Boston scene?

Here's another interesting event:

RISQUE is happy to announce that the Beautiful QUEEN of SPINS is coming to BOSTON!!! Don't miss out on this GREAT event.

MAGNA will be teaching 4, 1-hour workshops from 12:30-5pm

WORKSHOPS will be held at:

RISQUE: (AnTuaNua)

"Learn the Rules. Master the Rules. Break the Rules"

*MOVEMENT (men/women) - level to be decided

Taught On1 and On2, this class teaches men, women, and children the underlying body awareness and control that goes into different types of body movement. Students will learn how to isolate, elongate and energize different parts of the body and how to combine the movement into a sequence done to music. This class can be designated for Beginners, Intermediates, or Advanced dancers.

*MUSICALITY (theory class - men/women) - open to all levels

This class is offered to all levels of dancers and teaches men, women and children how to read the rhythmical patterns and structure of a song and how to adapt their movement and patterns to best suit the music. This is an excellent class for anyone that wants to be more creative and musical in their social dancing and on stage.

*SPINNING TECHNIQUE (men/women) - open/intro level

Taught On1 and On2 and open to all levels, this class offers men, women and children the foundation to execute spins perfectly and consistently. Students will develop a greater awareness of their body and learn the intricacies of spinning, preparation for spins, controlling momentum and stopping. This workshop is excellent for anyone that wants to improve their technique and balance while spinning and dancing.

*ADVANCED SPINS (Must take intro level to take this workshop)

Taught On1 and On2, this class teaches men, women and children the proper technique for traveling spins, multiple spins, and variations on spins. The focus of the class is precision and control through proper form. It is recommended for students who have already taken the Spins Technique class and have a firm grasp of the basic technique.


(check out their website at

Make sure to come and dance the night away as we celebrate CINCO de MAYO with guest of honor MAGNA GOPAL and Salsa Storm as they celebrate their 7th year Anniversary!!!!

SOCIAL from 9pm till 4AM ------yes, 4AM!!!!!

*Battle of the DJs

*Live music from UNICO SON.....This amazing 12-piece orchestra gears their music to "Salseros" making their music between 3-5minutes long!!!


*Salsa y Control..........Boston
*Salsa Matei Dance School........Boston
*Salsa Storm..........Worcester
*Mambo Pa Ti..........Rhode Island
*Noche Latina..........Boston

more to be added.....

FOOD and ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES will be available for purchase during the social!!!! This is an all age event. Proper ID needed for alcohol consumption!

Pricing is as follows:

-1 workshop $25
-2 workshops $45
-3 workshops $65
-4 workshops $80

-Social $25
$35 at the Door

Partial Package: 1-3 workshops and social: Price of listed workshops + $20 for social

Full Package: 4 workshops and social: $95


For more info on Magna Gopal, make sure to check her out at

"Learn the Rules. Master the Rules. Break the Rules"
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I registered for the musicality workshop. :banana:
Found this in the Masacote student group on Facebook:

Juan De Dios is Coming To New York & Boston!

The Afro Cuban Dance Master of Masters, Juan De Dios, is coming to NYC & Boston on May 8th, 2012! Mark your calendars and tell your friends.

A celebration of Afro-Cuban Dance & Music and the Roots of Salsa, including, Amazing Master Classes, Inspirational Performances, Uplifting Social Gatherings with members of Raices Profundas, Opportunities for personalized instruction and advanced research.

However, based on the complications involved with bringing Cuban artists, this is a “last minute” endeavor. It wasn’t until this week that we were told YES, that they could come. Since that moment, a group of us have come together to create the best homage we can for this living legend…in one week! To show our love and respect for Juan, we have put tremendous collective energy into creating this celebration.

All Workshops will include Simultaneous Dance & Percussion Groups for Dancers & Musicians:

DANCE GROUPS for Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Dancers
PERCUSSION GROUPS for Intermediate & Advanced Musicians

Join us in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the masters!

Juan de Dios Ramos; Master instructor, dancer, choreographer & director of “Raices Profundas”
Onaily de la Caridad “Dori” Rojas; Top female dancer of “Raices Profundas”
Manley “Piri” Lopez; Renowned percussionist of “Raices Profundas” & “Los Chinitos”
where is the best place for an on2 dancer to visit on a long weekend?
That depends on which weekend you're visiting, because there's often a salsa social happening somewhere on a Saturday, and sometimes there are socials on Sundays, etc.

Fridays at Havana Club are my personal favorite, but this weekend is the Connecticut Salsa Festival, so some of the regulars are going to be there. There's nothing special happening this Saturday. Sunday's at Ryles are usually good, but again this weekend is the Connecticut Salsa Festival, so I would expect there to be less of the regular dancers out.

any good place to take privates?
With Ana Masacote or Victor & Burju, if they happen to be available.
Boston June 29-July 4: 1 or 2 socials not to be missed? (also, dance shoes)

Hey Boston Salser@s!

