Cubamanía Monthly Cuban Dance Party @ El Floridita
WELCOME, MI GENTE!
Our Cubamania Dance Party is hosted monthly by Robert and Laura Cristina with Dame Salsa Cubana. Our house DJ Warapo plays Cuban Salsa/Timba, Cuban Son, Cubaton, Rumba and more! Each month we have an instructor teaching a 45min dance lesson - anything from Rueda de Casino to Cuban Son, Rumba and Afro-Cuban. Our mission with this super fun event is to promote and support Cuban Music, Local Bands and Local Dance Instructors in Southern California to expand awareness about cultural Cuban dances and Cuban Music.
Cubamania - Cuban Salsa/Timba Dance Party
Music by DJ Warapo
UPDATE: CUBAMANIA JULY 18th is CANCELED. We are doing a silent vigil to show our solidarity for the people of Cuba. We are mourning for our dear Cuban friends and their families, and for those who were beaten, died, and are jailed since Sunday simply because they were voicing their human rights! #SOSCUBA #PatriaYVida #CubaLibre #LIBERTAD
SAVE THE DATE for CUBAMANIA JULY 18th at the lovely and remodeled, EL FLORIDITA RESTAURANT, with a new, larger dance floor. Yey! Ese piso nuevo pide baile, mi gente!!! WE'VE MISSED YOU and WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!
Let's hug, eat authentic Cuban food, toast with a mojito with much gratitude for surviving the pandemic, and dance until our feet hurt, al estilo "ROMPE ZAPATOS"!
MUSIC by DJ WARAPO.
$10 cover includes RUEDA DE CASINO DANCE CLASS with ROBERT MORALES @ 4pm.
You can pay online or at the door: http://bit.ly/Cubamania-Dance-Party
CELEBRATING JULY BIRTHDAYS! FREE ENTRANCE FOR THE BIRTHDAY FESTEJADOS & BIRTHDAY CAKE to share. Send an email to to add your name to the guest list. On the day of the event, show your ID at the door and mention you are on the birthday guest list.
DRESS CODE IS CASUAL-FORMAL. Please No gym/athletic/beach type of outfits. Flat shoes are ok.
El Floridita Restaurant offers a wide selection of dinners, wine, and cocktail drinks available for purchase. El Floridita Cuban Restaurant and the Cubamanía team appreciate your support by LEAVING ALL YOUR PERSONAL BEVERAGES AT HOME. It is by supporting dance venues that they can remain open for years to come so that we may enjoy dancing, dancing, and more dancing!
PLEASE SHARE THIS EVENT on your social media. We need all the HELP we can get to SPREAD THE NEWS OF RE-OPENING!
Again, we will DANCE until our feet hurt y al estilo "ROMPE-ZAPATOS", so wear comfortable shoes 'cause it's "gonna" get intense after 15 months of not dancing at CUBAMANIA!
Like our Dame Salsa Cubana Facebook Page for updates about our Cuban Salsa/Rueda dance classes, Cuban Dance events, and our fabulous Latin Dance trips to Festivals in Cuba and abroad!
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With much gratitude,
ROBERT & LAURA CRISTINA
In 2012 Robert and Laura Cristina founded Rueda in the Park Orange County Chapter and currently host Rueda de Casino beginner and intermediate classes Sundays in Orange County. In August of 2016, they founded Dame Salsa Cubana. They host classes on Fridays at Costa Mesa Dance Studio in the city of Costa Mesa and on Saturdays in Los Angeles. Robert and Laura cover technique and break down the moves with patience to help students get the most of their dance lessons. They are constantly learning from master instructors in Cuba and abroad to teach and share the authenticity of this beautiful, fun Cuban salsa dance. What Robert and Laura Cristina love most about dancing Rueda de Casino is the feeling of community. They also host a monthly event, "Cubamania Cuban Dance Party", at El Floridita Cuban Restaurant and are actively hosting and supporting Cuban themed events with the purpose of teaching, promoting and supporting Cuban music, musicians and local dance instructors. Robert and Laura also host dance study trips to Cuba in Spring, Summer, and Winter. In May 2019 they founded "Dame Salsa Global", a travel services company for the dance enthusiasts to connect dancers with Latin Dance Festivals worldwide.
Founder of Radio Eso Que Anda and Warachando Records. At the age of 18, Raydel Marquez (better known as DJ Warapo) was the youngest Cuban music DJ in the entire world. Born and raised in Southern California -home to the third largest exiled Cuban community in the U.S.A.- DJ Warapo grew up in a nurturing musical environment. His father, Reynaldo “Papito” Márquez, had accumulated one of the largest Cuban record collections west of the Mississippi. During DJ Warapo’s childhood, his home was visited on daily basis by the exiled journalist and music historian Luis Tamargo, who often brought along various distinguished Cuban musicians, including but not limited to reedman Paquito D’Rivera, trombonist Lázaro González (of Los Van Van fame), bassist Edgar Hernández, bassist Carlitos del Puerto, drummer Jimmy Branly, trumpeter Luis Eric González, and singer/percussionist Tony Alba. By the age of 12, DJ Warapo began to play several Cuban percussion instruments. His conga-playing skills were refined during subsequent trips to his parent’s hometown, the rhythmically wealthy Cuban seaport of Matanzas, where he studied with master Luisito Cansino Morales (current member of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas).
Through his own extensive research, DJ Warapo greatly expanded his knowledge of both traditional and contemporary Cuban music. He became a very good friend of the Miami-based DJ Melao, the world’s most famous Timba DJ, whose professional name is frequently mentioned in the recorded lyrics and soneos (vocal improvisations) of Orquesta Revé, Manolito y su Trabuco, Alexander Abreu’s Habana de Primera, and other contemporary Cuban bands. The world’s youngest Cuban music DJ not only regards DJ Melao as his primordial role model, but he is also determined to follow his mentor’s footsteps as they pursue a common objective: to ensure that Cuban music receives the worldwide attention and recognition it truly deserves.
Their admirable commitment has been consistently revealed throughout his activities in recent years. DJ Warapo has not only opened the shows of such prominent visiting Cuban bands as Los Van Van, Charanga Habanera, Havana D’ Primera, Mayimbe, Manolin, Klimax, Los Aldeanos, Issac Delgado, Timbalive and the legendary Orquesta Aragon, but has also deejayed in major west coast events such as the Long Beach Cuban Festival, The Echo Park Cuban Festival, and the San Francisco Rueda Festival (Regarded as the “Largest Cuban Music Festival in the U.S”). Not to mention his consistent collaborations with multiple L.A-based bands (Calixto Oviedo, Rumbankete, etc.) and his pioneering accomplishments as west coast importer of Cuban Timba. He managed to bring Maykel Blanco to Southern California in 2011 under his own promotional label (Warapo Productions).
DJ Warapo’s musical productions have been proven to be as delicious and enjoyable as the drink made in Cuban sugar-mills with the fermented cane-liquor.
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