A Salsa Dancer Travels: Another Great Night of Salsa in Philly

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hello once again from the East Coast, Philadelphia, PA.

I opted once again to repeat a good thing and went back to the club I visited the night before, Brasils in Old City Philadelphia .  Although similar to my first night of salsa dancing, there was a different studio hosting the lessons.  Led by Mike Andino of Estilo Dance Studio , the lesson was a refreshing and upbeat event that consisted of some nice moves being taught.  I included a video from Mike’s website here so you can meet him and recognize him if you ever come to Philadelphia for salsa dancing.  My special thanks goes out to him for extending a welcome to an outsider like myself and making me feel welcome.

The night I have to say was even better than the previous night’s outing.  Not only was there a different crowd (I believe there were at least 2 bachelorette parties in attendance that night) but I was able to meet some really nice Philadelphia residents like Katie (thanks for all the great dances!).

I have to admit that I am running low on energy today.  The only thing I have to do at this point is go to Mass at a local Catholic Church and get some rest.

Oh yeah, I may go out yet again tonight…still unsure on that.  I know of at least one place I could go to tonight, Alfie’s that Mike suggested I visit.  More to come later…

John ;-)

A Salsa Dancer Travels: Brasils in Old City Philly

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Greetings from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Last night I had the opportunity to visit Philadelphia’s Old City area and it was a great experience.  For those of you in San Diego, California the Old City here in Philly is reminiscent of the Gaslamp Quarter downtown .  I included a video here so you could get a better sense of what I mean.

In terms of Philly salsa dancing, I visited a nice little venue called Brasil’s .  The club, located in the colonial part of the city, has a decent size dance floor on the second level and pretty good drink specials ($3 for a Corona before 11pm).  There were good lessons given by La Luna Dance Studio too (learned a new move called the susie Q).

Philly salsa is danced On1, so it wasn’t too difficult for me to meet some folks and get some good dancing in early on in the evening.  The city is also pretty diverse as I was able to dance with some residents that were originally from Hungary and other exotic locations around the world.  Although there was only a DJ and no live band, the DJ did a good job of mixing salsa with an occasional merengue and bachata.  I could have done without the Regaton though.

Overall, it was an excellent night out on the town here in Philly.  I have some other places to check out tonight but my feeling is I might make my way back to a good thing at Brasil’s again.  I’ll let you know how it pans out.

From Philly,

John ;-)

Brasils dance floor

A Salsa Dancer Travels: First Impressions of Philadelphia, PA

Friday, July 11, 2008

Philly Skyline

Hello from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!  I arrived safely yesterday and enjoyed my first morning outing here in the "city of brotherly love".  It’s always interesting when you travel to a new place and how the sights and sounds capture your attention.  Philly is no exception as there is definately an old world feel to the city and a particular style to its residents.  One thing that surprised me is how hot it is here in the summertime!

I’m excited to go salsa dancing tonight and Saturday, still trying to decide which spots to visit.  Being already in the city, I’m inclined to visit some of the local spots including Brasil’s .  I’ve been informed of another club in New Jersey (for those of you not familiar with the layout of Philly, New Jersey is super close to where I am now too) that I may consider visiting.

Wherever I end up, I know I’m in for a great time in the Philadelphia area.  Take care and look for my next update!!!

A Salsa Dancer Travels: Philadelphia, PA

Monday, July 7, 2008

Philly Picture

If you’ve followed Ritmo Bello for some time now, you know that I love history and enjoy traveling to places rich in history. You would also recognize that I love salsa dancing in the places I visit.

Well, I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia, “The City of Brotherly Love” , this week for an exciting weekend visit.

I’ve done some research online and found a varied assortment of places and activities to check out while I’m there. First, using my connections through Meetup.com I’ve been able to find out about the 28th Annual Latino Festival that takes place this Saturday. The Philly Salsa Meetup group has organized an event to meet at the festival and I’m going to try to connect with some members from the group.

For nightlife I have a number of options that include these three venues:

Club Heat at Brasil’s: http://clubheatphilly.com/brasils/

North by Northwest: http://www.nxnwphl.com/

Center City Salsa: http://www.masterjmoves.com/gpage8.html

You can bet I’ll be doing some more research on places to visit for salsa while in the city and of course I’m open to any of your suggestions you might have for salsa clubs to visit.  Whatever places I do visit I’ll be writing reviews like I did with other places I’ve visited .

I’ll write some more about my trip later this week but until then I leave you with a quote from St. Augustine :

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Time to read some pages……….

John F. Bello

Meet John ;-)

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