Dia De Los Muertos Boat Party Coming October 2022

Friday, July 22, 2022

The Dia De Los Muertos Yacht Party is set to sail on October 22, 2022 and with it comes a unique mix of dancing, costumes and live music to enjoy. The 1,200 capacity costume dance party will feature a Dia De Los Muertos theme along with Sonora Dinamita performing live on the boat.

Early bird tickets are now on sale and I recommend you get your tickets now as the event always sells out. You can purchase tickets here.

Oh and don’t forget it is a costume party so bring your best costume to the yacht.

See you all on the Sabor on the Bay Dia De Los Muertos Boat Party!

John ;-)


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Sabor on the Bay Black and White Salsa Yacht Party Sets Sail May 2022

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Believe it or not, 13 years have passed since San Diego first saw the Sabor on the Bay Latin boat cruise hit the dance scene. This year’s event on May 28th will feature a mix of live music, rooftop deck dancing and a special themed Reggaeton floor. The theme for the event is to dress in black and white which as we’ve seen over the years can make for some great fashion statements on the dance floor.

The yacht holds a whopping 1,200 people on the 3 hour cruise and offers a great opportunity to see San Diego from a different perspective on the bay. Conjunto Oyo and DJ Ukeim will be hosting the salsa floor, while DJ Rags and DJ Hush will be featuring Reggaeton and Bachata music respectively.

To get a preview of what you might see on the Sabor on the Bay event check out this video from a past cruise:

Tickets are available now for the May 28th event at the Sabor on the Bay website.

See you all on the 13th Annual Black and White Yacht Party!

John ;-)


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San Diego BIG Salsa Festival Coming January 2022

Monday, December 6, 2021

One of San Diego’s largest salsa dance events is coming in January 2022. The BIG Salsa Festival San Diego is a great opportunity to dive into the salsa dance world feet first. The event presents a varied mix of dance classes, dance performances, live concerts and salsa dance parties over the course of 4 days.

For anyone that has ever been to a festival like this you know that the best way to really engage in all of the activities is to attend the entire event by staying on property and taking advantage of the full schedule of offerings. These range from special dance workshops in the morning, a mid day dance party/mixer, watching performances and most importantly dancing at night with other attendees.

The event runs from Friday January 14th to Sunday January 17th, 2022 at the Marriott Mission Valley (there is a special Thursday night January 13th pre party as well). Special passes are available to fit your schedule so if you can’t attend everything you can still participate in seeing shows or other specific activities. You can find out more information about the event and secure your passes on the San Diego BIG Salsa Festival website.

What better way to begin 2022 than salsa dancing in San Diego…

See you all at the San Diego BIG Salsa Festival 2022!

John ;-)


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Latin Flavor Productions 14th Annual Birthday Toy Drive Sunday December 5th

Friday, November 19, 2021

Hard to believe 2021 is almost over but there is still time this year for some great dancing and helping out towards a great cause. Tommy Rosas and Latin Flavor Productions will be hosting the 14th Annual Birthday Toy Drive on December 5th, 2021. The event is to help local kids with donations of toys and clothing during the Christmas Holiday season.

Latin music including salsa music will be played by DJ’s along with appetizers provided by the venue, Kusina. The event is free but you will want to make sure you bring an unwrapped toy and/or new clothes for girls aged 12 to 14 years. The event will run from 2pm to 6pm.

To RSVP for the event text Tommy at 619-889-7348.

Thanks and see you all at the 14th Annual Birthday Toy Drive!

John ;-)


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The San Diego Mega Social Coming October 23rd

Sunday, September 5, 2021

San Diego is roaring back to life with salsa dancing and we have a great event coming up in October. The SD Mega Social is set for Saturday October 23rd and will feature classes, social dancing and specialized work outs to help you get back into the swing of things.

The event is a collaboration of many San Diego dance companies including Melomano, Majesty in Motion, Son y Pasos, Speranza, Animo, Indigo, SoKaliente, Afro y Pasion, The Salsa Beat, Vedanza and Excelencia. The event starts at 8pm and runs to 1am.

For more information please visit the organizers Facebook event page here.

See you all at the SD Mega Social!

John ;-)


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Welcome Back Salsa Dancing in San Diego on the Sabor on the Bay Latin Boat Cruises

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

It’s hard to believe but salsa dancing is coming back to life in San Diego! There are reports of multiple venues re-opening and calibrating their offerings to accommodate for the new changes in accordance with local, regional and state mandates.

Best of all, Sabor on the Bay is back after a 2 year forced hiatus to bring you not just 1 but 2 Latin dance boat cruises in July 2021. Set for July 2nd and 10th, the popular nights will be your only opportunity in 2021 to take advantage of this unique dance venue.

An important change with these new cruises is that the 3 floors will all be open with fresh ocean air and with plenty of space to roam around. The theme as in the past though is the familiar dress in all white one so get your white dresses, shoes, etc out of the closet and ready. If you have never been on a Sabor on the Bay cruise here is what you can expect:

Tickets are on sale now at the Sabor on the Bay website. Although the cruises are in July, these events are sure to sell out so don’t delay.

See you all on the Sabor on the Bay Latin Dance Cruises!

John ;-)


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Latin Dance in San Diego After COVID 19: What to Expect

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Although all Latin dance locations in San Diego are still closed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the community is still looking forward to the day when we can all see each other again on the dance floor. With the new COVID-19 vaccines slowly making their way to individuals there will undoubtedly be some hesitation at first when dance venues begin to re-open. What can we expect to see when these places come back to life? It’s likely that many of the same precautions we’ve seen during the pandemic like increased hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, mask wearing and other prudent measures may be here to stay. Other reactions to the pandemic have involved emphasizing a more “distance” focused dance using bands or ropes to help maintain distance. As you can see in this salsa dance video it may allow for those on the fence about returning to partner dancing be more at ease:

Whatever happens with the social dance scene here in San Diego, I do know that there are many ways to keep dancing remotely and supporting the many qualified dance instructors that need your support.

If you have any comments or ideas of what you think the salsa scene will look like in San Diego after the pandemic please leave a comment.

Thanks and see you hopefully soon on the dance floor!

John ;-)


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