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¬°Bailat√≥n! Dance Fundraiser to Benefit East Boston Youth & Environment

On Saturday evening, March 17th, there will be a dance fundraiser held at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club to benefit the communities of East Boston. ¬†The event is called¬†¬°Bailat√≥n!, and it’s being hosted by the non-profit organization¬†Neighborhood of Affordable Housing¬†(NOAH).

All donations (which are tax-deductible) will go towards providing summer programs for kids, as well as improving the environment in East Boston, which suffers from pollution from its industrial centers.  Dancers are asked to raise a minimum of $100 to attend.

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Boston Salsa Videos Going Back Up Soon!

I just got the green light from the owners of some of the salsa venues here in Boston to put salsa videos back up on YouTube and this website. ¬†If you didn’t know yet, last week I was asked to take them down because of fear of the consequences of SOPA & PIPA.

Now that those bills have been put on the¬†back-burner¬†in Congress (for now), I’ll be restoring the removed videos over the next few weeks, as well as putting up some new ones. ¬†Stay tuned to my YouTube channel, and enjoy!

Boston Salsa Community Early Casualty of SOPA & PIPA

STOP SOPAThe Boston salsa community is one of the first victims of SOPA and PIPA.

I have just been asked by the owner of one of our salsa venues in Boston to remove my salsa videos from the venue from YouTube and my website, because of the threat of SOPA and PIPA. I think this is an overreaction since the bills haven’t actually passed yet, but I will comply with the owner’s wishes anyway.

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Ryles Fundraiser for Ritmo Masacote Timba Single!

Joel Masacote playing the pianoRitmo Masacote, the salsa/timba/Latin jazz orchestra of Masacote Dance Company, needs to raise $6,000 for recording, production, and marketing of its next timba single, and they need your help!  Join them at Ryles on Wednesday, June 23rd, for a fundraiser for Ritmo Masacote!  RSVP to the Facebook event!

The evening will include pachanga and beginner workshops with Masacote, shows by Masacote’s Spring Recital Groups, a presentation by Masacote Professional Dance Troupe’s NEWEST surprise dancer, and of course a night of dance and music with Masacote & DJ Rob Suave.

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Nery & Giana at the Next Salsa y Control Sunday Social!

Salsa y Control Dance Social FlyerThe next Salsa y Control Sunday Social will be June 24th!  Dance to the best old school salsa, mambo, and chachacha provided by DJs Sonerito, Johnny G., D. Martinez, Travieso, and Walter!  They will be spinning vinyl!  RSVP to the event on Facebook!

Refreshments for purchase!
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Salsa in the Park Begins in One Week!

Dancing Stick FiguresBack again this summer for its 4th year in a row, Salsa in the Park is a FREE community dance event, hosted every Monday evening at the Blackstone Community Center.¬† Organized by MetaMovements Dance Company and other members of Boston’s dance community, Salsa in the Park’s mission is to improve the quality of life of Boston’s communities, by bringing people together in a fun and safe environment, and providing youth job-training opportunities.

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Vera Rowe to Move to Pennsylvania!

Vera Rowe & Mariano Neris

Vera Rowe & Mariano Neris

Boston salsa alumnus Vera Rowe broke the news last Tuesday evening that she will be moving to Allentown, Pennsylvania, because her husband has been promoted to a new position there.  This month will be her last one teaching classes in New Hampshire.

This came as a shock to both the New Hampshire and Boston salsa communities.  As I discussed with Vera in my interview with her last year, she has been paramount and successful in promoting a new salsa community in New Hampshire over the past couple of years.  She has directed the Nueva Vida Dance School, hosted weekly salsa nights, and brought both the New Hampshire and Boston communities together at her monthly salsa socials.  She even brought big name salsa stars like Jayson Molina and Yamule√© Dance Company (New York) to New Hampshire to teach workshops and perform!

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Breast Cancer Fundraiser at An Tua Nua September 15th

Breast Cancer Awareness RibbonRisqu√© at An Tua Nua is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the American Cancer Society‘s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.¬† The walk is being held on October 3rd at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston.¬† For more information about the walk please visit

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Workshops with Mexican Salsa Champions in Allston

Flag of MexicoSalsa y Control Dance Company has brought Mexican Salsa Champions Jorge Martinez and Lupita Garcia (Salsa Na’Ma Dance Company) to teach workshops and perform in Boston!

If you aren’t going to the New York Salsa Congress this year or just want a preview, don’t miss a chance to see Jorge and Lupita perform at Ryles on Sunday, August 29nd and teach at The Dance Republic on Tuesday, August 31st!

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Grand Opening of Nueva Vida Salsa Social!

Nueva Vida FlyerWorld Salsa Championship competitor and Boston salsa alumnus Vera Rowe will be hosting her monthly Saturday salsa socials at a new location starting September 11th, at the Dance New England School of Dance, located 30 minutes north of Boston in North Chelmsford, MA.  Among the performances will be Vera’s Nueva Vida Salsa Dance Company and legendary Boston salsa dance company Masacote, while highly acclaimed salsa DJ Saoko and DJ Travis will be sure to keep everybody grooving on the dance floor all night long!

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