salsa at the ship poster april 19 2014Salsa in St. John’s Celebrates 700 Members!
Invite all your friends so we can make it 800!!

Oh yes! Salsa in St. John’s “Latin Lounge” Series is bringing you another Super Salsa Party, featuring DJ Chamba from The Ritmo Latino Radio Show this time in at The Ship 265 Duckworth St. Saturday April 19th 9:30pm-1:30am

Come early for a drop-in lesson in beginners salsa dancing with Stacy Fowler of Bailamos St. John’s*

Dance all night with Ritmo Latino’s DJ Chamba and his energetic mix of Latin dance music… Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton and Underground Tropical Beats.

$7 on the door
19+ event
The Ship Pub
265 Duckworth Street

* This Saturday’s party is just one of many Salsa in St. John’s events hosted by Judy D  coming up this spring and summer! If you want to get an early start practicing your salsa moves, join Stacy’s newest 8-week session of Salsa Intermediate starting THIS Wednesday, April 16th, 8:30-9:30pm. THERE’S STILL ROOM FOR YOU! Drop ins welcome ($10/session) – info: bailamosstjohns@gmail.com

 

–> April 19th is Our next BIG Party:

Salsa in St. John’s & Ritmo Latino 935FM
Presents Salsa Party at The Ship with DJ Chamba

salsa at the ship poster april 19 2014Salsa in St. John’s Celebrates 700 Members!
Invite all your friends so we can make it 800!!

Oh yes! Salsa in St. John’s “Latin Lounge” Series is bringing you another Super Salsa Party, featuring DJ Chamba from The Ritmo Latino Radio Show this time in at The Ship 265 Duckworth St. Saturday April 19th 9:30pm-1:30am

Come early for a drop-in lesson in beginners salsa dancing with Stacy Fowler of Bailamos St. John’s

Dance all night with Ritmo Latino’s DJ Chamba and his energetic mix of Latin dance music… Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton and Underground Tropical Beats.

$7 on the door
19+ event
The Ship Pub
265 Duckworth Street

–> Sunday Nite Salsa @ AnneXe is BACK, now hosted by DJ Marcelo and Annita!

What have you been waiting for?! Right here on the Rock, let’s have some fun while learning some BACHATA, MERENGUE AND REGGAETON STEPS!
EVERY SUNDAY  6-7PM at ANNEXE 2nd floor.
Then after you feel comfortable it’s time for you to enjoy and practice your moves 7-9pm. (Salsa and other Latin music will also be played!)
$10 AT THE DOOR BEFORE 7PM
FROM 7 TO 9PM $5 AT THE DOOR.
Instructors: Annita Esonosedice &  DJ Marcelo

fb event link (ignore the date, it happens every Sunday!): https://www.facebook.com/events/816094285091579/

–> NEW: Monday Nite Salsa @ Masonic Lodge, 8-11pm, hosted by Deneen Connolly Starting April 21st.

See more about this on Deneen’s fb page: https://www.facebook.com/deneenconnollydance

 

–> Latino Fiesta! hosted by DJ Marcelo, Sat Apr 12th @ AnneXe Lounge

Let’s melt the snow left with some sweat and heat! Its almost here – the next Latino Fiesta with DJ Marcelo! Come on out to enjoy with great music!
Salsa, Bachata, Regueton, Merengue and much more!
We cant wait to dance with you!
See you all on the dance floor
$5 at the door 19+event

 

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AND SOME OTHER GREAT DANCE NEWS…

–> LINDY HOP Workshop PLUS Social THIS Weekend! April 6th, Hosted by Lindy Hop On The Rock (LHOTR)

fb event link (SWING DANCE WORKSHOPS with Adrian Warnock-Graham from Montreal)

Message from LHOTR: If you’ve come to at least one Swing class with Lindy Hop on the Rock, we wanted to let you know about a fabulous workshop organized for Saturday April 5th and we’d love to see you at! We’re really excited to have a teacher from Montreal coming to help us tighten up our dancing and bring it to the next level! After the daytime workshops, we will cap things off with a swingin’ social in the evening. Hope to see you there! Here are the details:

Lindy Hop Workshop !

