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CubanFusion © 2005 - Cuban Salsa Specialists - Wellington - New Zealand > CubanFusion Newsletters > CubanFusion Diffusion for October - Rafael BACK / New 5-Week Term starts THIS week / Cuba Trip UPDATE / Santa Parade Volunteers NEEDED NOW!  

CubanFusion Newsletters: CubanFusion Diffusion for October - Rafael BACK / New 5-Week Term starts THIS week / Cuba Trip UPDATE / Santa Parade Volunteers NEEDED NOW!


CubanFusion Diffusion for October - Rafael BACK / New 5-Week Term starts THIS week / Cuba Trip UPDATE / Santa Parade Volunteers NEEDED NOW! 


Classes Update/Reminder


Rafael is BACK from Cuba and finally ready to GO and so are his Tuesday night classes starting this Tuesday (25 Oct).  Rogelio also starts another 5-week term on Wednesday (26 Oct).  Both the Tuesday and Wednesday night classes will be held on the Ground Floor at The Garden Club (13 Dixon Street - next to Subway/opposite Te Aro Park near the Taranaki Street intersection, Tel 381-2341).


The Cuban-style Salsa classes run at the following times on both nights:


6pm Beginners

7pm Intermediate

8pm Advanced

9pm Practica

Cost:  $15/$10 concessions with ID per class, $70 for 5-trip concession card (save $5 or $1 a class) or $135 for a 10-trip concession card (get one $15 class free). 


Payment Options: Cash/Cash Cheque or via Internet Banking (email us for our account details)


The Garden Club is open from 5pm with pizzas/new tapas menu and drinks available from the Terrace Bar on the 1st floor during the night.  NB:  there is no bar service on the ground floor.  Check the blackboard for drinks specials.


See our Salsa Classes listing for more details.


Private Lessons


Please email us to find out more about private classes (1-on-1 and small groups including hen’s nights, work socials, etc.). 


Friday night Practica with Rogelio


Rogelio runs a practice session on Fridays @ 7.30pm-9pm @ Tarrant Dance Studios (125 Cuba Street) for intermediate/advanced students.  This is not a class as such, but a place for you to practice what you have been taught during the week and is open to both Rogelio’s and Rafael’s students.


Cost:  $5 if you have been to class that week and $10 if not.


Venue Update


This will be our last 5-week term at The Garden Club.  Thanks to Greig and the team for hosting us for the last 4 months.


After months and months and months of searching we have finally found a place that ticks all the boxes without totally breaking the bank and with views and a wooden floor to die for. 


As of 29/30 November we are very happy to announce our classes will held in the Wellington Rowing Club situated in the “FanZone” down on the waterfront.  More details to follow closer to the time.


Cuba Trip Update


Unfortunately we have had to put our plans to take a group to Cuba in Dec/Jan on hold and will have to wait until the New Year before being able to commit (or not) to the Jul/Aug trip, which coincides with Carnival (and Hurricane) season.  Thankfully most people (over 30 sent in expressions of interest) were interested in the Jul/Aug trip and we have been working directly with those who wanted/still want to go in Dec/Jan and are helping them plan their trips where we can.  If you do want to go in Dec/Jan and I haven’t been in touch please let me know how we can help you and we can go from there.

Upcoming Events


·          Sat 29 Oct – Tango & Salsa Halloween Ball @ Parade Cafe - Red Engine Room


·          Sat 5 Nov – Chateau Tongariro Tango and Salsa Ball  – rooms limited.  Book NOW!


·          Sun 13 Nov – Santa Parade – see below.


·          Sun 13 Nov – Sunday Salsa Lesson/Session @ The Southern Cross – FREE!


·          Mon 14 Nov – Pecha Kucha Night  @ Downstage – featuring Rogelio’s presentation “Born to Carnaval”.  Pecha Kucha - which originated in Tokyo - is a unique, rapid-fire format in which each speaker shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. With each presentation lasting just 6 minutes and 40 seconds, the audience experiences an exhilarating variety of ideas and projects.  Pecha Kucha Nights are now happening in 449 cities worldwide.  This event is lots of fun to participate in and/or watch.  Check out Clô and my double act “The Carnival Connection from last year’s Kiwi-Latino Pecha Kucha night. 

