AFRO CUBAN RUMBA for MEN & WOMEN with KATI HERNÁNDEZ! TWO LEVELS: LEVEL I 7-8:15 FUNDAMENTALS of RUMBA; 8:15-9:30 PM LEVEL II. This series of classes is a comprehensive and systematic program designed for learning the basics of authentic Afro-Cuban RUMBA! Men should bring a handkerchief. Women participants should bring long scarves, or long, full skirts. UNIVERSAL DANCE DESIGN 6009 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036. For more info, please contact Kati at email@example.com. $20/class, $25 for both classes. GET A DISCOUNT!: 6 class series $75/one class series; 5 class series $145 both class series by registering at http://squ.re/2pSNGT7
CONGRATULATIONS RITP! RUEDA in the PARK’s 13th ANNIVERSARY BEACH PARTY! WOOHOO! TANIA de LA PEÑA kicks off the festivities with a class! MUSIC! DANCING! FUN! EATS! Bring food to share for 15-20 people! 2000 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 90405. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1702458093383734/
3rd Annual ALMA del BARRIO FEST! A FULL DAY OF NON-STOP LIVE MUSIC including OS ZAGUEIROS! CONGANAS! LAS CHICAS! CONJUNTO COSTAZUL! LA CHARANGA CUBANA! BROUGHT TO YOU BY KXLU 88.9 FM bringing us the best of SALSA (including CUBAN!) every weekend, 11 AM-6 PM. The SUNKEN GARDEN of LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles 90045
Two very SPECIAL AFRO CUBAN WORKSHOPS with visiting artists VANESSA LINDBERG, & SANDY PÉREZ! AFRO CUBAN SONG 11 AM-12 PM w VANESSA LINDBERG, singer and researcher on cultural and religious studies of most specifically MATANZAS, CUBA; followed by a PERCUSSION WORKSHOP 12-1:45 PM by master percussionist SANDY PÉREZ, formerly lead drummer with AFRO CUBA de MATANZAS, presently director of SANDY PÉREZ y su LADE. $20/class; $35 for both classes.
CONJUNTO COSTAZUL featured at the free SUMMER of SALSA series at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LAPCA), an evening of dancing outdoors to LIVE CUBAN MUSIC! Doors open at 6 PM. Music begins at 7 PM. Food and beverages are available for purchase. http://lapca.org/programs
COME OUT & DANCE at CURUYE’s JULY CUBAN DANCE PARTY! WARAPO will be playing CUBAN SALSA! TIMBA! REGGAETON! RUMBA! We’ll also be doing a few CONGA CARNAVAL DANCE LINES a la SANTIAGO de CUBA’s JULY CARNIVAL revelry! JOIN IN ON THE birthday dance with FREDIA REEVES, JEHAN JACKSON, JENNIE CAREY-ROSENBAUM, PAMELA ALMEIDA, PATRICIA OVANDO! KATI will be teaching a dance class at 5:15 PM! The Granada serves up a variety of tasty dishes from sandwiches to entrees for hungry dancers! $10 cover includes dance class. ALL AGES WELCOME. The GRANADA, 17 South First Street, Alhambra 91801. Free parking in structure across the street.
CUBAN SALSA (CASINO) DANCE CLASS w KATI HERNÁNDEZ at CAMERA OBSCURA ART LAB, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 90401. $15 registration on line at https://www.smgov.net/Departments/CCS/1450-Ocean/event.aspx?id=5774 , at class (please bring exact change!); or by calling (310) 458-2239. Parking: Under $2 for the first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (1431 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica)
SATURDAY, JULY 8, 11:30 AM-1 PM: AFRO CUBAN DANCE FUNDAMENTALS with KATI HERNÁNDEZ with LIVE DRUMMING ACCOMPANIMENT! 18 years old and older. $15. Register on line at https://www.smgov.net/Departments/CCS/1450-Ocean/event.aspx?id=5759 , by phone: (310) 458-2239, or at class (please exact change!). 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).
RUMBANKETE in a FREE CONCERT at UNION STATION! A GOZAR y TIMBEAR! CUBAN SOUNDS THAT'LL MAKE YOU DANCE! They'll be playing cuts off their new cd 'ARCO IRIS'! DJ WALT DIGZ down from the BAY to keep us dancing between live sets! UNION STATION, 800 North Alameda, Los Angeles 90012.
