Dance Hall: Salsa with La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashé!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
Santa Monica, United States
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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.
General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, 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.
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Please note that there is bike parking available onsite - bring a lock. Car parking is available and is generally $3/hr; rates can vary.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event; reservations are released then and late seating is not guaranteed. Although Eventbrite's automatic email encourages you to print your ticket out, at this time we only require you to give your last name at the door. If an event is at capacity, we will generally open a waitlist online and you can sign up. We will not contact you; just plan to arrive by 15 minutes prior to the event and we will assess unclaimed reservations then.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call (310) 458-4904 for the Guest Services desk at the Beach House.
The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach club open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.com. 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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