Join instructor Adrian Warnock-Graham and Lindy Hop on the Rock for a day of fun, intensive Lindy Hop workshops this coming Saturday, April 6 at The Landing (UC 3018):

10:30am – 12pm: Workshop #1: Back to Basics.We’ll start the weekend with a review of the fundamentals of Lindy, such as position and connection. Even the most advanced dancers will benefit from this review! We’ll quickly move on to more advanced material.

12pm-1pm: lunch break

1pm-2:30pm: Workshop #2: Intermediate Lindy Hop. Working on intermediate moves such as Swingout, Texas Tommy and Charleston variations.

2:30-2:45: 15 min break

2:45-4:15: Workshop #3: Intermediate Lindy Hop #2. A continuation of intermediate moves.

8pm – 11pm: Social! We’ll cap the day off with a social dance! (A lesson will be offered for absolute beginners at 8pm, but will be away from the main dance space)

Cost for all 3 workshops and social is only $20 !!! (or $10 for each workshop individually, $7 cover for the social).

No registration required, just show up ready to dance!

*please respect individuals with allergies and refrain from wearing strongly scented products*

Can’t wait to see you all there!!!

Swing salute,

LHOTR

https://www.facebook.com/groups/munswingclub/

–> Tango MILONGA BRAVA, Sat Apr 5th, hosted by Argentine Tango with Teri

Milonga: a social tango event. If you’ve never danced tango before, there will be a foundations lesson from 7-8, with social dancing from 8-11. You don’t need to bring a partner, but may do so if you want.

Date: Saturday, April 5th
Time: 7-11pm
Place: MMap room of the Arts and Culture Centre
Bring: Yourself, a friend or two (if you like), dry shoes, and $5 to help pay for the venue.

fb event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/821536334540671/

A big thanks to Tango on the Edge for helping to organize these milongas! (tangoontheedge.ca). DJ to be announced, music requests welcome.

–> National Dance Week and International Dance Day are coming up in April…more news SOON!!!

 

Come dance into spring with a Brazilian Carnival Party, a kids n family Swing Dance Concert, a Swing Dance Social, and a Tango Milonga Brava!

–> Brazilian Carnival Party @ MUN, Billy Miller Common Room in Courte Real, March 21 7-11pm

brazilian carnival party march 2014

The Off-Campus Housing Office will be doing a Brazilian Carnival Party at Billy Miller Common Room in Corte Real on Friday, March 21st, 7pm – 11pm, 2014.

Join us for Brazilian Snacks, carnival songs and dance. Prize for the best costume and other prizes to be won.

The fee is only $5 per person, which should be paid until 19th, March at OCH, Coughlan College 1035.

For more information, please e-mail us on och@mun.ca

fb event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/468380816618775/

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–> SWING DANCE SOCIAL!!! (lesson included) @ The Republic on Duckworth, March 22 @9pm

Swing Dance Social III copySaturday March 22, 9pm-1am, upstairs at The Republic, 379 Duckworth St

Hi lindy hoppers, so we’ve had LOTS of new dancers the past few months, and I’m sure everyone is itching to get a little dolled up, get out on the dancefloor and try out their moves! We’ve got a great social lined up.

We want to emphasize as usual that BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME!!! We’ll have a lesson to kick off the night.
NO PARTNER REQUIRED!!!

Here’s the schedule:
9pm: beginner’s lesson
10pm: social dancing

We’ve got lots of great tunes to play for ya, and a great new venue, upstairs at the Republic – it’s the door to the right of the main door, on Duckworth St.

Check out our website for more information on Lindy Hop and our group! http://www.lindyhopontherock.com/what-is-lindy-hop-/

Only $6 cover! See you there!!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/munswingclub/

fb event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/299394936875954/

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–> The Swinging Belles - Swing Music for Kids at the Rocket Room, 272 Water St, March 29, 1:30-3pm.

swinging belles march 29 2014Come on down to the Rocket Room, Saturday March 29th and meet the Swinging Belles, a local swing band for kids! Kick up your heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family. The Belles will perform from 2-3pm but why not come on down 1:30 for the Belle Hop, a chance to warm up with the musicians and have a little playtime! Tickets are $7 at the door.

