Posted on August 26th, 2014

Low Season Discount Alert!! Have you been putting off learning to dance Salsa? Now is the time! Only for the month of September, get a discounted private class rate of $25 US per hour. Offer valid only for residents of Cozumel, from Sept 1-25th. Taking private salsa lessons allows you to learn at your own speed and concentrate on areas where you need the most improvement. I offer private lessons for individuals or couples, a flexible schedule to accommodate your time, and various locations. Please share the news!

Posted on August 13th, 2014

One of Cozumel's premier Cuban Salsa schools Salsa D’Primera will be holding its first anniversary party this weekend.  Students are excited to present their work and choreographies, and show off their school’s talent.  They’ve decided to make the anniversary a fundraising event for a charity that gathers funds for cataract eye operations for people who don’t’ have resources to pay. Their goal is to raise enough money to pay for 20 operations.  The entrance fee to the event goes towards this cause, headed by Vamos Juntos por Tu Sonrisa A.C. 

In addition to the school’s talent showcase, there are 18 other regional salsa schools that have been invited to participate and some of those will also present shows during the evening.  Top notch music will be provided by guest Cuban orchestra El Team y su Sabrosura.  And the event wouldn’t be complete without special guest musician Jorge Aquino, Cozumel’s own beloved Latin musician. 

Don’t miss out on this huge event on Saturday Aug 16, 2014 at 9pm.  It will be held at Senor Frog’s, and tickets are either 100 pesos in advance or 120 pesos at the door.     

Posted on July 21st, 2014

Cozumel Salseros are in for a real treat this August!  Ricky Campanelli has finally accepted our invitation to visit Cozumel.  Ricky is a Salsa artists and DJ from Montreal, and is brother of Cozumel fan Sandra Campanelli who brings new dance workshops each time she visits the island.  But don’t think he’s just here on vacation.  He’s coming to celebrate in grand style the going away party for our dear friend and world class Salsa musician Jesus Alejandro “El Niño”.  Jesus has been delighting Salseros at La Rumba for the last several months here in Cozumel and even sharing music from his newest album.  Jesus and Angelito from La Rumba play each week a variety of Latin rhythms. We’ll defiantly miss Jesus being here on the island, so all the local Salseros will defiantly come out to show their love during his going away party on August 4 at La Rumba.  Cover charge is only 50 pesos.  Location: La Rumba on 10th Ave between Salas and 1st Street South.   

Posted on March 6th, 2014

​Well, this year's Carnaval in Cozumel didn't impress any Salseros with the guest artists.  No Salsa concerts were included in this year's line-up.  Only Banda and Cumbia headliners were featured due to lack of "funding" from Cozumel's city government.  So Cancun stepped up to feed local Salsero's hunger for live Salsa concerts.  Marc Anthony will be giving a concert in Cancun's baseball stadium on Thursday April 17, 2014.  Tickets are already on sale, so get them before they're sold out.  I've already bought mine...wouldn't miss this one for the world! Check out Ticketmaster for concert tickets.

Posted on January 4th, 2014

So your dancing friends and new instructor are telling you there is an upcoming Salsa Congress in your area that you should attend.  You ask yourself what is a Salsa Congress, and why should I attend as a beginner student?

A “Salsa Congress” is a gathering and multi-day event usually over the weekend, which can consist of dance classes, social dancing, performances, live music, specialized salsa DJs, pool or beach parties,  and an opportunity for dancers from a large region to come together.  Although the Salsa rhythm may be a foundation of a “Salsa Congress” many congresses also include other genres of dance such as Bachata, Casino, Kizomba, Timba, etc.

What Are The Workshops/Classes Like?

For about an hour, expert instructors from outside your local area will teach a group class specializing in a certain technique.  The classes range from beginning to advanced.  Classes will consist of a warm up, and/or an overall explanation about the dance.  For the majority of the class expect to dance with rotating partners. This is a great opportunity to get more advanced instruction from dancers who are not usually present in your region.  Students learn very quickly in workshops.

 Do I Need A Partner To Attend The Workshops?

Not at all!  In classes, expect the instructors to have everyone rotate partners ( if you do come as a couple you can elect not to rotate, but one always learns much more by dancing with different people!).

What Do I Wear ?

DRESS COMFORTABLY for Workshops!!  Work-out clothes are good–save your “dress to impress” attire- for the social dancing at night!  There will be dance floors in the workshops and evening socials, so you can wear dance shoes, but they certainly are not necessary.  Bring a water bottle and camera to record the summary that the instructor provides at the end of the workshops, and small towel and or hand fan to cool off between songs at the evening socials. Dancers will pull out their most elegant salsa attire during the Palladium Night event. 

Do I Need Dance Experience To Attend a Congress?

For Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and Timba there will be beginning level classes.  Most workshops start out easy and end with the most advanced steps.  But throughout the Congress expect dancers ranging from beginner to advanced!  Even advanced dancers take beginning classes to work on the important foundations of the dance.

Is There Alcohol?

Although dancers don't tend to drink much at the evening socials, the Palladium Night or main social event will be open bar.

When is the next Salsa Congress in Cozumel?

The first annual Salsa and Timba Fest will be held Jan 24-26, 2014.  Tickets are still available and you can see their Facebook page here.  If attending the whole event seems overwhelming, you can purchase just evening passes, or just single day passes.  
Saturday Workshop schedule for the Salsa and Timba Fest 2014

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