Grevel Lindop

Poet, biographer, critic, essayist and writer on just about everything

La Casa de la Salsa

Salsa with Heart: La Casa de la Salsa

Salsa with Heart: La Casa de la Salsa

Valentine’s already seems a long time ago. But before memories fade, I’d like to look back and thank La Casa de la Salsa for their fine Valentine’s Ball at the Britannia Hotel, Stockport.

It was a lovely evening. Gorgeous table settings, beautiful balloons everywhere, an imaginative cocktail menu at good prices, Mike Parr’s usual suave and seamless DJing, and of course friends, lots and lots of friends, and wonderful dancing.

Open Break with Vicky

Open Break with Vicky

And why didn’t I write about it sooner? Well, it took some days for Lydia’s pics to appear on Facebook (I’d lost my own camera at the time so it was Facebook or nothing!) and then life just got so busy and chaotic I wasn’t blogging at all.

But it was a good enough evening to make me want to say, Watch out for La Casa de la Salsa and their future events. Check them out on Facebook and keep up with what they’re doing.

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Braz, Tina, Silvia: Awesome Threesome

Besides the music and the company, a special feature was the ZOUK LAMBADA demonstration from Braz (of Kaoma fame) and his partner Silvia. I’m not sure I’ll be taking on this (literally) head-turning dance in the near future, but the performance was an amazing spectacle. The highlight in some ways was the point where Braz insisted on involving Tina (of Latino Euphoria) in the dance and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Despite a modest display of resistance Tina allowed herself to be drawn in and Braz performed a truly extraordinary Lamada threesome with her and Silvia. Astonishing.

What else? Well… Several people said they’d had a terrible time finding the Hotel. Maybe better directions could be available next time? Lighting: perhaps a bit bright on the dancefloor. Any chance of dimmer, warmer, coloured lights or even a disco ball? Music: maybe a bit bland (and no merengue, no reggaeton? well, perhaps you can’t expect reggaeton at a Valentine Ball…) – but some faster, heavier music, some salsa dura, might have been welcome. Though I admit this is from the viewpoint of a Cuba fanatic: all those hours of sweaty dancing on cracked concrete in near-darkness, moving between the tropical heat outside and the freezing air-conditioning inside, have probably warped my brain more than a little.

Thanks, Girls: And here's looking at you too! (Next time I'll bring my camera...)

Thanks, Girls: And here's looking at you too! (Next time I'll bring my camera...)

The more people come to these events the more the atmosphere and the urgency are going to build, so watch for La Casa de la Salsa’s next production. Definitely worth the journey!

Opus Girls Promise a Salsa Valentine!

Valentine Girls: Katherine Rosati, Vicky Gouldbourn, Jack Mellor (photo by Lydia Oslejova)

Valentine Girls: Katherine Rosati, Vicky Gouldbourn, Jack Mellor (photos by Lydia Oslejova)

Opus in the Printworks, Manchester was as good as ever on Sunday 7 Feb, with excellent DJing from Alex and a sparkling surprise in the shape of a troupe of gorgeous ladies giving out chocolates and inviting everyone to write valentines – all just to let us know about the upcoming Valentine Salsa Ball on 12 Feb at the Britannia Hotel, Stockport, organised by La Casa de la Salsa. Full details (plus more amazing and beautiful photos) are at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=157097846260 and it should be a fantastic evening.

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Tight Squeeze at Opus...
Tight Squeeze at Opus…

The next SALSA REPUBLIC at Chorlton Irish Club will now be on 27 FEB (not 20 Feb as previously announced)!!!

My Valentine (caught by the pararazzi AGAIN!!!)

My Valentine (caught by the paparazzi AGAIN!!!)