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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23rd Annual San Diego Brazil Carnival of Love Set for February 14th

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Brazilian Carnival comes to San Diego February 14th in the much anticipated San Diego Brazil Carnival of Love.  Entering its 23rd year, the event is a high energy evening of shows, dancing, food and all things Brazilian all in one night.

If you have never been to the event here is a quick video that shows just a glimpse of what will be in store for you:

The San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group along with RitmoBello.com will be on hand to celebrate Mardi Gras at the event and we encourage you to experience Brazilian culture with us.  You can find out more information about the event at the special event page set up at the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.

See you all February 14th at the San Diego Brazil Carnival!

John ;-)


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Sabor on the Bay Brazil Carnaval Boat Cruise Sails August 23rd!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mark your calendar for August 23, 2014!  The next Sabor on the Bay Yacht party is set to launch with a Brazilian theme and cumbia inspired music as well.  Held on the Inspiration Hornblower, the cruise will feature 3 hours of fun dance, music and drinks.

If this is your first time on a Sabor on the Bay Cruise check out this video to see what you can look forward to:

Tickets are now on sale and you are encouraged to secure your tickets well in advance (the event always sells out as early as July). Don’t be left at the dock and secure your tickets today! You can find out more information about the event including how to purchase tickets by visiting the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group event page (click here). See you all on the Sabor on the Bay Brazilian themed Yacht Party!

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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Sabor on the Bay Carnaval Yacht Party to Celebrate End of San Diego Summer Brazilian Style

Friday, August 3, 2012

The final yacht party for summer 2012 is coming up Labor Day Weekend and the folks at Sabor on the Bay have a great event planned for you.  The theme of this yacht party will be Carnaval, that is, Brazilian style partying including samba dancers and music. The party will also have salsa music for those of you who might be attending the San Diego Salsa Festival for the weekend.

In fact, Sabor on the Bay has partnered with the upcoming San Diego Salsa Festival to host the after party at the very same hotel where the  festival will be held this year.  The official after party will immediately follow the cruise from 12-4am at The Sheraton Hotel (Grand ballroom) across from the airport- less than 1 mile away. The after party will feature 2 rooms of music: Live salsa music with Johnny Polanco & DJ’s playing Bachata & Reggaeton.

Don’t miss out on a fun night of dancing on the yacht and at the official after party!

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 ;-)


Tito Puente, Carlos Gardel and other Latin Music Legends Honored on 2011 US Stamps

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Time to visit your local US post office if you are a Latin music lover!  The new 2011 Latin Music Legends US Stamp collection features Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Selena and Tito Puente in close up portrait shots.  The music styles represented include Tejano, Argentine Tango, Samba, Latin Jazz, and Salsa.

They won’t be available until March but you can get a quick preview of some of the images here below.  You can find out more information about the artist Rafael López and all the stamps he’s created on his blog. Good to see Latin music represented in this novel way!

John ;-)


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