The Swinging Belles feature child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist extraordinaire Duane Andrews. This is the Swinging Belles debut show and it will be packed with music, interactive story telling and dancing… lots of dancing. So saddle up and swing on down for a hoe down that don’t slow down.
http://www.theswingingbelles.ca/

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–> Milonga Brava, MMap room of the Arts and Culture Centre, Sat April 5, 7-11pm

milonga brave april 2014Milonga: a social tango event. If you’ve never danced tango before, there will be a foundations lesson from 7-8, with social dancing from 8-11. You don’t need to bring a partner, but may do so if you want.

Date: Saturday, April 5th
Time: 7-11pm
Place: MMap room of the Arts and Culture Centre
Bring: Yourself, a friend or two (if you like), dry shoes, and $5 to help pay for the venue.

A big thanks to Tango on the Edge for helping to organize these milongas! (tangoontheedge.ca). DJ to be announced, music requests welcome.  fb event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/821536334540671/

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–> Please see individual event organizers’ events/websites for additional info, changes, cancellations etc. Oh and check back soon for the next Salsa Party announcements…we have over 700 fb members now, celebration plans are in the works :) Judy D

teri tango milonga mar 8 2014Milonga Brava – Sat Mar 8th

By Argentine Tango with Teri

Milonga: a social tango event. If you’ve never danced tango before, there will be a foundations lesson from 7-8, with social dancing from 8-11. You don’t need to bring a partner, but may do so if you want.

Date: Saturday, March 8th
Time: 7-11pm
Place: MMap room of the Arts and Culture Centre
Bring: Yourself, a friend or two (if you like), dry shoes, and $5 to help pay for the venue.

A big thanks to Tango on the Edge for helping to organize these milongas! (tangoontheedge.ca). DJ to be announced, music requests welcome.

Salsa workshop:

Bailamos St. John's logoBeginner Salsa workshopMarch 9th
Hosted by Stacy Fowler of Bailamos St. John’s! So you’ve heard about salsa, maybe even attended one of our big salsa parties & had a quick try. Lots of our new members & their friends have been asking for a full-on beginners’ workshop… here it is!
Sunday, March 9th,  7-8:30
Dance Academy 75 airport road.
No experience or partner necessary. Cost is $20 per person. Pre-register for the workshop & save! Cost $15 for pre-registration (e-mail money to dancingqueen428@gmail.com
Wear dance shoes or socks & comfortable workout/yoga clothing.

Next Latin Fiesta:

marcelo annexe fiestaMarch 15 2014 flyerSATURDAY MARCH 15th <> AnneXe <> 32 George Street <> 10pm-3am <> $5 cover <> 19+ event

avalon dragons_SALSA_PARTY_FUNDRAISER

Salsa group banner Feb 18 2014 copy

March & April Latin-themed event links (so far!):

-> TANGO “Milonga Brava” with Teri Slade Feb 22, MMAP room Arts & Culture Ctr https://www.facebook.com/events/1471620646391291/

-> Salsa Barocca CONCERT Feb 28, MUN School of Music http://www.mun.ca/music/events.php?day=1393630200

-> LATIN LOUNGE SERIES presents Salsa Party Fundraiser for Avalon Dragons* – FRIDAY Feb 28th – ROCKHOUSE on George St.

-> EVITA  (the PLAY!) opens Feb 28th @ Arts & Culture Centre fb link: ttps://www.facebook.com/events/641417275904277/ Arts & Culture link: https://artsandculturecentre.com/stjohns/online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=3D9D4C14-D79D-4ED9-BF71-277C7A7D6071

-> MUN 28th Annual Multicultural Show 7:30pm March 15th @ Field House https://www.facebook.com/events/733903499975598/

-> SALSA with DJ Marcelo @ AnneXe 32 George St, 10pm March 15 (event link not yet available)

And just a bit of info about the new “Latin Lounge” Series: This is a new project run by Judy D of Salsa in St. John’s, with the primary goal of searching out venues & opportunities for Latin-themed entertainment. Follow us around St. John’s via our fb Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/SalsaInStJohnsLatinLoungeSeries  for exciting Latin-themed events…Salsa, Swing Dance, Live Latin Music, Jazz and more. We’ll advertise events organized by Salsa in St. John’s, and post about other related groups’ or individuals’ events too!
…because Salsa in St. John’s is EVERYWHERE!

