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 (bostonsalsa.wordpress.com)
The 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.
Ritmo 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.
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 Yamuleé Dance Company (New York) to New Hampshire to teach workshops and perform!
Risqué 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 cancer.org/stridesonline.
Salsa 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!
This coming Wednesday, August 25th, there is a special fundraiser for the Franciscan Hospital for Children being hosted at Risqué salsa club at An Tua Nua. The fundraiser includes some hot performances by some of Boston’s premier salsa dance companies, including Salsa y Control and Hacha y Machete.