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Dance Hall: Salsa with La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashé!

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

Dance Hall: Salsa with La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de...

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Free, reservations required
For this Dance Hall, admission is rolling throughout the evening. Dance lessons given at 6 and 7pm. There is very limited seating in the adjacent room; main room is reserved for dancing. There may be moments when we will have to limit entry if we are close to capacity. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email
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5:15pm-6:30pm: Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House

6-6:20pm Salsa dance lesson with Rolando Bonilla

6:30-8:30pm: Live salsa music for dancing! (7pm second dance lesson)

Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of Salsa with La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashé! Please note that there will be seating in the adjoining room for resting, but the main hall will be cleared for dancing.

Orquesta Mar de Ashé presents a delicious array of danceable Latin/Afro-Caribbean music. Cuba. Puerto Rico. Nicaragua. Venezuela. Mexico. Honduras. The Dominican Republic. Peru. Colombia. Chile. And, of course, the United States. These are among the rainbow of nationalities that harmoniously blend together like the seas. With a smokin’ horn section matched by a great traditional Latin rhythm section, rounded out by vocalists La Sirena and Oscar Daniel, this local band will send you away on an ocean of sound!

About the name: Mar = ocean, and Ashé (spelled Aché in Cuba, or Axé in Brazil) is a word that comes through the African Diaspora, and roughly translated means power, life force, or blessings. It can even be used as an exclamation -- ashé ! -- like amen! -- or, so be it! -- or even, hallelujah! And a Sirena is a mermaid, swimming in a sea of blessings, power, and life force. That's what this band is -- a powerful, vibrant blend of many nationalities and races, conveying messages of love, passion, and unity.

The band: La Sirena and Oscar Daniel, Lead vocals; Enzo Villaparedes, Trumpet and backup vocals; Joel Nunez, Alto and Soprano Saxes; Albeniz Quintana, Keyboard; Jaime Covarrubias, Bass; Alfonso Smith, Percussion.

Members of this orchestra have played all over the globe for such diverse artists as Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Luis Enrique, Bobby Caldwell, Luther Vandross, Doc Severinson, Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown, among others.

Rolando Bonilla blends New York and LA styles, flavored up with Hip Hop and Afro Cuban dancing.Of both Puerto Rican and Honduran decent, born and raised in the South Bronx, he is proud to be called a New Yorker or New Yo-Rican. Dancing is in his blood. “Dancing is everyday living. Some people say they Live to Dance, I Dance to Live.” Bonilla started break-dancing at the age of 13 in the 70s, and first performed as a backup dancer for Shannon, performing ‘Club Free Style,’ a mixture of Break-dance and fusion Hip Hop, in Let The Music Play. In the late 90s he moved to Los Angeles and began performing Salsa, inspired by his friend Cristian Orviedo as well as the Vazquez Brother, Hector Lavoe, The Grand Combo & Celia Cruz. In his Afro Cuban workshops and his every day dancing, Bonilla never forgets where he came from and this proud knowledge is always reflected in his movement. As a Certified Zumba Fitness Instructor, he works with artists, groups, schools, and performance teams around the region.He believes in every style of dancing as a path to strengthen your will and success.

Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. This Dance Hall event will have very limited seating around the perimeter of the room; most of the space will be reserved for dancers. There will be seats in an adjoining room available for resting. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email We appreciate your keeping in touch! 

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. 

Parking: May-September the parking rate is $3/hr & $12/day at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

Have questions about Dance Hall: Salsa with La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashé!? Contact Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

When & Where

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.comClick to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.


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