Author Archive: CasineraDC

Hello! I love Cuban salsa. While I really love all salsa music my heart, soul, and body just responds best to Cuban salsa. It doesn't matter if it is the early work of Celia Cruz or Ibrahim Ferrer or the current Bamboleo album - I'm gonna move to it! I live in the Washington DC area and work to promote Cuban dancing and music and try to educate people about what timba is... what rueda is... what salsa casino is... and how, historically, it all played a big part in them being able to go to a club and dance salsa.

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Timba Para Siempre for you iPhone

Timba Para Siempre for you iPhone

| 08/17/2012 | Reply

Recently, a friend from Atlanta came to Washington DC to visit family. It was beneficial to me because she joined me for a night out dancing. We met about three years ago at the first SALSAtlanta 3-Day Cuban weekend. We bonded over University of Michigan and salsa casino. As we stood to the side of […]

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Timba – A World View

Timba – A World View

| 01/31/2012 | 5 Replies

NOTE: This article was written in early 2011 but had gotten lost. I’m reposting it now since I found & fixed it on my computer.  Enjoy!! Timba is a genre of salsa that encourages so many discussions and disagreements, and yet ignites so much passion. I was introduced to timba about 8 years ago and […]

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Ritmo Masacote – New Timba out of Boston, Massachussets

Ritmo Masacote – New Timba out of Boston, Massachussets

| 08/17/2011 | Reply

Joel and Ana Massicot have made a name for themselves in the United States and around the world as exciting and innovative salsa dancers and choreographers. However, many do not know that Joel also heads up ‘Ritmo Masacote’ – a Latin jazz/mambo/timba orchestra that calls Boston, Massachusetts its home. Even I was surprised to know […]

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Gente de Zona live from SOBs in New York City

Gente de Zona live from SOBs in New York City

| 06/18/2011 | Reply

When I heard that Gente de Zona was going to be at SOBs in New York City on a Saturday night I thought one thing: Can DJ Asho hook me up with introductions to the group? As I reviewed my schedule for the weekend I knew I could go and made the plans. DJ Asho, […]

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Yanek Revilla – World’s ‘Most Cuban Dancer’

Yanek Revilla – World’s ‘Most Cuban Dancer’

| 04/29/2011 | 3 Replies

I remember the first time I saw Yanek Revilla dance. I was preparing for a Cuban salsa dance competition in Miami with my partner and we were roaming YouTube for moves, styles, etc. We landed on this video of this man and woman dancing. I had never seen dancing like that before and could not […]

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The 3rd Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival

The 3rd Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival

| 03/14/2011 | Reply

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival. This is advertised as the “Largest Cuban Dance Festival in the United States” and it is no lie! The festival was jam-packed with workshops, dance parties, performances, and opportunities to meet people from around the world all there with […]

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Timba Report from Cuba

Timba Report from Cuba

| 02/01/2011 | Reply

Because I cannot travel to Cuba myself, I love when friends go and report back about the happenings on the island. Whether it be sociological, music, or related to dance – I enjoy all the updates. Recently, my good friend Eriko took a trip to the island and saw as many bands as she could […]

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Ariel “DJ Asho” Fernández Díaz – Ambassador of Cuban Culture

Ariel “DJ Asho” Fernández Díaz – Ambassador of Cuban Culture

| 12/29/2010 | Reply

One of the best parts of 2010 for me was the creation of AfroCuba! Ariel “DJ Asho” Fernández Díaz has created an event that really brings the Cuban community in the Washington DC area together.  Over the past year, I have felt very lucky to get to know Ariel and wanted to highlight him on […]

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Give Timba a Chance: The Mambo Viewpoint!

Give Timba a Chance: The Mambo Viewpoint!

| 12/03/2010 | Reply

Timba! Timba! Timba! That’s all you hear casineros talk about it seems. “We want more timba in the clubs!” or “Timba night is TONIGHT! Come and support!”  Ok. Maybe that’s just me but honestly, when you dance Cuban salsa, timba just feels right. It makes sense. Thankfully, I started dancing on1 track style, learned a […]

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La Libelula: Salsa with Spirituality & Politics

La Libelula: Salsa with Spirituality & Politics

| 11/03/2010 | Reply

“La Libelula: Dragonfly: A symbol of spiritual growth and elevation. For Gustavo Monje (leader of the group Gustvo and the Universe), the writer of the new song, “La Libelula”, as he sat in Bolivia over Christmas last year strumming his guitar, the dragonfly flew to a curtain in the room and inspired him to write […]

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