Oh yes! Our new Salsa in St. John’s “Latin Lounge” Series is bringing you another Super Salsa Party, featuring DJ Chamba, this time in the main floor level of ROCKHOUSE on George Street! (fb event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1380659292203145/ )

–>Come early for a drop-in lesson with Stacy Fowler of Bailamos St. John’s
–> try out some of Cindy M Butt‘s FarOut Fitness LED hoola hoops to warm up
–> Cuban-born musician Onelvis Hierrito Fernandez will also drop by to perform some live Latin tunes.

Then stay and dance all evening with Ritmo Latino’s DJ Chambo and his energetic mix of Latin dance music…let’s say good-bye to February by dancing the night away for a great cause!

$8 at the door <> 19+ event <> box/receipts will be available for extra donations

*A portion of the door proceeds will be donated to The Avalon Dragons, a local non-profit breast cancer survivor support group.
The Avalon Dragon Boating Association consists of breast cancer survivors, their friends, families and interested individuals who share the goal of supporting dragon boating on the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Some of the things the Avalon Dragons strive to achieve:
- To support each other, improve our physical, emotional and spiritual health, celebrate life and have fun.
- To support our friends, families and communities by showing them that there is vibrant active life despite a diagnosis of cancer.
- To raise awareness about the role of exercise and a healthy lifestyle in preventing breast cancer and its recurrence.

The Avalon Dragons are also currently working towards finally having their own boathouse…more info on this, their many other projects, and how people can get involved will be available at the Salsa Party!

Find out more about Avalon Dragons here: http://www.avalondragons.com/

dj marcelo valentines fiesta annexe 2014

Image  —  Posted: February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Hi St. John’s Salsa Dancers past present and future! It’s been a pretty exciting few years since I (Judy) started getting involved in our “little” salsa scene back in 2006. Just thought I’d highlight a few moments along the way that helped grow our Salsa community to its thriving present-day scene. I realize many of you reading this are new to our scene and won’t know these places, but I’ll add some pix to give a little context. For those of you who DO remember and are still members, thanks for sticking around…there’s lots more still to come!

Bella Vista Fiesta 2008

Bella Vista Fiesta 2008 hosted by Deneen Connolly

Where I started: The Bella Vista! At that time there was VERY limited access to salsa. You could pay for sets of lessons at a formal dance studio, you could find a lovable Mexican named Esau at the old Mexi’s, or you could drop into the then brand new salsa lessons on Tuesdays at the Bella Vista. These were hosted by Deneen Connolly as part of her effort to share her love of Salsa dance with Newfoundlanders. I spent a few years going to Tuesday night beginners’ lessons and socials, and occasional special weekend Latin Fiestas. This venue certainly helped set the scene for a salsa explosion.

no couches allowed!

No couches allowed on the dance floor!

house party!

Salsa house party!

Weekend salsa warriors: Between 2007 and 2008, there must have been more house salsa parties in St. John’s than ever before! Tuesdays were fine for beginners, but weekends were needed for those infected with the salsa bug…and there were dozens of us craving weekend salsa fixes. Couches to the bedrooms, coffee tables to the hallways, make room for another salsa dance party!

Saturday Salsa Socials @ Coffee & Company

Saturday Salsa Socials @ Coffee & Company with Cindy and Judy

Cafe Salsa: For a little while a fabulous little cafe called Coffee & Company let us take over their back room on Saturday nights. Salsa dancers will shimmy wherever they can move the chairs away :)

Facebook group: Did I mention in 2008 I started a little facebook group so people would know where to find the next salsa party?! It was originally called something like “Salsa in St. John’s…Location TBA” but then got shortened to Salsa in St John’s. It was a public group and to our surprise a whole lotta people, especially international people living in St. John’s, started to join! We outgrew our house parties pretty quickly and needed a real weekend venue.

