Who Organizes Events on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I often get questions about the calendar and events on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.  Many people think I post every event that appears there but in reality the calendar is a huge group effort.

The group is made of 22 other organizers that include well known people here in San Diego such as David Stein of Majesty in Motion, Susie Nguyen Grafte from Ooh La La Dance company, Walter Meneses from Dancing After School, Gaby from Alma Latina and Serena Cuevas.  The  local Tango dance community is represented as well with organizer like Krista Ann and Tino.  The events found on the calendar are truly crowd sourced content from those who know what is going on here in San Diego regarding dance.

The great thing about the group is that we are open to others from the community who want to help fill the calendar with fun events and socials any day of the week.  If you are interested in becoming an event organizer send me a message.

With so much talent here in San Diego posting great events on the calendar you are sure to find one that best fits your schedule and interests.

See you all on the dance floor!

John ;-)


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MILESTONE: San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group Reaches 2000+ Members

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group is alive and well in 2014. Founded in 2005, the group connects local San Diego dancers to the best San Diego has to offer in salsa, tango, merengue, bachata, kizomba and all types of Latin dance.

Over the years the group has expanded to include the biggest and most well known dance groups and studios here in San Diego.  If you look at the calendar today you’ll see a myriad of activities ranging from nights out on the town dancing, dance auditions, special guest workshops and new venue openings.

If you are not familiar with the group take a moment to see what it is all about.  It’s free to join and a great way to get integrated into the local San Diego dance scene.  Come be a part of the 2000+ group and spice up your life.

Hope to see you all at the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group events!

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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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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1,000+ Member Strong San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group Keeps You Connected

Sunday, March 20, 2011

If you are new to San Diego or are just new to the San Diego dance scene, you should check out the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.  Founded way back in September 6, 2005, the group is San Diego’s most established and largest growing Meetup group focusing primarily on all types of Latin dance. (If you’ve never heard of Meetup here is a short explanation of the organization.)

The group’s events are organized by some of San Diego’s hottest dance studios such as A Time To Dance, Ooh La La Dance Company, Deseo Dance, Majesty in Motion, Salsa Inferno, and Alma Latina.  Events range from dance workshops to new club openings and everything in between.

The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group is also a great way to meet other like minded dancers who share your passion for music and dance.  It gives people an opportunity to find friends in the scene and keep connected with the growing dance population.

Sign up for the group is FREE so what are you waiting for?  Join today!

John ;-)


New San Diego Salsa Venue Old Town Latin Wednesdays Grand Opening February 23rd!

Monday, February 7, 2011

I’m very excited to share news about a new Wednesday night option for salsa dancing here in San Diego.  Spin Nightclub will boast San Diego newest and biggest night club for salsa and Latin dancing that we’ve ever seen.  Hosted by Salsa Susie’s Ooh La La dance company every 4th Wednesday each month, the new venue will feature  3 levels, 2 rooms, over 10,000 Square Feet and a 24 hour license to allow till dawn salsa dancing to your heart’s content.

Ritmo Bello and the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group welcome you to attend the Grand Opening of the new venue this Wednesday February 23rd 2011. You can RSVP for the event here at this link (click here please).

Here are some important items to keep in mind when you go:

Doors Open at 9:30pm

FREE BEFORE 10pm, After 10 there is a $10 Cover Charge

Open until 5am or when the Party Stops

Plenty of Free Street Parking right off the 5 Freeway

21 & Up with Valid ID

State-Of-The-Art Sound System

Awesome Lighting

Lounge Areas & Pool Table

Drink Specials & All Night Restaurant

See you all at the new Old Town Latin Wednesdays at Spin Nightclub!

John :-)


New Salsa & Merengue Beat Machine Puts You in Charge of Learning the Beats

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Those new to salsa and Latin dancing in general sometimes find it challenging to “find the beat” when dancing.  One creative salsa dancer created a “Salsa Beat Machine” as an answer to that challenge.

The Salsa Beat Machine is a free online Salsa and Merengue metronome. The idea behind it is to use it as as tool to  improve your dance timing and feeling of the rhythm.  Different patterns composing Salsa Music are broken down for you using an intuitive mixer-like interface. An online visualizer tab let’s you match what you hear in the music with the instrument that is currently playing.  Here is a short video that explains how it works:

Here is some info direct from Uri Shaked, the creator, about his inspiration for the tool:

“I’ve been dancing Salsa for around 4 years, and today Salsa plays a major role in my life.

When I began dancing, I struggled with the rhythm of the music a lot, and it took me more than a year to get it right. I remember my friends telling me that I was off-beat, dancing on the “2” or “3”, but as I couldn’t hear any “numbers” in the music I had no idea what they were talking about and was really frustrated. Fortunately, following an advice from a close friend, I began listening to a lot of Salsa music. Without any special guidance, it took the change several months to happen, but I gradually progressed until I reached a point I could dance in time with the music.

Since then, I became a Salsa instructor myself, teaching dance and musicality to others, and also began playing salsa gigs on the piano, clave sticks, conga drums and timbales set. Learning how to feel the rhythm and to dance to the beat wasn’t an easy journey, but I am happy I did not give up. This gave me the drive to explore the music and its structure, to listen to individual instruments, find patterns, and ultimately create the tool known today as the Salsa Beat Machine.”


The program is already available online and on the iPhone with Android functionality coming soon.

Check out the Salsa Beat Machine today!

John ;-)


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