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 Dance Party
Music by DJ Warapo
AGUAAAA! ☆♡ WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR 4th ANNIVERSARY ☆♡ LIVE TIMBA BAND CLAVE DURA!!! It's a DANCE MATINEE - 4p.m.-9p.m. Arrive early! MUSICA with your favorite Deejay Warapo playing the best of Cuban Salsa/Cuban Son, Timba, Rumba, Cubaton (Cuban Reggaetón), and more!
✔️$12 cover includes Rueda de Casino dance lesson at 4 P.M. by Robert Morales and Laura Cristina. Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/CubamaniaDanceParty
✔️CELEBRATING JANUARY'S BIRTHDAYS ** FREE ENTRANCE FOR THE BIRTHDAY FESTEJADOS & BIRTHDAY CAKE!!! Must send a message to to add your name to the birthday guest list.
This is a DANCE MATINEE from 4p.m.-9p.m. Arrive early to get the most of your Cuban dance fix!
☆♡ DRESS TO IMPRESS☆♡ Please no gym clothes/beach clothes attire.
El Floridita Cuban Restaurant offers a wide selection of dinners, wine and cocktail drinks available for purchase. El Floridita Cuban Restaurant and Cubamanía team appreciate your support by LEAVING ALL YOUR PERSONAL BEVERAGES AT HOME. It is by supporting venues that they can remain open for years to come for us to enjoy dancing, dancing, and more dancing! :)
THANK YOU for supporting the Venue, Cuban Music, Deejay Warapo, our local instructors, and the opportunity to bring this event to you monthly.
Robert & Laura Cristina
* Like our Facebook page Dame Salsa Cubana for updates about our dance classes, workshops, dance study trips to Cuba, and other Cuban Dance events.
* Like El Floridita Restaurant page on Facebook to stay up to date on Salsa dancing events with LIVE Bands!
* Like DJ Warapo Facebook page to stay up to date on what’s trending with Cuban Music, events, interviews, and more!
* Tune in to Radio Eso Que Anda (website or mobile app - at no charge) to listen to Deejay Warapo's selection of Cuban music
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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