RAFAEL MARTÍNEZ visits L.A. and will teach 3 CUBAN POPULAR DANCE WORKSHOPS at The GRANADA. 12 noon-1 PM-CASINO (Cuban Salsa); 2:10-1:10 PM RUEDA DE CASINO (Basics); 1:20-2:45 PM-RUEDA de CASINO (Int/Adv). RAFAEL is a dancer from Santiago de Cuba (the birthplace of SON, the musical roots of salsal), founder and director of the SANDUNGA SCHOOL of DANCE. LET's WELCOME RAFAEL to L.A. For pricing, and registration (discount for multiple classes) CLICK HERE!
JULY is the month of SANTIAGO de CUBA's famous carnival, and this year Curuye has invited RAFAEL MARTÍNEZ, a dance teacher, performer, founder and director of the SANDUNGA DANCE SCHOOL from Santiago to dance and party with us at CURUYE's JULY CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY! So come ready to party hardy! DEEJAY WARAPO playin' the TIMBA, SON, REGGAETÓN we can't resist, and previewing new dance music from his label! RAFAEL and KATI will be leading us in a carnival CONGA SANTIAGUERA (fyi RAFAEL will be teaching Conga Santiaguera 11 AM-12:45 PM in KATI HERNÁNDEZ's Afro Cuban Oricha Therapy class this morning!). Consider eating from Chef Israel's menu for hungry dancers! There'll be the birthday dance for July peeps! SAVE THE DATE! CAN'T WAIT!
The 4th Annual ALMA del BARRIO SALSA FESTIVAL! Spend the day with friends and family supporting ALMA del BARRIO 88.9 FM all Latin weekend music station. LIVE MUSIC includes The ECHO PARK PROJECT, CHARANGOA, RUMBANKETE, LA VERDAD, DIANA PURIM & EYEDENTITY. Food vendors! HANNON FIELD of LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles 90045. FREE! Free parking on campus.
THURS-SUN, OCT 25-28: 3rd Edition SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL CUBAN DANCE CONGRESS! DANCE WORKSHOPS in CASINO! SON! RUEDA de CASINO! RUMBA! REGGAETÓN! AFRO CUBAN FOLKLORE! DANCE PARTIES! CONCERT! @ TOWN & COUNTRY, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego 92108. For more info & to REGISTER w PRE SALE DISCOUNT:: https://bit.ly/2Frwwnk An event of RITMO CUBANO EVENTS & CUBAN FOUNDATION for the ARTS & CULTURE.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 5 PM: Dance with DAYREN SANTAMARIA at a FREE CONCERT of LACMA’s LATIN SOUNDS summer music series. Dance and picnic to the live music in Hancock Park behind the museum! Some food and beverages available for purchase. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036. For complete summer schedule https://bit.ly/2snqI7R
SABROSO! WELCOME SUMMER dancing to CUBAN SALSA-TIMBA-SON-RUMBA-REGGAETÓN at CURUYE’s JUNE CUBAN DANCE PARTY! DEEJAY WARAPO playing the BEST and LATEST of CUBAN DANCE MUSIC, keeping the dance energy high throughout the evening! KATI HERNÁNDEZ will kick off the party with her hot Cuban dance moves, and throughout the evening, between the salsa and timba, we’ll be dancing some reggaetón and carnival conga lines! We'll be CELEBRATING the JUNE BIRTHDAYS of KAY TORRES, TANIA de la PEÑA, CYNTHIA GUEDEA, MARLON CLARK, NOISEX GÓMEZ so far. Word has it that not only will we be celebrating with the birthday dance, but Curuye will be sharing a summer fresh mango cake as well! Plan on having a meal or snack from Chef Israel’s varied menu! Message Curuye if you’d like to reserve a table! ALL AGES WELCOME! FREE PARKING in the structure across from the GRANADA.$10 cover includes Kati's 5:30 PM dance class. HELP CURUYE SPREAD THE WORD!