SAN MIGUEL PÉREZ plays music from his new cd at LATIN NIGHT at The MINT! Also featured COLIN HAY, MARÍA, all kicked off with a dance class with Cuban dancer KATI HERNÁNDEZ, and DEEJAY WARAPO! The MINT, 6010 W Pico Blvd., LA 90035.
A GOZAR Y A CELEBRAR! LET’s DANCE TO SOME CUBAN TIMBA-SON-RUMBA-REGGAETÓN to welcome SUMMER at CURUYE’s JUNE CUBAN DANCE PARTY! DEEJAY WARAPO will be playing the best of CUBAN DANCE MUSIC, past and present, to keep the dance energy high throughout the evening! We’ll be CELEBRATING SUMMER, KAREN POWELL’s RETIREMENT, and the BIRTHDAYS of KAY TORRES, MARITZA BAÍDA, MARTHA OLIVERA, ROCÍO ALONSO, STEFANIE ENDERSON, TANIA de LA PEÑA, MARLON CLARK, SEAN WILSON who look forward to sharing some cake and dancing the birthday dance with you! DAMON WEBBER & KATI HERNÁNDEZ will team up to teach a RUEDA de CASINO CLASS at 5:30 PM to kick off the party! Chef Israel offers some delicious eats! Message Curuye if you’d like to reserve a table. ALL AGES WELCOME! FREE PARKING in structure across from the GRANADA. $10 cover includes dance class.
AFRO CUBAN DANCE with KATI HERNÁNDEZ! LIVE DRUMMING ACCOMPANIMENT! @ DOWNTOWN DANCE & MOVEMENT, 1144 So Hope, L.A. 90017. $20. This and every Sunday! (Image: Lawrence Shapiro).
In San Diego: JUAN CARLOS BLANCO y OMO ACHÉ present NOCHE CUBANA. LIVE MUSIC with SAOCO SON! DEEJAY WARAPO playing Cuban dance before and after the live sets! RUMBA! TIMBA! SON! Cuban food available for purchase! A family friendly event! $20.
SAT & SUN, JUNE 10 & 11: 39th Annual PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL features an all star lineup of jazz artists including ARTURO SANDOVAL’s LATIN BIG BAND. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/calendar-fullseason The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 12 noon-8 PM: CUBAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL offers a day full of great CUBAN DANCE MUSIC headlined by Los VAN VAN’s former lead singer YENI VALDÉS and including bands RUMBANKETE, CHARANGA CUBANA, CHANGUÍ MAJADERO, ARSENIO RODRÍGUEZ PROJECT, KATI HERNÁNDEZ dancers. Food, dominos, art … $20 general admission, $40 VIP. bit.ly/cubanamericanmusicfestival 310 729-2706. An event of La PLAZA de CULTURA y ARTES & YAMBÚ PRODUCTIONS. La PLAZA de CULTURA y ARTES, 501 North Main St., downtown L.A. Ages: 21+
WELCOME ERICK BARBERÍA who will be guest teaching AFRO CUBAN DANCE for Kati Hernández. He will teach dances of Cuba's Yoruba tradition: CHANGÓ and OCHOSSI. BARBERÍA is a Cuban dancer, singer, percussionist now based in San Francisco. $20. Live drumming accompaniment!
JUAN CARLOS BLANCO is back in LA to give an AFRO CUBAN DANCE WORKSHOP! “learn the stories you are going to be telling through the dances in this rich tradition!…” With LIVE DRUMMING ACCOMPANIMENT at the BRASIL BRASIL CULTURAL CENTER 12453 Washington Blvd., LA 90066. $25. For more information visit http://www.omoachecubanculture.com
CUBAN SALSA (CASINO) DANCE CLASS w KATI HERNÁNDEZ at CAMERA OBSCURA ART LAB, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 90401. Prepay $12 on line at http://bit.ly/2rUVXIy; Drop in $15 (exact change please!); or pre register by calling (310) 458-2239. Parking: Under $2 for the first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (1431 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica)
SATURDAYS, 11:30-1 PM: AFRO CUBAN DANCE FUNDAMENTALS with KATI HERNÁNDEZ with LIVE DRUMMING ACCOMPANIMENT! 18 years old and older. $15 on line at http://bit.ly/2r1mh5J, or register by phone: (310) 458-2239. 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).
