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’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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3,600+ Members Strong: The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group is always gaining new members and we’ve reached a new milestone! The group now consists of 3,600+ like minded individuals that are united in their love of dancing.

If you haven’t joined the group yet you might be surprised of all the people you already know that are part of the group and actively attending, contributing and sharing their passion for all types of Latin dance.

It’s free to join and gets you access to a great calendar of events that range from dance socials to concerts to cruises where you can dance your heart out.

Join today and see what it’s all about!

John ;-)

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New Sunday Night Salsa Dance Venue at the Guild Hotel Starts September 1st

Thursday, August 29, 2019

A new salsa dance venue will be making its debut on September 1st, 2019 at the Guild Hotel. Hosted by Majesty in Motion, the new Sunday night dance venue will be located at the recently re-opened downtown San Diego icon.

Lessons begin around 4:30pm and should go about an hour or so. Social dancing is scheduled to go live from 5:30pm to 9:30pm to the sounds of DJ Mo Lyon.

Parking shouldn’t be a problem (Sundays downtown offer free street partking) and there will be validated parking available.

Cover is only $10.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience San Diego’s newest salsa club this Labor Day weekend.

For more information please visit this event page at the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.

See you all on the dance floor!

John ;-)

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San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group Enters a New Era

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

This month marked a major change in the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group as I formally stepped down as the main organizer for the group. Over the course of a number of years I helped to spread the word about Latin dancing of all types here in San Diego and had a great time doing so in the process.

The new person at the helm of the group is San Diego’s Salsa Susie from Ooh La La Dance. A great promoter of San Diego’s local dance scene, she’s already brought back many former members to the group and is expanding it past the 3,500 member mark for the first time.

If you are unfamiliar with the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group or have been away for a while I encourage you to check it out anew to find out all the great events San Diego has to offer.

I am still serving as an Assistant Organizer for the group so if you have any questions or comments on how we can improve the Meetup please let me know.

See you all on the dance floor!

John ;-)

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Dia De San Juan Salsa Festival Coming June 23rd to San Diego

Monday, May 6, 2019

The annual Dia De San Juan Salsa Festival is coming June 23rd and with it tons of live music, dancing and food. The event will feature Charlie Aponte along with a host of other live performers and DJ’s. If you are not familiar with Charlie Aponte check out this YouTube video of his excellent music:

The Dia De San Juan Salsa Festival is also well known for its great food vendors who will be featuring authentic dishes from Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Don’t miss out on this great event. You can find out more information and buy tickets at this link.

See you all at the Dia De San Juan Festival 2019!

John ;-)

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