Monthly Archives: November 2008

Two New Workshops for Dec!

Due to the great success of the Cha Cha Cha workshop last week we have teamed up with Teddy Olaso and United Salseros again to offer another 3 workshops:

1) Cha Cha Cha – The Sequel

This workshop will take place at Empress Walk on Dec 13th, 2008 from 1-3pm. It is perfect for both the students who already took the first workshop or for those who missed the workshop and wanted to learn how to dance New York style On 2 Cha Cha Cha. New combos will be taught. Students must have completed level 2 or receive permission.

2) Salsa Body Isolation and Movement

This workshop will take place at Empress Walk on Dec 13th, 2008 from 3:30-5:30pm. In the first hour learn different techniques for salsa body isolations and movement. In the second hour learn to use the movements in turnpatterns. Students must have completed level 2 or receive permission.

3) Bachata

So many of you have asked for this workshop. It will take place in January on a Saturday at Empress – time to be announced. Advanced Bachata body movement, musicality and turnpatterns will be covered. Students must have completed level 2 or receive permission.

Each workshop is $35 or two for $60. Helpers pay $30 per workshop. The first two workshops are already posted and registration is open.

Let us know what other workshops you would like to see for 2009!

Lula Lounge Discount!

Great news everyone! Lula Lounge has just sent over a coupon for all Toronto Dance Salsa students and friends to receive $5 off cover before 10pm for any salsa Friday or Saturday evening.

For those who have never been to Lula Lounge, there are great live bands there and a really fun feeling to the club. The club is at the Dufferin and Dundas area. 1585 Dundas St. W., west of Dufferin 416 588 0307.

Here are some upcoming salsa events!

Friday, 21 November 2008
Salsa Dance Party w Cafe Cubano
With their potent blend of dance-floor friendly salsa and high-energy showmanship, Cafe Cubano evoke the spirit of the legendary dance clubs of Havana. Afrolatino Dance Company

Saturday, 22 November 2008
Salsa Dance Party w Cache
Toronto’s Fiercest Salsa Band, Caché delivers hardcore dance music inspired by the vintage salsa sound of the 1970s.

Friday, 28 November 2008
Luis Mario Ochoa Latin Jazz Duo (8pm) and Cimarrón (10 pm)
Luis Mario Ochoa and Cimarron bring their 100% Salsa show to Lula Lounge for a night dedicated to the dancer. This is Buena Vista Social Club night at Lula with give-aways of the Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall, 8pm latin jazz duo and dance lesson by Dance to Live!

Saturday, 29 November 2008
Salsa Dance Party w Cafe Cubano
With their potent blend of dance-floor friendly salsa and high-energy showmanship, Cafe Cubano evoke the spirit of the legendary dance clubs of Havana.
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Friday, 05 December 2008
Salsa Dance Party w Cafe Cubano
With their potent blend of dance-floor friendly salsa and high-energy showmanship, Cafe Cubano evoke the spirit of the legendary dance clubs of Havana. With dance lesson by Bailaboogaloo!

Saturday, 06 December 2008
Salsa Dance Party with Lady Son Y Articulo Veinte
The fabulous Lady Son (Yeti Ajasin) takes the stage with her powerful voice and muy caliente Afro-Cuban rumba/ son band.

Friday, 12 December 2008
The Son Ache Party with DJ Billy Bryans
One of Toronto’s most popular Cuban music groups, Son Ache performs their patented blend of high-energy son montuno that has been packing dance-floors for many years.

Saturday, 13 December 2008
Alberto Alberto y su Orquesta
Fresh off his latest tour with Cuban bandleader Maraca, vocalist extraordinaire Alberto Alberto debuts his new salsa band with original material from his newly released solo album Traigo de Todo.

Saturday, 20 December 2008
Salsa Saturday w Ricky Franco
Dynamic frontman Ricky Franco brings his powerhouse P-Crew Orchestra for a night of hard-core salsa with an R&B edge.

Saturday, 27 December 2008
Salsa Dance Party w Cache
Toronto’s Fiercest Salsa Band, Caché delivers hardcore dance music inspired by the vintage salsa sound of the 1970s.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada

Well this is the first time I think I am commenting on the top twenty of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. As excited as I was about the Canadian version once it got to the Top 20 I still watched but lost some interest just because it was too fluffy.

The judges have been way too nice. There has been very little critiquing to push the dancers to really become better. The choreography is somewhat fluffy – not edgy and memorable like Mia or Wade or some other amazing choreographers from the U.S. Show. The host is a little fluffy too and needs to develop a little edge herself.

The worst part of the show by far is the costume selection. Many people won’t notice how bad the costumes are but they are terrible. They look tacky and overdone and take away from the dancers and what they are expressing through their movements. If Nico is supposed to be a dark angel, having black wings really is not necessary. He can convey this with his dance, body movement and facials. Between the toy soldiers, clowns, fake afroed disco dancers and other ridiculous costumes, the dancing is lost and that is too bad because the dancers are quite good.

