Son Chévere in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley

Son Chévere in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley

Ryan's band Son Chévere has THREE shows this week, one in SF, one in Oakland, and one in Berkeley.

1) SF: Tuesday, 2/20, 8 to 10pm at Cha Cha Cha - 2327 Mission at 19th Street. Son Chévere plays every other Tuesday from 8 to 10pm -- there's NO COVER and an OPEN DANCE FLOOR.

2) Oakland: Saturday, 2/24, 11pm to Midnight at BRIX - 581 5th Street. This is a Cuban Party hosted by Manuel Suarez and DJ Leydis, doors at 9pm, $10 cover, special guest DJ Antonio.

3) Berkeley: Sunday, 2/25, 5 to 7pm at the Sports Basement - 2727 Milvia Street. Recorded music and open dancing starts at 4pm. $5 to $10 suggested donation.

Son Chévere features Ryan Mead on percussion, Jordan Wilson on Tres, Maria Lorenzi on Upright Bass Keytar, Alexey Berlind on percussion, Mara Fox on trombone, and Juan Ceballos on flute playing Cuban Dance Music -- Son con Timba, Cha-cha-chá, Salsa, y más.

Clave Day - Clave Workshop

Clave Day - Clave Workshop

Symbolic Dance (map)

Location Update: The workshop will now be held at Symbolic Dance, just a block from ODC at 672 S Van Ness (close to 18th Street).

Clave (pronounced "CLAH-vay") is a simple instrument with a profound significance. Consisting of just two wooden sticks, clave is the rhythmic foundation of almost all Cuban music, including Salsa, Timba, Son, and Rumba.

Ryan (who devoted his Stanford Thesis to the clave) will be teaching a special in-depth workshop on Friday, March 2nd from 6:15 to 7:15pm before our Friday Multi-level Rueda Classes and Monthly Party. In the workshop we will cover:

  1. The difference between 3:2 and 2:3 clave
  2. The difference between Son and Rumba clave
  3. Exercises on counting and physicalizing all 4 forms of clave
  4. Dancing on 1 (a tiempo), on 2 (a contratiempo), and other steps related to the different forms of clave
  5. The relation of the clave to rhythmic accents such as Ponche, Bombo, Tresillo, and Tun-tun
  6. How to hear the clave in recorded music

The workshop is open to all levels of dancers and Cuban music listeners. We will focus on physicalizing the rhythms through steps and claps.

Pre-register here via PayPal by Thursday, March 1st for a discount: $15 for the workshop or $20 for the workshop AND a pair of authentic, professional Cuban Clave. Prices go up at the door ($20 workshop/$30 workshop + clave).

Pre-register now for 3/2 Clave Day

Claves are NOT necessary to take the class. Clapping or snapping will work just as well for all the exercises we will do.

Want to do some prep for the workshop? Check out the clave entry in the Media section of our website (scrolling down to "Clave"), and download the Clave App for Android or Iphone.

Monthly Party - March Edition

Monthly Party - March Edition

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Please join us for our next Monthly Salsa and Rueda Party. We throw social dance parties once a month, and they're always fun – friendly people enjoying great Cuban music and dance together, huge ruedas, a few drinks and some yummy snacks, all in the beautiful and spacious ODC Dance Studio.

Our parties start at 9:30pm, right after our two Multi-Level Cuban Salsa and Rueda classes, which feature 4 separate levels taught by 4 instructors at both 7:30pm and 8:30pm.

Parties are FREE with any class that night, just $5 otherwise. Please bring something to eat and/or drink to share - it's a potluck. And please spread the word to your friends and bring your favorite people to the party with you!

Click here, and here to see videos from past parties.

San Diego Cuban Dance Congress

San Diego Cuban Dance Congress

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Don't miss the 3rd Annual San Diego Cuban Dance Congress. It features 4 nights of dancing, some of the best instructors from the US and Cuba, a beginner's track, a Timba Flash Mob Bus, and a Timba Boat Party. We've been for the past two years and HIGHLY recommend this event.

Visit for more info and to sign up (the earlier you sign up, the more you save).