News and Comment October 2001
The New National Centre for Dance, run by DanceBase was
opened officially by Prince Charle accompanied by Prince William,
last Friday. They were entertained by the gumboots show, and tango
dancers from the Edinburgh Tango Society. Prince William was pictured
in scottish newspaper with local brazilian samba star Lucia. The new
centre is a world class dance facility, with 4 fantastic studios,
changing rooms, and other facilities. If you want to do a dance class
this is the place to go! Full
set of new classes start the 1st October, including salsa,
samba, tango, capoiera, flamenco, african and many more.
Dancebase have also employed a new tango teacher, Ricardo
Oría from Buenos Aires. Ricardo is a young professional
dancer who will be working in scotland and elsewhere to introduce
argentine tango, and provide professional teaching and to work in
performance. He is teaching beginners
classes on Mondays at Dance for All, Tuesday at DanceBase,
Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes at Edinburgh University, a free
class 5:30 on Sundays at NBs bar, and Saturdays in Dundee.
There is a new salsa/son night in Leith run by Salsa connections,
a son and rueda with Nick and Margaret, and DJ Mikyel. It is in
Mariachi's Mexican Restaurant at Commercial Quay in Leith (the Water
of Leith end of it) Starts Thursday 27th Sept ad every thursday from
Peter and Fiona have a new programme
of classes, and still has no replacement for Friday night. Fiona
is teaching NY mambo style from this Monday at Southbridge Resource
Centre, Infirmary St, two beginners classes: 4-5.30pm and 5.30-7pm. A
10 week course, you can book when you come along to the first or
second class. She will also be teaching a mambo footwork class at the
Pleasance, University sports centre on Fridays 5.30 - 6.30pm,
starting 12th October. Drop in.
There are various salsa workshops this month with Alberto Nunez in
Edinburgh on 6th & 7th October. Contact Carol Ann for more
information [email protected]
and Josie Neglia on the 2nd October
Nick Child and others are trying to set up a network to promote
salsa dancing in Edinburgh, from the point of view of providing more
information, practicas, and som cordination on dance nights to get
more people into dancing, and keeping in dancing. email Nick on
Nick also sends out a great update on information every few weeks, so
mail him if you want to subscribe.
Not news, apart from Baracoa closing down and a party for
Sam leaving again after the summer. everything quiet again after the
Baracoa has been sold to be turned into a resturant - some story
of problems with the licence. This is a shame, as venues are now
shrinking in number again. The salsa classes from Peter and Fiona
will be moving. Their Friday night classes at Why Not restart on the
There is a new tango teacher lving here from Buenos Aires, Ricardo
Oría. If ou want lessons see www.edinburghtango.org.uk,
and a new clickable map of tango
Also the new Edinbugh Spanish Circle
programme is out
There is a Glasgow
Salsa page from Graeme
I keep getting requests from around the world for
details of latin dance activities in cities outside Edinburgh. I am
happy to pass on info, put people in touch, and publish short lists
of clubs etc in different
countries. If you mail me, please send me
info about what you know of in your home town, and also whether I can
pass on your address to others who know things in your
Go to the Archive of recent and ancient news and
news June 2001
I've tried to bring some order to the On-line
Sources page as people are sending me more things - I hope it is
proving useful to someone!
- A guide to lots of salsa events in Germany and
- "Once again, iCAST.com brings you the footage
you want, when you want it. How about two weeks of interviews and
tributes hosted by Daisy Fuentes from the Latin Style GRAMMY®
Party, with celebs like Shakira, Carlos Santana, and Ricky Martin?
Starting Thursday, September 28, iCAST will display a new artist
feature everyday for two weeks! Come to http://www.iCAST.com/music
to get the latest feature and news about your favorite Latin
Latina Website has been redone by Anna,
and it is really smart, and interesting.
- The Latin
World, Dutch salsa web site
- Howard sends a site about social
dance in Sulfolk including some
- For more general information on Edinburgh try
- Chino Rodriguez a latin music booking agent
has links to a number of upcoming salsa stars in the US
- Elvira, New York editor of justsalsa
sent her site. Loads of things about salsa life in the Big Apple,
lots of pictures of bands and clubs
- A New UK wide latin music and dance info service LatinLatest,
run from England by Steve Hill. He has done a hug job of bringing
together various infomraon sources on most towns and cities in teh
UK, including clubs, classes, teachers etc.