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 5 PM: LILY HERNÁNDEZ & her ORQUESTA perform for our dancing pleasure in a FREE CONCERT of LACMA’s LATIN SOUNDS summer music series. Dance and picnic to the live music in Hancock Park behind the museum! Some food and beverages available for purchase. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036. For complete summer schedule https://bit.ly/2snqI7R
LATIN JAZZ with Cuban pianist CHUCHITO VALDÉS in a FREE CONCERT of the LACMA’s LATIN SOUNDS summer music series. Dance and picnic to the live music in Hancock Park behind the museum! Some food and beverages available for purchase. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036. For complete summer schedule https://bit.ly/2snqI7R
CUBAN AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL ft PEDRITO CALVO (formerly of LOS VAN VAN), the ARESENIO RODRÍGUEZ PROJECT, LA CHARANGA CUBANA, CALIXTO OVIEDO & TIMBA LA, LAS CHIKAS! Pre sale: general $25, VIP $50 on tickeri.com Day of (if available) $35 general, $60 VIP. A 21+ event. For more info: http://www.cubanamericanmusicfestial.net. La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main Street, Los Angeles 90012. An event of YAMBU PRODUCTIONS.
A GOZAR y A BAILAR with RUMBANKETE ‘La Máquina de Sabor’ live at CURUYE’s MAY CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY! DEEJAY WARAPO keeping the flow happening with the latest dance beats from the island, YOU SMOKIN’ the DANCE FLOOR! To add some spice and funk to your salsa free styling, KATI HERNÁNDEZ (Cuba) & DUANE WREN (Detroit) will be kicking off the party with an AFRO TIMBA (Afro Cuban ‘salsa suelta’) class. You’ll have a chance to meet up and dance with participants of this weekend's LA RUEDA QUE SE MUEVE, the encuentro of San Diego casineros (Cuban salsa lovers) with L.A. casineros who will be groovin’ in on the fun! We’ll be celebrating MAY BIRTHDAYS with the birthday dance, and some cake! MARITZA BAIDA, MOLLIE HOLMES, NECEE HANKS, ROCÍO ALONSO, TIM SNEDEKER are among the birthday peeps this month! $15 cover includes dance class! All ages welcome! FREE PARKING in the structure across the street from the Granada!
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 8 PM: CUBA! DAYMÉ AROCENA! ROBERTO FONSECA! PEDRITO MARTÍNEZ! ‘LA NUEVA CUBA!The NEXT GENERATION! A night of jazz at the VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER on the campus of CSUN (Cal State Univ Northridge). Tix $33-$53 at http://bit.ly/2C7zKPY
CELEBRATE SPRING 'A LO CUBANO' ON THE DANCE FLOOR SUNDAY, APRIL 8 at CURUYE’s CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY! DEEJAY WARAPO is fresh back from La Habana where he was invited to dj at MAYKEL BLANCO’s CUBAN SALSA FEST, so you know he’ll be playing the very latest & hottest CUBAN DANCE MUSIC for our dancing pleasure! Back by popular demand, KATI HERNÁNDEZ and MARITZA BAíDA will be teaching a CUBAN SALSA (‘CASINO’) dance class to kick off the party at 5:30 PM. Throughout the night we’ll be dancing to CUBAN SON, SALSA, TIMBA, REGGAETON, & RUMBA! We’ll be celebrating April as well as March birthdays this month including ZEAL HARRIS, BRIAN MARTÍNEZ, KENNY WILLIAMS, and MATHIEU VEDEL who will not only be celebrating his bday, but some special news as well! Be sure to try an entrée or snack from Chef Israel’s kitchen! ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! Free parking in the structure across the street from The Granada! $10 cover includes dance class.