CUBA’s hottest band, ALEXANDER ABREU & HAVANA D’ PRIMERA performs in L.A. featuring MAYITO RIVERA, former singer with Los Van Van! Adding more sabor to the evening will be DJ MELAO, direct from MIAMI! Location: The GLOBE THEATRE 740 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Doors open 8 PM. 21+ Tix: $40. For DISCOUNT, use CURUYE (all caps) when purchasing tix on line at TICKETON.COM. For VIP tix, call 310 989-4817 or310 989-0143. An event of WARAPO PRODUCTIONS!
In San Diego: KATI HERNÁNDEZ (LA) & MARITZA BAÍDA (SD) invite you to the firstRUEDA QUE SE MUEVE! CASINO/RUEDA/CUBAN DANCE STYLING BOOTCAMP SESSIONS! FOOD! DANCING! RUEDA GAMES! PARTY w Deejay WARAPO! The first of this project bringing together casineros from L.A. and San Diego! For those arriving Friday there’ll be a some dance practice w KATI, and reception! SATURDAY: bootcamp sessions, dancing, party! For complete schedule and to register: http://bit.ly/2qzdx6B
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 8 PM: RUMBANKETE’s CD RELEASE PARTY for 'ARCO IRIS' will be happening at L.A.’s newest music venue, ZEBULON! COME OUT TO DANCE IT UP and CELEBRATE with the BAND! DJ WALT DIGZ will be coming down from the BAY to jam between the LIVE SETS! KATI HERNÁNDEZ & the PA’ LA ORILLA dancers will be present to add to the festivities! $10-$12. 21+ ZEBULON, 2478 Fletcher Drive, LA 90039.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 4-7 PM: CASINO on CONCRETE at IMPERIAL BEACH! Dance on concrete and grass s near the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza near Seacoast Street & Plaza. Bring snacks to share, sunscreen, and beach chairs! Brought to you by Maritza Baída.
SATURDAYS, APRIL 15 & 22, 3:30 PM-5 PM: CASINO (Cuban salsa), all levels with KATI HERNÁNDEZ & DAMON WEBBER at CAMERA OBSCURA 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, California 90401. COST: Please sign up pre-register $15 drop in, exact change please! PARKING: Under $2 for the first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (1431 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica).
Cuba’s famed JUAN DE MARCOS & the AFRO CUBAN ALL STARS will be giving no less than 7 performances at CATALINA BAR & GRILL! Wednesday-Saturday at 8:30 PM, Thursday-Saturday second show at 10:30 PM! Tix on Ticket Web at http://bit.ly/2pcvdkm, or for possible half-priced tix, try Goldstar: http://bit.ly/2obDmbu. CATALINA BAR & GRILL 6725 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 90028. Table reservation: 323 466-2210. More info: www.catalinajazzclub.com
TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 8-9:30 PM: DANILO LOZANO & CUBA L.A. provide an evening of AFRO CUBAN MUSIC from SON to JAZZ. Esteemed flautist DANILO LOZANO is a two-time Grammy winner, and ethnomusicologist. He’ll be leading an all star band of musicians. Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts 6760 Painter Ave, Whittier, California 90608. FREE!
MONDAY, APRIL 17, 6-8:45 PM: Film screening/Q&A of “SO NEAR…SO FAR” (Tan CERCA …Tan LEJOS), the life of PABLO MENÉNDEZ, founder and director of Cuba’s jazz group MEZCLA! PABLO MENÉNDEZ and film director/producer DAVID SANDOVAL will be present for the screening and discussion. MUSIC ROOM 149, on the CAL STATE LA campus, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. 90032.
CHANGUÍ MAJADERO @ El Floridita taking you on a MUSICAL TOUR of the CUBAN ROOTS of SALSA for our dancing pleasure! This is their last L.A. gig before going on tour, so maybe we better be there! $15 cover for non-diners. For dinner reservations: 323 871-8612.