Transforming non Salsa Shoes into Salsa shoes Using Suede Heel Wraps

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Let’s say you have a whole collection of shoes that you know would work great for your dancing but the rough heel tip simply won’t work on the hard dance floor.  The easy solution is to apply suede heel wraps to the back tip and transform that shoe collection into your salsa dance toolbox of fashion. Suede heel wraps are a simple fix that are easy and quick to apply to any shoe with a heel.  The wrap simply goes around the tip and with a little work you can trim the excess pieces that show to keep the suede only on the non-visible bottom part of the heel.  The result of this application is a shoe that allows for better turns, spins and maneuverability making for an overall better dance experience.

The suede heel wrap can be found at EK Clothing with a keyword search of “suede”.  Also don’t forget the front part of the shoe with the toebox area that can benefit from application of the same type of material.   If you have any other  suggestions for adapting heels to dancing feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks and see you all on the dance floor.

John ;-)


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San Diego Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival: Updated Schedule Posted

Saturday, August 16, 2014

We are less than a few weeks away from the upcoming San Diego Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival and more information is now available for the event. Below is an updated schedule of events that you can refer to throughout the event. Don’t forget that the entire event is full of dance workshops, lessons, performances by some of the most gifted dancers in the world and of course great social dancing available for you to take part in.

If you don’t have your tickets yet there is still time to purchase yours today. Please visit the official San Diego Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival website for more details. Thanks and see you all at the 8th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival!

John ;-)


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San Diego Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival: The New Kizomba Craze

Friday, July 18, 2014

The San Diego Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival is fast approaching at the end of August and one of the main features that sets this year apart from past festivals is the new addition of Kizomba dance into the mix.

Kizomba dance is uniquely African and has its origins in the music of the Angolan people. Described as a very sensual dance similar to bachata and merengue, it is distinct in its African rhythm that sets it apart from the traditional latin music in the dance scene.  If you’ve never seen the dance before here is a short video clip showing it in action:

During the San Diego Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival you can have an opportunity to learn from master Kizomba instructor Lucia Nogueira in one of the many workshops to be held over the course of the Labor Day Weekend.  The San Diego Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival is August 28th through the 31st during Labor Day Weekend and you can still secure your tickets before it sells out on the official website for the event.

Keep checking for more updates as we get closer to the San Diego Salsa Bachata Kizomba Festival 2014.

John ;-)


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Grammy Award Winner Poncho Sanchez Performing in San Diego June 20th

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Poncho Sanchez, known throughout the Latin Jazz world with his masterful congo playing, will be performing live in San Diego June 20th.  The talented Mexican-American conguero won the Grammy Away for Best Latin Jazz Album back in 2000 and has been keeping busy touring the world and performing in concert halls and jazz venues everywhere.  Here is a short tribute clip that shows him performing:

The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group along with will be in attendance for the performance and we encourage you to all support this live event.  To find out more information and how to purchase tickets please visit the RSVP page on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup calendar.

Thanks and see you all at the Poncho Sanchez concert!

John ;-)


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

As the year ends with Christmas and New Years fast approaching, we’d like to thank everyone that has supported in 2013.  We hope you all have a safe and blessed Christmas Holiday season.

We’ll see you all in 2014!

God Bless,

John ;-)


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Labor Day Weekend Fun Awaits with Packed Salsa Dancing Festival and Yacht Party

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It’s hard to believe but the time for the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival is here once again! Celebrating 7 years of existence, the local festival draws the world’s best salsa, bachata, merengue and Latin dancers to compete, instruct and inspire.

As we’ve seen in past years, the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival is broken up over several days beginning with a Thursday night pre-party celebration winding down to social dancing on Sunday night. The Festival will feature top salsa and bachata dance groups from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia as they perform during each night. During the days you can take advantage of the many workshops that focus on particular dance skills related to salsa and other Latin dances.

An added bonus this year is the 5th Year Sabor on the Bay Yacht party that is set to Launch on August 31st. That event will feature 3 hours of fun aboard a luxury yacht with live salsa bands and a Las Vegas style theme.

Whatever you choose to do on Labor Day Weekend, here in San Diego the Salsa and Latin dance choices are limitless!

See you all during the fun events of Labor Day Weekend 2013!

John ;-)


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The Ritmo Bello San Diego Salsa Bachata 2013 VIP Giveaway and YouTube Contest

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The 7th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2013 is August 29th through September 1st (Labor Day Weekend) and Ritmo Bello is giving away a full access VIP pass again this year! The Full access VIP event pass will give you access to all evening and day shows, competitions, and social dancing starting August 29th. The passes are normally $179+ but here is your chance to get one FREE (airfare and hotel not included, just the all event pass!).

This year we will be using YouTube to once again help pick the winner just as we did in years past. The past couple of years have shown great creativity with the contest as shown by these past winners videos:

To be considered for the 2013 full event pass simply:

1. Create a 2 minute or less YouTube video

2. that explains why you choose to dance and why you would love to attend the Festival, all at no cost to you for the full VIP access pass

3. and makes mention of Ritmo Bello in the video submission.

The winner will be chosen based on:

1. Creativity

2. Message clarity and relevance

3. Motivation and inspiration

4. Overall impact

To be eligible for the contest please submit your YouTube video link to by Monday, August 5th, 2013. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013.

Good luck to all of you and don’t forget to submit your YouTube videos by the deadline!

John ;-)


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