THURS-FEB 15-18, The 10th Annual SAN FRANCISCO RUEDA FESTIVAL ft four days of the best of CUBAN DANCE: SON! CASINO! RUEDA de CASINO! RUMBA! AFRO CUBAN FOLKLORE! PERFORMANCES! WORKSHOPS with esteemed CUBAN DANCERS! CONCERTS! AFTER PARTIES w INTERNATIONAL DJs! LECTURES! at the historic HOTEL WHITCOMB in downtown SAN FRANCISCO! Brought to you by SALSA VALE TODO. To register, and for more info: https://www.salsaruedafestival.com/
FRI-SUN, JAN 26-28, LA RUEDA QUE SE MUEVE: CASINERO WEEKEND MEET UP of L.A. with SAN DIEGO for a weekend of DANCE WORKSHOPS & PARTIES! KATI HERNÁNDEZ! MARITZA BAÍDA! WILFREDO GUILBIAC! will be leading the workshops! DANCE PARTIES on FRIDAY & SATURDAY with WALT DIGZ coming down from the BAY on SAT NITE. For schedule of events: https://www.facebook.com/events/159113498062642/ To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rueda-que-se-mueve-san-diego-january-2018-tickets-41918528447 Brought to you by Maritza Baída & Kati Hernández.
CURUYE is LOOKING FORWARD TO KICKING OFF 2018 with you DANCING CUBAN SON, SALSA, TIMBA, REGGAETÓN at CURUYE’s JANUARY CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY at The GRANADA! CONSIDER WEARING WHITE TO REFLECT LIGHT INTO THE NEW YEAR! DEEJAY WARAPO will be playing the best and latest contemporary Cuban dance music! By popular demand, MARITZA BAÍDA will be back up from San Diego to keep the RUEDA de CASINO flowing with a 5:30 PM class! KATI HERNÁNDEZ will be leading some AFRO TIMBA to bring the good energy of Cuba’s Yoruba tradition to our celebration! Get a taste of Chef Israel’s varied culinary delights: from salads, to sandwiches, to full entrees! Fuel for a night of dancing! We’ll be also celebrating the birthdays of CARMEN LUCERO, CHIQUITA FLOWERS, JEANNIQUE PROSPERE, JERRI NACHMAN, JUDITH DAVIES, MARCELA LEYTON, MARLA CHUNG, MICHELLE GREENE, NICAN ROBINSON, NEREIDA RODRÍGUEZ, NOMBUSO MKHIZE, RUSO MG, SHERMAN SMITH, TINA LEINONEN … who look forward to dancing the BIRTHDAY DANCE and sharing some cake with you! $10 cover includes dance class! ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! The GRANADA, 17 So First Street, Alhabmra 91801.FREE PARKING in parking structure across from The GRANADA!
CUBAN SALSA (CASINO) DANCE CLASS w KATI HERNÁNDEZ! Learn partnering, styling, Cuban moves at CAMERA OBSCURA ART LAB, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 90401. $12 registration on line at http://bit.ly/2zOU0DF, at class $15 (please bring exact change!). Parking: Under $2 for the first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (1431 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica)
AFRO CUBAN DANCE FUNDAMENTALS with KATI HERNÁNDEZ with LIVE DRUMMING ACCOMPANIMENT! 18 years old and older. On line registration $12. $15 (exact change please) if paid at class. Register on line at http://bit.ly/2zD4jLl Class is held at CAMERA OBSCURA, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica 90401.(Parking: Under $2 for the first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 @1431 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica).
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 3-8 PM-CELEBRATION of EL DÍA de SHANGÓ with the LIVE music of The ARSENIO RODRÍGUEZ PROJECT, in memory of Cuban percussionist FRANCISCO AGUABELLA. The Palms Lounge, 8060 Florence Ave., Downey 90240. $10 cover. All ages welcome.
The 18th ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS presentation takes place tonight at The MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA, Las Vegas. Among the esteemed artists nominated this year are ALAIN PÉREZ for ADN in the BEST SALSA ALBUM category, and El SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO's cd RAÍZ for the BEST TRADITIONAL TROPICAL category. The awards ceremony will be televised on UNIVISION at 8 PM.