However, I will make an effort to comment on the final shows as we are getting down to the top few dancers and I do want the Canadian show to do well and improve. Hopefully they are reading viewers’ comments and can make some adjustments for next season.

In the next blog I will cover my favourite dancers…

Flamenco at Roy Thompson Hall!


Compañia Flamenco José Porcel
Friday, November 21, 2008 at 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall | $69.50 – $39.50
Renowned dancer and choreographer José Porcel is one of Spain’s finest flamenco artists. He brings his premiere dance troupe, infused with irresistible erotic appeal and irrepressible energy to Roy Thomson Hall. FOR TICKETS CALL 416-872-4255

Toronto, ON, October 21, 2008 – Spain’s flamenco superstar José Porcel and his celebrated troupe of dancers, singers and musicians, showcase the art of flamenco with vivid costumes, fiery footwork and soaring vocals at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 8pm. The world’s most joyous dance is transformed into an explosion of rhythm, colors, and emotions in the company’s new touring show “Alma Flamenco” (The Spirit and Soul of Flamenco), a seductive blend of traditional and modern flamenco.

Compañia Flamenco José Porcel has showcased flamenco throughout the world, providing an invaluable window on Spain’s rich history. The company creates a dramatic evening of precision and pageantry in a new program of electrifying solos and ensemble pieces including a taranto (a sensual duet), a rondena (a light yet rhythmic piece with the women of the company), the farruca and solea, joyous group pieces of choreographic complexity; and the great Porcel in two solos: the virile seguirilla and a largely improvised alegrias.

Born in Seville, José Porcel began performing the passionate folkloric dances of his Spanish ancestors at the age of 13. He made his professional debut with the Ballet de Valencia in 1989 and went on to become one of his country’s leading flamenco dancers and choreographers, touring the world as a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Spain and Compañia Espanola de Antonio Marquez. As a choreographer, Porcel’s lavish music and dance spectacles display both abundant creative genius and a desire to challenge convention while honoring tradition. Porcel leads his renowned company with a focus on unique choreographic interpretations of traditional flamenco styles.

Flamenco dancing, originally conceived as a way of accentuating rhythms while singing, is one of the world’s most richly expressive traditions. Bright costumes, sensual movement and exhilarating musical accompaniment have made flamenco one of the most popular forms of folkloric dance. It is believed that flamenco originated during the 15th century, when Gypsies arrived in the Andalucian region of Spain, bearing with them a culture that was a mixture of Arabic, Egyptian, Jewish and Indian.

This performance by Compañia Flamenco José Porcel is one of seven concerts chosen this season for Share the Music, the Corporation’s arts and education outreach program. 250 tickets have been distributed to under-served youth with the purpose of enriching their lives through exposure to world-class performers and related educational activities. The young guests will also attend a pre-concert flamenco workshop led by members of the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Share the Music is sponsored by Sun Life Financial and supported by many individuals and organizations. For more information visit http://www.roythomson.com/shareMusic.cfm.

Halloween Outing


What a fun night last Saturday was at Peridot Lounge! We celebrated Halloween salsa-style with lots of amazing costumes, great salsa music and dancing, dancing, dancing!

The evening started off with a beginner lesson with Velina and Stella downstairs and an intermediate lesson upstairs with Evan and I which was really fun. The groups got the combos quickly and continued to practice the new moves throughout the evening. At 10:30pm the lights went down and the music was turned up and the dancing began. More and more people arrived, all with amazing, elaborate costumes. We saw everything from the scary costumes such as vampires and demons, to movie costumes such as the trio in the Wizard of Oz, to superhero costumes, to some very unique costumes (some I didn’t even understand).

We had a group birthday dance with Sara, Ozzy and Jennifer – happy birthday to you all!

I was the bubblicious Girl all in pink and handed out a lot of bubble gum. That was fun! Thanks to all my dances that evening – it was great to see some old students drop by as well as the United Salseros group.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made an effort with their costumes. It was a great night due to all of you!

Next outing: Friday Nov 14th at 9:30pm at Plaza Flamingo…

Very important studio change

Dear Adelaide Club students,

We have just received word that Adelaide Club has been flooded and the studio will not be usable for this week. They are doing their best to fix the club to be ready for next week. In the meantime their sister property across the street called “Toronto Athletic Club” at Bay and Wellington in the TD Waterhouse Tower (studio 1) has been kind enough to allow us to use their studio this week.

Your classes for this Tues Nov 4th and Wed Nov 5th have been moved to the following location:

Toronto Athletic Club at Wellington and Bay
TD Waterhouse Tower
79 Wellington St. West, 36th Fl.
Studio 1
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1J5 Canada
T: 416.865.0900

Click below for map and parking info:

http://www.torontodancesalsa.ca/salsa-classes.php#TorontoDanceSalsaClassesLocations

We apologize for any inconvenience. Classes should resume as usual for next week. We will notify you through email if there are any issues. Please spread the word around to any friends you have attending these classes.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Gang @
Toronto Dance Salsa
416-913-5497
info@torontodancesalsa.ca

http://www.torontodancesalsa.ca