibility of extreme enjoyment taken from the show aspect of competitions. Talking with different dance troupe members through the years and seeing them in action, it is easy to see that there is some attraction to being viewed by others as the “top salsa dancers.” Some people though have pointed out that joining a salsa dance troupe affords the incredible opportunity to improve your repertoire of dancing moves. This makes sense when you take into consideration that you will be exposed to other great dancers and taught a routine that really showcases some great moves that you otherwise would not learn.

2) Do you have a salsa dance partner?

Most people end up joining existing dance troupes and are basically placed or assigned to work with a particular partner.

If you already have a set partner though it is important that you both have the same purpose and understanding of the work involved. Taking on a competition seriously requires hours of preparation and practice. It is frustrating to one partner if the other is not as committed.

If you don’t yet have a partner and need to find someone, try to find a dancer who complements your level and style. I think the ideal situation is to find someone who is relatively at your same level of dance and that will be able to grow with you in your dancing abilities.

3) Choreography:

I know many groups focus on a theme for their dances, with some taking movie themes or other familiar motifs to brand their dancing. What I think is more important, though, is the actual movements and how the team works together as a unit. I think the purpose of the dance troupe is to showcase the hard work and practice involved to create a cohesive show that the public can enjoy. This can only be accomplished by devising a dance choreography that matches the music chosen and clearly reveals the great synchronization of the movements. Whatever you do, just make sure you are using your own unique choreography and not simply copying another groups approach.

I’ll write some more on the topic in the future. In the meantime, if any readers have any comments or things they want to share on the topic please post them here. It would be especially helpful to hear directly from anybody that is a member of a salsa dance troupe here locally in San Diego.

New Salsa Dance Company in Town: Deseo Dance Co

Monday, April 7, 2008

Hello Everyone! Hope all is well on this Monday afternoon.

Looks like we have a new salsa dance company here in San Diego in the form of Deseo Dance Company.

Deseo Dance, as they describe themselves, incorporates Salsa & Mambo technique with highlights from Jazz & Modern dance. The company promotes agility & athleticism through all of their dancers.

It will be interesting to see how the addition of this new dance company changes the landscape of salsa dancing in San Diego. I’ll write some more in the near future regarding the competition between the different dance studios here in San Diego.

Until then, keep dancing!!!

John F. Bello

Meet John ;-)

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