·          Sat 19-20 Nov – ALL NEW New Zealand Salsa Championships which are to be held in Auckland have lots of fun categories – even one where you dance with a judge so no partner required! 

·          Fri 2-4 Dec – Last but not least The New Zealand Cuban Festival in Whanganui 

·          Sun 11 Dec Sunday Salsa Lesson/Session @ The Southern Cross – FREE!


Volunteers needed for LatinBeat Santa Parade Float Preparations THIS/NEXT WEEKEND – Sat 22/Sun 23 & Sat 29/Sun 30 October!

For those of you not already aware, LatinBeat has decided to enter the Wellington Santa Parade on 13 November. 

And for those of you who don’t know who LatinBeat is, it is a non-profit TOTALLY voluntary community organisation committed to promoting and enjoying the fun of Latin-inspired dance, music and culture in Wellington.

This is the first time that LatinBeat has entered a Santa Parade, having focused its efforts in the past on the now defunct Cuba Street Carnival Night Parade.  Unlike our award-winning Carnival entries the Santa Parade will be a “relatively” simple affair with no blocos to choreograph or outfits to design. 

This year’s LatinBeat Santa Parade entry will consist of three parts:

1)     Latino-style nativity-themed float with papier-mâché characters and landscapes preceded on the ground by

2)     Couples representing the different Latin-American countries in traditional dress and

3)     Children (7 years and over) dressed as sheppards singing traditional Spanish Christmas carols accompanied by walking minstrels/musicians.

The parade will take place during the day (2pm-3pm) on Sunday 13 November (20 November in case of bad weather) and will run from Lambton Quay, up Willis Street and along Manners Street until it reaches Taranaki Street.

We are running this project on a skeleton crew in coordination with various groups representing the Latino communities in Wellington, but you don’t need to be Latino to participate in the preparations and/or the parade.  Rogelio, LatinBeat’s Artistic Director, is in charge of the design and production side, while I am looking after the coordination and communication side, with our Treasurer Dama as support. 

How can you get involved/help?

1)     Come to the papier-mâché workshops to be held this/next weekend – see details below

2)     Let us know of any Spanish speaking/singing children 7 years and over or walking minstrels/musicians who would like to take part in the foot parade

3)     Let us know if you have traditional costumes from Latin America that we can borrow or you would like to wear in the foot parade

4)     Let us know if you can help us transport the papier-mâché pieces from Newlands to Miramar on Mon 31 Oct.  We are looking for someone with a truck or van or even just a car with a towbar and we will hire a trailer and prayer for fine weather!

5)     Let us know if you are a carpenter and can help us construct the platform on the float for the nativity scene to be displayed on.  This will be done in a warehouse in Miramar sometime between 31 Oct and 11 Nov – exact timing/location to be confirmed.

6)     Let us know if you have an artistic background and would like to help painting the papier-mâché pieces.  Again this will be done in a warehouse in Miramar sometime between 31 Oct and 11 Nov – exact timing/location to be confirmed.

7)     Come and see us on the day!

Papier-mâché Workshops

We will be holding two two-day papier-mâché marathon this/next weekend (Saturday 22/Sunday 23 and Saturday 29/Sunday 30 of October between 9am and 6pm) at Rogelio’s home in Newlands – 100 Stewart Drive (map). If you are able to dedicate a couple of hours on either or both days that would be much appreciated. Bring as many crafty friends as you want – the more the merrier/quicker.  If you are able to help during the week following (24-29 Oct) during the day that would also be great. 

There are 12 houses and 6 figures to be worked on. Most of them around 1.5 m high with the exception of the bull, mule and baby Jesus which are smaller.  So lots of work!

Please email me ( or call (021-621-245) to confirm if you are able to come so we have an idea of numbers and what time/day you will be there and can plan accordingly. 

Gracias y saludos,

Rosina on behalf of LatinBeat

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Hasta la próxima/til next time,


Rosina on behalf of CubanFusion


Created at 23/10/2011 4:15 PM  by Rosina 
Last modified at 23/10/2011 4:17 PM  by Rosina