I'll be in Boston June 29-July 4. I can't dance too much (mostly a visit to friends) so I'm trying to figure out what are the 1 or 2 socials I just can't miss while I'm in Boston. :)

I dance predominantly on2 and prefer it, but can follow and enjoy on1 as well. I'm not a total on2 snob ;) I dance in the San Francisco style, whatever that is! Ha ha.

Also, any places to buy shoes? The metal buckle for my heels just broke and I won't be able to get to a dance shoe store before I fly out.

So excited! Hope to meet some of you! :bouncy:
I don't know the last time this was updated, but as far as I know, the current places to dance in Boston now are:

Sundays: Ryles
Tuesdays: Ryles
Wednesdays: Risque
Thursdays: Caribe
Fridays: Havana Club
Saturdays: Havana Club
I don't know the last time this was updated, but as far as I know, the current places to dance in Boston now are:

Sundays: Ryles
Tuesdays: Ryles
Wednesdays: Risque
Thursdays: Caribe
Fridays: Havana Club
Saturdays: Havana Club
That's mostly correct. There's actually a new Monday night that opened up last week at Clerys restaurant. Engima at Fire + Ice in Harvard Square is also open on Fridays.

More importantly, however, we still have a lot of monthly socials now:
Sunday: Salsa y Control Social, 60-40 Bachata-Salsa Social
Saturday: Fuego y Candela Social, Nueva Vida Social

You can find all of the above information on my website still, except for the new Monday night (haven't gotten a chance to add info about it yet), and Nueva Vida since it only happens 3 times a year now.
Nueva vida is only 3 times a year? I had no idea. They do have a social today.

With respect to Enigma, I have not been yet, but I have heard about it. It's fairly new and had not picked up steam yet but it certainly sounds less intimidating for new casual dancers than showing up to Havana on a Friday night. It gets packed and the talent level is pretty high...thank God for the back of the room. lol. Good update ColdSalsero.
I wish some of the weeknight venues started a little earlier. Maybe I really am una vieja.
I don't go out dancing on weeknights for this very reason. I still have to get enough sleep so that I can actually work the next day :p I've talked to people about it in the past, but I never really got a satisfactory answer for why any of the venues couldn't start operating an hour or two earlier than they do now :/
Found this on Brown Paper Tickets:

CASINO Dance Bootcamp with Amanda
Amanda Gill, director of DC Casineros dance company (and former Rueda de Casino instructor for Masacote Dance School), will be returning to Boston to give a boot camp series of classes on Saturday April 6. The three classes will be from 12pm to 3:30pm and will be held in a beautiful room at 175 Richdale Avenue in Cambridge (just a short walk from Porter Square).

Schedule of Classes:

Afro-Cuban Styling: This class will introduce fundamental exercises to increase your technical ability in Afro-Cuban Rumba and Orisha dance movements. You will learn and master dance phrases utilizing polyrhythm and full body coordination concepts from Afro-Cuban dance. We will practice dancing them to Timba music.

Intermediate Rueda de Casino Moves: This class will introduce one fun classic and one challenging unique group move for intermediate Rueda dancers. Pure Rueda fun!!!

Intermediate Casino Partner Moves: Have fun learning how to dance casino one-on-one using optimal stepping, body positions, and leading/following skills with your partner. Amanda's teaching methodology and practice is based and modeled after the International Foundation "Casino Para Todos" curriculum.

*Intermediate level students are required to know a minimum of the following calls: Guapea, Dame, Enchufla, Adios, Vacila, Sombrero, Setenta

There's no mention of it on DCC's website or Facebook page though.
What are the best nights and venues for Kizomba and Salsa in Boston these days? :)
I used to have a website for this, but that's gone now, in part because I moved out of Boston about a year ago. There's plenty of venues for salsa, Havana Club on Fridays has been a solid choice for several years. There's a lot of monthly socials on the'll probably get the best results about what's going on by asking some of the hardcore dancers and the DJs.

Kizomba isn't as popular as salsa in Boston, but a few dancers do dance it. Some of the monthly socials have a bachata/zouk/kizomba room. Again, try asking around among the hardcore dancers to see if there are any good kizomba venues to go to.
What are the best nights and venues for Kizomba and Salsa in Boston these days? :)
The best Kizomba nights in Boston are Thursdays at Fire & Ice in Cambridge (dancing starts around 10:45-11:15pm, and you can get a discount on the cover if you text to get on the list in advance), and the Pasion Amargue social which is usually on the last Saturday of the month at the First Church in Cambridge.

For salsa, historically, the high-skill dancers all hit the floor on Wednesdays at Risque, back when it was at An Tua Nua. They've relocated a few times now before finding a home at Ryles, which is probably pretty good - sadly, I haven't made it there yet. Havan Fridays are my personal favorite, and Saturdays are good there as well. Saturdays also have some socials always, and Sundays have Ryles.

So I guess, other than Fire & Ice and Havana, I'd say, it depends on when you're there!

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