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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Majesty in Motion Moving to New Location February 4th

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Our friends over at Majesty in Motion are expanding to a new location starting February 4th.  The new location is reported to have at least 2 big rooms, new flooring and mirrors to help with augmenting the overall dance experience.

If you are not familiar with Majesty in Motion, the San Diego dance company has been around for many years and has spawned many a budding dancers careers in the scene.  You can learn more about them in this interview I did of them years ago.

Check out the new studio at 6380 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego CA 92115 starting February 4th!

John ;-)

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Updates to the RitmoBello.com Salsa and Bachata Dance Venue List

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year to you all!  Since it’s been a while I thought it was good timing to do some updates to the salsa dance venue list here on RitmoBello.com.  You can access the club and venue list at this link here.

If you see any information that needs correction or to be added please don’t hesitate to email me.

Also, please remember that you can view a more expanded dynamic calendar of events at the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group calendar page.

Start 2017 right and make a point to visit some of the great places offering Latin dancing in San Diego.

See you all on the dance floor!

John ;-)

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Try Something New in 2016 with the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

If you are like most people you have certain New Year’s resolutions that you’ve set for yourself.  If dancing is not one of them it’s still early enough in the year to give it a go.

For those new to salsa dancing in San Diego a great place to start is the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.  Started way back in 2005, the group is made up of many people in the salsa community from established instructors to those just stepping onto the dance floor for the first time. With 2,400+ members the group is one of largest meetup groups in Southern California and for sure the biggest when it comes to dancing salsa.

Joining is free (we do accept donations if you can help) and you can gain access to the extensive calendar and other tools offered.

Try something new in 2016 and join the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group today!

John ;-)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from RitmoBello.com

Monday, December 14, 2015

From all of us at RitmoBello.com we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  We hope to see you all in 2016 and share some great times dancing in the new year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

John ;-)

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How Wearing the Wrong Shoe Can Lead to Disaster While Salsa Dancing

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Veteran salsa dancers know that wearing the right shoe is essential for both enjoyment and safety while dancing.  This holds true for both men and women.  With women though the matter is even more important since many of the lead/follow elements of the dance will depend on the women’s ability to make precise movements without losing balance.

Case in point, it’s hard to execute a turn in flip flops or even non secured slip on shoes.  It’s way too easy to slip, fall and be injured in footwear that is not designed to stay on you while you move quickly.

Fortunately, there are many dance shoes on the market for women that are designed for the high flying quick movements of Latin dance.  These shoes feature leather or suede bottoms to make turning easy along with buckles or straps to keep the shoes securely on your feet.

E.K. Clothing offers a wide selection of these dance shoes ranging from open toe styles to closed toe styles.  They even offer modified boots especially for dancing.

Check out their selection today and avoid a dance floor disaster!

John ;-)

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