SPRING INTO SALSA DANCING at 1st Wednesdays of the Month w/Meetup.com!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Okay, so by now you’ve probably heard about the 1st Wednesday’s of the Month Meetup.com events at Cafe Sevilla (we’ve been hosting them for more than a full year now!).  Well, for those that have made it out in the past  you know that there is a simple formula for how they work:  1) Come out with the intent to have a good time 2) Meet new people & 3) Do something different to interact with your local San Diego salsa community.

This month the theme is to “Spring into Salsa Dancing” with everything that this implies.  If you’ve been sitting on the fence about coming out to our events or if you’ve gone in the past and it’s been some time since you’ve been, I encourage you to come check it out.  The event is free and Cafe Sevilla has been gracious to offer drink specials to our group members for the night (see the RSVP page for details).

For those of you unfamiliar with Café Sevilla, the venue is known for its great Spanish Cuisine and as a great salsa dance venue.

The event is open to everyone so feel free to come alone or bring any friends. We’ll meet downstairs at 8pm in the VIP area of club that will be reserved for our group.  Just look for the Meetup.com signs.  Valerie will give a free salsa lesson starting at 8:30pm.

For full details and to RSVP please check out the special event page here on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup group. If you have additional questions feel free to contact me on Twitter @RitmoBello.  See you all Wednesday April 7th!

John ;-)


New Salsa Venue Opens Monday April 5th here in San Diego’s Historic Old Town!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

There is a new salsa club opening Monday April 5th in the heart of San Diego’s historic Old Town area.  The venue is in a good spot that is central to all San Diego and it is slated to be no cover all night long.  An added bonus is that it is an all ages venue and they have their own private parking lot to make parking easier.

The new salsa club will be located at Barra Barra in Old Town.  If you check it out please leave your comments on the new venue here.  Thanks!

John ;-)


Local San Diego Salsa Dance Instructor and Popular Club Highlighted in News Spot

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

San Diego Travel & Lifestyle Reporter Darlynne Reyes recently interviewed Valerie from SalsaCA.com and her steady work at Cafe Sevilla Nightclub in the video that appears above.  I particularly like this video because apart from interviewing a great local San Diego dance instructor it also features lots of local salsa dancers (maybe YOU are in the video too!) that frequent Cafe Sevilla.

Check out the video and let me know what you think.

John ;-)


Transforming the World Through Dance: CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater Visits San Diego

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Photos courtesy of CONTRA-TIEMPO. Photography by Tyrone Domingo

Southern California has lots of great dance talent and I love learning about dance groups that make a difference in our local communities. CONTRA-TIEMPO is one of these dance groups.

CONTRA-TIEMPO is a Los Angeles-based activist dance company founded in 2005 by choreographer Ana María Alvarez and a dynamic group of performers. The company fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop, and abstract dance-theater to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically based performance. The dance company prides itself on its community roots and involvement with the local community itself.  The group strives to incorporate geographic, economic, political, and even national focus into their dance presentations.  Here is a short preview of what you can expect from CONTRA-TIEMPO:

We are lucky here in San Diego as CONTRA-TIEMPO will be presented by the United Association of Labor Education’s 2010 Conference at San Diego City College on March 26th, 2010.

Ritmo Bello and the San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group will be in attendance to support CONTRA-TIEMPO and we encourage all of you to experience them in person as well.  You can find out more information on the The San Diego Salsa & Latin Dancing Meetup Group page for the CONTRA-TIEMPO performance (CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS).  See you all at the CONTRA-TIEMPO San Diego performance!

John ;-)

Ritmo Bello

Photo courtesy of CONTRA-TIEMPO. Photography by Tyrone Domingo

Do you want to see Reinaldo Ojeda at the 2010 San Diego Salsa & Bachata Festival?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Colombian salsa performer, Reinaldo Ojeda, contacted me recently to see if there would be any interest from our salsa community to see him perform at the 2010 San Diego Salsa & Bachata Festival.  The videos here are ones he sent me to share with all of you.  What do you all think?  Share your comments here please.

John ;-)

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