Welcome Back Salsa Dancing in San Diego on the Sabor on the Bay Latin Boat Cruises

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

It’s hard to believe but salsa dancing is coming back to life in San Diego! There are reports of multiple venues re-opening and calibrating their offerings to accommodate for the new changes in accordance with local, regional and state mandates.

Best of all, Sabor on the Bay is back after a 2 year forced hiatus to bring you not just 1 but 2 Latin dance boat cruises in July 2021. Set for July 2nd and 10th, the popular nights will be your only opportunity in 2021 to take advantage of this unique dance venue.

An important change with these new cruises is that the 3 floors will all be open with fresh ocean air and with plenty of space to roam around. The theme as in the past though is the familiar dress in all white one so get your white dresses, shoes, etc out of the closet and ready. If you have never been on a Sabor on the Bay cruise here is what you can expect:

Tickets are on sale now at the Sabor on the Bay website. Although the cruises are in July, these events are sure to sell out so don’t delay.

See you all on the Sabor on the Bay Latin Dance Cruises!

John ;-)


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Latin Dance in San Diego After COVID 19: What to Expect

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Although all Latin dance locations in San Diego are still closed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the community is still looking forward to the day when we can all see each other again on the dance floor. With the new COVID-19 vaccines slowly making their way to individuals there will undoubtedly be some hesitation at first when dance venues begin to re-open. What can we expect to see when these places come back to life? It’s likely that many of the same precautions we’ve seen during the pandemic like increased hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, mask wearing and other prudent measures may be here to stay. Other reactions to the pandemic have involved emphasizing a more “distance” focused dance using bands or ropes to help maintain distance. As you can see in this salsa dance video it may allow for those on the fence about returning to partner dancing be more at ease:

Whatever happens with the social dance scene here in San Diego, I do know that there are many ways to keep dancing remotely and supporting the many qualified dance instructors that need your support.

If you have any comments or ideas of what you think the salsa scene will look like in San Diego after the pandemic please leave a comment.

Thanks and see you hopefully soon on the dance floor!

John ;-)


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from RitmoBello.com

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Although it’s been a tough 2020 for everyone we also acknowledge the many blessings bestowed upon us during this time as well. With most if not all salsa venues still closed we look forward to 2021 when we can see old friends again in the salsa scene.

Until then we wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

See you all on the dance floor in 2021.

John ;-)


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Salsa Dancing in San Diego Coming Back to Life Amidst COVID 19 Restrictions

Saturday, July 11, 2020

It’s been a rough year for lots of things but the salsa dance scene has been especially hit hard with so many closures of venues and opportunities to dance. Luckily we are beginning to see signs of life again in our salsa world as we all navigate the new restrictions.

Leading from the front are the dance companies and studios that represent the life blood of our close knit scene. Using innovative methods and being respectful of new safety protocols these small businesses are bringing back the salsa dance we’ve all been missing.

A great example of this is Majesty in Motion who recently put out this new video that explains some of the new procedures they’ve put in place to help keep people safe as they dance:

Between the re-openings of physical studios to the continuation of virtual classes that we’ve seen around San Diego there are great opportunities to find dance again.

Majesty in Motion, Deseo Studios and Ooh La La Dance Academy are some great options to check out to satisfy your need to dance.

Take care and see you all on the dance floor (hopefully soon!)

John ;-)


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Sabor on the Bay Yacht Party Reset for September 5th

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hope you are all doing well during these trying times. Just a quick update that the Sabor on the Bay Boat Party is rescheduled for September 5th, 2020. If you had previously purchased tickets for the event on the old date your tickets automatically transfer to the new date.

You can find out more information at Sabor on the Bay’s website.

Take care and see you all after all this has passed!

John ;-)


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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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