- The Dublin
Tango Society are now on-line.
- New UK on-line music, instrument and craft store RUANA,
with CD imports from latin america and other services an
activities. Only just starting out, but could be something big.
Hopes to supply music that is difficult to obtain though the
mainstream msuci channels.
- Visiting the north of England - look at the 'Northern Salsa
run by Ian Finch, covering Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds,
Wolverhampton and more.
- The Bongo Club has a Web
- Visiting the Salsafreak
pages, US pages about salsa events and dancing in the US and
- Club Cubana is a
company and site run buy Cressida Childs, a salsa entrepreneur who
runs big weekend events in a hoiliday camp in the southwest of
- Wilson and
Alroy's Record Reviews Great site with reviews of many of
Willie Colon and Ruben Blades' recording, and many other of the
salsa greats such as Juan Luis Guerra, India, Irakere, Marc
Anthony, Daniela Mercury (Brazil), NG La Banda, The New York Band,
Orquesta De La Luz, Eddie Palmieri, Silvio Rodríguez and
Los Van Van.
Colon's own web site (looks like he did it himself!)
- Another GREAT site - the All
music site, has hundereds of pages on all musics including
salsa, danzón, Mexican, Samba, Pachanga, Rhumba etc, and
web sites on all the major artists, their discographies, links etc
etc. there are some big holes, and spaces for readers to add their
own comments, or fill in whole pages if necessary (e.g. not so
much on Pedro Maffia!)
Steve Shipway from Bristol
has details of dance venues there.
There is a Miami
Check out Latin
Music - what is it? a great page by Rae Condry explaining the
history of some of the different forms of music ( Mariachi, Tango
), and with links to resources and shops in various places. It is
part of Latinos
Infiltrating CyberSpace with sections on geography,
literature, food, history etc.
- The Edinburgh Rueda
de Casino group have a page on the web with a nice picture
of Sam and his crowd. Thanks to Simon.
- 2 new mailing lists. One in Edinburgh run by DJ Hector from
Baracoa giving details of some of the salsa events he is involved
- The other is Cafe
Cubana run by Karen in Toronto, a mailing list about world
music and cultural issues
- New edinburgh salsa website www.salsascene.co.uk.
Just started, so nothing there yet, but could get more up to date
info than from me! Has a bulletin board
that could be useful if anyone posts anything.
- A cuban music magazine is on line -REVISTA
SALSA CUBAN, and another US based magazine worth looking at -
- to buy music try MUNDIAL,
an established mail order service in the Netherlands. We get all
the tango from here. For salsa, there is the trusted DESCARGA
in the US
and Tango in Cambridge has a site on salsa and tango in
- Nice site for info about salsa music called Salsa
- Salsa world is a UK
site that has some really information on salsa, not just lists of
links like this site!
- Here's a link to Victor
Hugo and La Banda a london based salsa band and show.
- "Beats E-Zine
a bi-weekly online magazine for the music industry, is
lauching a Special Latin Issue with special interviews, an
expanded album review section with the usual Top 25 Latin Hits,
features and a List of Top Latin Links."- click the banner to read
all about it.
- Glasgow Flamenco
Tango : very good.
- Victor sent me a Chilian link http://www.feriadeldisco.cl
- Charles has a latin site in North
- Alex has a Latin
and Percussion page in Australia
- A new guide to Salsa
- Great site in France on Salsa
" ME GUSTA LA SALSA !" - guide to the rhythms, and salsa in
Paris and France
- Antino's latin
music page. Another great new page from a musician with sound
files on rhythms of salsa percussion.
Latina - page with lots of Midi files
- Casa Latina, a
latin club in Leeds, UK, has a good set of pages with details of
bands playing regularly.
Lücking a DJ from Darmstadt who posts his own top 10 to
the salsa mailing list has produced a WWW page with the listings
for Merengue and Salsa, plus sound clips and promises a bigger
home page soon. Great resource.
- An Amsterdam based magazine OYE
¡LISTEN! is producing and international version with some
on the NET/
- I got an e-mail from Arjen Gorter in the Netherlands who has
just made a CD with Estrella Acosta from Cuba - check out the
WWW site for a
- I checked Alta Vista for links to my page - there were 40! Not
bad so far - there are some excellent new pages around.
- Electric Mercado have started a mailing list to publicise
updates to their on-line latin
magazine . mail [email protected]
to get it.
- Sign up for the European Salsa mailing list - see