Welcome to Salsa in St. John's

Franklin 2010

Saturday Salsa @ The Franklin with Judy D and Eddie

That’s where things got REALLY exciting! A couple of group members, from Scotland and from Africa, found a little lounge in The Franklin Hotel that was willing to host us every Saturday evening for a few hours. We took turns playing the music, with members sharing their favorite tunes. And Salsa in St. John’s EXPLODED! We were packed Fiesta-style every weekend, sending oodles of people to lessons…to the Bella Vista’s expanded lessons and to new lessons with MUN BLDC. People just couldn’t believe we had Salsa in St. John’s! We stayed at The Franklin for almost a year, and then we had to move on…dancers just don’t drink much and the lounge picked up lots of new regular non-dance customers from our busy evenings.

mexis 2012

Sunday Salsa Socials @ MexiCali Rosa’s hosted by Salsa Floreo

The Mixx 2012

Saturday Nite Salsa @ The Mixx with DJ Gustavo

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Salsa Into The New Year @ LSPU Hall’s Cox&Palmer 2nd Space hosted by Judy D

We’ve been hopping from venue to venue for our weekend salsa socials and parties pretty much yearly ever since, from The Lower Path to Mexi’s  to The AnneXe to Turkey Joe’s. And our members have hosted special Fiesta’s, demos, fundraisers and parties at these and many other places: The Bella Vista, The Martini Bar, The Rocket, The Landing, The Ship, the old Majestic, Eastern Edge Gallery, The Mixx,  Bally Haly, The LSPU Hall’s Cox&Palmer 2nd Space, Quidi Vidi Brewery, outdoors at Quidi Vidi Bandstand & The St.John’s Farmers Market, the RockHouse, various community centers…so many people have hosted so many Salsa events here in li’l ol’ St. John’s NL!

A wonderful turnout for Saturday Nite Salsa @ Rocket-Fundraiser for CBCF 2012

A wonderful turnout for Saturday Nite Salsa @ Rocket-Fundraiser for CBCF 2012 – hosted by Judy D and Cindy Butt (FarOut Fitness)

Casino de Rueda lesson, Salsa Party @ Quidi Vidi Brewery hosted by Bailamos St. John's, Dec 2013

Casino de Rueda lesson, Salsa Party @ Quidi Vidi Brewery hosted by Bailamos St. John’s, Dec 2013

Along the way we’ve had super instructors help us grow our community: Deneen, Esau & Tamoc, Alex & Jim at MUN BLDC, Corie & Stephanie of Salsa Floreo, Jim at Wild Lily, Del & Stacy of Bailamos St. John’s, and drop-in volunteer instructors and instructors aids like Helen, Jim, Tamara, Sandra, Teeba, Dais…I’m sure there’s many more I’m forgetting or haven’t met (yet!) who are spreading the Salsa fever!

DJ Gustavo & DJ Marcelo got people dancing at The Mixx

DJ Gustavo & DJ Marcelo got people dancing at The Mixx

dj chamba at tjs fundraiser for filmmaker

Ritmo Latino’s DJ Chamba working his magic at a Turkey Joe’s Salsa Fundraiser Party, Dec 2013

I can’t forget to mention the DJ’s and musicians who hopped on board to help us out. Deneen and the members of Salsa Roca carved out a Latin niche for themselves for a few years. DJ Gustavo wows the crowd whenever he has time to host a party. DJ Marcelo is working the salsa scene at Annexe Lounge. DJ Chamba rocks the house wherever he spins his Latin tunes! And we have Onelvis Hierrito Fernandez, our very own Cuban musician living in St. John’s scheduling live concerts regularly.

It’s been so exciting, being part of the growth of this special salsa scene. What’s kept me here through all the growing pains? All of you wonderful dancer friends of course! So here’s to another dance-filled year and a peak at what’s to come:

LESSONS: Currently there’s beginner’s lessons with Bailamos St. John’s instructor Stacy Fowler. Check back on our site regularly for even more salsa lessons, workshops, etc.

