23rd Annual San Diego Brazil Carnival of Love Set for February 14th

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Brazilian Carnival comes to San Diego February 14th in the much anticipated San Diego Brazil Carnival of Love.  Entering its 23rd year, the event is a high energy evening of shows, dancing, food and all things Brazilian all in one night.

If you have never been to the event here is a quick video that shows just a glimpse of what will be in store for you:

The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group along with RitmoBello.com will be on hand to celebrate Mardi Gras at the event and we encourage you to experience Brazilian culture with us.  You can find out more information about the event at the special event page set up at the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.

See you all February 14th at the San Diego Brazil Carnival!

John ;-)

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Sabor on the Bay Carnaval Yacht Party to Celebrate End of San Diego Summer Brazilian Style

Friday, August 3, 2012

The final yacht party for summer 2012 is coming up Labor Day Weekend and the folks at Sabor on the Bay have a great event planned for you.  The theme of this yacht party will be Carnaval, that is, Brazilian style partying including samba dancers and music. The party will also have salsa music for those of you who might be attending the San Diego Salsa Festival for the weekend.

In fact, Sabor on the Bay has partnered with the upcoming San Diego Salsa Festival to host the after party at the very same hotel where the  festival will be held this year.  The official after party will immediately follow the cruise from 12-4am at The Sheraton Hotel (Grand ballroom) across from the airport- less than 1 mile away. The after party will feature 2 rooms of music: Live salsa music with Johnny Polanco & DJ’s playing Bachata & Reggaeton.

Don’t miss out on a fun night of dancing on the yacht and at the official after party!

John ;-)

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Deseo Dance Company Expands to Include Samba Dance: Auditions

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hello Everyone!  San Diego’s own Deseo Dance company is expanding to include a new focus on samba dance.  Serena Cuevas joined forces with Melanie Riveira to bring to San Diego some of the best Samba dancing to be found in America’s finest City.

Here is a short intro video to the recent changes with Deseo Dance and auditions for the new teams if you are interested:

Good luck to all of you auditioning for this great dance organization!

John ;-)

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The Spirit of Brazil in the Heart of San Diego: Brazilian Day San Diego 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Brazilian Day San Diego is coming up this Sunday September 12 and will once again take place in Pacific Beach from 12pm to 7pm.

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it’s the largest fundraiser for Capoeira Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides outreach programs for underprivileged children and teens. Their focus is to educate the community regarding Brazilian culture and Fine Arts, such as capoeira, samba, Afro-Brazilian dance and percussion.

The day will feature a parade, dance shows and an array of traditional cuisine including Brazilian barbecue, feijoada and pastel. The event is kid friendly too as there will be  a  fun children’s area with carnival rides, inflatable jumps, ballon artists, face painters and other entertainers.

To find out more information about Brazilian Day San Diego 2010 please visit the event page for it on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.

See you all at Brazilian Day San Diego 2010!

John ;-)

@RitmoBello

UCSD Dance Team To Dance Samba and Compete On ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A dance team from UC San Diego will compete on  “Dancing with the Stars” Tuesday night against dancers from Purdue University.  The episode airs Tuesday, May 11, 2010.  The teams will dance the samba, with the winner to perform on the show’s season finale May 25, according to UCSD.  The video above gives a nice example of what you can expect from our San Diego team.

“This will be an incredible experience for the team to perform live in front of a national audience,” said Brodie Kester, UCSD Dancesport team captain. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime performance.”

In the San Diego area, “Dancing with the Stars” will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC affiliate KGTV Channel 10.  Ritmo Bello wishes them good luck in their competition!

John ;-)

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Get Fired Up Latin Style with The New Mambo Kings!

Monday, July 6, 2009

If you are a fan of the “Dancing with the Stars” TV show you are in for a treat.  Here in San Diego at the historic Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park there will be a limited engagement showing of “The New Mambo Kings.”

“The New Mambo Kings” is an exciting musical revue that blends Latin American culture through the art of dance, voice, and music.  The show will feature lots of different Latin music styles including Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha-Cha-Cha, Samba, Tango, Rumba, Paso Doble and Boleros.  It will also have flashy dance numbers and a good amount of singing both in English and in Spanish.

Starlight Theatre’s new Guest Artistic Director, Carlos Mendoza, along with his brother Mauricio Mendoza hope to reach out to everyone from all walks of life with their show.  The brothers have a long history in the performing arts, appearing in popular movies and shows like “Blow” starring Johnny Depp (see the Youtube video below).  I think the show will be a great way to experience the full range of Latin American music and dances in a way that is energetic and riveting.  If you’ve been one of the people glued to the TV watching “Dancing with the Stars” this will be a great show for you too.

The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group will be attending the July 31st performance and you are invited to attend this show as well.  To find out more information about how to obtain tickets please visit the RSVP page (click here!) on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.  Come out and support a great performing arts revue here in San Diego!

Could we see Kizomba in San Diego?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It’s not surprising to see new dances grow in popularity.  Indeed, many of the Latin dances we enjoy today such as salsa have roots in other dance traditions that were once more common.  

Over the last few months I’ve noticed a lot of new Youtube videos showcasing a fairly recent dance called Kizomba.  Credited by many as coming from Angola, the music and dance also has connections with Portugal as many of the songs are sung in Portuguese.  When you see the videos here you’ll notice that some of the movements are similar to other Latin-style dances such as tango, samba, and merengue.  

So far I haven’t seen this type of music hit the San Diego dance scene, but I would not be surprised if took hold here.  For now we can watch the spread of this music and dance worlwide and await its debut in America’s Finest City.

John F. Bello

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