Salsa for Homeless Vets Event Coming to San Diego January 26th

Saturday, January 6, 2018

No better way than to start 2018 right by salsa dancing for a great cause.  Our friend Tommy Rosas will be hosting a Salsa for Homeless Vets event on Friday January 26th to help homeless veterans in need.

The event will feature the all female salsa band Las Chikas Orchestra hailing from Los Angeles.  If you haven’t seen them perform before here is a short video showing them in action:

The event will be held at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa.  For more information please visit the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group event page here.

Thanks and see you all at the Salsa for the Vets event!

John ;-)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from RitmoBello.com

Sunday, December 17, 2017

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We hope that 2018 brings you many blessings for you and your families.  See you all in 2018!

John ;-)

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San Diego Salsa Dance Deals Abound in the Lead up to Black Friday and Christmas

Saturday, November 11, 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017  is almost over but with Veteran’s day past the focus is now inevitably on Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season.  If you are looking for some good deals on anything in the salsa dancing world you are in luck.

From dance shoes to salsa dancing lessons you are sure to find some great deals to make your holiday season more memorable.  For example Majesty in Motion is offering their salsa dance lessons at more then 50% off when you use their Groupon promotion.  Be aware some some restrictions might apply (I believe this Groupon is for new clients of theirs only) but if you are looking to convince your significant other or want to give the gift of lessons this is a great deal.  You can learn more about this particular promotion here.

As Black Friday approaches another great place to keep in mind for your salsa gear is EK Clothing.  You can find specialty salsa shoes for men and women (including dancing boots) along with other items to make sure you are ready for the dance floor.

Of course you will also find special deals for places to go dancing as venues offer special dinner/dance incentives and Christmas/New Year’s party opportunities.  A good place to find out what is happening is the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing meetup group.

Whatever you do make sure you enjoy the holiday season and do some dancing today!

John ;-)

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San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group Updates

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Well, the 2017 San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival is over now and if you still need to get your salsa dance fix in there is still hope.  The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group, San Diego’s largest group with 3,000 plus members, has a ton of events on the monthly calendar for you to take advantage of today.  For those unfamiliar with the group, the events are posted by most of the top salsa instructors, studios and clubs that help keep our local dance scene alive.

Looking at the monthly calendar you’ll be able to find anything ranging from meeting with other dancers at local clubs to dance auditions if you feel inspired to try out for a dance team.

Joining the group has always been free and there is really no obligation to joining the group except that you are open to having fun.

Check out the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group today!

John ;-)

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Schedule for the Upcoming San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2017 Now Posted

Friday, August 18, 2017

The San Diego Salsa and Bachata Festival is fast approaching and you will soon have an opportunity to immerse yourself in a full weekend of dancing come Labor Day weekend.

An updated schedule is now available which you can check out below:

As you can see there will be plenty to do, hear and see from Friday through Sunday night.  If you haven’t purchased your tickets (and booked your rooms if you are from out of town) there are still some available.   The event always sells out so don’t be left out!  You can find out more information here.

I’ll try to post some more information as the event draws closer.

See you all that the 11th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival!

John ;-)

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In Memoriam: Albert Torres June 15, 1956 – May 25, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

The salsa community worldwide is in mourning with news of Albert Torres‘ passing.  As you may know Albert was a great supporter of salsa music, dance and culture with his many Salsa Congresses and events he hosted worldwide.

Although I didn’t know him that well personally I had the honor of receiving an award from him back in 2010 that really had an impact on my own work in our salsa community.

It was through little things like this that he touched the lives of many of the people in our local dance community.  I know his salsa festivals and events will live on but they will definitely not be the same without him.

Please say a prayer for the repose of his soul and his family during this time.

RIP

John ;-)

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End of an Era: Salsa Dancing at La Jolla Marriott Ceases

Monday, April 3, 2017

You read that right.  Effective immediately the La Jolla Marriott will cease to have salsa dancing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  In a message posted by Rumba Entertainment, the organizer for the salsa nights, they cite lack of support on the part of the hotel to continue the nights.  You can read the entire message here below:

Personally I’m disappointed in the hotel management’s decision to end support of its salsa dancing nights, but it reflects a real challenge that the salsa community faces in San Diego.  That challenge is namely to weigh the support of the local dance community versus making sure they maintain a profitable business. I’m going to miss the La Jolla Marriott salsa nights and great alternative it provided for so many days of the week.

I’m hoping another venue opens up soon to fill this large void left by a much beloved salsa dance venue.

Feel free to leave comments below.

See you all on the dance floor.

John ;-)

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