PARTIES: There’s weekend salsa dance parties at least once a month at various venues ( next one is this Sat Feb 1st 2014 at brand new venue RockHouse Pub). Keep checking our salsainstjohns.com site for news of other upcoming events!

LIVE MUSIC: Cuban-born musician Onelvis Hierrito Fernandez recently moved to St. John’s and is scheduling live concerts regularly (next one’s at The Ship on Feb 6th 2014!).

FUNDRAISERS: Salsa dances are the latest craze for fundraisers! Over the years our salsa group has fund-raised for various non-profits including CBCF, RIAC and THRIVE-CYN,  as well as for individuals during times of need. Contact me (judy.salsa”AT”gmail.com) to discuss your salsa fundraiser needs.

OPPORTUNITIES: We need a lead instructor(s). If YOU live in St. John’s and are skilled enough as a salsa lead to teach (or be an apprentice) pleases contact me and I’ll help you get in touch with an instructor! We also need a regular Friday or Saturday night venue for drop-in socials/parties! If you are a business owner interested in hosting salsa events for our 600+member group, with average event turnout between 50 and 150 people, please contact me! If you have other ideas or would like to join in and help out with things, contact me… judy.salsa”AT”gmail.com

So if you’re a Salsa dancer living in St. John’s, or heading our way, don’t forget to look up Salsa in St. John’s to find out what’s on the go in our little BIG salsa scene.

:) Judy D

Salsa Party @ The Rock House Pub, Sat Feb 1st 9pm-1am

Salsa Party @ The Rock House Pub, Sat Feb 1st 9pm-1am

Cuban Masters Presents Onelvis Fernandez @ The Ship Thurs Feb 6th 9pm

Cuban Masters Presents Onelvis Fernandez @ The Ship Thurs Feb 6th 9pm

feb 1 rockhousepub SALSA

Get your dance shoes ready, we’re turning the Rock House Pub (upstairs off Duckworth) into our own private Latin Lounge on Feb 1st! 9pm-1am

Join us early for a mini-lesson from Stacy Fowler of Bailamos ST JOHNS then dance the night away with DJ Chamba’s crazy energetic Latin mix. Salsa Merengue Bachatta ChaCha Reggaeton…anything to keep you dancing all night!

hosted by Judy D for Salsa in St. John’s

event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/645058625541133/

Hey St. John’s Salseros! 2013 was a Super Salsa year and I want to thank you all on behalf of Salsa in St. John’s for your enthusiasm and support. We kept salsa going and growing for another year, congratulations!

OK I know! You’re all itching for another year full of salsa dancing…don’t worry, we’re working on bringing you more great events :)

We do have info on this winter’s beginner’s lessons with Bailamos St. John’s, and there’s still room in all the classes! Message from instructor Stacy Fowler:

Exciting news!!!!! We have a new space for January!!!! We will be using the beautiful studio at the Dance Academy on Airport Rd. Classes start on January 8 (8 Week Session) and will be as follows -Wednesday 8:30-9:30pm Salsa/Latin – Beginner 2 classThursday – 8:30-9:30pm Zumba. Looking to work off all those holiday treats, but want to have fun doing it?
Zumba fitness is for you!!!!! Zumba is not a dance class, it is a fitness class that uses dance moves to make exercise fun!! No experience necessary. You don’t have to be a good dancer, you just have to love music and dance. Turn your workout into a super fun dance party!!!!!!Sunday – 7:00-8:00pm Beginner Salsa/Latin (For complete beginners – no experience necessary, no partner required)

Sunday 8-9pm Zumba

To register send me a message to the page https://www.facebook.com/BailamosStJohns or e-mail bailamosstjohns@gmail. And keep checking back here or on the fb page for info on upcoming Saturday Socials and occasional special workshops with Bailamos St. John’s!
As soon as we get some great big fiestas planned for Salsa in St. John’s we’ll post em here and in our fb group.
Bye for now,
:) Judy D, Salsa in St. John’s