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Halifax friends! Thanks to all you came out to 1313 this past Thursday December 5th.  

Nuestro Changüi

A new documentary film, Nuestro Changüi, was released on YouTube recently. The film features incredible footage, excellent music, great interviews with all kinds of big names and respected scholars about the history and current state of changüi, information on changüi dancing style. For a fan this one does not disappoint. 

Included in the film, incidentally is Benjamin Lapidus, whose incomparable changüi book I covered previously in this newsletter. I heard from the author recently that he has a new book coming out August 2020 with University of Mississippi Press – "New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990". 

To watch this in English, click the CC button at the bottom of the player, then click the cog/settings button, click Auto-translate then pick English from the subtitles dropdown menu. 
Nuestra Changui documentary

Diana and Yoandy

I came across a remarkable video recently of Diana Rodrigues & Yoandy Villaurrutia dancing,

Check out the moves at 1:13 and 1:46 – I have these filed under "things you won’t catch me doing on a dance floor in this lifetime" 😉not to mention the raunchy vacunao at 2:02 
Diana and Yoandy
Events
  • Dec 7-8 - Casino Festival Barcelona - 2 days of workshops and parties in Barcelona - It’s over now but worth mentioning that Halifax casinera Lindy was there recently and had a fantastic time from the sounds of it. A rueda competiion, excellent classes, demos, socials...  sounds like it was a lot of fun!
  • Jan 4-12 - 7 days in Habana - $950 USD package tour includes dance instruction, clubs, activities, transportation to activities, airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinner etc – put together by Julio Montero from Casino Tradicional
  • Feb 8-23Rueda in Playa Del Carmen - very open-ended opportunity to do and learn rueda in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with people from Boston Rueda
  • Feb 25 - Mar 3 - Festival de la Salsa En Cuba - 5th edition of the Havana salsa festival that Maykel Blanco organizes. Workshops with dance Cuban dance superstars Maykel Fonts and Jenyselt Galata Calvo and concerts from a literal who’s who of Cuban timba plus an as yet unnamed international artist.
  • Feb 13-16 - Salsa Rueda Festival - in San Francisco. The 2020 schedule is not up yet but you can see from the 2019 schedule that it will be an impressive program
  • Mar 7-15 -  7 days in Habana - $950 USD package tour includes dance instruction, clubs, activities, transportation to activities, airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinner etc – put together by Julio Montero from Casino Tradicional
  • Mar 15-27  - 10 days across Cuba - $1150 USD package tour includes dance instruction, clubs, activities, transportation to activities, airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinner etc – put together by Julio Montero from Casino Tradicional
  • Mar 29-Apr 5 2020 - Havana Dance Experience 2020 - Group from Halifax, NS going to Cuba for private classes and dancing. $1349 fixed price includes accommodations, breakfast, a SIM card, classes and taxi dancers as well as some daytime activities. Airfare, transportation and admission to dance clubs not included.  
  • Apr 20-26 2020 - Ritmo Cuba – includes 7 days of workshops and classes (30 hours of classes I believe, with four tracks to choose from), tours, a pool party, a beach party, as well as admission every night to the best clubs in the city with top bands in Cuba
  • May 29-31 2020Rueda Fest - in Brighton UK - has some intriguing workshops on rueda in all kinds of funky formations and more
  • Jun 20-28 7 days in Santiago - $950 USD package tour includes dance instruction, clubs, activities, transportation to activities, airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinner etc – put together by Julio Montero from Casino Tradicional
  • Aug 28-30 Timba Cuba Festival - Portorož (Slovenia) – this is a festival at a beachfront hotel apparently organized or curated by Yeni Molinet, and features a who’s who of Cuban teachers including Alberto Valdes, Yeni Molinet, Jenyselt Galata, Maykel Fonts, Hector Oviedo, etc. Parties, workshops, live music, DJs, a boat trip. This looks incredible. 
Halifax Events
  • Thu Dec 12 - 1313 DJ Bill  - 9-11pm, $3, Latin dancing social
  • Fri Dec 13 - Haliente  - Latin dancing class and social, 8:15pm-midnight, $8 with class, $5 after 9pm
  • Thu Dec 19 - 1313 All DJ Party - 9-11pm, $3, Latin dancing social with a wild and wonderful mix of music from the various 1313 DJs, myself included
  • Fri Dec 28 - Haliente New Year Social, 7:45pm-midnight, mixed social and lessons with cha cha, west coast swing, kizomba, bachata, and salsa, $5
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!
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