End of an Era: Salsa Dancing at La Jolla Marriott Ceases

Monday, April 3, 2017

You read that right.  Effective immediately the La Jolla Marriott will cease to have salsa dancing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  In a message posted by Rumba Entertainment, the organizer for the salsa nights, they cite lack of support on the part of the hotel to continue the nights.  You can read the entire message here below:

Personally I’m disappointed in the hotel management’s decision to end support of its salsa dancing nights, but it reflects a real challenge that the salsa community faces in San Diego.  That challenge is namely to weigh the support of the local dance community versus making sure they maintain a profitable business. I’m going to miss the La Jolla Marriott salsa nights and great alternative it provided for so many days of the week.

I’m hoping another venue opens up soon to fill this large void left by a much beloved salsa dance venue.

Feel free to leave comments below.

See you all on the dance floor.

John ;-)


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UPDATE: Salsa Dancing at the La Jolla Marriott Ends Friday November 16th

Saturday, November 10, 2012

In with the new and out with the old, at least temporarily.

With the advent of a new salsa club in La Jolla we’ve learned some more details about the beloved salsa venue at the La Jolla Marriott. That club is closing in order to take on building renovations and should be open again in a few months. In the meantime the new venue at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla will take its place and provide salsa dancing on the same nights that were customarily found at the old venue.

The last day for salsa dancing at the Marriott is this Friday November 16th so come out for one last dance at the La Jolla Marriott Friday.

See you on the dance floor!

John ;-)


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La Jolla Marriott Latin Dancing: San Diego’s Longtime Salsa Attraction

Thursday, February 3, 2011

If you’ve ever been to the La Jolla Marriott you know it is not your typical salsa club. Hosted in the Character’s Bar & Grill area of the hotel, the venue consistently serves as a nice choice for salsa dancing on Fridays and Saturdays.  The unique location of the club makes it easy for ordering a dinner, sharing some drinks and even playing some pool in between dances.  Having a dual purpose of  a sports bar is also a bonus if you care to catch the latest sports figures while you visit.  One thing to note is that if you like a very well lit salsa club as opposed to a darker venue this is your place.  The venue tends to keep the lights on so you can see your dance partner as you dance.

Serena Cuevas from Deseo Dance usually teaches the complimentary lesson starting at 8pm.  For those of you unfamiliar with Serena check out this interview I conducted a while back soon after her work with Gatorade.  She is currently starting up new lessons too for anyone interested (you can see the info below).

Along with other newer venues like the San Diego Salsa Jam, the La Jolla Marriott serves as an integral part of San Diego’s salsa dance scene.  You can see a complete list of dance venues on our club list here on Ritmo Bello.

See you all on the dance floor,

John ;-)


Halloween 2008 Salsa Dancing Options for San Diego

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hope you are all doing well.  Not sure what everyone has planned for Halloween this year but if your plans are anything like mine they will include some salsa dancing.  This year we are especially fortunate since the holiday falls on a Friday night.

There are a number of events going on around town that will have salsa dancing and I wanted to highlight two of the larger events.

Cafe Sevilla is hosting a special Halloween night during its regular Thursday night salsa.  There will be a costume contest with cash prizes for numerous categories.  I’ve been to Cafe Sevilla for Halloween celebrations in the past and it has always been fun to see how people get decked out in costume.  To find out more information and to RSVP for the event please visit the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group event page.

Cafe Sevilla Salsa

Friday night Rumba Entertainment is hosting Halloween night salsa dancing at the La Jolla Marriott that is sure to bring out lots of salsa dancers.  They are also having a cash prize giveaway for best costumes in a number of categories.  For more information and to RSVP for this event I’ve also posted a page at the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group. 

La Jolla Marriott Salsa

Come check out both events and don’t forget to wear a costume!!!


John F. Bello

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