San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group Enters a New Era

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

This month marked a major change in the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group as I formally stepped down as the main organizer for the group. Over the course of a number of years I helped to spread the word about Latin dancing of all types here in San Diego and had a great time doing so in the process.

The new person at the helm of the group is San Diego’s Salsa Susie from Ooh La La Dance. A great promoter of San Diego’s local dance scene, she’s already brought back many former members to the group and is expanding it past the 3,500 member mark for the first time.

If you are unfamiliar with the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group or have been away for a while I encourage you to check it out anew to find out all the great events San Diego has to offer.

I am still serving as an Assistant Organizer for the group so if you have any questions or comments on how we can improve the Meetup please let me know.

See you all on the dance floor!

John ;-)


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EXPANDING: Grand Opening Party for Ooh La La Dance Academy Sunday, October 9th

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ooh La La Dance Company is going big and expanding their offerings through a brand new dance academy that launches October 9th.

This free event for the general public is going to be a family, all ages event complete with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm.  There will be live music, free massages for adults, games for kids, face painting and a number of other activities for the whole family.  The grand opening will also be a great opportunity to meet the 19 master instructors that will head the new dance academy. and the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group will be out to support Salsa Susie and Ooh La La Dance Company for this fun event.  We encourage you all to come too and you can find out more information on this RSVP page that Salsa Susie created on the Meetup calendar (click here).

See you all at the Ooh La La Dance Academy Grand Opening Party!

John ;-)

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Salsa Susie’s Ooh La La Dance Team Competing on America’s Got Talent

Monday, May 23, 2011

The season premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday, May 31st at 8pm and San Diego’s Ooh La La Cosabellas were hand-selected to audition for the show.  Salsa Susie, director of the group,  has worked hard over the last few years preparing her dance teams and it looks like the hard work is paying off in a big way.  The picture above and video below show some highlights of the dance team’s competition.

Along with competing on network TV, Ooh La La is  hosting a huge FREE event for the San Diego dance community in the form of a “Day of Dance & Wellness”.  As Salsa Susie describes it herself, the event is her way to thank everyone that has allowed Ooh La La to continue with great success:

“I’m giving back to the community and really want the San Diego Salsa & Latin Community to be able to enjoy what dance & wellness has brought to my life.”

I’ve included a schedule below outlining some of the events Ooh La La will be hosting on Saturday June 11th:

For more information on the event please contact Susie directly at her website,

See you all on June 11th!

John ;-)


Upgraded Websites and Content Help Boost Local San Diego Salsa Teams

Friday, May 20, 2011

Many of San Diego’s dance teams and studios have been busy upgrading their online presence over the last few months.  If you’ve visited David and Jennifer Stein’s, for example, you’ll notice the new upgraded feel of their website.  The site is simple yet elegant and gets you the information you need about the organization.

Deseo Dance also upgraded their online image recently with a new website that integrates the essential information you need along with a sleek presentation.  Some of the video links are still being upgraded but overall it looks like a great start to match Deseo’s powerful image.

Other dance studios and teams are working with their established online presence, continuously adding new content that is appealing.  Salsa Susie’s Ooh La La Dance offers easy ways to reach information and in particular videos of performances in case you missed a recent competition on their nice website.

If you know of any other salsa teams or groups upgrading their online image let us know so we can share with the whole San Diego salsa scene.

John ;-)


New San Diego Salsa Venue Old Town Latin Wednesdays Grand Opening February 23rd!

Monday, February 7, 2011

I’m very excited to share news about a new Wednesday night option for salsa dancing here in San Diego.  Spin Nightclub will boast San Diego newest and biggest night club for salsa and Latin dancing that we’ve ever seen.  Hosted by Salsa Susie’s Ooh La La dance company every 4th Wednesday each month, the new venue will feature  3 levels, 2 rooms, over 10,000 Square Feet and a 24 hour license to allow till dawn salsa dancing to your heart’s content.

Ritmo Bello and the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group welcome you to attend the Grand Opening of the new venue this Wednesday February 23rd 2011. You can RSVP for the event here at this link (click here please).

Here are some important items to keep in mind when you go:

Doors Open at 9:30pm

FREE BEFORE 10pm, After 10 there is a $10 Cover Charge

Open until 5am or when the Party Stops

Plenty of Free Street Parking right off the 5 Freeway

21 & Up with Valid ID

State-Of-The-Art Sound System

Awesome Lighting

Lounge Areas & Pool Table

Drink Specials & All Night Restaurant

See you all at the new Old Town Latin Wednesdays at Spin Nightclub!

John :-)


UPDATE: San Diego’s Ooh La La Dance Company WINS 2010 RAW Performing Artists of the Year Award

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 congratulates San Diego’s own Ooh La La Dance Company for winning the 2010 RAW Performing Artists of the Year Award.  I recently wrote about their coveted nomination for the award and now the talented group directed by Salsa Susie will be able to enjoy a number of benefits as a result of the award.  Some of those benefits include artist support for the group in the form of money grants and complimentary photo shoots.

Ooh La La is not resting on their laurels, though, and will start 2011 strong by hosting a special “Day of Dance & Healing” that will highlight dancing along with free complimentary massages.  Ritmo Bello and the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group will be there to support Salsa Susie and we encourage you to attend too.  You can find out more information about it and RSVP for the event here.

See you all at the January 15th event!

John ;-)


San Diego’s Ooh La La Dance Company Nominated for 2010 RAW Performing Artists of the Year Award

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ritmo Bello congratulates Salsa Susie’s Ooh La La Dance Company for being nominated for the 2010 RAW Performing Artists of the Year Award!  For those of you unfamiliar with RAW, it is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists with its mission to provide resources and exposure to inspire creativity.   RAW educates emerging artists through seminars, workshops and insight to further the knowledge of their industry.

If Ooh La La Dance Company wins they will receive:

– Year-long feature on as the 2010 Performing Artist of the Year

– Private Theatre Date for a performance at the Art Theatre in Long Beach

– Profile Performance Video by Def Films

– Professional Studio Photo Shoot by Def Films

– FREE Featured Performance Showcase in a 2011 RAW Showcase

– Featured Story on

– $100.00 Grant from RAW:natural born artists organization

– Hand-painted Trophy by the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank

– 2010 RAW: Performing Artist of the Year Accolade and official seal

The winner is decided on December 17, 2010 and we wish Ooh La La Dance Company the best of luck in this competition!

John ;-)


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