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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Celebrate Colombian Independence Day with the House of Colombia July 17th

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Colombian Independence day is fast approaching and there is no better place to celebrate in San Diego than with the House of Colombia San Diego. The House of Colombia San Diego will be hosting a celebration from 11am to 4pm at the Balboa Park International Cottages (you can find out more information here about the location).

What you will experience is a taste of Colombian culture including great Colombian food and a full cultural program that will feature Colombian history, art and of course dance. The cultural program will be presented by Ballet Esmeraldas de Colombia, a local dance troupe that is well known in the San Diego area. Here is a quick video in case you are unfamiliar with the group:

Don’t miss out on a great afternoon of Colombian dance and culture. For more information please visit the House of Colombia San Diego Facebook page.

See you all at the Colombian celebration!

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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Salsa Dancing in the Age of COVID 19: Keeping Your Passion Alive Through Online Virtual Resources

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

During this unprecedented Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak it seems as though every part of our normal routines have been upended. Just a few weeks ago we had regular social dancing but with recent government mandates most if not all gatherings have been cancelled. Worst yet many people are in total quarantine without any indication of when all this will change.

I thought it would be helpful to provide some helpful local resources and ideas for continuing your passion of dance from where ever you are, lock down or not.

Many if not all dance studios here have begun the process of offering their salsa lessons online through video instruction. From Deseo Dance to Ooh La La and others they are extending many of these new resources directly from their websites and leveraging platforms like Facebook and YouTube to keep connected with students.

Many of these resources have the added benefit of being provided live in real time with the instructors responding to viewer generated inquiries. Here is a sample from Deseo Dance’s Serena Cuevas today:

As we see more local studios adding live content and offerings virtually it will be interesting to see the support from the community. As with many artists during this time it will be the local dance community that keeps the spirit of dance alive through the help of talented instructors. If you know of any other resources you’d like me share please send me a message via email and I’ll help spread the information as best I can.

Please be safe during this difficult time and stay positive. For you that pray, St. Vitus (Patron Saint of Dancers), pray for us…

John ;-)

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San Diego Latino Film Festival to Feature Flamenco Dance Film

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

San Diego’s 27th San Diego Latino Film Festival is coming in March and with it a great dance centered film that you should not miss. Siudy Entre Mundos is the story about the Miami-based Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater. The film tells the story about the group, whose heritage and roots are in Venezuela and Spain, but aspire as transplanted artists, refugees and immigrants to see themselves accepted in their adopted American homeland and society. The film follows their journey as they aspire to perform professionally in New York City. Check out the trailer here:

For more information and to buy tickets please visit the San Diego Latino Film Festival Website.

See you all at the San Diego Latino Film Festival!

John ;-)

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San Diego’s Original Latin Boat Party Returns May 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

2020 is in full swing and you will want to add this upcoming event to your dance calendars.

The 2020 Sabor on the Bay Yacht party will return to San Diego Saturday May 23rd, 2020 and with it a great night of dancing returns to America’s Finest City. If you’ve been on a Sabor on the Bay boat party in the past you know the great fun that is in store for you but for those who have not attended read on.

The party takes place on a multi-million dollar luxury yacht and will feature three separate floors of entertainment ranging from Reggaeton, Bachata, Salsa and Brazilian Samba. The Salsa and Samba attractions will highlight LIVE music courtesy of La Verdad and Grupo Resenha along with talented Samba dancers performing their dance. There will be 5 fully stacked bars and a Cigar/Hookah lounge available if that suits your style.

The venue has capacity for up to 1200 guests and there will be a dress in classic “Black + White” theme (so don’t forget to wear those colors!).

Check out this video from last years event to catch a glimpse of what awaits you:

Tickets are now on sale but don’t wait too long to secure them as the event always sells out. You can find out more information about the event on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group page and directly at the Sabor on the Bay website.

See you all on the Sabor on the Bay Yacht party May 23rd!

John ;-)

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B.I.G Salsa Festival Coming to San Diego January 2020

Thursday, December 5, 2019

With 2019 ending and 2020 now upon us it’s time to start the new year and decade right with a great upcoming salsa dance festival here in San Diego. The B.I.G. or Baile International Grande Salsa Festival is hosted by local salsa group Majesty in Motion and will feature a week’s worth of salsa dancing for everyone.

The event includes everything from workshops, live dance performances and a live salsa concert that will span from Thursday January 30th through February 3rd, 2020. The Friday night live concert will feature Jose Alberto aka “El Canario” and social dancing until 4am. Here is a quick video of him in concert if you are not familiar with him:

There is still time to buy your tickets, book your room at the Marriott Mission Valley and even register to perform if you want to showcase your own skills. You can find out more information at the B.I.G Salsa Festival website.

See you all in 2020 at the B.I.G Salsa Festival in San Diego!

John ;-)

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