Archive for December, 2012

2nd Annual Salsa into the New Year 2013 – in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Atlantic Region, and the Salsa in St. John’s Community Fund
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Date: Mon Dec 31, 2012
Time: 9pm- 2am
Location: LSPU Hall’s Cox & Palmer Second Space, 3 Victoria St

Join us again as we Salsa dance into the New Year in the LSPU Hall’s Cox & Palmer Second Space…we guarantee lots of high-energy CLASSIC salsa & merengue, with bachatta & reggaeton too, hosted by Judy D & a DJ Marcelo!

Cost: $25.00* per ticket AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE ONLY through the LSPU Hall box office (in person, by phone, or online). Proceeds 75% in support of the CBCF-Atlantic Region, 25% in support of the Salsa in St. John’s Community Fund.**

Box office phone 709-753-4531
Box office website
—–>TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! FYI: I’ll be buying your midnight champagne based on the number of tickets sold by Dec 29th.
For anyone planning to buy New Year’s tickets at the box office 3 Victoria St., here’s the Resource Centre For The Arts Holiday Box Office Hours:

December 24: Closed
December 25: Closed
December 26: Closed
December 27: 2-5pm
December 28: 2pm until performance
December 29: 2pm until performance
December 30: Closed
December 31: 8pm until performance

Remember, you can book online 24/7! Here’s the direct link: (tickets are $25 after the box office fee is added)

Your advance ticket purchase includes all this:

– Bar service with selection of wine, beer, soft drinks, & soda for sale
– 19+ event
– Floor fans & air conditioner, but wear something light because we usually out-dance the air conditioner! (And please, ladies: please NO spike heels, the floor’s still brand new)
– Light snack foods to keep you energized for dancing
– Door prize(s) drawn just after midnight (to be eligible, enter your name, contact info, & how you heard about the event on a ballot at the door) Some of the door prize items include: – Living Planet T-shirt – Rocket Bakery gift certificates – holiday Snow Globes from Frenchy’s Thrift Boutique – ChickP Creations earrings – a bottle of wine – and more!

– A glass of bubbly to toast in the New Year
– Proceeds supporting Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region & Salsa in St. John’s Community Fund
– And of course playing all night long a great high-energy selection of salsa music from Judy D’s  and Marcelo’s collections, shared with them from many members of the Latin American & ballroom dance salsa community!

Salsa in St. John’s is a community group of Volunteers, Dancers, & Businesses with the sole purpose of networking & promoting anything Salsa or Latin Dance! Salsa in St. John’s was originally created as a facebook group in July 2008 by Judy D as an informal volunteer-run dance info & event sharing group. If you’re curious about our fb group, here’s the link:
Or check out our new website

Events directly organized by Judy D via Salsa in St. John’s have most often been fundraisers for multicultural organizations or for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

**Judy D, along with two other dedicated group members, have recently started a community account for Salsa in St. John’s with the purpose of fundraising to help with such things as venue rentals & bringing more live entertainment for salsa events! If you are interested in hearing more about this, or in giving the organizers a helping hand, please email judy.salsa”AT” or write on our fb group wall.

* ticket price includes the LSPU Hall Building Maintenance Fund fee of $1.25 and box office handling fee of $0.75 on each ticketSalsa into the New Year 2013

Message from dance instructor Dounia Hamoutene:

I am putting together a GNAWA piece for the Jill Dreaddy DanceCo dance school recital middle of June 2013. This piece involves dancing, drumming and a fair bit of feet stomping to create African GNAWA rhythms. I am seeking male dancers with some dance experience (not much) to join us at our classes starting middle of February: class is Thursday starting 6.20pm at the LeMarchant Studio. Dancers interested do not have to pay for classes and I will teach them some drumming and a few steps. They will have though to commit to performing during the two nights of recital at the Arts and Culture Center. It is just a dance school recital so not too intimidating but it will be fun to inject a bit of African warmth in the daily life routine…….
Spread the word….Thanks a million
Have fun!

to contact Dounia for info you can email

Quick notice: There won’t be any Sunday Salsa until Jan 13, due to previously booked holiday events at AnneXeLounge. Some people may read otherwise in The Scope, but that was a print error! Sorry for the inconvenience folks, hope to see you all on the 13th though, and at our New Year’s salsa at LSPU Hall…ticket info Happy Holidays everyone 🙂

we need salsa instructors copyOur St. John’s, NL Salsa scene has been growing fast and we’re suddenly facing a crisis: we need more instructors for 2013.