CURUYE’s NOVEMBER CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY is CELEBRATING A DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY: 16 years of the website CURUYE.COM, and 8 years of CURUYE’s CUBAN DANCE PARTIES in LA! Dance it up with L.A.’s DEEJAY WARAPO and guest DJ WALT DIGZ (down from the BAY) keeping the DANCE FLOOR HOT with the latest CUBAN DANCE MUSIC SON! TIMBA! RUMBA! REGGAETÓN! BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, Cuban dancer KATI HERNÁNDEZ, along with MARITZA BAÍDA (straight up from SAN DIEGO), will be co-teaching a RUEDA de CASINO CLASS at 5:30 PM! NOT ONLY WILL WE BE DANCING CASINO, RUEDA de CASINO, SON, RUMBA and FUNKY LINE DANCES THROUGHOUT THE EVENING, for the special occasion, CURUYE will raffle DANCE CLASSES, CDs, DRINKS, and a special treat to those wearing their CURUYE T-SHIRTS and/or HATS! Help celebrate November birthdays with the Birthday Dance, and a piece of cake! The Granada’s Chef Israel cooks up some tasty meals for all you dancers, so plan on sharing a meal with your friends. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! $10 cover.. FREE PARKING in structure across from The Granada!
YENI VALDÉS y su ORQUESTA perform LIVE! The former diva of LOS VAN VAN will be featured at the SAN DIEGO CUBAN DANCE CONGRESS! Guest djs Deejay WARAPO, D.J. TITAN, DJ P.A. TRIX will keep it happening on the dance floor between the LIVE SETS! cubandancecongress.com for info on concert and on all the dance workshops and events of the congress! $30 general; $40 ($10 wil go to HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF PROJECT).
THURS-SUN, OCT 19-22: 2nd Edition: SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL SALSA CONGRESS! 4 NIGHTS of DANCE PARTIES, 3 FULL DAYS of WORKSHOPS! TIMBA MOB BUS! BEACH PARTY! YENI VALDÉS & su ORQUESTA ft FRIDAY NIGHT! TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER. Sponsored by Cuban Foundation for Arts & Culture (CFAC), Ritmo Cubano Events LLC, San Diego Cuban Dance Congress. For more info and registration: cubandancecongress.com
Cuba's ISSAC DELGADO will be the featured performer at Los Angeles' FESTIVAL of the AMERICAS! Also featured LIVE will be BRASILIDADE Samba; CHACOMBO Afro Peruvian music; FITO VÁSQUEZ Cumbia Masters, TIERRA BLANCA Mexican Folklórico! General Admission: $30; VIP: $50 on http://bit.ly/2eNuEKV.
From CUBA! DAYME AROCENA, internationally acclaimed jazz chanteuse, composer, arranger, choral director, comes to L.A. with her amazing musicians, give a FREE, noon-time concert as part of Grand Performances’s summer series! The California Plaza 300-350 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90071. Parking: best to park in nearby parking lots is preferable than parking at The California Garage during the day (high rates!). Refer to www.metro.net for best travel route.
From CUBA! The great SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO, Latin Grammy winning exponents of Cuban ’SON’! NOT TO BE MISSED! Their debut appearance in Los Angeles! A FREE! Grand Performances event! The California Plaza 300-350 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90071. Parking: The California Plaza garage (enter on Olive Street between 1st and 4th Streets) $8 (cash only) opens 90 minutes before event. Or refer to www.metro.net for best travel route.
WED AUGUST, 9, 8 PM: WOW! GENTE de ZONA, PEDRITO MARTÍNEZ GROUP, ANGELIQUE KIDJO all together in a TRIBUTE to CELIA CRUZ! CUBAN REGGAETÓN! AFRO CUBAN JAZZ with ‘the voice of AFRICA’s DIVA”. WHAT A PARTY! Hollywood Bowl, http://bit.ly/2oqdW8a