There are several opportunities within the community for instructors and Teacher’s Assistants (TA’s) of various levels and experience.

–          Beginner’s Salsa one-hour lessons will start up again Jan 13th for Sunday Salsa @ AnneXeLounge. We’re looking for a rotation of teachers to take turns leading the beginner’s session: instructors, TA’s, guest teachers, and even experienced dancers from our Salsa in St. John’s group!

–          MUN Ballroom & Latin Dance is searching for a replacement Salsa instructor for their Winter Semester…their Salsa Lessons have been wildly popular over the past few years, so they MUST find an instructor or two!

–          There may be other opportunities coming up too, join or keep an eye on for more news about classes, events, workshops, and dance schools/instructors looking for teachers!

What’s in it for you? The reward is HUGE: we keep our Salsa in St. John’s community growing and dynamic! And there’s some money to be made too, contact either or judy.salsa”AT” for more details.

*****Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested!!! You don’t HAVE to be a formally trained salsa instructor (although that would be awesome!); some experience as a TA would be great, or even experience dancing salsa combined with enthusiasm to pass along what you know 🙂 Updates will be posted in the “We need SALSA INSTRUCTORS!!!” fb event:    *****

Curious about our new venue? Visit Annexe’s website to see their delicious menu and upcoming events…including Holiday Salsa details with a link to our facebook event!




Practica: A practice session for Tango Dancers
·        Thursday practica: Arts and Culture Centre 3rd Floor Mezzanine Gallery 8:30 – 10:30pm.     
·        Sunday Practica will take place at the Mmap Room,  Arts and Culture Centre  7 – 9 pm.
 Thank you Christine, for leading our focus on the rhythm of the waltz, and the possibilities for improvisation over the past several weeks. 
General Meeting  third floor Gallery  of the Arts and Culture Centre, 7:00 pm, Thurs. Dec. 13
Christmas Milonga Dec 13, 7:30 pm -11:30 pm. Bring your own beverage and some finger foods/appetizers to share, as there is no kitchen. Tea and Coffee will be provided.
Sunday Practica, January 6th  will take place at Bally Haly Golf Course at the regular time, because the Arts and Culture Centre is booked for the Arts and Letters Competition. There will be no practica Dec. 23rd, 27th  or 30th.  Have a very merry Christmas with your family and loved ones.
Practica will take place in the 3rd floor Gallery Dec 20th, Jan. 3, and January 10. Our regular schedule will be in place for the remainder of the winter term.
Dance away the Winter Blues! We have booked Bally Haly for dinner and dancing Friday, Jan. 11th, 2013. Email Cecilia or Alison to book your table.
2nd Annual Toronto Tango Marathon (January 11-13th)
Burning Tango 2013 Tango Festival in McCloud,Oregon. Links to other festivals as well.
If any member would like to promote a dance opportunity or upcoming event through our weekly notices, please send the information to Cecilia at

Here’s the flyer for our party this Friday, please share it right-click to save post it all over the place. Let’s show Annexe what a great Salsa party looks like!

Friday Dec 14-Holiday SALSA Party @ Annexe X Lounge hosted by DJ Marcelo Public Event · By Judy D and Marcelo facebook event link -->

Friday Dec 14-Holiday SALSA Party @ Annexe X Lounge 32 George St hosted by DJ Marcelo                                                                              Public Event · By Judy D and DJ Marcelo facebook event link –>


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Please note, the Salsa Sundays will be taking a little break after Dec 9th. But don’t worry! We’ll keep you dancing with the Holiday Salsa on Fri Dec 14 and the New Year’s Salsa on Dec 31. Then Salsa Sunday @ Annexe XLounge returns every week starting January 13th.

ATTENTION: If you’re a salsa expert living or visiting here in St. John’s, NL (i.e. salsa instructor, salsa TA, or born and raised salsa/Latin dancing) and would like to take a turn leading our beginner’s salsa hour 6-7pm on Sundays, please let us know! We’ll be working on a rotating guest instructor schedule to start in January.

Posted: December 4, 2012 in Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

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